Bally is Back!
News is reporting that Wayne Gillard — Mr. Pinball Australia — has
purchased the intellectual properties and the rights to re-manufacture
former Bally/Williams games, including selling parts. This looks
to be great news for the pinball community, and I look forward
to new parts (and new games!) from the new Bally.
If You've Got the Cash...
Here are a couple of 'big ticket' items you might be interested in:
of 62 Pinball Machines in Atlanta: Yes, you too can start
up your own pinball business: with one simple Buy It Now price
of $49,538 you can own 62 pinball machines. That comes out to
a very reasonable $799 per machine, so get 61 of your friends
Cessna Skyhawk Flight Simulator: Originally $159,000, the
current bid is only $7,600! Weighing in at over 1,000 pounds
and classified as "less than a truckload," this could
be a great toy for the gamer who's bored with MS Flight Simulator
on his home PC!
RetroRedux: A 24-hour Game Design Jam
This sounds like a fun competition: this weekend, April 3rd-4th, student design
teams are going to compete to create new games based on the Atari Flashback
console (a modern remake of the classic Atari 2600). Press
Release and Web
Arcade Game Therapy
Now this is a cool idea: the Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah, Wisconsin,
up with the local GameZone arcade to offer physical therapy services
via arcade games! The games are used to help patient's hand-eye coordination,
fine motor skills and balance. I suspect it helps keep the long hours of
therapy interesting, as well!
what's a Varkon? Don't be surprised if you've never heard of it:
Varkon was an "experimental pinball" produced specifically
to compete with video games. Try to imagine a two-layer pinball
table squished into a videogame cabinet. It's as unique as it sounds. Check
out this great page over on Al's Arcade Site covering the history
and one man's fevered search for one of these extremely rare (there
are less than 100) machines.
Update: Own a Varkon? Be sure to add your
name to the new Owner's
Arcade Road Trip
Here's an interesting site: Arcade
Road Trip, an online journal of sorts documenting some friends' visits
to arcades all across America (and the UK!). The site's a bit out of date,
but at least their heart is in the right place!
Arcade Game Collecting
Matthew Desantis, the same guy who created the Arcade Road Trip site, also
has a nice section on his site devoted to video
arcade game collecting and restoration. Check it out!
TLC Wins "Best New Bar Game"
TLC Industries' new PowerBall
Billiards arcade game just won the coveted (if slightly obscure) "Best
New Bar Game" award from Suburban Nitelife Magazine. Full
Golden Tee Live in Production
Magazine web site is reporting that the next generation of Golden
Tee, Golden Tee Live, has just entered production. One of the interesting
things is that "Golden Tee Live offers constant tournament game
play in an always-connected mode; this is made possible by an internal
wireless modem and Sprint PCS connection in each game."
Schools Inconsiderately Release Children
Yes, that evil known as "Spring Break" is upon us. RetroBlast Webmaster
Kevin Steele had this to say: "My kids are driving me crazy, I tell you,
crazy!" He warns site visitors to expect slower news updates and reviews
for the next week or so.
SA Dev's MAME Patches Updated!
The excellent set of MAME
patches from SA Dev has just been updated, with a new GUI interface, apply/unapply
options, and more. Everything's updated for MAME .95 as well.
If you haven't checked into these patches, I recommend
that you do: they really add a lot of powerful features and tweaks
to MAME, everything from the ability to skip over boot processes
to a true "high priority" mode for squeezing out the most
game performance possible on your system.
PlayStation Sales Ordered Halted
After losing a patent-infringement case against Immersion Technologies over
the rumble feature in the "Dual Shock" gamepads, Sony has apparently
to halt sales of both the PlayStation and PlayStation 2 in the United
States. Should be interesting to see where this one goes...
MAME Resolution Tool 2.0
I don't know when this was upgraded, but Steve Lilley-Hopkins has upgraded
Resolution Tool to version 2.0! Previously titled the "ArcadeVGA
MAME Resolution Tool", this is an extremely handy utility for adjusting
MAME's display settings for each game resolution (on a per game or per resolution
basis!). If you've got an AVGA card, you need this utility!
Well, it took a bit longer than I expected, but we've picked the top 10 entries
in RetroBlast's "Be an Honorary Starcader" contest. Click
Here to view the winners (as well as all the entries!)
Unfortunately, this is a
rather sad look at the closing of the "Texas No. 1 Fun" arcade
at the Sunrise Mall in Brownsville, Texas, which has remained open since the
mall opened in 1979.
