Contest Begins Tomorrow!
Yup, and several of you have noticed that there still hasn't been an announcement
of what the grand prize will be in the new RetroBlast contest that begins
tomorrow. There have been a few kinks in the plans, but rest assured I'm
working on getting things ready for tomorrow's contest launch, and I've still
got a few surprises up my sleeve!
Most Expensive Home Gaming Systems
has a "retro look" at expensive
computer gaming systems from the past, such as the 3DO and
NeoGeo systems, with their selling prices adjusted for inflation
to today's dollars. Imagine, an Apple II would cost $8560.26 today!
It's a fascinating look at how much we're sometimes willing to
pay for a little gaming fun...
DreamAuthentics' new Personal Video Arcade
Hot off the
PR Newswire: DreamAuthentics announces
the release of 2 new Personal video Arcade machines for the home.
DreamAuthentics provides a universal game platform
that can play literally THOUSANDS of video games ranging from any
off-the-shelf retail PC game to original XBOX™ and Playstation™ games
as well as licensed classic arcade games that run via software emulation.
The Excalibur personal video arcade is our flagship 2 player product.
The base features of the Excalibur include an authentic 2 player
control panel, built-in Wells Gardner arcade monitor, plexiglass,
bezel, printed graphic marquee with back lighting, built-in 5 speaker
sound system, locking doors front and back, hidden keyboard drawer,
power strip, arcade coin door, and leg levelers.
The Eladius personal video arcade is our flagship 4 player product.
The base features of the Eladius include an authentic 4 player control
panel, built-in 33" Wells Gardner arcade monitor, plexiglass,
bezel, printed graphic marquee with back lighting, built-in 5 speaker
sound system, locking doors front and back, hidden keyboard drawer,
power strip, arcade coin door, and leg levelers.
All cabinets come pre-loaded with 12 licensed classic
video arcade games, a custom game menu system and a unique one-touch
power on button. Optional items include: Steel Joysticks, Optical
Joysticks, Illuminated Trackball, Integrated or Wireless Flight Stick,
Racing wheel, Metal spinner color, Cup Holders, Pinball Buttons,
Arcade Light Guns, Digital television upgrade, Enhanced Game Engine
and Custom Side Art/Decals.
Illustrator Needed for Space Epic
David Cuciz & James Krych are searching for an illustrator for their ongoing
Neptune to Earth", a Gyruss-inspired battle epic. If you're interested,
please contact James
Atari Belt Buckle
this stretches the limits of personal dignity, but if you're really
a die-hard Atari 2600 fan, check out this belt
buckle made from an actual Atari joystick. While this is probably
a more comfortable way to use one of these joysticks (they were
killers in your hands!), it brings up way too many joystick jokes...
Love Your Video Game Music?
Check out Video
Games Live, a concert event featuring nothing but music from video games!
They're currently working on their tour dates and cities, but they have announced
that the concerts will feature music from: "Mario™,
Zelda®, Halo®, Metal Gear Solid®, Warcraft®, Myst®, Castlevania®,
Medal of Honor™, God of War™, Kingdom Hearts, Sonic™, Tron,
Tomb Raider®, Advent Rising, Headhunter, Beyond Good & Evil™, Tom
Clancy Montage (Splinter Cell®, Ghost Recon™, Rainbow Six®) EverQuest® II
and a special retro arcade segment that goes from Pong® to Donkey Kong®!"
(Is that a lot of trademark notices
Man Thrives at 25
2 Makes Arcade Debut
Microsoft XBox Live Arcade's Retro Reunion
Okay, so I stumbled onto this contest two months into a 3-month run, but you've
still got a chance to win some cool 80's and 90's-themed stuff just by sharing
your best arcade memories. Check
out the site for full details, and start reminiscing...
