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post #1 of 36 Old 05-24-2005, 09:50 AM - Thread Starter
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There have to be some other members with arcade machines next to the theater room. Since there are no posts here ever, I'll go first.

Last year I had what the woman hopes will be my only midlife crisis at age 36.

I started seeking out the original six arcade games I used to do anything to play. I was addicted, taking back bottles, mowing lawns, anything to get quarters to feed those machines back in the day.

We live in Michigan, and I dragged the woman across three states plus Canada to snag these games, one at a time. Mostly they were obtained via Ebay, although I did get one seller to stop two separate auctions for a package deal.

Heres the list:

Asteroids Deluxe
Stargate
Pacman
Tempest
Centipede
Galaga

We added a mint condition Addams Family pinball game to the collection as well.

Pinball is now the favorite and we want to get a couple more good pinball games, but it will have to wait for a bigger house since the basement is jammed. We are looking at houses now.

Anybody else with Arcade games please post and we can hopefully start a tech forum or something. Older arcade and most pinball machines often do need repair, the members of this forum are more technically inclined and could serve as a useful resource for maintaining classic machines.

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Here is a link to my arcade: http://www.xy.tv/reedl/arcade.html

I repair them all myself. The pinballs are more work simply because of the major amount of maintenance required to keep all the moving parts working.

I have pretty much given up purchasing video games (unless I get a heck of deal on one), simply because I duplicate the experience on a PC with MAME of any video game. OTOH pinball cannot be duplicated on a screen.

I have not paid over $100 for any of the video games that I do have. Of course the pinball machines I have were also acquired at a very good price also. Some were free because of my old boss who sold his house. Others were yard sale specials. One (the CountDown) was free because it did not work. It required a new CPU card, and the rebuilding of the cable from the CPU to the driver board. There is no commercially available cable, and it takes around 3 hours to rebuild. It also causes a few new scars on your fingers..

The other pinballs are not hard to keep running, they just need cleaning every few months, and minor adjustments.

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mamawaldee,

I saw your list and I like most of those games as well...especially galaga. Growing up I remember Galaga and Phoenix. I was able to snag a Phoenix arcade machine and my family and I love it to death. I stll want to get galaga and I'm sure I will someday soon, or maybe I'll build a MAME machine and get it that way but I do love my Phoenix.

So far it's the Pheonix and my pool table. Have always had a "thing" for air hockey as well...maybe i'll be adding one of those to.

Thanks,

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Just a pool table for me, a Brunswick (the Bradford maybe?).

I'd like to add one of the pinball machines I used to play back in the 80s ... The Games, or Cyclone, or 8 Ball Deluxe. There was actually a Macintosh software version of 8 Ball Deluxe that was an excellent implementation of the real game.

After that, an Air Hockey table. I'm actually thinking about getting one of them for a dining room table. Like I ever eat dinner at a table. :)
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An 8' pool table, a 7' air-hockey table, electronic dartboard, and a 3-in-1 casino table (black-jack, craps, and roulette). No arcade games, just my PS2. If the wife and space permits, there will be a poker table in my future.
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Reedl, Very nice collection!

I'm an electrical engineer by trade, so I fix 'em up too.
Wish I had more time though. Galaga and Stargate are on the fritz right now...

The pinball game is all original exept for one flipper coil. I had the game two weeks and the flipper control board died because the previous repairman obviously didn't know that the coil diodes are required, and on Williams WPC1 boards the diodes are on the coils, not on the controller board. So he left them off. That one was fun to trace since the flipper would get stuck in the up position, but all the power transistors tested good with the board out. It only screwed up under operating voltage.

I also MAME. As far as emulation, I prefer the NeoGeo games. The Metal Slugs are superb.

I would play them in the theater, but I use a Barco CRT so only games without static images can be played there. Doom3 is incredible on a 10 foot screen!

