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#21
Re: Collecting Vintage VFD Tabletops and Handhelds
Posted on: 2017/12/28 9:18
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pinmagic wrote:
For those who plan to keep their games sealed in the box, you may want to reconsider. The batteries provided are GP brand "heavy duty" batteries. I replaced mine immediately with a brand name alkaline, to minimize the chance of leakage over time. They go back in the box easily, so if you take a little care in opening them, it shouldn't be noticeable.


Yeah, I might just do that. But I'll wait until the original batteries no longer work the "Try Me" feature. I knew eventually this would happen.

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Benjamin Stevens wrote:
I sure hope that these get restocked, and that Defender doesn't get canceled. I fear that something has happened, which will cause Defender never to get released, in which case people would have to settle for homebrew Joust-hacks with altered cabinet art.


Nah you're good Ben. I've been collecting these for at least a year now, and one thing that I noticed is that they've been releasing these games in two's (except for 05, 06, and 07, those three were released at the same time). I'm quite confident that 08 and 10 will get another run, it's just that with Joust and Rampage being the most recent to be released they're probably just sold-out everywhere at the moment since collectors already have numbers 1 - 7. Now numbers 01 and 02 are a different story. I haven't seen those restocked in almost a year, so eBay might be your best bet when it comes to acquiring those. I just received 01 Pac-Man in the mail today, so my collection is now temporarily complete.

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speedyink wrote:
Isn't there a jumper in two of these to turn one of them into a different one? I want to say Centipede and one of the other ones. I guess the two have identical boards with both games on them, and just a jumper which dictates which actually gets booted.


Yeah, Centipede has Q*bert, and Q*bert has Centipede... 08 Joust has Defender, which most likely will be "09". I heard #10 Rampage was too big to fit another rom in it, but I'm very curious to know if there's another rom hidden inside of 06 Frogger. I can't find any videos of people hacking that one yet.

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#22
Re: Collecting Vintage VFD Tabletops and Handhelds
Posted on: 2017/12/28 19:59
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vuefinder83 wrote:
Yeah, Centipede has Q*bert, and Q*bert has Centipede... 08 Joust has Defender, which most likely will be "09". I heard #10 Rampage was too big to fit another rom in it, but I'm very curious to know if there's another rom hidden inside of 06 Frogger. I can't find any videos of people hacking that one yet.


Ok excellent, I'm not crazy. I coulda swore I read it somewhere then I couldn't find the info again :P
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#23
Re: Collecting Vintage VFD Tabletops and Handhelds
Posted on: 2017/12/29 3:39
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vuefinder83 wrote:

Nah you're good Ben. I've been collecting these for at least a year now, and one thing that I noticed is that they've been releasing these games in two's (except for 05, 06, and 07, those three were released at the same time). I'm quite confident that 08 and 10 will get another run, it's just that with Joust and Rampage being the most recent to be released they're probably just sold-out everywhere at the moment since collectors already have numbers 1 - 7. Now numbers 01 and 02 are a different story. I haven't seen those restocked in almost a year, so eBay might be your best bet when it comes to acquiring those. I just received 01 Pac-Man in the mail today, so my collection is now temporarily complete.


Well, I wasn't willing to risk it, so I now also have a currently complete collection, as I've ordered and received all the ones I couldn't find in the store off of eBay.
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#24
Re: Collecting Vintage VFD Tabletops and Handhelds
Posted on: 1/1 23:10
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Just came across this line of games. Good reviews on Youtube. They're larger than the Walmart games, and they have a headphone jack and USB port, so you don't need batteries. Note that, though they use the arcade graphics in some ads, they're actually NES ports.

These are 6" cabinets, but the manufacturer says, in the Burgertime Q&A on Amazon, that they're coming out with a 10" Burgertime that uses the arcade version, not the NES.

https://myarcadegaming.com/collections/mini-arcades
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#25
Re: Collecting Vintage VFD Tabletops and Handhelds
Posted on: 1/11 9:06
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pinmagic wrote:
Just came across this line of games. Good reviews on Youtube. They're larger than the Walmart games, and they have a headphone jack and USB port, so you don't need batteries. Note that, though they use the arcade graphics in some ads, they're actually NES ports.

These are 6" cabinets, but the manufacturer says, in the Burgertime Q&A on Amazon, that they're coming out with a 10" Burgertime that uses the arcade version, not the NES.

https://myarcadegaming.com/collections/mini-arcades


These are really cool! I might collect a few of those depending on the games, but something about the Basic Fun arcades having hacked roms and their variety of different displays just gives them this certain charm that I'm really diggin'.

