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How to Find Used Arcade Equipment

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012 | Permalink

by Lee Johnson | ehow.com

If you’re looking to get an old arcade game for your house, it’s hard to know where to start looking. There is no consistent demand across the population for old arcade games, so the means to find them seem hidden. But getting hold of a used arcade game will lead to hours of fun, and provide a talking point with new visitors to your house for years to come. Finding used arcade machines is actually easy to do, bringing you one step closer to anything from pinball to Pac-Man.

Instructions

1. Search online. There are many websites that sell used arcade games. You could visit BMI Gaming, Vintage Arcade, Money Machines, or many others (see Resources). If you are looking for a specific machine, you can search many competing sites to find which carry your machine. If you’re just looking for parts for a machine, you could visit websites such as Jamma Boards, Arcade Shop Amusements and Quarter Arcade, who deal in specific parts from machines (see Resources).

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2. Use auction websites. They are a great source for used equipment of all types, and arcade games or parts are no different. The only issue with auction websites is that they rely on the sellers themselves, and although there are usually feedback scores on these websites, you cannot be certain that you’re getting what you asked for. Any errors or omissions in the item description, for example, may lead to you getting something you don’t want. Usually, you can judge if a seller is trustworthy, but be careful.

3. Search local public advertisements. Although searching through want-ads may not turn up an arcade machine or parts all of the time, there is a chance you can hit on a good purchase in this way. Spending your money online is tempting because it is so easy, but the old fashioned method of listing items for sale locally can often turn up better deals.

4. Go to a local amusement arcade. If you are looking for specific parts for a machine and have a general understanding of how arcade machines are put together, you may be able to salvage parts from an old machine. Amusement arcades have to deal with broken machines frequently, and if you’re lucky, you may be able to grab something useful from a machine that is going to be scrapped.

5. Ask about the monitor when buying a used machine. According to Arcade Equipment, the monitor is the most likely cause of problems or failures with machines, and when buying a used machine. Ideally, it will have been previously replaced, but if not, you can invest in a capacitor kit to get a bit more life out of the old one.

Tips & Warnings

  • Only tinker with the machine’s internals if you know what you’re doing. Don’t hesitate to seek professional help if you don’t!

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Things to Consider when Buying Vintage Pinball Machines

Monday, October 22nd, 2012 | Permalink

by Randy Sorrentino | slideshare.net

Looking to buy vintage pinball machines? It is hard to find vintage paintball machines in mint condition with all of their original parts intact and still working flawlessly and if you are new to collecting vintage pinball machines, it may be hard for you to determine which brands are authentic vintage pinball machines you plan to purchase. Here are some things to consider when buying vintage pinball machines:

1. The well-known major manufacturers of vintage pinball machines are Gottlieb, Williams, Stern, Bally, and Chicago Coin, just to name a few. The more reputable the maker is, the more valuable the vintage pinball machines are.

2. Being antiques, expect them to be pricey. Brand new pinball machines would usually cost around $5,000. Used pinball machines with high end restorations are the priciest with prices ranging from $9,000 to $18,000, some special edition vintage pinball machines even more. So, when looking for vintage pinball machines, if the price goes way below $9,000, it is okay to be skeptical.

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3. When buying a pinball machine, it is best to find out more details about it like if it is new or pre-owned, its mechanical and cosmetic condition, its machine popularity and rarity and its game rules and complexity of the game play. Buying online is okay and safe, but if you buy from a physical store, you will be able to check for cosmetic damages and other flaws. There is more information that you can gather regarding vintage pinball machines, such as pinball machine repair services, shipping and delivery, warranty, returns and refund policies.

4. As much as possible, buy vintage pinball machines that do not have too many damages. You might think vintage pinball machines that cost less than a grand area a steal, but you might be stricken down with repair fees later on that you’ll end paying as much as you would for brand new pinball machines.

