GameRoom Magazine Winner!
day, another winner in the RetroBlast Giveaways: Today's winner
is Brian Buffington, who wins the first "6+6" subscription
Magazine (that's six back issues and six new issues, a great
way to jump start your GameRoom reading library!)
GameRoom's New Web Site
Speaking of GameRoom
magazine, it looks like they've just overhauled their web site, and the
new site looks great.
XGaming Midway CD Wiiners
Gotta love Fridays — lots and lots of winners. Here are this week's 5
winners of the XGaming Midways Games CD. Congrats to everyone!
- Jason Jutras (aka
- Christine Hughes
- Jon Anders
- Jon Steltenpohl
Mario and Pac-Man face off in new arcade
long-rumored release of Mario
Kart Arcade GP looks to finally be a reality.
An arcade sit-down racing game that includes both
the Nintendo Mario and Namco Pac-Man characters, you'll finally be
able to pit them against each other and find out who's the video
game character with the best skillz this October.
Rollie Electronics Joysticks Winner!
it's Thursday, I guess it must be time to announce the first winner
of the Rollie
Electronics Translucent Joystick Giveaways, and that winner
is Joe Levell! He wins a pair of translucent joysticks with his
choice of color. Congrats, Joe!
BuddaBing's LED Blaster
It looks like "BuddaBing"'s
LED driver board is going to production! Boards will cost $69.95, and that
includes the driver board, parallel cable, power cable, and CD with driver
software. This board will be used with upcoming versions of MAME and the Controls.dat
file to light just the buttons used in a game, and will even include an "attract
mode". I've mentioned I love blinky lights, right? ;-)
Pachislo Paradise, Part 2
much-anticipated second part of Mitch Gerson's look into the world
of Japanese Pachislo "Skill Stop" slot machines, this
time with reviews of his Metal Slug and Tekken Pachislos, along
with Stealth Amusements and Specialty Stands. There are a lot of
pictures and yes, even a video as well, all available over on the RetroBlast
"Texas Fold'em" Debuts from TLC
I guess it's official: Poker is red hot.
Direct from the TLC press release): "TLC Industries, Inc.,
Fold’em at this year’s AMOA Expo. Texas Fold’em
is a coin-op arcade version of the hot and trendy card game,
Texas Hold’em. An ingenious spin-off with some new twists
and turns, Texas Fold’em follows the Texas Hold’em
hand hierarchy and terminology, but adds even more excitement
and stimulation by allowing players to control four hands simultaneously,
folding the lower ones. Following U.S. gaming laws, Texas Fold’em
is strictly for adult amusement and redemption. Players never
get a cash payout but earn points for their quick-witted card
MAME Marquees Marquee Winner!
Marquees winner (who wins, coincidentally, a marquee of his
choice) is Chris Greiner! He gets to pick from any of the great
marquee designs available over on the MAME Marquees site. Congrats,
Operators Find Pinball’s Magic And
Mystery Still Alive In 2005
Think pinball's considered dead and buried, even by amusement operators? Apparently,
not quite yet. Check out this Vending
Time's article on the lasting (and living) legacy of pinball.
Midway Treasures 3 Races to Store Shelves
Yup, the third edition of the Midway
Treasures game collections has been released for XBox and PS2, an all-racing
game edition no less. Personally, I'd love to see more of these "themed" game
SlikStik Lighted Joysticks Winner!
happy to announce the first winner of the SlikStik
Lighted Joysticks is David France! David wins two joystick
shafts with his choice of shaft style (for Happs Competition, Super,
or P360 base) and color (from seven solid colors or multi-color).
Alawar Releases "Snowy: Fish Frenzy"
the press release: "Bears like fish. Snowy, the adorable hero
of games from Alawar Entertainment, is no exception. In Fish
Frenzy, his new downloadable offering for the PC, he's caught
so many fish, he's attracted a gang of sticky-fingered cats. Even
with the help of his friends, Snowy can't guard his dinner from
all of the felonious felines. Will you lend a hand?"
New Coin-Op.TV Interview:
Jerry Huber of Midway Home Entertainment
Angela Murrow interviews Jerry Huber (Midway Home Entertainment) and gets the
scoop on the new Midway Arcade Treasures Collection 3 coming out for all platforms
in Oct 2005! All webisodes can be found in the episodes section of the
The Ultimate MAME Portable?