MAME .95 Released
New games, new fixes, and as always, it's available over at MAME.net.
Starcade Contest Winners TBA!
RetroBlast "Be an Honorary Starcader" contest is now
closed. We got a lot of great photos, and I'll be publishing them
when we have the winners picked. It's going to be a hard choice
to pick the ten best photos, but we're working on it. More news
once we've chosen the winners!
thanks to the fast repair turnaround by Betson (thanks, Rick!)
my Betson Multisync arcade monitor is
back up and working perfectly.
It only took a few minutes to reinstall the boards
and get everything re-attached, but putting the monitor back in the
cab was a different story. I had one minor casualty: the monitor
frame scraped up one of my anodized black SlikStik
balltop joysticks. Luckily it's a simple screw-out replacement,
so I count myself lucky.
I got the entire repair/replace procedure done
yesterday afternoon, but was too busy playing Millipede after that
to post the news!
MAMERoom to Offer Finished Cabs
Looks like some big changes are coming in the product lineup at MAMEroom:
namely, they are going to be offering finished melamine arcade cab kits! Don't
worry, I'm working on making arrangements to review the kits when they are
Rap Rap Revolution?
is a great
retrogaming rap video (something I never thought I'd say) that
spoofs Dance Dance Revolution, Mortal Kombat, and more. Just imagine
an arcade where you can put in a quarter, pick up the mic, and
bust a few mad rhymes to score points. It's as weird as it sounds
and a definite must-see.
My Favorite Retrogaming Gear
it is: my favorite retrogaming gear. Warning: this article
is full of unfiltered personal opinion, and I reserve the right
to like something, well, just because! I've also included a list
of what I and my kids are playing right now — once again,
just because. It will be updated regularly, so head on over to
the Retrogaming Articles page and
check it out!
Ten Player Networked Bubble Bobble?
Yup. Check out Bub & Bob
Brothers, a Bubble Bobble clone that supports up to ten (count 'em, 10)
players over the Internet. It also adds such goodies as bonus powerups and
quite a bit more. If you're a fan of Bubble Bobble (my kids sure are!) this
is something you've got to check out!
The KLOV Top 100
No, it's not hosted by Casey Kasem: it's the Killer
List of Video Game's Top 100 Video Games. Agree or disagree, it's a comprehensive
list. They even include such sub-lists as "best games for women." Now
if only my wife would even touch a video game, I'd be all set...
UltraStyle 3.1 Release
Mainly a bug-fix release, but it does manage to squash a pretty big collection
of bugs. (Bug squashing...always a fun gameplay element!) Anyway, it's available
over at the
I realized that I probably haven't mentioned all the cool retrogaming-related
stuff that I've stumbled across recently:
you're looking for some retrogaming T-shirts, this is the time to
shop at PowerUp
Clothing: they're having a sale right now!
Other cool retrogaming products can be found at ThinkGeek,
such as Space
Invaders wall decorations and yes, more T-Shirt
designs. Time to bring your inner geek out in public.
On to Jupiter...
Just a quick update: the online Gyruss story that I mentioned yesterday, From
Neptune to Earth, has just had a new chapter released: Jupiter.
Pinball Pro Sub-Woofer Review
just completed my review of Pinball Pro's Sub-Woofer upgrade for
WCS and WCS-95 pinball machines. What happens when you replace
a wimpy 6" sub-woofer with a turbo-charged 8" one? Do
I really need to explain? Well, I did anyway, so check out the Reviews
Page and read on!
Gyruss, the Novel
something neat: a fan fiction serial story based on the classic
videogame Gyruss! And one of the authors is none other than Treyonics'
Jim Krych! From
Neptune to Earth is the ongoing story of the 357th JMFAS
(Joint Military Forces Attack Squadron) and their role in the Ideoclan
war. There are lots of in-references to the MAME community, btw.
Check it out if you're a fan of military-style sci-fi action!
my Betson monitor's board
set has been removed and sent back for repair. I've had to do this
now with both my Wells Gardner and now my Betson monitor, so I'm
becoming more adept at disassembling these beasts. Still, I don't
think I'll ever get completely comfortable with disconnecting the
60,000 volt "big red wire" from the tube, even though
both monitors seemed to be self-discharging.
