jerryd Posted November 19, 2017 Report Share Posted November 19, 2017 Atari forum, One of the games I worked on was Qwak!. It was a duck shooting game and I don't recall if I made the original cabinet but Al Alcorn called me into his office one day to talk about the gun used to shoot the ducks. He had found a source for the rifle stocks in Mexico and knowing I had once been a machinist asked me to fly down there to check it out to see if they could supply up to 100 per day. I had never done anything like this before but it was Al Alcorn asking so I boarded a plane at the San Jose airport a couple days later carrying a rifle stock wrapped in brown paper. I had to change planes in LAX for a plane to Lindbergh field in San Diego. When I put the stock through the xray machine the operator motioned to a guard who came over, and with gun drawn, ordered me "up against the wall". Apparently they didn't like me bringing a gun onto their plane. I explained what it was, what I was doing and showed them my Atari badge. They unwrapped the stock and inspected it for several minutes and sent me on my way. From San Diego I drove a rent-a-car across the border to the wood shop which wasn't much more than a barn with a dirt floor. There were 10-12 tracer lathes all running and all producing the same part. There were boxes and boxes of finished parts stacked around the barn. The man who owned the shop spoke perfect English, took the stock I had, set it up in one of the tracer lathes and made one in a few minutes. I knew they could supply all we needed. I left the stock there not wanting to get put "up against the wall" on the way back. After that the gun became my project. All the electrical engineering had been done but I worked on the cable harness, holster and a method of securing it to the cabinet so it wouldn't get stolen. When that was done I got the game ready for production. Qwak! only sold about 250 units even though it was a good game. When a duck was shot out of the air it spun down to the bottom of the screen and a dog would run along the bottom, grab the dead duck and drag it off the screen. I heard one time that the biggest complaint was that the player couldn't shoot the dog. Jerryd Sabertooth, Clint Thompson, The Professor and 6 others 9 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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