Archive for the ‘Atari’ category

Location Review : Phoenix Arcade @ The Summit

May 27, 2008

Here in Niagara Falls, NY there is a mall called The Summit and in addition to the Krow’s Nest with the bowling machines there is another arcade called Phoenix arcade. They have 2 storefronts in the mall. They have a wide variety of games between both their storefronts including the original Outrun simulator, classic games, some modern games, prize cranes, foosball, air hockey and much more. Their newly opened arcade is decorated very nicely on the outside. Here is a video of the newly opened arcade.

Overall the location is very clean, the games are priced cheaply at 25 and 50 cents per play, however this location suffers from many of the problems that classic arcades suffer from such as dead games and lots of monitor problems on the games. The phoenix arcade has quite a few games though and keeping up with them must not be that easy.

A video of their other storefront in the mall will follow in a short while.

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The Asteroids Lamp

April 26, 2008

Even though Atari never created many memorable characters they created plenty of icons and symbols that people easily recognize. One of those would be the rocks from Asteroids, which have been brought to the 3D world as a unique lamp. According to the website:

An angular plastic encased light, the Asteroid is a unique floor, or table light, designed with 24 facets — each with its own unique geometry. The lamp can be placed on several of the facets, to display as an individual, unique piece, as you like.

If they weren’t listed for only $176 I’d probably pick one up. That and if they were in stock. Either way it’s a unique lamp and would make a cool prop for an arcade or game room. Asteroids lamps by Innermost Ltd.

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Happy Belated Birthday Nolan Bushnell

February 9, 2008

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I feel bad for missing this the other day but on February 5th the founder of our industry (practically the entire video game industry – yeah I know aobut Ralph Baer but Nolan is the one who really got the ball rolling) celebrated his 65th birthday. Nolan Bushnell created the very first coin-operated video game with Computer Space which was a commercial flop but paved the way for the rest of the industry as he kept his dream alive and went on to create the smash hit PONG along with the first titan of the game industry, Atari which would later create some of the most memorable classics of all time along with some great consoles such as the Atari 2600 and Atari Lynx. These days Mr. Bushnell is keeping busy with his restaurant chain called uWink, which combines gaming with eating but in a more mature venue than Chuck E. Cheese (which he also created). Mr. Bushnell was actually born in my home state Utah, although I have never been to the city he was born in (Clearfield). I have been to Lagoon Amusement park however, where Nolan worked at the time that he first came up with the idea for coin-operated video games while he  was studying at a local university. Anyways, Happy birthday Mr. Bushnell!

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More Atarigames.com updates

February 8, 2008

I know I just mentioned some updates to the Atarigames website not too long ago but itprimrage.jpg looks like just a few days later they posted some more stuff that to anyone that enjoys arcade history could be considered a gold mine of information. So that’s why I’m bringing it up again as some of the new updates have some unique information on Marble Madness II including the operators manual and a field test report (MM2 was never released even though it got to testing – the field test report is quite intriguing); model pictures for Primal Rage; an Atari programmers reference guide; and 60 pages of Centipede memos including field test reports,  design documents, and more (this is a must for Centipede fans). I honestly have not seen such a comprehensive collection of information on classic Atari arcades before so it’s worth checking out if you’re a fan of the classics.

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New acquisition – Crystal Castles

January 17, 2008

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Last night I picked up the 11th game in my collection, Atari’s Crystal Castles and for only $400 it was a good deal that I couldn’t pass up. I found this one on Craigslist and I am quite pleased with it as overall the cabinet is in pristine condition. The trackball is rather dirty but that can be cleaned up with ease. There is some screen burn-incryscast1.jpg and the monitor seems to be touchy with the cold (it’s discolored at first if it’s cold which is strange). This will certainly be used in my arcade and I think that it should do ok as it’s quite a fun game. Here’s a couple of pics – I apologize that they aren’t very good – I have no more space and I had to put it facing another game so I couldn’t get a full shot of the cabinet (and on top of that the flash on my camera wouldn’t work).

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Atarigames.com updated with some cool arcade prototype info

January 15, 2008

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Atarigames.com is a website dedicated to nothing but Atari arcade games, from all phases of the coin-op division at Atari. The website has been updated and with some very cool information including pictures of a prototype game called BMX Heat which used the hardware from Hard Drivin’ but would have used a pedal bike for the controller – the site was also updated with some cool videos of prototypes that I never even knew existed. I’m not sure which videos were added exactly but there is footage of the unreleased BattleStar Galactica laserdisc game, Hot Rod Rebels (based on the SF Rush 2049 hardware and was the last project in the works when Atari games went out of business), Meanstreak, Firebeast, Gremlins, Harescape and more. If you’re an arcade history buff or someone who likes checking out prototype footage it’s well worth checking out.

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Tempest heads to XBLA

December 18, 2007

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As you may already know, I hold a soft spot for anything Atari so when I see some updates of their awesome arcade classics, I find it hard to resist mentioning it. This week Tempest is headed to XBLA and once again I am excited about this. Tempest was a breakthrough color vector game that is always highly sought after in collectors circles. On top of that, it has seen some excellent updates over the years, including the masterful Tempest 2000 for the Atari Jaguar (one of several reasons to own a Jaguar – many say this game alone makes the console worth it) and Tempest 3000 for the NUON. While Space Giraffe for XBLA was sort of an update to Tempest, the games are a little bit different and now we can see another vision of this excellent shooter. It will only be 400 points too so that makes it easier to grab this one.

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