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I Want an Arcade Machine

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Pointless blog post time. Yay!

Anyway, I've always wanted an arcade machine. Either a Dig-Dug one or a Mappy one, 'cuz arcade games are awesome. Mappy is one of my favorites, even though it wasn't very popular. Surprisingly, I don't really like some of the famous arcade machines, like Donkey Kong. Donkey Kong is freaking impossible. You have no idea when the stupid barrel are going to roll down the ladders, and I constantly get sammiched between two barrels at once. It's so frustrating! It's awesome when you get the hammer powerup, though.
I've never liked Pac-Man either, mainly because I find it too hard and boring. I mean, really. You're this yellow guy that runs around eating dots and fruit. Who wants to do that? Also, the ghosts are impossible to avoid, mainly because all of them but the red ghost are random. Then, the red ghost comes along and sammiches you in between the random ones. Stupid ghosts...
I wouldn't mind having a Xevious game, or a Bosconian game. Maybe even a Rally-X game. In fact, I'm just going to go buy a whole arcade of games! do any of y'all have a favorite arcade game you would love to own?

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  1. 33Whimsicott33's Avatar
    Get a Space Invaders! Just like Satoshi Tajiri!
  2. Lysandre's Avatar
    I have both Mappy and Dig Dug among my collection, but my favorite is Virtual On by Sega. If you have any questions on finding or obtaining arcade games or pricing or whatnot, please let me know and I'd be glad to help, I've been collecting for almost a decade now and have 15 machines that are all more or less running strong still, haha. Always glad to see another potential collector to help protect these treasures :)

    EDIT: @33Whimsicott33; I have an original Midway cocktail cabinet and I love it, though I can hardly keep it running for more than a week without something going wrong with a connector or the wiring =/ Do you know what version Tajiri owns? I assume it'd be the Taito cocktail but I'm not sure.
    Updated 31st March 2014 at 01:36 AM by Lysandre
  3. DarkMeow's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Lysandre
    I have both Mappy and Dig Dug among my collection, but my favorite is Virtual On by Sega. If you have any questions on finding or obtaining arcade games or pricing or whatnot, please let me know and I'd be glad to help, I've been collecting for almost a decade now and have 15 machines that are all more or less running strong still, haha. Always glad to see another potential collector to help protect these treasures :)

    EDIT: @33Whimsicott33; I have an original Midway cocktail cabinet and I love it, though I can hardly keep it running for more than a week without something going wrong with a connector or the wiring =/ Do you know what version Tajiri owns? I assume it'd be the Taito cocktail but I'm not sure.
    Sorry for taking so long to reply, this comment didn't show up for a while...

    I love arcade machines, even though I wasn't born during their peak. Unfortunately, I have no money to buy any, so that's kind of a bummer. Maybe I can get one as a gift, who knows?
    I LOVE Mappy! Dig Dug is also one of my favorites, but I'm not very good at it. Strangely, I've got a bit of an obsession with the Mappy game . Galaga and Space Invaders are always fun as well.
    It would be nice to know where to buy arcade machines as well, do you have any suggestions?
  4. Lysandre's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by DarkMeow
    Sorry for taking so long to reply, this comment didn't show up for a while...

    I love arcade machines, even though I wasn't born during their peak. Unfortunately, I have no money to buy any, so that's kind of a bummer. Maybe I can get one as a gift, who knows?
    I LOVE Mappy! Dig Dug is also one of my favorites, but I'm not very good at it. Strangely, I've got a bit of an obsession with the Mappy game . Galaga and Space Invaders are always fun as well.
    It would be nice to know where to buy arcade machines as well, do you have any suggestions?
    @DarkMeow; now it's my turn to take forever to respond, sorry xD

    Mappy is fantastic. My high is a little over 100k, not amazing but I'm proud of it. The game is CRAZY hard. Dig Dug my high is about 250k, after playing obsessively for over a decade, so that's something, haha.

    These are all the ways I know of to get machines:

    1. Be lucky and right place/right time. If you have the space to but arcade games, you may be able to get them for next to nothing or for nothing. Sometimes people leave them by the curb (VERY rarely but I have friends who have lucked out like that), sometimes they'll be sitting at the dumb partially working, and sometimes people just want to get rid of them or sell them at a garage sale for 50 bucks or something. Make sure everyone knows that you are on the lookout for them and you'll be amazing what happens. I got a Donkey Kong Jr. for free perfectly working just by that sort of networking.

