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Rare Game Room Gems — Empire Strikes Back

The original Star Wars arcade machine given to us by Atari in the early 80’s is no doubt one of the all time arcade classics, as well as being a great collectors item. Well one game that trumps it in the collectors market is Empire Strikes Back. The Empire Strikes Back, while it is the […]

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Rare Game Room Gems — Environmental Discs of Tron

When it comes to movies there are some that really were just designed to be turned into a video game. Disney’s 1982 sci-fi classic Tron is certainly one of those movies, and today we are going to look at the second arcade game based on this movie Discs of Tron made by Midway. Specifically we […]

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Goodbye Netflix and Hello Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime Video has been out for a while now, but was not available for any of my devices. But that is changed now that they have released support for the Playstation 3. I gave it a whirl today and was very pleased with it. Here is a review: First download the Amazon Prime app […]

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Cheap, Pretty and Fast: A Look at Classic Stern Pinballs

“Classic Sterns” are pinball machines made by Stern Electronics between 1977 and 1984. In particular, games released between 1980 and 1982 are classic pinball machines that provide a great bang for the buck for your game room. What is special about these Stern games you may ask? There are a few things: Stern was more […]

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The Last Gem Of The 80’s Arcade Scene

While the 1980’s saw a ton of great video games released in arcades all over the world. The early 1990’s were nearly just as strong. However, there was a game released right at the tail end of 1989 that really made sure that the 1980’s ended with a roundhouse kick to the head (followed by […]

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Rare Game Room Gems — I, Robot by Atari

In our latest installment of Rare Game Room Gems, we look at the Atari classic I, Robot. When you think of I, Robot, I would take a guess that what probably pops into your mind are images of the Will Smith movie from 2004, or perhaps the series of novels that the movie was loosely […]

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True Arcade Classics: Star Wars

It is fair to say that the 1980’s were the golden age of arcade games. Sure from a technical stand point a kid looking back nowadays will be mind blown at just how simple some of these gems look. But the games from this era just oozed personality, many games requiring the gamer to use […]

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Keeping Score in the Game Room

Here is something unique for your game room. I spent the past few days playing with this very cool new product. It is called the Game Room Scoreboard and is made in the USA by Funtronix. The scoreboard is a great utility for your game room — especially if you have a ping-pong table, foosball […]

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Books You Should Own: The Pinball Compendium

The Pinball Compendium are a series of wonderful books about pinball machines. The author, Michael Shalhoub, made a book for every era of pinball history. My favorite in the series is The Pinball Compendium 1982 to the Present. As the title would indicate, this covers pinball machines from the solid-state era right up to the […]

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Insert Token — A Most Unique Look at Arcade Culture

There is a very talented photographer in Los Angeles by the name of Joel Kropinski. Joel has released a new book of his work and this one has some appeal to arcade lovers. The book is called Insert Token. It is entirely made up of photos taken inside of arcades. But even more uniquely, it […]

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