Archive for the ‘Classic arcade’ category

Cabinet options: standard, deluxe, Lego (?!)

May 19, 2010

This is the kind of story I always love to see, as it shows the ingenuity of arcade fans. Lego enthusiast Ben Fleskes has done some pretty cool things in the past – a multitude of train models, the USS constitution and the Millennium Falcon. But he’s come to our attention this week by doing something extremely awesome, by putting together a fully functional tabletop arcade cabinet. As you can see, the cabinet has a Pac-Man marquee and side-art, and it runs a 48-in-1 JAMMA board with many 80s classics. Check out the video below, and then check out the link for more information.

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Upcoming Annual “Classic Arcade Gaming.com Tournament” to include classic game champions, King of Kong co-stars

January 22, 2009

lifearcadeDetails have been released on the upcoming Classic Arcade Gaming (dot com) Tournament, which is held on an annual basis and it sounds like it is going to be quite the competition for skilled classic game players who can make the trip. In fact, a number of arcade world record holders are going to be there, which promises to make this a very entertaining competition to behold. A few of the people signed up were in the arcade documentary The King Of Kong, although Steve Wiebe or Billy Mitchell are not part of the line-up yet. The event is to be held at Richie Knuckles’ Arcade in Flemington, NJ, they are charging a $40 fee for adults and $30 for those under 13 which covers the three day event where all of the games (more than 40 classic games total) will be set to free play. It appears that they are discouraging paying at the door and want people to pay beforehand, but you can read about the rules on that at the link below. Players will be able to compete on a total of 29 games (also listed at the website below)  and the event begins on Friday March 13th and goes until Sunday March 15th. Good luck to those who participate!

Also, you can check out a press release about the event by clicking on the post break below

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Upcoming Annual "Classic Arcade Gaming.com Tournament" to include classic game champions, King of Kong co-stars

January 22, 2009

lifearcadeDetails have been released on the upcoming Classic Arcade Gaming (dot com) Tournament, which is held on an annual basis and it sounds like it is going to be quite the competition for skilled classic game players who can make the trip. In fact, a number of arcade world record holders are going to be there, which promises to make this a very entertaining competition to behold. A few of the people signed up were in the arcade documentary The King Of Kong, although Steve Wiebe or Billy Mitchell are not part of the line-up yet. The event is to be held at Richie Knuckles’ Arcade in Flemington, NJ, they are charging a $40 fee for adults and $30 for those under 13 which covers the three day event where all of the games (more than 40 classic games total) will be set to free play. It appears that they are discouraging paying at the door and want people to pay beforehand, but you can read about the rules on that at the link below. Players will be able to compete on a total of 29 games (also listed at the website below)  and the event begins on Friday March 13th and goes until Sunday March 15th. Good luck to those who participate!

Also, you can check out a press release about the event by clicking on the post break below

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Kawasaki Warehouse – Location Report, Japan

October 17, 2008

Wow, I have just got back from Japan and made a fabulous discovery whilst I was there:

Kawasaki Warehouse

This incredible arcade has been built from the ground up to look like a disused, run-down warehouse complete with rusting doors and peeling paint but is in fact a fantastic site with some great games. The site has some neat touches like the front doors that appear to be rusted shut but open when you approach to reveal a red tunnel which looks like a bit passageway to hell. As you approach the second door you are blasted by a smoke machine. Inside the lighting is great (dim but really asmospheric) and flickering neon signs and faded posters cover the walls. The site is over several floors with Bingo (!!!), an arcade and a Darts bar. I have to say I only had a couple of hours free and never left the arcade floor itself.

Amongst the highlights were:

Original Retro cabinets  (All in great working order)

  • Street Fighter
  • Virtua Racing Twin
  • Outrun DLX
  • Hang On
  • Super Hang On
  • Pro Monaco GP
  • After Burner DLX
  • Space Harrier DLX
  • Darius
  • Gauntlet 4 Player
  • Rad Mobile DLX
  • About a dozen cocktail cabinets
  • Daytona 2 (4 Player)
  • Virtua On (Loved this on the Dreamcast)

In addition I got to play some great recent and new games:

  • Street Fighter 4 (Got my ass kicked at least 20 times by some guy!)
  • JuBeat – Really interesting game and very funky cabinet
  • Afterburner DLX (Played it before but never linked)
  • Halflife Survivor (Just couldn’t get used to the controls)
  • Initial D 4 (Good fun!)

