Category Archives: Arcade Games

Video games, pinball, bowling and other things.

One element of videogame-based D&D I hate

For those who don’t get it, the comic is mocking (to me) how crappy the AI is in games, especially console-based ones. This is why I prefer to play in person, get the interaction and figure out the real haggling. … Continue reading

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RIP John Madden

I thought a little levity was necessary over John’s passing. Above is a glitch from EA’s Madden ’92 whenever an injured player needed to be carried off the field. Now as for my knowledge and fandom of football, well it’s not … Continue reading

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RIP Masayuki Uemura

Masayuki was an unlikely figure to be key in contributing to the legacy of video games! Originally educated as an engineer, he sold solar-cell battery systems for Sharp. One client was Nintendo as they used the technology for the duck … Continue reading

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The real, abandoned Westworld

This picture made the rounds days ago but it made me think about the scenes from Futureworld when Blythe Dinner and Peter Fonda were allowed to see the ruins of Westworld. So in many ways, Chuck E Cheese and Showbiz Pizza … Continue reading

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What used to be a common sighting in the Eighties

Not the machine necessarily but vehicles with at least a cabinet or two getting transported from one location to another, often arcades. This Missile Command cabinet was in pretty good shape from what I could tell. I didn’t have any … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Pac Man!

A day or two after The Empire Strikes Back, Namco rolled out Pac Man which went on to be the next big video game after Pong and Space Invaders took the world by storm. Well, it took a while really because there weren’t … Continue reading

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EA NHL 20 – Entry 1, helping out my Stars

The Pandemic has had one mixed result for me passing the time, I got re-acquainted with the PS4 I earned via points at Pinballz two years ago. Somara found out how to hook it up then I think I played … Continue reading

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Another game with a tired, old band for musically stunted fans

In their defense, Iron Maiden has had a visual trademark via Eddie, but could Stern find a non-dinosaur act (*cough* Rolling Stones, *cough* Aerosmith) that hasn’t been flogging a dead horse over the last 30 years to immortalize? And no, … Continue reading

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Apple’s new stuff, namely services are pretty cool

Tim and Company came out to show off what everybody expected. A new iPhone, a new Watch and a new iPad alongside what some of the OS features would be. The cooler stuff which impressed even a grizzled support veteran … Continue reading

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Matt sporting a Japanese lawyer game

Another gift scored from the Classic Gaming Expo in late July. I often noticed how Matt would use the character on the shirt as his avatar in electronic forums because I recognized it from a weird game the Wii offered. … Continue reading

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Kathy R wearing her favorite video game

A gift I scored for my friend Rev. Kathy because this is her favorite cabinet game whenever we hit Pinballz. I recently looked up Rampage‘s history too. I could’ve sworn I started playing this in high school but I was wrong, … Continue reading

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I still got it with this machine!

Spent a good chunk of my day at the Classic Gaming Expo in downtown Austin. It wasn’t quite the 70,000 square feet of video games I was hoping for, more like 20K with 50K of vendors, mostly people selling legacy … Continue reading

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Gauntlet joke

 A pretty good amateur gag covering how food works in the old video game Gauntlet. The bit showing Questor the Elf doing what often happened when you were in a multiplayer game is relatable because there’s always one idiot out … Continue reading

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Ralph Breaks the Internet: Streaming

Another movie that didn’t really need a sequel yet it turned out decently but it wasn’t necessarily with all the expense of going to a movie theater. My short version of Ralph 2. Initially I wasn’t remotely interested because the … Continue reading

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A great time had be gEeKs and me, the fat one

The Lowrys of California took some time from their busy agenda visiting Austin to hang out with me and play games at Pinballz Lake Creek. The little ladies really enjoyed the mini-bowling. Sadly, they’re not all tall enough to go … Continue reading

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