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2013-06-15 03:17:28 PM
No arcade thread would be complete without this video.


/jeez...that video is already 12 years old?
//where did the time go?
 
2013-06-15 03:23:49 PM
Don't know if it's the exact one I went to, but many Saturday mornings in the late '70s and early '80s were spent here:

i.imgur.com
 
2013-06-15 03:46:38 PM
Was about to say "Really, Star Wars machines are rare?", but, they are specifically talking about the cockpit edition, which I don't think many of were made.  That would be pretty cool to play.

But, that is pretty cool, and a good call for a museum to get people in who usually wouldn't.
 
2013-06-15 04:18:23 PM

dletter: Was about to say "Really, Star Wars machines are rare?", but, they are specifically talking about the cockpit edition, which I don't think many of were made.  That would be pretty cool to play.

But, that is pretty cool, and a good call for a museum to get people in who usually wouldn't.


This. I had to check the article. The upright is common and the sit down cabinet is far harder to find.
 
2013-06-15 04:38:03 PM
Where is the stand up Tron disk game?!?
 
2013-06-15 04:46:22 PM
Huh.  I never knew that Star Wars cockpit was rare.  We had one in my little nowhere town, so I figured they were just everywhere.
 
2013-06-15 05:08:45 PM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Where is the stand up Tron disk game?!?


I remember that one.  It cost 50 cents so I never played it.
 
2013-06-15 06:27:01 PM
Just give me Rastan, Joust, and Galaga and I'll be happy. And quarterless.
 
2013-06-15 06:31:53 PM
As someone who owns a Star Wars atari arcade cockpit edition, I'm getting a kick out of these replies...

/Bought it for $800 at an arcade auction in near mint condition about 8 years ago.
//Also got about 12 other arcade games in the basement
 
2013-06-15 06:35:29 PM
If those prices are correct for the cabinets, then there's a game that's easily in the top ten: Super Street Fighter II: Grandmaster's Challenge 4-Link.

In 2009 I got to play one at an arcade in Seattle - they wanted $25,000 for the set - or $6,250 each.

I haven't seen another since or before. I knew they existed, though.
 
2013-06-15 06:35:36 PM
Which Star Wars game?  I remember the Trilogy one that was basically a flight sim, with the DS trench run from the original, the Hoth snowspeeder from Empire, and the Endor speeder bike race from Jedi, but that wasn't a cockpit.  At least not the one I would play.  Was there another one I didn't know about?
 
2013-06-15 06:35:38 PM

dletter: Was about to say "Really, Star Wars machines are rare?", but, they are specifically talking about the cockpit edition, which I don't think many of were made.  That would be pretty cool to play.

But, that is pretty cool, and a good call for a museum to get people in who usually wouldn't.


I thought there was an expensive part that broke on them fairly commonly, which makes it hard to find them in working condition these days, despite them being all over the place in the 80s.
 
2013-06-15 06:38:10 PM

Last Man on Earth: Which Star Wars game?  I remember the Trilogy one that was basically a flight sim, with the DS trench run from the original, the Hoth snowspeeder from Empire, and the Endor speeder bike race from Jedi, but that wasn't a cockpit.  At least not the one I would play.  Was there another one I didn't know about?


The Atari vector graphics one from 1983, which was one of the best arcade games ever made in my opinion. With Galaga and Ms. Pac-Man, it is in my go three favorites of the early 80s.
 
2013-06-15 06:38:48 PM
*top three
 
2013-06-15 06:42:32 PM

Ooba Tooba: Just give me Rastan, Joust, and Galaga and I'll be happy. And quarterless.


Never heard of Rastan, but I'll confirm those other two choices.

Plus:
Ripoff, if I had a good partner
Tempest, if I was wired on caffeine
 
2013-06-15 06:52:15 PM
Arcade geeks are advised to make a trip to FunSpot in Weir's Beach, New Hampshire. Over 300 classic games, including Computer Space, the first ever coin operated video game.
 
2013-06-15 06:56:18 PM

Last Man on Earth: Which Star Wars game?  I remember the Trilogy one that was basically a flight sim, with the DS trench run from the original, the Hoth snowspeeder from Empire, and the Endor speeder bike race from Jedi, but that wasn't a cockpit.  At least not the one I would play.  Was there another one I didn't know about?


You're thinking of Star Wars Trilogy - Sega made that in 1993, and it has a rather large place in history: it was the first arcade game to run multiple digital audio channels and multiple processors to handle the (for 1993) seriously pretty 60fps graphics.

