Las Vegas Shenanigans: The Fun Dungeon At Excalibur

LV_Shenanigans_FunDungeon_HDRIn this last of our Las Vegas Shenanigans feature series, we hit the Fun Dungeon at the Excalibur Hotel and Casino! If you thought that The Big Apple Coaster & Arcade looked awesome, wait till you see how much fun we had at the Fun Dungeon! Well, what are you waiting for, take a look down below! Viva Las Vegas!

The upside down Atari sign is pointing down! Let’s go!
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Oh no, not this guy! Nah, we don’t wanna know our fortunes!
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Ello, ello, ello, what do we have here then……Golden Oldies!
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Right-io, let’s fight then!
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Woohoo, silver-ball action!
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Where to go next? Aha, perhaps to a galaxy far, far away?
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The menacing T-Rex looks enticing!
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What’s this red bubble thing then……..
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Should we challenge this dude? Nah, we don’t wanna embarrass him 😉
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Oh man, so many choices – to fight or go off-road driving?
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No punching on this ice skating rink!
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Big rig drivin coming up!
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Ms ausretrogamer tries her hand at flying! Land that plane!
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Some snow action too!
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Rushing off to San Fran, baby!
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Shoot! Dodge!
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Where play saves the day? Indeed it does!
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Found another Atari arcade machine in the desert!
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Batwoman, oops, we mean Ms ausretrogamer shows Batman how it’s done!
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All this play has made us work up a massive hunger (and thirst)! 
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Las Vegas Shenanigans: The Big Apple Coaster & Arcade

Vegas_Shenanigans_NYNY_HDRWhat happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. Pfft, if that were the case then we would not have told you about our exploits at Toy Shack and A Gamer’s Paradise while in Sin City. What we haven’t told you about (yet), is our arcade and pinball shenanigans at the resort casinos, like the The Big Apple Coaster & Arcade in New York New York.

Rather than write about this experience infinitum, we’ll let our photos tell the story. What we will say is that The Big Apple Coaster & Arcade is damn awesome! It has that Coney Island (seaside) amusement feel, which makes the experience even more authentic. To top it off, there is a roller coaster whizzing around on the top of the resort for that ultimate adrenaline rush! Enjoy the ride!

All stairs lead to The Big Apple Coaster & Arcade at New York New York!
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We have reached amusement nirvana!
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Locked and Loaded!
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Time to have some flippin fun!
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What to play first?
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Ms ausretrogamer chooses wisely!
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While Metallica is in use, AC/DC gets a workout by yours truly
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What should we play next? Oo, gun games!
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Gonna hunt us some dinosaurs!
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From one Jurassic Park to another!
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Whoa, Max Flight – VR 2002 style!
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Ms ausretrogamer tries out some old school Virtual Reality!
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Ticket Track? Ahhh, why not….
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Oo’er, very glowy!
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Raw Thrills? Count us in!
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Some NITRO action coming up!
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Decisions, decisions! Let’s Go Jungle then!
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All roads lead back to pinball!
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When in Vegas, you gotta check out The Wizard Of Oz: 75th Anniversary pinnie!
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There is no way I’ll be dragged off this pinball machine!
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Alright, we need our adrenaline rush! Let’s ride the Manhattan Express!
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Gotta grab a feed before we get back into more gaming!
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In the next of our Las Vegas Shenanigans series, we’ll feature the Fun Dungeon at Excalibur!

 

An Ausretrogamer Birthday Mystery Tour

bday tour - featuredWeekends can get filled up with so much boring stuff – groceries, washing, vacuuming… blerg! So when Mr Alex Boz‘s birthday came around, we knew it was time to put adult life aside for a day and have some fun instead – and what’s more fun than a Birthday Mystery Tour?

It was a beautiful sunny day, and after a quick breakfast at our favourite cafe – we were off. All destinations were a surprise to Alex, he had to solve clues along the way to work out where we were heading next.

We were blessed with a beautiful sunny day in Melbourne
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Stop #1: Escape Room – Burlesque at EscapeXperience

‘Strange things are happening at the Burlesque. You’re going in undercover to investigate a series of mysterious disappearances. Behind the glamour and mystery lies a dark secret that someone is desperate to keep hidden. Can you solve the mystery and escape before it’s too late?’

