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Flynn Lives!

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

If you’re an arcade collector or just a fan of the classic game, you already know about the much anticipated Tron Legacy, sequel to the Disney film Tron. The hype has been building for some time, but as opening day gets closer the viral marketing campaign continues to grow. Take a look at this…

ENCOM badge

This was the reward for completing the Arcade Aid challenge and guessing all 56 video games hidden throughout the city. I managed to get about 47 without help, not too bad. The ENCOM employee badge arrived in about a week and has an employee ID number, scan code and cool holographic sticker. For a give away item, this thing is fantastic. Yes, I’m a Tron fan and will wear this proudly. (more…)

Q*bert goes home!

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Thanks to Jason V (meatloaf) for loaning me his Q*bert upright to use during our last Halloween party, it was a big hit. Not only did he drop it off, but he even let me keep it for a little while longer, just to enjoy. Since my Q*bert cabinet is currently in lots of pieces waiting for a restoration effort, it was nice to actually play this unique game.


My kids love the game and it looks great next to Mad Planets, so I’m going to have to get a jump on my project this Spring. (more…)

Big pile of paper and parts from Georgia

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

Fellow collector “Steve23” has been cleaning out his warehouse full of arcade stuff and trimming down his collection. He generously offered to send another batch of arcade paper work and some miscellaneous parts. (Missed the first donation? Check it out here.) Luckily for me he has a customer in the area and was able to piggy back a couple pallets worth of stuff along with a part shipment. I just had to head out to the facility to pick it up. I grabbed an enclosed trailer from Uhaul, which has to be the roughest riding trailer I’ve ever pulled, and headed out. I couldn’t take any pictures at the business, but here is a shot of all the stuff unloaded in my garage.

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I haven’t had a chance to go through every thing, but skimming through the piles there were a couple interesting items. (more…)

Arcade Museum in McLean IL ~ worth a trip!

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

I recently made the road trip from Chicago to McLean IL, to meet up with my good friend Jeff at the Arcade Museum. What is the Arcade Museum? Just a little piece of arcade nirvana located right off I55 on your way south to St. Louis. If you don’t find what you’re looking for at the next St. Louis Super Auction, you can at least pop on over to the Arcade Museum and get your fill of classic gaming at its best.


John Yates, the avid collector responsible for the museum, has created a cozy little place to play a bunch of true classics. When we arrived there were a handful of customers playing games and a few volunteers working hard moving new games into place and keeping the ones on the floor working 100%. (more…)

Water issues in game room ~ ceiling leak

Saturday, December 26th, 2009

Anyone familiar with my little game room will also be familiar with the constant battle I’ve had with water. Water from the window wells, water from the drive way, water from ice, water ruining carpet, etc. Well this time I have something new, a leak in the ceiling, yeah! (more…)

Arcade Obituary: Exidy’s Clay Pigeon

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

Victim: Exidy Clay Pigeon upright no. 17970

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This rare piece of arcade history came my way thanks to Jon Jamashid, or evil exidy on the forums. He was moving cross country and had to unload some games. I ended up with Clay Pigeon and Hit N Miss. I shipped them all the way from Florida to the Midwest because Exidy cabs are somewhat scarce in these parts. I’m a huge fan of the Exidy 440 series of games and was looking forward to installing my multi-Exidy kit into a cabinet. (more…)

Arcade Obituary: Galaxian No. 27104

Friday, November 27th, 2009

Victim: Midway’s Galaxian upright video game

At approximately 26 years of age, this poor Galaxian met a brutal end in a cold warehouse, on Chicago’s southwest side. Born in 1979 to NAMCO, but adopted for the United States by Midway, Galaxian soon proved his earning power on the streets. With its two way joystick and single fire button, this game tore up the space shooter genre and earned its operator big bucks. Unfortunately, as new games were added and interest faded, Galaxian earned less and less until it was finally stored away. There it sat until 2005 when the operator performed the final conversion, turning Galaxian into dumpster lining, via sledge hammer.

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This sad collector was several months late to the scene, or the game would have been saved. All that was left from the horrid destruction of such a classic video game was the name tag. To view the scene of the crime, check out my warehouse raid post. Save those classics!

Michael Angelo Auction in Franklin Park IL

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

I went to the arcade auction held by the Michael Angelo Auction Co, in Franklin Park IL, on November 14, 2009. I had never been to an event by this company and the online photos weren’t that promising for a classic arcade game collector. Since Franklin Park is a whole lot closer to me than the Milwaukee Super Auction, I thought I’d give it a shot. (more…)

PGN Fun center with the kids

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

My oldest son turned seven a few days ago and I took him and one of his friends over to the PGN Jump N’ Fun Entertainment Center in Hickory Hills IL. It was on a Thursday afternoon and we practically had the place to ourselves. The boys wanted to start out in the party room, which is this giant space filled with plastic tunnels, net bridges, plastic ball ponds, slides, etc. Floor to ceiling fun for two seven year old boys. I sat around and twiddled my thumbs. After almost two hours they decided it was time to play some games. PGN has a pretty decent arcade with the usual mix of fighters, redemption, skee ball and shooters. A little sparse on the classics as there was only a reunion cab and that sucker was $1 per play, ouch. No wonder it looked brand new. To my surprise they actually had two pins, a non-working Attack From Mars and a pretty nice, working example of Medieval Madness. It was two tokens per play, but the game was well maintained and played fantastic.

PGN Fun Center

MM is a fun game, even better when you’re the only one around interested in playing it. I must have sunk at least $10 into that game, but I had a blast and so did the kids. If you’re ever in the Hickory Hills area you should stop by and give it a play or two. The MM had a big for sale sign on it if you’ve been looking for one. Only $7000.

Wizard of Wor Mini restoration @ COSP

Monday, April 20th, 2009

CoinOpSpace is running an arcade game restoration contest with prizes from some of the best vendors in the business, so I’m motivated to dust off those long neglected projects and get moving on the restorations! My first entry into the contest will be my Wizard of Wor mini’s. Yep, two of them.

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To learn more about the contest or even to submit your own entry, visit CoinOpSpace. To follow my Wizard of Wor restoration progress, you can check out my WoW blog on COSP. I hope to have both machines up and running very soon.