Arcades?

 

Not sure if I'd get to it anytime soon, but an Arcade list seems like it would be popular. There's some good sources of locations online (in addition to Chuck E Cheese /Dave & Busters locations).

Here's 2 good sources: www.aurcade.com , www.arcadefly.com

Anybody else a fan of the classic arcade games out there? I should be ashamed to say, Ms. Pacman & Pinball are still two of my favorites lol

These should start you off

deere478 wrote:

Not sure if I'd get to it anytime soon, but an Arcade list seems like it would be popular. There's some good sources of locations online (in addition to Chuck E Cheese /Dave & Busters locations).

Here's 2 good sources: www.aurcade.com , www.arcadefly.com

Anybody else a fan of the classic arcade games out there? I should be ashamed to say, Ms. Pacman & Pinball are still two of my favorites lol

Chuck E Cheese
http://www.poi-factory.com/node/15407

Dave & Busters
http://www.poi-factory.com/node/2061

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All the worlds indeed a stage and we are merely players. Rush

Love Arcades

Arcades are allways good clean fun for the whole family. My house is full of pinball machines. And we love to find arcades when traveling.

I agree

gdreese wrote:

Arcades are allways good clean fun for the whole family. My house is full of pinball machines. And we love to find arcades when traveling.

Good fun and atmosphere especially at a busy arcade. Pinball machines are expensive...!

Looks like the Chuck E Cheese and D&B locations would be an easy start cool

gotta have Funspot

No arcade POI would be complete without the largest arcade in the world (according to Guinness), Funspot in Laconia, NH.

Funspot
579 Endicott Street North
Laconia, NH 03246
43.613041 N, -71.477451 W
http://www.funspotnh.com/

Pinball Hall of Fame

You HAVE to include the Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas.

Dropped by there on my last trip and had a blast reliving my formative years - skipping school and playing for smokes twisted

Pinball Hall of Fame (Las Vegas)
1610 E Tropicana Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89119
36.101038 N, -115.13093 W

Got em

Thanks for those coordinates, the file is born!

Anybody interested in working on this with me please let me know. There are 1056 locations on the Aurcade site, which would take me forever with the time I have available. http://www.aurcade.com/locations/ We could divide that list up somehow and then combine our files. There's another 539 on the other website, many of which could be duplicates.

File

Created the file tonight & uploaded with Locations beginning with A & B:
"Arcades US & Canada"
http://www.poi-factory.com/node/35240

... will continue as time permits.

Here's a tip

If you scroll down a few pages in the source code for the individual site, there are 2 lines that give you the coordinates:

var lat = 34.761312;
var lon = -84.945079;

Beats having to chew through all the google maps crap to get it...

-Bob

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Striving to make the NYC Metro area project the best.

coordinates

So far I've gotten pretty good results from GPSVisualizer.com - it does them as a batch. Copy & paste the addresses in as a group, then copy & paste the coordinates out into a spreadsheet as a group.

I uploaded the file but its not showing up in my account as a file I maintain nor in the Poi-factory Search bar?

Ms. Pacman is my favorite too!

deere478 wrote:

Not sure if I'd get to it anytime soon, but an Arcade list seems like it would be popular. There's some good sources of locations online (in addition to Chuck E Cheese /Dave & Busters locations).

Here's 2 good sources: www.aurcade.com , www.arcadefly.com

Anybody else a fan of the classic arcade games out there? I should be ashamed to say, Ms. Pacman & Pinball are still two of my favorites lol

grin

Arcades File

Good, thanks Jon!

JM wrote:

It's up. http://www.poi-factory.com/node/35240

Arcades

deere478 wrote:

Anybody else a fan of the classic arcade games out there? I should be ashamed to say, Ms. Pacman & Pinball are still two of my favorites lol

I used to love playing the PacMan games, Galaga, Targ/Spectar, Defender, etc. as a kid. I shudder to think what I might have accomplished in life if I hadn't spent so much time in the arcade but it certainly was a blast (pun intended).

I have on old Evel Knievel pinball machine. It's an interesting one because it has digital displays but uses bells for sounds... it was manufactured when the pinball machines had just started transitioning to digital.

MAME - the Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator is a great project that runs on several platforms and lets you play the real games... you just need the ROMs. They used to be widely available until the original copyright holders realized that they could make money on them a second time around.... can't really blame them I suppose but they're harder to find now.

Emulators

pquesinb wrote:
deere478 wrote:

Anybody else a fan of the classic arcade games out there? I should be ashamed to say, Ms. Pacman & Pinball are still two of my favorites lol

I used to love playing the PacMan games, Galaga, Targ/Spectar, Defender, etc. as a kid. I shudder to think what I might have accomplished in life if I hadn't spent so much time in the arcade but it certainly was a blast (pun intended).

I have on old Evel Knievel pinball machine. It's an interesting one because it has digital displays but uses bells for sounds... it was manufactured when the pinball machines had just started transitioning to digital.