The Roundup Review Begins
are the first two trackballs to arrive for the upcoming RetroBlast
Trackball Roundup Review: Betson 3" and 2.25" inch trackballs,
just waiting to be put to the test. These are the PS/2-connector
version of the trackballs, and I was impressed to see that the
button wiring harnesses are already attached. More news as the
trackballs roll in...(ahem...)
Max Hutchinson has just submitted his latest MCM.ini
file, an enhanced MAME categories file designed specifically to work with MAME
Content Manager (MCM). Whether you're removing adult ROMs or just don't
like Majhong games, MCM with the MCM.INI file makes trimming the ROM fat a
breeze — the updated file is available over on the RetroBlast
File Downloads page.
MAME Screensaver Updated
version 3.0 has just been released. This MAME-themed screensaver
now allows game snaps and other graphics to be inside ZIP files,
and also offers some bug fixes and refinements.
Unique Arcade Cabs 4 U
you're looking for an especially unique cab for your MAME project,
check out the new ArcadeGames4U site,
which offers a huge variety of different arcade cabinet styles:
Galaga reproduction, mini "cabaret" style, cocktail,
Dragon's Lair reproduction, even pedestal projection gaming systems!
I'm very impressed with the sheer scope of their cab offerings.
Another Pinball Box Auction
Apparently this is becoming a "thing": here is another eBay
auction for someone's empty pinball box. No bids, but at least this guy
is asking for a "Buy It Now" of only $39.99, compared to the $125
BIN that the last guy who tried to sell a pinball box asked for.
See Me, Hear Me...
The Who's classic pinball-themed rock opera "Tommy" is going to be
getting a special exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.
The Amazing Journey," it features memorabilia from the Who. No word
yet on if there's going to be an actual pinball machine or not, though...
Defender Desktop Wallpaper
collection of very cool "pseduo-3D" renderings of Defender,
by RetroBlast's own James McGovern. This set of three graphics
keeps true to the spirit of the original 2D sprites while adding
an "isometric edginess" (my words, not his!). A must
for any die-hard Defender fanatic, the graphics are now available
on the RetroBlast File Downloads page.
New A-PAC Analog Interface!
Warne at Ultimarc just keeps crankin' out innovative new goodies:
this time it's the
Ultimarc A-PAC, an analog interface that shows up
in Windows as two gamepads. It supports analog controls (pots),
meaning that you can hook up devices such as steering wheels. Ultimarc
is even going to be offering analog joysticks!
Pat Lawlor in Toledo
This is a bit of unique news: Pat Lawlor, the pinball designer responsible
for such pinball classics as Twilight Zone and The Addams Family, will be signing
autographs tomorrow at the grand opening of Dr. Scott's Pinball Store
in Toldeo, Ohio. A grand opening of a pinball store? Who says pinball is
ArcadeVGA Review Updated!
I got around to updating the RetroBlast
review of the Ultimarc ArcadeVGA Card to reflect the improved "second
generation" of the card (now based on the ATI 9200 chipset).
Andy of Ultimarc has done a fantastic job on the new card, and
improved it in many subtle (and not-so-subtle) ways!
LED Driver Board
this is cool — thanks to Eric Baldauf for pointing out the GameCab
LED Driver Board to me. It's designed to work with the IPAC
encoder, and provides "always on" lights as well as supporting
the keyboard lights (Num Lock, Scroll Lock, and Caps Lock) so that
you can have blinking Player 1/2 buttons in some MAME games. I'm
going to see if I can make arrangements to review this ASAP.
Megaman does Queen
Okay, here's something to totally mess up your mind for today: Queen's
Bohemian Rhapsody, as sung by Megaman. It's as weird as it sounds. As James
McGovern notes, "Make sure and watch it long enough to get to the headbanging!"
CONTEST UPDATE: A GRAND PRIZE!
I've just upped the ante for the current Starcade giveaway: in addition to
the Starcade DVD that the top 10 winners will receive, the top winner will
also win a grand prize: their choice of an Ultimarc ArcadeVGA card or a pair
of SlikStik Stainless Steel Balltop Joysticks. Just find a photo of yourself
(past or present) next to an arcade machine (video, pinball, MAME cab, whatever)
and send it to:
The Return of King Pong
C|Net News has a very interesting interview
with Nolan Bushnell, the founder of Atari, including hints about his new
"Antique" Gaming Systems?
Here's an article
in the Northwest Arkansas Times about how "antique" gaming systems
are coming back into vogue. Thanks, Pac-Man!
Where are the ROM Ads, Dude?
