Christmas down in the Vintage Vault Arcade
Family Christmas time. This is my favorite time of year. Some people are in it for the presents. However, its all about the giving, not the getting. All my brothers and sisters and all their kids gathered at my home for the family Christmas. Of course all the kids got in a little gametime as well. It seems that the games with 2 player versus or cooperative got the most play at my family Christmas. That includes Mario Bros, air hockey, linked Rush the Rock cabs, linked Vapor TRX units and 3 player Revolution X. The oddball was Fix It Felix which got tons of play for obvious reasons. Always a good time with family down in the Vault.
Church Gameday at the Vintage Vault Arcade
Two weeks ago we had loads of fun down in the arcade for my church kids. With over 35 people in attendance, there was not shortage of games being played. The new air hockey and Fix It Felix Jr. arcade game were instant hits. Check last weeks website entry for the video. Below is the image gallery of all the fun being had.
Church Gameday Down In The Vintage Vault Arcade
I really do like being a children's pastor. Gamedays with my church kids and their parents are always a blast. Last weekend despite some light snow we had over 35 people in attendance. The new Fix It Felix arcade machine and air hockey table were a hit with everyone. As always the racing games and 3 person Revolution X got lots of play. One of the parents had 2 foreign exchange students staying with them. One was from Norway, the other was from Germany. They got to experience a good American retro arcade for the first time. I even caught one of them on the Star Wars machine, which means they have good taste obviously. Below is a video from that gameday. You can see the arcade was definitely being rocked out. Great time as usual!
Article On The Vintage Vault Arcade In The RiverFront Times
After many hits like Robotron, Joust & Sinistar, Williams Electronics refocused back on pinball machines following the
videogame crash of 1984. In 1988, Williams decided to enter back into the videogame market with a vengeance. They used their hit programmer Eugene Jarvis to come up with their golden child. The game
was called Narc. It used a medium resolution monitor (basically higher res graphics), digitized human voices, and was one of the first ultra-violent videogames to hit the market. Your mission, to arrest or kill
drug dealers and people whacked out on drugs. Kill, as in blow them away will all the blood, guts and flying body parts from rocket launchers that you can handle. This was a pre-cursor to todays Call of Duty
type videogames. Oh yes, Narc did it first.
Time For An Upgrade, Golden Tee Is Now Complete
I picked up this Golden Tee 2005 over three years ago at an arcade auction. This golf game is very popular with the bar crowd and older folks. The game is actually quite fun and can be relaxing, as the game
isn't pushing you on a time limit to kill off your guys and steal your quarter. The only complaint I have had with this game is that Golden Tee 2005 only had 5 courses. When you have 18 holes of golf over 5 courses,
thats still 90 different holes of golf to play. However I noticed that with time it seemed to lose its luster with repeat players.
End Of Season Soccer Party Down In The Vault
My son Isaac just finished his soccer season. We decided to reward the hard efforts of the boys with an end of season soccer party at the Vintage Vault Arcade... AKA my basement. I can personally vouch that my boy Isaac scored plenty of goals this season so I'm quite proud of him. The Fix it Felix Jr. arcade machine and the air hockey table are new items in the Vault and have already proven to be quite popular with the kids. I also popped through 2 large batches of popcorn in the new popcorn machine. Even coach Ken decided to play hard the entire time of the party. As always, I took plenty of pics so I can share in the fun. Enjoy!
Galaga, Popcorn, Ms. Pacman?
I'm always on the lookout for things to add to the arcade. This type of stuff doesn't always have to be videogame related, but definitely something you would find in some arcades back in the day.
I recall during the
Starlite drive-in raid
that I tried to buy several vending and snack machines that was at that creepy run down theater but the owner
wasn't selling them.
From Movie To Reality ~ Fix It Felix Jr. Enters The Arcade
That's right. My Crazy Taxi stopped woofing. I'll explain in a moment. So my Crazy Taxi seems to be one of the most popular games in my arcade, and why not? You have a cool rock sound track,
bass thumping in your britches, you drive a car at crazy speeds slamming into stuff without any damage, and you get to run over people without killing them. Everytime I have a gameday I ask my
childrens church kids what their favorite game in the arcade is, and they say Crazy Taxi everytime.