One of my past hobbies that spanned from 1993 to 1999 involved
classic coin-operated video arcade games like Asteroids, Star
Wars, Robotron, and Tempest. I collected, restored, bought, sold,
traded, and modified them. As one would expect from abused 15-year-old
electronics, they required much maintenance and care. Because
of the huge size of the game cabinets, I usually modified them
to house several games, selectable either by flipping a switch
or swapping electronic cable connectors.
also collected classic console video games (Atari, Vectrex, Intellivision,
etc.). One obscure swap meet find was a Nintendo Robotic Operating
Buddy (ROB) accessory for the 8-bit NES. Sadly, he was crippled,
missing one of his hands that he needed to pick up his gyroscopes
for the Gyromite game, so I machined for him a prosthetic replacement.
Maintaining the arcade games required considerable
electronics and monitor troubleshooting. Converting cabinets into
multi-game machines consisted of making custom wiring harnesses,
packaging extra circuit boards into the cabinet, and sometimes
modifying the control panel to change the assortment of buttons,
joysticks, and other controls. Restoration of some games required
structural and cosmetic woodworking, extensive wiring, and some
for the Nintendo ROB, I'm pleased to announce that the prosthetic
hand operation was a success.
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