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 Post subject: Arcade Games & Random Gaming Nostalgia
PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2016 9:09 
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This was a nice find.


We really need a 'Random gaming stuff' thread or something, zaphod's posts about arcadeblogger were buried in this thread and quickly lost in a blizzard of 'Weapons of Ass Destruction #7'..... 'TITLE!' style hilarity. (Maybe such a thread already exists, I will take a look.)

Anyway, to the point in hand, hard to believe that a line-up of machines like that remains anywhere to be found, I'd certainly have spent some time working my way through the available games there - was that the whole thing or were there more?


That was the bulk of it. They had a dead Out Run and a few other generic jamma cabs hidden away. It was the best I've seen for quite a while though. There's an arcade by me that has three or four machines amongst all the standard fruit tat but they are definitely few and far between now.

The only bright light is that there's a few specialist retro arcades cropping up. Arcade Club in Bury is amazing and there's a couple in London too that I must visit soon.


It's very sad seeing them gradually slip away. Growing up near Blackpool we were overwhelmed with arcades, all the latest and greatest at our finger tips all the time.

There still the Ferry Arcade in my hometown of Fleetwood, I'll have a mooch about this weekend and see what's left.

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 Post subject: Re: Arcade Games & Random Gaming Nostalgia
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I went to Devon a few weeks ago and was left really sad at the state of the arcades there. We went in 3 or 4 and they were all full of cranes, coin pushers and ticket winning machines.

The only real games I saw were Time Crisis 3 and a pap looking racing game. That was it.

Compare this to when I used to go to Wales as a kid, I realise now that the arcade on the caravan site spoiled me. It always used to have the latest games and still carried a wide range of the older games too. I remember when they first got Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter 2 and the arcade owner told me that Mortal Kombat was the more popular game. He reckoned it was because of the graphics.


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 Post subject: Re: Arcade Games & Random Gaming Nostalgia
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Zardoz wrote:
Dr Zoidberg wrote:
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Dr Zoidberg wrote:
This was a nice find.


We really need a 'Random gaming stuff' thread or something, zaphod's posts about arcadeblogger were buried in this thread and quickly lost in a blizzard of 'Weapons of Ass Destruction #7'..... 'TITLE!' style hilarity. (Maybe such a thread already exists, I will take a look.)

Anyway, to the point in hand, hard to believe that a line-up of machines like that remains anywhere to be found, I'd certainly have spent some time working my way through the available games there - was that the whole thing or were there more?


That was the bulk of it. They had a dead Out Run and a few other generic jamma cabs hidden away. It was the best I've seen for quite a while though. There's an arcade by me that has three or four machines amongst all the standard fruit tat but they are definitely few and far between now.

The only bright light is that there's a few specialist retro arcades cropping up. Arcade Club in Bury is amazing and there's a couple in London too that I must visit soon.


It's very sad seeing them gradually slip away. Growing up near Blackpool we were overwhelmed with arcades, all the latest and greatest at our finger tips all the time.

There still the Ferry Arcade in my hometown of Fleetwood, I'll have a mooch about this weekend and see what's left.
Pretty much fuck all mate, there's a load of unplugged stuff in the back, though. I was amused the last time I was in there by the penny falls machine. Remember when the star prizes were something really good e.g. twenty Regal with a fiver taped to them? Well they had a packet of araldite epoxy sat on there. :DD


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 Post subject: Re: Arcade Games & Random Gaming Nostalgia
PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2016 9:20 
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Here are a few pics of the place from the last time I was there, just the creepy stuff rather than arcade cabs though:
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 Post subject: Re: Arcade Games & Random Gaming Nostalgia
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 Post subject: Re: Arcade Games & Random Gaming Nostalgia
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Zardoz wrote:
There still the Ferry Arcade in my hometown of Fleetwood, I'll have a mooch about this weekend and see what's left.


The last time I was in there they had most of it sectioned off so you just had the small area in the 'main' part of the arcade - you could look over the barriers and see lots of old stuff but it was all off and gathering dust (this was a few years back) - in the same way that main arcade in Ryde has went through periods of being totally closed / one small part (the middle of 3 arcades really) open and then the main part with other bits blocked for access which is more of a tease as you can see all the old machines but just cant get to them.

For anyone on the south coast there is obviously a lot of old pinball tables (in various states of repair) on hayling island and as recently as 3 / 4 years ago they also had a small collection of old arcade machines - they just had one left the last time i was in (although it was a sit down star wars cabinet so worth the coins to play).

