Questions tagged [arcade]

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What is the name of this 1980s game, like Commando but with cars? [closed]

There was an arcade game around '86-88, where you were a soldier on foot, a bit like Commando, but you could also jump into a chubby little car (not tank) and drive around fighting the enemies, then ...
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Button mapping for PC-Engine on Fightcade2

I am using Fightcade 2 to try playing retro arcade games One of those games is a PC-Engine / TurboGrafx-16 game I am using a Nintendo Switch gamepad with Fightcade For some NeoGeo games, the button ...
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Berzerk Mondegreens or: What did he say?

Berzerk 40 years ago my English was...even less good. I had no idea what the machine said (the brassen robot voice didn't make it any better). At least I now know that (I write everything phonetically ...
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What are the oldest electronic (electric?) arcade games?

Up until now I was more than sure that the history of electronic or electric arcade games (played be teenagers in "game saloons") were around early seventies / late sixties of twentieth ...
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How did electromechanical pinball keeped score during multiball

Electromechanical pinball scoring system is based on wheels with numbers printed on them, an electromagnet that moves the wheel to the next number when activated and a mechanical device that turns the ...
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Why didn't the arcade machines keep on "scaling" as the years went by?

Growing up in the early to mid 1990s, visiting various arcades was truly fascinating. At home, the SNES already felt amazingly futuristic, and its games endlessly fascinated and impressed me. Yet, ...
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JAMMA Arcade: How to properly wire audio

I’m trying to wire build a Jamma arcade cabinet from scratch. I have a question on how to properly wire audio. The Jamma standard have two pins related to audio (+/-). I have connected + to a phobo ...
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Is it possible that an arcade game was only released on arcade and not on video game console?

I spoke with my brother about an old arcade game we liked to play inside an arcade room when we were children. He told me this game was never released on video game console, is that possible? I think ...
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Why were arcade machines so big?

Why were arcade machines so big in the old days? Like, seriously, those things were huge,massive even
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arcade sf2a: akuma Shun Goku Satsu

I can pull akuma's Shun Goku Satsu (3special, lp, lp, r, lk, hp) easily on psx, but trying now on mame with a USB controller I got zero out of a thousand. is this somewhat different to pull on the ...
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Were the giant, floor-mounted Joysticks joysticks from a real arcade game?

In the 1983 movie Joysticks, the characters play two arcade games (Satan's Hollow and Super Pac-Man) using giant, floor-mounted joysticks. These come up to about waist height and terminate in a red ...
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Arcade fight stick is too long [closed]

I'm building an arcade cabinet, and finding one part of the control panel to be very frustrating: the joystick rod is too long and so it can move in and out of the panel. The sticks that I bought ...
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How to predict & control ghost movement in Pac-Man [closed]

Billy Mitchell was the first person to achieve a perfect score in the arcade game Pac-Man. Back in 2008, there was an article published entitled "The Perfect Man - How Billy Mitchell became a video-...
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Does anyone know invincibility cheat for game pipi and bibis?

Can anyone help me out by telling me the invincibility cheat code for the game pipi and bibis in arcade game mame32? If anyone knows, please help me out and also tell me how to apply it.
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Found a Jamma cabled cabinet. Can I replace the board with a multigame one?

I found an arcade cabinet. The seller told me he cabled it as a Jamma standard. It has an old CRT monitor and a pcb with one game running on it. I would like to replace this board with a multigame one....
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6 Player X-Men Arcade Cabinet Compatibility

I've got a 6-player X-Men Arcade cabinet and I was wondering what other boards might be compatible with it. Can I use any Jamma compatible board? Will the dual monitors just mirror?
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Why is the video color messed up in our California Speed arcade cabinet?

A friend of mine recently acquired a California Speed arcade machine. The controls work, but the monitor is not the original. It uses a CGA to VGA converter to get the video to display on the new ...
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How can modern Arcade machines have thousands of games while the originals could only hold one?

I am looking into buying one of the cocktail arcade game consoles and the one I am interested runs on Windows and Maximus Arcade interface for emulators. Can anyone explain how arcade games worked (...
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Can I go for an infinite high score at Donkey Kong?

Is it possible to keep jumping barrels indefinitely on level 1 of Donkey Kong to rack up a high score? Top players say that the limit of points they could theoretically get is around 1.2 million, but ...
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MAME shows 'the selected game is missing one or more required rom or chd image' error message

I now have a problem with MAME playing some old arcade titles. I tried to search for the issue on google first but I still haven't got a viable answer. My problem is this: I've downloaded MAME by ...
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Does Satan's Hollow have an ending?

