Invader BROFEST 2015 - May 29 and 30 at Funspot / ACAM - LACONIA, NH USA

BRO FEST 2015

As you guys might know by now, the annual Official Funspot / ACAM arcade tournament has been cancelled for 2015. And, well, I was bummed. It's an annual tradition that I always look forward to. It made me sad.

So, I did something about it!

With the blessing of Funspot, we are going to be putting on a tournament on May 29 and 30, 2015 at Funspot / ACAM in Laconia, NH.

John's Arcade Impossible Outsiders - BROFEST 2015!

This is going to be a John's Arcade, Arcade Impossible, Arcade Outsiders, and The Kill Screens tournament. That's right, come join me, Gregg Hansen, Shawn "Phetishboy" Williams, Matt McCarthy, and more for a weekend of stupidity and fun! This is going to be a VERY casual tournament. If you're not good at the games, don't worry about it! If you're good at the games you'll be among good company. There is going to be some good competition too!

This will be an AURCADE.com tournament and the scores will count!

Thanks to our Director of Operations, Kris Gack, we have many, many sponsors for this event. Check out some of them below! We have about $2,000 in raffle and tournament prizes! How awesome!

Anyways, we are expecting a huge turnout. It's gonna be a blast. And, the fun will not end at Funspot. Most of us are staying at the NASWA resort and we will be having late night beer tastings, song sessions on the beach, and old fashioned weenie roasts!

Here are the details. I hope you can make it!

Who can come? YOU! The event is all ages and open to anyone. Don't worry about it! Just show up. It's gonna be fun. This is a casual event. You don't need to be good at these games. But if you are, don't worry... there will be plenty of competition. Trust me. Just have fun. :)

How much does it cost? There is no entry fee for the tournament. It is free! However, we hope you purchase a t-shirt and raffle tickets as the funds generated by those sales will be used for the prize pool and donations to ACAM and Scott Gaulin's family.

How do I register? Please e-mail Andrew at 34k@johnsarcade.com and tell him your name, city, and state so he can have your badge ready for you when you arrive.

What games are in the tournament? This is a secret! :) We will announce them the day of the tournament. Don' worry, the are GOOD games. We plan on having 15 games in the main tournament and will also have a side"manufacturer's challenge" tournament with three games.

What are the dates and times for the event?

NASWA Beach Bar - May 29th, 2015 - 12pm EST - Meet and Greet

FUNSPOT - May 29th, 2015 - 2:30PM EST - CLOSE - TOURNAMENT

FUNSPOT - May 30th, 2015 - 10:30am EST - 10:00pm EST - TOURNAMENT

FUNSPOT - MAY 30th, 2015 - 10:30pm EST - Prize ceremony, live Arcade Outsider's podcast, and more.

NOTE: The end time for the tournament and prize ceremony / live Arcade Outsider's Podcast is subject to change. We are going to play it by ear!

Where is this all happening?

Funspot
579 Endicott St N
Laconia, NH 03246

Where do I stay?

There are many hotels in the area. I can recommend NASWA and MARGATE.

Most of us are staying at: The NASWA Resort

Thanks to our sponsors!

BROFEST 2015 - SPONSORS

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Invader Apr 5, 2015 - YELLOW COMPUTER SPACE GET!!!!

First things first... I don't really update this page anymore. If you want to keep up with me, check out my Youtube channel. I release new videos 1-2 times each and every week. I'm pretty consistent about this. So, if you've never subscribed, do so and here:

John's Arcade on Youtube

So, just a quick update... I picked up a Yellow Computer Space this week. If you're not familiar with the game, well it's pretty cool. This is the FIRST commercial video game. EVER. Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney created this thing and had Nutting and Associates manufacture and distribute it in 1971. Yes, 1971! After this game, Nolan and Ted changed the name of their company to ATARI and the rest is history (PONG)!

Anyways, I picked up a really rare yellow Computer Space game. Less than 20 made. Such a huge part of gaming history. I am besides myself! Special thanks to Wesley in Alabama for selling and shipping this to me with tremendous care. What a class act!

I am very proud to own Yellow Computer Space #10299. The thing is complete and not working. I have replaced the power supply so far and no change. GE TV is working with white raster on the screen. I see some issue with that tube above the flyback. Game does nothing. This is going to be quite the challenge. So worth it! Seems to be an early game as it has no lock on the front.

My buddy Adam (onecircuit.com) comes with me to pick up the game from Pilot Air and bring it back to the garage. We try getting the game working when we return. Thanks, Adam!

Also in the video I interview Ed Fries (Microsoft Excel, Xbox launch Team, Figure Prints, etc.) about his Yellow Computer Space he just fixed. Read about it here: https://edfries.wordpress.com

And... we interview Kevin from http://www.computerspacefan.com - the dude knows his stuff!

This is a long episode. Hope you like it!

