I had wanted to start collecting arcade games for years, but didn't know how to go about it - who to find them from. Finally in 2008 with my new pal CraigsList, I started grabbing some classics.
We've got Asteroids, Donkey Kong, Robotron, PacMan, Tempest, Joust, Gyruss, and Wizard of Wor.
Went to the Super Auction in Atlanta in October 2010, and the wife remembered how much she loved playing pinball as a kid. Fish Tales really hooked her playing that day. Didn't have enough to buy a pin at the auction, but did get Marvel vs. Capcom 2.
Started doing research, pinside, ipdb, ebay, craigslist, etc. Tried to figure out a decent game to get for the money. Even just reading about pins and looking them up for the ratings on the different sites got me addicted.
These days its " I wish you'd shut up about pinball for a minute!" -- Told her its all her fault.
Picked up Shadow in April, Fish Tales in June, Traded Shadow for BSD in October. Boy these things get in your blood, huh? I guess its the chase, knowing that if i'd just checked CL a little earlier in the day that JM i've been wanting coulda been mine for $900...
Anyhow, between all the playing, research and now trying to figure out how to shop the games and trying different combinations of LEDs, etc, the arcade games really haven't been turned on much at all. Yeah, we've got an xbox360 also that I used to play more, (Left for Dead 1-2 are awesome), but thats not getting much love these days either.
and i really couldn't be happier with the situation.
probably the sickness talking...