Collector Spotlight: Todd's Arcade
I have to credit local arcade collector Todd for getting be back into the hobby.
I introduced Todd to collecting back when I had 2 games in 1997. The picture is Todd and my daughter Samantha.
I left state for a few years and when I came back I found out Todd had a small basement arcade going on in his first house.
New and Improved Drivers Row
Ever since I bought my Hydro Thunder last year, I had intentions of moving it into the main lineup of drivers instead hanging on the other side of that monster Sega Rally Championship deluxe. However, the concept of moving around all those drivers was not that appealing to me with each one weighing in around 700 pounds. Today was the day I finally polished off the row. It took a a few hours but I finally moved everything into place. I'm digging the lineup with all those steering wheels next to each other, and then the dual linked Vapor TRX's on the end. Racers, start your engines!
Road Trip: Revolution X ~ First Pickup of 2012
It was bound to happen. I was going to pick up a game in 2012. It wasn't a maybe, it was a when...and the when was now.
So I have a Terminator 2 game from Midway. This game is known as a rail shooter, where the guns are fixed at a point and use
positional sensing to determine where the gun crosshairs are. The guns also boast some amazing kick back. That is a rat-a-tat-tat sound
when squeezing the trigger. During gamedays my T2 gets lots of dual action play. I like games that get played in my arcade. Now Midway's
sequel rail shooter to Terminator 2 was a game called Revolution X.
Collector Spotlight: Keith's Arcade
Recently I had the opportunity to visit a local collector's arcade out in Fulton, MO. Keith has a nice collection of pinballs and arcade games. I definitely spent some time on the Xenon and Elvira pinball games as pinballs are something I still want to add to my collection. The tricked out Space Zap game was a beautiful sight and I also had to try my hand at Satan's Hollow as it is a counterpart to my very own Tron.
New Sega Neon Sign
Although the Atari and Sega brands still exist, they don't carry the same presence today as Playstation, Xbox and even Nintendo. That being said, it is impossible to find Atari and Sega related signs. Today the Vintage Vault received a Sega neon sign. Neon signs are the perfect arcade ambience. I fondly remember my Genesis game system and Sonic the Hedgehog. Sega and Sonic go hand in hand. Although I have since sold my Sega Outrun and Afterburner games, I still own a Sega Crazy Taxi, Sega Rally Championship Deluxe and Emergency Call Ambulance. That being said, the new Sega neon sign proudly hangs above the Crazy Taxi game on drivers row, where the Sega driving games are currently located. Arcades and Neons, go together like ice cream and cake. Check it out!
Last Gameday of 2011
Days after everyone unwrapped their Christmas presents a few families came out to enjoy the arcade. Kids were still on Christmas break, and I was still on Christmas vacation. Of course I was able to capture a few snapshots of the fun before everyone went back to the bump and grind of 2012.
Video Vault Rewind - The Year 2011 In Review
With the new year beginning, it's time to reflect on the last year of collecting. The year 2011 brought in a few new games into the Video Vault.
The year's totals leave us with 7 new games that have made their home in the arcade. I managed to grab several games that were on my want list
so I've been happy with my pickups.
Probably the most memorable moments are
the double pickup of a Sinistar and a Terminator 2 right after a 10 inch snow storm (thank God for
Hemi's and a 4 wheel drive)
the movie theater outing and RoadBurners pickup
the best piece in my entire collection, a HUO Tron.