And just like that, it's a brand new arcade cabinet! Thanks as always to Team 816's Olaf for his stellar work!
Thursday, June 7, 2018
It's been a joy to watch my friends grow and flourish these past two years. Pixel Blast Arcade was a major inspiration for Arcade816, plus they pushed me to bring the prototype cabinet to Midwest Gaming Classic and changed my future. Please join us in celebrating their continued success at Pixel Blast Arcade's 2-Year Anniversary Bash!
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Thank you Sega-16.com for spreading the word! Dr. Ken Horowitz is the founder, and he's the real deal! I met him at MGC and besides being a really nice guy, turns out he's the author of "Playing at the Next Level: A History of American Sega Games", and the upcoming "The Sega Arcade Revolution: A History in 62 Games". check out his fantastic website and books! Read the interview here!
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Monday, May 21, 2018
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Thursday, May 3, 2018
Jason Hedlund and I noticed the monitor on-screen menu popping up intermittently when we put pressure on the control panel or lower right bezel. Figured the MDF had expanded due to spring humidity and now the monitor buttons were being pushed on by the bezel. Sure enough! I came to Pixel Blast with a jig saw and cut out a notch for the buttons, the problem is gone! Thanks to Trickman Terry for the assist! That's why this is a prototype cabinet, and why we're beta testing!
Sunday, April 29, 2018
Weird day. Went to the video game swap meet at Galloping Ghost Arcade in Brookfield IL, ended up meeting video game royalty. The dudes from YouTube channels My Life in Gaming (Coury Carlson, Marc Duddleson) and Game Sack (Joe Redifer)! Also Ste Kulov, owner of HD Retrovision who makes component cables for SNES, Genesis and others, and Frank Cifaldi, Director of The Video Game History Foundation. Trickman Terry, Jason Hedlund and I convinced them to swing over to Pixel Blast Arcade in Lisle for a night of arcade geek out and Genesis games on the 816 Cabinet! No big deal, whatever.
Thursday, April 26, 2018
What a difference an upscaler makes! When deciding to make a modern style arcade, we had to overcome some problems. Like how to make old 240p video games look good on a modern 1080p LCD monitors. Enter the Open Source Scan Converter. The OSSC incrementally line doubles (or triples, up to 5x) the 240p image so the quality remains crystal clear. It can even simulate the scanlines present on a CRT monitor, making the gameplay experience complete and authentic. You can snag one at VideogamePerfection.com
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Monday, April 16, 2018
Made it home safely from Midwest Gaming Classic, but more importantly so did the 816 Console Cab! It's new home is with my pals at Pixel Blast Arcadein Lisle, Illinois, who are taking great care of it, and were very understanding about my "new cab anxiety". If you missed the chance to see it at MGC, it will be available for play from this Tuesday, and we'll soon establish some kind of routine for swapping in Sega Genesis cartridges that YOU want to play. Stay tuned!
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Sonic 2 XL was the sleeper hit of the show! Everyone was having a great laugh playing this ROM hack of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, where Sonic gets fatter as he collects more (onion) rings. We're on the way out, so thank you Midwest Gaming Classic for your kind words of encouragement. In return I will bring you the best experience I can next year!
A lot of folks are asking if the 816 Console Cabinets will be for sale. Our main focus at the moment is getting enough cabinets built to get the arcade open. There will be 10 or so of the Genesis cabs you saw at Midwest Gaming Classic, but also cabinets dedicated to other game consoles. Once we have 50-60 total, the arcade will be open for your enjoyment. Once we are established and on track, we would have no problem offering limited numbers for sale. Pricing would be determined at that time as well. Thanks everyone for your interest!
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Friday, March 16, 2018
The first one night only public beta test at Pixel Blast Arcade. We set it on top of Puck Bowling (before the Console Base existed), and let folks have a go on the unfinished cabinet (pre-art and t-molding). People seemed to have a good time and kept peeking at what was underneath. Mission accomplished!
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