Published May 25, 2018 Leave a Comment

Just like owning a car, house, or virtually any other object, arcade machines require proper maintenance in order to function properly. However,performing maintenance on your arcade machines can sometimes seem intimidating or even overwhelming for inexperienced users, and with good reason: the insides of these cabinets are often riddled with cables, PCB boards, and components that pose a danger due to high voltages. Consequently, most machine owners opt to skip on the maintenance, only to have their games break down in the long run.

Luckily, here at PrimeTime Amusements, we have the talent and know-how to diagnose and perform basically any repairs on most machines. Today, we are going to explain the most common troubleshooting issues encountered by owners of arcade cabinets, as well as their most likely causes.

WARNING: PrimeTime Amusements does not accept any responsibility for any damage or personal harm incurred on machines due to self-service. Arcade machines tend to use high voltage components which if improperly handled can cause bodily harm and/or damage to the machine. This is especially true of old CRT tube monitors, which carry voltages that are capable of killing a person if improperly handled. These suggestions are provided on a “best to our knowledge” informational basis but if you are un-sure about anything in regards to the repair of your machine, please contact a professional. If you bought the machine from us then call our Technical Support department for assistance!

I Have No Video or Audio!

“Oh no!” is usually what users say when they find that their arcade machine doesn’t show an image, or make a peep. This is one of the most common issues, which is usually caused by malfunctions in the power supply or the outlet in which it is plugged in. Simply put, if there is not enough power, the machine won’t turn on. For this reason, the very first thing you’ll want to do to troubleshoot this issue is to check the exterior of the machine, where the power is supplied to it. For this step, it is suggested to do the following.

Check outside the machine, where the power cord inserts into the cabinet, for a ‘rocker’ switch. This switch is basically the external on/off interrupter for the machine, which should always be set to the ‘on’ state if you’re using it. This can come off as a no-brainer for many, but you’d be amazed at how many users actually manage to get this step wrong!

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Published May 18, 2018 Leave a Comment

Arcade Games

With over 15,000 separate titles produced since the early 1970s, there are a TON of arcade games available for purchase out there. Those that know where to look can find almost any title that they set out to acquire. While the older cabinets may one day be lost to time, their soul (in the form of their source code) will always live on in the internet, where they can be purchased through several means, and often come included as part of multicade machines.

That being said, due to the sheer amount of games in the market, newcomers to the world of arcades might have trouble choosing the games best suited for their game room. Apart from a giant selection, you also have games ranging in price that may only cost a few hundred dollars to thousands.This depends on the condition as well as collector desirability.  What will provide the best return on investment in the form of entertainment and replayability will vary from buyer to buyer.

In this article, we’re going to list the most popular arcade game genres, as well as several of our top picks for each one. In this sense, you can make informed decisions about what games to purchase first, and avoid throwing money on titles that won’t provide a good bang for the buck.

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Published May 11, 2018 Leave a Comment

game room

So let’s say you finally caved and setup that game room or arcade business you’ve always dreamed of; awesome, right? Now that you’re basically living the dream, you can sit back and enjoy of all those sweet games and amusements alongside your friends or loved ones. However, for some people that finally invest in a game room, their urge to play and collect their beloved classic games is replaced by a newfound horror: now that I have all these machines, how the heck am I going to take care of them?

Arcade machines, like any other piece of engineering, require periodic maintenance in order to keep them operating at peak performance. This is especially true for the ones that have many moving parts, or that are mostly mechanical in their operations. Without proper care, they will start to succumb to general wear and tear, and eventually break down if left unchecked, requiring expensive repairs or replacement parts than are much more costly than simply performing regular maintenance.

In this article, we are going to explain some basic tips or tricks that can help ensure the proper functioning of your game room, and to keep your machines operating at top shape, at all times.

Power Off!

Like most electronic appliances, arcade machines require a simple wall outlet of 120V AC to function properly. By simply plugging the machine to the wall, it is ready to be played. However, as much as we at PrimeTime Amusements enjoy walking into a sea of colors, adorned with the characteristic beeps and boops of retro arcade gaming, we strongly recommend unplugging your machine from the outlet when not in use. Furthermore, when you’re actually using them, please consider investing on a surge protector for each machine, or at least a strong protector that can accommodate multiple appliances. Some refurbished machines might come with their own protector built into the cabinet, so feel free to inquire if a machine, in particular, includes this amenity.

