Posted tagged ‘Arcade Repair’

New site to help you with repairs: Arcaderepairtips.com

June 16, 2009

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When you own an arcade game, one of the things you will inevitably have to do it fix it. Sometimes games have minor problems that are quite easy to fix and sometimes they present you with a real head scratcher. In either case, you need to know what to do and while there are plenty of professionals out there who fix games as part of their living, if you don’t have that knowledge yet but want to get there, then a new website that is all about arcade repairs might be just for you. It is still fairly new site so it doesn’t have a ton of info on it just yet but it looks like they are adding more regularly.  Once the site is filled, it will be an excellent resource for those of us who are still working on becoming techs.

The site is being run by Varcade Entertainment, thanks to Jonathan Leung for sending us this info.

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How to discharge an arcade monitor (without killing yourself)

January 26, 2008

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I’m not sure how many of you like to work on arcades but if you’re new to the hobby you may be wondering “How do I discharge a monitor? Can that kill you?” Well unless you can withstand a 30,000 volt charge (and I do not suggest that you try to see if you can – I am in no way responsible for you attempting such a thing, just to get the disclaimer out of the way) then it’s important to learn how to discharge a monitor correctly. I have seen a lot of text-only instructions online and while those may be nice, for a beginner they are not very helpful as you need to learn exactly what the name for each part is. I came across a site that walks you through discharging a monitor with nice pictures and even color-coding in the instructions so you’ll avoid taking a major shock to your body.

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Editorial: 1 step to improve your arcade – Fix the games!

December 5, 2007

Have you ever walked into an arcade, looking for your favorite game that you always playbrokemspacman.jpg and once you find it plop in some quarters/tokens to find that one of the buttons don’t work? Or The joystick doesn’t work when pushed in a certain direction? Or maybe the sound doesn’t work? Sometimes you can tell that a game is broken by simply looking at it when the monitor is out of sync or discolored. Either way it doesn’t matter which one of these situations you encounter, it creates a bad experience, especially if you play a 2 player game and it’s only your side that happens to malfunction. Now sometimes players might forgive it if it happens with only one game but what if several games are out of order in some fashion to the point that it feels that half of the arcade is down? Have any of you had this experience? I have and it is quite irritating. In fact I haven’t visited one local arcade in months because my last visit there felt like a total waste of money and since it wasn’t the first time I had such an experience at that particular place, I was fed up with it. I checked out another arcade and it was nearly the same story.

Now am I the only person that experience’s something this annoying at their local arcade? Sadly no. If you look around the internet you’ll find others that have had similar experiences. In fact if you have, feel free to comment to this post.

Now understand that I am not trying to be anti-operator here. As an operator I understand that it can be a challenge to do such work – techs capable of repairing machines are hard to find and generally are expensive to pay. Most of the employees hired to arcades are unskilled with electronics and as an operator yourself you may not have the time nor expertise to fix the games. But consider this : what impression are your customers leaving with if most of your arcade is not functioning? Do you even know if your games are broken? People don’t not enjoy being ripped off and that is exactly what happens when a broken game is left on the floor unlabeled. And they will not come back. No customers = no sales = closed arcade. It seems that some operators simply don’t care about the upkeep of the machines as unsuspecting suckers will put money in regardless of the condition of the game. One thing is guaranteed however –  you will loose customers over broken games. The games are part of an arcade’s life blood. It may not be the primary attraction depending on the type of arcade you run but if they are part of your business at all and you are going to bother to have them, they should be well maintained. Otherwise broken games will cost you more than it would to not fix them in lost sales. If you are already on top of this issue and you do everything you can to keep your games fixed then congratulations.

Continue reading by hitting the post break where you can also feel free to share ideas if you own an arcade and have had success in maintaining a good arcade.

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Randy Fromm’s Monitor Repair videos

November 14, 2007

If you plan on working on an arcade monitor anytime in the future then you really need to watch these videos by the master of arcade repair, Randy Fromm. There are 9 videos total although they are not numbered in any order so you just have to check out each one to see what tips it offers. The only other place to get these videos is on Randy Fromm’s DVDs so it’s nice to have these available for everyone to see. Per Randy’s comment below, these are not the same as what you can get on the DVDs – the DVDs would be even more 🙂 Sorry about the mistake!

[Thanks to KLOV poster Brentradio for pointing these out]

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Randy Fromm's Monitor Repair videos

November 14, 2007

If you plan on working on an arcade monitor anytime in the future then you really need to watch these videos by the master of arcade repair, Randy Fromm. There are 9 videos total although they are not numbered in any order so you just have to check out each one to see what tips it offers. The only other place to get these videos is on Randy Fromm’s DVDs so it’s nice to have these available for everyone to see. Per Randy’s comment below, these are not the same as what you can get on the DVDs – the DVDs would be even more 🙂 Sorry about the mistake!

[Thanks to KLOV poster Brentradio for pointing these out]

[Randy Fromm’s Collection of Youtube videos] [Discuss on the Forum]