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We heard this was the best escape room in Melbourne, and we were not disappointed. This was our first real-life escape room experience, so we were a little nervous, but the staff were awesome – very friendly and reassuring. They gave just enough help to point us in the right direction when we got stuck – without giving too much away. We had a blast and will be returning to try out their other rooms very soon.

Stop #2: Snack shopping at USA Foods

One of our favourite things about travelling to the US is trying out all the weird and wonderful snack food, but forget about the airfare and the jet lag because all our favourite snack foods are available right here in Melbourne at USA Foods. Alex’s clue was Peanut Butter M&M’S’ and he guessed it right away!

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Stop #3: Waverley Antique Bazaar

A fun day out would not be complete without a stop at a second-hand store, and the enormous Waverley Antique Bazaar was just the ticket.

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Stop #4: Pinball at Pixel Alley

I know what you’re thinking – what about pinball? Well, don’t fret, Alex got his pinball fix at Pixel Alley. They have a nice selection of tables currently on-site: Metallica Master of Puppets (Premium), Spider-man Vault Edition, Game of Thrones (Limited Edition) and KISS (Premium).

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Stop #5: Coburg Drive-in

The final Birthday Mystery Tour stop was the Coburg Drive-in to see The Jungle Book. It had been a long time since we’d been to the drive-in but all the fond memories came flooding back as soon as we drove through the gate, we especially loved the adorable retro diner.

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Drive-in arcades

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We also spotted some interesting sights while out-and-about all day.

An old Pentridge Prison watchtower – spooky
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Groovy vintage cars
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What a day! Now, excuse me while I start planning for next year…

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msausretrogamerMs. ausretrogamer
Co-founder, editor and writer at ausretrogamer – The Australian Retro Gamer E-Zine. Lover of science fiction, fashion, books, movies and TV. Player of games, old and new.

Follow Ms. ausretrogamer on Twitter

 

 

Return To Geelong’s Amazing Mill Market

We always love a trip to G-Town, and no visit is complete without a stop at the The Amazing Mill Market. We already showed off all the beautiful retro gaming goodies we spotted, but there was so much more – and we couldn’t resist putting together a second story to show you all the other weird and wonderful things we found. As the Mill Markets website says:

‘At Amazing Mill Markets you will find a selection of vintage clothes, vintage furniture, collectibles, antiques, memorabilia, home decor, fine china, art, glass, coins, jewellery, books and records – to name a few things!’

Welcome to the Amazing Mill Market
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So much to see
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A blast from the past: House Party!
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Awesome vintage women’s wrestling photos
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Something for the hipsters
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Made by ACME?
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Just beautiful!
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Treasure hunting anyone?
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This clever little guy is safe from Gargamel
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Pure retro goodness
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Gorgeous!
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Who else loved this game as a kid?
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‘I’m Badgeman’
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The best Elvis?
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Surely they can’t all fit on two records?
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I, Robot
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We, Robots
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Sew pretty
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Marvellous LEGO minifigs
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High octane nightmare fuel
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Not sure From the Director of The Abyss’ is the best way to sell a DVD…
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Yippee Ki-Yay!1 Die Hard

Now, that’s a cool little car
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Awesome retro projector
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Take a seat… or two
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Books, books…
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…books
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‘Skate Wars’ or maybe ‘Darth Boarder’
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It smells like time to buy some records
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Alex Boz a.k.a. ausretrogamer
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and mama ausretrogamer
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The Geelong Amazing Mill Market is located at 114 Bellarine Highway, Newcomb. Open 10am to 6pm, 7 days a week, every day except Christmas.

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msausretrogamerMs. ausretrogamer
Co-founder, editor and writer at ausretrogamer – The Australian Retro Gamer E-Zine. Lover of science fiction, fashion, books, movies and TV. Player of games, old and new.

Follow Ms. ausretrogamer on Twitter

 

 

Retro Gaming Hunt: On The Road To Newcomb

What does one do on a long weekend? Well, we decided to hit the road to Newcomb for a retro games hunting expedition at the Amazing Mill Market!

The Amazing Mill Market definitely didn’t disappoint, with loads of retro gaming gear found on the ground and upper floor. Ms ausretrogamer’s keen eye found some hidden treasures, which we didn’t hesitate in snapping up.

There were some fairly pricey items, but looking hard in each stall paid dividends – we snagged the SNES Super Disk Interceptor for a very reasonable price, which turned out to be our catch of the day!

