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2022-11-27 6:42:36 PM  
I'm guessing there are no 'Computer Space' left?
 
2022-11-27 6:56:42 PM  
Don't forget the Polybius cabinet in a dusty CIA warehouse.
 
2022-11-27 7:14:17 PM  

null: Don't forget the Polybius cabinet in a dusty CIA warehouse.


You goofball.
POLYBIUS - The Video Game That Doesn't Exist
Youtube _7X6Yeydgyg
 
2022-11-27 8:25:31 PM  

roddikinsathome: null: Don't forget the Polybius cabinet in a dusty CIA warehouse.

You goofball.
[YouTube video: POLYBIUS - The Video Game That Doesn't Exist]


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Oh really?
 
2022-11-27 9:17:24 PM  
The cabinet for Major Havoc became rare due to its high price tag.


more than one had this comment.  None of them mentioned the actual price.

wtf, somebody got paid to  create that list?
 
2022-11-27 9:47:47 PM  

SoundOfOneHandWanking: The cabinet for Major Havoc became rare due to its high price tag.


more than one had this comment.  None of them mentioned the actual price.

wtf, somebody got paid to  create that list?


Do your own research.
 
2022-11-27 10:03:59 PM  
6 player X-men wasn't THAT uncommon, hell I played it a lot at Myrtle Beach Pavillion and at the arcade at the Charleston Town Center in WV. More likely no one had room to KEEP any of them but then that brings the question of what happened to all the old giant Tecmo Bowl cabinets.
 
2022-11-27 10:14:10 PM  
No Zaxxon cabinet?! I've been looking for one for 15 years or so now....
 
2022-11-27 10:14:11 PM  

Sliding Carp: I'm guessing there are no 'Computer Space' left?


There are some still around. I've seen or heard of a few of them that have been reconditioned and are held by collectors and museums.
 
2022-11-27 10:35:50 PM  

ntropy2012: No Zaxxon cabinet?! I've been looking for one for 15 years or so now....


You could probably list 50 more that are functionally just as rare/hard to obtain - likely a difference of, "Instead of just 3, there are like 12 known.  Of course they're all owned so fark you."  Original arcade games are old as hell anymore mostly, people just didn't bother to preserve them as a rule
 
2022-11-27 10:50:54 PM  
I miss arcades.
 
2022-11-27 11:02:46 PM  
I want a Crazy Climber cabinet or cocktail unit, but they are rare more than I can afford.  Some day I'll make a dual stick controller for the rom in MAME.
 
2022-11-27 11:04:14 PM  
I want to find someplace that has Time Killers. That was ultraviolet in an era when Mortal Kombat was making church ladies clutch their pears.
 
2022-11-27 11:08:35 PM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: ntropy2012: No Zaxxon cabinet?! I've been looking for one for 15 years or so now....

You could probably list 50 more that are functionally just as rare/hard to obtain - likely a difference of, "Instead of just 3, there are like 12 known.  Of course they're all owned so fark you."  Original arcade games are old as hell anymore mostly, people just didn't bother to preserve them as a rule


This. Granted, I'm no arcadeologist, but I'm pretty sure the pizza joints, laundromats,  and K-Marts of America didnt have storage space to keep large cabinets around once they stopped generating revenue and so they all basically got sent to the farm upstate to run and play.

One thing I really miss from the hey day of arcade games is all the weird games that would pop up in unexpected places. Like a store that didn't seem to attract a lot of kids but there'd be a game in the back, sometimes one you'd never seen before. Thus as a young kid in that era it always paid to explore thoroughly any shopping center your mom took you to.
 
2022-11-27 11:18:09 PM  

roddikinsathome: null: Don't forget the Polybius cabinet in a dusty CIA warehouse.

