The Weekend Haul: A Restaurant Booth and a Rampage Arcade Game
Enter a very hot Saturday. I spent a good 1.5 hours mowing the lawn. Typical Saturday right? Shortly after I finish I get a phone call
from Todd, a local collector. He knew I was looking to buy a restaurant booth for the gameroom, and Craigslist had one listed for free close to where I live.
I call the guy and next thing I know the restaurant booth was picked up and sitting in my garage. It was a little rough, but it was free. That's the best kind of picking.
The Megatouch Dilemna...To Jade or Not To Jade
Recently I bought a Jade 2 Megatouch touchscreen game. I already own a Megatouch Sapphire 2, which is year behind the Jade. My thoughts were this. I could upgrade the
Sapphire 2 game to a Jade 2, and then network both games for some head to head action. Yes, these games have software in them so they can be networked.
The first thing I did was to create a second Jade 2 hard drive with a spare hard drive I had. You can use duplicating software like mamechd to create a mirror backup.
Unfortunately the software needs a hardware key to run. I contacted someone from the arcade forums and paid $80 for a Jade 2 key. This person sold me
a pirated key with all the serial numbers scratched off. Of course the key didn't work, and I insisted on getting a refund which I did. I'm sure he was concerned
about being called out on the arcade forums.
Fixed: Rush The Rock Gets New Flyback
One of the more favored games in the gameroom is Rush The Rock. I have noticed after being on for long periods of time that the brightness and focus on the monitor would start to drift. Apparently this is a common issue with the flybacks in Neotec monitors. The high voltage windings start to leak which causes the drift. Rush The Rock happens to have one of these Neotec monitors. Sounds simple enough to fix, right? Two hours later and a new flyback gets installed. I fired the game up, adjusted the picture and then played a few games. First time round I got to 2nd place of high scores on The Rock race course. Nice! Click her to go to the Rush The Rock page.
Fixed: Paperboy Gets Me Red
I've had my
for 3 years now.
is an awesome game with a musical score that is in the top 5 of all videogame music of all time. The unique handlebars
made sure any home game system or computer emulation of the game would only be sub-par, because you wouldn't be playing it with the handlebars. Years back I had won this
game off ebay and made a road trip to Oklahoma to pick it up. I loved this game as a kid, and love it now.
New Acquisition With Both Guns A'Blazin: Rapid Fire
My arcade started off with a passion, oldies and classics. Basically I put together a long list of every game that put a spark in my youth, every game that ate my quarters, every game
that I claimed I would own someday, even as a kid.
Why Doesn't Punch-Out have freeplay?
Around Valentines day I picked up a much sought after Punch-Out arcade game. This game is awesome, however, all games in my gameroom are either set on freeplay or
have an inconspicuous button to coin up a credit. Unfortunately, Punch-Out did not have this. Many a time people have walked up to this game, stood their clueless, hit
a few buttons and couldn't figure out how to start this game up without a quarter. WELCOME TO THE XBOX GENERATION. Anyways, some awesome programmers came up with a freeplay
modification for this game where you replace two ROMs on the main PCB board. I was able to order these freeplay ROMs from Hobby ROMs on the internet. After swapping them out
at locations 8K and 8L, all you have to do is walk up to the game, hit the big punchout button and the game starts right up. Nice, really nice. No more clueless people here.
One Trip To A Real Hospital + Road Trip: Emergency Call Ambulance
So I'm saving my money for another purchase. No big deal, right? Life's going along just fine, and my boss just left for a 2 week vacation.
Sold: Super Off Road / New Acquisition: Megatouch Maxx Jade
Ever since I moved the new driving games into the gameroom I noticed the Super Off Road not getting any love, especially on the last game day. This game did not hold any special childhood memories so it was put on the chopping block. Honestly I think it is one of the last games in my collection I can sell, the rest are keepers. The game sold for more than what I had into it so I'm happy. Next I find this Megatouch Maxx Jade 2 game semi-locally for a real good price. My Megatouch Maxx Sapphire gets lots of play and always has a crowd, and this one is one software version higher. I decided to pull the trigger and double up my collection. I did have to replace the hard drive but it was a minor expense. All in all I'm happy with this pick. Now if I can just figure out how to link by my two Megatouch's together for head to head play, that would be really cool. Here's to the next pick or flip, send them my way!