A Vanishing Landscape

Here is a rare look at my native habitat, a micro-ecosystem that has mostly been extinguished in the heartless march of human progress.  Where was the Nature Conservancy when you needed them?


  1. DrTorch:

    The devastation was shown in Tron: The Legacy. So at least it's getting some media attention.

  2. Don:

    Warren, I hate to point out the obvious, but YOU OWN A RECREATION COMPANY DUDE! :^)

  3. Another guy named Dan:

    the guy playing DigDug looks suspiciously like my friend Bart, and the one on Q*Bert looks like me after one of the episodes where I broke my glasses. But the "good" arcade was on the "bad" side of town, and I was only allowed to go if my older brother was there with me. Of course he had no desie to take his little brother, so I think I only got inside once or twice.

  4. Frank Waleczak:

    Thanks for the memories. We spent way to much time in moneys in these dens of inequity lol

  5. Frank Waleczak:

    As witnessed by our spelling and grammar hhaahah

  6. joe:

    you laugh and chortle on your "blogs", but now, young braves have no place to go and play defender or galaxian, or even air hocky.
    they must stay in their teepees and connect by smoke signals to kinect, or using battery eating hand controllers with there wii.

    Steve Jobs, inventor of "breakout", looks out over the devastation and sheds a tear; using facetime.

  7. DJB:

    Why trust a bunch of activists with there hands out when the market provides so well.


  8. Scott Strattner:

    In case you haven't seen it, here's a visual tour of an arcade museum from Russia:


  9. DJB:


  10. Chris:

    The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester NY has a couple dozen restored video games and a whole lot of newer ones.. You can even buy tokens to play! My 6 year old enjoyed Pole Position...


  11. EscapedWestOfTheBigMuddy:

    Couple of those photo's could have been me. Only they weren't playing "my" games.


  12. Dan:

    These video arcades haven't been completely wiped out. There's one a few miles from my home, and my kids love it. Same atmosphere, but mostly updated games. There is a PacMan, however, for old dudes like me.

  13. joe:

    doh. see what happens when you play video games too much?

  14. PermaLurker:

    Actually one of those photos actually IS me...very creepy to find a really old photo of yourself on the tubes.

  15. scott huminski:

    U.S. Police State Target (rock music video) Released

    Anti U.S. Police State Musician/activist, Scott Huminski, releases his 6th rock video with his band Scott X and the Constitution Commandos.


  16. Mesa Econoguy:

    If they didn't have Battlezone, it wasn't worth learning how to drive a virtual tank.

  17. Japanese Fashion:

    As long as someone in place, it will damage the environment.If everyone can protect the environment,the world will be better.

  18. IgotBupkis, President, United Anarchist Society:

    > MAME

    Yep, the biggest issue is that you don't generally have access to the kind of specialized controllers that they had on the arcade machines. It's sometimes possible to build them or re-write them to work fine enough with existing interface widgets, but it's not quite the same most times -- a modern trac-ball interface just doesn't feel the same as Missile Command's ball, a joystick just doesn't work the same as a rotating resistor/paddle on Invaders, Brickout or Warlords.

    Says a lot when you realize that MAME is generally running the original code from the hardware itself, by emulating the hardware in software -- modern CPUs and graphics are so much faster that all the overhead of software doesn't matter.

    This, of course, is a subgenre of the concept of Retrocomputing