Saturday, June 11, 2011

Mortal Kombat 2 Restoration Project

Found this gem on craigslist a while ago. It's a Mortal Kombat 2 in an old Simpsons four player cabinet. The guy we got it from cleans out laundromats around the valley and sells the games. We spotted this online and jumped on it, because MK 2 is the best MK in my opinion. It also came with a bigger 25 inch screen. It was at the guy's home, in the back yard, in a shed. He has three little kids and were climbing all over this game. The thing was in rough shape. The kids basically used this as a jungle guy. I witnessed the kids using the joy sticks to pull themselves up onto the control surface. We figured we need to save this game from little kid hell abuse. So we got it back to the gallery and starting tearing it down, removing the control panel and inspecting it. This thing was in terrible shape. Totally neglected and had a large number of band aid repairs done to it. Had some half assed side graphics on it that were peeling off and taking the paint with it. All the buttons were sticky from who knows what and the joysticks were crunchy. Coin returns were stuck, dried soda all over them.

So first thing was take the side graphics off and give it a fresh coat of paint. It too a hell of a lot of goo-gone to get all the sticker residue off. next up were the coin mechs. We cleaned them all up and fished out all the pennies and other debris stuck inside. We also installed new locks. Next, we moved onto the control surface. We took it all apart, cleaned up all the buttons and moving parts which were corroded with soda and who knows what. Had to swap out a few microswitches, they were too far damaged from little kid abuse.

We repainted all the bolts flat black and cleaned off the overlay. This is by far the most fun we've had restoring a game. We brought this game back from the dead and is one of the most played games in the gallery! Check out the pics below!

Burger Mania!

I have taken my first step into a larger world of geekdom, by finding places around the valley that have arcade machines in them and going to check them out. I am a fan of Burger Time and heard a place in Deer Valley has an original Burger Time cabinet. The joint is called Burger Mania, so that in itself was reason enough to visit. I also read very conflicting / mixed reviews of the place on Yelp! so I had to see for myself. The place was kind of crappy. Had a huge menu, gyros, breakfast burritos, hot dogs, burgers, and it was all so so, it tasted like the frozen stuff you can get at the grocery store. The burger reminded me of burgers I used to have after little league games, pre-formed patties. Anyways, that's not the point, I wasn't expecting a fancy meal, that was just the icing on the cake. I wanted to check out Burger Time. To my surprise, they had like 7 other cabinets there, a real mini arcade. They had a couple shit sports games I wont mention cuz who cares about sports games. But they had a multi-cab, Carrier Wings, a Galaga cabaret ( had a fast chip in it which was disappointing) Burger Time, BAD DUDES! , and some random airplane game, looks like a Xevious clone. Which was in a cannibalized TRON cabinet *tear* So all the games were in various states of disrepair. Burger Time screen was fried, hard to see. Same deal with Galaga. Controls were funky all around. But can't hold that against them, they're trying to sell hot dogs, not maintain an arcade. So on with the pics. I took care to photograph all of BAD DUDES' artwork. I love games like that. They're like the B movie of the arcade world.

I love the artwork on Burger Time, check out the details!

BAD DUDES! Are you bad enough to save the President!?