Space Invaders cocktail – I bought this for parts for my upright, but it turned out to be fully working, so I left it whole. It was popular with guests, but I am not interested in playing SI anymore, so I sold it.
Space Invaders pin – This was my first pin. It had a lot of playfield wear, and the cabinet was a little rough, but it cleaned up pretty well. Great looking game, but not too fun to play. I sold it to buy High Speed.
Supersonic pin – I owned this one for 2 days. I bought it really cheap and flipped it quick. It helped pay for my High Speed. I didn’t take a full picture before I sold it, but here is a pic of the playfield. It had a great backglass, but the cabinet was rough.
Ridge Racer – This was my first dedicated game. I miss it a little now that it is gone, but I rarely played it. It was the most popular game in the arcade for everyone but me. If it wasn’t so big, I probably would have kept it, but that thing was a monster.
Space Invaders Upright – I am now officially finished with Space Invaders. After having owned the cocktail, upright, and pin, I only have one conclusion: some games just do not hold their appeal over time. All 3 of them looked good in the arcade, but I would never play them. I am only interested in owning games I want to play at this point.
Take 5, Roy Clark, and Disco ’79 cocktail pins – These were not around too long. They were a cool novelty, but I didn’t play them very often. All three of them were sold to collectors who actually wanted them, so it ended well. I am glad I had a chance to tinker with them, and it was cool to own something I never knew existed.
Outrun – Another must have that I rarely played. I can’t find any pics of the game in my garage. This one was from when the game was stored at a friend’s house before it made the trip up here to Reno.
Super Sprint – Out of the games I sold so far, this is the one I played the most. It is fun solo and was probably my most popular game at parties. I may get another one someday when money isn’t so tight. I may get a Championship Sprint kit to swap into the Paperboy, that would definitely help with space in the garage.
Spy Hunter – I really liked this game when I was a kid, but not so much anymore. I think I would like to find a controller to add to the mame cab to play once in a while, but I am not sad to see this one go.
Atari Football – This one was sold due to the fact that I am the only one playing out in the garage most of the time. NO single player mode, so it had to go. I may try to find another one someday if I ever get a big game room, it is kinda fun.
Missile Command Caberet – It’s like an arcade game…only smaller. 🙂
I was offered a trade for this, and I couldn’t really turn it down. I like to play the game, although I do prefer a bigger monitor. I can’t get over how small this thing is!
I was offered another trade, so the Missile Command is gone, and a Gyruss has taken its place. I kinda liked the mini, but I hardly played it. I think Gyruss will get more play, so I am happy with the trade.
Paperboy – Yet another game that is very popular, and one that I played a bit as a kid. I just didn’t play it often once I owned it, and didn’t really want to. It was traded for an Afterburner. The piece of wood in front of the game is part of the back of the game. It fell off when the game was unceremoniously dropped off of the handtruck in the front yard. So far, the only transportation casualty I have had.
Asteroids – If any of you have seen BrentRadio’s website, this is the Asteroids from there. He mounted Asteroids and Asteroids Deluxe boards in there. I bought this in Vegas, and it was stored for a few months until I could get it back up here to Reno. In that time, I played a local one a few times, and honestly got tired of it. I never even turned this one on before trading it for a Dig Dug.
Pole Position – Another Project. I local collector wanted the cab for his Pole Position 2 board, and I wasn’t planning on getting it running anytime soon, so I traded the cab for a monitor. Not the best trade in the world, but I was kinda glad to get it gone. It was a relief to get rid of another project.
Afterburner(s) – I bought 2 Afterburners within a month. I swapped some parts and made a nice one that I planned to keep. I ended up selling both of them quickly because I needed to raise funds to pay for Hydro Thunder. I may buy another one someday if I have a bigger game room, but it didn’t make the cut in my limited space.
Defender(s) – I have actually sold two of these, but I don’t have any pics of the first one. It needed some PCB work, and I just didn’t feel like messing with it, so I sold it. I bought the second one for $300 and sold it for $250 a month later. It was another casualty of the Hydro Thunder purchase. I don’t think I will buy another one. I keep trying to like the game, but I am starting to think it is just not very fun for me.
Donkey Kong 3 – This one was actually Melissa’s. She hadn’t played it in quite a while, so it went up for sale to help pay for the Hydro Thunders. It was a fun game, but not one you would go out of your way to play. She has played Hydro Thunder more in 4 months than she played this one in 4 years.
