Published January 9, 2019 Leave a Comment

We’ve talked about Cosmotrons on several occasions. The game that started as a fan project in 2016 with little more than a Facebook page and a two man team of hard-working veteran gamers quickly grew to become the phenomenon it is today. Cosmotrons took all the best parts of Gravitar and Asteroids, both of which were huge deals back in the ‘80’s, and were among the titles responsible for catapulting Atari to fame in years past. Cosmotrons has been available for purchase for some time now. However, Arcadeaholics, the company in charge of the product, revealed a new Cosmotrons cabinet this last weekend in the Pinball Expo 2018 event in Chicago. Once orders are available, this new version will be ideal for those on a tighter budget.

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Like many other games of its time, both Asteroids and Gravitar were deceptively simple titles. Their mechanics were easy to understand and control, while still retaining a very high skill ceiling. In this sense, while everyone could play and enjoy the games, regardless of skill level, the most hardcore fans could also partake and square down against each other in heated space battles.

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Published November 14, 2018 Leave a Comment

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It’s been a while since we last worked on one of these articles, but we’re back and ready for action!

Getting Good is our running series where, once or twice a month, we revisit the arcade games of our youth, and share some tips and tricks at how to beat them and improve your high scores. This time around, we’ll be talking about Nintendo’s Punch-Out!!, the highly-successful and critically acclaimed game that arguably reached peak fame when a reworked version landed on the NES. Said ‘port’ made many people believe that the game was originally from the said console.

However, Punch-Out!! actually started off in the arcade, which was developed and published by Nintendo in 1984. The game saw great success in arcades, which helped to turn it from a single game into a popular series of titles. However, it wasn’t until 1987 when it arrived on the NES as Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!, which was also a hugely popular entry for the series, and featured the eponymous boxer as the final boss.

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Published June 29, 2018 Leave a Comment

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<p><span style=Fans around the world are rejoicing at the prospect of a (possibly) great tomb raider movie, which is currently in production, and scheduled to release this March 16. The film, which is starring Ex-Machina’s Alicia Vikander, is based on the 2013 remake of the popular video game franchise, which was rebooted by Crystal Dynamics, and published by Square Enix on that year. The game itself was groundbreaking, as far a the series goes. As a reboot, it explores the origins of Lara Croft, the fierce and independent archeologist that the games always followed, only this time she’s an inexperienced, wet-behind-the-ears rookie on her first expedition to Yamatai, a fictional lost island in the Dragon’s Triangle off the coast of Japan. Lara, who is yet untested, has her expedition assailed by natural disasters and finds herself estranged from the rest of her group. She must then make her way through the island, and escape from a band of cultists, in hopes of reuniting with her friends and making a great escape.

This game marked the second time that the Tomb Raider series was rebooted, with the first one being Tomb Raider: Legend. It’s launch was delayed from Q4 2012, to March 2013, which gave it plenty of time to create hype and expectations, most of which were achieved once the game came it out. Tomb Raider was received with excellent remarks and comments due to its graphics, gameplay, and Camilla Luddington’s performance voicing Lara. The protagonist’s writing, character development, and interactions were also greatly praised, though many critics frowned upon the addition of a multiplayer mode, as well as the apparent disconnection between what the player does, and the events of the story.

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Published April 14, 2017 Leave a Comment

As you might’ve heard about by now, Star Wars: Rogue One just had its worldwide release this past Friday. To the glee of many fans young and old alike, the movie delivered an action packed experience filled with impressive CGI and stellar acting. Most of all, it offered up an engaging story which retraces the events leading from the third prequel film (Revenge of the Sith) to the first of the original trilogy, A New Hope. Without diving too much into spoilers, Rogue One specifically focused on the series of happenings which allowed the Rebels to acquire the plans for the Death Star and reveal its iconic vulnerable exhaust ports.

All cinematic and special effects aside, Star Wars is one of the few film franchises that has managed to breach the generational gap. Other such series include the Marvel and DC cinematic universe, or television shows such as Dr. Who and Star Trek, that have weathered the test of time and still produce quality content for everyone to enjoy. But I digress; this amount of well-deserved fame often translates to Star Wars merchandise, Star Wars clothing and, as evidenced from the title of this article, Star Wars video games.

