Anyone who’s moved an arcade machine knows it’s quite an undertaking. Driving to the location, loading it up, moving it back, and unloading it into your house can take the better part of a day. Well take that and multiply it by 2,190 and you’d have the approximate time one collector and a group of stalwart friends have put into dissembling, moving, and reassembling one of the biggest arcade games of all time: Galaxian 3.
Six years ago, an arcade enthusiast by the name of Bruno had the hair brained idea to do just that. For those not familiar with the story, you can catch up on the story here. Though a machine of this size wouldn’t exactly fit in the typical family basement. No something this momentousness would need it’s own structure. A building dubbed the “Nuno Lair V3″ was constructed to house this great gaming giant. After five years in storage, the machine has been awoken from its slumber to finally be made whole once more.
Capcom, let me level with you. These last few years you’ve lost your swagger. Now I won’t get into the nitty gritty details. You and I both know you’ve let yourself go. That being said these last few months have shown me there may be hope for our relationship yet. First you announce the release of the Dungeons and Dragons beat em ups for the first time on American home consoles. If that wasn’t enough, you then announce DuckTales Remastered: a remake of the classic NES game. I couldn’t believe it Capcom. I mean you took the time to re-aquire the rights to both franchises just to release some of my favorite games of all time? Oh Capcom you are such a sweetheart.
But Cappy, you don’t mind if I call you that do you? Cappy there’s something which would make me even more happy than D&D or DuckTales. Something which would show your true devotion to me and just how much you care for me.
Every morning I have a bit of a ritual. Besides the run of the mill business of getting ready for work, I take a few minutes to jump on Craigslist and type in the term ‘arcade’. Most of the time it’s junk or folks asking ridiculous sums of money. But once in a millenia a machine of such epicness, such wonder, such…ugh who am I kidding this things is awful! This atrocity to arcade gaming is known as ‘Lab Star’.
I’m a long time fan of fighting games. I guess this also makes me kind of old. Like anyone who has love for a craft, you want to see it passed down to the next generation. This is why I love seeing clips like this.
The player, who goes by the name ‘Wawa’, comes out of nowhere and completely decimates his opponents in a King of Fighters XIII ‘Road to EVO’ tournament. What I love most about his play style is how he sits in the pocket and keeps to the bread and butter combos. Nothing too fancy or trying to show off, just solid good mechanics put into practice to beat in his oppoenent’s face. Seriously he just goes to town on these people leaving a bloody trail of bodies behind him. Now I’m no King of Fighters XIII expert, but I do know it is a technical game.
Long story short, this kid has skills. Just watch him in action.
This past weekend, two men entered into what seemed to be an endless battle with the classic arcade game Q*bert. One of the two men, classic arcade champion George Leutz, walked away with a NEW world record score of 37,163,080 after 84 hours and 48 minutes of play with the loss of his last Q-Bert at 12:38a.m. Leutz began his game at a New Jersey arcade location just before noon Eastern-standard time on Valentine’s Day.
Ever wondered what the whole plot of Wreck-It Ralph was about, but never found the time to dedicate an hour and forty-eight to watch the movie? Well first of all shame on you. Just last week we know you were busy playing Minecraft. I mean did you really need to spend twenty-eight hours perfecting your life-size recreation of The Wind Fish from Link’s Awakening?
Thankfully ‘Megasteakman’, a personal favorite YouTube user of mine, has taken the time to recreate and condense the entire movie into 60 seconds. That’s less than one percent of the original film’s run time! As someone who’s watched the movie, this is a very well done homage to the film.
When you hear the phrase “Nintendo Arcade Games”, what comes to mind? Donkey Kong, Mario Bros., Popeye, maybe even Radar Scope right? But what about a game by the name of Space Demon? Well you’ve probably never heard of the game because it was released only in Japan. This pre-dates Donkey Kong, Radar Scope, and many of Nintendo’s other famous franchises. Even more interesting, the game saw a limited release in what’s known as a cabaret cab. Essentially it’s a shorter smaller version of the upright cabinet making it easier for kids to play and didn’t take up as much arcade real estate. Now when I say limited I mean limited. How limited you ask?