Even funnier: it was made as a giant two-years-in-advance advertisement for Sega's TITAN arcade hardware, which you better know as the Saturn... except it was never sold on the Saturn... it was a 32X game... with terrible sound and very mediocre graphics for the horsepower the console had going for it... and it cost ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS when it came out...

The arcade cabs can go for over $2,000 though - they made a boatload of them, but they still are wanted by Sega and Star Wars fans... both of whom (raises hand) will shell out LUDICROUS money for the rare stuff...
 
2013-06-15 06:57:25 PM
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2013-06-15 07:19:16 PM

Relatively Obscure: Huh.  I never knew that Star Wars cockpit was rare.  We had one in my little nowhere town, so I figured they were just everywhere.


same here. loved it. vector graphics, as i recall - like battle zone.
 
2013-06-15 08:05:06 PM
Or you could just stick a MAME in a cabinet.
Or run it in your living room and play on your couch.
 
2013-06-15 08:21:14 PM
This trip down memory lane seems fitting.

/I've posted it before
//My favorite cockpit game: Afterburner!
 
2013-06-15 08:26:11 PM

dletter: Was about to say "Really, Star Wars machines are rare?", but, they are specifically talking about the cockpit edition, which I don't think many of were made.  That would be pretty cool to play.


It was.  My local arcade had one, back in the day.
 
2013-06-15 08:27:12 PM

FlashHarry: Relatively Obscure: Huh.  I never knew that Star Wars cockpit was rare.  We had one in my little nowhere town, so I figured they were just everywhere.

same here. loved it. vector graphics, as i recall - like battle zone.


I remember being excited when I realized that "Use The Force Luke" meant I could get a big bonus if I didn't fire any lasers.... and blown away when I saw that secret message on the Death Star for the first time...
 
2013-06-15 08:27:27 PM

Ooba Tooba: Just give me Rastan, Joust, and Galaga and I'll be happy. And quarterless.


FrancoFile: Never heard of Rastan, but I'll confirm those other two choices.

Plus:
Ripoff, if I had a good partner
Tempest, if I was wired on caffeine


Don't remember Rastan, either, but Joust, Galaga/Galaxian were some of my faves. Tempest was good, too. I don't know how many fistfuls of Chuck E. Cheese/Putt-Putt tokens I dropped in Space Fury, Pooyan, Defender/Stargate, Jungle King/Jungle Hunt, Berzerk, Vanguard, Red Baron, Battlezone, Space Invaders, Pac-Man, Phoenix, Kangaroo, Moon Patrol, Bump 'n Jump, Spy Hunter, Gunfighter and just about every other video game made in the '70s and '80s.
 
2013-06-15 08:31:33 PM

Mad_Radhu: dletter: Was about to say "Really, Star Wars machines are rare?", but, they are specifically talking about the cockpit edition, which I don't think many of were made.  That would be pretty cool to play.

But, that is pretty cool, and a good call for a museum to get people in who usually wouldn't.

I thought there was an expensive part that broke on them fairly commonly, which makes it hard to find them in working condition these days, despite them being all over the place in the 80s.


The Wells-Gardiner X-Y monitors failed with components that were cheap and easy to replace. The HV transformer used in the Amplifone X-Y monitors, not so much. The 25" monitor used in the cockpit Star Wars was an Amplifone, and humidity levels were too high (for one reason or another, and stories vary on what the reasons were) at the plant at which the HV transformer cores were being wound. The moisture was sealed into the transformers when they were being potted, and although the units worked when shipped, almost all of them eventually failed. Arcade operators scrapped many units after replacements stopped being available. In recent years, groups of collectors have occasionally been able to accumulate enough funds to do a small production run of replacement parts.
 
2013-06-15 08:33:12 PM

Whatthefark: This trip down memory lane seems fitting.

/I've posted it before
//My favorite cockpit game: Afterburner!


Cool. I love seeing stuff like that! I practically lived at this place when I was in middle school:

i.imgur.com
 
2013-06-15 08:34:05 PM

FrancoFile: Ooba Tooba: Just give me Rastan, Joust, and Galaga and I'll be happy. And quarterless.

Never heard of Rastan, but I'll confirm those other two choices.

Plus:
Ripoff, if I had a good partner
Tempest, if I was wired on caffeine


www.arcade-museum.com
Fun game, you can get it for pc or mame. I've got my joystick for the mame cabinet ready just need to get the actual cabinet
 
2013-06-15 08:41:05 PM

DaMoopies: Arcade geeks are advised to make a trip to FunSpot in Weir's Beach, New Hampshire. Over 300 classic games, including Computer Space, the first ever coin operated video game.


this. it doubles as a museum.
 