Direct link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSvGLBRKkhA

 

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Invader Jan 9, 2015 - Year End Review

First things first... I don't really update this page anymore. If you want to keep up with me, check out my Youtube channel. I release new videos 1-2 times each and every week. I'm pretty consistent about this. So, if you've never subscribed, do so and here:

John's Arcade on Youtube

Here's my three hour long year end review video. Yes, it's stupid long, but it's fun. We did a TON in 2014! Let's review...

YEAR END REVIEW

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Invader Apr 22, 2014 - John in FRONT of the camera. :)

Here's an interview with me at PAX EAST 2014. ENJOY.

John from John'a Arcade at PAX

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Invader Feb 23, 2014 - John's Arcade Impossible!

Last November I went to Illinois and hung out with the Arcade Impossible guys. We picked up a game and we both filmed the day. I released my version of the day back in November and today the Arcade Impossible guys released their video. Check them out below! It was SUPER fun.

Arcade Impossible's Video:

arcadeimpossible

My video:

 arcade

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Invader Dec 29, 2013 - Just a quick update! And, check out the revamped forum!

Hey guys, I just wanted to post a quick update. Even though I don't update this part of the website often doesn't mean I am not releasing weekly content. I'm still releasing 1-2 videos each week on Youtube. Check them out! I'm also getting more active on Google+, so follow me there too!

Also, in case you missed it... I finished my Pac-Man cabaret restore. WOOT! The playlist for this restore is here. We covered a TON of ground in this series. We did EVERYTHING!

FORUM NEWS! I recently have been taking the time to improve the John's Arcade Forum. I added a cool shoutbox and gave it a new look. So, if you never joined the forum, now is a GREAT time!! This is also a great way to get ahold of me.

Lastly, if you are not aware... I am doing a weekly arcade and pinball podcast called, Arcade Outsiders, with super collector's Joe "Jow" Senigaglia and Shawn "Phetishboy" Williams. It's a TON of fun (and stupid)! :)

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Invader Jul 20, 2013 - Tons of new vids on my YouTube channel

I'm releasing new videos 1-2 times each week. Typically on Sundays and sometimes inbetween. I try to add the videos to this homepage but sometimes I forget. :) So, if the page seems like it hasn't been updated in awhile then check out my Youtube page for the absolute latest from me! :)

John's Arcade Youtube page

Here's the vids I have released since the last update:

gyruss

Gyruss Restore Series
This is an eight part epic restore!

Click here to watch the restore

time pilot

Time Pilot Restore Series
Another epic restore captured on video!

Click here to watch the restore

And, here are some others:

Stern's Metallica Pinball review and unboxing:

 

Taito Superman arcade game review! The man of steel!:

 

Dragon's Lair arcade game review. Laserdisc action!:

Galaga '88 arcade game review. NAMCO classic sequel!: 

 

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Invader May 22, 2013 - Couple of new vids!

I went to Pinfest in Allentown, PA and filmed the whole adventure. It was pretty darn awesome. I'm guessing there were 500 or more playable pinball machines at the event. It was pretty EPIC!

Allentown Pinfest:

I also posted Part 6 of my Gyruss restore. Check it out here:

 

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CLUCLUInvader May 12, 2013 - Vs. Clu Clu Land instructiion card added!

Reid Parsekian over at KLOV created a FANTASTIC instruction card for Vs. Clu Clu Land. This is one of those gamest ,that for whatever reason, doesn't seem to have an instruction card. Well, Reid took care of that and created one the way Nintendo might have. It's pretty sweet! Big thanks to Reid for letting me host the file here on my site.

Check it out on the Nintendo Vs. Tech page or download it here

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Invader May 12, 2013 - A bunch of new vids!

I released a bunch of new vids the last few weeks including a review of my newly acquired Major Havoc and four more parts of my Gyruss restore! Check them out below!

My Major Havoc Tempest conversion gameplay review:

 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turles: Turtles in Time TMNT review:

 

Gyruss Restore Part 2: How to install a cap kit

 

Gyruss Restore Part 3: Stripping Metal, Woodworking, etc.

 

Gyruss Restore Part 4: How to degauss, restore, and rejuve a monitor. Bondo work:

 

Gyruss Restore Part 5: How to degauss, restore, and rejuve a monitor. Bondo work:

 

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Invader Mar 31, 2013 - Custom Centuri Coin Reject Inserts

I made these for my Track and Field and I'll be printing them once again for my Gyruss restore. So, I thought this was a good time to share my custom Centuri Coin Reject Inserts. The file is a vector PDF. Just print these out on standard paper, cut them out, and replace your ancient inserts on your Centuri game's coin door with these cool custom inserts! ENJOY!

Click the image below to download the PDF

Centuri Coin Reject

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Invader Mar 30, 2013 - Gyruss Restore Underway! And, a TX-1 review

I posted a video today with two parts. The first part is a video review of NAMCO's racing game TX-1. It was licensed to Atari in the US and is a pretty neat game with three monitors. After the TX-1 review, we'll head to the garage to check out my GYRUSS restore in progress. CHECK IT OUT!

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