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The Arcade Library is now open. Just as a standard library has tons of manuals, instruction files, stories and picture books, Our Arcade Library has the same. Welcome to the "reading" part of our hobby.


Read Any Good Books (or seen a good movie) ?

I recently finished reading the two books below. If your into video games, put these on your must get list

Collecting Classic Video Games

O.K., This book is not ACTUALLY based on the Arcade gamer, but more towards the generation of the home gaming consoles. None-the-less, I too had an Atari 2600 growing up and like it or not, home gaming is part ow what I am today. Over 1000 nostalgia laden color photos are the core of this 144 page covering the old Atari stuff, Colecovision, Intellivision, Magnavox Odyssey and more Get your from Gameroom Magazine

ARCADE FEVER The Fan's Guide to The Golden Age of Video Games

Page after page of well-written text and screenshots of all the best classic arcade games (and a few lame ones like Bubbles and Berzerk)from the 80's. Sinistar, Dig Dug, QBert, Defender, Track & Field, Karate Champ, Tempest, you name it it's in here. I found the authors digs at some games funny but tainted, this his option, but overall it is a not to be missed collection for any old school gammer! I got mine from Amazon.com
Pleasure Machines, The history of pinball

This commercially produced tape, Pleasure Machines, The history of pinball, is just that.. a history tape as it starts way back in the beginning. You wont learn any restoration tips here, but you will see the "roots" of the silver ball. I got mine from Gameroom Magazine

Pacman Collectibles

The ultimate Pacman collectable book? I don't think so. I have a bit of Pac-man items myself, adorning the game room that are not in this book. None-the-less, LOTS of picture and the price guide is cool too. It also gave me the opportunity to show more of this cultural Icon to the next generation of players (my kids). Over all, you will be looking at more pictures the actual reading, But I could not imagine my collection without it I got mine from Gameroom Magazine
This Old Pinball Tape #1

This Old Pinball Tape one! Meet Shaggy and Norm. These two bozos will show you how to fix your old pinball machine to make it look and act like new. In this, their primer tape, the two go over electromechanical machines from soup to nuts. Although the film works is amateur, the delivery, humor, tip and tricks is vital. You can't beet the price too. 6$ is all it cost for any tape in the series. I must get for all into amusement games! I got mine Here!
This Old Pinball Tape #2

Tape 2 of This old Pinball is just as good as tape One. This time, the dynamic duo, take at a baseball game and give the whole tape a baseball flavor. Another good two hour tape of info and tips with Norm hamming it up in the background. I got mine Here!
This Old Pinball Tape #3

This Old Pinball Tape #3 "Lost in the Zone" is Norm and Shaggy's third installment in the repair and maintenance aspect of Pin games. Shaggy goes over the dreaded Clock in the TZ and gives a an overall.
I really cant say enough on the help these tape could be to anyone collecting pin games. Even if you don't own a TZ, the tips on all these tapes cant be missed.. The camera work and cinematography is getting better to!
I got mine
Here!
This Old Pinball Tape #4

Tape 4 of this old Pinball goes over the Indiana Jones Pin. Another great tape with ideas on pin repair. Littered with clips of the IJ movies to break up Norms bad jokes, you can find out why you would ever want to take a blowtorch to a pinball part! That's right, get this tape and you will see why you would want to torch parts as a repair. I got mine Here!

This Old Pinball Tape #5 Part one
The Black House / Haunted Hole tapes! An in depth look at both these games. After watching this 2 part set, I actually want a Black Hole now... Or do I want a Black House? Here!

This Old Pinball Tape #5 Part two
Part 2 of this detailed look at bullet proofing system one games. Click Here! to get one yourself!

This Old Pinball Tape Expo
Shaggy and Norm hit the auction in the Expo tape and point out the good and bad of the auction scene. Followed by Gene Cunningham's "state of the union address" on the status of Illinois pinball. Get yours today Here!

Pingame Gerbil

Pingame Gerbil Tour the world's largest pinball collection. Lots of tips & history Get yours today Here!

Bingorilla, Tim Arnold's 2nd tape
Bingorilla, Tim's second tape. Just like the first, Tim take you on a tour of older 1930s to 1990s pin games in detail, including some 'Bingos' I got mine Here

Bride of Bingorilla, Tim Arnold's 3rd tape

Bride of Bingorilla is really a continuation of 'Bingorilla'. More pinballs, a few bingo I got mine from Tim
System1 Super Show,Tim Arnold's 4th tape

System 1 Super Show All sixteen Gottlieb System 1 games in detail, This is most likely, my favorite taps to date, as good working System one games are harder to find Get your Here!

