Happy Monday everyone, today we have a guest post by Kevin Williams of The Stinger Report. His article is based upon a 2017 post from Tony Temple (Arcadeblogger.com), where he wanted to provide more insight into such “arcade raid” situations, but his normal newsletter isn’t really the place for such a thing. I believe we had mentioned Tony’s post in the past, along with other raids that have taken place. Here are his thoughts:
Unearthing Hidden Treasure In Amusements
By Kevin Williams
On occasion the less salubrious side of the amusement trade re-emerges. An industry that can chart its links to organized crime and prohibition through the birth of mechanical pinball, or the involvement of early Japanese amusement factories to organized crime cartels, is an industry with a rich and colourful, if sometimes “airbrushed” past.
But like the unearthing of a buried skeleton, recent developments in Europe have seen a spate of examples of the “interesting” side of video amusement business from the Golden Age come into sharp (if not decaying) focus – and revealing a interesting era of the industries not so distant past.
Photo Credit: Tony Temple
In what have been called “Arcade Raids” – several video game collectors have reported on their forums and blog posts about trips made to Ireland and France to rescue hordes of classic video amusement machines. Following a similar pattern, the stories usually start with a call from a new owner of a dilapidated property – that has been vacant for years. Surprise, surprise on further investigation, piles of classic arcade cabinets are found in varying states of dereliction – a frantic rush ensues to rescue what remains before the structure collapses or the owners must demolish the site.
Photo credit: Tony Temple
Even before the recent Global Health crisis, several such stories had been reported, including fascinating pictures of