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Archive for August, 2010

He was the ‘Thomas Edison’ of the arcade game world…

That’s quite a comparison, to say that any arcade game creator had a similar level of genius and creativity to Thomas Edison. But that is the parellel made in this article published in July of 1987 that a reader sent to me. I guarantee you’ll be surprised at the who and I’ll tell you right now its not Nolan Bushnell (Atari), Toru Iwatani (Pacman) or Shigeru Miyamoto (Donkey Kong). Is this image a hint?

Mr. Peanut Nutting Computer Space and Sam the Snowman

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Localarcade.com to rise from the ashes?

It’s been over a year since the localarcade.com website went offline and the owner of the site has not been forthcoming about what the future held. Today it would seem that localarcade relaunched at a brand new domain name. Or did it?

Localarcade.com Screenshot

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Frenzy repro control panels – printed!

Chris M. always has the greatest attention to detail, and has been keeping in touch with the collectors who ordered a repro Frenzy control panel. Since May there have probably been at least 9 updates on snags, delays, and other bumps that Chris patiently navigated. Today was the payoff, the Frenzy panels are in Chicago and look awesome. (more…)


Pepper II, Free from Craigslist

Timing is everything for collectors and Craigslist. I woke up Monday morning Aug. 9th and saw that a Pepper II arcade game was sitting on the curb somewhere in Indianapolis. I emailed the poster, and he let me know the game was actually in Lafayette. Plus the ad had been online since mid day Sunday, so the Pepper was gone, end of story. Or so I thought. (more…)


Donkey Kong Arcade Game Restoration

Donkey Kong has seen a tremendous resurgence of interest since the movie King of Kong was released. Many more people are showing interest in owning an original cabinet and keeping it in their home arcade.

Many of these cabinets will have wear and tear from 20 years of moving around from location to location and some restoration will be necessary to make your Donkey Kong look like the arcade game you remember.

Here is a photo gallery showing someone who restored their Donkey Kong (not me), converting back from a Rastan to its original Nintendo glory. From hole patching to side art placement, this photo tutorial has a lot of good information.

Feel free to leave comments with any questions, and even though it is not my machine, I will do my best to answer them. You can also visit my Donkey Kong arcade game page which contains a lot of information and resources to answer your questions.

Donkey Kong cabinet restoration – Part 1

Finding a Donkey Kong in your area should not be all that difficult. But usually, a complete working cabinet will cost $400-$450. Sometimes it makes more sense to buy a cheap cabinet and restore it. That is what this one home owner did.

This was originally a Donkey Kong cabinet that looks like it was converted to a Vs. cabinet then later converted to jamma Rastan cabinet. $60 dollars later and 3+ hours we had the cabinet home, and in the garage. As you will see, we had to do alot of filling and sanding ahead of us – The first photo is showing the cabinet converted to a Rastan and then the second shows some of the scratches and dings.

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First step, use bondo to patch all of the imperfections on all sides of our Donkey Kong cabinet, even including the back door.

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After the Bondo dried, time to sand down the sides of the cabinet.

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The front had been repainted in black at some point in its life, but it was an extremely sloppy paint job. We started to use paint stripper on the Donkey Kong and get it to a base to be repainted.

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After that we taped off the sides so we can paint black on the inside.

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Donkey Kong arcade restoration Part 2 – Primer

Coming in the next part of the tutorial, we are going to start to lay down the primer on the sides of the cabinet before we give it a fresh coat of blue!


Best way to acquire an arcade game worth $2,000? Steal it!

Steal might be a strong word, but what would you dooooo….for a Sundance cab? This is the story of one man, a historic abandoned lodge and a video game so rare that finding even a non working unit – is potentially worth thousands.

Sundance Lineup

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