Thank you from ACAM

ACAM GaryACAM Gary Registered User regular
edited April 2010 in PAX Archive
Thank you to everyone for making our first PAX a success. It was nice to see gamers enjoying the classic coin-ops we brought to the show.

Gary Vincent
The American Classic Arcade Museum

President, The American Classic Arcade Museum at Funspot
579 Endicott Street North - Laconia, NH 03246
The first 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and display of classic coin-operated amusements
http://www.ClassicArcadeMuseum.org
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  • Lord JezoLord Jezo Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
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    I KISS YOU!
  • NyxyxylythNyxyxylyth Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    My friends and I did a post-PAX road trip to Funspot on Monday. I gorged on the 200+ retro arcade machines until my brain turned to absolute mush.

    Thanks Gary!

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  • NickTheNewbieNickTheNewbie Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    ACAM Gary wrote: »
    Thank you to everyone for making our first PAX a success. It was nice to see gamers enjoying the classic coin-ops we brought to the show.

    Gary Vincent
    The American Classic Arcade Museum

    Always a pleasure to see you, gary.


    -nick from magfest

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  • Hunter RoseHunter Rose Registered User
    edited March 2010
    And Thank You! I enjoyed talking after spending some quality time on on e of your pinball machines. I'm hoping that you will be able to bring more machines next year :D

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  • MockduckMockduck Registered User
    edited March 2010
    The ACAM arcade was my favorite part of PAX East! I loved this sooooo much.

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  • kitties_on_acidkitties_on_acid Registered User
    edited March 2010
    Much love for you guys too. I make it a point to get up to Funspot at least a couple times a year. With one of those coupons, two people can go hog wild for an afternoon on just $20. :D

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  • wonderpugwonderpug Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    The retro arcade was one of the highlights of the weekend. As Wheaton mentioned in his keynotes, PAX housed us older gamers who grew up in arcades and younger ones who've never set foot in one. It was really cool to see some of those latter folks getting a hint of what that culture was like (awesome).

    I will be up to New Hampshire to see more of you guys soon, for sure.

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  • mpsmps Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    I would like to echo Gary's comments above. PAX-East was the great experiment for us. While we attend trade events on a regular basis, we have never done an exhibit before. Everything we did at PAX-East seemed to be a smashing success. People loved the games, the ACAM panel with the former GCC programmers went very well, and I think it goes without saying that everyone loved that we could get the first public showing of Crazy Otto since 1981.

    The only complaints we heard the entire weekend were when we needed to close the room down at the end of each night. :)

    I'd like to give a special "thank you" to Khahil, Liz, Shervyn, all of the Enforcers (who kicked ass for us) and the entire PAX-East staff for going out of their way to make us feel welcome. I would also like to thank ACAM President Gary Vincent, ACAM BoD members Sarah St. John & Tina Gebhard, and all of our ACAM volunteers. We could not have been successful without all of your hard work. It was a true team effort.

    To Wil Wheaton, thank you for all of the compliments you had for our exhibit. It was an honor to give you and your friends a private showing of our games.

    To the PAX-East attendees, thank you for all of your kind words. As ACAM is a 501c3 non-profit staffed mainly by volunteers, it is especially rewarding to see how much all of you enjoyed what we brought to the show. An event like PAX-East shows us that all of our volunteer work is recognized and appreciated.

    I'm sure we will be back with an even bigger and better display for 2011.

    Mike Stulir
    Board of Directors
    The American Classic Arcade Museum at Funspot
    579 Endicott Street North
    Laconia, NH 03246
    http://www.classicarcademuseum.org/

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  • SirCuddlezSirCuddlez Registered User
    edited March 2010
    Also thanks for showing me that after all these years I'm still crap at galaga and frogger :)

    was a lot of fun getting to play these games again!

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  • KrudlerKrudler Registered User
    edited March 2010
    Thanks for coming! I played Sinistar long long ago and only just learned how to play correctly this weekend. Also mad props to all you guys with the Dragon's Lair skills. That must have been a quarter killer back in the day. can't wait to take a roadtrip up to NH and see what else you guys have! :)

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  • wonderpugwonderpug Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    mps wrote: »
    To Wil Wheaton, thank you for all of the compliments you had for our exhibit. It was an honor to give you and your friends a private showing of our games.

    Overheard at the autograph line on Saturday: "Wil Wheaton's still not here?" "No, he's going to be late because they can't break him away from the Asteroids cabinet!"

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  • Pixel BluePixel Blue Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Mockduck wrote: »
    The ACAM arcade was my favorite part of PAX East! I loved this sooooo much.