You can look at photos of new and used vintage pinball machines online to compare them and find the price range for each model. Researching more about vintage pinball models is the key to purchasing and excellent quality product. Now is the time to buy classic arcade game machines, as prices will only increase in the near future. Add vintage pinball machines to your arcade game collection and impress and entertain your family and friends!

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Playing Arcade Games the Entire Day. Do you Know the Gains?

Friday, May 11th, 2012 | Permalink

by Dr Mark Winston | sooperarticles.com

Okay! I will admit, whenever the editor is away I take a peep in the old arcade games website site and give it a shot. I’ll admit to not being able stop or shoot the basic number of thugs trying to capture the world; my arithmetic is that of a baby class high performer and my driving skills, zero.

Generally, I love dabbling arcade games. Talking about arcade games, a chat with a wonderful older lady revealed the excitement she used to enjoy at the old predecessor to the internet arcade games: “Edwardian” Penny Arcades in her country, England. The lady together with friends of hers, armed with pennies thus the name would see what the butler saw a somewhat risque peek at parlor maids unmentionables; try her hand literally on the test grip machine; look at some Fatty Arbuckle mini movies, or more demurely, black and white views of legendary landmarks.

Lamentably, for some people, such days passed long ago and as the wheel turns, new things take over. The 60s and 70s left us with pin ball machines (Tommy, rock musical ring a bell) and while personal computers evolved, arcade games. I am supposed is to write some sentences about Arcade Games and this meat play a few. I got attracted to getting rid of my aggravation by blowing up all and sundry no! I’m not going to reveal my score. I put myself into my 11 year old niece mindset and had a look at suiting cute girls, well at least I thought that was its name.Bingo! Finally I discovered my specialty word puzzles ranging from scrabble-style to match the letter. I had a look at math equations and just held my own.

Every one of these games is fun to play an freebie. Despite this, there exist a number of gambling arcade games and here it is upon the reviewer to ask possible players to act responsibly in this regard. Check this site out, select your games and have fun. As for me, I am off to help Super Mario destroy the ice tower then we’ll rescue the princess.

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Introduction to Arcade Machines

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012 | Permalink

by James Bright | quarterarcade.com

Introduction

Sooner or later you’ll want to learn more about your arcade game. Either you’ll get curious about how it works, want to make fine tune and adjustment, or you maybe you’re trying your hand at fixing your first game. This article will give you some very basic information about an arcade game. It’s meant for the first timer/hobbyist who has never worked on a coin-operated game before but is interested in getting more familiar with their game.

The Basics: Three Parts of a Game

Whenever I’m explaining an arcade game to a person, I like to describe the basic components of a game. Most, but not all games1, have just these three basic parts. They are:

  • Power Supply: Powers the game and monitor. Usually located on the base of the game, and in some older games may be comprised of a few components.
  • Monitor: Display for the game. Common sizes for classic arcade games are 19″ monitors for upright games, and 13″ for mini and cocktail games.
  • PCB or Board: “Computer” component of the game. May be as simple as one board, or may contain a series of boards. Can be located in many places, but typically the PCB is on the side or back of the game. Varies greatly by game.

While these are the three basic components of a game, there is really a fourth component: the connectors. Many times this is overlooked, but it definitely worth mentioning. The Power Supply, Monitor, and PCB are all connected by this connector or Wiring Harness. For the purposes of this discussion, we’ll count the joysticks and buttons as part of the connectors. If you think about it, this is pretty accurate: they connect us, the game player, to the game. A large part of troubleshooting arcade games is finding out which component is causing the problem and then either replacing or repairing it. One of the first things to check when looking at a game that isn’t functioning properly is the connectors. Make sure everything is connected up properly before suspecting any of the three basic components.

Power Supply

The purpose of the power supply (PS) is pretty simple: it supplies voltage to the game and monitor so that they run properly. Typically, a power supply will provide +5V, -5V, and 12V to the game (Direct Current), as well as a ground line and +/- AC (Alternating Current). If your game requires those voltages, you’re in pretty good shape as a switching power supply is a “modern” power supply that is easy to replace. Prior to the switching power supply, games came with custom power supplies. Sometimes they would supply odd voltages such as +25V, +30V, and even -12V. In some cases this means that a game can not be upgraded to a switching power supply. Instead the original linear power supply will need to be repaired.