Donkey Kong Jr – Donkey Kong is my favorite game, so I should probably like this one…but I don’t. I took it in trade so I would have all 3 of the DKs. Now that I only have the original, I am much happier. It is the only one I will play regularly.
Pole Position cockpit – There are certain cockpit games that everyone is supposed to love, and this is one of them. It looks great, but I always played the upright version when I was a kid. When I play this one, I hit my elbow on the side of the cabinet when I spin the wheel on turn 3. It hurts. That is the way I have always played, and I like it that way, so no PP cockpit for me. Aside from that, I realized that I would never choose to play this one instead of Hydro Thunder, so it had to go.
Gaplus – When I bought this, it was a Galaga 3, but I converted it back to the original Gaplus. This is a cool looking cabinet, but the game just didn’t do it for me. I tried to like it, but it just wasn’t that fun. With Gyruss next to it, I would not play it enough to warrant the space it took up.
Tekken 2 – This is the first game I ever bought. I bought it to use for MAME, so it only stayed as a Tekken 2 for a few months. It was my MAME cabinet for 8 years until I decided to build a dedicated cabinet for it. I was going to put another game in this cabinet, but I needed the monitor for my NBA Jam. I ended up giving this one away. I payed $700 for this one before I knew what I was doing, but it was worth every penny. This was the start of a really fun hobby for me. The pic is from the first version of the MAME project.
Phoenix Pin – I never got this one working. It didn’t look all that fun, and it was really ugly, so I decided not to mess with it. I drove almost all the way to Fresno to pick it up, and met another collector, so definitely worth the trip.
Time Crisis 3 – This is a great game…until you finish it once. I couldn’t think of any reason to play through it again. It was a party favorite, but it was just too big to keep around if I wasn’t going to play it.
Millipede – I don’t think I ever played this one in the 80s, but I did play Centipede quite a bit. Millipede is the sequel to Centipede, and it is a lot harder. The difficulty also makes it a lot more fun to play, although it is never a relaxing game. I bought an add in card for this one that adds Centipede. Now I can switch between the two so I can play Centipede when I just want to play and relax. These aren’t the greatest games in the world for me, but they are consistently fun so I will probably keep this one for quite a while.
Gyruss – Gyruss is kinda like a combination of Tempest and Galaga. You traverse the outside shooting into the screen as in Tempest, but everything else looks to be straight out of Galaga. It is a fun game. Not as good as Tempest for me. I have thought of selling it, but it is hard to find in good shape, and I would definitely want to buy it again if I have more space someday. I can’t think of any games that I would rather have, so it stays in the arcade for now.
Pacman – Pacman is THE arcade game from the golden era. Almost everyone that hears that I have an arcade asks if I have a Pacman cocktail. Well, now I do. I like Pacman, but it is certainly not my favorite. It is fun for a while, but gets really repetitive to me. I don’t like trying to memorize patterns, so I am really not very good at it either. I have a 4 in 1 kit installed on the PCB that lets me play fast and slow versions of Pacman and Ms Pacman (as of this writing, Ms Pacman won’t boot – I need to try upping the voltage a bit). Cocktail cabinets are really awkward to fit in the arcade, and require a lot more space than an upright. I don’t know how long I will keep this one, but it is kinda fun to have in the lineup.
Turkey Hunting USA – This isn’t a great game, but I needed another shooting game when I got rid of Time Crisis 3. I may get some of the other hunting games to swap into the cabinet to add some variety. Melissa and I both like the Big Buck Hunter games, but they are still a bit pricey. Not sure if this will be a long term addition to the lineup, but it should be fun for a while at least.
Neo Geo MVS – There are a lot of really good games on the Neo Geo. My favorites are Bust A Move, Strikers 1945, and the Metal Slug series. I have a cartridge that has all of these, plus a lot more – 120 in total, so there is a lot of variety in this cabinet. I can play all of these perfectly on the MAME cab, but it is nice to have this one available in the arcade. Strikers 1945 is a huge hit at parties.
NBA Jam – I had a lot of fun playing this game in the arcades, but I haven’t yet found anyone that wants to play it in my arcade. It is a huge game, so I need to find some players to justify keeping it. I can play it on the MAME cab, so I bought this one just to have the chance to have some epic 2 on 2 battles.