Unveils New Arcade Games
Dark Resurrection Confirmed
Ultracade Licenses Visual Pinball!
it's true — David Foley and Ultracade have
licensed Randy Davis' excellent Visual
Pinball software for their upcoming "Pinball Legends" machine,
a pinball simulator that will basically consist of a pinball machine
outfitted with a plasma display and licensed versions of classic
WIlliams and Bally pinball games. There is a huge
discussion about this going on in the VPForums — here
is a collection of David Foley's
posts about their upcoming system. I never saw this one coming,
but it looks to be a win-win solution, as Ultracade is apparently
only licensing the code, will be enhancing it, and releasing the
improvements back into the community.
had to be really, well, toasted when they came up with
this idea: combine Dance Dance Revolution with blow torches! Yes,
it's exactly as it looks: Dance
Dance Immolation is a dance game with the extra added challenge
of walls of flame! The team working on it is currently trying to
raise enough money so that they can demo the game at...where else...this
Man gathering! Heh...I like their style..."Burn, baby,
Duck Hunt Sniper Rifle
wanted to really take out the ducks in Nintendo's Duck Hunt game?
I mean, none of this wimpy pistol garbage: how about a full-fledged
sniper rifle? G4TV's
Attack of the Show have converted the Duck Hunt light gun into
something a bit less sporting and a whole lot more deadly looking...now
that's the ticket...
Retro Revival Magazine Ends
RetroBlast reader Erik Goetheer wrote yesterday to point out that there is
a new issue of Retro
Revival magazine available for download, and that same day the editor
of Retro Revival posts a message that Retro Revival is ceasing publication!
I don't know what to make of this, other than to say you should download
the latest issue soon!
Reborn as Home Accessory
The Savior of Retrogaming?
Phoenix 2600 Review and Video
Gerson has completed his review
of the Phoenix 2600 portable Atari 2600 gaming system, and
has even included a video showing
off the system! A follow-up to his great interview
with Ben Heckerdon (the creator of the Phoenix 2600), Mitch
takes a closer look at the system and his experiences with it.
Treyonics Partners with ArcadeGames4U
just received a note from Jame Krych of Treyonics,
announcing that Treyonics is partnering with ArcadeGames4U,
and will in fact become a subsidiary . This new arrangement should
lead to faster order processing and even a price reduction in the
near future. Full press release
Turner Sets GameTap Subscription Rate
Turner Broadcasting System has set the subscription rate for the fall debut
of its GameTap broadband
entertainment network at $14.95 per month. The company also announced
that all subscribers will get a two-week trial period for unlimited access
to the network. GameTap allows subscribers to access the largest vault of
games, ranging from the early arcades to console and PC titles, using a broadband-connected
PC. The network will also feature original Turner programming.
New X-Arcade Cab Photos!
just got my hands on some early pictures of the upcoming X-Arcade
cabinet, thanks to X-Gaming's Shawn Walters. (Click on the photo
for a larger image). As Shawn puts it:
"Thought you (and readers) would enjoy a
sneak-peek of our X-Arcade Machine prototype, currently being readied
for production. We plan on announcing full details, pricing
and specifications next month.
As you may or may not know, we terminated our arcade
machine partnership with Quasimoto last year due to quality concerns
and have designed this machine from the ground-up ourselves; following
the strong tradition of our other X-Arcade products.
Our production team, led by Jeremy Kopchak, has
implemented some very unique features sure to excite gamers."
Some of those unique features include a hinged
front door and a lockable keyboard tray. I'm looking forward to seeing
the full specs when they are announced!
A $73,000 Foosball Table?
Of course, the Opus
table by Eleven Fourty has all sorts of unique features, like
their "Doppleganger" technology which allows them to
micro-cast 3D heads from photographs, meaning each player on the
table can have a family member or friend's face. There's a lot
more to these hand-crafted tables, so if you're looking for the
absolute primo foosball experience, check them out.
Gaming Expo 2005
Line Up Announced
Special X-Arcade Duo Pricing
from X-Gaming: "We have a limited quantity of X-Arcade
Dual Joysticks for an all-time low price of $119.95, including
shipping anywhere in the USA, a PC Adapter and 6 Full Version Midway
Arcade Games. This is the lowest price the X-Arcade Dual Joystick
has ever been available for since it's release."
New Coin-Op.TV Inteview
Robert Welkner (producer) interviews Nate
Williams of CAPCOM - who talks about the upcoming release of Capcom's Classics
Collection featuring over 20 exciting classic titles! Also, we've updated the
episodes section so hope you like the new look!
Job Opportunity at TLC
Schaumburg game developer / manufacturer seeks part time content manager to
work with Digital Rights Management (DRM) software and games for NextArcade
and other projects as needed in this aggressively expanding company.