I'm very pleased to announce that I've finally managed to purge the ROM ads
from Google's Adsense service on RetroBlast. I'd tolerated a few showing
up here and there, but with my latest front page editorials about David Foley,
I was hitting so many ad keywords that practially all the Adsense ads on
RetroBlast's were for ROM sales.
I finally figured out what I was doing wrong in
trying to block these ads, and I think I've now exorcised them from
RetroBlast. I'll keep watching, though, as new ads may pop up that
There is yet another fascinating development in the MAME Trademark Saga: Aaron
Giles (one of the amazing MAMEdevs) has just posted an update on their trademark
application, along with the rules that they are planning on enforcing in
the future. To quote Aaron:
"In order to use the trademark, we are going
to have to set up some rules under which it can be used. This is
likely going to come in the form of, simply, "You must request
explicit permission to use the MAME trademark." Of course, permission
will be given to many legitimate uses (still have to ask, though!)
But there is indeed a growing commercial sector that is abusing the
MAME name to make claims that aren't true without violating the law
("Play 1000s of arcade games!" -- yeah right, show me your
license for that), and quite frankly, many of the MAME team members
are as against that as Mr. Foley is."
This is intriguing, and it will be interesting
to see their full terms once they've decided upon them. The full
message is available on Aaron
Giles web site.
MAME is SAFE!
love to be the bearer of good news: the
trademark application by David Foley of the MAME phrase and
logo has now been officially dropped! His trademark application
now reads: "Current Status: Abandoned: Applicant's
Even better is the fact that there is a brand
new trademark application listed for the phrase "MAME," and
the applicant is none other than the founding father of MAME, NIcola
Salmoria! (Can you tell I'm excited by this news? ;-)
Can't Afford a Pinball Machine?
Well, how about just buying
the box one came in? Yes, it's another crazy eBay auction: this time, someone
is trying to sell the box their brand new Stern pinball machine came in! For
only $125 minimum bid, you can buy the box this guy's new Lord of the Rings
pinball came in. This is the second time he's listed it, too — he didn't
get any bids the last time. Wonder why...
Trackball Roundup Update
Yes, I'm sure a few of you have begun to think I'd forgotten about the promised
RetroBlast Trackball Roundup. I had been waiting for the XGaming
trackball to be released before I did the roundup, and it may yet be
released before the roundup is complete, but I've gone ahead and started
gathering the trackballs for the review.
Here's the review list so far: Happs trackballs
in 1.5", 2.25", 3", and 4.5" sizes, Betson trackballs
in 2.25" and 3" sizes, an Ultimarc 2.25" trackball,
and possibly the XGaming 3" trackball. Heck, I might even add
a Microsoft Easyball if I can find one on eBay. I'll post more news
on the status of the roundup as the review units start to come in.
Ultrastyle 3.0 Released
Wow, another update to the very cool-looking Ultrastyle
front-end for MAME. Lots of changes, too, including totally re-written
Oscar Controls Hacked
First KLOV, now the Oscar
Controls site has been defaced. Harmless, but you've got to wonder: why
the attacks against retrogaming sites?
Pac-Man Potato Chip Auction!
Yes, it's as weird as it sounds: check out this
eBay auction for a "pac-man shaped" potato chip. Bid now or forever
miss out on this once-in-a-bag chance to own a piece of deep-fried nostalgia!
Is it a Bar or an Arcade?
Actually, it's both! Check out
this article about the Barcade, a place where you can grab a beer and then
play some vintage arcade games. Sounds fun to me!
Find a "Barcade" Near You!
you're curious about good places to play video games in your area,
be sure and check out the
Barcade site, a place where you can find (or post) reviews
of local gaming establishments. This is a very cool database, and
just the thing for those Friday night gaming runs.
in from RetroBlast contributing reviewer James McGovern is a
review of Starcade DVD #1. Starcade, the classic video-game
oriented gameshow from 1981, is now available on DVD for your viewing
pleasure. James shares his experiences with this DVD trip down
The History of Starcade
Quiz: What do Alex Trebeck, Larry Wilcox, Ted Turner, and Mike
Eruzione (the captain of the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" US
Olympic hockey team) have in common? Answer: Would you believe
a gameshow about videogames? Find
out how this gameshow came into being, direct from the people
responsible for bringing it to life!
Educating Gamers About Arcade Action
Jeremy Kopchak, Product Manager for XGaming,
Inc. pointed out to me an absolutely fascinating
GameSpy article about the need for developers to educate modern gamers on
how to enjoy (and succeed at ) arcade-style gameplay. Be sure to check it out,
and thanks, Jeremy!
