Being an avid gamer since getting a Commodore 64 at the tender age of 6, I’m always keeping my eye out for deals on console systems and games. One day while perusing my local Kijiji page, I came across a motherlode of arcade cabinets fairly cheaply priced. Upon meeting the seller and looking over the goods, I made a lo-ball offer to take everything – and that’s where the Arcade Saga began…

When I made the offer, I really didn’t expect him to take it. When he did, the panic began to creep in. I hadn’t cleared this decision with my family, which was not good. I also really didn’t have a spot to put all these things. Also not good. I have a tendency to make impulsive decisions sometimes (something I’m working on) and this one turning out to be a doozy so far.

My good buddy (with a truck) helped me load everything up and bring it home. I crammed everything into a rec room in the basement, and started making room throughout my house and shed to store these bad boys. As of today, there are 3 in my office, 5 in the rec room, and 8 in the shed.

I’m currently working on a deal with a local arcade owner to send 3 or 4 of the best cabinets out into the world, going to a arcades or private business (on a rental basis). Halifax is fortunate to have someone in this business right now, and our thinking runs parallel on bringing the classics back to the people (on a rental basis).

In fact, I’m also working on another-game related project that aims to bring classic console rentals back to Canadians. Think GameFly or GameAccess – but with lower fees and classic games for Atari, NES, SNES, Genesis, etc.

But I digress. Back to the haul. I am now in the process of cleaning up, evaluating, and testing my purchases to the best of my abilities. I’ve been boning up on my electronics, and watching all I can find about classic console repair. I will be sharing links to the best videos I’ve come across in the future. They were very helpful to me, and I hope to pass them along so they can help anyone else who gets sucked in to this vortex of an industry.

I will be taking stock shortly, and will post video and photos of the cabinets one by one, with my evaluations. I am also reaching out for help from the local arcade community. I’d love to get most of these up and running so I can share them with the world. With my purchase I also received boxes upon boxes of spare parts: power supplies, monitors, joysticks, tackballs, buttons, fans, grates, fuses and more.. Though I’m sure I’ll require some of this for my repairs and restorations, I also plan to sell, swap and trade some of this gear. It’ll make it’s way online eventually, after I’ve had a chance to learn to test it and then test it..

I’ve also just joined a local facebook group dedicated to this cause, and will be reaching out via that forum to seek advice and assistance. Again, I will provide a link to this and other valuable resources in the near future.

But first, the games… Stay tuned for the next entry featuring the only real fully working game I have: Sega’s Wonderboy!