This is how my Tempest Arcade monitor screen looked when I got it home and started to do a better inspection of the game. The arrow is pointing to a block of text was that shifted down one row.. Arghhh. Just look at the word ‘BONUS’ the X111 from above is shifted into the Bonus letter. So I started to think the worse, bad chips, bad monitor chassis, bad memory? But lucky for me the people on KLOV forums know more than I do and advised me to adjust my BIP alignment!! So I brought up the test screens made the adjustments and AWESOME, the problem was fixed!! Here are a few of the Tempest test screens for alignment.
Missile Command by Atari came out in 1980 and was a huge hit. I know I dumped quarter after quarter into it. There are other games like Missile Command, but Atari never did a follow up. Like Pole Position and Pole Position 2, Asteroids and Asteroids Deluxe. Recent AtariScott on the KLOV forums posted images of a Prototype Missile Command 2. Wait what?? This may be the only copy of Missile Command 2 to survive.
Here is the forums thread link:
And here is his photo link: Missile Command 2 Photos.
I had a growing basement arcade. I had my Space Invaders, Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Asteroids and many other classics that I grow up playing in the early 80’s. But there was one game I dropped a ton of quarters in that I still didn’t own, and it was TEMPEST!
I still remember people lining up to play Tempest in 1982. It was Atari’s first color vector monitor and it looks so amazing!!! I had been watching Craigslist for two years waiting for a Tempest. Then one day there was an ad for Tempest, I called the seller. He said that he was moving and couldn’t take it with him, or he would never sell it. He had it for many years. So I just told him on the phone I’ll take it. I’ll be over tonight after work. The game powered up and the side art was nice! Looking it over, it looked like I would just have to replace the control panel overlay. It had burn marks, bad corners and the edge cracking. No big deal, I’ve replaced those before!! So I loaded the Tempest into my truck and took it to it’s new home!
I haven’t posted this story yet, but I moved all of my arcade machines and pinball machines from my basement into my shop in my backyard. Everything worked before the move. But we had to carry all of the machines up a bunch of steps, across a yard and into the shop. One thing to remember about old games is that they DO NOT like to be moved!
So a few games stopped working after we moved them, including Twilight Zone. Argh,, So the game would boot up give a test report. When I start a game and hit a flipper the game would restart/reboot. This can be from a voltage drop, Super easy to check with your multimeter. Be remember the game worked BEFORE the move. My voltage was on the Driver board was dead on and did NOT drop when I hit the flippers. So next thing is to check the connectors. Games like Twilight Zone have a ton of wires, cables and connectors. This is mostly likely the problem after moving a game. I reset all cables and connections and still had the problem. So now I focused on J101 on the Power/Drive board, I played with the connection and pushed the wires in further into the connector. Turned Twilight Zone back and and now it’s working 100% again!!
I bought my Twilight Zone in 2008. BUT I wasn’t looking for a Twilight Zone at the time. I was hot after a Theater of Magic. There was one on Craigslist, I called the seller (on a Sunday) and he said that I couldn’t look at it until Friday that week. I had the cash and said, OK, I can wait until then. BUT then three days later I heard back from the seller that he sold the Theater of Magic to someone else. WTF, he said I couldn’t even look at it until that Friday.. Man I got burned on that one… So since I had the money saved, I called a few connections I had to try and find another Theater of Magic. One of my operator contacts said I don’t have any Theater of Magics for sale, but I am thinking about selling my own personal Twilight Zone. It’s been in his house for 10 tens and not on routes. It was about the same price I had planned to pay for the Theater of Magic. So a long story short, I bought his Twilight Zone and LOVE it. People frequently say, if you ever want to sell it, call me. Let’s just say I have no plans to sell it anytime soon!
I had been thinking about adding different things to my arcade. I want to diversify it some. I bought to Pachinko machines and now I just added a Mega Touch machine. What is a Mega Touch machine? They are those bar top games you see sitting on top of bars. They have great touch screens, way before the iPad came out. I think there are over 80 different games in it. I one I purchased from Craigslist is the Mega Touch Ruby Edition. Looks like that version came out in 2003. BEST PART is that it works!! I’m really not used to buying arcade stuff that works from the start!! Maybe I should just play it. Oooh wait, just opened it up and I was attacked by dust bunnies. So I get to clean it!!!