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Omega Race cabaret #1441 added to the arcade!

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Omega Race is an amazing game, with beautiful front artwork covered in zooming space ships, a smooth metal spinner, and a black light scene that gives the illusion of flying your vector ship through space. Sadly, its a game I never got to play back in the arcades of the 1980’s, I don’t recall ever seeing it. Having gone to many of the classic Chicago arcades, I’m sure I would have remembered such a game. Space ships were the big thing thanks to Star Trek and Star Wars, and the opportunity to blast my way through enemy ships would have attracted a few of my tokens, no doubt about it.

Omega Race Flyer

While Omega Race may be a simple black and white vector game, it has style like some of the great Midway electro-mechanical games with just a hint of the video craze that was about to explode on the scene. Midway designers did a great job incorporating beautiful graphics with engaging game play creating a true classic. While I had played Omega Race a few times during my early collecting years, it wasn’t until I spent a lot of time playing one at Greg’s Freecade back in 2010 that I fell in love. I have a passion for the black and white games because manufacturers typically spent time on the whole game package; game play, sounds, background, bezel, and cabinet artwork. They had to make the game attractive and enticing to get you to try it and then exciting enough to keep those tokens flowing. Omega Race is just such a game and I want to own one. Insert token to continue…

Midway SAMI parts on the way!

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

Scored a couple of needed parts from a parted out Midway Invaders off eBay today, cheap! The parts are identical to the pieces I need to repair on my Midway SAMI EM game. I hoping the spares will make things a little easier. That and a good contact cleaning and I hope to have this classic EM game up and running again soon.

Midway Wild Kingdom bezel glass scanned!

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

I’ve been so busy with school that I just haven’t had much time to devote to the hobby. I keep telling myself that I only have about 15 months to go, just hang in there! Ugh. I was able to scan the bezel glass from my Midway Wild Kingdom EM shooter. The glass is in pretty nice shape and another collector was looking to get them reproduced. I hope it works out as I’d like to see it done right.

Midway SAMI step rebuild

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Midway’s SAMI, or Surface to Air Missile Interceptor, is an electro-mechanical game from 1970. It’s also one of my recent acquisitions. The game has received a lot of coverage recently, with at least two nice examples showing up on eBay and an EM game feature in the July issue of GameRoom magazine. I couldn’t be happier with my example, but it does have a few issues, including a missing step. You can see the step (or platform) pictured in the promotional flyer below.


SAMI flyer

Due to its massive size and height, a missing step makes this game pretty tough for little kids to play. I would need to recreate the step so my boys could enjoy the game and with Fall quickly approaching I wanted to get this done ASAP! I had nothing to start with other than some basic dimensions from the void at the front of the cabinet, but a request for help out to fellow collectors yielded great results. (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 🙂

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.

Midway Prototype control panel

Friday, March 27th, 2009

I got a call from my friend Jeff about a Mad Planets game that was for sale in my general area. He got real lucky and was able to secure the game, even though the ad had been up on craigslist for several hours. (Read the full Mad Planets story.) I agreed to go pick it up ASAP ~ you can’t wait on a good deal.

I arrived at the storage unit to meet Scott (the seller) and chat with another local collector, Joe M, who was there to buy a Taxi pin. After a few concerned moments that involved the seller utilizing bolt cutters (!), we got access to the unit and the treasures inside. The Mad Planets was in great shape, so I paid for the game and loaded it up. Included in the deal was this wild looking prototype control panel. Scott is a former Midway employee and when he was looking for a suitable joystick to repair the Mad Planets, he was given this sample control panel to pull parts from.

prototype panel

Scott didn’t have much to say about the panel, it was just a prototype. I guess that means the game never made it very far in the development cycle or perhaps changed to require a different set of controls. The control has a gorf style flight stick with elliptical buttons arranged to match up to each finger. The layout makes me think “space shooter” for sure, but who knows, it could have been anything.

As cool as this panel is, I have no use for it other than parts for the Mad Planets repair. So, if you love the panel and happen to have a nice, complete MP joystick laying around, drop me a line, quick!