Sold: Rapid Fire Dual Gun Game... Plus The Firepower Pinball Scam
That Rapid Fire gun game I purchased last fall just wasn't cutting it. It just a little too big, and each mini game lasted
15 to 30 seconds. Then... nothing... statistics... waiting. It was, well, it was boring. It had to go. I found a buy rather quickly,
someone who was looking for his first game to stuff in a gameroom. Now with the empty space and extra cash I had
my eye on something else to take its place.
Good Times At The Vintage Vault!
The Vintage Vault Arcade and Gameroom was meant to have some fun, not just a trip down memory lane. This last month we had 3 occasions to celebrate. That translates to 2 birthdays and 1 friendly get together down in the arcade. Good times are always had by all, and there is always a little karaoke to go along with the video jukebox. My favorite time is late at night which I like to call Video Vault After Dark. That is when I cut all the lights and just let the neons and glow of the arcade monitors light up the room. Enjoy the pictures, I certainly enjoyed the memories.
Repaired: Bad RAM On The Sinistar
Williams games and bad RAM go together like bread and butter. Typically there are 3 rows of RAM for a total of 24 RAM chips
in a Williams game. The RAM of choice? A 4116 RAM chip. For whatever the reason, this kind of RAM doesn't stand the test of
time very well when it comes to 30 years later after being manufactured. When I got my Sinistar, I did replace a single RAM
chip to fix it and I thought I was done with it. Well over the next few weeks it popped up with some new RAM errors from another
affected chip. In total, I have had to replace 3 RAM chips. That's really not that bad, and most people will simply swap out all
24 RAM chips with new ones and be done with it. I like a challenge. When it comes up with a bad RAM error as the screen shows below
it then gives the bank number first and then the chip number. Below the picture shows bank 2 and chip number 8 is bad. After swapping
out the bad chips the game fires right up. Simple fix, gotta love it. Now, let's get back to that Williams row and play some Sinistar.
Run coward! ROOOAAAAARRRRR!
Road Trip: Road Burners ~ Motorcycle Racing Game
Read a few posts below and you will see that I was on the hunt for a Harley Davidson motorcycle arcade game. That non-eventful
road trip left me disappointed and gameless. Yes, a week later I found a Narc but I was still on the lookout for that other elusive game. I happened to be
monitoring an ebay auction for a Harley Davidson arcade game in Kansas City. This was from the same place I
got my Emergency Call Ambulance game.
You can read about that other road trip here.
Super Mario Gets Freeplay and Hi Score Saves
Nintendo may be on top of the world when it comes to video games. Super Mario may have grossed that company billions of dollars in revenue
over the last 30 years. However, when it comes to freeplay, Nintendo got it all wrong. Absolutely wrong. No demo mode, no attract screen in freeplay,
and definitely no Hi Score saving. I love my Nintendo games, but they get a big "F" when it comes to making a video game "gameroom friendly".
Fixed and Upgraded: Long Live Tempest!
Tempest. One of the all time vector classics. The gameplay was unique, original, *tempting*, and compulsive. I love this game.
The other day I turned on my Tempest and noticed all the vector lines jumping all over the place. This was not the Tempest
that I play with all the wonderful geometric shapes. This was a jumbled mess of lines. Tempest games can be very expensive
to repair. From the costly vector monitor to a hard to find working boardset, this is not water you want to tread.
As I repair guy I was going to give this the old college try before I start throwing money at it. I pulled out the Tempest boardset
and set it on a table. I then pulled out every socketed IC chip and pushed them back into the board. Sometimes with time and temperature change,
the IC's can become loose or have problematic connections. After doing that I put the boardset back in the game, crossed my fingers and turned it back on.
Road Trips: Everyone Loves A Narc - Sorry Harley, Just Say No To Drugs
Harley Davidson and the LA Riders: A cool sitdown game similar to Crazy Taxi. Designed by the same company, this game came out a year before Crazy Taxi and plays pretty similar.
You get to sit on a replica Harley Davidson and drive around a city with a thumping music track. I like Harley Davidson motorcycles, and I wanted this game.
I found someone selling a Harley Davidson arcade game and went on a road trip based on the out of focus picture you see below.
What I found was a foul, beat up, smoke infested game which took 3 flips of the power switch and a full 10 minutes to turn on.
Whatever smoke filled biker bar this game was beat up in, they should have left the body at the seen of the crime. This thing was junk.
Sadly, I left this monstrosity with my cash still clutched in my hands.
Bits, Sticks and Buttons, My Rampage and Crazy Taxi In Print
I was contacted a while back about submitting a few photos of 2 of my arcade games. This was going to be for a new book on the top 50 arcade games.
I sent in some photos and hoped for the best. Well, this 80 page book has now been published and I just recently
received my copy.
Below is the cover of the book and the pages that myself and both my games are on. I guess my Rampage
and Crazy Taxi games are now famous. I'll have to keep both of them forever, and not sell them off like my Outrun and Afterburner games.
Is it Christmas Already? Box Of Gameroom Goodies!
I came home from work this week to a very large box waiting for me in the living room. Fellow collector Keith told me he was going to send me a few things, but this was more than I expected. This box was worthy of wrapping up and opening on Christmas morning, as I would have been just as excited as to its contents. There was all manner of gameroom goodness in there. There were two 40"x27" Tron Legacy posters (given to him by a movie theater), two Atari 2600 carts and manuals (Grand Prix and Donkey Kong), a working light up Exit sign, and very nice Zaxxon marquee.