HI! Welcome to my page. Its in a very larval form but its damn efficient.
I currently live in Huntsville Alabama and work as a contractor for the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command's Missile Research Development and Engineering Center. I help create infrared target simulations for testing missiles. (aka. virtual realities for smart weapons) I have a BSEE, MS, and a PhD in electrical engineering from Memphis State University which is now known as the University of Memphis. I'm into mountain biking, ultimate frisbee, large scale entertaining, and I collect, restore, and repair classic arcade games as a hobby.
Below are a few pictures of my upstairs arcade. When I bought the house the room was basically an unfinished second story. I finished it off rather nicely (yeah...I overdid it) and now have 800 sq ft of upstairs fun! As of November 1997 I have in the room: 36 arcade video games, a pool table, two antique church pews, and a Star Wars pinball machine.
Currently I have the following games IN THE ROOM (upright cabinet unless otherwise specified):
Atari Raster Games:
two Missile Commands, Centipede caberet, TRON upright and a cocktail, Xevious, Dig Dug upright and cocktail, Gauntlet, Crystal Castles, TANK
Atari Vector Games:
Tempest, two Tempest caberets (one with Duncan Brown's alternate shapes ROM), Tempest cocktail, Asteroids, MAJOR HAVOC! (Tempest conversion), Star Wars, Battlezone, Black Widow, Space Duel, Red Baron
Defender cocktail, Joust, Robotron, Stargate, Moon Patrol, Make Trax cocktail
Pac Man, Gorf Caberet, Galaga caberet, Ms. Pac Man cocktail, Omega Race
As of this date EVERYTHING IS WORKING!!!!
When I originally designed and built the room I had three 20 amp circuits going to it. One for lighting and two for wall sockets. I started adding more and more games and had to add another 20 amps. That lasted for about a year and I had to add another 20 amps. When I have the room completely fired up I guess I'm drawing about 50-60 amps but due to the layout of the room I need the 100 amps worth of circuits just to be sure I'm not blowing any breakers in the middle of parties.
Rick "the great one" Schieve recently checked out an earlier version of my page and sent me this response
"Lots of people are into collecting but not many are into creating a decent environment for what they have. Somehow a really nice machine just doesn't look as nice in the garage."
This comment got me to thinking.....and I came to the realization that "I have a gameroom, therefore I collect". There's lots of collectors out there that have most of their games in storage due to lack of space and they would kill to have a gameroom. I took the backwards approach. I built a gameroom and then a buddy of mine prints out a "games for sale" RGVAC posting and the rest is history.....
Pictures of the room just after completion.Picture of the house.
More recent (but still not up to date) pictures.
CHECK THIS OUT!!!!!
An operator friend of mine (Steve Larmon) told me a story about burning up a Star Trek game about 10 years ago. He had tried to repair it, it gave him fits, so he scrapped it and torched it!!! He had some pictures of the event so I told him I'd put them on the net for collectors to lament over. We've all heard stories of what operators do to old games but this is the first instance I know of that a game was given a fiery death.