You goofball.
[YouTube video: POLYBIUS - The Video Game That Doesn't Exist]


I clicked on the video and got completely sucked in for an hour. damn you

/honestly - never heard of that story before and found the video pretty fascinating
 
2022-11-27 11:20:05 PM  

wildcardjack: I want to find someplace that has Time Killers. That was ultraviolet in an era when Mortal Kombat was making church ladies clutch their pears.


But it's such a terrible game!  An arcade I visited had it and I played a few rounds.  Just... no.

/Still better than Tattoo Assassins
//...and Rise of the Robots
///There were so many terrible fighting games I could run out of slashes
 
2022-11-27 11:22:42 PM  

slimebarfer: I want a Crazy Climber cabinet or cocktail unit, but they are rare more than I can afford.  Some day I'll make a dual stick controller for the rom in MAME.


Two sticks?  You might as well put Robotron 2084 on it as well because it was awesome.
 
2022-11-28 12:07:16 AM  

roddikinsathome: null: Don't forget the Polybius cabinet in a dusty CIA warehouse.

You goofball.
[YouTube video: POLYBIUS - The Video Game That Doesn't Exist]


Nine Inch Nails - LESS THAN
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2022-11-28 12:08:41 AM  

Fano: One thing I really miss from the hey day of arcade games is all the weird games that would pop up in unexpected places. Like a store that didn't seem to attract a lot of kids but there'd be a game in the back, sometimes one you'd never seen before. Thus as a young kid in that era it always paid to explore thoroughly any shopping center your mom took you to.


Everyone knew the local pizza joint.

Not everyone mentioned the local PayLess (not the shoe store, the thing that became Rite Aid)
 
2022-11-28 12:09:46 AM  

Moniker o' Shame: slimebarfer: I want a Crazy Climber cabinet or cocktail unit, but they are rare more than I can afford.  Some day I'll make a dual stick controller for the rom in MAME.

Two sticks?  You might as well put Robotron 2084 on it as well because it was awesome.


That should already be done or easy to do with most emulator type arcade machines:
Left Stick = Player 1 Controller
Right Stick = Player 2 Controller
 
2022-11-28 12:38:00 AM  

Fano: 6 player X-men wasn't THAT uncommon, hell I played it a lot at Myrtle Beach Pavillion and at the arcade at the Charleston Town Center in WV. More likely no one had room to KEEP any of them but then that brings the question of what happened to all the old giant Tecmo Bowl cabinets.


Confirmation bias is a helluva thing.
 
2022-11-28 1:09:35 AM  

Ghastly: I miss arcades.


I do, too. There's MAME, of course. There are even frontends that attempt to re-create an arcade in 3D. They never manage to get the griminess and seediness of those places. I miss that. Knowing that you were in a bad place was half the fun.
 
2022-11-28 1:23:10 AM  
An original Space Wars would be keen.

/ Unlikely but ...
// WTF am I thinking I'll be homeless in 3 months, for real.
 
2022-11-28 1:23:29 AM  

Gordon Bennett: Ghastly: I miss arcades.

I do, too. There's MAME, of course. There are even frontends that attempt to re-create an arcade in 3D. They never manage to get the griminess and seediness of those places. I miss that. Knowing that you were in a bad place was half the fun.


It's funny that there's DIY people and even commercial companies that make accurate mini arcade cabinets for classic games. Sort of a scale accurate version of the old Coleco handhelds. I've always wanted to get one of those mini Donkey Kong cabinets with a Defender marquee and put a Pac Man board inside it, put mactak on the side and a decal that says "Puck Man". Make miniature cigarette buns on the controller and a little tiny metal ashtray bolted to it and then a metal bar with a padlock across the coin compartment with the original lock removed. You know like the ones that used to be in cheap pizza places.
 
2022-11-28 2:38:05 AM  
I saw a game that had a blurb about how it used ECL vs TTL that most games used fro their chips.  ECL was used by very expensive things like Cray computers.   That game cost $0.50 to play.   I don't remember much more about ti but I only saw it once.
 
