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Posted on Sep 11th 2011 at 03:57:54 PM by (jcalder8)
Posted under Biography, Memories, Stories, Commodore 64

After some very positive feedback I am going to continue writing out my life story.... or at least the parts that are G rated and have something to do with video games. For anyone who has not read part 1 here is an easy to find link: LINK 
When I finished the first part I had finished by writing about the Intellivision which remains my favorite pre-NES system. During this part I..... well you'll have to keep reading to find out.

Every summer we would go to a Kamp Ground of America(KOA) and there they would have an amazing room filled with arcade machines. I would estimate that they had between 8 and 10 games but as the years passed they decreased the number until they probably only had 2 or 3. As I said we never had a lot of money but I would always be given two quarters a day so that I could play a couple of games. Like most kids my age I would watch the games run through their attract mode, this is something that I have passed along to my own son so this tradition can continue(actually in all honesty I still love watching it play through). I have a vivid memory of sitting on a stool and watching Excitebike play through.

Continue reading Memories from 30 years of gaming Part 2

Posted on Aug 29th 2011 at 05:37:49 AM by (jcalder8)
Posted under Biography, Memories, Stories, Intellivision

     I always thought that it would be cool to write a book about my life, not that I have lived an especially exciting one but we all have stories that would translate into good reading. Of course that is never going to happen unless I write and publish the book myself but thanks to RF Gen and the internet I have an opportunity to at least share it with everyone on here.... Who knows maybe it will even lead to a book and movie deal..... maybe not.

     I will be turning 30 this year and I thought that as a treat to myself that I would finally start to write down all the different memories that I have of growing up, or at least the ones that relate to my favorite past time, and now near obsession, video games.

     I was born on a snowy December 29th day in Mission BC, it does not really have much to do with anything gaming related apart from the fact that I used to combine Christmas and Birthday money into bigger and better gifts, but more on that later. I have 1 older brother so it meant that I was able to get away with more than he was. I also had a minor health scare when I was young so I think that made my mom want to spoil me a bit more than my brother, or maybe it was just that I would ask for more than he would.

Continue reading Memories from 30 years of gaming Part 1

Posted on Dec 31st 2008 at 10:59:48 PM by (jcalder8)
Posted under Pinball, DIY, arcade, repairs

I know it has not been that long since my last entry but I have made a lot of progress recently so I figured that it was a good time for an update.

I was able to finish cleaning the last six rollover switches and overall I am happy with how they turned out. I think some of the dirt might have been holding them in place better though because since cleaning them numbers three and five now have a tendency to stick, which would not be so bad if they did not rack up the score and make a very annoying noise.

Continue reading My, mostly, lifelong dream PT 4 with more pictures

Posted on Dec 16th 2008 at 03:37:30 AM by (jcalder8)
Posted under Pinball, Arcade, DIY, Repairs

I bet you were wondering if this was ever going to get posted, well I am happy to report that here it is and I now have a functioning pinball machine, although it still has its fair share of problems....

Continue reading My, mostly, Lifelong Dream Pt 3

Posted on Nov 20th 2008 at 11:22:57 PM by (jcalder8)
Posted under Pinball, Arcade, DIY, repairs

Part 1 can be found here: LINK
Part 2: What I actually bought...

First for the good, the playfield is in fair to good condition with minor wear and only a couple spots of touch up which is pretty good for a game almost 30 years old. Another piece of good news is that new glass was installed because someone sat on it, apart from that though there is not much to get excited about...

Continue reading My, mostly, lifelong dream PT 2 with pictures!

Posted on Nov 13th 2008 at 06:17:06 PM by (jcalder8)
Posted under Pinball, repairs, DIY, arcade

There are only two things I have wanted for as long as I can remember that I have not been able to have, the first is a house and that is a long way off, the second is a pinball machine and I thought it was a long way off until recently.

I have had to move back in with my family due to many things and with that comes a change of cities. I normally check Craigslist and Kijiji regularly and since I was moving I thought why not check out my new city. After finding out that Kijiji is used much more than Craigslist I focused on what I always look for, games. Upon finding that there were at least 50 listings within an hour with the word "game" in them I thought it would be better to focus on specific systems. I went through the normal "NES", "SNES", "Nintendo" and so on without finding anything too exciting so I switched over to a search I normally make every 2 or 3 days since I rarely see them any "Pinball". Normally this consists of looking at the 3 or 4 machines that have been listed 6 times already and are well over a thousand dollars. In this new city however there were at least 12 of them, which was exciting just to see the list. Then I looked at the price of the first one $300. My eyes bulged and my mouth went dry. Did I really see that right? $300 for a pinball machine? I quickly read over the description in the ad: Williams 1979 "Laser Ball", needs a bit of work, have to sell, blah, blah, blah, who cares it is a great price in my book so off goes a message.

Two days later...

Continue reading My, mostly, lifelong dream PT 1

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