Arcade Game at Target

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So, I blogged a few weeks ago about how Target was going to start selling a 'real' arcade game for around 500 dollars. I saw the unit yesterday and I have mixed feelings about it. It is a bit too small - however, the unit I saw was on a ledge about 6 inches or so off the ground. If I did buy the unit, I would do the same - simply raise it up a bit.

However - what really turns me off is the size of the screen. Compared to the amount of space available in the case for screen to site in, the screen is quite small.

How do the games look? Well, they are what you would expect from old games - but the point is to play them for fun - not for the high level graphics. That being said - the collection of games have a few hits (Sinistar is truly a classic) as well as some unknowns.

The "experience" is "arcade-like", but the buttons felt a bit... smushy? Not sure how to describe it. They felt like they would tire the hands out quickly because of the force needed to push them. Of course, I played Joust which is a tiring game in general.

So - is it worth the 500 bucks? Maybe. You can buy 'real' arcade games from Brookstone.com, but you will pay a premium for them, but from what I know, this is typical prices for classics like Galaga and Pac-Man.

You can also build your own unit, but as I've said numerous times, I'm a hardware noob so that is out of the question. Hey - maybe someone wants to trade a few hours of development in exchange/consulting for the Galaga/Ms. Pac-Man unit?? :)

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Archived Comments

Comment 1 by Scott Fitchet posted on 11/28/2005 at 4:01 AM

Sinistar was the best arcade game I ever played. The ROM / computer version just isn't the same as the original stand-up/arcade version with the nightmarish stereo sound effects and cabinet artwork.

<img src="http://www.arcade-classics....">

<i>(P.S. : nice job with the del.icio.us plugin)</i>

Comment 2 by Joshua posted on 11/28/2005 at 7:31 AM

You should just call a company that rents them out. There are companies that rent them to various places. Once they have one they don't want... what do they do with it? See if they have old inventory, etc.

Comment 3 by Jeff posted on 11/28/2005 at 7:37 PM

MAME is the way to go. No hardware skill is needed (But you will need some carpentry skills)

For example: <http://www.ooine.com/index....

Read from the bottom up

Comment 4 by Raymond Camden posted on 11/28/2005 at 7:41 PM

I don't know how much clearer I can make it. I can't build _anything_. LEGO is about as good as I can get. ;)

Comment 5 by Jeff posted on 11/28/2005 at 8:46 PM

In that case, screw the cabinet. Just get MAME (all software) and one of these:

http://www.slikstik.com/cla...

(It's USB).

I bet many of the games will great on your 24 inch monitor.

Comment 6 by Raymond Camden posted on 11/28/2005 at 8:51 PM

Now THAT is a joystick. I'm well aware of MAME.

You want to know what looks _really_ good on my 24 inch monitor - COD2. :)

Comment 7 by Josh posted on 4/27/2006 at 1:21 AM

Hello, has anyone checked our OnlineMindGames.com you can play over 1,800 arcade games for free.

Comment 8 by arcade boards posted on 4/28/2006 at 10:45 PM

sounds good but you cant beat the real thing