Halloween Arcade Links
James McGovern just sent me these Halloween arcade links:
Arcade: A Gamer's Worst Nightmare
Tron Sector Halloween
So, you want to be scared?
Halloween, and everyone's trying to scare someone. Ghosts, goblins,
vampires? Child's play. Want a real chill down your spine?
Then check out Andy's
Gallery of the Grotesque, a horrifying collection of the evil
that men do to arcade games.
See fields full of rotting games, video games in
flames, and even nasty operator conversions that turn a classic into
a videogaming "Frankenstein." Scary stuff.
Juno Nemesis Remix Reviewed
for a cool modern "remix" of Tempest, Atari's classic
tunnel shooter? Check out Ron Brown Jr.'s review of Juno Nemesis
Remix, a modern 3D-accellerated version of Tempest that throws
in powerup, unlockable cheats, and more. Oh, and did I mention
the "boss" battles? All is revealed over on the Reviews
Alawar Pick 3 Winner!
the last day of the "end of month" rush of contest winner
announcements, and today I get to announce that Kostas "Gus" Georgakoulias
has just won his choice of three games from the Alawar.com games
catalog! Congrats, Gus!
Rollie Joysticks Winner!
contest pick are a pair of Translucent Joysticks from Rollie Electronics.
And the winner is...Edward Bartholomew! Congrats, Ed, you''ve got
your choice of colors for a pair of these cool-looking sticks!
a dash of community spirit, a healthy dollop of Google Maps, and
mix in a bunch of friends and what do you get? Frappr,
the new "friend mapping" service that lets you set up
a page and have your friends add their pic and location (along
with whatever witty saying they wish to include!)
Be sure and heck out the current Frappr pages for
Controls Forums and rec.games.pinball!
Sure Play a Mean Pinball
school arcade games available on new consoles
GameRoom Magazine Winner!
end-of-the-month drawings continue, and today it's time to pick
the next winner of the second GameRoom
Magazine "6 & 6" subscription (six back issues
and six new issues) is Douglass Beauchamp! Congrats!
Twilight Zone Mods Article Updated
just knew that I wasn't going to be able to stop modding my TZ
pinball after I finished the TZ
Mods article, and sure enough, I've already updated the article
with news of my LED swap-out on the Rottendog Amusement clock board,
and the addition of a custom mini-playfield lamp from David Kvasnicka.
Custom Anime Fighter Control Panels
a truly unique fighting controller? How about a custom-built fighter
panel with anime artwork? Check out Byrdo's
Arcade Joysticks, a collection of one-of-a-kind controllers
that are hand-built. He even provides instructions if you wish
to build your own! Thanks to Chris Vergari for the link!
X-Arcade Cabinet Now Shipping
looks like the new, improved X-Arcade cabinet is now shipping and
available for order from the X-Arcade
web site. Retailing for $2995 with an X-Arcade 2-player controller,
it ships fully assembled and features a 27" Wells-Gardner
arcade monitor, coin door, bezel, and more (including 190 games).
One of the design touches I liked was the swing-open
bottom panel and hidden
storage area inside the marquee, both very handy design touches. Full
X-Arcade Trackball Review
industry has one: a product that seems to take forever to come
to market. The XGaming X-Arcade Trackball, announced two
years ago, has taken the long road to market, but it's finally
here. Was it worth the wait? Check out the review on the RetroBlast
Product Reviews page and find out!
XGaming Midway Game CD Wiiners
calendar says it's Friday, which means it's time to announce another
five winners of the XGaming Midway Games CD. Congrats to this week's
SlikStik Lighted Joysticks Winner
month's winner of the SlikStik
Lighted Joysticks is Steven Glavach — Congrats, Steven,
you get your choice of color and handle style for a pair of these
very cool balltop joysticks!
