8 Bit Beercade – Peoria, IL

0 8 Bit Beercade

Last weekend, I returned to my hometown for a class reunion.  A year ago, I learned of a new bar/arcade that opened up in the downtown Warehouse District.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get the chance to visit it before moving out of state.  That changed last weekend as I had a bit of free time Saturday and decided to head downtown to the 8 Bit Beercade, located at the corner of Water Street and State Street in beautiful downtown Peoria, IL.

I’ve been to bar/arcade joints in Denver, Colorado and Des Moines, Iowa so I was excited to see how the one located in my hometown stacked up.  Fortunately, my phone was fully charged this time so I was able to get a few pictures.  I think there was only one wall of games that I didn’t get a picture of and I forgot to take a picture of the bar and outdoor patio.  Speaking of the bar, the 8 Bit Beercade has a huge selection of craft beers...

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A Spiffy New Update


I’ve updated the site with a new and improved arcade theme.  It’s a responsive design so it should work well on your phone, tablet or computer.  I still have a bit of tweaking to do to certain style elements.  It’s going to take a while to work through some of the issues.  On the plus side, I have verified all of the links, so everything that links to an external site should now be working.

Now, if only I could get someone to design an awesome logo for me, I’d be set.  (That might be a hint, or better yet, a plea!)

Look for my review of the beercade I recently visited in the next day or so.

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Donkey Kong – C64 vs Arcade

0 Donkey Kong Title Screen

I’ve been thinking a bit about content to post since my games are all in storage and there obviously is no work being done on them. As you may know from my previous posts, I recently dug the Commodore 64 out of storage to give me something to occupy my time. So, for the next few posts, I’m going to take a look at original arcade games and how the Commodore 64 version compares.

Since my games aren’t accessible to me and I don’t have a video capture device for the Commodore, I’m going to do all of my comparisons via emulators. MAME for the arcade portion and VICE for the C64 portion. I chose my favorite game, Donkey Kong as the first candidate. I’m going to try and hit the games I own first, so we’ll be taking a look at the C64 ports of Dig Dug, Donkey Kong Jr., Ms. Pac-man, Track & Field and Centipede first, and then games I previously owned like Elevator Action, Missile Command and Jungle Hunt...

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Playing the Classics – Computer Style – Part II


Back in January, I posted an article about my recent purchase of a couple of Commodore 64 computers, bringing back memories of 1982 or 1983. As life shifted, they quickly got packed up and shoved into storage with the rest of my games. I recently unpacked them and once again started to relive the glory days of gaming.

One of the problems I found with the purchased computers was that many of the 5 1/4″ floppy disks included with the purchase had degraded to the point of not being usable. The drives still worked great, but the media had deteriorated over the years to the point of not being usable. Enter the SD2IEC, an SD card reader that emulates the basic functions of the original Commodore 1541 disk drive. I purchased mine at The Future was 8 Bit. While there are a number of games that require true 1541 drive emulation, this one was good enough to get me started. Probably the best solution, which offers 100% 1541 drive emulation, is the 1541 Ultimate, but it is pricey and there ...

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A Quick Update


So, it’s been a while since I have posted anything on the website. Heck, I’m not sure anyone even visits the site for that matter. About 4 months ago, I made a move to a different state to take a new job. Since I have not purchased a house yet, all my games are currently in storage and probably will be for the next several months. I am now located in Central Iowa (Des Moines to be exact) and would love to meet up with fellow collectors in the area. One downside to the move… remember the cool Space Invaders on the wall in the old game room?

Games and Space Invaders The games in place and the Space Invaders attacking the window!

Unfortunately, I put them on the wall with double sided tape. I could not get them off the wall without destroying the drywall. The buyer of my house is now the proud owner of them, still in place. I don’t recall who I bought the tiles from originally and don’t know if they are still making them. If anyone has any ideas on replacing them, let me know...

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