Thursday, October 11, 2012

Installing a Braze High Score Save in my Donkey Kong Junior Arcade Game

This is a great kit that adds freeplay and high score saving to a Donkey Kong Junior arcade game

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Restoration of my Donkey Kong Junior is complete

Here is the final result. I still have a few minor things to do.

Applying Side Art to a Donkey Kong Junior

I picked up second reproduction quality side art for my Donkey Kong Junior, it turned out really nice!

Installing a Donkey Kong Junior Monitor Cap Kit ( Sanyo 20EZ )

Here you can see how replaced all capacitors in my Donkey Kong Junior (Sanyo 20EZ Monitor)

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Midway's Space Encounters Star Wars crossed with Space Invaders

I was able to play this rare game at a local arcade collector's party. It is really cool, makes me think of Star Wars crossed with Space Invaders!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Rolling Console Video Game Table for the Basement Arcade

I made this table on casters with a 36" height surface to match with my basment arcade. Previously the consoles were in the way and didn't fit in.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Midway's Space Encounters Star Wars crossed with Space Invaders

I was able to play this rare game at a local arcade collector's party. It is really cool, makes me think of Star Wars crossed with Space Invaders!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Sea Wolf: The Next Mission

This is a modern sequel to Sea Wolf and Sea Wolf 2. I was able to play this in the Chuck E Cheese in New Hartford, NY

Cool Store: Mancave Artifacts in Richfield Springs, NY

I happened to pass by this store on my vacation and I pulled over and shot some video. It was closed at the time, but the store is very cool!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Funspot Arcade: 30 Minutes Unedited Footage From My Visit

I took the whole family to Funspot this Monday (July 30, 2012) This is unedited video from the visit.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Car Tip: Cool Your Beverages

If you have a Saturn SL like me you can use this tip to cool your beverage!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Goodbye Virtual Boy Arcade Cabinet

Well, I never thought I would do it, but when the opportunity to buy a Star Trek: The Next Generation Pinball machine presented itself I decided that I would sell the Virtual Boy so that I could get it. Thanks to Nathan Barnatt (AKA Keith Apicary & for buying the Virtual Boy and making my dream of owning this pinball come true!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Capcom's Ghost 'n Goblins (Arcade Bootleg)

I recently picked up this cool bootleg of Ghosts 'n Goblins. This is the same as Capcom's version, just some bootleggers copied the hardware and ROMs and sold this cheaper to arcade operators back in the 1980's.

Latest Arcade Game Pickup: Sega's Super Hang On

I picked this up just the other day, it needs a lot of cleaning and tuning, but it is a nice solid game.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Custom Arcade Cabinet - Cutting Formica with a Flush Trim Bit on a Router

I am making a custom Nintendo style arcade cabinet, and I am using Formica for the sides.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Marvel Vs. Capcom CPS2 converted to Hyper Street Fighter 2 Anniversary Edition

So I had an extra suicided Marvel Vs. Capcom and rather than just have it phoenixed I had it converted to Hyper Street Fighter 2 Anniversary Edition

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

JAMMA Ms. Pac-Man Champion Edition & Super Zola Pac Gal

This is a really neat JAMMA board from the 90's with Ms. Pac-Man Championship Edition and Super Zola Pac Gal on it. Both have a timer you have to clear the stage in and are in turbo mode. Thanks CrazyKongFan for bringing it along!

CrazyKongFan plays Gaplus - Amazing

Thanks to CrazyKongFan for stopping by again on his way to FunSpot, watching him play Gaplus is always amazing, even with my flaky right fire button. I need to fix that.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Guilty Gear X for my Sega Naomi Arcade Cabinet

Fun game, pick one up for your Naomi.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Made a JAMMA Adapter for my Space Invaders Part II cabinet (Big Kong) for 60-in-1 board

I decided to make a JAMMA adapter so I could use a 60-in-1 multiboard in my Space Invaders Part II cocktail arcade game. It currently has Crazy Kong bootleg board in it called Big Kong. I am not getting rid of that.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

So I picked up a Donkey Kong Junior converted to a Playchoice 10 mostly so I had a Nintendo cabinet.

I fixed the monitor by washing it and installing a cap kit (cap 166 was missing! - Thanks Broodwich with you eagle eye finding 166 on the board!)



After: (looks great in person)
The cabinet was pretty rough, but a nice plywood one. It had chunks missing from the sides, the side art was worn to white in places, the t-molding was pathetic, and the base was reduced the the structural integrity of frosted flakes, and that isn't GRRRRREAT!