    Ditto. I had such a blast in there, and played games I'd only ever read about (I played real Pong! ahh!) and discovered new ones (omg, Quantum). Thank you!

    I thought it was cool how polite / awesome all the gamer-types who played were, too. No cutting in lines, everyone very respectful about letting others have a whirl - makes me proud to be a part of such a community.

    Thanks for letting us play, ACAM!

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  • SinterSinter Registered User
    edited March 2010
    I just wanted to toss my hat into the ring and thank the wonderful crew from ACAM for going to all the trouble of lugging those machines down from NH! I was sure to thank Gary and all the ACAM reps in person (when I saw them), and told them to keep an eye out for me at this year's International Classsic Arcade Game Tournament in June.

    For those not in-the-know, the Classic Arcade Game tournament was where some of the movie "King of Kong" was filmed, and they've got tons of plaques up on the wall with all the current record holders. I definitely recommend at least spectating the tournament, as it is really a fun time.

    Thanks, and see you soon!

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  • TheGreat2ndTheGreat2nd Registered User
    edited March 2010
    ACAM was awesome. An old school pong machine PLUS some sweet pinball tables! Yes please.

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  • ACAM GaryACAM Gary Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Here are a few pictures we snapped....

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    Our room at PAX East



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    The crowd in our room!!!



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    Outside our door


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    Wil Wheaton playing our Sinistar.


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    Former employees and owners of General Computer Corporation (GCC) developers of Crazy Otto, Ms. Pac Man, Jr. Pac Man, Food Fight, Quantum and Suoer Missile Attack. They also designed the Atari 7800 console and many carts for the 2600 and the 7800.


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    CRAZY OTTO!!! Thank you to Steve Golson of GCC for allowing us to showcase this for 3 days at PAX! This was the first time since 1981 that the game was able to be played by the general public.


    Gary Vincent
    The American Classic Arcade Museum

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    President, The American Classic Arcade Museum at Funspot
    579 Endicott Street North - Laconia, NH 03246
    The first 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and display of classic coin-operated amusements
    http://www.ClassicArcadeMuseum.org
  • ShervynShervyn Registered User
    edited April 2010
    Woo thanks for sharing all these wonderful games with us (yes even Leprechaun). Can't wait to see what mad, crazy, wonderful cabinets and pinball machines we see next year.

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  • birrubirru Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    No, thank you. It was very cool to get some free play time with classics the way they're meant to be played. I think it's only the second time I've ever seen Joust 2 in person.

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  • thorgotthorgot Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    I quite enjoyed your room.

    Oone question; the pong machine had a quirk where the ball would often disappear from the bottom and reappear at the top, or vice versa.

    Is this a feature or a bug? If it's a feature you should probably hang a note on the machine because we were quite confused.

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  • undeadundead Registered User
    edited April 2010
    I walked in the room on Sunday. I hear the sequal to to David Bowie's Major Tom on the stereo (can't remember the name of the song), I hear the old sounds, I see the old lights. I felt like a 10 year-old in an arcade back in Chicago loooooong ago.
    Thank you so much for bringing the games and next time I hope to spend some more time in the room.

    Incidentally, a few requests:

    Since you brought Dragon's Lair this year, how about Space Ace next year?

    Buck Rogers arcade game is nice, but if you're going to go with a sit down, it has to be the original Star Wars arcade game.

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  • mpsmps Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    thorgot wrote: »
    I quite enjoyed your room.

    Oone question; the pong machine had a quirk where the ball would often disappear from the bottom and reappear at the top, or vice versa.

    Is this a feature or a bug? If it's a feature you should probably hang a note on the machine because we were quite confused.

    I was not aware we were having issues with Pong. It is a recent aquisition for us and it went through a complete overhaul prior to the show. I'll make a note to check it out.

    Thank you for your feedback.

    Mike Stulir
    Board of Directors
    The American Classic Arcade Museum at Funspot
    579 Endicott Street North
    Laconia, NH 03246
    http://www.classicarcademuseum.org/

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  • mpsmps Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    undead wrote: »
    I walked in the room on Sunday. I hear the sequal to to David Bowie's Major Tom on the stereo (can't remember the name of the song), I hear the old sounds, I see the old lights. I felt like a 10 year-old in an arcade back in Chicago loooooong ago.
    Thank you so much for bringing the games and next time I hope to spend some more time in the room.

    Incidentally, a few requests:

    Since you brought Dragon's Lair this year, how about Space Ace next year?