For now, sit back and enjoy a sampling of some goodies that may tickle your nostalgic fancy…

Well, well, well, what do we have in this glass cabinet
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We wonder if Nintendo approved these copycat ‘Game & Watch’ devices?
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Where do we even start here?
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Whoa! We wouldn’t mind flippin on this pinball table *wink*
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Finally, we can pirate, ahem…. we mean, backup our SNES games
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The trick here is to get past the PS2 games overload!
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Woot! A solitary Sega Mega Drive game among a sea of 2600 carts!
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At that price, we had to walk past the boxed NES
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Fishing for some GBA gaming bargains!
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The Commodore 64 represent!
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Is it really the ultimate entertainment pack?
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Forget Nintendo’s Game & Watch, you need Q&Q’s Card Game Clock Tarzan!
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Super Mario and Pac-Man in cahoots 
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Yes, Tetris 2 has been spotted!
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This was the most popular QuickShot joystick in Australia – because it was cheap!
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A bit light on with the N64 gear…
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Turtle power!!
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Oo’er, a 3DO controller but no 3DO system to be found!
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Forget the CRT TVs and that SNES, look at that Daytona USA arcade topper!
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Lucky dip!
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Boxed Xbox!
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Before IBM’s Deep Blue chess computer, there was Schach-Computer!
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I spy with my little eye, something beginning with V!
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Oh man, we have a woody!
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What to play on first?
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A sight for sore eyes!
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Arcade Expo 2.0: Pinball Extravaganza

Martin_At_ArcadeExpo2.0As we sit down with Martin Robbins over some home-baked banana almond muffins, we notice a glint of excitement in his eye. You see, Martin was recently in the US and attended Arcade Expo 2.0 at the Museum Of Pinball in Banning, California. This is part one of Martin’s experience at one of the biggest pinball and arcade machine expos in the US. Take it away Martin!

Wow, where does one even start with an event like Arcade Expo 2.0? When I decided to head over to the US for Arcade Expo 2.0, I went without any expectation other than to experience the event first hand and have fun for three days. I was looking forward to seeing pinball and arcade machines that I hadn’t seen or played in years. I was also excited to be participating in the ‘It Never Drains In Southern California‘ pinball tournament and to see the world’s best players like Keith Elwin and Karl DeAngelo in action. I was also looking forward to checking out new pinball reveals and wasn’t disappointed after seeing Keith and Randy Elwin’s Archer pinball whitewood demonstration. Let’s just say that Arcade Expo 2.0 didn’t disappoint.

Immortalised on the Arcade Expo 2.0 Signature Wall!
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The big reveal, Keith an Randy Elwin’s Archer pinball whitewood!
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Playing on the one of a kind
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Upon arrival at the Museum Of Pinball, I was immediately struck by the enormity of it all. The vibe was great, even outside the venue was surrounded by food trucks, indie musicians and chiptune artists. Everyone who entered got to autograph a giant wall on the way in, and once inside you chose right for the arcade machines or left for the pinball tables. Of course I turned left.  I was met by a glorious sight – rows and rows of pinball machines from the early 1960s through to modern tables, all assembled in order of manufacturer. There were pinball tables from Gottlieb, Williams, Bally, Atari, Game Plan, Zaccaria, Data East, Alvin G, Sega, Capcom, Midway, Spinball and Stern. Even though I had 3 days to enjoy, with over 550 machines to choose from I knew I had to be selective and focus on the machines I really wanted to play – I was not disappointed with what I found.

Glorious pinball!
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A sight for sore eyes
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Flippin action, old school style
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What did surprise me was the number of extremely rare machines in great condition such as the two Joust machines that were side by side, an Atari Hercules and a row of Game Plan machines including my bucket list game Cyclopes – it lived up to expectations. Other rare games I managed to play were Spinball’s Verne’s World and Jolly Park which were loads of fun, Alvin G’s Pistol Poker and Al’s Garage Band Goes On a World Tour were also great! Special mention must go to Time Fantasy from Williams (1983), this machine has really strange but awesome art design including what I can only describe as an “Acid Snail” – look it up! To think that that majority of these machines were all from the private collection of one person, John Weeks, is just staggering. I also kept finding myself coming back to the Electro-Mechanical (EM) machines which were in fantastic condition. They really helped me fine tune my nudging skills and ultimately helped me with my ‘other’ reason for attending Arcade Expo 2.0.

