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:: JOYSTIX @ HOUSTON :: Heaven on earth? 2009 or 80's ???
« on: August 23, 2009, 10:30:26 AM »


And here we are, just at this corner...welcome to Joystix !!!



...ok Barry, but... what's Joystix?

"Joystix Classic Games and Pinballs has been serving Houston and surrouding areas since 1987. Our first machine was a stuffed animal crane and a two car garage served as our workshop. After years of continual growth, we know have one of the largest showrooms in the country. We carry most major manufacturers products in the amusement industry. We always maintain close to 250 classic and new arcade games, pinball machines, jukeboxes, air hockey, dart machines, photo booths and much more in our showroom."

Wooww... sounds great  :-* :-* :-* Wanna go in...  8)

There is a bar, and to access the game room, there is a 15$ entrance... and you can play all the games, there are in FREE play mode  :-*

We are EXTREMELY lucky.... because that game room is open only TWO days per month (first & last Friday of every month)... and today is ... one of these two days  :-* Barry, you are a genious  :-*

 :spaceace: :spaceace: :spaceace:

Let's go in now...

Nice decoration :)  :arrow:





At the entrance, some modern games...



Holy Jesus... I see a ton of 'Classics' here  :o ... let's start the visit...















Woww...



This Wackoo cabinet is amazing  :P First time I can touch one  :P :



Assault ... so sexy  :P



Ouch... Am I in heaven?





All is playable  :-*





I'm busy to try a lot of games... Fortunately, it's my wife who takes the pictures  ::) :P  :-*





« Last Edit: August 23, 2009, 12:05:14 PM by DarthNuno »

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Re: :: JOYSTIX @ HOUSTON :: Heaven on earth? 2009 or 80's ???
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2009, 10:44:56 AM »
It's funny... we are talking about video games, and I don't see any kids here... mostly ..."adults?"  ::) ;D  :arrow:





This one is for screen  ;)  :arrow:



At least...after so many years, I can play again on a Space Invaders pinball  :-* :-* :-*  :arrow:





Wow !!!



Let's play the rare Major Havoc  :o  :arrow:



"Landing High Japan" ... not as sexy as the AIRLINE PILOTS  ::) 8)  :arrow:



Star Wars cockpit ... fully working  :-*  :arrow:



So many games... I don't know where to go  ::) :P









Did you ever seen a place like that? Impressive...







This one is for Ully  ;)  :arrow:



Yes... the force is strong here  :lol:  :arrow:



Wooow.... Yes, I'm sure I'm in heaven here... See  :arrow:



Playing Space Ace in a public game room is a real experience... something I didn't expect since a while... hey... are we really in 2009???



I love this place  8)



The tour is not over... See  :arrow:





By the way, do you prefer playing on GALAGA 88 ...



...or the original Galaga?  ::) :P  :-* :-* :-*





 ::) ...no need an answer  ::) :P  :-* :-* :-*  ;D

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Re: :: JOYSTIX @ HOUSTON :: Heaven on earth? 2009 or 80's ???
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2009, 11:04:25 AM »
Golden Axe... dedicated of course  :P



Few new cabinets features... old games, here and there...









It's really impressive to see all these 'Classics' up & running  :-*







Dedicated Pengo  :-* Cute isn't it?



Fan of Joust?



Gun games...



...not a big fan of that, but ... I wanna see the real "AREA 51" for real, one time in my life (teasing?  ;)) :



Hey... look at this  :arrow:





Wondefull 'item' ... I need one  :-*  :arrow:





While I'm playing on it, an operator close to me say : "Enjoy this game now, because he'll leave next Monday... someone bought it"
May I ask the price please?
We sold it for 600$

 :shock:

Arghh... Why I'm not living in USA  :'( :'( :'( :'(

the condition is this cabinet is almost perfect... 100% running...



An other 'cult' games here in USA  :arrow:



Nice table cab' with beers on it...  ;D



Like in the old days... impossible to access that Gauntlet ... big boys already playing on it  ;D  :arrow:



Do you know other public game room were you can still play games like... this Baby Pac Man  ::)  :-*  :arrow:



This place is really huge... still more games everywhere I look  :shock:



Did you see... I,Robot?  :P



Cliff Hanger... up & running... and still so hard  :o ;D



Punch Out!



Of course, the entire Pac Man collection here  :o :-* ...



...and yes, even the "Professor Pac Man"  :shock:  :arrow:


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Re: :: JOYSTIX @ HOUSTON :: Heaven on earth? 2009 or 80's ???
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2009, 11:27:35 AM »
Nice Galaga cocktail  :-* :



The ride is not over... oh my good ... Kangaroo, Moonwalker  :-* :-* :-*  :arrow:



Robotron  :-*



Fan of pinballs? See  :arrow:





















This place is just awesome... this picture is a good resume ... everything is there  :arrow:



Dirk the Daring, Classic games, dark light, ...  ::) :P ;D

I really love Cliff Hanger... but it's very hard to play  :P



NO... this is not Dirk the Daring...



... it's RAMPART  8)

Barry playing Berzek  8)  :arrow:



What? A Computer Space here... inside a public game room? Fully accessible...



Just awesome... man, I'm in a dream  :o  :arrow:



American girls on Guitar Hero   :P Hey girls... do you know I'm a guitarist?  ::) ;D  :arrow:



Zoltar!!!



So many games here, I even don't have time to see the decorations  :oops: ...for example :



Hey Barry... what a story behind Pac-Mania, isn't it?  :-* (see this post)  :arrow:



What a game room  :-* :-* :-* ... I can stay here all the night, but unfortunately we have to leave ( :'().

