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(arcaeblogger.com)   Aztarac: Finding the ultimate lost "holy grail" arcade machine. A poignant, true account of Craigslist ads, threats of violence, restoration, detective work and a dead developer   (arcadeblogger.com) divider line
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2021-01-28 11:12:36 AM  
Interesting, sure.... is there an update on the machine getting fixed up? This article was from 4 years ago.
 
2021-01-28 11:19:59 AM  
I couldn't follow the gameplay video at all.
 
2021-01-28 11:20:10 AM  
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2021-01-28 11:29:05 AM  
I want a " Battlezone ".

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2021-01-28 11:33:26 AM  
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2021-01-28 11:42:55 AM  
I mean this with absolute sincerity:

I Love Ubergeeks.

There are communities of these guys who tenaciously track down the minutiae of the past and just wig out in the discovery and understanding of it. I belong to a couple of them - just along for the ride.

The best one ever was this -

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A propmaker in the sixties cut out the middle third of this. He glued the two ends together. Made the mold for these TV show props -

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How are they sure? They managed to get a look at a screen used prop and found the faint remains of the pencil box foot pads embedded in the bottom.

That is some crazy detective work.
 
2021-01-28 11:43:33 AM  

Moosedick Gladys Greengroin: I want a " Battlezone ".

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Wasn't this an old pc game?? I remember it from muh childhood
 
2021-01-28 11:45:26 AM  
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2021-01-28 11:52:26 AM  
Nine Inch Nails - LESS THAN
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2021-01-28 12:03:54 PM  

LesserEvil: Interesting, sure.... is there an update on the machine getting fixed up? This article was from 4 years ago.


There's a follow-up linked at the end of the article:

https://arcadeblogger.com/2017/12/08/​t​im-strykers-aztarac-the-final-chapter/​
 
2021-01-28 12:28:51 PM  

yomrfark: Moosedick Gladys Greengroin: I want a " Battlezone ".

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Wasn't this an old pc game?? I remember it from muh childhood


It started as an arcade box from Atari, released in 1980.
 
2021-01-28 12:31:23 PM  
 
2021-01-28 12:36:17 PM  
I vaguely remember seeing an Aztarac machine in an arcade when i was a kid. I do not recall ever playing it though.  Very glad it was saved from being turned into any sort of many in one game machine.
 
2021-01-28 1:01:50 PM  
out of the arcade era, that one don't do chit for me.
If i could have any one arcade i'm hard pressed to say which of these three i'd want most
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the stack order is probably xybots, xenophobia, G2.

I got to play crazy tons of G2, but not as much xybots or xeno as i would have liked. And none of these made particularly good ports to the Con-Slows of the day.
 
2021-01-28 1:12:56 PM  

PvtStash: I got to play crazy tons of G2, but not as much xybots or xeno as i would have liked. And none of these made particularly good ports to the Con-Slows of the day.


Objectively, I feel like the arcade industry started overthinking things by the mid to late 80s when those particular titles came out. The simplicity of the earlier games like Pac-Man and Space Invaders is what made them successful. I always thought Xybots and the like were trying to do too much with the hardware available, and fell over as a result. But that was with the benefit of hindsight I suppose; if those were the games of someone's arcade era, I can see the attraction. Gauntlet remains a great title to go back to even today.
 
2021-01-28 1:40:07 PM  

Moosedick Gladys Greengroin: I want a " Battlezone ".

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Yes. Exactly my reaction, as well.

PvtStash: out of the arcade era, that one don't do chit for me.
If i could have any one arcade i'm hard pressed to say which of these three i'd want most
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the stack order is probably xybots, xenophobia, G2.

I got to play crazy tons of G2, but not as much xybots or xeno as i would have liked. And none of these made particularly good ports to the Con-Slows of the day.


Midway Arcade Origins (PS3) has all these games, if you are hard up. None of them seem any different to me than a stand up arcade? I'll give you the PS3 controller is not that great, with the benefit of hindsight. Been playing Sinistar myself, my OG favorite! Rampart is a close second.
 
2021-01-28 1:50:52 PM  

Moosedick Gladys Greengroin: I want a " Battlezone ".

