Welcome to M.A.R.S. (Mark's Arcade Retro Site). This is my web page dedicated to those who love coin-op video arcade games. There's lots of information and hopefully some entertaining stuff, too.
Well, 2020 has been a dumpster fire so far...
My neighbor dropped off a bowling game from out of nowhere. The game is actually a converted Gorf, so looks like that will be my next game restoration.
Working on yet another Arduino project. This one involves recreating a classic Williams skill game: Ringer. I have a prototype of it working, and now it's just a matter of recreating the cabinet and determining a working solution for the wheel mechanism. Should be a fun project!
Time for my half year update!
Picked up a Defender from friend of mine. The joystick that was there was some third-party hacked stick with micros, so I had to rebuild one from scratch. Turns out you can! I got the joystick rebuild kit from Arcade Shop, but it lacked the metal spring steel needed for the switches. I was able to pick them up from Mike's Arcade, so just a tip there if you ever need to build a complete Defender joystick from scratch.
I made some more updates to my Forgotten Worlds free play with fixed text EPROM hack (more spelling/grammar fixes). I've been working on a 3D printed mountain mod for my Getaway pinball machine. Takes a long time to print, so prototyping this particular mod has a lot of material cost, but look better IMHO than the others I have seen.
I've also slowly been collecting parts to build my own Ice Cold Beer game. Might be time to finally get a CNC...
My troubleshooting page contains links to repair FAQs, sites, tips, and people who can help you to fix your favorite arcade game or PCB.
Need help remembering an arcade game from your past? You'll most likely find it here. Ignore all the rarity information, however.The Video Arcade Preservation Society (VAPS)
An arcade game collection site showing game owners' collections from all over the world.The Sega Vector Game Page
More selfless promotion of yours truly.The Basement arcade
A great site by a different Mark...he's got the most comprehensive list of video arcade game links I've seen, so instead of replicating them here, I'll just point to his page and he can deal with the maintenance :-)Rick's Game Repair
The man, the myth, the Legend. Now working full time in the restoration business, Rick has done a lot of work for Williams in the past and knows his stuff. Has the BEST quality machines available for purchase and does service as well.
M.A.R.S. is dedicated to providing a quality web page for coin-op video arcade information. This web page is "comment operated", meaning the more comments you send me, the more it changes. Contact with compliments or criticism, comments or corrections, and what you'd like to see (or not see) on M.A.R.S.
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