GP2X Handheld, the successor to the GP32 handheld. What's it
got to offer? How about the fact that it runs Linux, which means
MAME, and a 320x240 LCD screen that even has a TV-out option! There's
a lot more — think MP3 player, DiVX videos, and...oh, yeah:
MAME! I even hear it plays some other games. Thanks to Keith Olson
for the news!
Alawar "Pick 3" Winner!
The first winner of the Alawar "Pick 3" Games Giveaway has just been
selected. Congrats to "Sue and Steve", who have just won their choice
of three games from Alawar's
It's been brought to my attention (thanks Brian!) that several of the RetroBlast
videos were corrupted, probably during the move to the new host. I've re-uploaded
all the damaged videos that I've found, but if you run across something that
doesn't look quite right, please let me know. Thanks!
80's Themed Arcade Sign Artwork
that last little bit of classic "arcade ambiance" for
your gameroom? Check out the great 80's-styled
arcade sign artwork available over at Peter Hirshberg's site.
It's in Adobe Illustrator format, so you can tweak it to your needs.
you've ever dreamed that you could play games on (rather than with)
your pen, this is for you: game
pens, complete with D-pad. Like all compromises, this one looks
to be neither a great pen, nor a great gaming experience. Still,
ya gotta applaud the attempt...
News Reviews the Atari Flashback 2.0
Play Day for Pinball Wizards, Arcade Enthusiasts
of the Dead
SlikStik Lighted Joystick Handles Review
promised, here is the written companion review to the video review
I posted a couple of days ago. The SlikStik lighted balltop joysticks
are well-engineered top-of-the-line joysticks — so why did
they freak me out? Check out the review to
find out what unsettled me so much about these great sticks!
High Tech RetroConsole
this for the marriage of modern wireless gaming with old school
retrogaming: an NES clone console with 2.4Ghz wireless controllers!
NEX console plays NES and Famicon games, and features optional
wireless gamepads. A very cutting-edge way to get your old console
Thanks to Dan Hower for the link!
Today's XGaming CD Winners!
Here are the five lucky winners in week 2 of the XGaming Midway Games CD giveaways:
- Robert M Helvie
- Chuck Smalls
- Hector Sanchez
- John Van Valer
- Patrick Chase
Stay tuned for next week, as there will be contest
winners posted every weekday!
The Birth of RetroBlast!
and why did RetroBlast come into being? And who is this "Kevin
Steele" guy that we keep hearing about? Reprinted from GameRoom
Magazine and now available over on the Retrogaming
Articles Page is my own account of the birth of RetroBlast,
with far more information than I'm sure you care to know...
XGaming Trackball Orders Now Being Taken
the long-awaited X-Arcade Trackball mouse is no longer trapped
in "PreOrder Limbo": XGaming
is now taking orders for the controller (and at a great $99.95
price)! The trackball will be shipping in November, and I'll be
reviewing the controller soon as well, so stay tuned!
Nolan Bushnell, Judge
It looks like the father of Atari, Nolan Bushnell, will one of the judges on
the new show Made
In The USA, "television's newest and most ingenious
reality program where America's unknown inventors and entrepreneurs get their
shot at fame and fortune... and a chance to win a one-year contract with
TV shopping network HSN." Thanks to Mitch Gerson for the link!
SlikStik Lighted Balltop Joysticks Video
video review of SlikStik's new lighted balltop joysticks, including
installation. Glowing like an alien orb, these sticks certainly
bring on the "bling" — but how do they work
as joysticks? Check out the new RetroBlast
video to find out. (The written review should be up in
a day or so.)
Retrogaming is now Fashionable
...at least, according to this Tom's
Hardware article it is. Bask in your coolness, fellow enthusiasts! Thanks
to Cerian Knight for the link!
Replacement Whirlwind Compass Overlay
Classic Arcades wrote in to announce their new "compass
overlay" for Whirlwind pinball machines. It looks like a nice job,
and the compass area is certainly one of the high-wear areas!
