Sunday, 27 September 2015

Wading through the treasure and Stool unpacking.

My arcade stools finally was released by New Zealand Customs and was promptly delivered to my workplace that same day.

I chose red fabric as the colour of choice to contrast with the rest of the colour scheme in the game room. Overall I am quite surprised about the size of the seat as it was bigger than I thought and the leg teflon was flush against the chrome which looks fantastic. The seat I chose also has also got extra strengthening to withstand heavier individuals and better upholstery. I am glad I bought it new as second hand seats would carry quite a lot of odour.

I came across this Banpresto PCB during the testing and archiving process, it was Ultraman Club. A super deformed Ultraman bomberman clone where you try to avoid familiar groups of kaiju and their projectiles while firing off your own. Its quite amusing seeing how his trademarked beam only stuns the kaiju rather can causing spontaneous explosion. There is a power meter at the bottom of his HP that accumulates and can launch a disk attack that consumes 3 blocks of power but passes through barriers and kills with 1 hit! The first boss is a giant Ultrama reminiscent of Kikikaikais' boss battle.

Second up requires no introduction, though James does a good job here:

I got this board from my recent haul, it is in great shape and sounds awesome!

Monday, 21 September 2015

Another arcade board haul and CRT galore.

For the majority of retrogamers or nostalgics a good quality CRT is essential. For years I only played in RGB instead of the other signals because once I have seen that quality from a console it is hard to play on anything less. So for the gameroom, I have set out no less than 5 CRT for all types of purposes. For general gameplay, I have two 21" PVM monitors.

One is orientated in the usual horizontal position and the other is at 90 degrees. This is to accommodate vertical shooter conversions/boards that allowed full screen and resolution.

The height is set at stool sitting height to avoid leg cramps.

The next setup it situated in front of the main window. This is for the hardcore gamer who insist that the floor is where the action is. Situated at a floor sitting height are 3 monitors. The two 14" mimic the 21" big brothers and there is a 22" computer screen for 31 KHz material such as from the Naomi2 or god forbid next gen consoles.

All the I/O is handled by the matrix switch that can simultaneously display 8 sources to 8 displays. Neato.

Last night I had a visit from the arcade fairy, he brought me a lot of games. To my relief there is no street fighter boards this time, instead I am graced with Gaiapolis, Sunset Riders, another Fire Shark! original Ninja Baseball Batmen (<-plural )!

Adios for now pardner.

Some progress in Gameroom refurbishment.

I could not justify a space for the commercial LCD monitor so its mounted in the bathroom for the time being. I like it because it gives me something to look at while on the throne.
The bathroom is also decked out with consoles and games as well.

The father-in-law and I laid down some railings on both side of the wall to accommodate more shelving space. That alleviates a lot of floor space especially since arcade boards and consoles take up a lot of room.

I manage to pick up a working CPS3 third strike for a song and it sounds great.

I went to my parents house to pick up the other two New Astro City I had stashed away.

One of them had a chassis fault, I believe one of the resistors had failed as it looks stripped of its ceramic casing. I discharged the monitor and sent it off to Pintech for repairs.

Here is how the new arcade wall looks like now.

I also got my second impact board running at the same time, which is bliss of cause.

Changed out with puzzle fighter for the evening.

Here is the ROM board for Strider 2. Mint as and will be available soon for anyone interested..