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With PAX-East just around the corner, I am proud to announce the ACAM Classic Game Developer Panel that will be taking place on Saturday, March 27th. The panel will take place in the Wyvern Theater at 7:30pm.

 

I have an exciting discussion planned. The panelists are former employees of General Computer Corporation in Cambridge, MA. GCC was involved in game development, and between 1981-1984, they designed products that created over $750 million in revenue for Midway and Atari. Some of those products include the Ms. Pac-Man arcade game and the hardware for the Atari 7800 console.

 

My panel guests are:

 

Steve Golson (Super Missile Attack, Crazy Otto, Ms. Pac-Man, Atari 7800)

Mike Horowitz (Crazy Otto, Ms. Pac-Man)

Jonathan Hurd (Food Fight)

Tim Hoskins (Jr. Pac-Man)

Tom Westberg (Jr. Pac-Man, Atari, other arcade)

Kevin Osborn (Atari 2600/7800 games)

 

We invite all PAX-East attendees to join us for a fun discussion of classic game development & history.

 

The American Classic Arcade Museum will be in room 310 at PAX-East. We are setting up a museum exhibit in that room that will consist of classic coin-op games & pinball machines, along with static displays of gaming history. All four of the GCC-designed arcade games (Ms. Pac-Man, Jr. Pac-Man, Food Fight & Quantum) will be on display in our museum-style retro arcade environment. We will also have two classic laserdisc games (Dragon's Lair and Us Vs. Them) hooked up to projectors so the entire room can watch the gameplay.

 

The American Classic Arcade Museum is the first 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to restoring and displaying vintage coin-operated amusements. Located on the third floor of the immense Funspot Family Entertainment Super Center, the museum celebrates the origins of the arcade industry with popular games from the past. Asteroids, Pac-Man, Centipede and Gorgar are just a few of the nearly 300 games in the classic arcade museum. The museum also contains static displays of game history and the walls feature many posters of vintage arcade games.

 

Mike Stulir

Board of Directors

The American Classic Arcade Museum at Funspot

579 Endicott Street North

Laconia, NH 03246

http://www.classicarcademuseum.org/

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Will somebody be recording this on audio or video for people who cannot make it?

 

Allan

 

Yes, the entire session will be recorded. It should be available for download from the web site of The American Classic Arcade Museum at some point in early April.

 

Mike Stulir

Board of Directors

The American Classic Arcade Museum at Funspot

579 Endicott Street North

Laconia, NH 03246

http://www.classicarcademuseum.org/

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The American Classic Arcade Museum is pleased to announce that on Friday, March 26th and Saturday, March 27th, we will be having the first public showing of Crazy Otto since 1981 at PAX-East. PAX-East will be taking place at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA.

 

Ms. Pac-Man started life as Crazy Otto, an enhancement hack of Pac-Man. Developed in Massachusetts by General Computer Corporation (GCC), the game featured a number of improvements over traditional Pac-Man gameplay including randomized ghost algorithms, multiple new mazes, new music & sound, new intermissions and bonus items that float around instead of popping up in the same place.

 

GCC showed their game to Midway (Namco’s American distributor for Pac-Man), attempting to bluff Midway into approving the release of the enhancement kit by telling them that GCC won their lawsuit against Atari involving a similar enhancement for Missile Command. Midway had nothing in the pipeline to follow up Pac-Man, so they suggested that GCC create a true sequel to the original Pac-Man instead of an enhancement kit. The result is Ms. Pac-Man.

 

Crazy Otto has been in GCC's possession since 1981. It was not released in arcades and it has not been emulated. Our exhibit of Crazy Otto is a one-time showing to the public.

 

Mike Stulir

Board of Directors

The American Classic Arcade Museum at Funspot

579 Endicott Street North

Laconia, NH 03246

http://www.classicarcademuseum.org/

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The American Classic Arcade Museum is pleased to announce that videogame historian, author & publisher Leonard Herman will be appearing with us during PAX-East. Leonard is the author of “Phoenix: The Fall & Rise of Videogames” and “ABC to the VCS: A Directory of Software for the Atari 2600.” He is also the publisher of Ralph Baer’s book “Videogames: In the Beginning.”

 

In addition to having copies of his books available, Leonard will be displaying a replica of Ralph Baer’s “Brown Box.” That device was the prototype that eventually led to the first home videogame console – the Magnavox Odyssey. The replica was built by Ralph Baer.

 

Long before there was a Sony Playstation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360 or Nintendo Wii, there was the Magnavox Odyssey, the world’s first home videogame console. The story of videogames predates the Odyssey by six years. It begins in 1966 when a television engineer named Ralph H. Baer sat down at a New York bus station and entered history. “Videogames: In The Beginning” is Ralph H. Baer’s account of how today’s $11-billion per year videogame industry began. A meticulous note keeper, Baer presents in his own words the real story of what led to the Odyssey… and beyond.