New Coin-Op.TV Episodes
Great new videos available over at COIN-OP.TV:
9/19/05 - Danielle Kotzias (of COIN-OP.TV) challenges
local New Hampshire girl Justine Baker (Miss Winnipesaukee 2004),
who was a score keeper at Funspot's annual tournament in 2005, to
a game of Air Hockey. Check out all the fun and madness as the crowd
cheers 'em on!
9/11/05 - Nafeesa DeFlorias interviews Luke Chueh
a Los Angeles artist who showcased some of his compositions at the
recent 'I am 8-Bit' show at the Gallery 1988.
9/3/05 - Angela Murrow interviews Scott Rubin,
Namco Mobile Arcade, at E3 2005. Scott talks about the mobile arcade
revolution and how Namco is at the heart of it all with Pac-Man celebrating
25 years of fun.
Just wanted to post some details on the contest drawings: most of the contests
are either weekly or monthly, with a few big prizes (such as the grand prize)
being drawn in early December (sorry, don't have a specific date yet, but
the goal is to have the prize in the winner's hands before Christmas!)
I'm posting the winners' names on the news page
with each drawing, and also notifying them via email.
Next drawing is for another 5 X-Gaming Midway Games
CDs this Friday (9/23), and then things really get fun next week,
when I will pick the first winners in each of these contests:
- Alawar "pick 3" game winner on Monday
- SlikStik lighted joysticks on Tuesday
- MAMERoom Marquee on Wednesday
- Rollie joysticks on Thursday
- GameRoom subscription
(and next set of 5 X-Gaming CD's!) on Friday.
I'm just warming up, in other words! I've still
got one more very cool giveaway to announce, but not until October.
ErrorWare Pac-Man Shirt
to show off the ultimate arcade gaming accomplishment to the world?
Check out this retro-styled
T-shirt from errorware showing the legendary "256th level" screen
of Pac-Man (when the game crashes), including a perfect score of
3,333,360 which is the highest possible score if you eat every
dot, every ghost, and every fruit for 255 levels, arguably the
toughest accomplishment in gaming! Thanks to Cameron Bjelkevig
for the link!
UPDATE: RetroBlast Site Move Complete
It looks like everything has finally fallen into place:
the site has been moved, the DNS information has updated, and even
the email has started pouring in again.
For those who are curious: I moved to Dream Host
after my previous host (LunarPages) "force upgraded" me
to a hosting plan that was much more expensive than the one I had
originally signed on for. RetroBlast is a bandwidth hog, I realize,
but you just don't "stealth upgrade" your clients!
Let's hope I don't have to do this again for a
few more years...
Nintendo's New Controller
know, it's not often that news
of a new game controller gets me excited, but this one has.
Unassuming looking (even boring), the new Nintendo controller adds
motion sensors to create a truly unique and innovative controller.
Don't believe me? Check
out the video showing this thing in action!
this is only marginally gaming related, but if you've ever fantasized
about having a coin slot on your chest, you'll want to check the "Coin
Operated Boy" music video by the Dresden Dolls out (just
don't blame me when you can't get the song out of your head!)
New MAME Marquees Prizes!
RetroBlast Giveaways continue to grow: please welcome MAME
Marquees to the contest: they're offering four marquees and
a full-blown set of cabinet art (all winner's choice for the art
design!). Check out their fearsome and cool looking "Monster
Arcade" artwork, btw!
THE FIRST GIVEAWAY WINNERS!
Okay, it's time to announce the winner of the MAMERoom Pop-Up Contest and the
first five winners of the X-Gaming Midway Games Pack CDs:
MAMERoom Custom Control Panel Winner:
X-Gaming Midway Games Pack CD Winners:
Congrats to everyone! The next drawing will be
next Friday for another 5 X-Gaming CDs, unless another pop-up contest
appears before then (hint, hint ;-)
"Life After Death 2" Pinball
GameRoom Magazine has announced the upcoming Life
After Death 2: Builiding a Better Bride DVD. Horror story? No, pinball
restoration! Popbumper.com's Rob Craig and silverball sidekick Steve Rothschild
show how to handle a complete playfield swap, one of the most time-consuming
tasks for any pinball hobbyist.
Mantis Re-Engineered Pinball Troughs!