The arcade collecting thing started when I picked up the Williams arcade classics on PS2. On a Friday afternoon at the office I made the mistake of searching google for Stargate, which was my alltime favorite. I found one on ebay outside Cincinatti. We are outside Detroit, about 5 hours distant. So I searched for Tempest, and found that also, but the picture showed the same Stargate in the background. Turns out they were both listed by the same seller. The auctions were up during the middle of the next week, and if I did anything it would have to be that weekend, so I contacted the seller and we arranged a deal for both with pick-up that Sunday. Me and woman went to King's Island Saturday, spent the night, grabbed the games the next day and drove home. I worked out extremely well, and I was addicted. Luckily for the pocketbook, I only wanted those original six dedicated machines.

The original list required an Asteroids game, but I saw an Asteroids Deluxe machine at Cedar Point. It was not working, but the cabinet and artwork were impressive so I picked up a Asteroids Deluxe machine instead at first opportunity. Turns out I like the gameplay on Deluxe better anyway.

For Pacman, I installed the Two-Bit Score 16-1 board, so it also plays Ms. Pacman and a bunch of other variants. I will probably install a Millipede/Centipede modification in my Centipede cabinet.

The other games I recall as being worth collecting from back in the day are:

Star Wars (vector sit-down)
Double Dragon
Pigskin 621
Arch-Rivals

But I have since discovered the joys of pinball...

Best Regards,

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Here's my list:

Stargate (with Multi Williams kit installed - also plays Robotron, Defender, Joust, Bubbles and Splat)
Ms. Pac Man cabaret (with 96-in-1 kit installed - plays Pac, Ms. Pac, Pengo, Space Invaders, and lots of variations and mazes of Pac and Ms. Pac)
Star Wars (the original Atari vector with the Star Wars/Empire Strikes Back multigame kit installed)
Time Pilot
Centipede (with Multipede kit installed - also plays Millipede)
Gyruss
T-Mek
Q*Bert
Frogger
Super Pac Man

Most of my games are currently lined up in my garage waiting to re-enter my basement after the construction is finished. I'm wrapping up the electrical now and will start drywall in a couple of weeks.
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I am glad to see that the game room forum has became a reality! I'm a pinball nut myself....was into pinball machines before home theater....my current games are;

1950 Gtb. KNOCKOUT
1970 Gtb. SCUBA
1977 Bally EIGHT BALL
1978 Stern NUGENT
1980 Wms. FIREPOWER
1982 Gtb. HAUNTED HOUSE

Most of the games I got in non-working condition and fix up myself. All are currently working 100%. I've had several other pinball games that are now no longer in my collection. My game room is the 'lobby' of my theater in the basement. I also have an electronic dart board...but that doesn't get much action. I'm always interested in buying/selling/trading pinball..so let me know. Currently looking for an Attack from Mars (AFM) and a FATHOM to add to my collection.

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You have a Haunted House!

Sweet!

How do you rate it?
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Steve, I posted before seeing you are in MI.

A local pinball vender near me is moving into a smaller building for health reasons and will most likely be selling off some of his personal collection. His prices seemed fair for what appear to be fully shopped machines. FYI.

Just wondering, is Haunted House going to ever be up for grabs?
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You have a Haunted House!

Sweet!

How do you rate it?
I like it both as a player and for the collector value. Fun game, cool back ground music, and of coarse, three playfield levels and eight flippers. It however lacks voice and multiball which would make it spectacular. I got lucky with mine. It is in fantastic condition, mint backglass, great cabinet, and all playfields still have day one mylar! Has original manual, coin mechs and even the serial numbers of all the PCBs match! It did not work when I got it, but after performing all the manditory fixes for a System 80...the thing has been working without error since Dec. 2002.

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Thought I'd drop in to see this new area of AVS. I have a not so great shape Fatal Fury cabinet that I bought locally that I hope to someday restore to to turn into a MAME machine utilizing my modded XBOX. Hopefully sometime next summer, I will be posting progress of the MAME cabinet here on this very forum.

Anyone here have pics of their MAME cabinets?
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Haunted House is one of the "must gets" for me in the world of Pinball. I may even sell off a couple of the games (or trade) for a great shape Haunted House Pinball. The only problem is trying to convince my two kids (13 and 8 year old girls) I am going to get rid of a machine, as every single one of them is their "favorite".

