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LAST UPDATE 18.9.00
added : 2 empty hulks, 3 more burning cabs and 1 more hideous conversion
Yes, we've all seen and heard rumours of just what happens to arcade machines as time marches relentlessley on.. Well, over the years there has been loads of sites and stuff that show pictures of machines at rubbish tips, machines in barns rotting away, and machines on fire! Well, you'll find all these here and more..
Another crying shame is the amount of super-classic arcade games that have been converted to other, later, more crap games, and at that rate, not even done very well.. Its also strange to see why an operator would go to as much trouble as some of these obviously have to convert an old game to a more profitable game.
Since 1997 I have been collecting nearly every picture of an arcade machine i come across, it all goes into a directory of mine for reference. I can spot a conversion, or a cabinet type, or a slight difference in a cabinet from a distance :) There's very few machines i have not seen :) Anyhow, that picture archive (some 3700 files, 290MB) might be up one day as the definitive machine gallery, but for now, here's the nastier side...
I would like to thank the hundreds of anonymous eBay sellers, from which a lot of these pictures have come, also to the people who have found the dumps and the rest of it.. I have only been able to include one or two pictures of my own of cabinets that i have come across, the rest have come from the wonderful people of internet-land :)
Get the box of tissues ready, you will cry.
LET THE FUN BEGIN..... (click
on all pictures for the larger version)
|DEATH BY FIRE|
|OK, anonymous photo montage this.. all i can remember was that this guy was told there were one or two machines at the local tip, he took his camera to find this appauling scene of desolation. Clearly visible are the following machines : Zaxxon, Galaga, Pole Position, Centipede cocktails, Spy Hunter.||
|OK, a big load of pix from the same site
now.. the story goes.. Guy finds out a local operator has been storing
surplus machines in a barn for years. He is invited along, finds the following,
jukes/pinballs and vids..
#2 - A sega cocktail and
a converted atari cocktail, some old EM pinball bodies too.
|Two old boys (who edited the photos slightly)
find an operator with a stash of old machines. Unfortunately they have
lived outside for some years, some real classics in here..
- Atari Centipede, Super Bug, Asteroids Deluxe
- Williams Stargate and Defender
- Stern Super Cobra
- Midway pacman (several)
- Donkey Kong
|OK, here's a little home-grown graveyard
(in the UK), i visited this place in late 1998, it was the winter home
for all the fairground families, they had recently converted an arcade
wagon into a funhouse, sold off the ones they could, then dumped the rest
of the machines in a barn. Which had no front door. And was home to countless
numbers of pigeons. Fortunately, no super-classics in here, but some nice-ish
machines going completely to pot :) enjoy!
#20 - Jamma's on the right, World cup '90! weyhey!
#21 - A sit-at 28inch street fighter 2, WWF Wrestlefest electrocoin, the back of the generic 'Marpo' driving game (unknown) cockpit
#22 - Space Harrier seat, sit-down super hang-on
#23 - back of super hang-on sitdown, space harrier sit-down, another few jamma cabs in view
#24 - View number 1 over the contents, can't see all that far back.
#25 - Another overview of contents
#26 - From the outside looking in, on the far right is an electrocoin nintendo Vs. Hogan's Alley.
|Ok, so its not a graveyard, but sometimes, festering wooden hulks just wont be picked up free by somebody. These are XXX rated photos, the cabinets have been stripped compleltey naked. here's two that i don't think went anyplace anysoon. The first is a Pole Position believe it not, the second is a Battlezone Caberet that i left in my garden after nobody would take it away :)|
DEATH BY FIRE:
|Here we find a relatively uncommon Bally/Midway
'Baby Pacman' (videogame/pinball cross) biting the dust big style, along
with the remains of a Midway 'Space Invaders'
Oh bugger. shouldn't have left that cigarette burning on the control panel.
|Here we find a Sega convert-a-game cabinet
Star Trek forming charcoal. The story goes thus : the two guys in the picture
worked at an arcade or something back in 1986, this star trek broke down
aand they got given it, determined to fix it. after 6 months of not working,
they decided to drive out to the forest and ceremoniously burn it, saying
a few words for it first.
How thoughtful :)
|Obviously the Williams Robotron was not flavour of the month with the mad pyromaniac..|
|Here we find a Q*Bert going through what
we now know to be the phenomena of spontaneous video game combustion.
Sent in by Mike Saul
|Proof that the Master Control Program
can get you, anytime, anywhere :)
Sent in by Mike Saul
|Tempest, in its natural setting, see how
its natural colours flare up to attract the female of the species.
