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It’s the 30th Anniversary of Robotron, the perfect time to revive a pair of cabinets. (Robotron restoration pt 1)

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

robotron arcade game

I’ve been hanging on to this old Robotron cabinet forever. I inherited the cab when a good friend moved out of state and didn’t want to take it with him. It was a project that I figured I’d get around to one day, well one day ended up being almost ten years, yikes! It wasn’t until another collector suggested that I restore his cabinet at the same time that I got motivated. He’d cover materials and I’d finally get the project underway, so what the heck. I prefer to restore multiples of the same cabinet anyway, it makes for efficient use of time and materials. The cool thing is that this restoration project coincides with the 30th anniversary of Eugene Jarvis’ classic Williams arcade game. I’ll have to do a good job! Insert token to continue…

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.

GLX 27104

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!