Candidates should posses good technical knowledge
- programming experience is a benefit but not required. Must be a
gamer able to quickly learn new applications and troubleshoot software
Pluses that may lead to rapid advancement: (we
hire and promote our interns first!)
- HTML / PHP and Flash experience
- Programming experience
- Game development or QA experience
- Sales experience
This is a perfect opportunity for college students
looking for a casual but FUN and exciting work environment with a
couple free days per week who want to break into the games industry.
More information about NextArcade: www.NextArcade.com
More information about TLC Industries: www.TLCind.com
Please send a resume and why you want to work in
the games industry to:
James Hills email@example.com
New Front Page Pic
probably noticed the new photo on the RetroBlast
front page by now. As nostalgic as I am about the old photo
(of my first "MAMEframe" arcade cab), I felt it was time
to update the front page to better reflect the expanded scopes
of both RetroBlast and my own home gameroom. After all, RetroBlast
is dedicated to the "home arcade," covering anything
and everything related to reproducing the arcade experience in
your own home.
More Orange County Video Pinball Details!
been a while since this prototype "Orange County Choppers" video
pinball machine was unveiled, but it now looks like it's going
into production, and Pinball
News has all the details. There have been some changes, notably
the cabinet design. I don't know how "authentic" the
experience of playing the game will be, but I do know that I want
to give it a try!
Sega Arcade Board Based on XBox 360?
Doris, Star-Spangled Gal of US Gaming Arcades
Classic Gaming Expo This Weekend!
Gaming Expo enters its eighth year as the world's first
and largest event paying tribute to the people, systems and games
of yesteryear. The 2005 event will be the biggest and best ever.
The show is open to the public, gamers of all ages are welcome.
The show will open at 9am on Saturday, with the main floor closing
down at 5pm, after which the CGE Auction will begin. On Sunday the
doors open at 10am and close at 4pm.
The show will be held in Burlingame at The San
Francisco Airport Hyatt Regency on August 20th and 21st, 2005. You
can get the updates on the front page or visit the CGE Forum at the Retrogaming Roundtable for up-to-the-minute information.
The Ultimate Race Sim?
you're a racing sim purist who wants the most authentic ride possible,
be sure and check out Force
Dynamics' 301 rig. A "high performance, commercial quality
motion system," the 301 looks to be a very fun ride (for $30,000,
it had better be!)
The section detailing how the system simulates
acceleration and deceleration is fascinating, and be sure and
also check out the videos
of the 301 in action!
Yes, it's still coming...
...only now you have a few more details about the upcoming NextArcade
/ RetroBlast game giveaway. We're still working out a few details, such
as the Grand Prize, but at least there's some more information about the contest
on the front page (see, I'm not that big a tease!)
Wanted: Games Reviewers
Here's the scoop: I've got a boatload of games available to review, but not
enough hours in the day to do it all myself. I'm therefore putting out the
call for reviewers: If you'd like to review a game or two for RetroBlast,
please email me and let me know. Any game you review is yours to keep.
That big contest I've been hinting about? It's coming. Soon. Things are still
in a bit of flux, but I should have more details in a few days. And yes,
I am a tease. ;-)
PAPA 8 Results Posted
the official Professional Amateur Pinball Association (PAPA) tournament
been posted. I look at those scores and realize I've got a
long way to go with my pinball "skillz," but it's a goal
to shoot for, right? (At least my personal best of 21 billion on
AFM is in the ballpark!) Oh, and be sure and check out the "Mini
Tournaments" — "doubles" on pinball, with
each person controlling a flipper? Sounds like a blast!
of Fun MAME Arcade Emulator
is Pinball Paradise
SEGA Titles Make a Comeback on PS2
SlikStik Lighted Joysticks Enroute!
it has been a while, but SlikStik has
just shipped a full set of lighted joystick shafts to RetroBlast
for review! Seems that demand for these sticks has been very strong,
and they've been working hard at keeping enough stock on hand!
I'm really looking forward to reviewing them: look for a full review
If you're a fan of game tokens (or just nostalgic about arcades), you should
really check out this new Flickr
collection of token photos, or the
Token Museum at GoodDealGames. Lots of great designs (and don't forget
about this year's BYOAC
London Hosts Second CGEUK Event
Report by Kevin Williams
Reprinted with permission from The
Stinger Report 14/8/05
HERE FOR PHOTOS!)
