The Arcade lives on at California Extreme 2011

Above: This game probably dates all the way back to Prohibition

Above: And others were never even released to the public, like this Beavis and Butthead arcade game

Above: Same with The Act. The only way you can play this analog, animated oddity is at places like CAX

Above: And looky there, someone made something new into something old: Mortal Kombat 2011 retrofit for arcades!

Above: I believe this is gaming's first example of an (illegal) movie license

Above: There was actually a Pinball tournament going on outside the main hall, attended by players more serious that Harry Callahan himself.

Above: Love this one. And man, did these guys really hate getting their picture taken

Above: Wait, what?! Is someone still making pinball machines?

Above: Ahhh, now this brings us back. Konami's The Simpsons, which was given away as a prize

Above: Could this be Capcom's most obscure game?

Above: Nope! They also made a game based of Willow - who knew?!

Above: That's right, kids! Some games game equipped with entire cockpits

Above: On the left, Toobin. On the right, the less-than-sensitively titled Arabian

Above: SHIT YEAH! The Tron machine was still glowing a beautiful blue!

Above: More Star Trek? This is getting illogical...

Above: I actually witnessed several people politely fighting for ownership of this Mappy Land cabinet

Above: Pinball machines representing the two most important things in my life before puberty ruined me

Above: I'm a HUGE Joust fan, and I've never seen this in my life. SPOILER: It sucks!

Above: Moon Patrol: Probably the greatest game ever made

Jul 12, 2011


  • Thequestion 121 - July 13, 2011 10:05 p.m.

  • gamegrid - July 13, 2011 6:35 p.m.

    The Act is available at one arcade location: Only a few exist out there though. And CAX isn't the only place in today's world to experience arcades. There are still hundreds of locations around the world which have coin-op arcades. There is a reason there are still over a dozen arcade manufacturers still producing games, they aren't just making them for home game rooms.
  • jimmdogg - July 13, 2011 11:23 a.m.

    Moon Patrol!!
  • Robotron2084 - July 13, 2011 5:08 a.m.

  • moan4stalone - July 13, 2011 4:40 a.m.

    Wish aladins castle was still around! Want more pics of that custom mortal kombat 2011 machine.
  • bensmart - July 13, 2011 4:38 a.m.

    haha we have a Prop Cycle at the local ten pin and it's decent quality as well. wish i could have gone.
  • foxyexplosion - July 13, 2011 4:25 a.m.

    This is so cool. Arcades should come back and have more beer.
  • Randomwordcombination - July 13, 2011 2:44 a.m.

    Hahaha, "Arabian"!
  • ericeman - July 13, 2011 2:23 a.m.

    If I'm not mistaken Mappy Land wasn't even released in arcades-- that would be the original Mappy and I'm not surprised people are fighting over it!
  • Pytor - July 13, 2011 2:12 a.m.

    Oh how I miss the good ole days of the arcades. sigh)
  • twishart - July 13, 2011 2:07 a.m.

    I spent a disgusting amount on TNG Pinball. Between that and Twilight Zone, I could have paid my way through college twice.
  • FizzyPop - July 13, 2011 1:36 a.m.

    no Polybius?? (those of u who havent heard of it, google it) or maybe it was there but u guys forgot from the amnesia 0_o
  • UsernameLoser - July 13, 2011 1:27 a.m.

  • DanAmrich - July 13, 2011 1:26 a.m.

    Who knew they made a Willow arcade game? Me. Duh.
  • Afrodisiac39 - July 13, 2011 1:23 a.m.

    CAX was pretty great this year, went with a friend and we had a lot of fun messing around with some of the goofier stuff there (oh Japan). Though I have to say, the highlight for me was getting home and seeing that the first Mii I got through Street Pass was Brelston.
  • WonsAuto - July 13, 2011 1:17 a.m.

    I'm a little too young too have experienced arcades' heyday, but I was sad when the one me and my friend went to between 1997 and 2002. I've got to go down to this thing with him someday.
  • chrisat928 - July 13, 2011 12:59 a.m.

  • adamstephenson - July 13, 2011 12:55 a.m.

    Wow, jealous. Its like the ghosts of all arcades get to come back one special day a year and live once again as the best arcade there ever was. I am sure your first time going to this is nostalgia overdose.
  • GamesRadarMatthewKeast - July 13, 2011 12:48 a.m.

    I feel a hole in my soul for having never played a Starship Troopers pinball game.
  • MouseKlok - July 13, 2011 12:42 a.m.

    WHAT!?! TWO PAGES!?! HOW DARE YOU MAKE ME CLICK!!! Awesome pics Chris. Wish I was there!

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