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The Crazy Tale of a Sundance Cabinet

August 18, 2010

A short time ago, a poster on the KLOV forums (a well-known forum for arcade collectors) made a significant arcade discovery on a website dedicated to taking pictures of abandoned man-made structures called ArtificialOwl.com. On this post, they took a look at an abandoned bar/restaurant called the Little Sweden, where laying among the piles of junk is an arcade rarity – Sundance by Cinematronics. The thread on KLOV virtually exploded, with 83 pages(so far) of discussion and forum drama, some trying to figure out how to obtain the game through legal means, others eschewing the headache of getting hold of the site owners if they were to be found. They were found but in the end that didn’t amount to much. It’s a lot to read through but fortunately Rotheblog sums up the entire situation and KLOV thread nicely where in the end it just came down to one guy stopping by the decrepit site and digging the game out himself. Of course now he has to tread lightly, having already been contacted by the police, they didn’t arrest him but advised him to be careful as it’s become a sensational local story in the area (that there was an abandoned, rare multi-thousand dollar arcade game just sitting there collecting dust) that it’s almost turning into story worthy of a Hollywood treasure-chase movie.

In fact for those interested one KLOV member made their own GameMaker-based video arcade game based upon the situation, called Arcade Bandits and the Raiders of the Lost Bar. It’s good for a laugh as you must retrieve a Sundance cabinet from a trash-ridden drug house.

The first time I had heard of that game was in an interview with Tim Skelly in a little-known and short live eclectic game magazine called Syzygy Magazine which was published back in 2000 by Jason W. Cody. There was a lot of love for vector games in every issue (all four of them) of the magazine and that’s also where I learned about other rare vector games like Warrior. It’s hard to top Sundance however as there were only two known instances of this game sitting in the hands of collectors as you can see at the bottom of the KLOV entry for the game – only 15 or less are believe to exist according to Rotheblog. You can sort of get an idea for how the game works on the KLOV entry, it’s a strange puzzle game that has to do with catching stars in a grid.

So what would you do for a true holy grail arcade game?

Sources: KLOV Thread Page 1 / Rotheblog / GameSetWatch

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The American Classic Arcade Museum and the nostalgia behind classic arcade games

August 6, 2010

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This subject isn’t anything new but it’s always nice to see an article from a large news organization throwing a positive light onto arcade gaming. This article in the Christian Science Monitor takes a look at the American Classic Arcade Museum and why there is still interest in arcade collecting today.  ACAM is found in the same building as the famous Funspot in New Hampshire and is home to an amazing collection of classic titles. The article gets into the preservation of the classics, how the simplicity of such games creates a lasting appeal and it touches a little on how arcades still maintain a social experience you can’t recreate exactly at home although it then tries to spin online multiplayer & leaderboards as somehow creating that experience. The thought that the only part of the social arcade experience is seeing a high score on a machine is missing part of the point. Playing with people over the internet is not the same thing as playing against an opponent who is standing right next to you. It’s not the same thing to achieve a new high score on a leaderboard at home that no one witnessed and doing a similar thing in public at an arcade in front of people whether they are friends or strangers.

You can read the article here. You can also visit the ACAM website here.

Peter Hirschberg’s Luna City Arcade up for sale

March 6, 2010

There are a lot of cool home arcades out there but few have attracted as much attention as Peter Hirschberg’s Luna City Arcade. He has built-up one of the finest collection of vector titles I have seen and that of course includes many very rare games which happen to be quite valuable. Even though it is a home arcade Peter has opened it up many times for people to go out and play (I think by doing previously scheduled parties). But that is soon to change, with Peter posting on the KLOV forums today that he is looking to sell the home along with much of the collection for someone else to enjoy. He will be keeping several games but for the most part, this is an opportunity for someone to own one of the best home arcades out there. It’s  located in Virginia which is pretty much on the other side of the US from where I am. hopefully a good collector is able to pick this up and maintain it. It certainly will require a bit of work but for an arcade like that, it would be worth it.

[Peter Hirschberg Selling Luna City Arcade – KLOV Forums] [Luna City Arcade website]

Peter Hirschberg's Luna City Arcade up for sale

March 6, 2010

There are a lot of cool home arcades out there but few have attracted as much attention as Peter Hirschberg’s Luna City Arcade. He has built-up one of the finest collection of vector titles I have seen and that of course includes many very rare games which happen to be quite valuable. Even though it is a home arcade Peter has opened it up many times for people to go out and play (I think by doing previously scheduled parties). But that is soon to change, with Peter posting on the KLOV forums today that he is looking to sell the home along with much of the collection for someone else to enjoy. He will be keeping several games but for the most part, this is an opportunity for someone to own one of the best home arcades out there. It’s  located in Virginia which is pretty much on the other side of the US from where I am. hopefully a good collector is able to pick this up and maintain it. It certainly will require a bit of work but for an arcade like that, it would be worth it.

[Peter Hirschberg Selling Luna City Arcade – KLOV Forums] [Luna City Arcade website]

What are the top 10 most collected arcade games?

July 18, 2009

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Ever wonder what the top 10 most collected arcade titles are? Thanks to VAPS (the Video Arcade Preservation Society), one site took a look at what the most collected titles where and compiled the list. I can’t say that anything on there is surprising, as when it comes to collecting the classics, all ten of these games show up quite frequently in both discussions about said games and in most game rooms you see/visit. Personally I don’t have any of them, although I do get close – I have Pac-Man on Namco Classics Collection Vol. 1 and I have Asteroids Deluxe, so at least I’m close in a couple of instances. Here is the list:

1. Ms. Pac-Man
2. Tempest
3. Pac-Man
4. Galaga
5. Donkey Kong
6. Centipede
7. Asteroids
8. Joust
9. Defender
10. Robotron 2084

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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 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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