South London Fairfield Halls conference venue played host to the
second years gathering of classic console, arcade and pinball enthusiast
creating Europe’s largest retro event. The Classic
Gaming Expo UK proved a great success, and proved an important
milestone in the establishment of the Europe into the profitable
and popular classic gaming scene. The event took place on Saturday
13th August 2005, and was the Second event mixing a strong dealing
and show floor with Question & Answer sessions with classic developers
and world record high-score holders.
This year's event established a new level of status
joining forces with Twin Galaxies (http://www.twingalaxies.com),
the official repository of video game high-scores since the 80’s – known
by many as the official electronic scoreboard. Walter Day, official
score keeper and chief editor of Twin Galaxies ‘Official Video
Games & Pinball Book of World Records’, brought a group
of world record scorers on the core classic games to the UK on a
good will tour, and created a impressive gathering of expert players
and pure gaming enthusiasm, which those luck enough to attend a Q&A
session during the event got to ask probing questions regarding what
makes these players tick.
The Twin Galaxies involvement with CGEUK also included
the throwing down of the gauntlet to wider European support of the
classic gaming community and into the achieving of world record scores.
The US and Canadian team was supported by their first UK world record
player, a new addition to the team. But also a partition was signed
by attendees to the exhibition that was to be taken to Paris, and
encourage a grand competitive American Vs. France play-off. A European
Video Game Championship was held during the day, with the high-score
players competing against visitors to the event. The event racking
up one record with the highest score on one credit played on Space
Harrier achieved by one of the Twin Galaxy team.
Of the Twin Galaxies ‘dream team’ of
top scorers the world famous ‘Player-of-the-Century’ Billy
Mitchell made an appearance at the event. Mr. Mitchell is the current
world record holder on a slew of classic titles, including the famous
perfect Pac-Man high-score. Bill proved a popular and enthusiastic
ambassador to the fun that is high-score gaming. Expanding on the
popularity of classic gaming a unique promotion was supported by
CGEUK and Twin Galaxies with a special limited edition hot sauce
being given at the event, hoping to build on brand identity and a
really good condiment.
Billy showed a video of a perfect clocking of Donkey
Kong (clearing the high-score), this video played next to the live
super high-score playing of the oldest world record playing female
player. At a youthful 80-year old Doris Self, offered testament to
the youthful properties of playing the old school video games. Her
chosen classic Q*Bert was masterfully played; a special award made
by Twin Galaxies recognized the world record accomplishment.
Many of the classic arcade machines were supplied
by computer game legend Archer Maclean, brining a number of machines
from his vast collection of vintage systems. Mr. Maclean also sat
in on a Q&A session with gathered video game developers asked
about their views on their previous glories and the future of the
classic gaming scene.
The event organized by Chris and Christina proved
a valuable and well attended event and with the European dimension
looks to be going from strength to strength. The popularity of Retro-Gaming
has reached a new level of popularity and it is hoped that as with
the vast North American Classic gaming event the London extravaganza
will become a well known fixture in all fans diaries.
Note: I'd like to extend a special thanks
to Kevin Williams of The Stinger Report for this report and photos
of this year's Computer Game
What if you have an unusual fondness for the classic video game PaperBoy and
a legion of geek friends willing to help you out with a great idea for a
prank? You get this
funny video, of course!
"Mars" Chapter Released
I don't know if you've been following the Gyruss-inspired "From
Neptune to Earth" saga, co-written by Treyonic's own Jim Kyrch. The
Mars chapter has just been released, continuing the story of the 357th JMFAS
(Joint Military Forces Attack Squadron).
More Pinball Furniture
It looks like the concept of a Pinball
Coffee Table has now gone mainstream, with Maxwell furniture offering them,
as well as backbox-based tables and more.
A Slice of Americana
Check out this article in the Denver
Post about Lyons Classic Pinball, and join me in a big sigh as you realize
there's not such a cool collection of pins anywhere near you.
Wico Leaf-Switch Review Updated
just finished updating my review of the Wico Leaf-Switch joystick,
thanks to a generous loan by Robbie Fusinato. A true "one-of-a-kind" leaf-switch
design makes the Wico a unique joystick experience, one that has
a spawned some very devoted fans. So how does it measure up? Check
out the review!