Here's a neat vid demonstrating how to convert a Joust to a fully playable Defender:

https://youtu.be/oeNS3JnLmNc

Looks like Defender will be released this spring, so only do what's in the video if you're impatient.

Also, I heard 06 Frogger contains a rom for Phoenix, wich most likely will get a release this spring as well.
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#26
Re: Collecting Vintage VFD Tabletops and Handhelds
Posted on: 1/11 18:59
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vuefinder83 wrote:

Also, I heard 06 Frogger contains a rom for Phoenix, wich most likely will get a release this spring as well.


That's cool to hear! I'm excited to see how far this series will go.

I'm actually in the process of designing a little arcade room for all of my Basic Fun mini arcade cabinets, and I'm trying to find other mini arcade games that would fit nicely (be at the right scale and look and feel) in the room to go along with the arcade cabinets. I recently scored a classic mini pool table from the '80s off of ebay, which should look nice in my mini arcade room and go along nicely with the cabinets. Since the cabinets are 5.25 inches tall, and real arcade cabinets are about 6 feet tall, I figured that a mini pool table about 8 inches long would be the proper scale to represent a 9-foot long pool table to go along with my represented 6-feet tall arcade cabinets. Sure enough, ebay had just the thing for me! Even the color looks like it'll match the cabinets. I'm now trying to find other mini arcade games that would work, but so far no luck. I'm hoping to find mini pinball machines and skee ball machines that would be the right scale and appearance, but I can't find any at the moment.

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#27
Re: Collecting Vintage VFD Tabletops and Handhelds
Posted on: 1/12 8:31
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That's a badass idea, man!

So, did you decide to un-box all the mini arcades or?... Would be cool to throw some GI*JOES up in that game room, just have them lounging around the whole scene just chillin'!

When you've decided that you're happy with the entire set-up, please share a picture or two. I'd love to see it!
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#28
Re: Collecting Vintage VFD Tabletops and Handhelds
Posted on: 1/12 15:47
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vuefinder83 wrote:
That's a badass idea, man!

So, did you decide to un-box all the mini arcades or?... Would be cool to throw some GI*JOES up in that game room, just have them lounging around the whole scene just chillin'!

When you've decided that you're happy with the entire set-up, please share a picture or two. I'd love to see it!


That's the thing, I DO want to include mini people in the room as well, who are the right scale and size, but I also want them to look like people you might actually see in an arcade, so I will have to browse around to find "generic" figures that don't look like action or super heroes.

I have, indeed, unboxed some of them already, and I plan to unbox them all eventually. I love the ones with the Wal-Mart boxes, as it is very easy to remove them and even put them back in the boxes, without damaging the boxes at all. I've also collected the six Basic Fun arcade games that come in the blister packs, but I don't plan to put those ones in my mini arcade room, as they don't look right for the room. Nevertheless, I've found that if I use something like an Xacto Knife to cut along the clear plastic right above where it meets the cardboard, I can keep the blister packs looking very nice, without affecting any of the art on them, and reuse them to store the little machines when I'm not playing them.
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#29
Re: Collecting Vintage VFD Tabletops and Handhelds
Posted on: Today 0:31
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Benjamin Stevens wrote:

That's the thing, I DO want to include mini people in the room as well, who are the right scale and size, but I also want them to look like people you might actually see in an arcade . . .


Are you saying that Snake Eyes and Scarlett wouldn't enjoy some arcade gaming? ;)

I don't have any of these newer machines, but my brothers had a lot of the old electronic games (baseball, bowling, football, Frogger, etc.). I actually bought one for myself within the past year (Alien Attack) because I remembered enjoying playing the one my brother had.
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#30
Re: Collecting Vintage VFD Tabletops and Handhelds
Posted on: Today 4:54
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chicgamer wrote:

Are you saying that Snake Eyes and Scarlett wouldn't enjoy some arcade gaming? ;)

I don't have any of these newer machines, but my brothers had a lot of the old electronic games (baseball, bowling, football, Frogger, etc.). I actually bought one for myself within the past year (Alien Attack) because I remembered enjoying playing the one my brother had.


Technically, if I had to include action figures or super heroes in the setup, I could just say that they are cosplayers, which one would expect to find in an arcade. :-)

The thing I do like about these newer machines made for Wal-Mart are that they both look nice on display and are also playable. My friend got me the Tiny Arcade version of Pac-Man, and it is very frustrating to play, as the controls are so tiny that my thumb cannot reliably stay on the stick to move Pac-Man where he needs to go all the time. Thus, I probably won't even collect the rest of the Tiny Arcade series.
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