While casual photos and videos are fine for posting something quickly, sometimes readers want a bit more quality. While I'm not going to put a lot of effort into these per se, i.e., you won't mistake these for studio quality, I will take a bit more care in taking and posting anything in this particular series. For this first entry, I focused on three of the most recent additions to my collection, Tomy's electro-mechanical tabletop, Daring Driver, Commodore's Gorf for the C-64, and the 2012 Ultima Collector's Guide. Enjoy:
Gorf by Commmodore (1982) for the Commodore 64 | Gorf happens to be one of my favorite arcade games along with Satan's Hollow and Pooyan, though the latter two are on the next level up if I were really forced to choose. Anyway, what's interesting about the Commodore 64 version of Gorf is that of all the pre-crash arcade ports of the game, this is the only one with voice, courtesy of Commodore's MagicVoice add-on. I just need to track down Commodore's Wizard of Wor port to complete my MagicVoice compatible game collection.
Ultima: The Ultimate Collector's Guide: 2012 Edition | This is a very big book (826 pages!) and obviously a very handy reference for those of us into both videogame history and collecting.
Tomy Mini Arcade - Daring Driver (1982) | This is one of Tomy's electro-mechanical tabletops. While I'm not a big collector of vintage LCD and tabletop games, there are certain items I like to have representative examples of in my collection, and I just couldn't pass up this particular deal. This will look very good in my den arcade as it's rather intricately styled, and it showcases the classic electro-mechanical appeal, which feature few to no electronics, but still give a similar effect as a more typical electronic arcade game. This is "real" glasses-free 3D, with a solid plastic car inside, rotating light bulb track, and a rumble effect when you crash. While it's no 3DS, it is a neat reminder of what arcades were like prior to 1972.
Wow, Bill, incredible photos!
I'm trying to recall if I've ever heard Gorf with a voice on the C-64. I seem to remember my dad having a voice cartridge thing of some sort...wanting to say it was big and black. It's just a bit too hazy for me to make out any details, though. At any rate, I also like Gorf (it was my mother's favorite game). I remember that she'd throw a screaming fit every time she lost. Like mother like son, I guess. :)
The Ultima book is amazing. Almost makes you cringe to think of how obsessed that author must be with the series. I like a lot of games, but the idea of writing 800+ pages on any particular series makes me ill just thinking about it. Still, a book like this is probably the best way for a guy like me to quickly catch up with the series, since I didn't have them growing up.
I would love to have the mini-arcade, too, just for the decorative value if nothing else. It looks fantastic! Lovely attention to detail on that unit.