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Lonnie McDonald makes some history in Louisville


lonniemcdonald-joust-zanzabar-16Lonnie McDonald was recently in Louisville to promote the latest leg in his journey to score 10,000,000 points on every upright Joust machine listed in the Aurcade game tracking database.  I was fortunate enough to be onsite the night that Lonnie was at Louisville’s Zanzabar and was able to spend a little time talking to him before he settled in to begin the process of posting another 10 mil’ score.

Here’s what he had to say:


Louisville Arcade Expo 2012 – Here’s all you need to know…


LAX2012-BannerThe 2012 edition of the Louisville Arcade Expo is heading back to town for the weekend of March 2-4, 2012, and it promises to be bigger and better than last year.  If you happened to attend last year’s inaugural event then the format will be much the same of what we classic/retro gamers love – rooms packed with rows and rows of classic arcade games, pinballs and console gaming action all set on free-play and ready for hours and hours of fun.

If you need a quick refresher on the 2011 show, check out my recap –

What will make this years event different is not so much changing up any of the core events, but instead the focus is on improving the venue, game selection, expanding the floor space and generally making everything “better” where possible.

Follow the break to find out all the new goodness that will be this year’s expo…


This is what makes this hobby fun


It’s neat what can come of a series of totally random situations all boxed up together…. let me set the stage for a bit, then I can move on to what is the most rewarding part of the collecting/restoring/playing hobby for me…

Last week I picked up an Asteroids Deluxe.  It is in great shape, but the seller ran upon some hard times, ran out of cash to finish the restoration and thus needed to move it to recoup some of the losses .  The only real problem with the game is that the G08 monitor chassis wasn’t anywhere to be found as the seller had sent it out to Chad @ ArcadeCRT to have the chassis completely “gone through”.  Seeing as how the seller seemed to be trustworthy and the cabinet was in great shape otherwise (i.e. no water or cabinet damage, good sideart, etc.),  I went ahead and bit on it, rode up to Indy and did the pick up and headed back here to Louisville with all the parts in tow.


Recap – Louisville Arcade Expo (2011)


It came, we saw, it kicked some tail and now it’s gone (but hopefully to return next year).


In short – the expo rocked.

I attended with some friends and family members on Saturday and arrived on the scene around 11:00 AM.  The crowd was brisk and there was a lot of action in each of the dedicated game rooms as well as the pinball/arcade exhibition area.   I spent a good amount of time just taking everything in and trying to figure out what I was going to play.


Louisville Arcade Expo 2011!


Mark your calendar – March 4-6, 2011 –

I’ve never known Louisville to host such an event, so I’m super-stoked that the arcade preservation/collection/playing hobby is gaining some local coverage.  I’m definitely going to be attending with camera in hand to capture everything that is going on at the expo.  I hope to run into some friends and local collectors and get some play time in as well.

Looks like they’re setting up for a pinball tournament, hosting a lot of classic consoles, and are also allowing people to bring games to sell, which is a nice perk.  It is sometimes (very) hard to get a good audience of potential buyers for a specific game, so this could be a good opportunity to price something to move.  If you bring a game and set it on free play, then admission is free for the day as well.  That’s a pretty sweet deal, but I doubt I’ll want to haul a game out of the basement and back… it takes a lot for me to want to yank something out once it finds its place… LOL.

Post up if you’re planning on attending and what day you might be thinking about going.  It’d be cool for some fellow collectors/appreciators to meet up, if possible.

Game on!

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