Maybe I will just break down and buy one, but where will the money come from????

The other pinball I would love to find in good shape is a Black Hole. I always enjoyed that game..

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Haunted House is one of the "must gets" for me in the world of Pinball. I may even sell off a couple of the games (or trade) for a great shape Haunted House Pinball. The only problem is trying to convince my two kids (13 and 8 year old girls) I am going to get rid of a machine, as every single one of them is their "favorite".

Maybe I will just break down and buy one, but where will the money come from????

The other pinball I would love to find in good shape is a Black Hole. I always enjoyed that game..

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I searched hard for BLACK HOLE and HAUNTED HOUSE....once I got the HH I 'let-up' on my search for a BH....it is a great game though....it has two things that HH does not....voice and multiball. If I had the room...the two would look real nice next to eachother ;-)

I know what you mean about getting rid of a game....it is not easy....I love them all. What helps a little is to get rid of one right after aquiring a new 'favorite'...it is not as painfull that way ;-)

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I guess I'll chime i with my collection as well.

Vids:

MAME Machine
Maximum Hangtime (25" Jamma Cab that I will convert to MAME)

Pins:

Theatre of Magic
Twilight Zone
Revenge From Mars
Monopoly
Star Wars
Maverick
Monday Night Football
Independence Day

Misc:

Dynamo Blue-Top Air Hockey Table
Wurlitzer 1700 Jukebox (located in our 50's Diner area)
Virtual Jukebox (w/ seperate monitors for showing classic music videos throughout the gameroom - I currently have a collection of 600 or so music videos from the 70's to current in all genres)
Kegerator (not really a game, but a must-have for the gameroom)
Good Humor Ice Cream Freezer

Current Projects:

Margarita/Slush Machine
Fermentation Chiller (for homebrewing)

Looking to buy:

Creature from the Black Lagoon Pinball Machine

Cheers,

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I guess I'll chime i with my collection as well.

Vids:

MAME Machine
Maximum Hangtime (25" Jamma Cab that I will convert to MAME)

Pins:

Theatre of Magic
Twilight Zone
Revenge From Mars
Monopoly
Star Wars
Maverick
Monday Night Football
Independence Day

Misc:

Dynamo Blue-Top Air Hockey Table
Wurlitzer 1700 Jukebox (located in our 50's Diner area)
Virtual Jukebox (w/ seperate monitors for showing classic music videos throughout the gameroom - I currently have a collection of 600 or so music videos from the 70's to current in all genres)
Kegerator (not really a game, but a must-have for the gameroom)
Good Humor Ice Cream Freezer

Current Projects:

Margarita/Slush Machine
Fermentation Chiller (for homebrewing)

Looking to buy:

Creature from the Black Lagoon Pinball Machine

Cheers,

Brad
Brad,

How do you like Star Wars? Is that the Data East one? I played it once...first impression was good, just havn't spent much time with it. I really like the look and theme though.

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Spy Hunter with new screen and everything works!

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Game room, including my group-buy popcorn maker:
http://images9.fotki.com/v186/photos...MG_3606-vi.jpg

Better pic of the pins
http://images9.fotki.com/v187/photos...MG_3607-vi.jpg

There's room to squeeze one more in!




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How do you like Star Wars? Is that the Data East one? I played it once...first impression was good, just havn't spent much time with it. I really like the look and theme though.

Steve

Steve,

Mine is the original Data East Star Wars. Having played all 3 SW pins, I have to say this is definately the best. The SW Trilogy from Sega is horrible and the Pin2K Episode I gets old very quickly.

It's not a real deep game, but it is fun to play for a quick game. Also, it's always popular with friends and family.

I have noticed over the past few months that the price is really starting to go up for this machine. I have to assume a lot of it is due to the new movie release, but the other SW pins aren't going up at all.

Now I just wish I hadn't sold my orginal Atari SW vid. I saw that someone else has one here on the group. It's always a fun game as well.