2013-06-15 08:43:45 PM
Thanks for the feedback on this post. The Space Port image is very much like the arcades of my childhood. This exhibit is a ton of fun. I really wish I could play some of the games on display. A few are available to play, but they are the more common games like Space Invaders and Pac-Man. Also, I love the controls on these classic games. Paperboy for example has bike handles. What a blast! I will be stopping back to get my game on.
 
2013-06-15 08:46:27 PM
Fire truck!
 
2013-06-15 08:54:05 PM
We had the Game On 2.0 exhibit at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. The exhibit had over 250 playable games, including Star Wars. There was also the re-branded Battlezone game used in "Hot Tub Time Machine", which they changed because Atari wouldn't grant them a license to use the name.
 
2013-06-15 08:54:30 PM
Everyone who lives near Portland, OR and hasn't gone.  go.

http://groundkontrol.com/
 
2013-06-15 09:02:40 PM

BafflerMeal: Everyone who lives near Portland, OR and hasn't gone.  go.

http://groundkontrol.com/


This. Next month, the Bay Area gets its game on at http://caextreme.org/, but it's one weekend a year.
 
2013-06-15 09:12:35 PM

BafflerMeal: Everyone who lives near Portland, OR and hasn't gone.  go.

http://groundkontrol.com/


Ground Kontrol is a blast!!
 
2013-06-15 09:24:17 PM

BafflerMeal: Everyone who lives near Portland, OR and hasn't gone.  go.

http://groundkontrol.com/


Son of a b...I've lived here over 15 years and didn't know that place existed.

Thank you!
 
2013-06-15 09:39:47 PM
Check out Rusty Quarters in Minneapolis if you're in town.

The weirdest 80s game I played and liked was something called Kick! - had as clown on a unicycle catching balloons on his head. Used a track ball. Fun.
 
2013-06-15 09:50:28 PM
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2013-06-15 09:50:54 PM

Ooba Tooba: Just give me Rastan, Joust, and Galaga and I'll be happy. And quarterless.


But that's the great part is that you won't be quarterless. Put them all on free play. I love my arcade games, but they are definitely a chore at this point. The four player demolition derby is everyone's favorite (when it's running).
 
2013-06-15 09:51:20 PM
I built a mame cocktail machine from a kit. Holland computers had a good Black Friday deal.
 
2013-06-15 09:53:58 PM
Discs of Tron for the win!
 
2013-06-15 09:54:49 PM

Nowhereman: FrancoFile: Ooba Tooba: Just give me Rastan, Joust, and Galaga and I'll be happy. And quarterless.

Never heard of Rastan, but I'll confirm those other two choices.

Plus:
Ripoff, if I had a good partner
Tempest, if I was wired on caffeine


Fun game, you can get it for pc or mame. I've got my joystick for the mame cabinet ready just need to get the actual cabinet


Sweet! I almost bought the arcade cabinet for $400, but a couple of little tooba's came along...someday when I get around to remodeling the basement. That game was really fun. +1 for posting a pic.
 
2013-06-15 10:18:12 PM
I must have played that  Star Wars  sit downcabinet hundreds of times at Bullwinkle's over the years when I was a kid.
 
2013-06-15 10:23:20 PM
The local arcade where I lived as a teen had that Sta Wars game.  I use to play the shiat out of that thing.
 
2013-06-15 10:24:17 PM

sat1va: I must have played that  Star Wars  sit downcabinet hundreds of times at Bullwinkle's over the years when I was a kid.


Bullwinkles? Pizza place?
 
2013-06-15 10:24:18 PM

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Best arcade game ever.  I think I cried when the seat whacker died on one of the seats on the one in the mall and it disappeared soon after.
 
2013-06-15 10:26:24 PM
They had the stand-up Star Wars game at the local ice rink. I played the shiat outta that game. Had a sad when they got rid of it.

/Don't have video games there anymore.
//Probably should've practiced the hockey more
///The Force will be with you, always
 
2013-06-15 10:27:20 PM
Another Retrocade,  1984 in Springfield,MO.
They even have a Lunar Lander, and my favorite Time Pilot 1984.
 
2013-06-15 10:30:43 PM

ShadowWolf: and my favorite Time Pilot 1984.


Oh man, I loved that game. Another favorite of my junior high days.
 
2013-06-15 10:33:25 PM
Our kids are never going to get "it." The anticipation of whether your parents would give you a few buck to go to the local arcade. The thrill of getting there and finding a new game. Have you been to an "arcade" lately? Just stand up versions iPhone games like angry birds and fruit ninja.
 
2013-06-15 10:37:13 PM
Another video game I remember, popular at the time, similar to Star Wars

www.wildsoundmovies.com
 
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