Archive for the ‘Arcade Collecting’ category

Insert Coin 2009 – UK public arcade expo launches!

February 10, 2009


It’s a great day for arcade gamers in the UK, as the Insert Coin 2009 expo has been announced! The show will run on July 18th and 19th at the Northampton Saints Conference CentreThe difference between Insert Coin and other arcade exhibitions is that the event is open to the public, with a great deal for any enthusiast to enjoy. The show will contain over 100 video games and pinball machines set to freeplay, including some that are extremely hard to find in the region, such as the hot fighting game Street Fighter IV, Cave’s new shoot-’em-up Death Smiles, and the cult Japanese fighter Melty Blood: Act Cadenza ver.B2. Additionally, nine tournaments will be running throughout the weekend taking in various genres and offering prizes for extreme displays of skill.

As well as being able to play games, enthusiasts will be able to bring and buy arcade PCBs and parts, attend tech talks and order games and cabinets from suppliers attending the show. Of course, if you’re lacking the kind of room or cash to make your dream arcade at home there will be arcade T-shirts and posters for sale too. Finally, if you’re feeling lucky there will be a raffle for two candy cabinets imported from Japan, an excellent prize for any fan of arcade games.

Tickets are available now and cost £10 for an under-16s weekend ticket, £15 for an adult day ticket or £23 for an adult weekend ticket. If you are interested in attending or exhibiting, visit the Insert Coin 2009 website (link below). Expect more news about the event in the weeks and months ahead, which we’ll be bringing to you right up until we hit the show floor. Until then, hit the post break in order to read the full press release!

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How much would you pay for an arcade poster? Would you pay $1400+?

November 28, 2008


[Thanks to Oga Shi for the tip]

One cool thing I miss about arcades is that they use to produce a poster for every game that the operator could put up as advertising for that title at their location. While some games today do occasionally come with a poster (mostly ones from Japan or Taiwan – I got one with Oriental Legend 2 and I was told that the BlazBlue kit comes with a bunch of promotional materials), many just have a flyer and not much else. Some old posters have become collectors items, like the nude Centipede poster by Atari or as is the case with this Gradius poster in Japan, which went for approximately $1445 USD or 138,000¥ in Japan. Rarity, condition, the quality of the artwork and the game that the poster belonged to is always a factor with these things but if I ever happen to come across for one of these Gradius posters for cheap then at least I know where to sell one now.

[IT Media – Gradius arcade poster auction goes for 138,000 yen] [Discuss on the Forum]

Hey look, another new book on arcades!

August 4, 2008

Just the other day I was talking about how there aren’t hordes of books about arcades written these days so naturally I have to come across some news about another book where arcades are the primary subject. This is making me want to write my own book about arcades but I’m not sure what I would focus on or what I could write about that would be any different from what you see here on AH everyday.

Anyways, the new book is called Invading Spaces: A Beginner’s Guide to Collecting Arcade Games and it will debut at the Oklahoma Video Game Expo on the 9th of this month. The book is written by avid classic game fan and arcade collector Rob O’Hara and offers tips, experiences and terminology for readers so that if they are getting into the hobby for the first time or they are still green with it, they can learn from someone who has already tread that path. Even though I have collected some games since 2000, I would like to pick this up myself as it sounds like a great read. To find out more you can visit the author’s personal website,

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Rochester Game Room Show Coverage

April 19, 2008

I am sorry I am a little late with the coverage but here’s some videos from last week’s Rochester Game Room Show:

Overview Part 1

Overview Part 2

Some of the parts that were for sale at the show

Working Tempest

Midway’s Flying Turns Mechanical Game

Reminder – Rochester Game Room Show this weekend

April 10, 2008

This is just a friendly reminder that the Rochester, NY Game Room Show will be happening this weekend. I have been busy getting ready for the show! I will be there and will have plenty of pictures and video to report back with after the show.

