RoboCop the arcade game by Data East is in my opinion, one of the greatest arcade games ever. Not only did Data East have exclusivity on the RoboCop franchise for the arcade, but it also seem to have exclusivity (at least for a while) for the home versions as well. The three Nintendo versions are not that great of a game in themselves and compared to the arcade game there is no comparision.

Anways last night in an exhausted haze I had noticed that Netflix had RoboCop 2 available for streaming so I started to watch it. The original movie was damn near perfect for a variety of reasons, and this sequel is mostly crap. But there is one scene I do love and can watch over and over again.

To get you up to speed RoboCop tracks a thug kid to an arcade who is assisting a major drug operation. While RoboCop stakes out the arcade he observes the kid talking to a dirty cop who is telling the kid and one of the thugs information about the police. RoboCop decides to take action.

When RoboCop enters the arcade he makes some remark to the kids about it being a school night and the kids boo him and start to pelt him with popcorn. Then all hell breaks loose and the kids start to run off. The dirty cop realizes he’s been caught and RoboCop uses excessive force on him to make him talk and confess the location of the drug operation.

So you’d swear by the movie that only Data East makes arcade games. The arcade is full of them. And in some cases other games are branded as Data East titles, or have controls that don’t even exist for the title that the machine supposedly “is.” Each time I watch this scene I notice something new. But here are some of the cooler highlights:

1. As the kids start to scatter from the arcade you can see the Data East logo on four machines. I don’t know what that machine is on the left, but below the control panel is the Data East logo. Next to that is Bad Dudes with the logo clearly visible on the side of the machine. Next to the machine is that kid in a green shirt and jeans and to the right of him is another game with the Data East logo located near the top. I’m not sure what game this is but is clear that the logo was placed over the original cabinet art its angled weird but it definately has bowling pins on it. Next to that machine in profile is a white cabinet with a red and blue stripe. This is easily recognized as the cabinet to Pole Position (made by Namco published by Atari in the U.S).

2. In this next screen grab the dirty cop tries to sneak out of the arcade with out RoboCop seeing him. On the left is Midnight Resistance – an actual Data East game. Centered in the background has another game with the Data East logo below the control panel. I couldn’t make out what it was that game is Super VolleyBall. To the left of the dirty cop is Slap Shot. Not an arcade game but rather a redemption game released by Data East. And on the far right in the background is Vigilante. Vigilante is made by Irem but was published in the arcade by Data East.

3. RoboCop tosses the dirty cop into the Midnight Resistance machine. In the background you can see Bad Dudes. There is also a Data East logo on an unknown game (Ghostbusters – sorta you’ll know why in a moment) and Kung Fu Master another Irem game published by Data East.

4. Things start to get rough for the dirty cop. In the background we see Heavy Barrel.

5. Face plant into the Bad Dudes machine. In the background we have Hippodrome and Super VolleyBall.

5. Close up of Bad Dudes. Wish there wasn’t a dirty cop’s face in the way. The broke the glass! Those bastards.

6. And finally something really weird. See that Ghost Busters? Why does it have a steering wheel controller?

Too bad Data East really didn’t operate arcades as that would have been really cool – much like Namco currently does and SEGA has done in the past. There are two other arcade scenes from movie I hope to share in the near future. The first is the scene from Terminator 2 with the motion activated After Burner. The other is the scene from Death Wish 4 when your favorite classic games are machine gunned down. Hope you enjoyed this post!

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It’s amazing the difference a paddle controller makes.  Arkanoid for Nintendo NES is no exception.  If you follow my videos then you know I recently acquired a Vaus controller from a thrift store.  It looked beautiful except it didn’t work… well.

The paddle was jittery on the screen so I opened her up.  I thought perhaps the circuitry would be simple like an Atari 2600 Paddle but it wasn’t.  Multiple IC chips and a tiny potentiometer were at the heart of her.  I was sad and depressed that I couldn’t figure out exactly what the problem might be.  I suspected the potentiometer, but a quick cleaning of it with WD-40 didn’t improve anthing.  So I decided I’d take it apart. 

This was dangerous.  If I broke the potentiometer what would my chances be that I’d find one of similiar size of the same ohms?  I worked slowly, but then I realize the problem.  The pins were broken.  Two of them.  It was jittery because the potentiometer wasn’t making good contact with the board.  So I desoldered the potentiometer and recycled the pins from an un-used NPN transistor.  They were the perfect size for soldering into the potentiometer and then back on to the board.

I nervously reassembed the Vaus controller.  I put Arkanoid back in the system and fired the Nintendo up.

It worked.  Perfectly.

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I found a clear green Nintendo 64 with CastleVania and Kirby from a local Savers. The system is fantastic, but the games… not so much.

Just a quick video on four silver label Atari games I got from eBay including Joust, Jungle Hunt, Pole Position and Real Sports Baseball

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As baseball season draws near I can’t help but feel nostalgic towards this traditional American passtime.  My baseball videogame of choice will always be RBI for the original Nintendo NES.  But before this game was accessible to me Real Sports Baseball for Atari 2600 had to fit the bill.

The original Baseball game for Atari 2600 was terrible and mostly unplayable.  Intellivision mocked it and with screenshots side by side between Atari Baseball and Intellivision Baseball it was clear that the true baseball experience rested in the hands of Intellivision.

Then a few years later Atari released Real Sports Baseball.  It was amazing.  I first experienced it around 1988 or 1989.  I’m not sure how I originally got my copy.  I believe someone donated it to me… Probably a friend who was too busy playing RBI on their NES.