Generally speaking, the +5V is what will be used to power the logic on the main PCB. The other voltages, if used, drive power to sound PCBs and amplifiers.

You’ll probably hear the term “linear power supply” as well as “switching power supply.” These are basically the methods by which the AC from your house is converted into DC for your game. Linear power supplies are the older, propriatary power supplies that vary greatly from game to game. Switching power supplies, or “Peter Chou power supply” are newer and pretty standard.

Monitors

We could write many, many articles dedicated to monitors alone. But given that this is just an introduction to arcade games, we’re only going to cover the basics here.

There are a few different types of monitors:

  • Raster Scan: The type of monitor that is much like your T.V. Raster scan monitors are used in games like Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Street Fighter, and the like. They project images on the screen by using an electron beam to scan across the screen from left-to-right, top-to-bottom. Raster Scan monitors are generally available in normal and medium resolution. Nearly all games are normal resolution.
  • Vector: This type of monitor is used in games like Tempest, Star Wars, Battlezone, and Asteroids. Instead of scanning down the entire screen, the electron beam is used to draw lines. These monitors operate more like an oscilloscope than a T.V.

The most common work that a hobbyist will do to a monitor is a cap-kit. This is simply replacing all of the electrolytic capacitors that are used in a monitor. Over time, capacitors wear out as the material used in the cap evaporates. Do not attempt to do a cap-kit unless you are thoroughly familiar with discharing a monitor (not covered in this article). A cap-kit usually improves the sharpness and contrast of a monitor, but usually2 does not fix a broken monitor.

The monitor is probably the most unreliable of the components of an arcade game. If your game is “playing blind” (that is, you can hear everything, but you can’t see anything on the screen), then you know that your power supply and PCB are working. You have something wrong with the monitor or connection to the monitor. Monitor trouble-shooting is very specific to the monitor that you are working on. However, with the appropriate monitor documention and a multimeter, most monitors can be repaired.

With the exception of vector games, arcade games were not released with a specific monitor. So, if you find that your monitor needs to be replaced, you don’t have to search for the exact monitor for your replacement. In many cases you can replace it with a generic monitor, new or used.

PCBs

The “brains” of the game is the PCB. This part of the game can be as simple as one board, or several boards wired together. For the beginner hobbyist, there isn’t a lot that you can do once you’ve identified the problem as being PCB related. That being said, there are a couple of cases where the board can be fixed rather easily. If you think you have a problem with the board, first try reconnecting the board where the board plugs into the wiring harness. What you’re really doing is making sure that the connection to the board is good. If that doesn’t fix the problem, then try pressing down gently on chips that are in sockets. Sometimes the connection between the chips3 and the board is faulty. In fact our experience has been that it’s just as likely (if not more likely) that the sockets have gone bad rather than the problem being the ROMs themselves.

One of the most common PCB related questions is game compatibility. Around 1986-87 a wiring interface standard known as JAMMA (Japanese Amusement Machine Manufacturers Association) was established. Since then, most, but not all games, have adhered to the JAMMA pinout standard. If you have a cabinet with JAMMA wiring, it is usually easy for you to rule in or rule out a board being defective. For more information about board compatability, read Anthony’s article PCB Swapping 101.

Conclusion

This article was meant as a primer for understanding arcade games. In the near future I’ll write an article that ties together this information with some basic troubleshooting.

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What’s So Special About Arcade Games?

Monday, December 19th, 2011 | Permalink

by Razi Shahid | ezinearticles.com

Many of you must have played a lot of video games when you were a child. Do you remember that time when you were completely lost in playing them and could not just stop yourself from trying, losing and finally winning. What was the most important thing that kept you indulged in the video games? It was a key feature of those games that made you fall in love with them. Arcade games make you feel as a real player and as if you are actually on the sets of the game. They contain all attractive features and twists and turns that you get totally lost and can’t take you focus away from the game.

