I’ve complained (a lot) in my blog about the lack of decent arcades these days, most are full of slot machines and racing games, and virtually nowhere has any classic games available to play. The arcades I used to play in during the early 80’s were stuffed full of fantastic cabinets and pinbal tables, and every Friday night you would find me on the Southend seafront checking put the latest titles. 25 years later and these same arcades are full of slot machines and “penny falls” games, and it’s virtually impossible to find a classic cabinet.
So unless you have pockets deep enough to buy your own retro arcade games, playing them is going to be tricky.
Well the guys at the Epic Arcade Project want to change that, and have put together an audastic plan to create a brand new arcade stocked to the brim with classic titles.
The plan is simple:
1) Rent a 3 storey building
2) Fill it with up to 200 classic arcade games and pinball machines set on free play
3) Sell day passes to fans to play the games
What isn’t so simple is the funding to achieve this, which will entail significant outlay in acquiring the games and securing a lease for a property big enough to house the collection.
So this is where you come in – if you are reading this then you are already a fan of classic games, and if like me you want to make this a reality, you can help by pledging a small amount of money towards the project.
Many blogs come into existence and for one reason or another peter out, when the initial enthsiasm for the project becomes the reality of commiting time and energy into keeping the blog up to date and engaging for your visitors.
This is not something that you could acuse Mike Salzman, the author behind www.salzmafia.com, who is clearly a certifiable retro game nut. Mike’s US focused site covers a broad range of topics reated to collecting and playing retro video games, including a blog on his latest finds and tips on bargain hunting. This passion for collecting has spilled over into the publication of a series of video game price guides for US gamers at www.videogamepriceguides.com – a massive labour of love due to the effort required to maintain this kind of database and keep up to date.
There are also some great posts on his gaming exploits, including attempts to set a record on BurgerTime – a game Mike is clearly obsessed with (as am I), as well as hardware projects like controller mods and game restoration, and a very active youtube channel.
So if you are looking for some tips on collecting, or just want to see what a hardcore Burgertime world record attempt looks like, then visit www.salzmafia.com
See below a sample video from Mike, resurrecting my favourite Atari 2600 game, Phoenix.
Yesteryear Gaming is a blog site authored by the mysterious Ocotillo Kid, a big retro game fan and avid collector. The site began life in 2012, and so far has covered both reviews of popular and obscure retro titles, as well as updates on additions to the authors own retro collection.
The original photography is very well done, and helps the site stand out from the crowd, obviously the author has an eye for great imagery (I may have to ask nicely if I can borrow some of these pictures for my own blogs).
The site contains all original content, nothing rehashed or borrowed from elsewhere, and long may that continue. Please check out for yourself at yesteryeargaming.blogspot.com
Retro games reviewed, including 80's arcade machines, classic consoles and early home computers