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DarthNuno
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« on: June 24, 2007, 08:29:57 AM »


OMG  shock  It's a dream comes true... Even in my best dreams I can't imagine to own a Computer  Space cab one day  Shocked  Shocked  It's the Holy of the Holy for all Arcade collectors  Shocked

...but the dream happens... I'm now a *proud* owner of that piece of history  Tongue  Tongue  Tongue

Ok, it's thursday the 21 of june... one day to go... I'm preparing my car with enough stuff to protect the old baby from 1971  Cool



The day after, friday early in the morning... a last check up before departure  arrow



Today, the destination will be ... UK  Cool



For my own 'roadtrip statistics'     arrow



06:35 am... let's go ... I'm starting from south belgium... then I arrive in france ...



..some delay... works on the road...  Sad



We there it is... the all famous 'EURO TUNNEL'  Cheesy  I really love it ... It allows me to catch cabs' in UK  Shocked



Because the delay on the road, we miss the scheduled shuttle... not a big problem, but just have to wait 25 minutes for the next one... let's eat something  Cool



Ok, it is time... Let's go into one of my official roadtrip partner ...



...the EUROTUNNEL GOD  lol  lol  lol



... a little bit tired ?  oppps Sleeping inside the eurotunnel  Tongue



And here we are in UK ... land of freedom...& rain...  and the all famous M20  arrow



Ok now we are on location... in the road where the seller is living... but ... something very strange in UK  arrow sometime there is no number on the UK house, but just a name on the house ... So it's not very easy to found it  confused
So I'm calling the seller... and wait for him  oppps



"Hi Bruno, don't move... I'm coming" ... Great  Shocked  While this time, my wife is looking for a restaurant to go, just after the meeting...



Ok, here's the seller... entering the house... I see the graal ... I see the first arcade cabinet ever made ... I see Jesus Christ ... I see COMPUTER SPACE  shock  shock  shock  Shocked  Shocked
The condition is great...and it's fully working... greeeeatt  Tongue



S.P.E.C.T.A.C.U.L.A.R.  Tongue

Simon is very nice... we talk about arcade games, stories... very kind  Smiley

He show us a very special room... full of this :



The room was full... something like 15 'beast' like that  Shocked  Very nice...  Tongue

Ok, it's time to do load the game... First note about computer game : it's not heavy to carry :



Let's hurry... it"s raining now...  confused



...it's raining very badly now ... but the cab' is now safe inside my car  Cool



...now the worst part of the roadtrip  arrow



Time to leave ...and also time to eat something  Smiley

I cannot let such historical cab inside my car in a parking like that... so ... let's transform a computer space into ... E.T  lol  lol  lol   arrow



Just after the dinner, we see an arcade/bowling room... let's have a look :





I didn't know that 'Pac Man Ball' coin-pusher machine ? :



...very nice...



... but not enough time (and money) to test it  confused



Ok, now let's go back to Belgium... arggh... UK  rain  again & again confused



Now... it's official ... There is at least one Computer Space in Belgium  Cool



It's 10:44 pm... finally at home :



...just for archive... not a too hard road trip... very easy regaring the previous one for the Galaxian 3 Theater  roll eyes  



Too tired to unload it from the car... so the cab will stay in the car during the night ...

Saturday morning... The D Day ... There is no more empty place in the Nuno's Lair v1.0  confused  So the game will directly go into our house... until the new extention of my Lair (very soon)  

Here, in the kitchen  arrow



...and now in the final room... our living room  arrow



I still can't believe the game is here... Am I dreaming Huh?  Shocked

Stay tuned for the cleaning of the game, and the 'in deep' analyse  roll eyes  
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« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2007, 01:04:52 PM »

Simply amazing Bruno.

Congratulations !

Your photo of the "famous M20" made me smile because my brother and I drove the M20 too yesterday. We did a road trip to Bracknell to pick up 5 cabs in one go.

But your latest catch is very impressive indeed, and good luck on upgrading Nuno's Lair V1.0.
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« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2007, 01:27:21 PM »

where will you stop Bruno ??

You are good for arcade cab addicts asylum  oppps

Very very impressive...

Words are missing in my abc

have fun with the analysis of the beast
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« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2007, 04:29:21 PM »

Quote from: "ElPancho"
Simply amazing Bruno.

Congratulations !

Your photo of the "famous M20" made me smile because my brother and I drove the M20 too yesterday. We did a road trip to Bracknell to pick up 5 cabs in one go.