One Saturday morning I was sick.  A high fever kept me in bed for most of the day.  Later in the afternoon I had become bored and for reasons that escape me I fired up Real Sports Baseball. 

This game felt like real baseball.  Perhaps it was the mostly complete team on the field.  Or maybe it was the idea that Jose Canseco was coming up to bat… Or any other player I imagined.  The final score had a ten point spread with the computer winning.  My ears hurt from listening to the awful sounds this game made.  But it was perfect.  It was baseball.

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Used videogames frequently endure the indignity of being exposed to heavy tobacco use. Not only do cigarettes kill humans they also kill videogames. Ok, maybe not. But smoke is greasy and it stinks, and it makes games greasy and stink. So watch as I remove the stink with some Martha Stewart science. We’ll also check out some rarer Nintendo NES games I picked up from the swapmeet, and Pit Fighter for SEGA Genesis. And lets not forget Omega Race and Wizard of Wor for Atari 2600.

Hey, I saw this post: http://nintendotheory.tumblr.com/post/3569138223/30-days-of-gaming-challenge  and I thought it was cool.  But I didn’t want to spam up Salzmafia.Com with 30 posts of semi-related content.  So in an effort to be efficient I decided to post all 30 days at once.  Updated: After doing this exercise it’s kinda futile.  For me the questions are not specific enough to provide an accurate answer.  If there is anyone who did this and had no thoughts of exceptions than I can only imagine that you haven’t played many games.

Day 1 – Very first video game.  This would be Donkey Kong on ColecoVision, since the ColecoVision was the first game system I owned.  But it probably isn’t the first game I ever played.
Day 2 – Your favorite character.  I have many favorite characters, but would probably be the Chef Peter from Burger Time
Day 3 – A game that is underrated.  Fatal Fury is the most underrated game of all time.  There is a feel to the game that is very cohesive.  The talent who created the game clearly worked on each character and particularly each stage together. 
Day 4 – Your guilty pleasure game.  Fatal Fury.
Day 5 – Game character you feel you are most like (or wish you were).  The Wizard from Wizard of Wor, because I’d love to have a creepy voice.
Day 6 – Most annoying character.  Any character in a game with “Duty” or “Grand Theft” in the title.
Day 7 – Favorite game couple.  Arthur and Gwen from Ghosts N Goblins.
Day 8 – Best soundtrack.  Raiden Project: Raiden II.
Day 9 – Saddest game scene.  When the chef from BurgerTime Dies.
Day 10 – Best gameplay.  The original Super Mario Bros. since there is a timing to the game that can give you a good rhythm.   When you run through the stages you can jump and dash and slide and it is incredibly fluid.
Day 11 – Gaming system of choice.  Original NES – only because it was the one system I waited for the longest to receive and have the most positive memories around.
Day 12 – A game everyone should play.  Jungle Hunt.  Or Elevator Action.  No, wait.  Jungle Hunt.
Day 13 – A game you’ve played more than five times.  I’ve probably spent more time playing Street Fighter 2 and Super Mario Bros. than all the other games I’ve played combined.
Day 14 – Current (or most recent) gaming wallpaper.  I’ve never used a gaming wallpaper.
Day 15 – Post a screenshot from the game you’re playing right now.  I’m not playing a game right now, I’m writing a post.
Day 16 – Game with the best cut scenes.  I hate cut scenes.  If I wanted to see a movie then I’d watch a movie.  Once upon a time games didn’t have cut scenes as much as they had bonus games.  Thats what I’d prefer to experience in a game to break up the monotony.
Day 17 – Favorite antagonist.  Abobo from Double Dragon.  He seems like a total prick.  Can you imagine him in line at the DMV?  Just tossing motorist around.  Shesh.
Day 18 – Favorite protagonist.  Arthur from Ghost’s N Goblins / Ghouls N Ghosts / Super Ghouls N Ghosts
Day 19 – Picture of a game setting you wish you lived in.  I don’t want to live in any game.
Day 20 – Favorite genre.  Platformer, or beat ‘em up.  Or a platforming beat ‘em up.
Day 21 – Game with the best story.  Games with as little of story as possible are the best.  If you play the game enough to fill in your own backstory then the game accomplished what it sent out to do.
Day 22 – A game sequel which disappointed you.  Rastan SAGA II.
Day 23 – Game you think had the best graphics or art style.  When I was younger and I saw the ads for TV Sports Football on Turbo Grafx I was convinced that graphics would never get better than that game.
Day 24 – Favorite classic game.  Rastan.
Day 25 – A game you plan on playing.  I presume this is meant to be a game I plan on playing but haven’t yet.  Paperboy on SEGA Genesis.  I’ve never played it, but I plan to buy it.
Day 26 – Best voice acting.  I’ve always liked the announcer in Fatal Fury.
Day 27 – Most epic scene ever.  In Pitfall II… if you die you get dragged to your previous checkpoint.  That is just cool.  No game at the time ever did that.
Day 28 – Favorite game developer.  Capcom, Data East, SNK
Day 29 – A game you thought you wouldn’t like, but ended up loving.  Rastan
Day 30 – Your favorite game of all time.   This is tough to answer, so I’ll re-phrase it.  If I was stuck on an island and had only one game to play until the end of time it would have to be Super Mario Bros.  25 years later people are still finding tricks and bugs in it.

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I have a couple cool video game finds in this video that I got from a thrift store including a Vaus. We also check out eBay seller Infravision, and check out the ultra cool iCade 60-in-1 Jamma Mame board with footage of BurgerTime!