New Coin-Op.TV Interview
Lots of great new stuff over at COIN-OP.TV!
NEW EPISODE: Angela Murrow interviews MARK S. RUDOLPH,
Director of Marketing for SNK Playmore USA, at E3 2005. Mark shares
some hot new release info on the classic coin-op arcade games being
released onto consoles systems this year.
Extreme Retrogaming Tattoos
this is perhaps going a bit over the top, but you've got to admire
this guy's devotion to video gaming! Take
a look at his designs and the final result as he gets his own
personal "history of videogaming totem" tattooed into
his skin, starting with Pong and working his way up to...um...MegaMan?
officials won't back video game limits in Jensen
Ringtones Headed Home
Classic Arcade Released for XBox
Builds a Mean Pinball
British Games Re-released at CG Expo
Dies After 50 hours of Video Games
and Activision Ink Agreement for Flashback 2
MAMEDev Interview: Reip
Bob Seidel is back with another great MAMEDev interview, this time
with Pierpaolo Prazzoli (Reip). Learn what discovery led Reip into
contact with the MAMEdev team, and where it lead him from there!
As always, a fascinating interview and a great read, and it's now
available over on the Retrogaming Articles
CGE UK: This Time It's War!
Gaming Expo UK and the editors of Twin Galaxies’ Official
Video Game & Pinball Book of World Records are planning an
international classic arcade event that pits Americans against
European arcade players.
Scheduled for Saturday, August 13, 2005, the event,
titled: “Crowning the Classic Video Game Champions of Europe,” will
be a featured activity at the 2005 Classic Gaming Expo UK, at the
Fairfield Halls in Croydon, a suburb 20 miles south of Central London
on Highway A23, near Gatwick Airport.
Conducted by Walter Day, chief editor of Twin Galaxies’ Official
Video Game & Pinball Book of World Records, the official record
book for the worldwide electronic gaming industry, the event will
monitor high-score game play on five classic games to determine a
European Champion. Thrown in for some healthy competition are top
US and Canadian players. Click
for full details! (Thanks to Timo Reinikka for the news)
Classic Arcades Joins Forces with IPB!
Direct from Jeff McAfee of Classic Arcades:
"We are proud to announce that we have teamed
up with Illinois Pin Ball Company. In addition to being a supplier,
I am now the official webmaster of their website.
IPB has given me the authority to make the following
projects happen if there is an interest for them. It is up to you
to make these projects a reality. No money is required to pre-order
the products that are mentioned below. As a thank you for pre-ordering,
you will be given a great discount for help making this project a
These decals will be screen printed and will be
identical to both look and feel as the originals.
Project #1: Complete set of Pinbot decals.
Project #2: Complete set of Addams Family Cloud Decals
Please take a moment to go to IPB's
website and make this project a
reality. Kim really want's to make IPB your first choice for all of your pinball
CCAG 2005 Coming in October!
The 2005 Classic Computing
And Gaming Show is coming! Scheduled for October 22nd from 2-7pm in the
spacious National Guard Armory in Lorain, Ohio, the CCAG will feature classic
computing and retrogaming fun for everyone. Oh, and guess what? It's totally
About that Integrated VPinMAME Installer...
Apparently, the integrated installer on the PinballSim
site no longer works — it seems the files in the current package
are out-of-date. I'll check in with the team and see if they have any plans
for an updated installer, but in the meantime, I'd recommend that if you're
interested in Visual PinMAME you check
out this great PinMAME tutorial instead.
Raiders of the Lost Arcade
new video on RetroBlast! This is a short (but classic) segment
from the TV show Futurama, entitled "Raiders of the Lost Arcade." It's
a loving tribute to the glory days of arcade gaming. Look for cameos
by the classic video game characters Donkey Kong, Pac Man, Q*Bert,
and more. Check it out!
it's been nearly a full month that I've been unable to really devote
the time that I would like to RetroBlast, and unfortunately that
means a huge backlog of reviews and site "to-do's" that
I have to try and catch up on. It's gotten so backed up around
here that I've had to take over the gameroom ping-pong table as
a temporary "test lab" since my shop is so full of junk.
