The TDE Podcast

It’s been a busy few months here at Arcade Blogger towers, but I’m delighted this week to share something new with you that I’ve been a part of – a new podcast! This is an idea that I’ve had brewing for some time, but wasn’t quite sure what direction to go in or how to go about it. But at last year’s Free Play Florida event, I was able to spend some quality time with fellow Brits,...

Williams Robotron (EU) Restoration 2

So this cabinet has been sat in my garage for the best part of two years waiting for restoration work. To be fair, it’s been in a queue – things are getting stacked up out there in recent months. But with a week off work, I decided to try to make some progress recently, so here we are with part two of this restoration. If you’ve missed out on this cabinet’s history, read up on that here,...

Tim Skelly Cinematronics 1951-2020

Very sad news to report on the blog today. Tim Skelly, the legendary designer and programmer of many classic arcade titles has passed away. Tim’s contributions to the early days of arcade gaming shouldn’t be under-estimated. He was a fierce proponent of innovation and wasn’t afraid to go against the grain in developing ground-breaking titles during his short tenure with Cinematronics and...

Nintendo Red Tent Vs System: Weekend Pickup!

An unusual cabinet to share with you this week. Unusual in terms of what it is, and even more unusual to find one over here on European shores. The Nintendo Red Tent is a two-player cocktail style cabinet where players play facing each other on two separate monitors. Released in 1984 in both upright and sit-down formats, the machine utilises Nintendo’s proprietary Vs System and Vs DualSystem,...

Arcade Raid! Ireland, EU

Another arcade “find and rescue” adventure to report on the blog this week! This raid came out of the blue. I got word of it early 2019, but it took many months to finally execute. A collector in Ireland got a lead that a local arcade was closing down, and the operator was looking to sell off the remaining inventory. The good (and surprising!) news was that there were a lot of classic...

EAG Trade Show: January 2020

Whilst Arcade Blogger is all about classic arcade video games, it’s always good to go off-piste occasionally, especially when there’s an opportunity to see what’s going on in the world of arcades in the here and now. I visited the annual EAG trade show back in 2018 and wrote about it here. I did attend last year too, but was so underwhelmed by what I saw that I decided it wasn’t worth...

Free Play Florida: 2019 Review

November 2019 saw the Free Play Florida arcade event in Orlando come around once more. The fact that I fly across the Atlantic each year to make it part of my arcade calendar each year should tell you that I really enjoy this event – it doesn’t take itself too seriously and genuinely aims to educate the public about old arcade games. Not to mention there are literally hundreds of great...

Atari Coin-op Archive Footage

Well here we are, the end of another year. I should offer my apologies for the slowdown in posts in recent weeks – real life has been all-consuming with one thing and another so work on the blog has had to take a back seat for a while. But the good news is there’s lots of things in the queue ready to go up, so expect an improved level of output on Arcade Blogger next year! With that said, I...

Arknights Review: A Dystopian Strategy RPG with a Twist

The best thing about Apple Arcade is that there are just so many games to sink your teeth into. The worst thing about Apple Arcade is that there isn’t enough time in the day to take a bite out of all of the games on offer. Which is why we’ve created this list breaking down what you can expect from every new game to hit Apple’s subscription gaming service this year. This list covers all of...

Update – Every Apple Arcade Game of 2020 Played and Rated

Being a proper strategy RPG fan takes commitment. After downloading a new game, it can be hours before you really know whether it’s any good – before stuff like the fairness of the free to play mechanics, the generosity of the stamina system, and the ease of progress without forking out on IAPs becomes obvious. Till then, one game in the genre plays pretty much like the next. You won’t have...