The Fate Of Atari Is In Your Hands

TheFateOfAtari_TitleIf Growing The 8-Bit Generation: The Commodore Wars film is anything to go by, 8-Bit Generation (the creators) are on a winner with their latest in the series of gaming documentaries, Easy To Learn, Hard To Master – The Fate Of Atari. To make The Fate Of Atari film happen, 8-Bit Generation have gone to Kickstater to raise a modest 20,000EUR.

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Just like their successful first film, The Fate Of Atari will feature interviews with Atari heavyweights that have seldom appeared on film, including Manny Gerard and former Atari President and CEO, Ray Kassar. The late Ralph Baer, the father of video games, also makes an appearance.

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The Fate Of Atari will concentrate on the meteoric rise and equal fall of the gaming industry icon. The best part is, there is zero risk with this campaign, as the interviews and additional footage has already been completed! No matter if you are a gaming history buff or not, the story of Atari should be known by all! Pledge now!


source: 8bit generation

 

Secret Mortal Kombat Arcade Menus

MK arcadesAn amazing discovery has been made: a secret menu in Mortal Kombat 1, 2, 3 and Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 arcade games! The ‘EJB menu’ (named after co-creator Ed Boon) is purely a maintenance menu in  Mortal Kombat 1 and 2, while in  Mortal Kombat 3 and Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 you can also access a hidden Galaga-style game.

  • MK1 code: P1 block (x5), P2 block (x10), P1 block (x2), P2 block (x1), P1 block (x2), P2 block (x3), P1 block (x4)
  • MK2 code: P1 block (x5), P2 block (x10), P1 block (x2), P2 block (x8), P1 block (x2)
  • MK3/UMK3 code: P1 block (x5), P2 block (x10), P1 block (x3), P2 block (x1), P1 block (x2), P2 block (x2), P1 block (x3), P2 block (x3)

The Mortal Kombat 1 EJB menu
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The Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 EJB menu
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The Galaga-style game – cute!
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galaga game 2But don’t take our word for it, see for yourself in this video from YourMKArcadeSource.

Source: YourMKArcadeSource via Technabob

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

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Growing Up In Arcades: 1979-1989

Growing Up In Arcades: 1979-1989 is a beautiful collection of retro photos on flickr of, you guessed it, 1980’s arcades. Most photos have been contributed by Kevin R ‘Rad Arcade’.

A look back at the arcades that consumed much of our time and quarters back in the 80s. Looking for scans of vintage games in the wild. So if you have old arcade or Chuck E. Cheese birthday pics, dig ’em up! They belong here.’

Spend some time admiring the games (note the pleasing lack of redemption machines), the fashion, the smiles and the colours – great memories! Also, don’t forget to add a few of your own pics. Here are a handful photos to whet your appetite, but be sure to visit flickr to see the whole collection.

‘Pizza’ submitted by Ray Conrado
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‘Mark’s 7th Birthday Party’ submitted by Aaron Caldwell
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‘Broadway in S.F.’ submitted by James Aaron Dillon
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‘Hangin’ with my friends at lunch’ submitted by Elwood Rose
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‘Soviet Pre-Video Games’ submitted by Ben Madison
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‘Time Out Tunnel’ submitted by Kevin R
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‘Pinball’ submitted by Kevin R
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‘Fun Terminal’ submitted by Kevin Rfun terminal

‘Pinball’ submitted by Sulaco99
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‘Pool Arcade’ submitted by Kevin R
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Source: Growing Up In Arcades: 1979-1989 on flickr

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

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PIK3A: Raspberry Pi 3 IKEA Cocktail Tables

PIK3A featuredThere’s no better IKEA hack than a retrogaming IKEA hack, and these fantastic ‘PIK3A’ Raspberry Pi 3 IKEA cocktail arcade tables are the best! Even better, you can make your own by following spannerspencer’s detailed instructions on the element14 website (PIK3A mark I and PIK3A mark II).

The PIK3A mark I
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The PIK3A mark II
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PIK3A II

Sources: element14 via @mattgillard, and element 14

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

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Sega Arcade Game History

Sega-Interactive_Arcade_TitleSTOP THE PRESS! Thanks to our good friend Skott Kellett, we were made aware of Sega-Interactive’s Sega Arcade Game History site!

So what is this site all about? If you have been (and still are) a fan of Sega’s arcade games (Ed: which many, many of you are!) and love history, then this site should be bookmarked as your go to reference on anything related to Sega arcade games.

The site is great to navigate, with a plotted timeline of all Sega arcade games from 1970 to present day on the left of screen, a cross-hair to ‘target’ (choose) the arcade game in the centre of the display, and the right of screen being your search area and view type selector (cruise or list mode for the targeted decade). Now, if only Sega-Interactive could release an English version of this site!