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@50.78488 ... 56!6m1!1e1

http://funland.info/

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I never managed to get to the Arcade Barn while it was open :

http://www.arcadebarn.co.uk/

I would like to get to the Arcade Club at some stage :

http://www.arcadeclub.co.uk/

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And i'll dump this link in here as well

https://arcadeblogger.com/category/article/

Great site , run by the current missile command world record holder , a lot of long detailed posts about finding and restoring old arcade machines.

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Other old arcade areas that may or may not still exist.

In Blackpool at the very front on the outside of the Pleasure beach (just at the split where the road goes in) is a small arcade which the last time i was in had some realy old fruit machines and some old arcade machines including a Track n Field (in an original defender cabinet) a Turbo Outrun and other stuff (no idea if its still there).

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 Post subject: Re: Arcade Games & Random Gaming Nostalgia
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The bowling alley at Cheshire Oaks near us has a surprisingly decent arcade. I traumatised the kids on some panoramic shooter. Maybe try that again when they're a bit older


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 Post subject: Re: Arcade Games & Random Gaming Nostalgia
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And I have no idea if anything in here is left (I doubt it) - but around 6 or 7 years ago this small arcade in Mablethorpe

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@53.34266 ... 56!6m1!1e1

Used to have the most amazing collection of old fruit machines mostly all working , mostly the old 2p ones so they had 3 Rat Race's side by side with a 2p Black Hole (MPU3 redone Exchanges unlimited) and a large number of other old BWB and PCP machines

The arcade changed hands (I think the original owner retired and their family took over) and over the course of a year or so virtually all of the old stuff vanished - the last time i was in there was still a Rat Race and some older machines but the vast majority had gone and that was a good 4 or 5 years ago so i doubt there is anything now :-(

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Zaphod... what was that link you posted to that film similar to King of Kong? I vageuly remember reading it. Was it in Bits n' bobs?


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 Post subject: Re: Arcade Games & Random Gaming Nostalgia
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And again on fruit machines rather than arcade machines

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@53.21324 ... 312!8i6656

This arcade in Chapel St Leonards has a small room at the back with some reasonable old machines (not the really old ones but a reasonable age with JPM Popeye / BWB's Reno Reels , Cops n Robbers (the blue/red original £4.80 one upgraded to £6) and a lot of the old Barcrest machines on £6 like Andys Great Escape / Snakes and Ladders / etc

Worth a visit if your in the area and like early 90's fruit machines

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zaphod79 wrote:
Other old arcade areas that may or may not still exist.

In Blackpool at the very front on the outside of the Pleasure beach (just at the split where the road goes in) is a small arcade which the last time i was in had some realy old fruit machines and some old arcade machines including a Track n Field (in an original defender cabinet) a Turbo Outrun and other stuff (no idea if its still there).

Used to have a GTI Club in there many years ago. :luv: :'(

Next time I'm up there I'll take a look and get some pics.

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 Post subject: Re: Arcade Games & Random Gaming Nostalgia
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Zaphod... what was that link you posted to that film similar to King of Kong? I vageuly remember reading it. Was it in Bits n' bobs?


The one i posted thats new is 'man vs snake' - there are a few others including Chasing Ghosts and High Score - give me a sec and i'll sort out the IMDB links

King of Kong : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0923752/

Chasing Ghosts : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0479879/

Man Vs Snake : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2933794/

High score : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0808299/

The King of Arcades : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2395228

Tilt : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0918519

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I like those pictures, Zardoz. I love those horse racing games, because they remind me of my grandad.

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Zaphod... what was that link you posted to that film similar to King of Kong? I vageuly remember reading it. Was it in Bits n' bobs?


The one i posted thats new is 'man vs snake' - there are a few others including Chasing Ghosts and High Score - give me a sec and i'll sort out the IMDB links

King of Kong : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0923752/

Chasing Ghosts : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0479879/

Man Vs Snake : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2933794/

High score : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0808299/

The King of Arcades : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2395228

Tilt : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0918519


I imagine he means the talk on getting a perfect pacman game which was linked.


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 Post subject: Re: Arcade Games & Random Gaming Nostalgia
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Around Skegness - pinball tables :

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Cha ... 69!6m1!1e1
The Lord of the Rings / Elvis

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@53.20092 ... 56!6m1!1e1
Original Adams Family (that generally works)- this arcade also has some JAMMA cabs at the back - often turned off but Double Dragon and a few others

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@53.19282 ... 56!6m1!1e1
Another early Adams Family table although this one is almost always broken in some way

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@53.14492 ... 56!6m1!1e1
Another Adams Family (also always broken in some way) and a Pirates of the Caribbean

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@53.14281 ... 56!6m1!1e1
A Spiderman / CSI / Shrek

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@53.19266 ... 56!6m1!1e1
Shrek / Elvis

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I imagine he means the talk on getting a perfect pacman game which was linked.


