Put Another Dime In…

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It’s been awhile since there have been any new additions to the basement arcade. That all changed the other day when my daughter sent me a text message with a picture of an item she insisted we purchase. After asking the price, I agreed and we were soon on our way to pick up a Seeburg Q160 Jukebox. I think every arcade needs a jukebox and I’ve wanted one for a long time. The Q160 was produced from late 1959 to late 1960 and can store and play 80 45 rpm records. With 2 sides per record, that is 180 songs. Here are a couple of pictures:

I’ll be the first to admit, I know nothing about jukeboxes. It’s complete and looks to be in fairly decent shape...

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Back in Business!

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After what seems like an eternity, the games are slowly coming out of storage!

Over the 4th of July weekend, Track & Field, Centipede, Ms. Pac-Man and the World Cup Soccer pinball got moved into their new home. Speaking of the new home, here’s a look at the space I have to work with (currently unfinished):

I wish I could say it was all space for the games, but it’s not. The area near the back wall will become a bedroom and bathroom. There will also be office space and a TV viewing area. Gotta have some place to play the modern console games!

This coming weekend Dig Dug, Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr and Galaga will be joining the mix. Unforunately, of the 4 games I’ve moved so far, 3 have issues. Track & Field’s high score table is corrupt. It either needs the table reset or a new battery. Centipede won’t boot at all, just scrambled graphics. The self test function doesn’t even run...

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Emulation via Launchbox

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It’s been a while! The games are coming out of storage soon (which may include new basement arcade construction posts)! In the meantime, I’ve been working on setting up emulators. Here’s a look at my favorite front end.

Sorry about the “ummmmms” and lack of clarity at times. I’m talking off the cuff, without a script, and hell, it’s the first real video I’ve made. Enjoy!

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Get Your Game On!

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It’s time to introduce what I hope will become a bigger part of this site, the video introduction for the mybasementarcade.com YouTube channel (I’ve got to get 10 subscribers before I can get a fancy link):

Much of the content I’ve posted and plan on posting in the next few months simply doesn’t transcribe well in a picture only format. For those posts that require it (for example the C64 vs. arcade series of upcoming posts) I plan on doing videos with some minor voice over work. I won’t be front and center, cause let’s be honest, I’ve got a face made for radio. I’ll also won’t drown you with audio as my voice is probably better suited for print. I’ll play the games, point out some of the differences and leave it at that.  It’s should be a good time.  I’ve got some work to do on the YouTube Channel profile before I fully turn things up. Stay tuned…

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Up-Down Arcade and Bar – Des Moines, IA

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Back in July, I had the chance to visit the Up-Down arcade and bar located in the East Village section of downtown Des Moines. Unforunately, I forgot to charge my phone before going and was only able to get 2 pictures before it died completely. I vowed to return and fully document the arcade and bar for the millions of readers of this blog. My recent visit to the 8 Bit Beercade in Peoria, IL got me in the mood to play more “classic” arcade games and I knew this place had them. I grabbed a few tokens left over from my previous visit and headed to 500 E Locust yesterday afternoon.

Up-Down is below ground and on my first visit in July, I probably walked by it 3 times before discovering the entrance. It has a more traditional arcade feel to it than the 8 Bit Beercade as it is essentially two rooms. The main room has the bar and a long wall with a bunch of games on it. There are a few more games scattered around this room...

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