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Sunday, May 21, 2006


Flame Wars

Well, E3 is over and one of the casualties was civility on the gaming message boards. It should come as no surprise that any group that is dominated by young males taht there's going to be a certain amount of "my (person, place or thing) is suprior to your (person place or thing)." Usually in the greater gaming circles, someone will see a new game and they'll say, "that looks like fun. Can I give it a try?" But when it comes to video games, there's invariably a possessiveness that makes a user feel not only that a particular brand is better than others, but that brand needs defending against all comers. As these folks rabidly fight it out in forums across the internet, they never see the futility of their actions. Because the likelihood that they will convince someone else that their prefered brand is not so hot is about as likely that the will make the same admission themselves. At least, that's the way I see it. So what are you going to do, fight about it?

New project: Gamecreature Arcade. I've always wanted a video game machine to go next to my Star Trek pinball machine. The question was, which game? There are so many to choose from. And acquiring a restored classic game is an expensive proposition to say the least. So I finally decided to get an empty cabinet and put a computer inside it that has all of my favorite games on it. Here's the lucky cabinet in my basement:

Needless to say, I've got a lot of work to do, particularly with the control panel which I need to add some extra controls to. Sadly, I'm not so good with power tools. If nothing else, this should be an interesting adventure.

Hey, that's neat. (Personally, I'd like to get a Black Knight pinball machine!)
Black Knight was a great game. Fun to play and fun to listen to - "Beat the Black Knight!" "Give me a break!" :)

I have I Star Trek the Next Generation pinball game. This new cabinet will be set next to it when it's done.

If you're serious about getting a classic arcade game, there's a few sources I can reccomend that makes it a little easier to find one at a reasonable price where you live.
Oof, no, I have to put off acquiring goodies like that -- not just because of $$$, but also there's no place to put it!

(Some years back, somebody a few blocks away had an "Elevator Action" game... that they just left in the yard until the elements croggled it away!)
Elevator Action? Now that's just sad...

TNG pinball is amazing!

I Have an old Toshiba packet Sniffer that runs Dos lying around that I've always wanted to tunr into an arcade cabinet, because having a Heroscape machine would be sweet.
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