The History Of A Game

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Like many collectors, I often wondered about the history behind each of my games. Where was the game originally located and who had the pleasure of playing it? The clues are often cryptic, from the “Potts Inn 1986″ penned on the bottom of my Donkey Kong coin box in black Sharpie to the names etched in the sides of my Track & Field game. The best clues I’ve found for any game came as I was thumbing through the documentation included with my Elevator Action.

As mentioned previously, I know that my Elevator Action started life as a Jungle Hunt cabinet and at some point was converted with a factory Taito conversion Kit. The documentation included a Jungle Hunt manual, with game serial number of 148070, which matches the number on the back of my cabinet. A Taito America Corporation Conversion Kit, Jungle Hunt to Elevator Action manual was present with a serial number of 504609...

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Elevator Action Repair

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In my post on Wednesday, I mentioned a few things that weren’t working properly on my recently acquired Elevator Action game. The joystick did not respond when pushed up, the player 1 start button was not working and the second coin slot was not registering credits. I decided to focus much of my initial efforts tackling the up directional on the joystick as the game was almost impossible to play without it working.

I like to start my troubleshooting at the source and work backwards, so I began taking some readings on the joystick with my voltmeter. I took my first set of readings on the joystick leaf switches, measuring the voltages for left, right, down and up. Left, right and down all measured a consistent 4.8 volts, while up produced a reading of 0. The control panel and all of it’s switches and buttons plug into the main wiring harness with a 15 pin molex connector. I took my next set of readings on the wiring harness side of this 15 pin molex connector...

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Elevator Action Photo

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As promised yesterday, I’ve got a slew of photos today of my newly acquired Elevator Action game.   I’ll provide commentary as necessary:

The control panel is a mess.  The player 1 start button does not appear to function.  The joystick does not work in the up direction.  Hopefully it’s just a few loose wires but I haven’t investigated the issues at all.   It desperately needs a new control panel overlay.  Even an inkjet reproduction would look better than the one on the cabinet now.  All of the buttons will be replaced.

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Agent 17, Codename: Otto

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I’ve added a new game to the collection and those familiar with the title of this article will immediately know that it’s Elevator Action, released by Taito in 1983. The game play is relatively simple, you are Agent 17, codename: “Otto” and your mission is to secure top secret documents from a 30-floor security building and escape in a getaway car waiting in a garage at the very bottom of the building. To read more details about the game and see a few screenshots, check out it’s listing in the Killer List of Video Games

The game is in decent shape but needs a few cosmetic repairs.  The control panel overlay is shot and needs to be replaced.  Most of the metal pieces need to be sanded down and repainted.  The player 1 start button doesn’t appear to be working.  The cabinet itself is solid and the stenciled sides are decent.  I’ll have to decide later if I want to re-stencil and repaint them...

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