Retro Gaming Hacks Book
from the press release: "Where is the charm, the wide appeal,
the elegant simplicity of the games of yesteryear?" asks author
Chris Kohler. "In the never-ending quest to make games more
complex, controllers have been packed full of buttons and screens
filled with reams of indecipherable information." The cool
retro games are out there, Kohler assures readers--and his new "Retro
Gaming Hacks" (O'Reilly, US $29.95) explains how and where
to find them."
Pac-Man Hot Rod
lines, nice curves, bright colors....and the car's
not half bad either. Thanks to Mr. Bubblehead on the BYOAC
forums for pointing out this unique and exquisitely strange
set of wheels!
Last Week Was International Pinball Week
Did you play any pinball?
MAME Marquee Winner!
the last week of the month, and that means all those great monthly
contests are due for another winner — today it's MAME
Marquees, with another great (you guessed it) marquee to give
away, this time to Todd Holcomb! Todd gets his choice of artwork
from the great designs over at MAMEMarquees.com.
Since this is the end of the month, there will
be RetroBlast contest winners announced every day from now until
the 31st , so check back often! (Tomorrow is the next SlikStik lighted
Pinball "doctor" brings
machines back to life
Looks at Videogame Movies
Games Live Cancels Tour
Pinball Playfield Renovation Diary
Cheung has been documenting
his restoration of a William's Space Shuttle pinball playfield
with the same attention to detail that he's putting into the restoration
effort, and I've got to say I'm impressed. It's an incredible amount
of work, but he's brought it back from the dead and it's looking
fantastic (the picture to the left is a "before" picture,
just in case you were wondering!)
Win a Free GENERATION NEX!
it's not another RetroBlast contest this time: COIN-OP.TV and Messiah
Entertainment are giving away a free Generation Nex system! Visit www.coin-op.tv and
sign up with the code 'NEX' to enter and win! Contest runs til
11/30/05 - visit www.playmessiah.com for
more info on all their exciting products.
I Want a P.O.D.!
No, really, I do! Check out Banpresto's
Panoramic Optical Display (P.O.D.), a "surround" screen capsule
that gives new meaning to the phrase "immersive entertainment."
here for a translated/mangled version of the page. It sure
looks nice. Now I just need to win the lotto! (Thanks to Dave K.
on the BYOAC forums for pointing this beauty out!)
Pop-Up Contest #6 Winner!
the sixth pop-up contest is now closed, and the winner of the "threebie" 3-pack
of Jakks TV Games (consisting of Atari Paddle Games, Ms.
Pac-Man, and Classic Pinball) is Adam Kasper!
Congrats, Adam, your package of pint-sized powered
prizes will go out in the mail tomorrow!
X-Arcade Trackball Video Review
off the, well, editor is the RetroBlast video review of XGaming's
new X-Arcade Trackball Controller, available over on the RetroBlast Video
Reviews page. A long time in coming, XGaming has finally released
their Trackball. Stylish looking, can it provide the gaming experience
you want, or is it all just looks? Full review coming soon.
USB-ify Every Gamepad You've Ever Owned
a web site with a USB adapter for almost every gamepad and controller
ever made, from the Atari 2600 joystick all the way to the NeoGeo,
including such rarities as the Virtual Boy gamepad. If you want
to use the original controller with your classic console emulator,
this is the ticket. Thanks to James Hills for the link!
Future Pinball Released
Yes, the new Future
Pinball simulator has been released and is now available for download.
This looks to be an impressive pinball sim and construction set, and I'm looking
foward to seeing what the community can create with it! Thanks to Michael Picard
for the news!
Drive an LCD and LEDs with MAME
Check out MALA
(MAME and More Launcher), a hardware and software system for adding a two-line
LCD display and LEDs to your MAME control panel. I've been thinking about adding
a two-line LCD to my cab for quite a while, so I'm definitely going to be checking
New 27" Multisync Arcade Monitor?
sure looks like this
new monitor from Billabs is another possible contender for
the "MAME display of choice", as the specs are impressive:
Quad-mode CGA/EGA/VGA and SVGA modes, with a 15-48kHz frequency
range. This is a wider range of frequencies than either the Betson
or the Wells Gardner monitors can handle, and with a quoted price
of $425 this is looking like a monitor to check out. Thanks to "Patent
Doc" for the heads-up on this one!