Evel Knievel!
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Seeing red
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Electro-mechanical magic
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Apart from immersing myself in this great expo, I was also there to compete in the Professional and Amateur Pinball Association (PAPA) Circuit Event: ‘It Never Drains In Southern California’ (INDISC). Having played a number of local pinball tournaments in Australia, I was looking forward to experiencing a tournament of this size. With a mix of modern and classic tables, ‘It Never Drains In Southern California’ was an awesome experience. I’ll admit I was a bit nervous as I had only decided to go over the week before and hadn’t researched the format of the tournament nor did I know the list of machines till I was due to fly out. When I arrived at the tournament area I was greeted by INDISC organisers Karl DeAngelo and Jim Belsito whom, with the help of software created by Karl, had created a very accessible format. There were 12 machines in the Modern Tournament including well known machines; The Walking Dead, Demolition Man, Dr Who, The Getaway and Lord of the Rings and some really unique and less often ones, including; Godzilla, Hoops, Twister, Laser War, Grand Lizard, Torpedo Alley and Waterworld! To make things more interesting, a lot of these machines had been made challenging by removing the rubbers on the outlanes and centre posts, as well as some additions to make certain shots harder like the massive rubber on the lock shot on Grand Lizard – only a precise shot would work. It was also great to see my fellow competitors sharing gameplay tips and hints. Their positive encouragement and sportsmanship provided that extra confidence boost.

Oh yes, Joust in the flesh!
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Atari’s Hercules – world’s largest pinball machine under lights
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The Big Bang!
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So how did I go? Not knowing the rules meant that I did much better in the Classics (pre 1990) Tournament where I relied on flipper skills and nudging alone. Having qualified equal 16th in the A division, I had to compete in a play-off, which I lost, but the upside of it was that I qualified 1st for the B division. My high B division qualification afforded me the choice of machines we would play (or not play – yep, I am looking at you Skateball!). I ended up coming second but felt a great camaraderie with my fellow Classics B division finalists and was really happy with my experience.

Tournament Play!
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Calling the tournament action
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In Never Drains In Southern California intensifies!
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I would absolutely recommend going to Arcade Expo in 2017 and to participate in the INDISC pinball tournament. I often hear that pinheads are the friendliest people in the world, and I can safely say, this was made abundantly clear at the expo – everyone was accessible and helpful, especially when it came to the format of the tournament and the table rules. I promise I’ll be better prepared next time, so watch out!

Rather than tell you more about Arcade Expo 2.0, I thought I would share my album and let the photos speak for themselves. Oh yeah, in part two of Arcade Expo 2.0, I’ll be sharing my arcade experience (with heaps of pics) – so stay tuned!

 

Thrill Of The Chase: The Dark Amiga

CDTV_1Don’t you just love when things happen unexpectedly? Well, this past week’s events were mind blowingly unexpected!

I was called by my great friend and fellow Press Play On Tape co-host, Daz (also from Retro Domination fame) to let me know that he had taken a trip up north and during his travels had found a Commodore CDTV! Not only was the CDTV complete with transmitter/mouse, remote, keyboard and a fair bit of software, Daz asked if I would be interested in the bundled deal for myself. Firstly, I was humbled that a friend thought of me when they came across something quite rare and unique, and secondly, the offer for me to buy it and for them to transport it back was an offer too good to refuse. To say I was excited would be a gross understatement – I made the offer, the seller accepted and Daz transported the CDTV bundle safely back to Melbourne.

To Daz and Pete (Console Domination), thanks heaps for thinking of me and giving me the opportunity to grab another retro gaming holy grail – you guys rock! As for what do I think of the CDTV? Well, let’s just say that the Amiga 500 has made room for it *winks*

She is a beauty!
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Connections galore!
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Oo’er, early 90s multimedia software!
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Looking forward to do some Sherlocking!
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Remote control your CDTV life!
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The all-in-one control centre (transmitter)!
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Now we can turn the CDTV into a full blown Amiga 500!
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It’s alive!
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We asked Daz to show us what else he found on his ‘retro road trip’ and without fail, Daz provided us with some mouthwatering photos, saying that they speak for themselves. We agree *wiping drool*

The beautiful C128!
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Great to see a TI-99 out in the wild!
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Oh wow, more TI computers!
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Atari ST represent!
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WANT!
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The loot is in the boot!Daz_0