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Missed out on Centipede...

Posted: December 2nd, 2020, 9:39 am
by pacman000
Found a Centipede arcade game by the road yesterday morning, but I could not lift it into my truck. Someone offered to help, but if even if we'd gotten it into the truck, I would'nt have had anyone to help get it out. Got someone to help lift, & went back after work to see if we could get the Centipede cabinet. It was gone. Yesterday was trash day, so there may be one fewer Centipede machine in the world.

Then again, the machine's back & top panel had come off, & they were still sitting by the road. I'd think the trash men would've picked those up, so maybe there's hope? I would've at least liked the bevel. (Top label.) Most of the other cabinet graphics had worn off. There was a tag hanging on the back of the monitor which said it had new caps, but I don't know how old that was. The folks who owned the business said it froze. The monitor had burn-in from a Pac-Man or Ms. Pacman game, visible even with the game off.

So, yeah, not in good condition. But still sad.

Re: Missed out on Centipede...

Posted: December 2nd, 2020, 5:27 pm
by VideoGameCritic
It might have been a blessing in disguise. I've known people who've taken in machines (or cars) thinking they are going to fix them up, except it never happens or worse becomes a money pit.

Considering the description, I think it was the right thing to just let it go to the big arcade in the sky.

Re: Missed out on Centipede...

Posted: December 2nd, 2020, 9:31 pm
by pacman000
You’re probably right. Even if I had the skills, I don’t have the time.

And yet still... Maybe I watched The Brave Little Toaster too much as a kid, but I hate throwing things out. It’s probably for the best that I couldn’t lift it; there’s some danger that I could turn into the Collier brothers.

Re: Missed out on Centipede...

Posted: December 3rd, 2020, 8:57 am
by ActRaiser
Speaking of Centipede, what's considered a good score? There DIP switches you can adjust to increase the lives count, but if you're starting off at 2 lives and the extra lives at 12000 to start off, would 40K be a decent score?

I've been playing it through MAME on my cabinet lately and so far that's the best I've gotten. But, I don't know if that's good or peanuts. (I'm thinking peanuts)

Re: Missed out on Centipede...

Posted: December 3rd, 2020, 9:38 am
by Retro STrife
I feel for you for sure, although as the VGC points out, maybe you dodged a bullet. I had a similar situation happen on a smaller scale with Pac-Man. I have a 1981 Pac-Man cabinet at home in my small arcade set-up. It's still all original (joystick, buttons, monitor, etc.) and works pretty well, although the monitor has some slight issues that don't affect play. I'm always worried about the monitoring going out, because they're so hard to replace nowadays and the thought of having to switch to an LCD screen really kills the whole vibe of the machine.

Anyway, I was at a local nostalgia shop near me that also sells/repairs arcade machines, and saw a Pac-Man monitor and chassis outside. While talking to the owner, he told me it was going to the junkyard. His repair guy removed it from a Pac-Man machine because the screen was old and "tired" (whatever that means) and replaced it with LCD. Even if the monitor was crappy, I kicked myself for not grabbing it before I left, since I could have used it for parts on my monitor if ever needed. Sure, it probably would have just sat in my basement forever, but who knows.

And while I'm at it, let me complain about these LCD monitors. If your monitor dies, I understand it. But it nags at me when people think they are upgrading a machine by adding one and they toss that original monitor. For a classic like Pac-man, why not preserve it as original as possible until things don't work anymore? And don't even get me started on people that gut a perfectly working classic like Pac-Man and turn it into those 60-in-1 multicades.

Re: Missed out on Centipede...

Posted: December 3rd, 2020, 3:57 pm
by ActRaiser
There are some really nice settings in MAME to make it appear as if it's a CRT. There's even a nice phosphor like glow. It's setup on a number of the MAME games I've been playing. I'm too chicken to tweak things on my arcade but it looks good, i.e. "bad" that you might like it. :lol:

They now even have interactive bezels for some of the arcades that had lights on the outside of the cabinet. It may not be original, but it's still pretty cool.

Re: Missed out on Centipede...

Posted: December 3rd, 2020, 5:26 pm
by Retro STrife
Yeah, no complaints here on that kind of stuff. CRT is nice for old games, but you work with what you have. If my Pac-man CRT ever dies, I'll probably go LCD because it's just way easier to find, buy, and install. But my thing is I would never prematurely pull a good CRT for an LCD. I think some people do that, thinking it's an upgrade. Or some repairmen do it out of laziness, because it's easier than fixing up a CRT. But then again, I'm also a bit crazy when it comes to preservation.

Re: Missed out on Centipede...

Posted: December 3rd, 2020, 5:56 pm
by VideoGameCritic
ActRaiser wrote:Speaking of Centipede, what's considered a good score? There DIP switches you can adjust to increase the lives count, but if you're starting off at 2 lives and the extra lives at 12000 to start off, would 40K be a decent score?

I've been playing it through MAME on my cabinet lately and so far that's the best I've gotten. But, I don't know if that's good or peanuts. (I'm thinking peanuts)


40K is decent. I'd say 50-100K is great, and over 100K is outstanding. My wife scored over 100K a few times but she used to play incessantly.