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Arcade hardware?

Posted: Mon Oct 17, 2016 3:48 am
by Tellah
Is there scope for a regular arcade hardware focused feature?

Even if they were rarely exported, Sega, Taito, Capcom, Irem, Namco etc. all produced incredibly well engineered arcade cabinets... http://wiki.arcadeotaku.com/w/List_of_Candy_Cabinets.
... and game hardware, such as the IREM M92, which powered games such as R-Type Leo, or the Capcom CPS... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CP_System

To me, these boards and machines are the ultimate in retro gaming... but maybe it's too far away from the home computer / console users the mag is targeting?
Personally, I find it fascinating... and it's within anyone's reach to physically own these machines and boards these days.

Re: Arcade hardware?

Posted: Mon Oct 17, 2016 9:03 am
by NickThorpe
We actually ran a series of Arcade Inspection features in the earlier days of the magazine, focusing on game hardware - the Sega Model 2, Capcom CPS-2, Taito F-series and SNK Neo Geo MVS. Although they're from before my time, I believe they weren't tremendously popular, hence their discontinuation.

Re: Arcade hardware?

Posted: Mon Oct 17, 2016 11:22 am
by Tellah
Thanks for the reply. That's a shame. I wonder if the renewed popularity in arcade history (unless I'm imagining it) could prompt a fresh look at the hardware in a new way? I'd love a magazine that covers retro arcade hardware.

Re: Arcade hardware?

Posted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 12:11 pm
by oldtimer
I would also like to see that,.

Re: Arcade hardware?

Posted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:54 am
by Sokurah
... and so would I. :mrgreen:

Re: Arcade hardware?

Posted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:11 pm
by driver695
Sokurah wrote:
Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:54 am
... and so would I. :mrgreen:
Ditto

Re: Arcade hardware?

Posted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 7:41 am
by Antiriad2097
NickThorpe wrote:
Mon Oct 17, 2016 9:03 am
I believe they weren't tremendously popular, hence their discontinuation.
Where has this popularity info come from?

The forum is hardly representative of the readership as a whole.

Were there complaints about those articles not being interesting? Were there polls in the mag or here?

Given the right writer, they could be good. Doesn't need to focus on the hardware explicitly, some detail on the top and/or obscure games for the systems would round things out nicely to appeal to a more general audience beyond the hardware fans.

Personally, some nice pictures of the cabs from a few angles, some closeups of particular details like control layouts, some screen grabs from games, those would be appealing to me at the very least on a nostalgia level. Nothing quite like seeing a cab to ignite my interest in trying an old game.

There must be someone on Jamma+ who'd be up for it.

Re: Arcade hardware?

Posted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 1:12 pm
by Tellah
Just a quick bump to see if opinion has changed on this. With the dwindling well of home systems to retroinspect, going back over arcade hardware could be large source of fascinating untapped content to focus on... This is just the Sega systems... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_S ... tem_boards. Each has their own best / worst games, some with dedicated cabinets too. I'd buy a magazine that looked at each arcade system in turn... I can't see how it would be less popular than a retroinspection on Oric / Dragon 32 etc... Surely more people had more exposure + memories attached to... just for example... Sega System 16 games.