My Betson Died...
Not a good day: for some reason my Betson
arcade monitor just died. No video, just a "tick-tock" clicking
noise. I'll call Betson tomorrow, but it's only six months old. Sigh...
Wait, I'm Not Dead Yet!
Ah, the power of "on second thought..." James McGovern has changed
his mind about parting out his TRON arcade project, and has decided to continue
to fight the good fight and see if he can't restore it to the glory which it
so richly deserves. Check out his "Rescue
Tron Blog" for more details of his ongoing (again) efforts!
just in: the Killer
List of Video Games (KLOV) site has been defaced. "Net
Devil" claims he is "H4CKiNG f0r Muslims Who Are Killed
Daily & Their Houses & Shops Burnt in IRAQ & PALESTINE
By The F***ing KillerZ Terrorists," and we all know what a
hotbed of pro-US propaganda the KLOV site was, right? Sheesh...what
Update: The site has
Walk of Game
Atari founder Nolan Bushnell and "Donkey Kong" creator Shigeru Miyamoto
were given stars on the new "Walk
of Game" to honor their contributions to video gaming. 'Bout time,
My Pinball Restoration Morning
spent some good "restoration time" today on my Attack
From Mars pinball machine today, sanding down the superglue "filler" that
I had poured into the cracks yesterday on some of the playfield's
inserts and then buffing it all out with a high-speed drill and Treasure
Cove's excellent polishing kit.
It's a simple and yet really great way to fill
in chipped edges on playfield inserts: water-thin superglue really
seeps under the edges of the inserts and fills in the holes and cracks.
Let it dry a day and then sand down with 1000 grit wet/dry paper
(available at auto stores), then polish the playfield.
Oh, and I want to recommend a new site: PinRestore.com,
where I ordered the "water thin" superglue that I used,
along with the disposable pipettes and a bunch of other handy restoration
products (plastic razor blades, anyone?). Good prices and fast service,
plus great things you didn't know you needed!
hate to have to report on things like this, but James McGovern's valiant
attempts to restore this TRON machine have come to an end.
He's given up the good fight, and is parting
out the machine so that it can give life to other TRON machines.
It's a sad fact of video and pinball preservation that sometimes
one machine must be sacrificed to save others, but it happens.
Industrial-Grade Control Panel
out this polished aluminum control panel! RetroBlast reader Matt
sent in several pics of his new uber-shiny metal panel, and I've
got to admit I'm envious.
He's still got to get the rest of the panel done,
but this is a very promising start to a cool looking control panel.
Slooow motion RetroBlast
Sorry, the site seems to be crawling today, and I'm not sure why. I'll see
if I can find out what's going on.
MAMEwah Config 1.61.1
Yes, at last a configuration program for the newer versions of MAMEwah! Full
details and download here.
Retrogaming: Pros and Cons
Thanks to Pac-Man for pointing out this intriguing
review of the Atari Anthology collection of 2600 games for XBox/PS2. The
reviewer basically takes two stances: 1. This is a great way to relive old
games, and 2. Not all old games are worth reliving. Guess what, I agree with
in the Seattle times discusses the popularity of the new Sopranos pinball
Weight Loss and Video Games
Here's an article
from RedNova on DDR, Maya, and the growing trend of video-game based weight
RetroBlast Site Housekeeping
I'm working today on fixing a lot minor annoyances I've had with the site,
but have never taken the time to fix: for example, I've got the Poll
Archives page working now. If something breaks, please let me know.
Akron Show Pics
got a few photographs from my visit yesterday to the Ohio
Pinball and Gameroom Festival in Akron, Ohio. It was fun, although
a lot of the machines were in less-than-excellent condition (many
of them sported signs saying they were in "better than new" condition,
which made me laugh.)
here for even more photographs from the show.
Special thanks to Jason Presnell, who hooked up
with me at the festival. While I suffered from a humiliating lack
of pinball skillz that day, it was still fun playing a lot of machines
I'd never actually had the chance to play before.
Off to the Akron Pinball Show
heading on over to the First
Annual Ohio Pinball and Gameroom Festival today, so if you're
there, look for some bald guy wearing a RetroBlast ID tag. I shouldn't
be too hard to find. ;-)
Thanks to James Hills of TLC Industries, I've got some
great photos of the ASI show, and hopefully will add more photos as the
show goes on. Of special note is a great shot of the XAP-1 cabinet in action,
and um, oh yeah, some pretty girls too...
