Retrocoin Gen4

Retrocoin.com has been my home on the internet since 2003. Over the ages it has served as a individual outlets for my musings, coin-op game collection and adventures, my photographic work, tabletop games as well as console and pc video games. Over this 4th evolution of the site, I am aiming to bring it back to a focused continuity; this is my  diary of hobbies and adventures, showcase for art and soapbox for opinion covering: Classic Coin-Op games, Console and Handheld games, Tabletop Games, 3d Design and Printing, and Photography.

I am the Retro Coin-Op Collector – my gaming interests go back to the days of the Atari 2600 (VCS). My family had 2 of the console, a myriad of games and regular competition for top scores. I then spent a lengthy time as a PC gamer; this was the mid 80s through the mid 90s. I played all the greats from ID, 3D Realms, Apogee, Westwood Studios, Origin, Lucas Film Games, Sierra, microprose, Infocom, Looing Glass, Team 17 and plenty of others I can’t think of at the moment. I saw the staggering jumps in quality, interactivity and depth as technology leapt over itself each year.

For Christmas of 1991 I was gifted a Sega Genesis along with Sonic the Hedgehog, and a slew of games that quickly became favorites. This spawned a continuing interest in consoles and handheld gaming that has become a collection with more than 45 systems spanning the Atari 2600 to the Xbox Series X. My console exploits has also generated a steadfast enjoyment of modern tabletop gaming. It was the Xbox 360 Arcade game of Carcassonne that piqued my interest. Soon after my wife gifted me a Big Box copy of Carcassonne and like my video games, it has rapidly expanded into a tabletop collection spanning more than 245 titles.

The late 90s and early 2000s and my interest of classic arcade games brought me round to spend volumes of time on MAME, the Multi Arcade Machine Emulator. During this phase, the big project was taking a classic arcade cabinet and converting it to a MAME machine. I was immediately enthralled with a project like this and ventured out with a friend to pester coin-op vendors in the area with the hops of buying a couple of old cabinets that we could convert. I was lucky enough to get a Pac-Man upright, my friend got a Street Fighter machine. Before gutting my cabinet, I tested the system… The game board powered up and there was audio response just no video, we tested the monitor from the Street Fighter cabinet as it had ben the same series display and to my dismay, it worked perfectly. I bought the monitor from my friend and had a completely working Ms. Pac-Man game in a Pac-Man cabinet for less than $100. The feel of playing Ms on original hardware was just too great a draw for me, I had to have more. I continued to get more coin-op systems… upright Asteroids, Battlezone, Gaplus (Galaga 3), a cocktail Pac-Man cabinet that had been converted to Arkanoid and an empty Taito cabinet I intended to transplant Arkanoid into.

My gaming adventures continue with new games, systems, and projects. I have designed and printed my own 3D components for video and tabletop gaming projects and take pride in photographing those games, projects; documenting the hobbies that have dominated my life.

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