Sent in by Mike Saul
CONVERSIONS FROM HELL
|Centipede / Tempest Caberet -> 1942|
|Sega Vector 'Convert-a-game' cabinet -> Atari Gravitar! How bizarre?!!?|
|Atari Gauntlet -> Space
What were they on?? This is more than likely the 1990 re-release kit of Space ace installed in an old Gauntlet.
|Midway Super-Pacman -> Raiden!!|
|Fridge-door opening Laserdisc game (Galaxy Ranger?) - > Rygar|
|Gottlieb Q*Bert -> Arkanoid
quite nicely done :)
|Williams Sinistar -> Arkanoid|
|Midway Super-Pacman -> Ataxx|
|Atari Centipede -> Bootleg
1942 (B52 Bomber)
lazy asses didn't even black out the control panel :)
|Williams Duramold (probably
Blaster) -> Atari Batman
oh my god, why? why? why?
|Atari Pole Position cockpit->
My god, this has to be the weirdest one yet!
|Midway Cocktail JAMMA-tised
I really can't quite understand this one, they've hacked off the control panels from either end of the machine and bolted them to one side. Serves a purpose, but blimey, enough work or what!
|Stern Scramble/Super cobra
Again, we ask why, a Stern cabinet converted, painted, then galaxian installed!
|Sega Buck Rogers 'Planet
of Zoom' -> Choplfter
A really rare machine totally ruined :)
|Midway Gunfight Cocktail
(1975) -> Final Fight
this was listed as being a Joust cocktail, a common misconception, this is Gunfight, see later pictures for a Joust cocktail :)
|Atari Space Duel -> The
|Universal Cosmic Alien ->
weird, forced-in marquee, and the monitors pooped anyhow :)
|Badlands (laser game) ->
Very oddball cabinet, super-duper rare laser game, but now jamma :)
|Williams Joust -> Golden Axe|
|Stern Berzerk -> Ghosts n Goblins|
|Williams Star-Rider lasergame
Wow, talk about difficult conversion.. and totally surreal.
|Williams Robotron -> Two Crude Dudes|
|Midway Gunfight Cocktail
(1975) -> Yie Ar Kung Fu
Yes, the game was buggered too. And yes, the seller thought it was a joust cocktail.
|Joust cocktail -> JAMMA
NOW here's a JAMMA Joust cocktail, spot the differences?
|3 Stooges -> MAME
This TWAT thought that MAME would look better in this super-rare machine than the fully-working original insides.
|Ms. Pacman -> CLEAR Ms.
Here's a nice one actually, in the old video game museum in the states, a demo model, made out of perspex, cool!
|Dragon's Lair -> Choplifter
wow, they managed to bugger up the curved marquee too.. shame.
|Defender -> CABAL|
|Atari Crystal Castles -> Great Sluggers|
|Defender -> KLAX|
|Pacman -> Ms.Pac/Galaga
I mean, come on, its a pacman, painted blue, ms.pac marquee installed, then a fucking galaga head plopped on top, the board was switchable or something. How more grose looking can you get?
|Midway Root Beer TAPPER
wow, i mean, they even plastered generic bally/midway sideart on!
|Alca PLANET (bootleg asteroids)
with a proper Asteroids marquee.
This was being sold as an original asteroids machine. I mean, how thick can you get?
|Atari Warlords -> Q*Bert
wow, another weirdo one.. I don't think the seller even knew it was a Warlords under there, totally obliterated though.
|Atari Quantum -> Arkanoid
a super-duper rare machine which was retro-fitted and is now back to quantum, good on that man!
|Track 'n' Field -> Escape
From The Planet Of The Robot Monsters
Hehe, you gotta laugh eh?
|Nintendo Cocktail -> Street
wow, a 6 button cocktail? that's gotta be a first!
|Generic Bally/Midway cabinet
-> Sega Star Trek
Vector classic botched into a cab, with a Next Generation film poster cut up to make a marquee :) hahaah
|Atari Missile Command ->
quite a bit of work in this one, notice the speakers mounted above marquee.
|Stern Scramble/Super Cobra -> Tetris|
|Midway Pacman -> Trojan|
|Mario Bros./Donkey Kong -> WWF Superstars|
|Exidy Venture -> WWF Superstars
Super-duper rare machine with a niiiice new wrestling game installed.
|Computer Space -> Pacman
Oh my gosh.. possibly the worst crime commmited, ever!
|Tapper -> Thunder Jaws
Take a classic cabinet and cover it in blue latex, that will look nice. (Added by AA 12/01)
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