Girls Don't Make Passes at Boys with Backglasses, Tim Arnold's 5th tape
Girls Don't Make Passes at Boys with Backglasses!" 1930s-1960s pinball Backglasses Some goofy Porn back glasses in this on too! I got mine from Tim

The First Quarter

The first 1/4 What a good read! I just finished this, and it is similar to Phoenix The Rise and fall of Video games reviewed below. Covering all aspects of gaming history, It includes home gaming as well as arcade machines from the very first pong to PS2. What sets this read apart from Phoenix, is the numerous addition of quotes from the men who influenced the history of gaming. The book pictured to the left is the first addition of this book but is now out of print. The second edition of the First Quarter is now available and renamed as The Ultimate History of Video Games and contains an additional 160 pages. I got mine from Gameroom Magazine

Phoenix The Rise and fall of Videogames

Ever read a history book? Get and read this and you will have. Leonard Herman has done a wonderful job bringing us a full history book of the arcade and home video game world. You will be surprised how everyone was suing everyone else. Another highly recommend rag for the collector in all of us! ! I bought mine at Amazon.com

JoyStick Nation

Joystick Nation
This hard cover book takes you into the heart of Nintendo,and the classic arcade machines, shows you the militaries stand on gaming to what boys and girls look for in a video game. A great book on more gaming, topics that I've never see in one spread. Cartridge Wars, Doom, Primitive Blips, and Mortal Kombat...Its all here! I bought mine at
Amazon.com

Replay Magazine

Visit Replay Replay Magazine has been around for some time helping route operators run a successful business. Although the collector will find some of the information limited in this monthly rag, I must toss in my recommendation for the many pages in the back with ads and listing for auctions. But see yourself by seeing their web page or click on the Magazine to the left to jump to the web edition of Replays latest issue.

Gameroom Magazine

Gameroom GameRoom Magazine is targeted for the collector of game room items. Subscribe today or sample some of the magazine online.
Classic Gammer Magazine

Classic Gamer Magazine Classic Gamer Magazine Because Newer Isn't Necessarily Better! View the current issue here!

Who has the highest score in Pac Man?, Defender?, Tron? You'll find all the info here in the "Guinness book" of video game records It's Twin Galaxies!


Dear Diary

No other book is more personal than onesí diary. Well here is my arcade diary that documents other arcade game I have come across in my journeys. Visits to other collectors houses, game rooms, classics found in hotels, Etc. I don't travel too often but when I do, I have my camera with me.


Museums

Control Panel Overlay Museum

View my collection of Control Panel Overlays. You know The stickers that give you game directions and tell you which way to push the joystick. Side Art is in here too!

Dangerous Dann's Museum

Dangerous Dannís Museum of Video history is a cool stop for info on rare games and collectibles.

The Arcade Art Museum. Here you'll find actual cabinet photos of some of your
favorite games.

Videotopia!

A quick picture page on my trip to see the biggest Video Game Museum in the world VIDEOTOPIA!


Basement TV! Video clips and streams for everything arcade related! Download or watch online
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Arcade Manuals and Schematics

All files marked as PDF files require Adobe Acrobat reader for PDF (Portable Document Format) files. If you don't have this wonderful product, click on thisDownload!and get it now!. Most files here are maintained by myself to minimize dead links but sponsors of other linked manuals are listed here as well and may have their files compressed in other ways. If your computer does not support PDF files I can send you Xeroxed copied for a small fee.

Choose the first letter of the game in question. All monitor manuals are under "M" for monitor

Enter the Manual area!


A day in the life of a collector/operator

Tell me a story Here is a great story once posted on the Arcade news group involving an "accident" with a monitor. We all have had these "bad days of collection"
Tell me a story Here is a great story once posted on the Arcade news group that I found interesting. Back in the 80s when the video game craze was at its peek, there was talk about Mob involvement in the business. The following story sort of kills that idea.. or does it..
Tell me a story Here is another topic of conversation once posted in the Arcade news group. The topic was one of the Videotopia shows and how it is handled. No group of collectors work harder in classic collection then the Videotopia guys so Jeff responded
Tell me a story Here is another topic of conversation once posted in the Arcade news group on the topic of game moving.
Tell me a story An Operator shares a story of being crushed!


In the News

in the news..

This link takes you to an article written in the Dallas Morning News on the Videotopia show as well as some history in this hobby

 in the news..

Read up on the perfect Pac Man game here
   


Tech Zone

arcadehelp.com Arcade Help Another FTP Manual Area!
iron Jakobud.com has a few dimensions of cabinets that could be useful
ARCade ARChive ARCade ARChive FTP area of TONS of pinout, art, graphics, manuals, movies etc.
iron TV monitors FAQ I found this data real useful to trouble-shoot monitors. I hope you will to.
iron STAR TECH JOURNAL covers the coin-operated entertainment industry from a service/technical
point of view. Published monthly since 1979, when electronics first entered the coin-op game
arcades. It is considered the operator's bible.
iron Here are Three links for Capcom board owners that deal with repair info on these boards. Click here for general CPS-2 info or here for dead battery issues and troubleshooting or here for the Dead Battery Society


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