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Donpachi and Fever SOS Get!

Posted in About Matskat, Game News, Random Shit with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 27, 2010 by Mat$kat

Just a little bragging here…

I’ve been a slacker on updating this page for a while, aside form the posts of the last few days.

Sorry.

I’ve been so caught up in actually PLAYING games though, AND FOR GOOD REASON….

Fever SOS PCB by CAVE (aka Dangun Feveron) running on my Sega Aero City cabinet:

And of course, Donpachi by Cave…again on the Aero Cabinet:

What with the recent XBLA release of Guwange, plus my two newest PCBs there has been a lot of CAVE love going on lately!

Now to get my hands on Dodonpachi Daifukkatsu…..

The History of Shooting Games

Posted in Game News, Random Shit with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 20, 2010 by Mat$kat

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be devoting a series of posts to some of the biggest, most influential names in shooting games. From the commerical studios like Cave, Raizing, and Toaplan to the underground “doujun” developers like Siter Skain, Kenta Cho, Shanghai Alice (aka ZUN), and Platine Dispositif – we’ll try and cover both ends of the spectrum.

To whet your appetites, and to give a little history lesson, I’ve included below a wonderfully made series of videos I found on YouTube. This three part series covers the history of the shooting genre – there is a TON of good information included here and it gives everyone from hardcore players to casual readers of my blog an educated perspective on THIS author’s favorite gaming niche.

So without further ado – I’d like to present the three part documentary “The History of Shooting” masterfully created by GameOne Documentaire.

Enjoy!

Lizard Lick Amusements- Arcade Parts Supplier

Posted in Custom Sticks, Game Reviews, Random Shit with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 28, 2010 by Mat$kat

Hey everyone, I just wanted to take a moment to tell you about the company that I buy all my arcade parts from : LIZARDLICK.COM

Lizard Lick is an online retailer of arcade parts and accessories. I’ve been using them exclusively for some time now (almost a year). I’ve had nothing but good experiences when purchasing parts and thought I’d share a little with you.

Lets talk about their selection.

LizardLick stocks ALL the popular brands of arcade parts including joysticks and buttons by Sanwa, Seimitsu, Happ, IL, Suzo and Yenox. Not only do they stock the Most popular models, but also some of the more unique stuff too – such as : Sanwa Mesh-ball ball tops, Seimitsu Skeleton buttons, Yenox leafswitch buttons, the Happ “Perfect-360” digital optical joystick, reproduction Astro City control panels, and more.

LizardLick.com also has you covered if you are completely new to the arcade scene, maybe you’re not even an enthusiast – maybe you just want to buy a pre-made multi-game arcade cabinet or cocktail cabinet. No problem! Lizard Lick stocks several versions of their Multigame Cabinets which come fully working and include the cabinet itself, multigame JAMMA board, joysticks, buttons, wiring, coindoor, monitor, and artwork including light up marquees.

On top of everything, LizardLick also sells specialty controller boards by Toodles. What’s that? Well, Toodles (a member of Shoryuken.com) created a circuit board that successfully emulates Playstation 1 -2- 3, Xbox, Gamecube, Wii, NES, SNES, and TurboGrafx 16 – ALL ON ONE SMALL BOARD. These are the boards that I use in my custom joysticks. They are called “Cthulhu“.  The secret is out!

Recently they have redesigned their site, and it looks fantastic. It’s also worth noting that they dropped the price on some of their most popular joysticks : the Sanwa JLF series and the Seimitsu LS-32 series are  priced at $22.95 and  $17.95 respectively.

SO let’s recap: LizardLick.COM has fantastic selection, great prices, reasonable shipping, and will most likely have exactly what you need. Not to mention they are located in the United States – no long delivery times or insane shipping costs (I always choose USPS Priority Flat Rate and stuff arrives on the third business day after ordering).

What are you waiting for – GO GO GO!

