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All the rest / Kickstarter campaign - possibly something of interest!
« Last post by Retro Reflections on July 26, 2023, 09:08:56 AM »
Hello!

Apologies in advance for using the 'long time lurker, first time poster' line in order to promote something, but I thought this might appeal to a few people here; I'm getting ahead of myself though, so let me introduce myself properly first.

I'm a videogames industry veteran with 30 years of experience in graphics, design, project management and journalism, going all the way back to my first game on the VIC-20, via all manner of 8 and 16-bit computers, consoles and handhelds, numerous UK magazines, and a number of games on mobile up to the iPhone. However, my first love has always been arcade coin-ops, and as such I've been working on a visual guide book for a number of years.

Due to my health falling apart because of severe bilateral emphysema, the book's taken considerably longer than I'd have liked, but it's now finally complete and ready to launch; in order to achieve this, I've created a Kickstarter campaign to bring it to fruition. INSERT COIN - A VISUAL GUIDE TO THE GOLDEN AGE OF ARCADE VIDEOGAMES is an A4 hardback 211 page coffee-table artbook, featuring images rendered in high-resolution CG, through research scoured for years across the internet (including this fine forum). It's also the first in a planned ongoing series, each featuring fifty classic cabinets, their control panels, side art and marquees, along with other information such as components, dimensions, designers, development staff, and more.

The thinking behind this creation was that the games themselves have been preserved across multiple formats in perpetuity, but the actual machines themselves are, aside from the efforts of collectors, restorers and the like, dwindling rapidly in number, and their physical compositions deserved proper documentation in a real-world format, one that would likely appeal to the arcade community as well as tickling the nostalgia bone of everyday folk who fondly remember the occasional coin drop back in the dim and distant.

The campaign starts on Tuesday August 1st, and if you're interested, it can be found here:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/retroreflections/insert-coin-a-visual-guide

I hope some of you might find such a book interesting, enjoyable, and useful enough to take a look, and FYI, the first 100 backers will receive a special edition print featuring unique cover effects and their name enshrined in print.

Anyway, I hope I haven't bored you all completely by now - thanks very much for taking the time to read all this, and of course, mods, if this is in violation of forum rules or just simply in the wrong place, please feel free to take the appropriate action.

All the very best,

Robert David Swan
Author/Illustrator, Retro Reflections
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As much as I love reading such stories on forum?s, there is an downside with them too:

What if the forum get?s and database update and for some reason, older content get?s lost. Or look at Jamma+, from one day to another, the whole website has gone, all data lost.
Sure, you can lose your videos on YT too ( if they copyright strike you x times or some viewers report you, they put your videos offline ).

Which just brings me to the idea, let?s put in on both platform?s, forum and yt  ;D
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Arcade Lifestyle / Re: You're Terminated, F*cker! The T2 red vison road trip...
« Last post by DarthNuno on July 23, 2023, 10:42:32 PM »
Maybe I should write more roadtrip stories, too.

Definitively yes! Because ...

YouTube Video killed the radio forum star...
YouTube Video killed the radio forum star...
Pictures came and broke your heart...


What a nice song to listen on ...You Tube?! ...Damn it!  :ghost: :lol:

That giant Terminator rocks!

Yeah, an imposing piece! it has become a -if not THE- centerpiece in the room  :-*
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Arcade Lifestyle / Re: New arrival: Zaccaria Scramble ^^
« Last post by DarthNuno on July 21, 2023, 07:27:57 PM »
Wow, very low number with 0005!

Well, 0005 is the serial number from the Belgian operator (Socomatic), not the factory one.
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Arcade Lifestyle / Re: You're Terminated, F*cker! The T2 red vison road trip...
« Last post by Belike on July 21, 2023, 11:28:28 AM »
Love the T2 style pics, congrats, great catch. ;)
That giant Terminator rocks!
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Arcade Lifestyle / Re: New arrival: Zaccaria Scramble ^^
« Last post by Andreas_AUT on July 21, 2023, 09:25:00 AM »
Wow, very low number with 0005!
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Arcade Lifestyle / Re: You're Terminated, F*cker! The T2 red vison road trip...
« Last post by Digimon on July 20, 2023, 09:09:50 PM »
great story.

Maybe I should write more roadtrip stories, too.

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Arcade Lifestyle / Re: You're Terminated, F*cker! The T2 red vison road trip...
« Last post by DarthNuno on July 20, 2023, 08:21:46 PM »
since you already have that many games and since it became so quiet here, I thought this was it with roadtrips.

'Must have' games list long time filled indeed, but still open for exciting stuff, and of course up for road trips from time to time, like the good old days  ;D

Amazing that you have the full size endoskeleton!😍😍
I promised to myself that I would own a life size T800 one day, after seeing it at the Universal Studio early 2000. The ultimate prop  :-*

Magnifique :)

 :spaceace:

do the lights still work in the cabinet? they flash when you get hit? they make the game even more beautiful.

Yes, everything works as expected BUT...
The monitor must be degaussed (I'll have to check if there is a degauss button inside the cabinet)
The right gun is not as smooth as the left one, even after calibration. Probably a tired potentiometer? I did't find how to source new one so far... some hints maybe?
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Arcade Lifestyle / Re: New arrival: Zaccaria Scramble ^^
« Last post by rinus711 on July 20, 2023, 07:45:30 PM »
Another nice arcade cabinet!

Zaccarias are indeed very beautiful, they turned them into works of art.

nice asset!
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Arcade Lifestyle / Re: You're Terminated, F*cker! The T2 red vison road trip...
« Last post by rinus711 on July 20, 2023, 07:36:38 PM »
Awesome! Fantastic road trip!

I love how you wrote it 8)

Very cool that Terminator!

do the lights still work in the cabinet? they flash when you get hit? they make the game even more beautiful.
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