Ah - okay that was here https://arcadeblogger.com/2016/07/22/pa ... erfection/

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I imagine he means the talk on getting a perfect pacman game which was linked.


Ah - okay that was here https://arcadeblogger.com/2016/07/22/pa ... erfection/


I missed that completely... Thanks for the tips! I'll take a look later but I imagine it's going to talk about patterns and such like. I can do the first screen of Pac-Man with a perfect score but to do the whole game? That's a lot of practicing...

As for the films, I've seen King of Kong and chasing ghosts and very good they were too. I'll see if I can find the others to watch.


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I missed that completely... Thanks for the tips! I'll take a look later but I imagine it's going to talk about patterns and such like. I can do the first screen of Pac-Man with a perfect score but to do the whole game? That's a lot of practicing...


Actually although patterns are mentioned its not the main focus - this is maybe around 40 minutes or so of a talk at one of the retro events and its well worth a watch

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I missed that completely... Thanks for the tips! I'll take a look later but I imagine it's going to talk about patterns and such like. I can do the first screen of Pac-Man with a perfect score but to do the whole game? That's a lot of practicing...

As for the films, I've seen King of Kong and chasing ghosts and very good they were too. I'll see if I can find the others to watch.


The unique thing about that guy is he can do it 'freestyle' and doesn't rely on patterns.

Everyone else who gets perfect scores uses patterns and also arguably 'cheats' in that they practice using rack-advance and suchlike, whereas this dude didn't do any of that. So for everyone else, if they mess up a pattern, they lose the perfect score as they can't improvise, whereas this guy can get out of a hole with quick thinking and still move forward towards a perfect score.

More detail here - https://arcadeblogger.com/2015/08/23/pa ... fect-game/

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Incredible as this may seem, YOU can do it too. The patterns are on YouTube. If you can be bothered to learn them, then play the game for six hours in one sitting without losing a life, you can add yourself to the roster of just 6 other people who have now followed in Bill’s mighty footsteps and max the game out.

But Jon wasn’t going to do it the easy way. He has steadfastly refused to use MAME or to achieve a perfect game using patterns. His was the way of the Pac-Ninja. No cheats, no copying, no MAME, no rack-advance (a method whereby you can start the game on any level and practice). Jon played and studied – got under the skin of the game, learned how the Ghosts moved and worked out how to group them together – a must if you want to perfect the game. This freehand style can’t be learnt – you have to do it, and go through the mental strain of failing, picking yourself up again and going at it, time after time after time.

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And one last 'oh it was good but isn't as good anymore' - there is a traveling arcade - i don't know where else it goes but it comes to Abingdon for the annual Michaelmas fair

http://www.abingdon.gov.uk/witness-livi ... elmas-fair

Around 7 or 8 years ago , one of the arcade units was just full of 90's JPM machines - Roller Coaster / Big Bucks / Monopoly / Casino Crazy / etc etc

The arcade parts in there are shrinking down and down , the only JPM left now is Casino Crazy and instead of about 4 little arcade sections the last time there was just 2 :-(

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As for the films, I've seen King of Kong and chasing ghosts and very good they were too. I'll see if I can find the others to watch.


King of Kong is fantastic.

Man vs Snake at least is readily available on a multitude of platforms for streaming and purchase, I'll be treating myself to that when I've got a couple of hours to myself and can sit down to really enjoy it without interruption. (Google Play and Steam both have it.)

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On the random nostalgia part two of Ashen's recent videos opening random boxes at the computer history museum

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apx4qBaucIM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOGd2FySB2M

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I imagine he means the talk on getting a perfect pacman game which was linked.


Ah - okay that was here https://arcadeblogger.com/2016/07/22/pa ... erfection/


I missed that completely... Thanks for the tips!

My imagining was wrong :( Bad imagining.


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It seems the only arcade games you see are the ones that can't easily be replicated at home as I guess home consoles have killed off any interest there.

I'd love to visit Galloping Ghost in the US one day. $15 to play all day in a place with 530 arcade machines. The video tour on there is quite a lengthy one but is a great watch just to go 'I remember that!' a number of times. :)

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