Amusements has just announced their new re-engineered
Williams Pinball Troughs. If you own a late model Williams
or Bally pin, odds are you've had to file down your trough because
of bumps or nicks that keep the balls from ejecting. This ingenious
design fixes the problem and even adds some cool new features (such
as a ball lock to keep the balls from falling out when the playfield
Alawar Announces Hyper-Space Invaders
the press release: "Alawar
Entertainment, a leading publisher of downloadable games for
the PC, is proud to announce the release of Hyperspace
Invaders. In the new arcade space shooter, hostile aliens pursue
the human race across the galaxy to deliver a devastating final
blow. To save mankind, you must navigate one of 12 ships across
a scrolling 3D combat zone and unleash its guns upon an unrelenting
stream of aggressors. Although you will face more than 50 different
enemies and six massive bosses throughout 30 levels of intense
action, your arsenal includes 10 upgradeable weapons, 10 powerful
missiles and power-ups that tip the odds of survival in your favor."
Last Day for MAMERoom "Pop-Up" Contest!
Today's the last day for entries for the free custom-designed MAMERoom control
panel (review). To enter
check out the bright yellow box above, and good luck! ;-)
First X-Gaming Midway Games CD Drawings
be picking five lucky winners of the X-Gaming Midway Games CD tomorrow — winners
will be posted on the front page and notified via email. The CD
includes a killer lineup: Joust, Gauntlet, Rampage, Defender, Smash
TV, and my all time fave, Robotron: 2084. How cool is that?
New Keyboard Encoder
know, I love finding out about new products through the Google
Ads on my site: check out this new "Arcaze
USB" keyboard encoder from Simple Solutions: 40 inputs,
support for keyboard LEDs, and it's reprogrammable. I'll see what
I can do to set up a review.
MAME .100 "1.00 Edition" Released
Yup, MAME 1.00, oh, sorry: ".100" has just been released. Head on
over to MAME.net to get
Legends Released by Sega
Family Arcade Opens
A RetroBlast Look at Pachislo Machines
kicking off a two part series in which Mitch Gerson delves into
the world of Japanese "Skill Stop" slot machines, also
know as Pachislo or Pachislots. He looks into everything from how
they're made to how they get to the US, so hop on over to the
RetroBlast Articles page and check out Part 1!
10% RetroBlast Discount at Stealth Amusements
I nearly forgot to mention that Stealth
Home Amusements is offering a 10% discount on all their Pachislo machines
(including sale machines) if you mention RetroBlast when ordering!
I've personally bought a Pachislo machine through them and it was a great experience.
SlikStik Site Updated
it looks like this is the week for site overhauls: just visited SlikStik.com last
night and discovered they've completely re-done their site. It's
a great new design, kudos to "Team SlikStik" for the
new layout! Speaking of SlikStik, look for my review of their lighted
joystick handles soon!
AMOA Expo Begins
Today marks the beginning of the annual AMOA Expo, which runs through Friday
at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The Amusement & Music
Operators Association (AMOA)'s expo is the "E3" of the amusement
and arcade industry, where they unveil their hottest new properties: just
check out the list
Graphic Violence Wall Displays
not blood spatters, but cool retro-styled
wall hangings. I'm personally partial to this little "space
invaders" guy, complete with a textured moon surface that
even includes rover marks! Just the thing for decorating your gameroom.
If you're really in a retro mood, be sure and check out their Atari
2600 joystick toppers!
Best Buy Game Liquidation
Got word from James McGovern that Best
Buy is liquidation-pricing a huge selection of console and PC games. Check
it out: there are some great titles for just $5!
Yay for Me!
I just won a pinball machine on eBay, a very nice looking Twilight Zone! This
brings my pin collection up to three machines: Attack From Mars, Dr. Who,
and now a Twilight Zone. Now I've just got to figure how to break the news
to the wife...
out these incredibly
weird videogame-related Halloween costumes! As they say on
the site, "Videogames were certainly popular, but some of
these costumes just defy explanation. Though I can imagine Link
would be a fun outfit for many, the Asteroids costume is one of
the all time weirdest ones ever made. Though the simulated Atari
cartridge box is pretty cool, I have to admit." Thanks to
Scott Peterson for the link!
an amazing Asteroids coincidence, Cordata also posted news yesterday
on alt.games.mame of this funky Asteroids-themed
watch from Fossil. Now, for only $130, you can have an animated
asteroids game playing on the background of your watch. It's a
limited edition of only 5000, though, so move fast if you want
Robot Chicken Takes on Retrogaming
"Ant" pointed out these two great video clips from the Robot Chicken
Chicken: Frogger, and Robot
Chicken: Donkey Kong Meets Halo. Funny stuff — check 'em out!