2022-11-28 3:16:35 AM  
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2022-11-28 4:09:02 AM  
I don't have the money, space, or expertise to maintain one, but I would love to get a lot of arcade games
 
2022-11-28 4:23:25 AM  
Another rare one not mentioned in the article, a laserdisc anime in the style of Dragon's Lair.

Played it a few times in the '80s, and heard this game's theme music constantly at the arcade/mini golf course I frequented. Malibu chain one (think the game was an exclusive; I never saw it anywhere else or in Nevada, which had quite a few rares at the now closed Colorado Belle in Laughlin and some Vegas casinos).

Freedom Fighter: Intro (Laserdisc Arcade Game)
Youtube JQTtG1Spklo
 
2022-11-28 5:48:53 AM  

Gordon Bennett: Ghastly: I miss arcades.

I do, too. There's MAME, of course. There are even frontends that attempt to re-create an arcade in 3D. They never manage to get the griminess and seediness of those places. I miss that. Knowing that you were in a bad place was half the fun.


None of the places I went to were grimy or seedy. Of course those were in the early years of arcades, before they started going out of business.
 
2022-11-28 5:49:58 AM  

CrazyCurt: An original Space Wars would be keen.

/ Unlikely but ...
// WTF am I thinking I'll be homeless in 3 months, for real.


Bummer, dude. Can't even live in a van by the river?
 
2022-11-28 5:55:12 AM  
I managed to track it down a few years ago after years of coming up empty but there was a helicopter game that you could sit in with the screen in front of/below you. I only got to play it once or twice because it was at least $1.00 but whenever anybody came in with bags of money like Scrooge McDuck everybody would gather 'round the helicopter game and watch.

I played the shiat out of Quake and all the PCs and TCs on QuakeSpy for years and I had no idea there was an arcade version.
 
2022-11-28 6:12:37 AM  

Jamesac68: wildcardjack: I want to find someplace that has Time Killers. That was ultraviolet in an era when Mortal Kombat was making church ladies clutch their pears.

But it's such a terrible game!  An arcade I visited had it and I played a few rounds.  Just... no.

/Still better than Tattoo Assassins
//...and Rise of the Robots
///There were so many terrible fighting games I could run out of slashes


Rise of the Robots was pretty bad, but One Must Fall made up for that.


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2022-11-28 7:13:45 AM  

poconojoe: roddikinsathome: null: Don't forget the Polybius cabinet in a dusty CIA warehouse.

You goofball.
[YouTube video: POLYBIUS - The Video Game That Doesn't Exist]

I clicked on the video and got completely sucked in for an hour. damn you

/honestly - never heard of that story before and found the video pretty fascinating


Retro Ahoy has a great channel. He puts tons of research into his videos. Well worth the watch.
 
2022-11-28 7:17:19 AM  

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I didn't k ow they made a stand-up Mach 3.  I only ever saw sit down cabinets.

I would love to have a  working Yie Ar Kung Fu cabinet.
 
2022-11-28 7:28:53 AM  

puffy999: Fano: One thing I really miss from the hey day of arcade games is all the weird games that would pop up in unexpected places. Like a store that didn't seem to attract a lot of kids but there'd be a game in the back, sometimes one you'd never seen before. Thus as a young kid in that era it always paid to explore thoroughly any shopping center your mom took you to.

Everyone knew the local pizza joint.

Not everyone mentioned the local PayLess (not the shoe store, the thing that became Rite Aid)


We had a SupeRx (drugstore) which I remember for years had a Time Pilot and Ms PAC-man. Just everywhere tucked somewhere would be an arcade cabinet. And many times the tucked away ones would be relatively rare or oddball.
 
2022-11-28 7:53:33 AM  
The Atari TX-1.  Only 139 made and around 11 still in existence.
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2022-11-28 7:58:39 AM  
This game was expensive and not really a lot of fun but people lined up to play it in my local arcade.