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Published May 4, 2018 Leave a Comment

bowling lane

For many individuals, bowling lanes are considered the be-all and end-all when it comes to interactive entertainment. Man Caves and Game Rooms everywhere achieve a great ‘feel’ when they have arcade & pinball machines next to a home console gaming setup. But if you want ‘the best of the best’ for your room, it is hard to top the installation of a bowling lane into your location. Implementing a bowling setup in the rec room is understandably more complicated than typical home games device; it requires much more space, a long building process and a bigger investment. Nevertheless, if you’re looking to bedazzle everyone with your cutting-edge gaming taste, a bowling lane is the way to go.

We certainly understand that the mere thought of putting turning your game room into a bowling alley is a daunting task. However, here at PrimeTime Amusements, we’re here to tell you that building a bowling lane in your home is not as difficult as it seems. We have years of experience in both manufacturing and operation of bowling lanes of various types and brands. Several lanes sit right underneath our main offices at the Xtreme Action Park in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Though the process does entail some preparation, as well as a somewhat lengthy construction phase (compared to other types of amusements that are mostly plug n’ play), it is a fairly straightforward procedure which can be completed in a matter of days, depending on the number of lanes to be installed.

In this article, we are going to briefly explain the models currently available, as well as the construction phases of a standard home bowling alley.

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Published April 27, 2018 Leave a Comment
Published April 27, 2018 Leave a Comment

Arcde Machine Buying Guide

Just like with any other expensive electronics in your house, an arcade machine warranty can help safeguard your investment and provide backup and support if one of your hard-earned machines breaks down or stops functioning correctly. From our personal experience, we know that only a handful of things are worse than dropping thousands of dollars on a brand new arcade game, only to have them break down after a few months and then noticing that your purchases didn’t include any type of warranty. In these cases, the repair itself might not be the real issue — any technician worth his salt can easily dismantle and work on any type of arcade machine. However, considering how expensive and rare some of the replacement parts can be — especially for older, vintage machines — trying to repair an arcade machine using money out of your own pocket is not a feasible option for most users.

This is where the arcade machine warranty comes into play. If you’re a hardcore gamer and like to test the limits of your arcade machines, then you need to ensure that your cabinets come with an appropriate magazine for your gaming style. In this manner, you know that your investment is always protected by a signed agreement and that you’ll always have access to tech experts and support personnel that can help keep your machine in top shape, should anything happen to it. For most users, a warranty will important for 3 main reasons:

  • In Case of Damage: Listen, we understand. Sometimes, it’s easy to get carried away and accidentally mash away at the buttons of your game in hopes of setting that new world record or neighborhood high score. However, there may come a time when the machine can’t simply handle the punishment and break down. Buttons begin to stick, joysticks come loose, and panels may wear down. If you’re the type of gamer that really gets into the game, and can sometimes treat the machines a little rough, then you have a good reason to ensure you’re getting the best coverage for your investment, so that your game is always safeguarded by the support of tech experts and support personnel.
  • For Quality Assurance: Besides keeping your investment safe, warranties can also speak volumes about the type of establishment you’re doing business with. If the product you’re dropping a ton of money on comes with an extended warranty of 10+ years, you can rest assured that both the seller and the manufacturer trust enough in the quality of their product that they know it won’t break down anytime soon. Furthermore, even if it should break down, they know that it’ll likely happen due to intense usage, and will require repairs that are both inexpensive and easy to perform.
  • For Customer Satisfaction: Simply put, no company would engage in a long-term agreement over what is essentially a video game with their client if they didn’t hold customer satisfaction in the highest regard. Arcade machine sellers and distributors that devote time and resources to provide the best warranties to safeguard their customer’s experience understand that, for many users, gaming is not only a hobby but a way of life.