If you get the chance I really recommend setting aside a couple of hours and heading over there. It is about 10 minutes walk from Kawasaki train station.

I Am 8-bit art shows plenty of arcade love

July 31, 2008

The gaming blog Joystiq has as exclusive look at some artwork from the upcoming i am 8-bit showrunners for the i am 8-bit art gallery that will be showcasing classic game-inspired artwork in La from August 14th to September 7th. The artwork from the Joystiq gallery features a few different designs from classic arcade games as well as a drawing of famous arcade player Billy Mitchell and even something that seems to have come straight from those Way of The Rodent paper arcades (although the Way of the Rodent stuff looks better ;) ).

Check out the gallery here.

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Another review double feature: Chase HQ2 & 1942

July 13, 2008

I’ve got another couple of reviews uploaded to the internet, this time Chase HQ2 by Taito and 1942 by Romstar/Capcom. I uploaded the CHQ2 video to Vimeo and 1942 to youtube for the time being and when I get a chance (i.e. more time as it takes a while to upload a 200MB file) I’ll put CHQ2 up on youtube. I did forget to mention one other gripe about Chase HQ2 – the high score entry screen is too difficult for many people to input their names due to over-sensitivity of the wheel. In case anyone at Taito/Namco reads this, it would be really nice if an update was released for the game to address a couple of these issues I bring up, such as fixing the high score thing and adding some more levels to the game which could also round out the difficulty curve for players. I still maintain that it’s a fun game and I’d like to try it linked one day but my budget can’t handle any new game purchases for a while.

Chase HQ2 (to watch it in HD click on that feature while hovering over the video and it should take you to the video page)

1942

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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.

Pac-Man – The Real Story

May 4, 2008

[Via Kotaku]

You have to love it when a T-Shirt design turns into a narrative for what really is going on in Pac-Man’s world. Innocent little guy being chased by ghosts in a maze? Scratch that, try a space man overdosing on pills and hallucinating! As it stands, it is a good narrative as to why one should not take drugs in space while running around in futuristic labyrinths. [For the T-Shirt, visit Threadless.com]

For the YMTND animation (which is great for startling people near your computer if the volume is up high) check out Don’t Do Drugs In Space! Please!

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Checking out a warehouse with games tomorrow

April 30, 2008

Tomorrow I have a golden opportunity to go and check out a warehouse with some games. The person with the games was going to throw the games out but fortunately  my distributor was on top of it and convinced him otherwise. I’m not sure how many games there are but from the sounds of it there are some good cabs there to be had, including a possible Crusin’ USA. I have found out that Crusin’ cabs are suddenly a hot commodity, all thanks to the Tokyo Drift kit with many operators looking at making a conversion. I have to admit that it’s certainly tempting – it gives me a relatively new game for a cheap price. I still am thinking of a NASCAR setup and I would go for a Chase HQ 2 if I had the extra funds.

In addition to this I’m coming across some other opportunities for games beyond what I mentioned above which is something that seems to be coming together at the right time where I am so close to opening my arcade. Which BTW I should have an update on later this week with a possible location secured (other than the one I had thought I was getting into with Sears – that pretty much fell through but I think this other place will be better). I’ll have to mention these other opportunities as they approach closer although one in particular has me excited with the possibility of picking up one of my favorites – a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Stay tuned for updates – it’s tomorrow according to my time, the site says it’s the 30th already as the time is set in the UK.

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Reproducing arcade artwork

April 29, 2008

One of the coolest aspects of arcade games is the artwork that companies commissioned to be made to decorate each cabinet. The better the artwork was, the more attractive the cabinet became. This was especially prominent with companies like Atari and Cinematronics who would hire comic book artists to draw the art, making it that much more detailed and eye-catching. The problem is that if you collect some of these old games, it can be a little difficult to come across a game with pristine artwork. Of all the games I own, four have significant artwork on the sides and each one has scratches, smudges, tears, etc. that the games have received over the years. If you are in this situation, you may wonder how you can get the artwork replaced – it is possible but it will take some work. And if you’re lucky, someone has already reproduced the artwork for you.

Rotheblog has a couple of articles detailing on how one can go about reproducing side art for their classic game. The article is for the “potential future collector”  and walks them through the steps of getting the artwork reproduced. As I mentioned, it will probably take some work but if you can replace some beloved artwork that has been damaged from wear and tear over the years, then it is worth it.

(Image via Rotheblog)

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