Barry... you're the man!!! Thanks for bringing us here  :-* :-* :-* This is the best 'modern' game room I've ever seen (except of course the old ones, back in the 80's  ;))... so many 'classics', all playable, great condition!!!  :o, this place is far better than 'Disney Quest' for example... Woww... I already love Houston for that  :-* :-* :-* :-* If you're are a 'retro gamer' or collector, this is THE place to visit!!!

PS : This story is a segment of a big topic called : "Holiday in Florida / Texas [features Arcade Life Style stories] ...where you'll see others 'ALS stories'  ::) ;)


... stay tuned... I'm preparing a ride of this place... 'in video'  ::) :P ;D

Update : the VIDEO tour (part one) is now available, right here  :arrow:



...enjoy and stay tuned for the second part  ;)

Update : the VIDEO tour (part two) is also available, right here  :arrow:



Enjoy  ;)

 :spaceace:
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Re: :: JOYSTIX @ HOUSTON :: Heaven on earth? 2009 or 80's ???
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2009, 12:33:34 PM »
Amazing place !!

I can imagine that you had a great time there !

what's this ???  :



My all time favorite for the PC, this is where the firstperson shooters started for me (i think it's also the first that really is 3d, i mean in wolfenstein you could not look up and down)

I didnt know they had a dedicated cabinet for quake !  I love it !   :-* :-*


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Re: :: JOYSTIX @ HOUSTON :: Heaven on earth? 2009 or 80's ???
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2009, 01:10:12 PM »
OH MY GOD!!!! A W E S O M E place !!!

Thanks for Hypersports pic  :wink:
PROJECTS FROM SCRATCH:

Galaga - PacMan - Donkey Kong Red Cab - Track & Field Upright - Tempest - Burgertime - Gyruss - Defender - Track & Field Cocktail - Robotron 2084

RESTORATIONS:

Q*bert - Timber

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Re: :: JOYSTIX @ HOUSTON :: Heaven on earth? 2009 or 80's ???
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2009, 03:24:08 PM »
man, this is I-N-C-R-E-D-I-B-L-E. tdidn't know that a place like this exists anymore. it must be HUUUUUUGE - can't wait for the video.

however, one thing remains to be answered: who's that hot blonde chick playing galaga?  ;)




all i need is ... PONG - and a select few others: TOUCH ME, DRAGON'S LAIR, JOUST, ROBOTRON, MR DO, SAN FRANCISCO RUSH THE ROCK!!!

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Re: :: JOYSTIX @ HOUSTON :: Heaven on earth? 2009 or 80's ???
« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2009, 04:15:41 PM »
OMG  :o

That place is amazing !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  :o :o :o :o

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Re: :: JOYSTIX @ HOUSTON :: Heaven on earth? 2009 or 80's ???
« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2009, 05:08:53 PM »
speachless!

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Re: :: JOYSTIX @ HOUSTON :: Heaven on earth? 2009 or 80's ???
« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2009, 08:04:16 PM »
Update : the VIDEO tour (part one) is now available, right here  :arrow:



...enjoy and stay tuned for the second part  ;)

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Re: :: JOYSTIX @ HOUSTON :: Heaven on earth? 2009 or 80's ???
« Reply #10 on: August 23, 2009, 08:29:25 PM »
Yeah....isn't it always great to make fun of bigger than average people......Ha-ha-ha.

Pathetic.

Maybe we should start making fun of Walons, or maybe Italians....No wait, I know a couple of great Belgian jokes, and let's not forget to laugh about our German friends.

And, I can always laugh about Asian people too....man, they're hilarious.....


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Re: :: JOYSTIX @ HOUSTON :: Heaven on earth? 2009 or 80's ???
« Reply #11 on: August 23, 2009, 09:11:34 PM »
Yeah....isn't it always great to make fun of bigger than average people......Ha-ha-ha.

Have I missed something?  ???
all i need is ... PONG - and a select few others: TOUCH ME, DRAGON'S LAIR, JOUST, ROBOTRON, MR DO, SAN FRANCISCO RUSH THE ROCK!!!

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Re: :: JOYSTIX @ HOUSTON :: Heaven on earth? 2009 or 80's ???
« Reply #12 on: August 23, 2009, 10:06:58 PM »
i guess he is reffering to the +size woman at the galaga 88 in comparation with the original galaga....
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Re: :: JOYSTIX @ HOUSTON :: Heaven on earth? 2009 or 80's ???
« Reply #13 on: August 24, 2009, 05:41:17 PM »
Bruno, This was sooo awesome, but I can guarantee it wouldn't have been as fun without you!  It was great to run from game to game and to "pretend" to be 13 again!  :lol:  :pac:  :ghost:  :spaceace:    NEVER LET GO!!!!!!!

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Re: :: JOYSTIX @ HOUSTON :: Heaven on earth? 2009 or 80's ???
« Reply #14 on: August 24, 2009, 09:39:29 PM »
what's this ???  :



My all time favorite for the PC, this is where the firstperson shooters started for me (i think it's also the first that really is 3d, i mean in wolfenstein you could not look up and down)

I didn't know they had a dedicated cabinet for quake !  I love it !   :-* :-*

Well, I didn't know either... I must admit I didn't pay attention to it ... :oops: ..., my priority was ... the 'Classics' of course  :P
I even didn't try it, but you can see some footage in the video. There are also more details on klov about it  ;)
In a general way, I don't think FPS games can be played on an arcade cabinet... or maybe inside of a new environmental cabinet 'a la Disc Of Tron' ?