Barack Obama in Las Vegas

September 14th, 2008

From the campaign email:

Please join us Wednesday, September 17th, for a rally with Barack Obama in Las Vegas:

Change We Need Rally
with Barack Obama

The Baseball Stadium at Cashman Center
850 Las Vegas Blvd. North

Wednesday, September 17th
Doors Open: 2:30 p.m.
Program Begins: 5:00 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public; tickets are not required but an RSVP is encouraged. Space is available on a first come, first served basis. Please RSVP using the form to the right.

For security reasons, do not bring bags and please limit personal items. No signs or banners permitted.

You can RSVP on the official site. Also, the first of four debates (three presidential, one VP), takes place September 26th. Those are gonna be fun.

Cyberball Schematics & Documentation

September 11th, 2008

This is an archival post.

A fellow Cyberball cabinet owner did me a huge favor recently and scanned his copy of the Cyberball Schematics Package, a document that’s been notoriously difficult to get ahold of. I spent some time and cleaned up the individual scans, and packed it back into delicious pdf:

Cyberball Schematics Package

For some reason, dissemination of the Cyberball and Tournament Cyberball docs has been very limited, in stark contrast to most other popular arcade cabinets for which the various manuals are freely available. To help alleviate that, here’s the rest of what I’ve acquired over the years:

Cyberball Operators Manual
Tournament Cyberball 2072 Upgrade Kit Instructions
Cyberball Pinouts
Cyberball Nintendo VS DualSystem Install Instructions
Cyberball Universal Kit (JAMMA) Instructions

Cyberball Tournament Sheets [page 1, page 2, page 3]

Atari Mechanical Assemblies Guide

If you have Cyberball arcade documents or artwork to contribute (I know I’m missing the playbooks, for example), let me know and I’ll add it to the list.

Arcade warehouse buy.

September 10th, 2008

This one is mostly for the locals. Want to buy a video game?

I’ll be helping to load up an arcade operator buyout next week. The plan is to sell off as many cabinets as possible locally, and then the buyer will take the rest of the lot home in a rental truck. As a result, I’m sure anyone looking to pick up one of the larger games (yeah you, TX-1) will find themselves with a particularly good deal. We won’t see the machines until next week, so pricing is totally up in the air, but expect hobbyist-friendly numbers.

If you are interested in one or more of the games, let me know, and plan to be free the morning of September 19th.

A few of these are already spoken for, but here’s the list, as provided by the current owner:

01. Turkey Shoot
02. Turkey Shoot-minor gun adjustment needed (they used an optic type plastic on this game)
03. Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom
04. Mappy
05. Tempest (needs flyback)
06. Mach 3 Laser Game (have good player-if you are familiar with these, they need calibrated to the individual disc player-this is a nice one)
07. Rampage
08. Top Choice crane-works
09. Pac Land (conv. Game-not dedicated-in Journey cabinet)
010. Paperboy
011. Power Drift Mini Sid Down
012. Star Trek S/D Non working
013. Star Trek S/D Non working
014. Endro Racer ride on-restored nice-worked ok to my memory
015. TX1-did work-unknown now-rare
016. VS Cocktail-Super Mario Bros & Ladies Golf
017. Astron Belt Laser Game Deluxe Sit Down-Nice-No player-ultra rare-I almost certainly will have a player and disc for this game-but not sure.
018. Xevious
019. Hang on u/r
020. Interstellar U/R Very Rare
021. Neo Geo 2 slot 25″ monitor dedicated
022. Track-n-field Cocktail
023. VS Dual Super Mario Bros & Dr. Mario
024. Zombie Raid-minor gun problem
025. Xevious
026. TX1-I would say this is good for parts for the other one-used to work, but was parted out in the coin door area
027. Pole Position II S/D
028. Road Riot 2 player dedicated S/D
029. Pac Land Dedicated
030. Super Monaco GP u/r-minor paddle shifter problem, if I remember correctly
031. Q*Bert-Nice
032. Ms. Pac Man 19″ dedicated
033. Capcom Bowling
034. Kangaroo dedicated-nice
035. Strange Science Pinball-Nice-Works
036. Make Trax-needs small controls board on monitor-was robbed to fix another game

link love 09-09-08

September 9th, 2008

Let’s start things off with another great racketboy guide: Playing Neo-Geo on your DS.

The fine folks at TV-Nihon have been subtitling and releasing episodes of the wonderful Japanese television show GameCenter CX. At this point, all the challenges from the first season are available, alongside a few special episodes and the first few of season two.

Preach on, brotha.

Someone is auctioning a prototype wireless Atari 2700.

Video game sheet music for violin is difficult to find. Thankfully, InfinityEX has been busy transcribing, and is offering up a bunch of em on his site. Of the songs I’ve downloaded, the only one I have any hope of being able to play at this stage is Final Fantasy X‘s “To Zanarkand.”

The Complete History of Nintendo [via slashdot]

Restoring Tron – Fin.

September 8th, 2008

I’m done. Done done done.

Restored Tron

Okay, there are still a few things I plan to do, like add lights to the coin door inserts and replace the coin mechs for token use, but Tron is basically complete.

Restored Tron, lit

And for comparison purposes, here’s the cabinet back in the beginning of August:

Original Tron

For the full restoration from the beginning, start here.

Time to clean up the garage, enjoy the last couple weeks of vacation, and figure out what my next project cab is gonna be (I dunno if I have the constitution to dig into Cyberball just yet).