C64 Barbarian – Masters Of The Universe Edition

We got quite giddy when we came across John Henderson’s tweet depicting his bitmap creation of Palace Software’s Barbarian: The Ultimate Warrior as C64 Barbarian He-Man Edition.

To say we hope this coding continues to fully recreate the ultimate slash’em up game on the C64, is an understatement! I have the POWER!

[image and story source: John Henderson via Twitter]


Mortal Kombat VS. Street Fighter

The ultimate 2D Fighting game showdown: Mortal Kombat VS. Street Fighter!

This is it peeps, choose your side, either Capcom’s venerable Street Fighter or the gore-fest from Midway Games (now Warner Bros.), Mortal Kombat. Chun Li versus Kitana, Ryu taking on Raiden, Blanka versus Jax – which franchise will deliver the final fatality? Finish him!

source: Untitled Animation via Facebook


LEGO Ideas: Futurama Headquarters, Spaceship and Crew!

We’ve featured the LEGO Ideas Futurama ship on here before, so of course we got excited when we saw the another LEGO Ideas based on Futurama!

This time though, we have the Futurama Headquarters, the crew and the Planet Express spaceship featured in one awesome LEGO Ideas playset!

You better hurry though, you have almost 2 years left to vote! 😉

source: LEGO Ideas


Arcade Raid Over Dubbo

Have you ever dreamed of raiding a warehouse full of arcade machine we used to play back in the day?

Well, that dream is now a reality, thanks to Dubbo Arcade and Amusements! From looking at the photos on their Facebook page, we reckon they may have pretty much what most of us are after, either an old school arcade machine from the 80s or 90s, those hard to find arcade game boards, Hankin cocktail tables, or perhaps a jukebox or a pinball machine to tickle your nostalgic nerve.

Whatever you are after, we reckon a visit to Dubbo may be in order 😉

image source: Dubbo Arcade and Amusements via Facebook


Where To Play Pinball in Melbourne

Location pinball is experiencing a renaissance where the silverball game is popping up at more locations in and around one of the world’s most liveable city. If you want to get your pinball fix you may want to check out these establishments.


GOLDEN FLEECE HOTEL (120 Montague Street, South Melbourne)
Home of the Argonauts Pinball Club, the upstairs arcade has quite a cool lineup of tasty pinball machines to get those fingers flipping on.

BARTRONICA (335 Flinders Lane, Melbourne)
Right in the heart of the Central Business District (CBD) of Melbourne, Batronica is the place to be seen at. The renovated venue (titled: Batronica 2.0) has made playing pinball (and arcade) machines even easier while you enjoy a drink.

MOON DOG WORLD (32 Chifley Drive, Preston)
This brewery can accommodate 700 patrons spread across its massive floor space which sports an indoor lagoon, a bar equipped with 72 taps, a beer garden, a hidden tiki bar, a waterfall and best of all, pinball machines!

PIXEL ALLEY (95 Smith Street, Fitzroy)
Conveniently located along one of the hippest streets in town, Pixel Alley will satisfy those that want arcade gaming with their pinball action. Pixel Alley also has monthly pinball tournaments open for all to play!

B. LUCKY & SONS (Level 3/211 La Trobe St, Melbourne)
It may only have one pinball machine inside, but B. Lucky & Sons quirky arcade is so cool with other distractions, you won’t want to leave. Oh yeah, the big plus is that it is inside Melbourne Central located on the entertainment level, level 3!

TIMEZONE (various shopping centre locations: Highpoint, Knox, Forest Hill and Craigieburn)
That old staple is starting to add more and more pinball amongst their arcade and redemption machines – which is a good thing! Know and Forest Hill have a lineup of multiple newer Stern pinball machines, which we hope means other Timezones will follow suit.

