Biggest video games raid in the UK

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Mar 222015
 

March 12th 2015 saw one of the biggest arcade raids for video games in the UK, right here in my home city of Manchester! Altogether around 90 cabinets were found including some really uncommon games. together with parts, manuals, and unreleased documents from Atari. Check out some of the footage I took below, whilst being a helper at this historical arcade event:

Arcade Raid

Apologies for the poor quality video. It was dark, and I only took snapshots at various times during the raid.

Arcade Club @ New Frontier Arcade

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Mar 082015
 

I made a visit to the New Frontier Arcade last night for Arcade Club. I was very impressed with a couple of the new acquisitions called Star Castle and Turkey Shoot. I’ve not played either before, even back in the 1980’s. Star Castle is a very cool vector game, and I was surprised to hear that Turkey Shoot actually fires Turkey feathers between the protective plexi glass and the CRT at the end of the level! Very cool and unique!

The only disappointment was that I was not able to play on Paperboy, which is a favourite of mine. Sadly it was powered off, as I assume it had a fault.

I did manage to get a very good score on Virtual Striker! However I’m not sure that really counts in comparison to other high scores 🙂

Details of Arcade Club and New Frontier Arcade are at:

http://www.arcade-club.com
http://www.newfrontierarcade.com

Play Expo Manchester 2014

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Oct 122014
 

I really enjoyed Play Expo Manchester this weekend. It was good to see some arcade cabinets that you very rarely get to see, namely the Outrun and Afterburner deluxe versions. My personal games of choice were Paperboy, which is a favourite of mine, and the PlayChoice 10 system.

I found some walkaround videos on YouTube to show both the arcade and pinball sections this year. These are courtesy of arcadeuk‘s YT channel.

Play Expo 2014 Arcade

Play Expo 2014 Pinball

Local Fair Arcade Videos 1983-1995

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Jun 272014
 

Here are some very cool videos showing the arcade games that could be found at the local fair that visited my hometown between 1983-1995. It’s very rare to see arcade footage like this as there is next to nothing available, due to limited technology being available during this period. It really does capture the atmosphere and is very special to me as I actually played on these very games as a kid 🙂 I wonder what happened to them?

Local Fair Arcades