UPDATE: The Arcade Collector, Season 2 is here! After reading this piece, check out what other games Classick and 75 go after!
This post is my weekly submission to the League of Extraordinary Bloggers, which is a fellowship of online writers such as myself who assemble weekly to crank out various blogs centered around a specific topic.
This week’s topic:
Well now, this is interesting…
Let’s be for real though, my life as it is isn’t that interesting. I work a 9-5, then head home and put out new blog posts and podcast episodes here on this site. Aside from hanging with Spider-Dog and getting a lot of mileage in on XBox, there’s not much else to ole Classick these days. Howevah when you look at what passes for Reality TV, most of it’s scripted and not much of it’s based on reality. Let’s say these execs wanted me to star in a show. Let’s say they offered a nice-sized budget along with my salary for said show. You know what I’d do? I’d mark the following off of my bucket list, is what! I present to you…
The Arcade Collector
starring Classick Material, Tuesday nights on
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On this show, your host (that’s me) along with two of my good friends will travel the world over to collect many favorite, classic or rare arcade games in order to add to our collection. We’ll surf the online ads, scour the secondary markets and even visit some odd and exotic locales in order to find, play and possibly earn these games.
Every episode will focus on three games that we will pursue. Each game will have a specific reason for us wanting to find it. For instance, maybe I want to pick up The Combatribes because it’s a fun, three-player beat-em-up that reminds me a lot of The Warriors and was a quarter muncher in my high school days. Or I know one of my good friends @75BLVD will want to grab Shinobi or Ninja Gaiden because, well, ninjas are awesome!
Whatever the decision, we’ll head out to the owners to check out the game. A few factors here, we’re not gonna just pick up any cabinet we find. We want to see if it’s in good condition, minimal damage to the cabinet itself, joystick and buttons in working order, coin slots undamaged and functional , etc. We’ll even consider a few restoration projects, but they will impact the price we’re willing to pay.
Other than just haggling on price, however, we’ll also make the show interesting at times by engaging in challenges for said video games. For instance, let’s say we were looking to acquire the seated cockpit version of the SEGA classic After Burner II… we head on over to this small town arcade in a New Hampshire suburb because we hear they have one there that’s collecting dust. The owner might be the competitive type and that might work in our favor. We put up our Super Hang-On cabinet (won a few episodes earlier) in a wager and play head-to-head in After Burner II. Higher score would win the loser’s game. Now, this won’t be clear-cut each week, as there are some episodes where we might actually lose games, but hey, that’s the way it goes sometimes…
Where will these games be stored? Well, other than buying out Flynn’s, we’d prefer that our Arcade Collector museum/playroom be somewhere that’s difficult to find. Where better than this unused area in Gotham City (restored after flood damage).
And transport will be a snap, because along with the budget for purchasing these cabinets, I will request an official Arcade Collector vehicle that will also serve as on-site securty…
Here’s what the first ten episode season of The Arcade Collector would look like, with each episode carrying a theme for the games we are seeking as we look to fill our museum:
Episode 1: The Classicks
Ms. Pac-Man, Baby Pac-Man, Space Invaders
Episode 2: Ninjitsu!
Shinobi, Ninja Gaiden, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (4-player)
Episode 3: Behind the Wheel
Road Blasters, Spy Hunter, Daytona USA
Episode 4: Beat ‘Em Up
Double Dragon, The Combatribes, Final Fight
Episode 5: For the Sport of It!
Pole Position, Punch-Out!!, NBA Jam
Episode 6: More Classics
Popeye, Gauntlet, Crystal Castles
Episode 7: Just Because…
Smash TV, The Main Event, Xenophobe
Episode 8: Have Gun, Will Travel
Robocop, Operation: Wolf, Time Crisis II
Episode 9: SEGAAAAAAAA!!!
Afterburner II, Out Run, Super Hang-On
Episode 10: The Must-Haves
X-Men, Star Wars, Discs of Tron
Oh, and just because, let’s also include some valets in the show…
Oh, but we’re not quite done! In the Season One DVD release, we’ll throw in a bonus episode to include our search for three of our favorite pinball games, because NOBODY plays pinball anymore, yet like the now extinct drive-in movie theaters, we still love ’em!
Bonus DVD Episode: Pinball Panic!
Twilight Zone, The Simpsons, Star Wars Trilogy
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