I made a new base, filled the missing chunks with bondo, Colored in the missing parts of the Vs side art with sharpies, and painted the sides and speaker area with color matched latex paint.

In New York there are so few places that will color match oil based enamel paint because of VOC restrictions that I assumed that I would have to either use crappy latex paint, or buy super expensive automotive paint. If I were to spend money I would but vinyl for the sides, but I really didn't want to spend my money on this one so I went with latex. Looks good, but if you want you can easily scrape it off.

Funny thing is that my 8 month old spilled the paint over that I got at Home Depot (40 miles from my house) so I went to Wal-mart, and their color matching computer was broken, so then I went to ACE, and it turns out that they will color match oil based enamel!

I picked up a quart oil based, but didn't use it as the cabinet was already half painted in latex. I got is as a back-up in-case the latex was a huge failure. It wasn't, it looks good.

I installed some of AudioMIDIMan's True-flat molding, and that stuff is beautiful!


In progress:

New base:

Almost there:


Also I installed 1.1 Bios and 2600's NES cart adapter in the Playchoice. It is amazing -- Just Awesome! I had a little trouble with it, but all the issues were my fault, I washed the Playchoice board and adjusted the +5v and it cleared up everything.

Adjusting +5v on a Nintendo PSU is a real pain!

Oh, and I installed a new lock and polished the plexi with with this:

I was going to buy Novus, but this was right in front of me at Wal-Mart. Worked OK.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Japanese Game Boy Donkey Kong - tekkou0 さんはありがとうございました!

Huge thanks to Kosuge-san for sending me this awesome (SAIKO!) package! I really appreciate him finding this for me! It will help me complete one of my upcoming projects!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Game Room Junkies Interview

I was interviewed by Game Room Junkies about my weight loss and world record attempts.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Latest Arcade Pickup - Galaxian in Mint Condition

This will make my second Galaxian cabinet, although the other one was in much worse condition and has a much different fate. This one it in mint condition, I just need to install a cap kit and it will be perfect!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Propcycle Fan Upgraded with Ball Bearings

I was tired of my noisy fan on my Propcycle, so I upgraded it by replacing the nylon bushings mounted in rubber with ball bearings in aluminum. The result is a much quieter better running fan.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Broken Foot, Propcycle Repair, and other Arcade Projects

I just talk about the goings on in my basement arcade.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Milling out an Arcade Control Panel

I have a Marvel vs Capcom what is in a PVG/Semco (Hannaho) cabinet. The control panel is made from very thick MDF. I use a Smithy BX-288 to mill out the panel to sink the joystick base into it.

Other side

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Propcycle USA and JP version side by side

Thanks to for posting a video of the Japanese version of Propcycle, thanks to that I was able to determine that both versions are the same except for the language.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Tips on removing vinyl artwork from an arcade game

This Galaxian I picked up for really cheap, the wood is in great condition, although the artwork was destroyed when someone converted it to another game and painted over the vinyl.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Donkey Kong Amplifier Hum

This is a quick video to demonstrate the hum in a Donkey Kong arcade game. This is normal, but some people don't like it.

Propcycle Perfect Run & World's 2nd Best Score

I know I said I wasn't going to upload another video until I beat the world's record, but this was a nice perfect run, granted I could have trimmed off a few seconds on the Solitar stage.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Adding a power jack to a battery powered device

I add a power adapter plug to a device that never had one. The connector I used will disconnect the battery when it is plugged into the power adapter.

Fixed rattling coin mechs in Donkey Kong

The coin mechs in my Donkey Kong cabaret arcade cabinet would rattle whenever Donkey Kong jumped and made the booming sound. This was because on a Cabaret cabinet the mechs are right next to the speaker. I used some foam to deaden the sound and it fixed the problem.

PropCycle World Record High Score Practice and Morning Exercise

I don't break the record this morning, but I wanted to show you guys where I am at in this game and how close I am to breaking the world record. So far I have scored over 15,000 points, the world record is 18,000 so far I am in second place. I also talk about a few other things at the end of this video if you want to skip ahead.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Installing a PS360 in a Sega Virtual Stick High Grade Joystick

Sorry for the colors being off, my video editing software is acting up. In this video I install a PS360 in a Sega Virtua Stick High Grade, and make it so the stick can be opened from the top.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Tighe's Basement Arcade Update February 2012

I talk about my Propcycle weight loss plan, Awesome NOS Donkey Kong Cabaret marquee sticker I got, Arcade Calendar, and other stuff.