Cheers,

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I have a roadblasters and I love it. Total nostalgia being able to play a full size arcade game..
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In my gameroom (which happens to be the lobby to my dedicated HT) I've got a Super Chexx bubble hockey, a Mame Cabinet
and the following pins (thankfully I can only fit 5 pins or else I'd be broke):

Star Trek: The Next Generation
Tales of the Arabian Nights
The Simpsons Pinball Party
Theatre of Magic (My personal favorite)
Lord of the Rings

Since you guys in this forum can truly appreciate this. On all of my pins I have replaced the speakers with nice coaxial speakers. I then tapped the speaker outs from the sound board with hi-low converters. I then took the RCA's out from there and ran one of them to an old receiver and the other to a powered subwoofer. The receiver powers the coaxial speakers....Suffice it to say the pins sound awesome.


I go through pins like water.....In the past year I have sold:

World Cup Soccer '94
Twilight Zone
Creature From the Black Lagoon
Johnny Mnemonic
Shadow

I'm ready to sell my Tales of the Arabian Nights....If I find a nice project Cirqus Voltaire or Attack From Mars. (I like to fix them myself)

I know what I want next, my only problem is that I can't fit it. I want to build a dedicated driving cabinet using an Xbox (And a Xbox360 down the road) I want to put in a real automobile seat (to be purchased at a junkyard). I want to connect it to a 42" HD RPTV. I truly don't know how I can fit it in.

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I've got the following:

Mame machine
Tornado Foosball
Stargate Pinball
Ping pong
Darts

Probably will add a couple more pinball machines in the next year. Can't really afford anything expensive, so I'll probably just buy some fixer uppers and work on those.

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Current Lineup:

MAME for all arcade machines
Pinbot Pinball Machine
Tales from the Crypt Pinball Machine
Star Trek: The Next Generation Pinball Machine

Gone but not forgotten:

High Speed Pinball Machine
Road Kings Pinball Machine
F-14 Pinball Machine
Comet Pinball Machine
Flight 2000 Pinball Machine
Dunk Shot Video Arcade Game


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I bought NBA JAM (and got the tournament edition boards as a bonus) for my 21st birthday. Hauled that sucker all the way from NC to Virginia Tech in the back of a SUV (barely fit). Three years later I have it and a pool table in my rec room. Just finished my HT room a few months ago, hopefully I can get some pix up :)

I'd love to find room to put some pins in!
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Sweet. I'm a big pin fan here:

Twilight Zone (TZ)
Medieval Madness (MM)
Shadow
Star Trek: The Next Generation (ST:TNG)
No Good Gofers (NGG)
Cirqus Voltaire (CV)
World Cup Soccer (WCS)

Love all of 'em...I need more room for games :eek:

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I currently have the following in my collection. All dedicated and in excellent condition unless otherwise noted:

Vids
Pacman cocktail - has the 24 in 1 multipac installed
Tron
Donkey Kong Jr.
Star Wars
Tempest
Black Widow
720
Smash TV - with multi jamma and Total Carnage installed (looking for a reasonably priced jamma Robotron to throw in as well)
Ninja Warriors - 3 screen behemoth
Forgotten Worlds
Dynamo 25" jamma cabinet (mainly used for Street Fighter)
Nintendo Playchoice 10 - dual monitor w/gun
Neo Geo 4 slot
Thunderblade - moving sit down cabinet
Space Harrier - sitdown

Pins
Whirlwind
Space Odyssey

I also have MAME running on the htpc, and tried it out in a gutted cabinet a few times... but, and I know it is all in my head, it just does not feel right to me compared to the real thing. I do love it on the pc though, go figure.

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Wish I had more room too...

Gauntlet
Marble Madness
Robotron: 2084
Joust
Space Duel
Smash TV
Toobin'
Rampart

and I'm in the process of putting together a MAME cabinet.
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I finally picked up a Tekken3 for $175 at the superauction 2 weeks ago. I was going to mame it, but it was so nice that I started building a stand alone MAME cab from scratch using the Project Arcade book the Tuesday following the purchase.
The cab is built and I recieved my custom marquee and CP overlay today. Time to work on the control panel.

Oh, we also have the obligatory 8' pool table and 8' air hockey table.
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