The good news? Summer vacation is almost over, and that means I'll
have a lot more time to devote to the site once my kids are back
So, what's on tap? Well, the long-delayed trackball
roundup, for one thing. And a bunch of other reviews I've been meaning
to finish up but just haven't found the time this summer. I've got
a very cool giveaway contest coming up, and I've also got the site
overhaul to get back to, with the promise of an RSS newsfeed and
more. Plus, I'm tinkering with the idea of setting up a community "classifieds" page.
Anyway, I know that you've all been very patient,
and I do want to apologize for the delays. Give me a couple more
weeks, and RetroBlast will be back up to speed with more new content
than you can shake a joystick at.
2005 BYOAC Tokens Pre-Order
this news caught me off guard: the 2005
BYOAC Tokens are now available for pre-order on David Santoro's
web site! I think this year's design is exceptional, and I've already
plunked down my cash. Note that if there are not enough pre-orders
to at least break even, no tokens will be made (and all pre-orders
refunded). In other words, if you're interested, put in an order
Visual PinMAME Made Easy
Pinball and PinMAME make a great team when it comes to PC pinball
simulations. The combination of a good pinball table simulator
Pinball) and a pinball "system" emulator (PinMAME)
allows you to "play" a genuine pinball machine on your
computer with the original game's ROM code controlling the action.
(I've found it invaluable in "playtesting" pinballs that
I'm thinking of purchasing.)
The only problem is that installing the two programs
and getting them talking to each other can be a bit tricky. Enter
site, which has developed an "all-in-one" installer,
including a front end like VPLauncher,
and you've got a great way to relive all your favorite pinball machines.
PAPA 8 Begins Tomorrow
8 World Pinball Championship begins tomorrow. In what has got
to be the retrogaming miracle story of the year, Kevin Martin has
managed to rebuild an amazing collection after the devastating
floods last year that destroyed hundreds of pinball machines. If
you're a pinball wizard, you need to be heading to Pittsburgh this
weekend: there's over $33,000 in prize money to be had!
(Be sure and also check out the Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette's article on this year's PAPA competition!)
Sorry for the delay in getting back to things, but the entire family caught
a stomach flu bug as soon as we got back and things have been, well, ugly
around here. I'm still not 100%, but here's the news:
X-Arcade Solo Joystick Price Drop
Inc, developer of high end video game hardware, has just announced
a $20 price drop for its best-selling X-Arcade™ Solo
Joystick. In North America, the new suggested retail price
will be moved from $99.95 to $79.95. This marks the first price
drop in the history of the Solo Joystick. Full
a cool idea for your next Lego MindStorms project: a
working pinball machine! It's a interesting design challenge,
and it looks like Thomas Waadeland has apparently created a
lot of other interesting Lego robotic creations, but it's the
pinball machine in particular that caught my eye. (Thanks to James
McGovern for the news!)
Christian IGames is now live!
TLC Industries is pleased to announce the launch of Christian
IGames. The website is a channel of NextArcade featuring
a selection of computer games carefully reviewed by an advisory panel featuring
clergy, parents, children and game developers. Additionally, the NextArcade
Desktop provides features designed to make buying and playing games more fun,
safe and secure for families.
MAME 0.99 Released
Yup, the miracle workers on the MAMEdev team have cranked out another update
to MAME, and it's available from the MAME.net
site. (Here's to hoping they actually relent and go with a genuine 1.0
release for the next update!)
FoxTrot on Videogame Nudity
WPC Pinball No-Pop Boards
second run of "No-Pop" boards is being manufactured for
WPC-based pinball machines. I've got one of these in my WPC "Dr.
Who" pinball, and it has completely eliminiated the loud "POP" noise
when turning the machine on or off. If you've got a WPC pinball
and can't stand the "POP!", then check this out!
Revenge from Mars Mini-Saucer LED Kit™
Ung has done it again: in addition to his excellent Attack
from Mars Mini-Saucer LED Kit (see
review), he's now releasing a
version of the kit for Revenge from Mars. Similar to the
AFM board, this board also includes a new feature: a circuit
to turn off the saucers when the rest of the playfield goes
dark. This way, the saucers can be off during modes like the "Hypno
I'm back. More news soon. (Last trip for a while, I promise!)
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