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Trim Tangle visits The Arcade Vintage Museum

Arcade Vintage is a Cultural Association founded to preserve and publicize  the culture related to the world of arcade saloons and machines of the 70s, 80s and 90s and, in general, the classic videogames and its history.

The Arcade Vintage Video Game Museum is the natural evolution of its project and finds in the city of Ibi the perfect synergy with one of its most ambitious proposals: the Valencian Museum of Toys, which annually receives more than 22,000 visits.

This, coupled with an ideal location, given by the City of Ibi, as is the old Toy Rico Factory, allows Arcade Vintage to take an important step forward in the preservation and divulgation of video games as an integral part of contemporary culture.

The last Saturday, two of our members had the pleasure of attending the opening of the Arcade Vintage Museum, located in Ibi, Alicante, Nicolás Ibáñez, Therefore's programmer and María Benítez, who occasionally helps the Nexus as Community Manager. Below they tell us their experience.

Nicolás and María at the Arcade Vintage Museum

Just as we enter the museum, the first thing we could enjoy was the good manners and the attention of its staff, members of the Arcade Vintage association. A fact that we could confirm during the day through different conversations with them.

We have already read on their web that the museum had a great collection of arcade cabinets, gaming consoles and retro computers. Just after enter the main room, we noticed indeed that there are a lot of arcade cabinets which any visitor can freely play with. But beyond this, what in part, was the expected, we were surprised by many other great things that we are going to tell you now.

Arcade Vintage Museum - Arcade Cabinets
Arcade Vintage Museum - Arcade cabinets
Arcade Vintage Museum - Arcade cabinets

We highlight that the arcade collection includes cabinets from the classic games of the beginning to the most modern machines, so it covers really well the different epochs of the history of arcade rooms. For example as classics we find cabinets like Break Out (Atari, 1976),  Space Invaders (Taito, 1978), Asteroids (Atari, 1979) o Galaxian (Namco, 1979). In the 80s, we can play Pac-Man (Namco, 1980), Donkey Kong (Nintendo, 1981), Galaga (Namco, 1981), Qbert (Gottlieb, 1982), Arkanoid (Taito, 1986), Out Run (Sega, 1986) y After Burner (Sega, 1987) among many others.

Arcade Vintage Museum - Qbert (Gottlieb, 1982)
Arcade Vintage Museum - Final Fight (Capcom, 1989)

Until we find more modern cabinets like Super Street Fighter IV (Capcom, 2010) and where also exists machines that offer different control interfaces beside the classic arcade stick with buttons, like driving arcades: OutRun 2 SP (Sega, 2004) y Sega Racing Classics Twin (Sega, 2009); shooters like House of the Dead (Sega, 1996) or Virtua Cop 3 (Sega, 2003). Even they got for the opening the machine F-Zero AX (Sega, 2003), a huge one.

Arcade Vintage Museum - Sega Racing Classics Twin
Arcade Vintage Museum - The House of the Dead (Sega, 1996)
Arcade Vintage Museum - F-Zero AX (Sega, 2004)

Finishing with the arcade cabinets, we emphasize with one of that great surprises we mentioned, and that's beside all the above, in this museum there is place for new arcade cabinets with video games made by indie developers. Something that we love at Trim Tangle, as we are an indie game studio. So we can play, among others, some of the arcades made by Locomalito: Maldita Castilla EX (2016), Verminest Arcade (2016) or the just released  Darkula (2019).

Arcade Vintage Museum - Maldita Castilla EX (2016)
ArcadeCon 2019 - Darkula Cabinet

By the other hand, as any good arcade room, the museum can't miss the pinball machines! We both got a great time playing pinballs, we didn't remember how addictive they were.

Arcade Vintage Museum - Pinballs

It's the moment of telling what we could find about gaming consoles. We won't expend time listing all the well-known gaming consoles from Nintendo, Sega, Sony or Microsoft along the history and that are, of course, present in the museum's collection. Neither their corresponding handheld game consoles. Instead we consider more interesting to highlight those that were more special and remarkable (in our humble opinion and without undervalue the rest). We could see displayed among others: Amiga CD32, Atari 2600, Atari 7800, Atari Jaguar, NEC CoreGrafx, Panasonic 3DO FZ1, Philips CD-i, SNK Neo Geo and SNK Neo Geo AES.

Arcade Vintage Museum - Retro gaming consoles
Arcade Vintage Museum - Atari Jaguar (1993)
Arcade Vintage Museum - Atari 7800 (1984)
Arcade Vintage Museum - Neo Geo AES (1990)
Arcade Vintage Museum - Amiga CD32 (1993)
Arcade Vintage Museum - Philips CD-i (1986)
Arcade Vintage Museum - Neo Geo (1994)
Arcade Vintage Museum - Nec CoreGrafx (1989)

Now, we continue talking about the great collection of computers. The part that Nico, Therefore's programmer, liked the most, and who writes these words:

"To understand why I liked this so much, I must explain that my first steps in computing were using a MSX Philips VG-8020, and later, a MSX2 Philips VG-8235. And not only playing to those wonderful video games that were released for these machines, but also learning programming in Basic when I was just 8 years old. I was also lucky having the chance of using other computers of friends and family, like the ZX Spectrum 128 +2 and the Amstrad CPC 464."

