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Star Wars!

By Cody Warhurst

Let me start out by saying this flight sim clocks in at a whopping $100,000, so if you want to play it, you are probably going to need to head to a Dave & Buster’s or sell your house.

Now that that’s out of the way, how long have you been dreaming about piloting the Millennium Falcon? X-Wing? TIE Fighter? Snowspeeder? Probably since you saw your very first Star Wars movie. Well now is your chance. With the Star Wars Battle Pod, you can do just that and more. SWBP is a sit-down flight sim with an immersive screen that wraps around to cover your entire field of vision (over 180o), making it truly feel like you’re flying your favorite Star Wars ship.

The game itself has five missions: fly an X-Wing at the battle of Yavin and destroy the Death Star (awesome), fly a snowspeeder on Hoth to protect Rebel transports (awesome), man a speeder bike on Endor to destroy the shield generator (awesome), take the Millennium Flacon into the second Death Star (awesome), or play as Darth Freakin’ Vader against the Rebels after the destruction of the Death Star (awesome). Can you tell I’m stoked about this game?

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As for the gameplay itself, maybe my high expectations let me down. The missions are few and kind of short. There’s a ton of action and everything happens so fast it’s hard to process what’s going on most of the time. It feels a bit gimmicky to be honest. I was hoping for immersive, complex gameplay, but I was left feeling quite underwhelmed.

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Overall, I think this game was fun, but not terribly exciting. If you’re a casual gamer and not a diehard Star Wars nerd, I think you would walk away with a bit of a shoulder shrug from this game. Star Wars fanatics could go either way: either you’re going to go ballistic just to be able to play a flight sim based on the series most iconic ships or you’re going to be let down by the game which seems itself like an afterthought to the price tag. I’d give this game a very soft 6.5 out of 10, with a bit of play depending on the gamer.

Final Fight Restoration: Part 1

After searching Craigslist for a classic stand-up arcade cabinet, we were led to San Diego to pick up a “Captain America and The Avengers” cabinet (read about it here).  While we were there, we did another Craigslist search and found a pretty beat up “Final Fight” cabinet for only a hundred bucks.  So, we decided to swing by and check it out.  It was in rough condition, to say the least, and had seen many years of neglect and abuse. The monitor didn’t even work.  It didn’t come with the actual game so it was basically being sold as a empty cabinet.  Being the person that I am, (one who enjoys bringing something back to life that  would have otherwise be headed to the landfill) I saw this as the perfect opportunity to make this my first arcade game restoration project.  There was only one problem: We didn’t have room for another cabinet in our VW bus!  So we headed back to LA with our solo cabinet.  However, I couldn’t take my mind off the “Final Fight” cabinet. Eventually, I decided it was probably for the best to pass on the game because of the extensive amount of work it needed.  For a few days I moved on and did some minor repairs to the “Captain America” game. I searched Craigslist again and saw the cabinet was reposted and still for sale. I made up my mind up: I am getting the  “Final Fight” game! So I took off on a sporadic trip to San Diego and picked it up for a cheaper price than it was listed for. Let the restoration begin!
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Check out that water damage!

 

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I know that the “proper” way to fix this would be to cut the side off where the water damage is and insert new wood in its place. I decided to go the cheaper and faster route which was to build it back up and apply some bondo.

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The other side is pretty ugly, right? Hopefully bondo will do the trick!IMG_3040

Now it’s time to remove the faux wood grain vinyl decals…

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What happened next came as a big surprise to me…

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I discovered that my “Final Fight” was actually a conversion kit from a “Make Trax” cabinet!  I am now stuck between moving forward with “Final Fight” or bringing it back to its original glory as “Make Trax.”  I’ve reached a fork in the road! Stay tuned while  I make my decision…