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Published April 13, 2018 Leave a Comment

In the past, we’ve gone to great lengths to create guides that would help any potential entrepreneurs to build their arcade establishment without dying in the process. Opening up an arcade is no small feat, especially in this day and age, where the presence of traditional arcade businesses are all but extinct. Nevertheless, with the proper know-how, and a good measure of luck, getting initiated in this business is not only possible but profitable as well!

However, not everyone is keen on opening an arcade business; some people just want to collect machines. Heck, it’s even possible that most of you would-be buyers are simply looking for a cost-effective machine that can give you the best bang for your buck, and hill to fill out that last bit of space available in your game room. Unfortunately, those that are new to this world and don’t know what to look for in an arcade machine (either new or used) might have a really rough time finding a good deal. Furthermore, the possibility of getting scammed or buying overpriced products from unscrupulous merchants is a very real threat to the uninitiated.

For these reasons, we’ve decided to create a buying guide of sorts, where we’ll list some of the most important tips to keep in mind the next time you’re browsing the market for a good arcade cabinet. If you’re looking for an arcade machine, please consider the following:

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Published April 6, 2018 Leave a Comment

Contra 3

This month in Getting Good, we’re going to step away a bit from the arcade and talk about Contra 3, the smash hit game for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. This is one game in the series that took the world by storm, providing unparalleled platforming and run n’ gun action for the whole family.

The game is set in 2636 and is a direct sequel to its previous installations. The players take control of heroes Jimbo and Sully as they tear through the hordes of aliens assailing futuristic planet Earth and stop their invasion once and for all.

With the arrival of the franchise to the SNES, Konami could take advantage of the console’s power to provide an improved experience over the previous iterations. Consequently, Contra 3 looks similar to its arcade counterparts, and offers just as much interactivity as them, in the form of objects, both in the background and foreground with which the player can interact in order to reach the end of every stage. Some examples of this include tubes which can be crossed like monkey bars, or walls which the player may climb to traverse vertical levels. Several buildings, walls, and objects may also be destroyed and can be used as environmental hazards against enemies as well. In other words, Contra 3 plays just like its predecessors, but on steroids.

In this first part, we’re going to elaborate on the elements that make up this fantastic game, and also give tips and strategies on how to beat the first 3 levels, so that the next time you want to have some retro fun with this timeless classic, you can do so the right way:

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Published March 30, 2018 Leave a Comment
Published March 30, 2018 Leave a Comment

The video game industry has been going through a constant evolution ever since its inception back in the early 70’s. From the first rudimentary games produced on radar displays for museums like Tennis for Two (1958), to Spacewar (1962) which graced the computer systems found on the occasional campus during that decade to the mass production of Computer Space (1971) as the first widely available coin-op arcade machine to the Magnavox Odyssey(1972), the first time an affordable video gaming device would be made available for homes.

Behind these efforts were pioneers of a completely new & unique form of entertainment. Game developers & engineers who blazed trails into an exciting & fun new frontier in leisure. Many of the names behind the games are best recognized through the companies that they worked for, these businesses creating a work culture that fostered ideas & innovations that would become true classics. The first titans of the industry would be companies like Atari & Midway/Williams; Atari leading the way with many industry firsts (the first game in color, the first maze game, the first racing game, the first 4 & 8 player games, the first video light-gun game, etc. etc.) that others could only hope to make a quick buck by copying. Midway/Williams for their part tapped into their industry experience in creating many electro-mechanical games before the advent of the video game.

As the “Golden Age” of gaming began to take hold in the late 70s, Japanese developers would go beyond copying Pong and come up with innovations of their own. You know the names: Sega, Nintendo, Namco (now Bandai Namco), Taito, Data East, Capcom, Konami and so on.. These developers carved a name for themselves by creating quality titles that would capture the imagination of gamers all over the world. Some of these companies still exist with the likes of Nintendo continuing to dominate the world of gaming while others are still riding on the reputation made for themselves from almost 40 years ago. For those who are still around, much of their focus has been on the home gaming entertainment but not all of them have forgotten their arcade roots. Companies like Sega & Bandai Namco have entire divisions dedicated to developing & releasing video arcade games while Nintendo has been willing to license their IPs out to different companies so that the Nintendo logo can be found at the arcade once again.

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