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Published April 7, 2017 Leave a Comment
Published April 7, 2017 Leave a Comment

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In the spirit of ending our series of articles about setting up your own arcade business on the right note, we’re here today to facilitate a checklist, or a cheat-sheet, if you will, of the various things you need to consider in order to get started.

On previous occasions, we talked about the different types of arcades games available, what works for most arcade establishments, as well as the appropriate locations to place your business, and the types of games you could feature on it. With this article, our aim is to recap on the topics we’ve touched until now, as well as add a couple extra nuggets of information to make your lifelong dream of opening your arcade into reality, in a simple list format.

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Published March 3, 2017 Leave a Comment

Published January 20, 2017 Leave a Comment

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Let me start by saying that this is the most amazingly poignant tale I’ve come across in arcade collecting circles. I’ve written before about incredible rare arcade “finds” that have happened over the years, including the yarn about the Sundance cabinet found in a long-abandoned building, and of course the epic Fun Ship raid.

But this story tops even those.

With a factory in Hialeah, Florida, Centuri produced arcade machines during the arcade Golden Age from 1980 until its eventual closure in 1985. Formed following the takeover of Allied Leisure by the former President of Taito America, it was responsible for some of the more memorable 80s arcade titles ever produced. These included Gyruss, Rip Off, Time Pilot, Hyper Sports, Track & Field and of course Phoenix. Most were licensed from Japanese developers, notably Konami.

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Published May 28, 2014 Leave a Comment

The Strong Museum of Play welcomed visitors to their Boardwalk Arcade Exhibit on Sunday.

Arcade Exhibit

Arcade Exhibit

This is the second season that the exhibit is showing.  The doors officially opened Saturday the 24th 2014. The exhibit was so popular last year, the museum brought it back for another summer. “We have games that challenge not only their mental skills but their motor skills… It really reaches out to all ages, so I think that’s why it’s so popular,” Gallery Manager Kari Todesco said.

The exhibit boosts all types of current arcade games including some classics that will surely be a hit with people of all ages.

The “Boardwalk Arcade” is open through September 7th at the museum which is located at One Manhattan Square, Rochester, NY 14607 and their phone number is 585-263-2700.

Game on!

Published May 9, 2014 Leave a Comment

The Jukebox has been popular since their inception, with timeless styles of the day they hold their value as collectibles and are the talk of any location you set them in.  Todays jukeboxes are much more complicated then what they use to be now including MP3s and other digital music to the playlist, you can literally have every song imaginable at your finger tips ready to play.

There are two Jukeboxes that I am going to focus on today, those being the bubbler are the table model.  These are probably the two most popular out there and most rememberable throughout time.

digital bubbler jukebox

digital bubbler jukebox

Do you remember the days of standing by the Jukebox as it bubbles along with the classics you love?  Well this classic Bubbler has now become the Digital Bubbler Jukebox and comes with new state-of-the-art digital technology and a 250 Watt digital amplifier, which allows users to digitally store up to 600 of their favorite CD’s on its huge 250GB hard drive at true CD-quality sound.  600 of their favorites, the only reason why it is not more is because it would be impossible to make a selection. These classic beauties offer all the grace of the past with the best of the new.

Imagine the fun and joy this machine will  bring you in your man cave or as a piece of functional art in your living room. This model is timeless and will remain that way as no other music device can match its beauty and design.

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The table top Jukebox like the  Q music center  is a delight to own as it has rare wood and Die-Cast real chrome-plated accents and pilasters illuminated by constantly changing colors, the petite and powerful new “Q” compact tabletop digital jukebox is built with the same meticulous attention  to quality and detail that Rock-Ola is famous for!  The ” Q ” comes with a powerful built-in digital sound amplifier and speakers, along with the QSonix Digital Music Interface and its large 19″ digital touchscreen monitor control panel.

This machine allows you to synchronize all music tracks and custom playlists contained in the Music Center directly to any iPod, iPhone, iPad or other MP3 Player. Import music from any USB device. Share all music / playlists with devices on your home network. Control separate volume levels for up to two Music Zones. Burn all playlists and albums to a CD.

With all that modern technology out there it is good to see that the classic design on style of the jukebox is here to stay.  As technology advances we are going to see jukeboxes become more functional but the cabinets will remain the same as the artisans that crafted them created a great mix of design and mood.

Game on!

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