    Buck Rogers arcade game is nice, but if you're going to go with a sit down, it has to be the original Star Wars arcade game.

    We currently have six laserdisc games in our facility -- Dragon's Lair, Space Ace, M.A.C.H. 3, Cliff Hanger, Astron Belt & Us Vs. Them. We also have several more in various states of restoration. I hope to have at least one of them finished before our 12th Annual International Videogame Championship event in June. I think bringing Space Ace to PAX-East next year is a "no-brainer" decision.

    One of the goals that I had for the ACAM exhibit at PAX-East was to present versions of all cabinet types. I wanted to have a mix of uprights, cockpits, cabarets and cocktails. Unfortunately, cockpits and cocktails take up entirely too much room in the truck, and once Gary started mapping out how to get the most amount of games on the truck, it became clear we could not do that. This is a mistake that I recognize now, and in the interest of providing more games to play at PAX-East, I had to rethink my position on representing all cabinet types. As a result, we only brought one cockpit and the rest were uprights.

    We do have a Star Wars upright and cockpit. The upright is on the ACAM floor, but the cockpit was put in storage as it is in need of an overhaul. Same goes for our Star Trek cockpit which several people asked me about during the show. Since we operate as a 501c3 non-profit that exists solely on tax-deductible donations & a weekly charitable Bingo game, we can't fix these games until the funds become available.

    Oh, and the Bowie song you mentioned is called "Space Oddity." :)

    Mike Stulir
    Board of Directors
    The American Classic Arcade Museum at Funspot
    579 Endicott Street North
    Laconia, NH 03246
    http://www.classicarcademuseum.org/

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  • ACAM GaryACAM Gary Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    If anyone runs across internet coverage of ACAM at PAX could you PM me the links?

    Thanks,
    Gary Vincent
    The American Classic Arcade Museum

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    President, The American Classic Arcade Museum at Funspot
    579 Endicott Street North - Laconia, NH 03246
    The first 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and display of classic coin-operated amusements
    http://www.ClassicArcadeMuseum.org
  • SinkuuSinkuu Registered User
    edited April 2010
    thank you very much for the trip down memory lane. more power to you guys. I look forward to seeing you @ PAX East '11.

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  • mpsmps Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    ACAM Gary wrote: »
    If anyone runs across internet coverage of ACAM at PAX could you PM me the links?

    Thanks,
    Gary Vincent
    The American Classic Arcade Museum

    Gary, this is everything that I have been notified of.

    Arcade Heroes:
    [url]http://arcadeheroes....ce-at-pax-east/[/url]

    Kotaku:
    http://kotaku.com/55...arcade/gallery/

    Wired Magazine
    [url]http://www.wired.com.../03/us-vs-them/[/url]

    Aurcade:
    [url]http://www.aurcade.c...view.aspx?id=43[/url]

    Arcade Heroes -- 2nd Story:
    [url]http://arcadeheroes....-from-pax-east/[/url]

    Some pictures of us in the wow.com PAX-East photo gallery:
    http://www.wow.com/p...st-2010-gallery

    RacketBoy Podcast
    [url]http://www.racketboy...tro-stores.html[/url]

    GayGamer.net
    http://gaygamer.net/..._gaming_at.html

    Modern Day Pirates -- Top 10 things to do @ PAX-East:
    [url]http://www.themodern...x-east-preview/[/url]

    Mike Stulir
    Board of Directors
    The American Classic Arcade Museum at Funspot
    579 Endicott Street North
    Laconia, NH 03246
    http://www.classicarcademuseum.org/

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  • SinkuuSinkuu Registered User
    edited April 2010
    mps, your links are all fubar'ed. please fix.

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  • <Omicron-8643><Omicron-8643> Just outside DC. Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    I had a blast playing all the old classics I'd hear my parents go on for hours about! When Galaga came to VC, my mother and I spent way too much time playing it but to play it in an actual cabinet again was far more fun. I spent too much time at the Quantum cabinet too. I'm a sucker for the classics even though I didn't grow up with them. Thanks again and I hope to see you at PAX East 2011!

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  • mpsmps Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Sinkuu wrote: »
    mps, your links are all fubar'ed. please fix.

    Hmmm... How did that happen? o_O

    Let me pull those back up and correct the issues. I'll get to it later today. Sorry about that.

    Mike Stulir
    Board of Directors
    The American Classic Arcade Museum at Funspot
    579 Endicott Street North
    Laconia, NH 03246
    http://www.classicarcademuseum.org/

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