Right here’s this month’s traditional arcade information feed – a run down of stories and attention-grabbing stuff in regards to the pastime that I’ve noticed, all right here in a single publish!
A bit of stories from me to begin us off. I used to be approached final month by Circus Journal Journal right here within the UK. They needed to jot down a characteristic on the pastime and have been on the lookout for somebody to share their assortment and speak in regards to the pastime of arcade restoration. They despatched a reporter and photographer round to Arcade Blogger towers for a couple of hours and the outcomes got here out nice! Right here’s some photos from the session:
The characteristic made the entrance cowl. That’s my Streets Defender cupboard ready for restorationHere’s a shot of a few of my video games. Taken with an analogue digicam for that 80s look…Enjoying some Missile CommandRecently restored Robotron management panelHantarex monitor chassis prepared for a re-cap
In the event you’d wish to learn the article, I’ve a PDF scan of it right here:
Circus Journal Autumn 2019
Large because of the blokes at Circus Journal for sharing some arcade love with the lots!
Elsewhere, an attention-grabbing cupboard has turned up on the market within the US. You would possibly recall my article in regards to the very uncommon Cinematronics Sundance cupboard that was the topic of some controversy. Estimates of the variety of these cupboards round right now do range, however I might say that there are lower than 5 recognized to exist. Collector Dan Sullivan has put his Sundance up on the market, and its a magnificence! Right here’s some pics (click on every for extra element):
Dan additionally linked to some gameplay footage exhibiting the machine taking part in:
Superior stuff – and unimaginable that this stuff do flip up on the market often!
Basic Arcade content material on YouTube tends to range in high quality, and its not usually that one thing worthwhile is posted by way of arcade historical past. However final month an excellent high quality video was posted up which ran by means of the historical past of arcade producer Centuri. I wrote about Centuri some time again right here. This video goes into extra element and shares nice photos. It’s fantastically effectively achieved and is value a couple of minutes of your time. Props exit to Cassandra, aka Classic Arcade Gal for pulling this collectively. Can’t look forward to half 2!
Whilst you’re there, try the remainder of Cassandra’s channel, she does nice work!
And speaking of YouTube, the blokes over at Arcade Restore Suggestions do common stay feed movies the place they reply tech questions on the fly. Some attention-grabbing information and ideas do come up. The movies are archived on their channel and are value testing. Give them a sub. Right here’s the newest one:
Somebody posted a cool image on Fb final week, supply unknown, of a manufacturing facility shot of Sega Astro Metropolis management panels being constructed.
Not the best image, however cool historical past nonetheless!
California’s premier arcade expo, California Excessive befell a couple of weeks again over the weekend of 27th to 29th July. I’ve but to make the journey over (flights are prohibitively costly at the moment of yr sadly). But when like me you couldn’t make it, there are many walk-through movies round to offer a way of what was there. Right here’s one from YouTuber Psychogeezer. Appears like there was some nice machines out on the ground this yr:
And whereas we’re with reference to Arcade Expos, you possibly can anticipate to see me at this yr’s Free Play Florida occasion once more in November. Needs to be an excellent one, as we’re joined once more by Warren Davis of Q*Bert fame, alongside together with his co-creator Jeff Lee. David Crane from Activision will likely be in attendance, together with loads of different particular friends. I’m internet hosting a couple of talks, so come say hello if you happen to plan on going. Get your tickets right here!
We’ve lined Coinopwarehouse earlier than – these guys are pickers and are available throughout some nice traditional arcade cupboards. A couple of gems have come up on the market in latest weeks, and I assumed I’d share a couple of right here:
That is Allied Leisure’s Avenue Burners launched in 1975It’s a two participant arcade ‘bronze age’ driving gameFantastic sideart! On the time of writing the sport continues to be on the market at $425. Gameplay video hereNice lookin’ survivor situation Atari Kangaroo bought for $300! Learn extra about this recreation hereCheck out this tiny Mad Alien mini cupboard. Tremendous uncommon recreation. Gameplay footage hereHere’s one I’ve by no means seen earlier than. Common’s Satan Zone. Notice the flaky paintings on the left hand aspect. Gameplay video hereHow about this? Electra’s 1977 Flying Fortress! Gameplay video right here
So there you will have it. In case you have an attention-grabbing information story worthy of everybody’s consideration, drop me a line and I’ll make sure you embody it subsequent month.
Thanks for studying this week!