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What make games different from PC or console games are the realistic controls offered by the online games. You can actually feel it whether you are turning a car left or applying a break and you can totally immerse yourself while playing a car racing game. These games are usually built in a specialized ambiance and have control accessories specific to each one of them. The design of the arcade game accessories may vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. But what remains common is the depth of involvement you feel while taking control of the features.

You can play arcade games in fully enclosed dynamic cabinet with feedback controls and some controls dedicated to the game you are playing.There may be dedicated light guns, real projection displays or highly specializes controls such as fishing rods. You can get an artificial environment of an airplane cockpit, a motorcycle or any other automobile.

Arcade games are generally the coin-based games in which you get to play when you insert a coin or a token in the machine and your turn lasts usually for a certain time if the game is not over. You have to insert more coins if you want to continue. These games have become very popular since 1990’s and with the advancement of technology various companies have launched games to give a full virtual view of the environment in which it has been set up. Like if it is a boating race you may sit on a boat and control the directions in which your boat moves on the screen. Generally the online games are pretty easy so that the player scores well and want to play it again and again. Children love them as they provide full enjoyment.

There are many types of arcade games like non-violent games, driving, shooting, platform, fighting, gun, flying and pin ball games. You may get more variety of them and can choose to play one of your choices from a list of games. The famous arcade games are Sinister, Gyruss, Tron, Tempest, Pac-man, Frogger, Qbert, Donkey Kong, Popeye, Kangaroo, Double dragon, Kung Fu Master, Crazy Taxi, Road Blasters, Centipede, Time Pilot 84,Xevious,Crossbow,Terminator 2:Judgement Day, Lucky & Wild, Aero Fighters and Smash TV. Some games are called 3D cooperative games as they extend to a third dimension as well.Xybots in one of them. There is a huge list of fun and exciting arcade games available for you to choose.

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Arcade Games – A Classic Genre Revisited

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011 | Permalink

by James Anthony Harris | ezinearticles.com

Arcade games have been popular for decades and were originally found – as the name suggests – in arcades around the world. Their huge appeal saw teenagers pumping their pocket money in to them, attempting to land the high score on the particular machine and gain kudos within their group of friends. They have since made the transition over to the home video game market, and are a major force in both the shop-bought and downloaded entertainment market.

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What is an arcade game?

Arcade games have many distinguishing features that endear them to a worldwide audience of fans, spanning many generations. The most obvious characteristic of any arcade game is its gameplay – controls are often simpler than more expensive games, giving the user the chance to get to grips with the basics straight away and allowing them to jump straight in to the action without lengthy tutorials or a boring night reading the instruction booklet. This means that the game has to rely heavily on its intuitive and user friendly qualities to negate the fact that many are not anywhere as complicated as other titles in other genres.

Another feature is the speed at which the user can progress. With many more expensive titles, progression is made over days, weeks and months. However, with an arcade game, the progression is designed to be much steeper, and the full game can often only last minutes. This is the case in such games as Pac Man – the player starts off at the first level and quickly works their way through the game until, in a relatively brief space of time, the player loses and starts again from the beginning. This ensures that the focus of the game is beating previously set high scores.

Current arcade games

There are two primary types of arcade games in circulation today – games originally made for arcade machines that have now been transferred to computers, and newer games made to emulate the style of the original arcade genre.

Such classic games as Pac Man, Asteroids and Q-Bert launched the genre to a worldwide audience and were all solely score based – no achievements or special features, just the raw game in all its glory. Since being transferred to a home gaming platform, these games (Pac Man especially) have proved huge successes, inspiring a new generation of gamers to play the games that their fathers played twenty years ago. Pac Man can now be bought for $6.99 online, which is a bargain when compared to console games costing many times more. In fact, most classic arcade games can be bought for this price, allowing the computer game enthusiast to really build up an awe-inspiring collection of memorabilia.