Dream Authentics' New Web Site
looks like Dream
Authentics has just updated their web site, completely redesigning
it with new products and some great new features — I especially
liked the new 360° views of the cabinets. They've also officially
added their two new cabinet designs, the Excalibur and
A great lineup of cabs, and (dare I say it?) the stuff that dreams
are made of. ;-)
Dream Arcades Grand Prize Entry System
Entries for the Dream Arcades Cocktail Cabinet grand prize giveaway (your choice
of side-by-side or head-to-head) are now being accepted over on the RetroBlast
Contest Page! All aboard!
Pac Man Pillows
that perfect finishing touch for your gameroom? Well, these Pac-Man
Pillows may not be it, but they're still cute. Two different
sizes are available, but unfortunately no ghosts or power pills
to be found. Thanks to John Laur for the link!
cool control panel bling, this time courtesy of Rollie Electronics
the BYOAC forums). These unique balltop joysticks come in a variety
of translucent colors, and they look to be a stylin' addition to
any control panel! They sell for $9.95 — email Ponyboy
on the BYOAC forums to order.
Rollie Electronics Joystick Giveaways
of translucent joysticks, you have to know that I was going to
give you a chance to win a pair! Rollie Electronics has donated
four pairs of these new joysticks, and we'll be giving away a pair
a month as part of the giveaways!
GameRoom Magazine Giveaways
welcome GameRoom Magazine to the RetroBlast giveaways! I've been
a very happy subscriber to GameRoom Magazine, and am more than
happy to have them participating in the 2005 giveaways. They're
giving away several subscriptions and videos: check the contest
page for full details!
New Prizes from Alawar!
Entertainment to the RetroBlast 2005 Giveaways! They're offering
a unique "pick 3" games pack: browse their games
catalog, pick your favorite three games, and you just might
win them! Open to everyone! Full details on the Contest
2005 BYOAC Tokens are Go!
got word from David Santoro that this year's edition of the BYOAC
tokens have just been sent for manufacturing. I personally
think this year's tokens have the best design yet, and now's the
time to order them!
Playing With Your Food
don't know quite what to say about this
blog entry other than it's always nice to see how deeply ingrained
into our collective subconsious video games have become. Thanks
to Ian Piggott (aka The Pinny Parlour) for the link!
Gamers Become Parents
Ten Classic Space Shooters
Pinball Flips As It Meets Modern Video Games
MAMERoom Control Panel Service Video Review
hey! What's this? A new video review from RetroBlast? (Can you
tell that my kids are back in school? ;-) Now available on the Video
Reviews page is my look at MAMERoom's control panel design
service. A 'turnkey' solution to creating your own custom control
panel, is it all that it can be? Check out the vid!
Even Better: A FREE Custom Panel!
MAMERoom is giving away one free custom panel! This is the first RetroBlast "pop-up" contest,
and it'll run until next Friday, when I post the lucky winner. Check the Front
Page for full details, and good luck!
Want an autographed copy of Videogames:
In The Beginning?
Krych pointed out to me that you can get an autographed
copy of Videogames: In the Beginning at GoodDealGames for
just $5 more than the regular copy price. Ralph H. Baer is
considered by many to be the father of the modern video game,
and getting a signed copy of his book documenting the birth
of an entire industry seems like a must-have in my book.
MAMERoom Control Panel Design Service Reviewed
a fantastic idea for a control panel layout, but don't quite feel
up to the challenge of cutting your own panel? MAMERoom has a new
service: control panel design software that allows you to submit
your designs directly to MAMERoom for production! So, how does
it work and what sort of results can you expect? Check
out the Review!