The show will feature a new fleamarket area, games available for purchase and for free play and everything you need for your home gameroom or arcade! 12$ admission at the door (its a cheap price for the amount of games they have to play!).

Visit for more information.

A Spy Hunter Homecoming

April 8, 2008

For many of us that have played arcade games for years and years, there is probably a couple of machines that we created an attachment to as we would play them all the time. Personally there was a T-Mek at a local arcade that I had to play every time I passed by and it was a sad day when I went there and they had gotten rid of their T-Mek machine. The chances of coming across a game you enjoyed in your youth is rare but it can happen, as evidenced by a post over at where the writer talks about a Spy Hunter game he played in his youth that disappeared after the store where he played it at closed its doors. He sees a Spy Hunter arcade cabinet for sale in Vegas recently, places a bid and because he was camping in southern Utah (cool, he lives in my state) at the time, was already close by to go and pick it up after winning. As it turns out, it was the exact same game that he spent much of his weekends playing. What are the chances?

And while I’m thinking about it, it’s worth mentioning some websites. There is Stupidgamer of course which has had a couple of good arcade related posts over the past couple of days and one of the members of our forum, ArcadeTampa, has begun his own Japan game related blog called Japhei Blog which will include some arcade-related stuff on it I am sure. It’s always good to see more attention being brought to arcades!

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Peter Hirschberg interviews Tron cabinet designer George Gomez

April 7, 2008

If you’re a fan of classic arcade gaming you should find this interesting. Peter Hirschberg, the owner of the famous Luna City Arcade which is perhaps the finest home collection of arcades we’ve ever seen, has done a short interview with the designer of the original Tron cabinet, George Gomez. If you aren’t familiar with the Tron cabinet(pictured right, via KLOV), it looks awesome when you see it in person, it looks a lot like the cabinet used in the movie but it stands out on its own with a lot of detailed artwork to admire and of course the famous joystick used that is lit up by a black-light. Hit the link below for the details.

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The things that collectors do

April 3, 2008

If you collect arcade games at all then you know that it can be rather difficult to find roomgarage.jpg for the cabinets at times. If you have a garage the hobby of collecting games can quickly pile up and after the garage is full, then it starts creeping into the house. If you live with someone else, say your significant other, roommate or your parents it can become difficult to convince them to let you continue on collecting at that point. I’m lucky up to a point with my wife as every game I get “is for the business” (which it is, honestly) but not everyone can use that excuse. I’m not sure what explanations other collectors use but when you start getting cabinets put in the bathroom then it does make me wonder how they pull that off. So does anyone else have a problem with finding space for arcades around everything else?

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New arcade/video game auction website

March 26, 2008

A few years ago someone tried to create an auctioning website somewhat similar to eBay but it was completely dedicated to video games called BiDiots. I actually picked up a couple of cool items from that site before they shut down due to a lack of users (which was in part due to a lack of promotion). Now someone else is giving the video gamechuckwagon-dotcom_web1.jpg auction site idea a shot but this time it sounds like they are going to promote it a bit more and it already has more items up for auction than I ever saw at BiDiots(and this site just opened this week) so this is a good thing. Called (which I assume is based upon the fairly rare Atari 2600 game of the same name), the site has sections dedicated to Games, Arcade, Pinball, Systems, Vintage games and systems, memorabilia, jukeboxes and more. There is already one classic arcade game for sale there and a few other arcade-related items such as a marquee and “How to Win at Donkey Kong” manual. It would be cool to see this take off so we’ll keep an eye on it and see how it pans out.

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9 Home Gaming Setups Better Than Yours

March 18, 2008


Now, I admit not all of these are completely arcade related, but these gaming rooms have to be seen to be believed. Personally the ones that look like luxury cinemas don’t do it for me, but the ones that look like they’ve been put together buy true gamers are amazing. One of these we’ve seen before of course and be sure to check out the video at the bottom.

[9 Home Gaming Setups Better Than Yours] via Geek About