Clocking in at just over a two hour drive, we made it to our destination – a Church youth center. Upon arrival, we saw that they were unloading their arcade collection consisting of NBA Jam, Golden Tee, Mr. Do cocktail table, and of course our beloved cabinet. They were getting rid of these gems to get more funds so that they could do some upgrading and improving around the center (and simply because the kids just aren’t playing them anymore). Don’t worry! It’ll get plenty of play from us and our friends.
It was a tight squeeze getting the cabinet in the back door. However, once it was in there, we realized that we had potential room to fit another cabinet (if the size and price was right and with another game to check out only 15 minuets away it was worth the trip).
The second cabinet was “Final Fight.” It was just the cabinet with a monitor – and we weren’t sure if it even worked. The cabinet had been left in a non-water-proofed storage unit for over a year! So needless to say, it had some pretty massive water damage. After a few trips from the van to the cabinet to take measurements, we came to the conclusion that it wouldn’t fit and maybe it isn’t the best idea given the condition it was in. With a heavy heart, we decided to pass … for now. As Justin so correctly put it I had “rose colored glasses” and I couldn’t get the “Final Fight” out of my head.
After leaving with our solitary cabinet, we checked out the Barcade Coin-Op game room in San Diego’s North Park for some drinks, food, and (of course) games. Stay tuned for our follow up post with a review on the place coming soon.
When someone says the word ‘Atari,’ it’s hard not to be taken back to the company’s Golden Age of the 70’s and 80’s. If you lived it, you can remember your woodgrain Atari 2600 and its small rectangular games as well as their smash hit arcade games that you pumped so many of your quarters into. Just looking at the logo takes me back to being a kid again. Unfortunately, the company has had a hard time keeping up with the evolving console craze. However, the company has been kept alive by its die-hard originals or by the kids wearing the retro logo on their trendy t-shirts.
Fred Chesnais, Atari’s new CEO and majority shareholder, is leading what he hopes will be the 42 year-old brand that just last year emerged from bankruptcy proceedings. His approach is not to immediately reclaim the company’splace as a top gaming company. Instead, he’s planning on licensing the brand to other studios who are already adept at building games for todays audience.
Atari is taking a “no boxes” approach to gaming by targeting the mobile and online gaming markets instead of consoles. The team of ten employees will be creating new versions of classic titles as well as completely new games based on trends that are emerging in the gaming industry. For example, the team is creating a new version of the 1979 classic Asteroids. In the new mobile game, players have to figure out how to survive on an asteroid after their spaceship crashes into it. It will also be a social game – the more friends you have in the game, the better off you will be. Since the re-birth of Atari, the company has released four new games including Roller Coaster Tycoon and Haunted House … with several new titles releasing this fall.
Another thing the company has up its sleeves is its launch of “Atari TV,” which will create original content for YouTube and many others. Their first big project is a daily video blog called “TheRealPele.com” which will trail Pele, the soccer legend, throughout the upcoming world cup in Brazil.
Lets just hope they don’t release any E.T. games any time soon!
Watching Tilt, the 1979 Pinball film starring Brooke Shields, Ken Marshall, and Charles Durning, is the perfect way to spend your Friday night. The Film has some great retro pinball segments and memorable quotes throughout the film. One of my favorites include: “Life Is like a seagull. The more you feed it, the more it dumps on you.”
The movie is the story of a young girl named Tilt who is a pinball wizard. She runs away from home and ends up meeting Neil Gallagher, a down on his luck country western singer. Neil needs to raise money to make a demo tape of his songs. He has an idea to take Tilt on the road with him in order to make money by placing bets on her impressive pinball skills. Unaware to her, however, is that she will end up playing Harold “The Whale” Remmens, a pinball master and enemy of Neil’s.