 

Be sure to stop by the ACAM exhibit to meet Leonard, check out his books & see a piece of video gaming history.

 

Mike Stulir

Board of Directors

The American Classic Arcade Museum at Funspot

579 Endicott Street North

Laconia, NH 03246

http://www.classicarcademuseum.org/

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Here is the list of games that ACAM will be bringing for the classic arcade exhibit in room 310. These games were chosen for popularity, historical significance or rarity:

 

Video:

Omega Race

Dragon's Lair

Us Vs. Them

Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom

Galaga

Ms. Pac-Man/Crazy Otto

Jr. Pac-Man

Quantum

Food Fight

Sinistar

Asteroids

Leprechaun

Space Invaders Deluxe

Frogger

Pong

Pooyan

Joust 2

Donkey Kong 3

 

 

Pinball:

Buck Rogers

Flash

High Speed

Spy Hunter

 

 

Mike Stulir

Board of Directors

The American Classic Arcade Museum at Funspot

579 Endicott Street North

Laconia, NH 03246

http://www.classicarcademuseum.org/

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Sounds great - good luck. Looks like PAX-East is sold out - let us know if it isn't.

 

The show has been sold out for some time. It amazed me how quickly all 60,000 tickets sold.

 

Hope some of the AtariAge people will be in attendance. Please stop up to the ACAM room 310 and say "hi." It really is the place to be this weekend. Lots of gaming companies are participating.

 

Mike Stulir

Board of Directors

The American Classic Arcade Museum at Funspot

579 Endicott Street North

Laconia, NH 03246

http://www.classicarcademuseum.org/

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A request if there is any opportunity for anyone going to see the GCC guys. There are a number of Atari 5200 games that nobody knows who programmed them. If there is time for questions could somebody ask them if they know who programmed the following games:

 

1.Battlezone

2.Berzerk

3.Dig Dug

4.Frisky Tom

5.Jr. Pac-Man

6.Kangaroo

7.Ms. Pac-Man

8.Pole Position

9.Vanguard

 

I would greatly appreciate it.

 

Allan

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A request if there is any opportunity for anyone going to see the GCC guys. There are a number of Atari 5200 games that nobody knows who programmed them. If there is time for questions could somebody ask them if they know who programmed the following games:

 

1.Battlezone

2.Berzerk

3.Dig Dug

4.Frisky Tom

5.Jr. Pac-Man

6.Kangaroo

7.Ms. Pac-Man

8.Pole Position

9.Vanguard

 

I would greatly appreciate it.

 

Allan

 

I'll do better than that. I'll send out a message to the group right now and see if I can fill in the blanks. It will probably be a few days before I have a complete answer.

 

Mike Stulir

Board of Directors

The American Classic Arcade Museum at Funspot

579 Endicott Street North

Laconia, NH 03246

http://www.classicarcademuseum.org/

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A request if there is any opportunity for anyone going to see the GCC guys. There are a number of Atari 5200 games that nobody knows who programmed them. If there is time for questions could somebody ask them if they know who programmed the following games:

 

1.Battlezone

2.Berzerk

3.Dig Dug

4.Frisky Tom

5.Jr. Pac-Man

6.Kangaroo

7.Ms. Pac-Man

8.Pole Position

9.Vanguard

 

I would greatly appreciate it.

 

Allan

 

I'll do better than that. I'll send out a message to the group right now and see if I can fill in the blanks. It will probably be a few days before I have a complete answer.

 

Mike Stulir

Board of Directors

The American Classic Arcade Museum at Funspot

579 Endicott Street North

Laconia, NH 03246

http://www.classicarcademuseum.org/

 

You ROCK! Thank you so much.

 

Allan

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Hope some of the AtariAge people will be in attendance. Please stop up to the ACAM room 310 and say "hi." It really is the place to be this weekend.

 

If you're on the east coast and can't make it elsewhere. Otherwise the Midwest Gaming Classic, also this weekend, is the place to be. ;)

 

Good luck with your area Mike, congrats on the panel, and hope you have a great time.

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Crazy Otto is a hit!! Crazy Otto, Dragon's Lair and Pong are the most played games so far.

 

Here is a photo from our room on Friday. It has been this full constantly.

 

Mike Stulir

Board of Directors

The American Classic Arcade Museum at Funspot

579 Endicott Street North

Laconia, NH 03246

http://www.classicarcademuseum.org/

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This morning before the ACAM room opened, we had a private showing for PAX-East keynote speaker, TV & film star Wil Wheaton. Upon entering the room, he fell to his knees & genuflected before entering. :)

 

Thanks to Wil for stopping by, and for all of his kind words about our preservation efforts.