But your latest catch is very impressive indeed, and good luck on upgrading Nuno's Lair V1.0.


Thanks ElPancho   Cool

Hey, did you say bringing back 5 cabs from UK  shock  Any names or pictures for them by the way  roll eyes  


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where will you stop Bruno ??

You are good for arcade cab addicts asylum  oppps

Very very impressive...

Words are missing in my abc

have fun with the analysis of the beast
Pierre


Thanks Pierre  Cheesy

Next time you'll come at my place, you'll enjoy the 'beast' for real  too roll eyes  
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« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2007, 06:12:37 PM »

yay! i am finally on this forum having read quite a few articles here courtesy of arcadefever.

i love the documentations of your roadtrips/ adventures to pick up various arcade machines.  as much as i love videogames i'm not sure i could go to the same extent as your good self!

thanks for sharing the story.
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« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2007, 11:14:06 PM »

hi Vib  Cheesy

Nuno, Fabulous !!!!!!!!!!!

like i say in Gamoover,  i play the game once, but the game play was very weird  confused

i may confuse with "SPACE WAR" ...

i play both games, but do not remember witch one is who  lol

is that the one, with a ship like asteroids turning in circle, and you have to shoot the other ship Huh?

on the one i play the button were iluminated ...

this is the GRAL of arcade  shock

congrats
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« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2007, 01:51:58 AM »

Congratulations Bruno on owning the first coin-op video game!!
I must really visit you!
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« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2007, 04:49:24 PM »

Wow!  Great Job in finding that game!!!     ( A MIRACLE )   shock  shock

And it looks GREAT!!  Congrats!! Cheesy  Cheesy  Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2007, 06:05:06 PM »

so, Bruno, how is the game play Huh?

is it weird, or is it just me  Shocked, i have been trying to see if i could find a video ..but nothing  Sad
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« Reply #9 on: June 28, 2007, 11:51:07 AM »

I just have to get a stepdown converter 220v -> 110V, coz this is an US cab / plug. Once it's done, I'll make a video during a game  Cool
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« Reply #10 on: July 03, 2007, 07:14:27 PM »

Yesss... I've just got a stepdown converter 220V -> 110V today  Tongue  It's a 100W, and it's enough to feed the 'beast'  Cool

So, this is the first time I power it ...  Cheesy

Yeah Baby Yeah  Tongue  It's fully working  Shocked



... it plays great...



I'll prepare a video soon  
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« Reply #11 on: July 04, 2007, 12:49:03 AM »

Wow! That is really beautiful.
I have never played this game before. Is there some sort of "emulator" for this thing?
Also, what it the cab made of, some sort of plastic or fiberglass?
Bruno, now I really have to come over to your "Lair"! Again, great find with this one. By far the best.
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« Reply #12 on: July 08, 2007, 09:06:01 PM »

Quote from: "amadama"
Wow! That is really beautiful.
I have never played this game before. Is there some sort of "emulator" for this thing?
Also, what it the cab made of, some sort of plastic or fiberglass?
Bruno, now I really have to come over to your "Lair"! Again, great find with this one. By far the best.
Alex


It's polyester as far as I know. We need a mold so we can make new one's Cheesy Cheesy !
I totaly dig that 70's space style , groovy baby !!

Unbelievable Bruno......you're a mega collector Cheesy

What's next ? A working PDP 11 ? A nice R360 ? Or a nice 4-set of OutRun2SP ? Cheesy
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« Reply #13 on: July 18, 2007, 03:44:32 AM »

I lived in a tourist town with a boardwalk along the ocean. There used to be 3 arcades and I pretty much lived in every single one of them. I also ended up working in all 3 of them at one point or another.

Back then, the arcades consisted mainly of pinball machines, skee ball, batting cages, basket ball games, and shooting games (ie shoot the bear with the light gun).

I never remembered the name of the game until I saw yours. The nearest arcade had two of them. Pong though was the BIG game. The Computer War machines were always empty while the Pong machines held the draw. I even owned a pong game in the mid 70s. Smiley

SpaceWar was the game I fell in love with. I loved choosing the different suns to play with.

Grats on the machine. It looks like it is in excellent condition and was a very nice find. Only about 1500 of them were made and I figure that probably only about 10% to 20% probably still exist.
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« Reply #14 on: January 21, 2009, 12:42:20 PM »

More pictures of the Computer Space are available on this topic  arrow



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