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If you're wondering where I've been, why I haven't been submitting recently... my Surface Pro charger has died. As a result, the same device that I use to record my games, along with using to submit them, is unusable for the time being.
It's just a short delay, I have a new
As I'm one of thefew submitters for Xbox One, I've been trying to help improve the situation byspreading the word elsewhere. I've plugged Twin Galaxies on Twitter a coupletimes, and been posting on Xbox Live in both my personal feed, and in some ofthe Clubs on there. So far… it looks like I haven't
While I haven't reached the point of having scores submitted for all of the Atari Flashback Anthology games, or for Pinball Arcade tables, I still think I'm going to shift my game focus away from the Xbox One and to Xbox 360/XBLA games. I have a few more Pinball Arcade scores in adjudication now, and
I just wanted to share my thoughts on what games are currently on my playlist for scores, along with possibilities in the near future.
First, I hope to keep running through the two primary titles that I'm working on. Both are on the Xbox One. I'd like to set scores for all of
For quite a while I've toyed with the idea of owning an arcade or pinball machine. But it was finally in the cards a few years ago - I sold my large MTG card collection to help us have a nice down payment for our first house. Part of the deal with that would be that I'd eventually be able to own a pinball machine. A year and a half ago, that came to fruition, as I picked up a Demo Man in good condition.
That didn't stop me from thinking about getting an arcade machine though - in some ways, made me more open to the idea. And finally, in the past two months, that's also come to reality. So now in my garage, I have these:
On the right, yes, that's a Gauntlet in need of a lot of love. It had been converted to a Super High Impact. It still has all four of the Atari logo joysticks, which I hope to fix up to feeling good again (they're super loose) and keep in the machine. The control panel overlay under the High Impact one looks good, but sadly, at some point a hole was drilled in the control panel (for what purpose, I can't tell). So there definitely won't be re-use of that CPO.
It's not only my first arcade machine, but my first restore - all in one! There's going to be a lot to learn. Woodworking to repair some cabinet issues, removing old vinyl and recovering the machine, putting on vinyl artwork, repairing the wiring harness (missing many connectors), and possibly even some boardwork - the Gauntlet 2 PCB that I have with it has some issues to investigate. I hope to pick up a Gauntlet PCB, allowing me to switch and play both games.
I'd love to be able to get it restored in time for next year's NW Pinball and Arcade show!
The other two are a pair of empty Golden Tee and Silver Strike cabinets. One will be going elsewhere for another project. The other will become my own personal emulation machine. I plan on, over time, going all out and making it as nice as possible. Good quality computer and monitor, speakers and subwoofer, 4-player control panel and possibly connectors to make it easier to swap them out, custom art for the marquee and sides, and so on.
However, I still have a smaller scale project that I need to finish up first. One that's going to be a gift for an 11-year old boy this holiday for the purposes of educating him on the history of gaming.
This is a Porta Pi that I've been working on. I ordered the wood cabinet, assembled it, and picked up all the parts from elsewhere. It's mostly complete - I have some minor hardware things to clean up, a little bit of soldering to fix up, and I'm going to look into getting some custom vinyl stickers for it. Once this is done, then I can start up my big projects!