 

 

Mike Stulir

Board of Directors

The American Classic Arcade Museum at Funspot

579 Endicott Street North

Laconia, NH 03246

http://www.classicarcademuseum.org/

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The ACAM-GCC panel was a HUGE success. Here is a picture of some of the GCC staff in attendance with ACAM Board members Mike Stulir, Sarah St. John & Gary Vincent. The other picture is me with the GCC staff at the beginning of the panel.

 

A last-minute addition to the panel was GCC co-founder Doug Macrae, who flew in from the British Virgin Islands to join us.

 

I'm told I will have all of the raw audio from the PAX-East crew in a week or two. Once I get it cleaned up, I will post it to the ACAM web site for people to download.

 

 

Mike Stulir

Board of Directors

The American Classic Arcade Museum at Funspot

579 Endicott Street North

Laconia, NH 03246

http://www.classicarcademuseum.org/

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Here are some of the news stories that have been published so far about ACAM @ PAX-East.

 

Arcade Heroes:

http://arcadeheroes.com/2010/03/30/the-arcade-presence-at-pax-east/

 

Kotaku:

http://kotaku.com/5503844/the-penny-arcade-expos-real-arcade/gallery/

 

Wired Magazine

http://www.wired.com/gamelife/2010/03/us-vs-them/

 

Mike Stulir

Board of Directors

The American Classic Arcade Museum at Funspot

579 Endicott Street North

Laconia, NH 03246

http://www.classicarcademuseum.org/

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More stories:

 

Aurcade:

http://www.aurcade.com/news/view.aspx?id=43

 

Arcade Heroes -- 2nd Story:

http://arcadeheroes.com/2010/04/03/more-arcade-goodness-from-pax-east/

 

Some pictures of us in the wow.com PAX-East photo gallery:

http://www.wow.com/photos/pax-east-2010-gallery

 

RacketBoy Podcast

http://www.racketboy.com/retro/podcast/2010/03/racketboy-podcast-9-pax-east-retro-roundup-pt-1-arcades-wombat-retro-stores.html

 

GayGamer.net

http://gaygamer.net/2010/03/pax_east_2010_retro_gaming_at.html

 

Modern Day Pirates -- Top 10 things to do @ PAX-East:

http://www.themoderndaypirates.com/pirates/2010/03/pax-east-preview/

 

Mike Stulir

Board of Directors

The American Classic Arcade Museum at Funspot

579 Endicott Street North

Laconia, NH 03246

http://www.classicarcademuseum.org/

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A request if there is any opportunity for anyone going to see the GCC guys. There are a number of Atari 5200 games that nobody knows who programmed them. If there is time for questions could somebody ask them if they know who programmed the following games:

 

1.Battlezone

2.Berzerk

3.Dig Dug

4.Frisky Tom

5.Jr. Pac-Man

6.Kangaroo

7.Ms. Pac-Man

8.Pole Position

9.Vanguard

 

I would greatly appreciate it.

 

Allan

 

I'll do better than that. I'll send out a message to the group right now and see if I can fill in the blanks. It will probably be a few days before I have a complete answer.

 

Mike Stulir

Board of Directors

The American Classic Arcade Museum at Funspot

579 Endicott Street North

Laconia, NH 03246

http://www.classicarcademuseum.org/

Just wondering if you got any response from this?

 

Allan

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Just wondering if you got any response from this?

 

Allan

 

I have asked three different people and have not gotten a response yet. I'm sure this type of stuff isn't real high on their priority list so be patient. These guys aren't involved in gaming anymore and I am sure someone will answer when they have the time.

 

Mike Stulir

Board of Directors

The American Classic Arcade Museum at Funspot

579 Endicott Street North

Laconia, NH 03246

http://www.classicarcademuseum.org/

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I'm told I will have all of the raw audio from the PAX-East crew in a week or two. Once I get it cleaned up, I will post it to the ACAM web site for people to download.

 

Hey Mike,

Did you ever receive the recording of this?

 

Allan

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I'm told I will have all of the raw audio from the PAX-East crew in a week or two. Once I get it cleaned up, I will post it to the ACAM web site for people to download.

 

Hey Mike,

Did you ever receive the recording of this?

 

Allan

 

I was just handed the audio CD of the recording. I am up at the ACAM tournament now. When I get home next week, I will post for download on the ACAM site and get a download link available here.

 

Mike Stulir

Board of Directors

The American Classic Arcade Museum at Funspot

579 Endicott Street North

Laconia, NH 03246

http://www.classicarcademuseum.org/

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