Let’s cruise through Sega’s arcade games from the 1980s
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Tiled list view of Sega’s arcade games from the 1980s
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Machine list view of Sega’s arcade games from the 1980s
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Checking out Yu Suzuki’s Space Harrier
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Arcade and Pinball Sale Of The Century

So it was at some unholy hour on a warm Saturday morning back in early January that I found myself standing outside of an old office supplies warehouse in North Hobart along with a whole range of people from all over Australia. Why you ask? Inside was a significantly large assortment of pinball tables, jukeboxes and arcade cabinets, all for sale or auction by one of the oldest operators in Tassie.

Proof that we do get warm, clear days in Hobart!
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If you’ve ever spent time in Hobart, you may have passed a building on the corner of Patrick and Campbell streets with a faded sign advertising “Pinballs from $400”. The building is home to Automatic Music, a local family-owned amusement operator founded by a guy named Erwin Boot back in the 1960s. While their focus now is mainly pool tables and jukeboxes, Erwin had kept a lot of the older and unused machines stashed away at various locations across the state. So with retirement looming, there was only one thing to do; open the warehouse to the public and sell, sell, sell!

I want a $400 Pinball machine!
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Quite the line-up!
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 Jukeboxes were the major theme of the sale, with easily a hundred or more out on display, although it was hard to miss the entire wall lined with some 30 to 40 years of pinball history! With machines ranging from early electromagnetic releases like Sky Jump (Gottlieb, 1974), Sky Kings (Bally, 1973), Lawman (Gottlieb, 1971) and Super Star (Williams, 1972), through to more recent titles like Star Wars (Data East, 1992), Judge Dredd (Midway, 1993) and Dr. Who (Midway, 1992). There were definitely bargains to be had, although the cheaper the machine, the better your repair skills had to be!

Smaller than their solid state descendants, the electromagnetic Pinballs of the 60s & 70s are unmistakable
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The most expensive machine sold on the day wasn’t a pinball table, it was a 1959 AMI Continental Jukebox that was snagged by a Gold Coast man for $6100! On the pinball front, Star Wars, Playboy (Bally, 1978) and Dr. Who all cleared the $3000 mark, with the cheapest going for just over $200 (for a mostly incomplete, non-working machine I might add).

The Doctor is in the house!
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Given my holy grail was well out of reach (I’ll own Star Wars one day!), I was happy to just attend and spend time walking amongst all of the amusement history on display. Although there’s another long time amusement operator down here with an equally large warehouse of machines, so maybe we’ll see another sale sometime soon…

Oh my, $50 for a Taito Thunderbolt!
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No tabletop dancing on these old beauties!
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Let’s go Raving!
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Even Judges need repair from time to time
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Rock ‘n’ Wrestling – A good combination!
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We’re only playing it for the multiballs, right?
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Sweet sounds of Wurlitzer
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Shoot’em up gallery
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Checking out the lethal merchandise
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It’s seen better days, but you can almost hear Sweet Georgia Brown
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Feeling like a superstar!
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More awesome pics from the arcade and pinball sale of the century here!

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blahjediAaron Clement
Tassie based retro gaming guy. Father of 3 and married to the very tolerant Kellie Clement. Coffee powered!

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Welcome to STARWORLD 78

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For those of you that don’t remember, once upon a time Atari was the king of video games, not just in the home with their Atari VCS/2600, but also in the amusement parlours. Atari was so diversified, they even got into making pinball machines!

To get an understanding of just how huge the Sunnyvale company was, at the 1978 Amusement and Music Operators Association (AMOA) trade show, Atari had a massive exhibit titled Starworld ’78, showcasing their latest wares to wow the industry (and scare the pants off their competitors)!

The “Starworld” theme was chosen by Atari to preview their new games, which they cleverly dubbed as the “Stars” of the 1978 AMOA show. Previewed pinball machines included Space Riders, the colossal  Hercules and the double playfield extravaganza of Middle Earth. In the video gaming stakes, their new 2-player space duel game, Orbit and the 3-games-in-one version of Breakout (very smartly titled) Super Breakout were gaining a lot of attention. Also taking centre stage at Starworld ’78 were: Sprint 2, Sit Down Night Driver, Starship, Smokey Joe, Fire Truck, UFO and the unique dual monitor submarine strategy game, Subs. If that wasn’t enough, Atari also had their service technicians on hand to demonstrate the latest test equipment to show off to operators.

And what is a trade show without prizes? Atari was promoting their ‘Starworld Sweepstakes’, a first at the AMOA trade show. Prizes included a Super Breakout machine, a Sony Betamax video tape recorder, a colour TV, a set of leather luggage and a Sony 5” Swivel-vision TV. There were also minor prizes awarded by Atari in their sweepstakes, including Seiko pocket digital alarms and Seiko desk clocks! Whoa, if only we had attended the 1978 AMOA trade show!

Starworld78_flyersource: The Arcade Flyer Archive