Because of that, you will understand that we extend a little more with this part of the collection. Nico is not capable of avoid showing you almost all the computers that he could admire at the museum ;). And obviously, in first place we show you the MSX computers:

Arcade Vintage Museum - Sanyo PHC-70FD (1988)
Arcade Vintage Museum - Panasonic FS-A1ST MSX Turbo R (1990)
Arcade Vintage Museum - Pioneer PX-V60 (1986)
Arcade Vintage Museum - Sony HB-F9S (1986)
Arcade Vintage Museum - Sony HB-20P (1986)
Arcade Vintage Museum - National FS-4600F (1986)
Arcade Vintage Museum - Panasonic FS-A1 (1986)
Arcade Vintage Museum - MSX AH-200

Among the most famous ones, we could also see Spectrum computers and Commodore 64:

Arcade Vintage Museum - Sinclair PC200 (1988)
Arcade Vintage Museum - Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1982)
Arcade Vintage Museum - ZX Spectrum +128K (1985)
Arcade Vintage Museum - Commodore 64 (1982)

And many others computers too:

Arcade Vintage Museum - Oric Atmos (1982)
Arcade Vintage Museum - Philips Videopac G7000 / Odyssey 2 (1978)
Arcade Vintage Museum - Mattel Aquarius & Atari 800 XL (1983)
Arcade Vintage Museum - Tandy TRS-80 Color Computer 2 (1983)
Arcade Vintage Museum - Acorn Electron (1983)
Arcade Vintage Museum - Dragon 32 (1982)
Arcade Vintage Museum - Casio MX-101 (1987)
Arcade Vintage Museum - Spectravideo SVI 328 (1983)

But besides of just look at computers displayed in glass cabinets, we were gratefully to discover that also was possible to play to a big part of the computers collection, like those which were a boom in the 80s and allowed us the opportunity of enjoy great video games made in our country. Not for nothing this period is known as the Golden Age of the Spanish Software. We could play with computers like MSX, Spectrum, Amstrad, Commodore, Apple, Amiga...

Arcade Vintage Museum - Macintosh Plus (1986)
Arcade Vintage Museum - ZX Spectrum +2
Arcade Vintage Museum - Philips NMS 8220
Arcade Vintage Museum - Atari 1040ST
Arcade Vintage Museum - Amstrad 128K
Arcade Vintage Museum - Sanyo PHC-28S
Arcade Vintage Museum - Atari 65XE
Arcade Vintage Museum - Amstrad PC2086
Arcade Vintage Museum - Amstrad CPC 464
Arcade Vintage Museum - Commodore Amiga 600
Arcade Vintage Museum - Commodore 64
Arcade Vintage Museum - Panasonic MSX2 FS-A1 MKII

And if we mention the Golden Age of Spanish Software, we can't stop admiring the great collection of Alfonso Azpiri's game covers that includes practically all the original video games for what he made the cover.

Arcade Vintage Museum - Alfonso Azpiri's collection
Arcade Vintage Museum - Alfonso Azpiri's collection
Arcade Vintage Museum - Alfonso Azpiri's collection
Arcade Vintage Museum - Alfonso Azpiri's collection
Arcade Vintage Museum - Alfonso Azpiri's collection
Arcade Vintage Museum - Alfonso Azpiri's collection

At last, we want to remark that the museum is not only careful with its amazing collection, but also they had put an extra effort creating a great atmosphere for the museum, with details that don't go unnotticed. For example, across the museum we can find screens showing commercials about video games, gaming consoles and computers from different moments of history. And these videos are framed in monitors and TVs related to the corresponding epoch. Another example are the windows, that recreate colored stained glasses  with video game elements.

Arcade Vintage Museum - Windows
Arcade Vintage Museum - Windows
Arcade Vintage Museum - Windows
Arcade Vintage Museum - Windows

Here we finish telling our impressions. We strongly recommend to visit the museum if you have the chance. If you belong to those generations that expended their adolescence inside arcade rooms, or playing to the legendary 8 & 16 bits gaming consoles like the NES, SNES or Genesis... or fiddling with the 80s' micro computers, there is no better place where you can revive your best memories that the Arcade Vintage Museum. In the other hand, if you didn't enjoy that pleasures those days, it's never late to discover and enjoy the arcade cabinets and video games that has marked the history of digital entartainment. In any case, we are sure that any visitor will enjoy the museum.

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