Archive for the ‘Home Arcade’ category

Argos Selling Retro Cocktail Cabinet

November 5, 2007

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This just shows that there is still an interest in arcade gaming out there, be it retro, over wise Argos (a big UK retailer) would not be selling this beauty.

[via Arcade Lounge]

Retro-gaming certainly has a place in amongst modern-gaming these days. With the ever-growing XBOX Live and Nintendo’s virtual console, everyone wants to play something from the past.

It’s not the best looking table around, but at 1300 notes, you can’t go wrong… well, I haven’t actually had a go. I’m not sure how easy it is to configure it for MAME, but it comes with 101 pre-loaded games, including what appears to be some Nintendo Play-choice and generic titles. For another £100 you can have a coin mechanism fitted… though I don’t believe you can use it to make money.

The 14″ TFT looks a little lost in the centre of the glass, and chrome isn’t my thing at all… but not bad for £1300!

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Sweet Guitar Hero “Arcade Style” Cabinet

October 18, 2007

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In the past we’ve seen dodgy looking arcade cabinets with PS2 Guitar Hero in, and coin mechs fitted. But this is how it should be done if they were ever going to do a GH arcade game.

Simple design, big kick ass speaker and funky customised guitars. This cabinet has been create just for this persons home, but I think it’s definitely worthy of a place in any arcade. It’s even got wheels, ideal for when you feel like rocking out in the kitchen or bathroom!

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Sweet Guitar Hero "Arcade Style" Cabinet

October 18, 2007

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In the past we’ve seen dodgy looking arcade cabinets with PS2 Guitar Hero in, and coin mechs fitted. But this is how it should be done if they were ever going to do a GH arcade game.

Simple design, big kick ass speaker and funky customised guitars. This cabinet has been create just for this persons home, but I think it’s definitely worthy of a place in any arcade. It’s even got wheels, ideal for when you feel like rocking out in the kitchen or bathroom!

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Table Top Pac-Man

October 18, 2007

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Now this is the ideal solutions for those of us with limited space for an arcade cabinet in our homes, that’s if you’ve got $1,995 to spend on it.

[via Uber Gizmo]

 Arcade cabinets are famous for taking up more space than they should, and Brookstone aims to solve this problem by making available a miniature version of an arcade cabinet that includes accurate reproductions of classics like Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man and Galaga right down to the minutest of details, including original sound effects and button/joystick controls. Unfortunately, if you’re living in a cramped apartment (which is why you’re checking out such a space saving device in the first place), chances are you won’t be able to afford the $1,995price tag. After all, MAME is free (although the ROMs are somewhat a gray area), two grand could get you a more than decent gaming rig. I say pick up Namco’s Museum DS instead for a trip down memory lane instead.

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Another arcade acquisition – Tetris

September 9, 2007

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Hot on the heels of the Warlords cocktail I ended up buying a Tetris cabinet today (Saturday on my time) for only $100. I was at work when someone who knows about my interest in arcades told me that they found it listed on Craigslist. So I ran over there today, checked it out and bought it. It’s the original Tetris released by Atari Games in 88 but it is housed in an Arabian (also by Atari) cabinet, which was surprising considering that Arabian’s are fairly rare according to my knowledge. The seller was really into pins – they had a few old pins there including a Back to the Future but I don’t think that they were selling them.

The cabinet is in OK condition, with some damage to the side art (I love the side art from Atari cabs in the 80’s as they generally featured some great comic book style art) and it appears that the speaker isn’t hooked up to the board. The coin mechs are also in somewhat bad condition but those are easy to fix at least. It’s missing one joystick so I can’t play it with two players yet but I’ll fix that without much trouble. Also the monitor needs some work, I will probably need to replace the capacitors to get a better quality image. Either way, for $100 I almost feel like this was a steal and I’m thinking about turning it back into an Arabian cab if I can find the board and then I’ll just put Tetris into a different generic JAMMA cab…

Hit the post break for some pics!

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Varcade Entertainment

July 18, 2007

Found another great home arcade website, here’s a run down of what services they provide, there’s not much they don’t do!

Custom Builds

Varcade Entertainment can build you the arcade machine of your dreams. Whether it is a PC based arcade machine capable of playing over 5,000 games or a console based machine that allows you to play your favorite console games with real arcade controls, Varcade Entertainment can build it!

Refurbished Products

Have you’ve ever wanted to own a real Galaga arcade cabinet. Maybe Street Fighter 2 is more your style. Whatever era you remember playing arcade games in, let Varcade Entertainment find you the Refubished Games you are looking for. Once we find your game, we will take all measures necessary to restore it to like new condition.

Varcade Entertainment is a leader in coin operated restoration. We have won numerous awards including Best Pinball Restoration from the Texas Pinball Festival Committee.

Gaming Services

Varcade Entertainment provides many others services besides just buying and selling games. Do you have an old arcade or pinball game in your garage that has been worn down by years of neglect? Let Varcade Entertainment’s Restoration Service bring that old game back to like new condition.

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Game Room Back Issue Sale!

June 30, 2007

For all you home arcade enthusiasts out there here’s a great opportunity to snap up all those issues of Game Room Magazine that you are missing.

[via RetroBlast]

“Every back issue on sale!

In order to celebrate the soon-to-released Digital GameRoom Archive CDs, I’m having a fantastic sale on the “real thing” – all GameRoom back issue copies are now 60% off! There’s a wealth of great interviews, gamerooms, and photos of arcade games both old and new. Travel back in time with GameRoom!

EVERY GAMEROOM BACK ISSUE, NOW 60% OFF!