New QuasiCON Contest!
they're a little late to the party, but boy, did they make up for
it: Quasimoto Interactive is
giving away three of their QuasiCON control
panels! If you've been dying for arcade-style controls for your
console, this is the controller to get! I love my Quasicade
2 (see review), and I'm
very happy to have Quasimoto join the RetroBlast giveaways. First
drawing will be on November 15th, so hurry up and enter!
2005 BYOAC Tokens Update
got a note from David Santoro concerning the delays with the 2005
edition BYOAC tokens: "The mint just told me that I will
have the token proofs in hand on Monday. Assuming everything looks
OK, I will have the brass tokens one week later and the nickel
tokens one week after the brass. As soon as we have the tokens
on hand required to fill your order, we will begin shipping in
order of receipt date, first-in-first-out. It will probably be
a little less than a week after receipt to get all orders out."
Ms. Pac-Man/Galaga Reunion Sticks $14.95
Just got word from John Pipp of Rollie Electronics (aka
PonyBoy on the BYOAC Forums) that he's got the new Ms. Pac-Man/Galaga Reunion
balltop joysticks in stock for $14.95, a great price for this joystick.
CCAG Show Rescheduled!
The Classic Computer And Gaming
Show (CCAG), which had been postponed from October, has a new date: December
4th at the National Guard Armory in Lorain, Ohio. It looks to be an exciting
show, and I'm planning on attending.
Pinball Expo Coming Soon!
This year's annual pinball extravaganza, Pinball
Expo, will take place November 17th-20th at the Wyndham O'Hare hotel in
Rosemont, Illinois. This is the 21st annual Pinball Expo, and they've got a
great lineup of activities, contests, and even a tour of the Stern Pinball
More details of Big Electronic Games' Cabs
happy to report that I've gotten some more details on the upcoming
$500 Midway Games cabs from Big
Electronic Games. The upright cab will be sold in Target stores
nationwide after November 15th, and the tabletop version will
be sold in etoys, Fortunoff and Dicks' Sporting Goods starting
in November. While there are some obvious cost-related compromises
in the design (the sticks and buttons, and the small screen
for example), these cabs still look to be an extraordinary
XGaming Midway CD Wiiners
already? Yup, and that means it's time to announce another five
winners of the XGaming Midways Games CD. Congrats!
More Cool T-Shirts
sometimes comes in waves, and this wave seems to be loaded with
retrogaming T-shirts: behold the evolution
of mankind, as seen from a retrogamer's perspective. There
are more gaming shirts over in the Penny
Arcade section of ThinkGeek (such as this "fighter
arcade layout" T-shirt), all sure to make my wife roll
her eyes at my profound geekiness...
been busy playing...ahem...make that "evaluating" the
Trackball Mouse controller, and I've got to say I'm really
impressed. From the dual-sided sets of buttons (perfect for both
righties and us lefties) to the pinball buttons and the
unique "horizontal restrictor" button, this is a trackball
designed with the player in mind. I'll have the full review done
soon (if I can ever stop playing Millipede, that is!)
Evil Twarted, Film at 11...
Yes, the "pseudo" Defender cab on eBay (the one that had "upgrade" parts
that actually consisted of a PC running MAME) has been pulled, along with all
the other "MAME-ified" arcade machines that "arcade_games_r_us" was
trying to pass off as restored games, complete with those "freshly cleaned
ROM chip sets". I don't know if it was the MAME team that got him shut
down or not, but my hat is off to whoever pulled the plug on this guy's illegal
and underhanded auctions!