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2022-11-28 8:11:23 AM  

Practical_Draconian: Another rare one not mentioned in the article, a laserdisc anime in the style of Dragon's Lair.

Played it a few times in the '80s, and heard this game's theme music constantly at the arcade/mini golf course I frequented. Malibu chain one (think the game was an exclusive; I never saw it anywhere else or in Nevada, which had quite a few rares at the now closed Colorado Belle in Laughlin and some Vegas casinos).

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/JQTtG1Spklo]


My holy grail is a similar game called "Cliff Hanger" that used Lupin III anime. No sim for that one that I know of.
 
2022-11-28 8:28:09 AM  

wildcardjack: I want to find someplace that has Time Killers. That was ultraviolet in an era when Mortal Kombat was making church ladies clutch their pears.


Galloping Ghost.

https://www.gallopingghostarcade.com/games-list/
 
2022-11-28 8:29:18 AM  

holdmybones: This game was expensive and not really a lot of fun but people lined up to play it in my local arcade.

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The arcade in the town next to mine had that, was popular at first but collected dust after a few months. They kept it there for years though, weird.

/Gauntlet 4player was ALWAYS, ALWAYS occupied. Always.
 
2022-11-28 8:32:23 AM  
There was a very old arcade game I used to love...

It was an overhead view, and there were two knights holding swords, so basically it was just a circle with a long, pointy sword sticking out of it, standing on top of a castle maybe, and you either tried to stab the other one or make him fall into a hole in the middle of the screen.

I may be miss-remembering, but I swear the background was a piece of cardboard, the castle, etc. and the only thing that was digital were the two knights.

It was a one or two player game and a lot of fun but for the life of me I can't remember the name or find a description online anywhere
 
2022-11-28 8:43:36 AM  

NathanAllen: wildcardjack: I want to find someplace that has Time Killers. That was ultraviolet in an era when Mortal Kombat was making church ladies clutch their pears.

Galloping Ghost.

https://www.gallopingghostarcade.com/games-list/


True, but the Ghost has practically everything. I go at least once a month with the kiddo and/or wife. So neat to wander that place
 
2022-11-28 9:18:26 AM  

holdmybones: This game was expensive and not really a lot of fun but people lined up to play it in my local arcade.

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Hahahaha, number 1 is Sega R360? I almost called it, Sega Galaxy Force. Between my local arcade, Six Flags in Gurnee and Enchanted Castle in Lombard I played a lot of arcade games.

Evergreen Plaza in Chicago had a fantastic arcade. I still have a game token.


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2022-11-28 9:59:19 AM  
As mentioned, 6 player Xmen doesn't belong on that list. Hell, most of those games don't belong on that list. Where is Marble Madness 2 and Beavis & Butthead?
 
2022-11-28 10:07:25 AM  
I'd give my left arm for a Star Fire cabinet but then I wouldn't be able to play it.
A Star Wars arcade game before the licensed Vector Graphics arcade game:

Star Fire - (1978) - Arcade - gameplay HD
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2022-11-28 10:54:14 AM  
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2022-11-28 10:58:16 AM  

roddikinsathome: null: Don't forget the Polybius cabinet in a dusty CIA warehouse.

You goofball.
[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/_7X6Yeydgyg?start=34]


Probably my favorite AVGN episode ever, one of the best James put together.

Polybius - Angry Video Game Nerd (AVGN)
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My FYE had the 6 player X-Men. While we didn't have Quake we did have SiN, which was an unusual arcade game for the time as well and is fairly rare.
 
2022-11-28 11:02:32 AM  
How Bradley Trainer? A classified collaboration between the Pentagon and Atari based on their Battlezone game and only two cabinets were ever made. There's a reason why Atari's control yolk is similar to the controls for the Bradley.

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Arcade Game: Bradley Trainer (1981 Atari)
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2022-11-28 11:27:00 AM  
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Heavy and awkward biatch to move
 
2022-11-28 11:35:24 AM  
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