Atari arcade concept art – A glimpse of the future

Some interesting early concept artwork from Atari has surfaced in recent years. These brightly coloured, hand drawn sketches are really “of their time”. Atari’s arcade division employed several artists, who would create everything from Industrial cabinet designs, to the final artwork to adorn the various arcade cabinet designs. In the 70’s, Atari clearly had a…

Robotron – Enter the Time Machine

There’s nothing quite like a 35 year old restored arcade machine. Especially so when the restorer has sympathetically made the machine look brand new again. Many restorers have examples of cabs that are arguably better than new in terms of the parts, paints and artwork used. Let’s not forget, whilst today we look at these…

Pac Man – Achieving The Perfect Game

32 years in the making, UK player Jon Stoodley achieved a live perfect score on Pac-Man on August 22nd 2015. Here’s how Wikipedia describes a perfect game of Pac-Man: A perfect Pac-Man game occurs when the player achieves the maximum possible score on the first 255 levels (by eating every possible dot, power pellet, fruit,…

Atari Asteroids Restoration 3 FINAL

Part 2 saw the cab get to a point where it was looking good for the most part. The bulk of the work was done, now it was time to start putting the parts that had been removed back into the empty shell of the now restored cabinet. If you’ve been following this blog, this…

Atari Asteroids Restoration 2

So with the main cabinet sanded down at the end of part 1, I moved onto the wiring loom. For some reason the loom was taped up with electrical tape. A previous owner probably thought it was a good idea at the time, but now it was all sticky and collecting dust: That had to…

Atari Asteroids Restoration 1

Regular readers of this blog will have noticed a common theme in the cabs I’ve been restoring: I have a penchant for the smaller “cabaret” versions of arcade machines. This is partly out of necessity – my games room us up three flights of stairs at the top of the house, and being in the…

Atari Centipede Restoration 4 FINAL

Sharp eyed readers may have noticed that the Centipede cabaret I restored came without a marquee light from the factory – it appears this is a common thing. Atari put the light housing in some cabs (like the Tempest cabaret previously documented in my blog) but not others. Here’s the completed cab. With no marquee…

Atari Centipede Restoration 3

In Part 2, we stripped the cab down and got to work on some of the parts. Here in part 3, we continue the work required to get the cab ship shape again. First job was the coin doors. I’ve detailed in previous blogs how I do this with paint stripper and metallic paint, so…

Atari Centipede Restoration 2

In Part 1 you’ll recall reading that the Centipede cab had been picked up, and arrived in an all round good shape. On the surface of it, this looks like it’s going to be a pretty simple restoration. We just need to be methodical, and work around the parts of the cab, fixing and cleaning…

Atari Centipede Restoration 1

Well here we are, back on the hamster wheel of arcade restorations. This time round, I came across a game I’ve never really played before – Centipede. Released in 1981, it quickly became one of Atari’s mainstay arcade titles, and is widely regarded as one of the classics of the Golden Era. It was released…