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Arcade Lifestyle / Paris, aaah Paris!
« on: July 19, 2013, 10:04:03 AM »
So, I have been touring with my nervous cat around Europe, and now we have arrived in Paris. Yes, the city of many colors and even more smells.. But, because I am an avid arcade game life-styler I dont care about the smells. What I care about is ARCADES!

Now my fellow french allies; where are your arcades?
(Any information will be treated highly confidential)


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All the rest / About myself - Introduction
« on: August 29, 2012, 01:13:44 PM »
Look, here is my neighborhood:



It is a house of 7 floors, about 40 appartments each, in a series of 7 houses along Albyvagen. The houses were ready around 1992, drawn by Göran Jansson (architect from Finland) and built under a common project of several construction companies administered by swedish housing firm Riksbyggen.

I have lived here now ... about 15 years, and I love it here. There's action all year around with Flottsbro nearby to go swimming i the summer, camping, skiing in the winter. The world championship in hovvercraft was held there a few years ago, and there are often hot-air balloons taking off from the meadows towards the lake (lake Alby).

Here's a pic of my view at dawn some years ago. It looks about the same today anyway...


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Galaxian Theater / Uncletom's Starblade
« on: April 12, 2012, 11:34:04 AM »
I should maybe tell a little about my Starblade here, as this seems to be the only place in the world where people can discuss this awesome game.

I bought mine back in 97-98 when it still was available, I think I payed about a $1000 from JNC. It was one of the Blackpool Starblades, US manufactured / imported (?), and it was a bit worn down. However very playable and 100% functional.

I remember the Electrocoin verison which I had seen a few years earlier in Funland in London. Built by japanese standards it had more lamps and nicer plastic details than mine that had mostly just decals and this yellow molded lit marquee-holder. Mine was exactly like in your "picture #3" in this thread.

I have since then disassembled my cabinet, I kept the concave mirror for years after, and the laser-gun. But a couple of year ago I gave the laser-gun to a friend to put it on  his wall, and I gave the mirror to another friend to use as a solar weapon. The cabinet parts I mostly recycled and scrapped. It is too large to keep intact in my home. However the PCBs and wiring I still have intact, to play with a Star Wars yoke or an analog joystick. It is a wonderful game which I will keep my whole life. Some of the best 'digital art' ever made.

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