New games are also being constantly created by developers to invigorate the arcade game market. Such games as Smash Frenzy, Super Granny and Chicken Invaders have all proved hugely popular to discerning consumers. These games offer the same basic playability as the older arcade classics, yet add a sense of modernity to the overall feel and graphics. They can also include achievements and side games to keep the gamer entertained.

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How to Buy Used Arcade Equipment

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011 | Permalink

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You can purchase used arcade equipment, including vintage arcade classics and modern redemption games, from multiple sources. It’s usually better to go to local or regional sources of used arcade equipment, as you won’t have to pay for expensive shipping of these heavy, bulky machines. If you’ve always dreamed of a pinball machine, slot machine or video arcade game in your game room, it pays to shop around and inspect the equipment thoroughly.

Instructions

1. Write a list the used arcade equipment you want. Determine the maximum price of each used machine and the expected condition of each piece. Consider space requirements, as arcade equipment takes up a considerable amount of floor space. Find standard dimensions for each arcade machine. Measure your floor space to make sure the arcade equipment will fit before purchasing.

2. Find sources to purchase the used arcade equipment. Purchase used arcade games from online auctions, used arcade game dealers both local and regionally, or from individual owners, including local restaurants and arcades. Some regional arcade dealers include QuarterArcade in Philadelphia, PrimeTime Amusements in South Florida, Vintage Arcade Superstore in Glendale, California and Nasty Nick’s Arcade Sales in Memphis, Michigan. Make bulk purchases of arcade equipment from companies who specialize in arcade equipment auctions or from bank sales liquidating bowling alleys, amusement parks, family fun centers or arcades. Try Super Auctions or Arcade Game Sales Auctions to find arcade equipment sales in bulk.

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3. Inspect the arcade machines thoroughly before purchasing. Look for water damage to the bottom of the equipment, smoke damage, evidence of fire around the electronics and missing parts and pieces. Inspect the circuit boards to check the quality of any repair soldering. Also look at the monitor (if the game has one) to inspect for burn-in on the screen. Look at the monitor, with the game off. If you can see letters and graphics on the screen, it has some burn-in. A monitor with burn-in will eventually need replacement. Turn the machine on and play the game to make sure the equipment operates as intended. Auction companies typically have time set up before the auction for potential buyers to inspect and play the games. Get there early to take advantage of this opportunity. Take in account any missing parts, poor repairs or damage in the offering price. Avoid equipment in poor condition, particularly with older arcade machines containing hard-to-find replacement parts.

4. Make an offer on the arcade equipment based on the list from Step 1 and the condition of the individual machines. If you’re bidding at an auction, factor the auction fees into the purchase price. In all cases, consider the cost of transportation or shipping.

5. Prepare the purchased arcade equipment properly for transport. Secure any loose parts inside the equipment, such as balls, tokens or prizes. Remove all pinballs, legs, and glass from pinball machines before transport. Protect side art on the machine by wrapping it in padding and shrink wrap. Secure the equipment during transport so the arcade machines do not slide or tip over.

Tips & Warnings

1. Shipping one arcade game might be expensive, depending on the size and distance of shipment. Consider this cost in the purchase price of the equipment. To get the best deals, buy locally.

2. Never touch the wiring or electronics connected to an arcade monitor during inspection because it is connected to a high voltage capacitor.

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Friday, May 6th, 2011 | Permalink

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Video Arcade Games For Sale From Classic Arcade Games To Pinball Arcade Games

Friday, March 4th, 2011 | Permalink

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There are great resources for finding incredible deals on all kinds of arcade games and pinball machines. If you know where to search, you can uncover hidden treasures on the internet. You can find deals ranging from a Ms Pac-Man & Galaga 20yr Reunion Arcade Video Game or a Classic Dig Dug Arcade Video Game.

You will be amazed at some of the bargains like a 1980 Williams Defender Video Arcade Game to a Harley Davidson Pinball Machine. There are so many great finds when hunting for bargains on quality classic arcade video games.

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