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A friend had one. The room had to be completely dark to be playable, so not a good fit for a home game room. His Crazy Climber was a lot more fun to play.
 
2021-01-28 2:02:25 PM  
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2021-01-28 3:28:25 PM  
Not a mint Tempest game for <$100? Not my dream, then. :-)

Never played this one. Not entirely sure if I've seen it or not, that bezel looks just distinctive enough that it seems familiar.
 
2021-01-28 3:43:52 PM  

videotopia: LesserEvil: Interesting, sure.... is there an update on the machine getting fixed up? This article was from 4 years ago.

There's a follow-up linked at the end of the article:

https://arcadeblogger.com/2017/12/08/t​im-strykers-aztarac-the-final-chapter/​


Nice, thanks.
 
2021-01-28 4:08:22 PM  

Mikey1969: Not a mint Tempest game for <$100? Not my dream, then. :-)

Never played this one. Not entirely sure if I've seen it or not, that bezel looks just distinctive enough that it seems familiar.


slightly off topic but I found this interesting - stumbled across this guy on youtube last weekend. he's a former microsoft engineer and he took the ROM chips out of his Tempest arcade game to reverse-engineer the programming. interesting watch if you ever wondered how they used to program those things

https://youtu.be/BjsVSEbXDOM

/he also does a series of videos where he uses a microcontroller to run LED lights which is why I started watching his channel. just watching him write C++ code is rather humbling to this amateur programmer
 
2021-01-28 4:21:05 PM  

videotopia: PvtStash: I got to play crazy tons of G2, but not as much xybots or xeno as i would have liked. And none of these made particularly good ports to the Con-Slows of the day.

Objectively, I feel like the arcade industry started overthinking things by the mid to late 80s when those particular titles came out. The simplicity of the earlier games like Pac-Man and Space Invaders is what made them successful. I always thought Xybots and the like were trying to do too much with the hardware available, and fell over as a result. But that was with the benefit of hindsight I suppose; if those were the games of someone's arcade era, I can see the attraction. Gauntlet remains a great title to go back to even today.


I was living in the arcades by about 1979 when i was only 5 on through high school.
For me these were some high gaming evolution land marks.

xybots is one of the first games recall as a solid 3d 3PV game, and it was also an early title in gaems that were co-op competitions. Gauntlet was not that, that's just hoover or not as you see fit. Xybots literary kept a score for both players who needed to co-op to get through levels fast for good points (more upgrades), but are also competing for a bonus at the end of the level. That is score based not just i exited the first and left you hanging for my bonus.

Xenophobia just sort of did it for me on a more personal level for the flavor of the game really. And that co-op or PvP games get top spot for me in the arcade over solo player stuff which i prefer more on PC for long story RPG type game and puzzlers like space chem.

All the early arcade day were so much more full of solo player stuff, the rise of pvp and co-op was a super mega deal for me in those days. the arcade stop pulling me in when more co-op and pvp could be had on my 2600 than at the arcade. But 80's and 90's ushering in more pvp and co-op stuff pushes my Con-Slow to the side action during that time.


there was a movie theater that had G2 with 1000 health per quarter instead of the piddly 300-500 found in most arcades. We spent at least one whole summer just playing g2 in that theater lobby.
 
2021-01-28 5:27:54 PM  

LesserEvil: Interesting, sure.... is there an update on the machine getting fixed up? This article was from 4 years ago.


Link at the bottom of the article
 
2021-01-28 7:44:20 PM  
Would it be sacrilege if I ripped it open, gutted it, and used the cabinet for my raspberry-pi MAME?
 
2021-01-28 9:42:41 PM  

Slow To Return: Would it be sacrilege if I ripped it open, gutted it, and used the cabinet for my raspberry-pi MAME?


Are you the other guy mentioned in the article?
 
2021-01-29 11:07:15 AM  
I want Death Race back!

https://www.arcade-museum.com/game_det​ail.php?game_id=7541
 
2021-01-29 11:07:46 AM  
 
2021-01-29 2:16:21 PM  

Slow To Return: Would it be sacrilege if I ripped it open, gutted it, and used the cabinet for my raspberry-pi MAME?


haha, now that I read the article, I guess, yea, I am that guy.

Just kidding, I already have my repurposed cabinet.
 
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