|Hello everyone! I'm back again, this time to dive into more details on the collection of playable home-consoles on display at the 2012 Houston Expo. (Part #1 of my coverage is here. Part #2 is here.) For Part #3, I shall also recap the 1-hour presentation given by Joe Crookham of Classic Arcade Works on how to replace your battered and failing arcade cabinet with a faithful reproduction. Additionally, I'll give you an overview of the delightful conversations I had with Joe, about his business, how it's going for him, and his plans for future expansion. So with no further delay, onwards...|
|Hello everyone! Welcome to Part #2 of my coverage report on The 2012 Houston Arcade Expo. (You can flip through Part #1 of my coverage here.) For this article, I'm back with details on the many amazing machines that were available at the show. I'll get to the interviews in Part #3 and Part #4 of this series. Check back soon for those. For now though, it's time to enjoy more of the eye-candy!|
Hello again dear readers, it's great to be back! Once more, my inner arcade- and computer-gaming aficionado has burst out of the dreary doldrums of "Crazy-Busy Normal Life", after being confined for just too darn long. I did so with some gusto this time, and took the opportunity to shamelessly gorge myself on an enormous and truly delicious smorgasbord of gaming: The 2012 Houston Arcade Expo.
Even as I write these introductory words, the whole 2+ day event is STILL going on. While it's scheduled to officially wind to a close in the next hour or so, from all the good folks I chatted with, the talking and story-telling and drunken networking will likely go on until dawn. For my part though, I had to throw in the towel a little bit early. For starters, I had to dash home and start cracking on this set of articles for you fine folks!
Not to mention that my ears are absolutely ringing from the roar of 120+ pinball and arcade machines running full-blast, and my eyes feel like they're covered in plastic-wrap. (Note to self: When binging for 10+ hours on video games and pinball, remember to blink.)
A more thorough look at all the Pinball Machines that were out on display and ready for play on the Replay 2012 expo.
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This is a pretty weird but potentially cool experiment: Pac-Mecium. As you can see in the video, the idea is to super-impose a gameboard over a collection of paramecium, who you can move around to play the games. I'm not sure whether this is cool or sick! What's next, one where you shock rats and inject them with drugs? Anyway, check it out below.
Pinball machine housing for iPhone/iPod Touch.
Are you ready to take the plunge?
Work your slap save, backhands, drop stop, bounce pass, and death save on this working pinball machine [app]cessory!
Just like the classic cabinets only smaller, Pinball Magic is a time machine that recreates classic arcade pinball action on your iPhone or iPod touch. Side mounted flipper buttons, realistic ball-launching plunger and even a credit/select button immerse you in the game play while the oscillating LED beacon and animated backbox set the stage to show your pinball wizard skills! Works with the FREE Pinball Magic app to create realistic, challenging and engaging game play bringing a portable arcade experience.
For those interested, I have posted some photos from Funspot and Clark's Trading Post in New Hampshire from an August 2009 vacation, focusing on cool vintage technology, including classic typewriters and of course, arcade machines. For my own organizational convenience, I have also included the photos and videos from The Musee Mecanique in San Francisco from March 2009 in the same set.
The Pinball Blog has a short write-up on an apparently new home pinball machine from Zizzle, this time with a classic Atari theme. It looks great, and by my calculations, will be their third generation product. If you remember, I have the first generation model, shown in the photo at the bottom of this blog post. The second generation added a few minor improvements, including more environmental lighting. Both models sold for between $100 - $500 depending upon when and where you were able to score one.
Luckily, on the last day of our San Francisco trip devoted to filming amazing interviews for the feature film, "W00t!: The Videogame Revolution", Matt and I had a chance to visit the The Museum of the City of San Francisco, The Musee Mecanique. Among the great stuff there were two vintage pinball machines in really great shape. It's amazing how different they are from modern pinball machines that began to appear in the 1970s! Check out the casual videos below: