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Potato King
24th June 2006, 12:43 AM
Just looking at that new Aussie Arcade banner at the top of the screen (the one with all the cabs that some peanut ditched at the tip). Such meaningless, no senseless waste has reminded me of a story long ago.......

I grew up in Kalgoorlie where in the late 80's our main arcade parlour was the pool shop, funny enough this was across the road from the town pool... fuking genius, anyway every one called it greasy Mickís affectionately after the old greasy cruster that ran the joint. Greasy Mick was as nasty as cat shit & didnít want any filthy little nose miners shuffling about his parlour unless they had a semi automatic 20c belt feed hammering coin into his overpriced arcade machines. I think Greasy's was going through a bit of a rough patch at one point cos one night mysteriously a molotov cocktail was thrown onto the roof of his parlour setting the place ablaze, I remember riding my bike past the shit hole a few days later & the mess was something like the pic mentioned before except covered in half burnt building, it was the classic games that fared the worst as Mick had funny enough moved all his new games into his house next door. Such a waste.... anyway at the time I thought it was mint cos he got a TMNT machine with the insurance money a few months later.

Anyway post ur horror stories.......

MadMikeAU
24th June 2006, 08:59 AM
The biggest one I remember hearing about was done at the hands of Atari, themselves. You see Atari had just finished putting together a game called Ice Castles AKA I,Robot. It was the first all polygon game, BTW.

The first (and only) batch of 1000 were made, 500 were being shipped to Japan. Atari was going broke, due to massive overspending (and the popularity of the C64) and were negotiating with a buyer of the whole company. They didnt think it would look good, having hundreds of expensive I,Robot cabs (that they were having trouble selling). SO THEY PUSHED THEM OFF THE BOAT INTO THE PACIFIC!!!

Thats why this game is as rare as nun ****s.

Dunno if its urban legend, or what. But, like the Richard Gere / gerbil rumor, you hear it enough, you start to wonder.

revolt
24th June 2006, 11:33 AM
Horror story for a games producer!

In the mid 80's there was created called Polybius. The weird flashing colours caused epileptic fits and only (I think) 6 machines were ever put onto sites.. all in the one town in the US, then removed a couple of weeks later.

There are conspiracy theorists saying it was a US government project to see what different frequencies/colours/movements could do to the human mind. There were men in black coats watching kids playing the games. Some say these were government agents seeing the reactions to kids, others say they were just big wigs from the game company seeing if the epileptic reaction was dfinately to do with the game, and deciding whether to pull them and stop making more. I would suggest it is the latter, but nonetheless, interesting reading when you are bored online. :D

The Pinny Parlour
24th June 2006, 01:36 PM
Horror story for a games producer!

In the mid 80's there was created called Polybius. The weird flashing colours caused epileptic fits and only (I think) 6 machines were ever put onto sites.. all in the one town in the US, then removed a couple of weeks later.

There are conspiracy theorists saying it was a US government project to see what different frequencies/colours/movements could do to the human mind. There were men in black coats watching kids playing the games. Some say these were government agents seeing the reactions to kids, others say they were just big wigs from the game company seeing if the epileptic reaction was dfinately to do with the game, and deciding whether to pull them and stop making more. I would suggest it is the latter, but nonetheless, interesting reading when you are bored online. :D

Ahh the mythical Polybius. Urban legend at it's finest. :)

Mrvfone
24th June 2006, 06:07 PM
Well the only one i have herd about was a bloke you dumped 80 in ok condition cocktail cabinets with i beleve there PCBs inside... Image how much you could get selling those on ebay! ;)

I don`t have a cocktale unit.. and probibly won`t ever get one.. but most people i talk to want one.. Shame all those ones went to waste! :(

Mrv

Prof
25th June 2006, 05:52 PM
Atari well could have dumped them overboard. Look at the famous ET cartridge landfill!!..