Video Games Re-enacted
take another trip into the minds of the video-game obsessed, this
time visiting MEGA64.com,
where you can find a number of "live" re-enactments of
your favorite video games.
Part prank, part performance art, these guys act
out video games in public places, in front of an unsuspecting audience.
Weird and wild, these videos are sure to bring out your inner gaming
geek. Thanks to James McGovern for the link!
for a video-gamed t-shirt that has a bit of attitude? Checkout PowerUpTees.com,
a small company that seems to be working hard to provide, as their
logo says, "T-shirts. About video games. That are funny."
Sporting slogans such as "¡Viva La Dance
Dance Revolución!", "My other console is an Atari
2600", and "Luigi is my homeboy", these are one of
the less-geeky ways to proclaim your videogame geekiness. Really.
New episode on COIN-OP.TV
Robert Welkner interviews Mark Davidson (one of the premiere arcade collectors
on the east coast — check out the Basement
Arcade site). Mark shares some insights on his collection and the burdens
of such a large collection! As always webisodes can be found in the 'episodes'
section of the COIN-OP.TV site.
All Things Tron
know, I just love the Internet — where else can you find
groups of people that share your exact interests, no matter how
specialized? Check out Tron
Sector, a site dedicated to all things Tron.
Not only can you find Tron products, news, and
whatnot, you can also find games such as "Space
Paranoids", the game Flynn plays in the beginning of the
Check out the site news for details on a Tron music
video and a new Tron world record as well! Thanks to James McGovern
for the news!
Tron Recognizer Game
Continuing with the Tron news (can you tell James really likes Tron?), there
is a new Tron
Recognizer game, where you can do battle in the world of Tron. It's a TC
(total conversion) of a game called Star
Wars: Battle for Yavin, and it looks like a pretty nifty space-battle styled
Looking to kill a little time at work today? Check out the Pepsi
Pinball game. Thanks to Rick Mallen for the link!
Ever wanted to hear the Mario theme a cappella? Never really thought
about it? Well, check out this
video of a choir singing the Mario theme, and I promise you you'll never
get the theme out of your head...
Microsoft Announces XBox360 Live Arcade
Ron Brown wrote in with news that the arcade game lineup for the XBox360 Live
Arcade launch has
been announced. The launch is on November 22nd, the same day as the XBox360
console, and will feature games from such classic gaming companies as Atari
and Midway Home Entertainment. Personally, I'm excited about Mutant Storm
A New Low for MAME
eBay auction just burns me up — this sleazeball is selling
an "original" arcade game that is actually just an original
cab with MAME running inside it! He seems to be trying to make
it look legal by including "freshly cleaned ROM chip sets",
and even tries to pass off screen grabs from MAME as actual shots
of the monitor in the cab! A real shame, and I can only hope someone
shuts him down soon...
Alawar "Pick 3" Winner!
time to pick another Alwar Pick 3 Games Winner, and today the winner
is Tim Cottrill! Congrats, Tim, you will get your choice of three
games from the great collection of games over at Alawar.com!
Guess What Showed Up Today?
DHL was kind enough to drop off my X-Arcade trackball controller today, just
in time for the weekend. Looks like it's time for some playtesting!
XGaming Midway CD Wiiners
It's Friday again, and that means it's time to announce another week's winners
of the XGaming Midways Games CD. Congrats!
The Mod Zone: Enhancing Your Twilight Zone
is a new RetroBlast record: 14 products reviewed in a single article!
The Mod Zone looks at "pinball mods," specifically mods
for the 1993 Bally Twilight Zone pinball machine, a favorite of
modders. This is a huge article, so go to the bathroom now and
get another cup of coffee before you start! It's available over
on the Retrogaming Articles page.
