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The Wico Willis partnership

Saturday, December 26th, 2009

If you know anything about classic arcade games, the name Wico should be familiar. They’re the famous makers of the Wico 4 and 8 way leaf switch joysticks, a “must have” for many classic restorations. While they were standard equipment on many of our beloved classics, finding complete NOS Wico joysticks gets harder and harder every day. Those knock off replacements just don’t stack up to the originals. So what does Willis have to do with it? I’ll tell you. (more…)

Willis Donkey Kong Jr CPO

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Here is another fine example of Willis artwork, this time a replacement overlay for Donkey Kong Junior. While this may not be the best choice for fixing up your DK Jr, you have to admit that Willis produced a quality product. I’m not talking about the design, bash that if you want, I’m talking about the materials. Quality screen printing on 3M paper with clean die-cuts, better than many of the overlays produced back in the day. (more…)

Midway’s White Lightning EM

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

Here’s another promotional mailer, this one from Midway about their electro-mechanical (EM) game called White Lightning. This particular card is unused and in great shape with a vibrant yellow background that really sets off the game.

Most EM games are big, monster games, that are a ton of fun. I’ve never played White Lightning before, but what isn’t fun about shooting steel balls at an unbreakable Lexan target? I’d love to have a nice line up of EM shooter’s in the house, but I’d need some more floor space. Dining room’s are highly overrated I think 🙂

Mappy arcade game mailer

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

This pop-up mailer was included in a batch of documents I purchased from Art Mallet, or artfromny, as he’s known on the forums. Bally Midway had a good advertisement system in place, sending post cards to customers on their mailing list whenever a new game was released, amongst other things. This card is for the new release of Mappy, a whimsical game with a trampoline bouncing mouse in a house of burglar cats, fun stuff. The card is in great shape, with vibrant colors and a cute little three dimensional effect. A nice piece of arcade history, enjoy.

Notes & Quotes Arcade Game Token book

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

I picked up this little 6″ x 8″ spiral bound book, titled “Notes & Quotes”, simply because it had token images on the cover. The text alluded to more information about tokens and the business side of the arcade industry as well. With a blog named “Tokens Only”, I thought it only fitting to get some token data up on the site.

notes & quotes

I had only seen the cover image on eBay and wasn’t sure what to expect, but when it arrived I was pleasantly surprised to see that it has token info, marketing strategies, business projections and even touches on the psychology of arcade tokens, circa 1982. (more…)

Operator notes and inventory sheets

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Operator notes are odd little items I’ve found in cabinets, manuals, industry magazines and of course in bulk arcade paper buys. In a recent batch of arcade paper, I came across this crude chart made by an op who was obviously trying to narrow down his next batch of game purchases. A lot of time was spent writing out little details about a number of games in an effort to maximize his return. (more…)

Bally Midway Auxilliary Show Monitor

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Wow, now that’s a long name for something I don’t ever recall seeing at an arcade. I didn’t even know this thing existed until I found a copy of the flyer mixed in with my “big box of arcade paper” score. The idea is interesting. A monitor above the game would keep the player from being crowded by curious onlookers or know-it-all friends. It would give the person some space to play and would be a great way to advertise the game and attract more customers. Of course, it could be potentially disastrous for the player. What if you suck at the game? Now all your friends know and got to watch every lame move! A horrid thought when you were 12 and trying to be cool.

auxiliary monitor

I’m not sure how well this was accepted by operators or arcade owners, but I imagine it was a tough sell. An extra monitor would have added a few hundred bucks to the cost and that’s a lot of quarters. Maybe that’s why I never saw one, they just didn’t sell. It appears to be just a simple monitor in a plastic housing, otherwise known as a television, with some type of mounting bracket to secure it to the top of the cabinet. I imagine it had a Y connector to branch the video from the printed circuit board (PCB), to both the cabinet and top mounted monitor. It would be interesting to see how it set up. If anyone has any more information about these units, or even better, some pictures of them in the wild, please drop me a line! Game on.

Bally Midway Promotional catalog

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Here’s another piece from the big batch of arcade paper I picked up on the road trip to St. Louis. Pat C. was holding onto the box for me along with a HUO Pengo for Jeff R, so we made the trip. I’ve been slowly sorting through all the stuff, when I came across this wacky little item, a promotional product catalog produced by Bally Midway. (more…)

Repair Log: Space War: 081209

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Patient: Vectorbeam Space War UR
Technicians: Mark H, Bill K and Chris M
Problem: Slightly shaky graphics during game play.
Troubleshoot: After discussing the problem with Mark H, I pulled the monitor and got it over to his place for testing. He didn’t find any issue with the monitor and suspected the ribbon cable, which I hadn’t brought along. Apparently the ribbon cable is a common failure point on the old Vectorbeam and Cinematronics games, similar to those crappy MCR ribbon cables that are always brittle and prone to failure. Good idea to just replace it. Here’s the old red ribbon cable attached to the monitor/pcb. (more…)

The Deep NOS control panel overlay

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

Would I have walked up to a machine with this overlay proudly displayed, or just run away screaming? While sharks and explosions are enough to attract most pre-teen boys, I think even back in the 80’s I would have realized this was just plain awful. Quarters were precious back then and you had to choose your games wisely! (more…)