    2. The internet! Ebay is usually way overpriced but has everything. Craigslist moves fast and is full of scammers but undoubtedly has the best deals occasionally when they do pop up. Forum like KLOV are the best bet and where I frequent, you can contact other local members of the community to find the machines you want and sell/buy in a somewhat non-risky environment. I get most of my games and parts from KLOVers these days. It's like two bucks to sign up now I think but it's well worth it, and I can vouch for your registration if you sign up and get you in for free I think.

    3. Auctions. Google arcade auctions in your area. They're infrequent, and you'll likely have to travel a little ways, but there are far more machines than there are buyers usually (ops wanting to unload tons of inventory and whatnot) and you'll get games for next to nothing often, sometimes getting partially working games for literally 10 bucks or free near the end if you can cram them on a truck. I don't have the luxury of having a truck or the schedule to pull off going to these usually, but if you're near one it's awesome, and it's fun to go and play all the games if nothing else. Kind of magical and you'll see some odd rare machines, I guarantee.

    4. Actually going to arcades and asking about buying them. This usually isn't done but I've got some rare and valuable machines this way, and some newer arcade chains like Tilt do a blowout sale a couple times a year and put all or most of their games up for sale for ridiculous prices. We're talking like under 500 for a working, two player, sit down racing simulator. Results may vary but it's worth a shot, especially if you've fallen for a particular machine at your local arcade.

    Good luck man! Keep me updated if you try any of the above solutions and let me know how it goes. It's an awesome hobby ;)
  5. DarkMeow's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Lysandre
    @DarkMeow; now it's my turn to take forever to respond, sorry xD

    Mappy is fantastic. My high is a little over 100k, not amazing but I'm proud of it. The game is CRAZY hard. Dig Dug my high is about 250k, after playing obsessively for over a decade, so that's something, haha.

    These are all the ways I know of to get machines:

    1. Be lucky and right place/right time. If you have the space to but arcade games, you may be able to get them for next to nothing or for nothing. Sometimes people leave them by the curb (VERY rarely but I have friends who have lucked out like that), sometimes they'll be sitting at the dumb partially working, and sometimes people just want to get rid of them or sell them at a garage sale for 50 bucks or something. Make sure everyone knows that you are on the lookout for them and you'll be amazing what happens. I got a Donkey Kong Jr. for free perfectly working just by that sort of networking.

    2. The internet! Ebay is usually way overpriced but has everything. Craigslist moves fast and is full of scammers but undoubtedly has the best deals occasionally when they do pop up. Forum like KLOV are the best bet and where I frequent, you can contact other local members of the community to find the machines you want and sell/buy in a somewhat non-risky environment. I get most of my games and parts from KLOVers these days. It's like two bucks to sign up now I think but it's well worth it, and I can vouch for your registration if you sign up and get you in for free I think.

    3. Auctions. Google arcade auctions in your area. They're infrequent, and you'll likely have to travel a little ways, but there are far more machines than there are buyers usually (ops wanting to unload tons of inventory and whatnot) and you'll get games for next to nothing often, sometimes getting partially working games for literally 10 bucks or free near the end if you can cram them on a truck. I don't have the luxury of having a truck or the schedule to pull off going to these usually, but if you're near one it's awesome, and it's fun to go and play all the games if nothing else. Kind of magical and you'll see some odd rare machines, I guarantee.

    4. Actually going to arcades and asking about buying them. This usually isn't done but I've got some rare and valuable machines this way, and some newer arcade chains like Tilt do a blowout sale a couple times a year and put all or most of their games up for sale for ridiculous prices. We're talking like under 500 for a working, two player, sit down racing simulator. Results may vary but it's worth a shot, especially if you've fallen for a particular machine at your local arcade.

    Good luck man! Keep me updated if you try any of the above solutions and let me know how it goes. It's an awesome hobby ;)
    Huh, I will check out KLOV and see what it's about. And I will definitely look into your suggestions! Thanks for the help, I appreciate it a lot.
    And wow, a DECADE of trying?! You're dedicated! I think my best at dig Dug when I play on the internet was like, 15,000 or something. What can I say, I have the worst reflexes EVER. And it's not like using a keyboard helps. My goal is to one day get a Mappy cabinet, and probably a Dig-Dug one too.

    EDIT: I signed up to KLOV and you said you could recommend me? That would be greatly appreciated, as the the forums there look awesome!
    Updated 19th April 2014 at 07:33 PM by DarkMeow

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