Top 10 Classic Arcade Songs
Bleah. There, I said it. I hate "top 10" lists, as they are usually
more a window into someone's own childhood more than an accurate representation
of what was, in fact, the top 10. Still, check out this list of the "Top
10 Classic Arcade Songs" and see if you agree with the writer's list.
(While you're there, check out the other gaming stuff on the RetroCrush site,
such as this "Test
your classic arcade plant IQ" test. Thanks to James McGovern for the
Game Until Your Pants Drop!
Another link from James (get back to work!) McGovern, this time a Flickr photo
collection from the "The
Underwear Arcade Video Game Gathering", a video game competition
held in Williamsburg this last June. Keep your eyes on the games, huh?
Pop-Up Contest #5 Winner!
winner of the GameCab
LED Driver board in the fifth RetroBlast "Pop-Up" giveaway
is "Brandon BWB"!
Congrats, Brandon, I'll get your LED driver board
out in the mail tomorrow, and I hope you've "seen the light" ;-)
do Nintendo-loving geeks do when they get bored? Play a high-tech
version of dress-up with their favorite character, Mario.
Check out all 64 differently-attired (and one nude)
versions of Mario, everything from Abraham Lincoln to the Beatles
in their "Sgt. Pepper" outfits. (I love the "Devo" version,
Junkies Spring-Summer 2006 Fashion Show
50th Anniversary Collection
Action at Your Fingertips
Tomorrow is October 12th, 2005...
if that means nothing to you, then you're obviously not a pinball
hobbyist. Tomorrow is the day that Wayne Gilliard and The
Pinball Factory are supposed to unveil what they plan to do
with the IP rights they bought from Williams: they've already announced
that new pinball machines will be built with the Bally name, but
what about spare parts? Artwork? Playfield plastics? All of this
and more will hopefully be revealed tomorrow.
The site was down today for a few hours. No word on why from my hosting provider
yet, but if you're reading this you can rest assured that the site is back
up and running. ;-)
An Arcade System for $500?
what Hong Kong-based Big
Electronic Games, Ltd. is claiming in their press
release: they are introducting two new arcade gaming systems,
starting at $500. There will be a full-size stand-up cabinet and
a tabletop cab. Both play 12 Midway classic games, and will be
available from retailers in November. Details are a bit sketchy,
but I'll report if I find out more info.
Contest Winner #4!
The winner of the fourth pop-up contest is Jason Chapman, who wins a copy of
the 2005 edition of the Mr. Pinball Pinball List & Price Guide.
Congrats, Jason! Jason apparently already has a need for the guide: he wrote
in his entry, "I hope I win this, I just got a 1956 Gottlieb Harbor Lites,
and I've been wanting to look it up in a guide :)"
Surreal Pole Position Commercial
about a blast from the past: just posted on the Video Game Ads
section of the Gamepressure site
is a weird
and wonderful 90-second commercial for Atari's home version
of Pole Position. Featuring Yuppies, Video Games, and plenty of
bad hair, this is a true product of the 80's. (thanks to Sinner
on alt.games.mame for pointing it out! :-)
Vote For the "Walk of Game"!
mentioned the Walk
of Game before, the video gaming "hall of fame" — well,
this is the month to vote on the 2006 inductees! From October 1st
through the 31st, you can vote to pick this year's winners. Inductees
include everything from John Carmack (of Doom fame) to Donkey Kong.
Thanks to Mitch Gerson for the news!
Dream Arcades Upright Cabinet
somehow completely missed this news when it happened: Dream Arcades
is selling their new upright
arcade cabinets, both as a "kit" and as a complete
arcade system (with refurbished or new computer), all in prices
ranging from $999 for the kit to $1599 for the full system (which
includes a nice bundle of games!)
It looks to be a nice, svelte cab design. I'll
write up more once I've had a chance to dig a bit deeper.
Coin-Op.TV Checks out Atari Flashback 2.0
Angela Murrow interviews Curtis
Vendel (Atari / Legacy Engineering) and finds out what fans can expect
from the release of Atari's Flashback 2.0!