Games People Play
Here's an interesting
piece on the CBS News site about the "home gameroom" movement,
and how people are moving beyond mere ping pong tables to "pro-level fun
stuff" as they put it. (just ignore the mention of Ultracade's "Arcade
The Ultimate Cocktail System
blew my mind when I saw it: a
4-sided, 32-inch monitor wielding "cocktail" gaming system.
Can you believe four players can play side-by-side on this beast?
This isn't a cocktail table system, it's a kitchen table system!
Com[Plex]'s Giganto-MAME Project has it all: trackball, spinner,
up to 4 player action, and more. Amazing.
New Immersion Arcade Force Feedback System
Straight from the
press release: "Immersion Corporation (Nasdaq: IMMR), a leading developer
and licensor of touch feedback technology, today announced a single-board version
of its popular integrated force feedback arcade control system. The new controller
and software can drive both steering wheels and joysticks, including Happ Controls'
Active Steering Wheel. An embedded real-time processor and high-power amplifier
provides strong and realistic force effects while off-loading the host PC of
force processing, keeping game play smooth and fast. Windows 98SE, 2000, and
XP systems are supported using Microsoft DirectX or Immersion's TouchSense(R)
libraries." Thanks for the news, Pac-Man!
UltraStyle 2.4.6 Released
FE has just been updated to version 2.4.6, fixing a few bugs
that were introduced in version 2.4 and improving movie playback
If you haven't tried UltraStyle yet, you really
owe it to yourself to give this MAME front end a "spin" (literally
ASI Show Starts Tomorrow
Showcase International (ASI) show starts tomorrow at the Hyatt Regency
in downtown Chicago, and runs from March 3-5. The show features over 150 manufacturers
of coin operated amusement machines, everything from pinball to video games
to juke boxes. Should be a lot of new product announcements coming soon!
TLC Introduces the XAP-1
this is one cool looking arcade cabinet! Utilizing display techonolgy
from the Elumens
corporation, "The XAP-1 features a 1.5 meter dome with
the game image projected inside, creating an unparalleled 3D immersive
display. Initially the XAP-1 is designed to house driving and racing
games such as TLC Industries’ Bandits: BattleZone and RC
Cars, but the technology can also be adapted for other genres as
Industries will be showing off this amazing cabinet at their
booth at the AIS Show March
3-5 in Chicago.
I've got a couple of news items hot from TLC Industries (full press releases
can be found at www.flexarcade.com/news)
- NextArcade Student
Will Feature Student Games from Full Sail and Illinois
Institute of Technology
SCHAUMBURG, IL – Feb. 28, 2005 – TLC Industries (http://www.tlcind.com)
and Full Sail Real World Education (http://www.fullsail.com)
announce the opening of the NextArcade Student Showcase (http://www.nextarcade.com).
The site is designed to bring public exposure to creative works being created
by today’s top student developers. Participating schools currently
include Full Sail Real World Education and the Illinois Institute of Technology.
- TLC Industries Says
PowerBall Billiards and NextArcade at Museum of Science
SCHAUMBURG, IL – March 1, 2005 - TLC Industries, Inc. (http://www.tlcind.com)
announces its participation in the Museum of Science and Industry’s
newest temporary exhibit, Game On: The History, Culture and Future of Video
Games. The exhibit makes its North American debut in Chicago on March 4 -Sept.
5 2005. TLC Industries will display PowerBall Billiards as well as supply
cabinets for other local game developers to display their games.
MAME and Multiple-game Arcade Machines
Looks like SuperAuctions
will not be allowing any multiple-game machines at their auctions in the
future (including MAME). (Discussion
of this also on BYOAC)
While this most certainly has all the markings
of some sort of influence from David Foley of Ultracade, I can't
really say I'm upset about it: almost all the multi-game machines
have illegal ROMs in them, and removing them from the auction only
increases the value of the original classics.
Anything that raises the value of original arcade
machines is good, in my opinion, since it makes them much more likely
to be restored and saved than simply thrown out in the trash.
Ohio Pinball Festival This Weekend
a reminder: I will be attending the First
Annual Ohio Pinball and Gameroom Festival this weekend (Friday
and Saturday). There are going to be over 100 machines set up for
free play, a tournament, an auction, and a lot of gameroom and
pinball vendors. Should be a lot of fun!
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