Last weekend myself, my partner Sue and our friend Spencer all piled into his car with a couple of storage boxes of retro computing gear and, after a false start and some time on the road, stopped at a little seaside hotel not far from this tram:
But this wasn’t some random trip to the beach; the storage boxes contained some of the Oldschool Gaming computers and we were taking them to put out at Play Blackpool. As regular readers might know, Blackpool was the original home of the Play Expo back when it was called Replay so this was it coming home as it were. And we had a bloody brilliant time; the machines were left to their own devices (Mark “Groovybee” Ball was there on the first day demoing some of his latest Intellivision code and kept an eye on them) and we pootled around looking at and playing whatever took our fancy.
There were lots of interesting people to talk to as well, including Jessie McClure – one of the stars of Storage Hunters, which is shown regularly on Dave – who was there to give a talk about his passion for coin-op arcade machines and how he has a collection that are rented out to local establishments. His talk was combined with a couple of others, one about the Cherry Blossom Inn (a Blackpool seafront hotel with a retro arcade) and the current UK record holder for Missile Command in tournament mode, Tony Temple. Anyway, I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves…
…and a few more galleries have been added at the same time for Revival Mini 2013, GEEK 2014 and the first Leeds Video Game Market – have a look at the galleries page and here’s a picture of a Commodore 8032 to end the post!