January 24th, 2013


It's More Expensive On The Inside

One of the things I like to collect is mermaid tokens.  Not the coins, the coins made with actual precious metals can cost something major.  Tokens are more economical, and can feature some fun designs.  I would love to have enough that, when I make my arcade game, the coin slot takes the tokens, and I can hear that wonderful clink as the pile gets higher.  It's one of the things I miss about arcades going with electronic credit.

My buddy mornblade is a pirate enthusiast.  And he has told me his dream is to one day own some sort of pirate doubloon.  Just one so he can say he has one.

Well, I think I've found something he would value more than that.  mornblade, old buddy?  clionona, my trusty niece?  This one's on me.

New Zealand has apparently tumbled to the fact that coin collectors are like stamp collectors -- come up with something novel, and they will pay big bucks just to have it in their collection.  I mention this because they are about to mint 10,000 coins with the TARDIS from Doctor Who on them.

No, it's not a joke.  Check it out....


It even comes in its own collectible case.


This is a $2 coin of the realm.  That's $1.68 USD based on the exchange rate right now.  Seems like a deal, right?  Well, no.  The coin is $2 and is legal tender, giving you $2 worth of whatever.  But to acquire one of these, it will cost you $155 ($129.91 USD).  And we Americans complain OUR money isn't worth what it used to be!

If you have a Prometheus level of patience, you might get one by pure luck.  Once again, the coin is legal tender, so it is possible that maaaaaaaaaaaaybe one or two will wind up in circulation, and you'll find yourself in possession of a golden ticket.

If you would rather just focus on mermaid tokens, though, I'll understand.

No, It WON'T Be Bigger On The Inside

I think about the weirdest shit.

I would like to direct your attention to this little piece of video gaming history.  This is Galaxian 3 --


Galaxian 3 is a standard on-rails shooter, nothing special.  What makes it so special is the sheer scale of the thing.  The machine cost $150,000.  For that money, you got the booth theater you see above.  Projectors create the game view image on the far wall (two 120 inch screens) with a custom Bose sound system.  Six players can participate at once.


Everybody still with me so far?  That's good!

My previous post about Doctor Who got me to thinking.  Geeks are ALWAYS trying to outgeek each other.  One has a rare comic book?  The other has it in better condition.  Oh, you watch anime?  You watch it dubbed, I watch it subbed (or, if you're really hardcore, in the original Japanese without subtitles).  Oh, you an Atari 2600?  I have a Fairchild Channel F, the first cartridge based game system.  Yada yada yada....

Adding to geek cred is fan projects.  Making a fan film or some such thing.  And with programming tools so widely available, making a fan game of, say, Doctor Who is nothing (and would probably be better than the Nintendo Wii offering in Britain.  But I digress).

I am planning to build my own arcade game sometime, just to have one.  And I have a lot of different designs based on what I want.  Some are just oversized arcade games done with LED's and a few circuits.  Some use microcontrollers.  Some are full blown video games using a spare tower or two and my RAD kit.  In fact, I already have the cabinet built, I just need to select the game, create it, and install t.

I've long thought about a Doctor Who game.  I mean, that's not a surprise.  And then, I thought about C2E2 and Wizard World Chicago.  Both cons featured dealers with a full-size replica TARDIS that people could get their pictures taken coming out of.

And I thought, wouldn't it be awesome to build a TARDIS replica, and put the game INSIDE it, with a control console and you flying the TARDIS?

...and guess what data my mind is processing right now?  I better be able to go to sleep instead of working on that all fucking night.