Satan's Hollow is a 1982 shooter arcade game from Bally Midway. The player uses a moveable gun at the bottom of the screen to shoot gargoyles flying around the top of the screen. The gun is also ...
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Illustrated list of differences between the arcade and NES versions of Super Mario Bros

In 1986, Nintendo released Vs. Super Mario Bros., an arcade version of its popular Super Mario Bros. game for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The two versions are largely identical, the biggest ...
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How can I automatically restart mGalaxy (MAME) if it crashes?

I fixed up an old arcade cabinet my office has and everything is working just trying to out the finishing touches on it. The cabinet is hooked up to a Windows 7 machine running MAME. I am using ...
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Hyperspin with Retroarch black screen on all but the most recently loaded emulator

So I know this is specific, but it seems some other articles/posts run into a somewhat similar issue. I have Retroarch, and from the RocketLauncherUI I am able to successfully load all of the ...
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How does Rambo Arcade's light gun work on an LCD screen?

As we all know by now, light gun games that worked on a CRT TV do not work on a plasma or LCD screen. However, in recent years an arcade game based on Rambo was released: ...
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Do the enemy that appear in arcade game when running out of time have a canonical name?

Basically, several level-based games "back in the day" had a special kind of enemy appearing when playing the same level for too long. Bubble bubble had Baron von Blubba: Snow Brothers had a similar ...
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Why is 3333360 the maximum score in Pac-Man?

According to the Wikipedia page for Pac-Man, the highest possible score is 3333360 points. It's called a perfect game and it was achieved by 3 different people already. What I want to know is: WHY is ...
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How to activate console mode?

I'd like to be able to change the mode from "Arcade" to "Console" (that enables things like training mode on certain fighting games, etc.). Is there a way to do this on MAME OS X? There's no option ...
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Client #2 in Sega Rally 2 locks up at race start in multiplayer

We have an european Sega Rally 2 arcade machine with dual consoles (two racing seats, not the complete car version, named "twin"). Both consoles work as they should in single player, and they both ...
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Pac-Man high score list

Did the original Pac-Man have a high score list? If so, how many scores could be saved? I could only find an image showing the high score at the top of the game screen.
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How can I check which model of Neo Geo MVS do I have?

I am trying to buy a Neo Geo MVS PCB but the seller doesn't know if his board model is an MV-1, MV-1A, MV-1F and so on. Where should I tell him to look for this information?
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Is Ivan 'Ironman' Stewart's Super Off Road the first game to implement paid upgrades? [closed]

I went to the arcade recently and played Ivan 'Ironman' Stewart's Super Off Road (long name) for the first time. I noticed you could put tokens in the machine with the purpose of buying upgrades for ...
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How does scoring work in Танкодром (Tank Training)?

In a report by Anjel Van Slyke and Connal Hughes about the Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines they've got a video of Танкодром (Tankodrom / Tank Training) which is some kind of open-field magnet-driven ...
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What level does the winner start on?

In the arcade version of Street Fighter II, when a challenger beats the current player who has a game in progress, what level does the challenger start off at? Does the challenger restart or continue ...
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Do the characters in the classic X-Men arcade game have different fighting capabilities?

I recently purchased the classic Konami X-Men Arcade Game for the iPhone and have been playing through it. I have noticed that some characters are easier to control and fight with than others. For ...
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Is there any truth to the rumors about arcade games with free game backdoors?

I remember when I was younger, there were rumors of arcade games that if you entered a "secret code", you would be granted a free game. Now I understand that this runs counter to the idea of ...
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MAME "distributions": which one is better for what thing? [closed]

I've used MAME almost from the beginning of the project and love it. But today there exist so many variations and "distributions" of the original that I can't keep count. I used the MAME Plus project ...
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Does Radikal Bikers exists for PS3?

It was a very great arcade involving bikers delivering pizza. Does it exists as a PSN download?
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How to fix a broken screen on Ms. Pacman (Midway) arcade

On my Midway Ms. Pacman arcade machine, when I turn it on, the very left part of the screen is near the center and then every other part of the screen is compressed into one pixel. The part that is ...
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Play DemonFront in a emulator?

I have the PCB but my CAB is actually out of service. I saw that there is a dump of the game out there. But when I try it in MAME, there is just a kind of counter that counts to 0 and then nothing ...
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What is the highest score obtainable in Pac-Man?

What is the highest score possible, if you eat all the dots, all the fruit and all the monsters?
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