X-Arcade Trackball Controller Coming in
trackball controller looks to be ready for shipment in November,
just in time for Christmas! A sleek looking 3-button design, it
looks to be just the thing for those who can't stand the thought
of playing Centipede with a mouse (myself included!)
Speaking of the X-Arcade Trackball...
How would you like to win one? Yup, X-Gaming has generously donated five of
their new trackball control panels for this year's RetroBlast giveaways! Not
only that, but they've also throwing in 50 (yes, fifty)
copies of the Midway Games Pack CD! Check the RetroBlast
front page for full contest entry details! Wowza...
Videogames: In The Beginning (A Second
in: a second look by Jim Krych at the book Videogames: In the
Beginning, by Ralph Baer. Normally I don't do multiple reviews
of the same book, but this one has really sparked a lot of interest
in the retrogaming community, and I definitely felt it deserves
the attention. Check out the review!
More Prizes Coming!
I don't want to jump the gun, but I will be posting some more details soon
about some great additions to the RetroBlast giveaways from XGaming,
Inc., and it involves a product that hasn't even been released yet!
New Contest Begins!
Yup, I've just posted all of the details on the new, improved RetroBlast giveaways
on the front page. The grand prize has also been
announced: your choice of a side-by-side or head-to-head cocktail
gaming cabinet from Dream
entry rules for the grand prize contest are still being worked out,
but in the meantime I've already started one of the other giveaways: SlikStik is
offering four sets of lighted balltop joystick handles, one pair
a month, with your choice of color and handle type! To enter, click
on the button or visit the front page for
Lighted SlikStik Control Panel
of lighted joystick handles, check out this custom Classic unit
that SlikStik recently
produced for a customer. It features lighted joystick handles,
translucent buttons (each lit by an LED), and a lighted trackball.
I think the picture speaks for itself: this is a very cool looking
control panel! All of this glorious lighted bling is powered off
of the unit's IPAC encoder, by the way!
More Lego Design News
No, I'm not adding Lego reviews to the RetroBlast lineup, but I did want to
pass along a tip from John Laur: "You can’t point out MLCad without
also mentioning the ever present behemoth of lego CAD, ldraw at www.ldraw.org.
MLcad is popular, but LDraw is the de-facto standard." There you have
As I've mentioned on the front page, it looks like
the NextArcade contest has, well, imploded. I'm sorry about this, and frankly
more than a bit angry about it, as I had no control at all over what was going
on. The good news? I'm not giving up — RetroBlast will have a contest,
and there will be a great grand prize. I'll unveil it all tomorrow, so stay
DDR-Themed Music Video
Like your music with a dash of arcade gaming? Check out the video
for "Chicken Payback" by the Bees. This is one of the most bizarre
and funky chicken videos I've ever seen (funky chicken...heh...) Thanks to
John Laur for pointing it out, and I dare you to get this song out of your
head after you've heard it...
building things with Lego blocks? Check out the Lego
CAD program which allows you to design your creations on computer
first. It even prints out a list of the parts you'll need! Obviously,
RetroBlast contributing writer James McGovern has been having lots
of fun with this program (just check out the pic of his Lego cab!)
COIN-OP.TV Celebrates One Year Anniversary!
Yup, Coin-op.TV is
one year old, and the new content just keeps on coming: Angela Murrow
interviews Scott Rubin of Namco Mobile Arcade at E3 2005,
and Robert Welkner reviews Videogames: In The Beginning!
Are Games Getting Easier?
A very interesting article from (of all places) Tom's
Hardware about the evolution of games, and why more complex games don't
always mean more challenging games. Thanks to Daniel Jackson for the link!
X-Arcade Refurbs $99.95
X-Gaming is having a sale on refurb X-Arcade
dual controllers for just $99.95. Check it out: it might be a
nice Christmas gift for someone (and yes, that season is coming all
The Contest Begins!
Yup, the RetroBlast/Next Arcade Giveaways have begun: see the RetroBlast
Front Page for full details!
I hate to have to say this, but there will be a slight delay in starting up
the new contest due to some last-minute kinks beyond my control. The good
news? Dream Arcades has
now joined the giveaways with something really special! I'll announce more
just as soon as everything's worked out, so stay tuned, and once again I
apologize for the delay.
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