Zartan (zartan) wrote in pacific_novelty,

DD/MM Unknown, 2000 : Game Room, Southwest Australia

In early 2000, I took a short road trip through southwest Australia. Along with absolutely beautiful shoreline and some of the best weather I've experienced in my life, I found an odd, wonderful little treasure: an arcade game room.

It was a small room attached to the side of a diner, I think. All the games were switched off, and it was clear that no one had been into the room for quite some time.

Pictured: Delta Race (a bootleg of Omega Race) (1981), unknown game, Snow Bros (1990), Wonder Boy (1986)

Point of interest: For being a bootleg, that Delta Race cabinet is lovely. I'd never heard of a bootleg sit-down cabinet, either. The points where any resemblance to the original have been concealed are pretty seamless.

Pictured: Special Force (1986), Star Wars (1983), a Neo Geo MVS (ca. 1989), Vindicators (1988)

Point of interest: It seemed strange that a game room that no one ever used would have not one but two sit-down cabinets in such beautiful condition, especially alongside so many bootleg / generic cabinets. I think this is the only shot in which all the games pictured are (apparently) originals.

Pictured: Operation Wolf (1987), Galaxy (Stern, 1980), Arch Rivals (1989)

Point of interest: Two pinball machines so far—neither one of them are particularly classic or anything special, play-wise, but pinball is pinball and these machines were also in fantastic shape. Which presents another mystery: pinball machines are a pain in the ass to maintain. Why are they even here?

Pictured: Special Force (1986), Star Wars (1983), a Neo Geo MVS (ca. 1989), Vindicators (1988)

Points of interest: The same machines as the second photo above, just from a different angle. I think the sun was just coming up. This was way before digital cameras were cheap and ubiquitous; these were taken on real film and I had to make my shots count. The girl I was traveling with would only allow me so many photos of switched-off arcade machines, since we were there to see the scenery and such. Fair enough.

You can see that one of the games in the MVS is Nam-1975 (1990).

Pictured: Arch Rivals (1989), Duke (see below), Rolling Thunder (1986), Rygar (1986), Mortal Kombat II (1993)

Points of interest: I have no idea what Duke was; based on the war theme of the generic marquee, I'm guessing it's Dynamite Duke (1989), but of course I'll never have any way of knowing for sure.

Interesting that Rolling Thunder (one of my all-time favorite arcade games, and a damn shame it wasn't turned on [not like I haven't played it a million times, but you know how it is when you find a favorite in the wild]) and Mortal Kombat II are in generic cabinets but have their original marquees.

The generic Rygar marquee has a kangaroo on it, and that's awesome.

Non-Australian readers might be interested in the coinage used to buy a credit:

A game costs three twenty-cent pieces rather than a good ol' quarter.

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