Outrun and Simpsons Get Cosmetic Surgery
Everyone now and then as money and time permits, various games will get cosmetic upgrades. Most of these games are around 30 years old, and spent most of their life in an arcade. As such they tend to get dirty and scratched. Case in point with the "Before" picture to the right. The Outrun floor mat is just plain filthy, from thousands of dirty kids with their dirty shoes playing the driving game. Also, the Simpsons title marquee has a large crack across it from the bulb heat over time and some of the red color has faded. I installed a new floor mat and a new Simpsons marquee. Believe it or not, the original color of the Outrun floor mat is gray, not black. It is so dirty you would swear it was supposed to be black. Thats just terrible. As you can see in the "After" picture it makes the game look so much better in each case. Another successful upgrade!
Popped A Cap In That Baby And Shot a Runner.. They Both Look Great!
No, I didn't shoot them. I did cap kits for the monitors in both the Baby Pacman and the Stun Runner.
One monitor had black jail bars and the other one had a black right
hand stripe until it warmed up for a few minutes.
New Acquisition: Vapor TRX #2 - Double The Fun
A month and a half ago I picked up a Vapor TRX. It was 15 minutes from my house and broken. With some time, effort and a new hard drive I got the game
working again. Now the neat thing about this game is that it can be hooked up to another one for some 2 player head to head hover racing action. At the
time I thought it would be great to someday find another one of these. Little did I know, this would happen sooner rather than later. The same person happen
to have another one of these that was being brought out of service due to it being broken.
Warehouse Raid: The Qix Pick
An ad was posted on Craigslist about a whole bunch of arcade games that were being liquidated. Apparently a local company who went out of business, Warehouse of Games,
had been storing their games for over 2 years at a warehouse and storage facility. Finally they let their merchandise go and the warehouse was selling off the abandoned
Sold: Pub Time Premiere Edition Darts
The one thing I don't like in my gameroom, and that is an unplayed game. I myself am not a big dart fan, but I figured other gamerooms have dart boards.
They look pretty nice all lit up against the wall. Plus, inevitably someone was bound to play this game, either adults, teenagers or kids.
Valentines Day Roadtrip - True Love is just a Punch-Out away
Last weekend was Valentines Day. The day you show the significant other in your life how much you love them.
Sold: Ice Cold Beer... No crying in this beer
This game is very rare, yet holds no fond memories for me. Since I picked it up for such a nice price to begin with, I netted a hefty profit on this game. The sales from this game partially funded my next purchase which will be posted in the days to come. The game was lucky, in that a huge pinball collector picked this up for his gameroom. At least I know it will be well taken care of. Thanks for the memories, and a pocket full of cash.
Updated Arcade and Gameroom Pictures
Last year I finished the arcade and gameroom, took some photo sets, and became the Gameroom of the Month for June 2009 in Gameroom Magazine. Since that time I have bought, sold and traded some games, finished a mirrored back bar and have moved some games around. I figured it was time for some updated photos of The Basement Arcade for 2010. So without further ado, on to some new photos.
Fixed: Vapor TRX - Hover Racing At Its Best
A week ago I picked up this Vapor TRX game... non-working. I was hoping this would be an easy fix, that is until the game was
dropped on its side while unloading it from a truck. This is one heavy game. After dropping it the game powered on with the same error at the sellers place which pointed
to a faulty hard drive. So with that information I ordered a replacement hard drive from ebay. 2 days later...2 days later?!?! Yes
2 days later after purchase the new hard drive was delivered to my house. God bless that post office delivery man, I have never received
anything through the mail that quickly. Now to get that hard drive installed.