Category Archives: My games

Cruis’n World – marquee lighting

The fluorescent tube I installed in the marquee of my Cruis’n World years ago, does not light up the picture evenly. I have decided to use LED strips (cool white) on a piece of acrylic (67cm*17cm). I used three runs of strip powered by a small 12V SMPS I had lying around. The result is great, the light is 100% even now. The setup draws 0.2A and 2.4W…about 85% less than the previous setup. Having several light sources is better than one when you want to light up an area. Also, should one or more of the LEDs die over the years, it will almost be unnoticeable. The same cannot be said for a single light source…of course.

 

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/Nicholas

 

My arcade games: Generic cocktail w. Galaga (1981)

[pics inside] My favorite game of all time is Galaga from 1981. The game always sat 100% right with me. Eventually I want to have an original upright Galaga, but until then this cocktail cabinet will have to do. Even though I have a lot of pictures, I never managed to get a picture of it done – only WIP pictures…however, you can see it played at the end of this video:¬†Galaga enhancement fix

I love having hiscores on Galaga. The enhancement board also have the fast-fire hack, but I have never liked that. Not because of the altering of the game, but because the hit detection goes down. They should have kept the player shots s little bit slower so they can’t pass through an enemy in a cycle.

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My arcade games: Special Criminal Investigation (1989)

[pics inside] I have always loved Chase HQ. The idea of intercepting the criminal car by driving into it is brilliant and the the game is great fun. It has some of the best speech in any video game; “This is Nancy at Chase HQ” and countless more. It is also one of the few sprite-scaling games that actually gives you a sense of speed and work as well as their 3D counterparts. I have the SCI machine, but I have Chase HQ running in it; SCI is a nice game, no doubt, but Chase HQ is the better one. In one of the pictures, the pinout for the optical wheel is shown.

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My arcade games: Bally Star Trek (1979)

[pics inside] I got my Bally Star Trek in 2009, completely destroyed and broken. This was my first pinball machine. Already from this- first – machine I decided to go with LEDs. Below are some pictures from the process, which range from board repair to painting and stenciling.

First, a before and after picture:

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Alternative fuse:

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Backbox:

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Cabinet:

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Stencils:

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Paint:

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My arcade games: Cruis’n World by Midway (1996)

My wife has always liked racing games. So after we moved, she started looking into getting a sit-down racer. At first, we were going for a Sega, like Sega Rally, Daytona and Scud Race, since these are awesome games, but we went with a Cruis’n World because of the number of levels; about 15 levels with totally different graphics on each. Compare this to the usual 2-4 levels found on the standard driving game, where they tend to use the same graphics. Also, the game uses a really simple board system: The game pcb and a force feedback pcb. Those of you that has seen the inside of a Sega game will appreciate this.

 

For our machine we also have the Off Road Challenge pcb, since this has the same pinout as Cruis’n USA & World.

 

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My arcade games: Meteor by Stern (1979)

Bought as a machine where everything was broken, Meteor is now in perfect order. I swapped the bulbs for cointaker frosted white LEDs. As a game, this one excels. With its 15 drop targets and only one popbumper, this is for the shooting player who likes to aim. The placement of the third flipper is a lot more to my liking than the normal ‘hit the ball as it passes’-style.

 

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My arcade games: Xenon by Bally (1980)

I am starting to post some of my machines on the site. I recently downsized my collection, so it is somewhat limited.

I love science fiction themes, which can be observed in most of my games. First is the favorite game in my collection, Xenon from 1980 by Bally. Xenon has recorded speech, multiball and a ramp(tube shot). It also has stunning artwork and is highly regarded as a collectable pinball machine. The image was taken before it was put with the other machines.

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/Nicholas