You stand in a dimly-lit gaming arcade, surrounded by beeping, buzzing
old-style video game machines. Welcome to the Yestercade!
If you came here for the Federation Standard Tri-D
Chess Rules, use the control button to the left to beam forward to
their homepage. My voice acting site may be reached by clicking on the
noseglasses button, and you should check out the music
of Bjorn A. Lynne, who
kindly lent his musical talents to my demos.
If you are looking for the Latest Best Arcade Machine I've Rebuilt,
then click on the button to the left to see my classic Space Invaders machine. Clicking
on My Smiling Face to the right will show you the arcade machines I
have rebuilt so far. And if you just what to know about owning your
own arcade machine, let me tell you right here about having a Yestercade,
and why you can’t possibly live without one!
IN THE BEGINNING:
At one time in the distant past, they arose.
They began in ones and twos, scattered around familiar human watering holes.
Their bright plumage and shill calls attracted their followers, and we
learned how to feed them. They were like nothing we had ever seen,
and in those days, we watched them and were glad.
Before long, they were everywhere. Wherever humans gathered, the
glassy-eyed brought them coins as tribute. It was a Golden Age that
would surely last forever!
But then came faster and brighter creatures: The Atari 2600, Intellivision,
and Colicovision roared to life, and after that the lofty Nintendo.
One by one, the old giants dropped away into leaky warehouses, second-string
amusement parks, and the occasional corner laundromat. High-powered
console games banished all but a few of the old warhorses. Massive
memory, fancy 3-D graphics, and a thing called the Internet killed them
dead. Their plaintive call was gone, and all was darkness.
THE PAST REBORN:
But I remember them. The first PacMan landed in my
college dorm in 1982, and from there I went on to the hard stuff…BattleZone,
Castles, Mappy and others. Is there no justice that these
classics should pass away?
is my attempt at saving a little bit of the past. I can take a classic
empty arcade box, one that was actually played by folks like us twenty-five
or so years ago, and bring it back to life. With a used PC, a monitor
and some clever engineering, that box rises again, playing lots of those
classic games we remember so well. A museum you can touch, it can
sit in your basement and bring back those glory days. Show your kids
games were like!
WHAT’S A YESTERCADE
Every box is unique, but generally you can expect:
A wide variety of classic arcade games
box takes about two months of my spare time, and utilizes hardware I usually
have on hand. The actual case theme depends on what I can find; my
was in such good condition that I actually refinished it back to what it
was, while sometimes I make a recognizable name-brand case from a more
generic original. Some I have personalized to the owner, like the
I’ve also done some low-end machines I have donated to church youth groups.
Full Two player joystick layout with trackball mouse control
A hundred or so photorealistic pinball games from the past
Plunger and flipper buttons for realistic pinball play
A MP3 player Jukebox that you can use with your favorite music
A car stereo or better quality sound system, often with a sub-woofer
Easy access CD or DVD disk access, usually behind the coin door
External USB socket for your thumbdrive to install MP3’s and files
And custom artwork to personalize the Yestercade as YOURS!
An original arcade game playing a single classic game may go on Ebay for
$1000 or more. I have often bartered these cases for things
I want. (I would love to recarpet my house, or replace my garage
door, or have an expert retile my kitchen floor…ask about it!) Every
one is a unique challenge, mixing engineering, carpentry, art design, and
gadgeteering. Contact me and bring back the thrill of that corner
arcade, right there in your own home!
I've built nine machines so far, counting my handmade case, TRON's
Game Grid. Click on my picture at the
top of the page and check them out. And hey, if you decide one would
look good in YOUR basement or gameroom,