MAME - the Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator is a great project that runs on several platforms and lets you play the real games... you just need the ROMs. They used to be widely available until the original copyright holders realized that they could make money on them a second time around.... can't really blame them I suppose but they're harder to find now.

I haven't heard of the MAME, but the Atari 7800's seem to be an economical way to access most of these older games. A full-size machine would be great for entertaining visitors. I stumbled upon a business on the eastern shore of Maryland with a large variety of new & rebuilt machines they sell. They must deal with many of the boardwalk arcades. Interesting to look through their inventory: http://www.agsarcadegamesales.com/uprights.html (I've added this business to the POI file by the way)

File update

Added business locations named 'C thru E' this morning. This includes a large number of Dave&Buster's (by jmarqua), CiCi's (by dkeane), and Chuck E Cheese (by bak276).

Evil Knievel

Evil Knievel is a neat machine to have. Bally started making them in January 1977 as an Electro-Mechanical Pinball and half way through the year they switched them to solidstate machines and continued manufacturing solidstate Evil Knievel through 1978. Fun pinball to play.

Don't know if you got it

there is a Pungo pizza by me (Virginia Beach, VA)with video games. I liked playing pinball games in the 80's. I would some times switch them off and back on to erase the high scores..

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Mike TOMTOM XL335 and VIA 1535

thanks

navycop wrote:

there is a Pungo pizza by me (Virginia Beach, VA)with video games. I liked playing pinball games in the 80's. I would some times switch them off and back on to erase the high scores..

Yep, I do have that one and an address for it. Sounds like there's a decent number of games there.

Noticed an arcade in Ohio was missing

Truck World Mall in Hubbard by interstate 80 is not listed. They have a game room in the front across from the resrturant. I can get the long/lat for you. It is on N. main st zip 44425.

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Mike TOMTOM XL335 and VIA 1535

Truck World Mall

Since there's not a full address, please do get the long/lat and I'll add that one. Thanks...

Truck World Mall

deere478 wrote:

Since there's not a full address, please do get the long/lat and I'll add that one. Thanks...

Long -80.566837
Lat 41.178658

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Mike TOMTOM XL335 and VIA 1535

got it

navycop wrote:

Long -80.566837
Lat 41.178658

Thanks.

MAME

deere478 wrote:

I haven't heard of the MAME, but the Atari 7800's seem to be an economical way to access most of these older games. A full-size machine would be great for entertaining visitors. I stumbled upon a business on the eastern shore of Maryland with a large variety of new & rebuilt machines they sell. They must deal with many of the boardwalk arcades. Interesting to look through their inventory: http://www.agsarcadegamesales.com/uprights.html (I've added this business to the POI file by the way)

A lot of enthusiasts are building MAME cabinets for that very reason and you can play multiple games on the same machine. Google 'mame cabinet', you'll be amazed at all the cool projects you find out there.

MAME and Betson

deere478 wrote:

I haven't heard of the MAME

MAME will let you run arcade games on your computer. It emulates the arcade hardware and uses actual ROM code from the arcade machines. Some take it a step further and put the computer into an arcade cabinet, so you can play using arcade controls rather than a keyboard. And for those who modify the ROMs on arcade games, MAME lets you test your tweaks without having to burn an eprom and install it in the machine, a real time saver. smile

deere478 wrote:

I stumbled upon a business on the eastern shore of Maryland [...] (I've added this business to the POI file by the way)

Betson Enterprises sells arcade games, pinball machines, and other vending gear. They used to auction off older arcade machines once a year, not sure if they still do. They have a few locations around the country. Here's the only one I know well enough to locate on Google Earth:

Betson New England
560 Turnpike St.
Canton, MA 02021
42.163298, -71.109804
http://www.betson.com/

Betson's

-Nomad- wrote:
deere478 wrote:

I haven't heard of the MAME

MAME will let you run arcade games on your computer. It emulates the arcade hardware and uses actual ROM code from the arcade machines. Some take it a step further and put the computer into an arcade cabinet, so you can play using arcade controls rather than a keyboard. And for those who modify the ROMs on arcade games, MAME lets you test your tweaks without having to burn an eprom and install it in the machine, a real time saver. smile

deere478 wrote:

I stumbled upon a business on the eastern shore of Maryland [...] (I've added this business to the POI file by the way)

Betson Enterprises sells arcade games, pinball machines, and other vending gear. They used to auction off older arcade machines once a year, not sure if they still do. They have a few locations around the country. Here's the only one I know well enough to locate on Google Earth:

Betson New England
560 Turnpike St.
Canton, MA 02021
42.163298, -71.109804
http://www.betson.com/

Thanks for Betson's 'Nomad', I have it in the file for my next upload. I'll check out the MAME programs, what kind of port do the common joysticks use- USB? I used to have one that hooked into one of the COM ports and it never worked for me.