HIGHPOINT HOTEL (Level 1 Tenancy 10, Highpoint Shopping Centre, Maribyrnong)
If Timezone Highpoint’s pinball machine doesn’t tickle your fancy, then walk around the corner to the Highpoint Hotel where you can play NBA Jam and some cool Stern pinball machines.

GENERAL PUBLIC (366 Boundary Rd, Dingley Village)
Home of the Bayside Pinball Club, this awesome venue has it all, from great food, lots of fun attractions, including bowling and of course beautifully maintained pinball machines for you to flip to your heart’s content.

KARTING MADNESS (Factory 9/841 Mountain Hwy, Bayswater)
Don’t let the name of this place fool you, Karting Madness also has a mad collection of pinball machines that will keep you occupied for quite a while.

PEACOCK INN HOTEL (210 High St, Northcote)
This sleek venue serves up a couple of pinball machines amongst their gastropub menu. Oh yeah, they also have a beer garden when you need to take a break from flipping.

THE HAWTHORN HOTEL (481 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn)
With its wood-paling bar, bistro food, trivia and karaoke, it’s amazing that this comfy pub could fit in any pinball – luckily, they do!

TOWER HOTEL (686 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn East)
With $7 schooners, Stern’s Mustang and Star Trek, you are all set for some cool pinball action.

SANDBELT CLUB HOTEL (Cnr South & Bignell Roads, Moorabbin)
The annual Flipout pinball event is held here for a reason – it is a great location. With multiple pinball machines and pool tables

MS BARTRONICA (159 Ryrie St, Geelong)
Ms Bartronica is to Geeelong as Bartronica is to Melbourne – it is the place to be at for some drinking and pinball action in the heart of Geelong.

COMMERCIAL HOTEL (111 Walton Street, Werribee)
Situated 35km west of the city, the Commercial Hotel offers a couple of pinball machines to be enjoyed while watching live sports and having a tipple.

RETREAT HOTEL (280 Sydney Road, Brunswick)
Head toward the back of the Retreat for a special surprise – pinball. With live music , craft beer on tap and hearty pub grub, you can’t really go wrong.

GRANDVIEW HOTEL (429 Heidelberg Road, Fairfield)
This 130+ year old triple story grand Victorian hotel will keep your hands occupied, both with drinks and pinball.

THORNBURY EXPRESSO COFFEE BAR (792 High Street, Thornbury)
A cafe with pinball? Yep, enjoy a coffee and perhaps an ice-cream while also playing some pinball in this ultra casual and cool cafe.

Oh yeah, another pro-tip is to check out your local AMF Bowling Centre and the foyer of Hoyts or Village Cinemas, as they usually have at least one (or more) pinball machines!

This was never going to be an exhaustive list, but it should get you started playing pinball in and around Melbourne. Due to the nature of locations changing their lineup or removing machines, this ‘Where to play pinball’ list is correct as at the time of publishing. We’ll endeavour to update this post as new locations pop up (and remove the ones that no longer have pinball machines).

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Retro Gaming Graffiti

Let’s start by saying we don’t condone illegal graffiti. However, when graffiti is welcomed as street art and makes a societal impact, we definitely take note.

The /r/Graffiti Reddit thread is one place that is full of great graffiti, some topical with recent events, and some tugging on our nostalgic heartstrings.

Here are a few that caught our eye, even the freight train carriage with the three-button NES controller! Check out the rest on Reddit.

image source: reddit – /r/Graffiti


Retro Gaming Paper Crafting

Who would have thought it, paper craft models of some of the most iconic classic gaming consoles and computers!

The best part of these paper craft designs is that even peeps like us can follow the instructions without fear of breaking anything rare that we couldn’t replace.

No matter your classic gaming tastes, artists and designer, Rocky Bergen has you covered, from the Amiga 500, Sega Master System, TRS-80 Model III to the ZX Spectrum, Atari ST and even the glorious Sharp X68000 amongst many many others!

So what are you are you waiting for, get printing, cutting and crafting!

image source: Rocky Bergen