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The Old Warehouse At TNT Amusements

Posted by Rob Maerz on November 17, 2014 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (1)

The Old Warehouse At TNT Amusements

Originally published in Retrocade Magazine Volume 1 Issue 1


In business since 1986, TNT Amusements is a retail arcade showroom with pinball machines, video arcade games, jukeboxes and much more. Their showroom is also available to rent for private parties.


The photos shown were taken at TNT Amusement's former 10,000 square foot warehouse in Southampton, PA in March, 2009.

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Rudy Ferretti's Vision for the Electronic Athlete

Posted by Rob Maerz on November 12, 2014 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Rudy Ferretti’s Vision for the Electronic Athlete

 

Originally published in Retrocade Magazine Volume 1 Issue 1

 

Say what you will about motivational coach Tony Robbins. While his teeth may hypnotize you into buying hundreds of dollars worth of DVDs and printed material, he did manage to write a good book called Awaken the Giant Within.


In this book, Tony teaches that all great ideas emanate from one’s ability to t...

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High Scores Arcade

Posted by Rob Maerz on November 10, 2014 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

High Scores Arcade

Originally published in Retrocade Magazine Volume 1 Issue 1


In the spring of 2010, Meg and Shawn Livernoche purchased an early 18th century building located at 348 High Street in Burlington, NJ. In August of that same year, the husband and wife team opened the doors of High Scores Interactive Arcade Museum in the city's historic district.


Meg works in the pharmaceutical industry while Shawn is an 8th grade Languag...

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King of 3: George Riley

Posted by Rob Maerz on October 28, 2014 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

King of 3: George Riley Takes On Junior and the King of All Kongs

Originally published in Retrocade Magazine Volume 1 Issue 1


The organizers of the The Grassroots Gaming Expo must have had a hunch that George Riley wasn’t attending – they added Donkey Kong 3 to the list of tournament games.


George Riley is undeniably the greatest Donkey Kong 3 player on the planet. Period.


And while the rest of the clas...

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Review: Scramble (Vectrex)

Posted by Rob Maerz on February 1, 2014 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)

If you were too busy pumping quarters in Ms. Pac-Man, Donkey Kong and Galaga back in 1981, then you probably missed this great shooter released by Konami that same year.

 

Cited as the influence for the Gradius series, this horizontal shooter puts you at the controls of a cool looking space ship dodging missiles, destroying bases and bombing fuel tanks through various terrains. There are five terrains to get through before you meet the objective of bombing the enemy base on t...

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Review: Life Force (NES)

Posted by Rob Maerz on February 1, 2014 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

I remember my local bowling alley getting this arcade cabinet in their game room. I played it several times back in the day and to this day I find it to be a bizarre horizontal space shooter.

 

Konami ported their 1986 arcade release to the NES in 1988. The game can be played by one or two players simultaneously with one piloting the Vic Viper and the other the Road British Space Destroyer. Like many games in this genre, you can power-up your weaponry throughout the game.

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Review: Gulkave (ColecoVision)

Posted by Rob Maerz on February 1, 2014 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Gulkave is a 1986 Sega horizontal space shooter ported from the SG-1000 by Eduardo Mello and released by Team Pixelboy. This game is another example of  “what could have been” had Coleco not snubbed the ColecoVision in favor of the disastrous ADAM.

 

In a nutshell, you pilot a spaceship called the Zaiigar that shoots anything that moves. Your adversary is the Gulbas Empire who throw everything but the kitchen sink to see you destroyed. Your goal is to destroy...

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Review: Yars' Revenge (2600)

Posted by Rob Maerz on February 1, 2014 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

A programmer at Atari was asked to develop a port of Star Castle for the Atari 2600. He said it couldn’t be done “but, here’s Yars’ Revenge.”

 

You are Yar (Ray spelled backwards – as in Ray Kassar), a fly that must destroy the Qotile (the equivalent of the cannon in Star Castle) that lies behind an energy shield on the right side of the screen. You must chip away at the cells in the energy shield by shooting them or nibbling away at them. ...

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Review: Star Fortress (ColecoVision)

Posted by Rob Maerz on February 1, 2014 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

This is the home brew version of Star Castle ported to the ColecoVision by John Dondzila.

 

You command the familiar looking Asteroids type ship while you blast away the rings to destroy the cannon in the center.

 

You can use the two buttons on your controller to fire and thrust and your joystick to rotate left and right. You can also push up on the joystick to thrust which I have found is much easier. I dabbled playing this game using the Roller Controller ...

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Review: Star Castle (Vectrex)

Posted by Rob Maerz on February 1, 2014 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)

My favorite arcade game used to be Galaga. Then, it was Sinistar until I came to terms with the fact that the game cheats. Now, I can profess my love for Cinematronics’ 1980 vector classic, Star Castle. And what better system to port this brutally difficult arcade game than the Vectrex?

 

The Vectrex translation features two difficulty levels with game 1 being the most difficult and the default level of play. The cartridge was also bundled with an attractive overlay wit...

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