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Galaga reproduction cpo

Monday, January 4th, 2010

Not too exciting I suppose, but Galaga is a true classic and worthy of recognition, even if it’s just about the cpo. This is one of the Namco reproduction overlays that I picked up awhile back to use in my Gaplus project. I have a Galaga UR and wanted to add Gaplus to the cab. I figured I could just install one of the double jamma adapters from Mikes Arcade and have both games in my Galaga cabinet. Gaplus uses an 8-way joystick and I wasn’t about to hack up my nice Galaga panel, so I picked up a crappy one and cut a hole for the 8-way joystick. (see that post here) This overlay is destined for that panel, if I ever get around to finishing the project!

Galaga upright no. 5922 – sold

Friday, November 6th, 2009

I got lucky with this game pickup, right place right time and all. Way back in November 2004, I was returning a Uhaul trailer to a location in Cicero after having just hauled home a load of games. I noticed some commotion in the Uhaul garage and heard some familiar sounds. I went to check it out and there were two employees playing an upright Galaga, pretty funny to see at the time because it was cold out and they were bundled up in winter gear. (more…)

Willis Galaga CPO

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Of all the funky Willis control panel overlays that exist, this has got to be my all time favorite. The fabulous 70’s color scheme with swirls and patterns that jump right out of the famous sesame street 12345 song. You just can’t go wrong with this particular piece of arcade nostalgia. (more…)

Galaga restoration

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Flash back all the way to October of 2001, not too long, but an eternity when you think about the advances in technology since that time. I had picked up my very first cabinet, a Galaga UR and was anxious to restore it to its former glory. I think it is very important to document the strip down of any cabinet, primarily so you can remember where stuff goes, but also to share the details with the collecting community. I didn’t have a digital camera back then and was taking pics with my 35mm camera, a slow process.

I decided to borrow a friends digital Sony Mavica for instant results. Cutting edge at the time with its little 3″ removable disc media. Wow, what a difference, I can’t imagine using a 35mm ever again! (more…)

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!