Tag Archives: Arcade

My Arcade MAME Cabinet – UPDATED for 2024!

My standup MAME arcade cabinet was last updated back in 2017! So, today we upgrade the computer, software and add a monitor that can rotate plus other random aspects. The game room is getting upgraded!

The Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator (MAME) is a software program designed to emulate the hardware of arcade game systems on modern computers. Developed in 1997 by Nicola Salmoria and the MAME team, MAME has become the go-to emulator for playing arcade games on platforms ranging from desktop computers to smartphones and even gaming consoles. MAME’s primary purpose is to preserve and document the history of arcade gaming by accurately emulating the original hardware and software of arcade machines. By doing so, MAME allows players to experience a vast library of classic arcade games without the need for original, often rare, arcade cabinets.

MAME supports thousands of arcade games from various manufacturers and eras, ranging from the early days of arcade gaming in the 1970s to more recent titles from the 2000s. Its extensive compatibility and accuracy make it an invaluable tool for enthusiasts, collectors, and historians alike. Beyond gameplay, MAME also serves as a research platform for developers and preservationists, enabling them to study and document the inner workings of arcade hardware and software. Through continuous development and updates, MAME remains a vital part of preserving the rich history and cultural impact of arcade gaming for future generations.

Top Racer (Top Gear) Mini Arcade & Collection REVIEW

My review of the Top Racer (Top Gear) Mini Arcade & game Collection. These are classic 90s arcade racing games being released as a mini arcade and 4 game collection on modern platforms like PC, Switch, PS4/5 and Xbox. More info: https://www.pikointeractive.com

Gremlin Interactive was a prominent British video game developer and publisher that made its mark during the 1980s and 1990s. Founded in Sheffield, England, in 1984 by Ian Stewart and Kevin Norburn, the studio gained recognition for its innovative and diverse range of games across various platforms, including home computers and consoles. Gremlin’s portfolio spanned multiple genres, from platformers like “Zool” to racing games like “Lotus Turbo Challenge” and “Top Gear.” One of its standout successes was the iconic “Premier Manager” series, which established Gremlin as a leader in sports management simulations.

Throughout its existence, Gremlin Interactive demonstrated a commitment to pushing boundaries in game development, often incorporating cutting-edge technology and creative gameplay mechanics into its titles. The studio was known for fostering a dynamic and collaborative environment that encouraged experimentation and risk-taking. Despite facing financial challenges in the late 1990s, Gremlin continued to produce memorable games until its eventual closure in 2003, after being acquired by Infogrames Entertainment. Despite its closure, Gremlin’s legacy lives on through the fond memories of gamers who grew up playing its innovative and entertaining titles.

New 1/4 Scale Space Invaders Mini Arcades Review – Gamester81

Gamester81 reviews the new mini 1/4 scale Space Invaders arcades by Numskull. This includes both Space Invaders and Space Invaders Part II aka Space Invaders Deluxe. My Space Invaders arcade is signed by the creator Tomohiro Nishikado.

More info about them can be found here: https://numskull.com/quarter-arcades/

“Space Invaders” holds immense significance in the history of video games as a groundbreaking arcade game that revolutionized the industry. Launched in 1978, it was one of the earliest shooting games, establishing many conventions and tropes still present in gaming today. Its simple yet challenging gameplay, coupled with its iconic pixelated alien enemies descending in waves, captured the public’s imagination and popularized the concept of high scores, fostering competitive gaming culture. Its success helped establish video games as a viable entertainment medium, contributing to the growth of arcades and the gaming industry at large, laying the foundation for future game design and influencing countless titles that followed. Its cultural impact endures, making it a timeless classic that remains an essential milestone in gaming history.

2023 Holiday Gift Guide – 10 Gifts for Gamers!

My 2023 Holiday gift guide! 10 gaming products I recommend including handhelds, keyboards, arcade machines, handheld grips, HDMI converters, books, controllers & more!

Products Mentioned:
Super Pockets – https://amzn.to/3ueI4JQ
8bitdo Retro Mechanical Keyboard – https://amzn.to/3szk03N
Replicade Ghosts n Goblins – https://newwavetoys.com
Satisfye ZenGrip Ronin for Switch – https://www.satisfye.com
Stylth Grip for Steam Deck – https://www.satisfye.com
RetroTink 2x & 5x – https://www.retrotink.com
The Console Chronicles- https://bit.ly/MJRLIC
A Handheld History Book – https://amzn.to/3uhM1gO
Nitro Deck – https://amzn.to/3MJmJPd
Space Invaders 1/4 arcades – https://numskull.com
Retro Fighters controllers – https://amzn.to/46il36b
Grid Studio – https://gridstudio.cc

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Space Ace mini-arcade joins the family. SO COOL!

Space Ace is a LaserDisc game made by Bluth Group & Cinematronics back in 1983. It came directly after the hugely popular Dragon’s Lair arcade game, which I distinctly remember seeing as a little kid. Now NewWaveToys has created TWO 1/6th versions of the classic Space Ace arcade cabs with some amazing details. I love these things! More info: https://newwavetoys.com

BUYER BEWARE: Hyper Base FC – I have it & it’s not good.

This Chinese retro console comes w/ 53,000 games (PS1, N64, Dreamcast, Arcade, etc) which sounds great…but it’s not. Bad performance, audio issues and a high price make this a system you probably should stay far away from.

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3GGR3WW (Affiliate link)

** DISCLAIMER: This was sent to me for review, but all of the opinions are my own. I mean, obviously. **

6 New Wave Toys Mini arcades You Need to Check Out!

I was at the Portland Retro gaming Expo I got to take a look and New Wave Toys for the first time and they had a lot of their future and current projects on display. I must say I was very impressed.

New Wave Toys Qbert Replicade Key features: *Replica Q*bert arcade machine in 1/6-scale*Plays the original Q*bert arcade ROM and Warren Davis’s previously unreleased sequel Faster Harder More Challenging Q*bert*Fully functional knocker coil*Arcade operator’s menu with customizable DIP switch and operational test mode*Miniaturized control panel featuring reproduction ball-top joystick and buttons*Plug-and-Play HDTV connectivity*Cabinet constructed from traditional materials including wood, metal, and plastic*Illuminated marquee and cabinet accents*Replicade signature amplified mono audio reproduction with volume control*High-resolution cabinet art reproduction on quality 3M vinyl overlays*Diecast metal coin doors with storage compartments*High score saving with non-volatile memory*Built-in, high-capacity rechargeable battery*Premium LCD color screen 4:3 aspect ratio (vertical orientation)*Officially licensed Gottlieb branding


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