Busy Modding the Zone...
once again for the slow news updates, I've been up to my elbows
in my new Twilight Zone pin, and have been adding a boatload of
aftermarket mods (11 so far), everything from gumball machine lights
to a custom lighting mod I created. All of this, of course, is
great review and article fodder, so expect an article summing up
my experience with these mods soon.
XGaming Midway CD Wiiners
It's Friiiiday! And that means it's time to announce this week's 5 winners
of the XGaming Midways Games CD. Congrats to everyone!
- Todd Holcomb
- Anthony Sanchez
- Neal Josephson
- Patrick Ferre
- David Stanfield
"The Essential Site for Retrogaming"?
That's what the new Taito
Legends web site is billing itself as. Mainly a promotional site for the
new Taito Legends compliation, it also includes a rudimentary forum and a few
other goodies, such as Space Invaders screensavers. Worth a look, but "the
essential site for retrogaming?" Harumph. ;-)
The Unspeakable has Happened...
and RetroBlast is going to be reviewing UltraCade products. Yes, I've got a
reviewer working on reviews of two UltraCade boards, their USBlinx
input board and the uVC
video adapter. I don't blame you if you start thinking the sky is falling.
No timetable on when the reviews will be ready, but I'll post here when they
Betson / Kortek KT-2914 Service Manual
had a lot of requests recently for information on the Betson Multisync
monitor (see review), since
the monitor ships with no guide whatsoever. I've had the service
manual available for a while, but as it was only a link in the
review, many people missed it. The PDF version of the Kortek service
manual is now available from the RetroBlast File
Slow Site News? Blame the Twilight Zone...
I've been a bit tardy the last couple of days in posting the news.
The reason? My latest acquisition for the Steele Family Arcade:
a 1993 Bally Twilight
Zone pinball! It finally arrived, after three weeks of incredible
stupidity on the part of the North American Van Lines movers (NAVL)
who were supposed to pick it up and kept refusing to. No matter,
it finally made it here and I've been busy replacing light bulbs,
soldering loose wires, and in general tweaking it into "like
new" condition. Oh, and I've played a few games as well. ;-)
James Hills Joins Dream Arcades
From the Press Release: "Oct. 3, 2005 – James Hills has joined the
Dream Arcades as their new VP of Business Development. Hills, former Marketing
Director for coin-op game manufacturer TLC Industries will lead the holiday
marketing blitz with the unveiling of a new line of consumer arcade cabinets
and tables later this month."
I don't know about you, but I'm especially excited
about the "new line" of cabinets and tables coming out.
I'll post more details as I learn them...
Pop-Up Contest #3 Winners!
I've picked the winners of the two Coin-Op.TV T-shirts — congrats
to Bolivar Geraldo and Jeff Watson (who wins one of the shirts
as a thank you for reminding me of my contest duties yesterday!)
The shirts will be in the mail today.
Alawar Game Winner #2!
I must had some sort of brain freeze, because I completely forgot
to pick the next winner of the Alawar "Pick
3" Game Giveaway! Being in such a fog today, I had to
laugh when I randomly selected the winner — the winner's
name is Timothy Fog! Congrats, Tim, and an extra special thanks
to Jeff Watson (aka FSogol) for reminding me to pick a winner today!
(Jeff's getting a special "thank you" prize!)
CCAG 2005 Show Postponed!
The Classic Computing and
Gaming Show (CCAG), originally scheduled for October 22nd, is being postponed.
The reason is a unique one: the show is held at the National Guard Armory in
Lorain, Ohio for free, since one of the show's organizers is in the National
Guard. Unfortunately, due to Hurricane's Kartrina and Rita, his unit was activated
and since the venue is only available if he is in attendance, the show has
to be delayed until he returns.
Study Analyzes Gaming Effects on Pain
the Revolution Controller
quarters or tokens necessary (You'll need to pick a paper from
the top list then re-click the link to view the article. Look for
quote from yours truly ;-)
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