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Road Trip to Arcade Nirvana 2010 – Part 1

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Summer is winding down and the new school season is just around the corner, it was time. Time to hit the road and squeeze in one last weekend of arcade fun before fall arrived and I ran out of free time. I would be traveling with my friend Jeff Rothe of rotheblog and this years annual arcade pilgrimage would find us winding our way through Ohio to meet a few noted collectors and scope out their game rooms. I was really looking forward to the trip as it was a chance to wind down and talk shop! A weekend full of arcade nirvana, and who doesn’t love a good road trip?

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While a few arcades still exist in the wild, they are typically filled with redemption machines and kiddie rides. You might get lucky and find a random pinball machine or arcade game, but who knows if it will be working properly. Today’s arcades are nothing like what I remember from back in the day.* These days, the very best classic 80’s arcade collections are in the hands of private enthusiasts. This trip would prove just how true that really was. (more…)

Smashing a Championship Sprint

Sunday, February 1st, 2009

Smashing arcade cabinets is a very touchy subject for sure, at least amongst the hard-core collector. Let’s face it, if you collect for any length of time, it is almost unavoidable. Why do people smash arcade cabinets? There are a lot of reasons; running out of space, found a better cabinet, no time to restore, moving and can’t take it with, or just looking to part it out on Chase the Chuck Wagon for cash. Are these good reasons? Maybe, maybe not. I’m all for saving the classic arcade cabinets, but sometimes you can only do so much.

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In the years I’ve been collecting I’ve only had to smash cabinets a handful of times. I have some criteria for smashing a cabinet and if the cab is still around by the time I make it to the end of my list, well, it meets Mr. Sledge. The first victim I’ll share was a Championship Sprint cabinet. This game was acquired in a trade and had Paperboy installed. The Championship Sprint parts were included. After having no luck selling the game (Paperboy), probably because of the cabinet color, I parted it out and quickly sold the guts. I then tried to sell it as Championship Sprint and had similar luck. Parted it and quickly sold the parts. I pulled the monitor for my shelf and then offered the cab up for free. No takers, so here we go.

I was able to get the majority of the game into one trash can, with only a few pieces left out side for pickup. I was sad to see it go, but with limited space in the game room I have to be picky about what stays. The parts were used to restore two other classics, a good death for sure.

Galaga High Score

Saturday, January 10th, 2009

If you know me well enough then you probably know that my lovely wife Lisa is also a huge video game nut. She isn’t too interested in the fixing part, she’s more interested in playing. Not really playing, more like destroying anyone in her path. A bit competitive you might say. 🙂

Back when I got started in the hobby, my friends invited us to a party in a basement full of games and talked trash the weeks leading up to the party. Lisa calmly accepted their Galaga challenge and waited for the day to arrive.

After half a red stripe, Lisa proceeded to play Galaga with a buzz, she’s a lightweight. They taunted and heckled, but all jibes quickly subdued after she surpassed the current HS on the game, around 250k. People just walked away after she more than doubled it. I’m not positive, but I think she put up about 750k that night on my friends machine. A respectable score.

Years later at our old house in the city, I was sitting around working and keeping an eye on Nathan, when I realized Lisa had vanished. I searched and found her in the basement playing Galaga. Not just playing it but kicking its butt. She ended with a score over 1.3million and could have gone farther as she still had 4 lives left. She just got tired and had sore wrists. I think with a little effort we could easily get her name in the top 10 Galaga scores on Twin Galaxies. Game on!

1st Annual Arcade Party

Monday, November 10th, 2008

Wow, what a party! With about 60 people in attendance and about 45-50 in the house at one time, we had a blast. Food, drinks, talking and gaming, it was a lot of work for my wife Lisa and me, but it was worth it.

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We had an interesting mix of people at the party as Lisa had invited lots of old classmates and friends through her facebook page. We also invited the neighbors (of course), co-workers, my friends and then the open invite on KLOV. Lots of people RSVP’d and even more showed up. (more…)