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#21 PotatoBox

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Posted 06 December 2015 - 12:03 AM

 

Friend of mine 'recently poured his life savings into turning his dream of having a proper Retro Arcade, into a reality (www/timewarparcade.co.uk)

 
1 of the 1st coin-ops he knew he had to have was Star wars.
 
 
Vids give you an idea of the place.

 

 

Man, I really hope this guy succeeds. The amount of cash you need nowadays to open up an arcade is insane nowadays. That man just earned my respect.



#22 Bakerman

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Posted 11 December 2015 - 06:25 PM

If I ever get an arcade machine, it definitely has to be one of the sit-down cockpit types, probably Star Wars Arcade, but I'm trying to remember what other Atari brand sit-down arcade machines there were? I know one of my all-time favorites, if not the favorite, is the Star Trek Strategic Operations Simulator, but that is Sega. But, if I did get either a Star Wars or Star Trek sit-down machine, I would definitely have to retro-fit it for use with my consoles too (but keeping the original game intact too. I would probably have to trade out the old screen for a new flat screen, if it were possible, though I don't recall if the Star Wars and Star Trek games maybe had a special screen for those vector graphics? If so then I'd have to get two, one for the original vector screen and one retro-fitted with a new flat-screen for consoles. Maybe some day...there was a time, about 10-15 years ago when they could be had for cheap, used, like a few hundred dollars. But now they are all antiques and probably cost magnitudes more than when they were new!

 

If I am going for the machine just for the "cockpit" I think it would have to be Atari's TX-1:

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Posted 17 December 2015 - 05:44 PM

If I could I'd give a home to a Tempest cab.  And while it's not an arcade if I had a Jaguar Kiosk I'd feel like I had an arcade cab.  :D


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Posted 04 February 2016 - 02:59 AM

I've always thought that a sit-down model of Battle Zone would have been awesome. I guess it would be called a "turret cabinet" instead of a "cockpit cabinet"!

 

The periscope wouldn't even be necessary. Being surrounded by the cabinet and speakers would have made it even cooler than the cockpit version of Red Baron. That and Star Wars are great games as well, but they're both wallpaper games (as I call games with forced scrolling, whether in the first person or not). I prefer to have control over the direction of my vehicle, rather than being subjected to a mere shooting gallery.

 

Still, I won't pretend that the trench phase in the Star Wars game isn't awesome. :D

 


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Posted 20 February 2016 - 11:53 AM

Xevious
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#26 RickR

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Posted 20 February 2016 - 01:12 PM

Xevious

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:xevious_solavou:

 

Great game.  For whatever reason, the sounds effects are the most memorable thing about Xevious for me. 



#27 TeddyGermany

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Posted 13 January 2017 - 03:16 PM

I love and adore Tempest!


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Posted 17 January 2017 - 12:27 AM

Crystal Castles AF

 

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#29 RickR

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Posted 17 January 2017 - 12:37 AM

The last two mentioned, Tempest and Crystal Castles are really good choices....I think it's very interesting how some games simply cannot be emulated properly due to controls -- and these are two prime examples. 


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Posted 17 January 2017 - 02:20 AM

The last two mentioned, Tempest and Crystal Castles are really good choices....I think it's very interesting how some games simply cannot be emulated properly due to controls -- and these are two prime examples. 

 

And in a darkened arcade, that light up red track ball was magic.


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#31 correagonzalez

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Posted 17 January 2017 - 02:56 PM

Mine either tempest or Crystal castles

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Posted 18 January 2017 - 06:57 PM

Sticking with Atari arcade games that I've actually played in the wild, I would go with Star Wars too.

 

However since that was already called for, I will also give three others I enjoyed as a kid. 

As some of you know, I didn't play a lot of arcades until the mid to late 80's.

By then, most of the classic games were either gone or hidden in a back corner where they mostly went unnoticed.

Also, several of these games may not have aged well, but at the time I thought they were the bee's knees.

 

#3) Pit-Fighter: At the time of it's release, the big digitized characters were a sight to behold and the simple controls made it easy to get into. And who didn't like being fork lifted over a pile of cash at the end?

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#2) Indiana Jones & The Temple of Doom: The movie was a big deal among kids and the game gave us a chance to enter the same world thanks to decent graphics, digitized voices, mine car rides and off course your trusty whip.

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#1) Hard Drivin' (Sit down version of course!): Probably the first sit down game I played and I remember it costing more, probably 50 cents per play, but it was worth it. It split off into two tracks: A speed course and stunt course. But really, it was all about stunt track with the massive loop de loop. And don't forget to hit the cow to make it moo! 

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Indy was an amazing, I say WAS like it's a thing of the past, ni it is an amazing game.  I loved Temple of Doom when I was a kid and to be a be able to play a game like this + the digitized voices... this was a thing of beauty.  The Atari System 1 and 2 cabs I feel were some of the best arcade games around for that time.  You always knew your quarter would return a solid and fun game experience. 


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#33 Atari Creep

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Posted 18 January 2017 - 10:46 PM

Crystal Castles AF

That sexy bastard next to your Crystal Castles is my dream machine!!! 

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#34 Keatah

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Posted 26 January 2017 - 12:39 AM

Assault

Star Wars env

Blasteroids

Tempest

 

The choice changes depending on my mood and what I hadn't played in a while.



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Posted 26 April 2017 - 04:47 PM

It isn't my favorite but it is a cab I would like to own...and that would be an I-Robot. Otherwise non Atari cabs that I hope to own someday would be a Sunset Riders and Xenophobe.

 

Oh..wait..I am also a fan of Toobin' ! and that is Atari. I passed on one back in 2004 that was fully working for $450...such past regrets in life...



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Posted 04 August 2017 - 09:29 AM

Asteroids

Tempest

Space Duel  (why was this not mentioned?  The arcade version had great bass sound which is hard to duplicate in the recent home conversions even with a decent sound system)

Millipede

Star Wars (sit down version)


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Posted 04 August 2017 - 11:59 AM

Asteroids

Tempest

Space Duel  (why was this not mentioned?  The arcade version had great bass sound which is hard to duplicate in the recent home conversions even with a decent sound system)

Millipede

Star Wars (sit down version)

Good choices. 

Sound is one area that doesn't get mentioned enough.  Emulation just doesn't cut it in many cases.  The rich bass of Donkey Kong or Tron in an arcade is very hard to duplicate at home.  Not to mention the ambient sounds of other games and people at a real arcade.



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Posted 09 August 2017 - 10:00 AM

Crystal Castles AF

 

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This is also my #1 choice for an Atari cab!



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Posted 16 August 2017 - 08:42 PM

My favorite Atari arcades are, most definitely, Marble Madness and Crystal Castles. I always loved those two games. Been playing them since the 1980s, for sure. :)


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Posted 16 August 2017 - 11:14 PM

My favorite Atari arcades are, most definitely, Marble Madness and Crystal Castles. I always loved those two games. Been playing them since the 1980s, for sure. :)

Excellent choices.  I probably said this earlier (forgive me -- I'm getting old and repeat myself :) ), but I really dig the games that don't emulate well when I hit an arcade now.  Any track ball game.  Any vector graphics game.  Any sit-down cabinet.  Any game with special controls -- those are my favorites these days.  It means I really like some of the more modern games too (Big Buck Hunter, Big Mother Trucker, etc).  The experiences I can't get at home. 


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