Lizard Lick Amusements

Phone: 919-810-9689

(the above image is copyright LizardLick Amusements – and used without permission. This is an unsolicited review. These are my opinions, and in no way were solicited by LizardLick)

I Finally Got a Cabinet

Posted in About Matskat, Game News, Random Shit with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 16, 2010 by Mat$kat

It’s the top brick in the pyramid of gaming addiction.

It’s the height of geekness.

Today I got a SEGA  Aero City candy cabinet. Candy cabinets are sit-down Japanese style machines – usually found in rows inside a Japanese game center.

Crazy story, I posted a “want to buy” on Craigslist – 30 seconds later I get a tip from a random dude to check out the forums over at Aracde Museum. 24 hours later I have the object of my desire.

It has the original Capcom Street Fighter II board in it currently, but after I clean it up and do a little restoration, it’s gonna be a dedicated shooter cabinet. The monitor looks FANTASTIC! I cannot believe that this thing is in as good of shape as it is. Everything works 100%. Buttons and sticks are a little grimy, and will soon be replaced, and the vinyl overlay on the control panel is old and cracked – another easy fix.

My wife is gonna move in with the bleach soon 🙂 That should take care of the 25 years of cigarette smoke that gives it a slight beige hue.

Now with the Pictures…

The Oregon Trailer

Posted in Game News, Random Shit with tags , , , , on August 2, 2010 by Mat$kat

When I was in gradeschool, there was nothing (other than recess, and dodgeball) better than Wednesday afternoons.

That’s when we had “Computer Class”.

My school had 20 TRS-80’s lining the wass of what was essentially a closet.

We used to aggrevate our teacher by pressing the big red button on each of our terminals. That button disconnected that computer from the network, thereby disconnecting any computers connected beyond it.

Why the teacher didn’t put some duct tape or something over those buttons, I dunno. I mean, why was there a button right there on the keyboard, right next to “NumLk” that would pwn your network…

..oh sorry. *Ahem*

So!

Some enterprising young folks, who must have loved computer class too, have made a movie trailer.

All it’s splendor lies below.

Arcade Culture – Hitting the Nail on the Head

Posted in Random Shit with tags , , , , , , , , on March 28, 2010 by Mat$kat

Today I read the best piece of writing, from a gamer’s perspective, that I have ever encountered.

The demise of American arcades pains me, along with the idea that my daughter will never experience the wondrous and challenging world of arcades, as I had the privelege of experiencing – THIS is why I’m so passionate about building and sharing my custom joysticks with anyone and everyone who bothers to read this page. To keep the culture alive in America.

In this essay, Alex Kierkegaard wraps up, and ties with a bow, the essence of arcade culture.  More importantly, it explains, for those who just don’t get it (not YOU, beloved reader! You are distinguished, elegant, and have impeccable taste in blogs) the concept of playing a SINGLE CREDIT.

I’m not just preaching to the choir here, this is a great read, even for arcade vets.

So read it, then make a friend read it, then get together with that friend and…

GO FIND AN ARCADE!

**Note** The following link contains salty language, if anyone gives a shit. Sorry kiddies.

Link: Arcade Culture By Alex Kierkegaard / July 8, 2007

Yo Gabba Gabba!

Posted in About Matskat, Random Shit with tags , , , , on March 21, 2010 by Mat$kat

Just got back from taking my daughter to see “Yo Gabba Gabba LIVE” at the Fox Theatre, here in Saint Louis. For the uninitiated, Yo Gabba Gabba is a super-hip children’s show that airs on Nickelodeon. The creator of the show, and main character, “DJ Lance Rock” is a Saint Louis native and the show is a huge hit. It’s so damn hip! The coolest moment of the show, and a perfect example of the level of cool involved here, was when Biz Markie (the oldskool rapper…remember “Oh baby you, got what I NEEEEEED”) came out on stage and gave a beat-box tutorial to all the children. It was pretty boss.

Now I know this has NOTHING to do with videogames or joysticks, BUT I just gotta tell ya..this show was DOPE! If any of you have kids, and have managed to live under rocks and have avoided ever hearing about Yo Gabba Gabba, then do yourself and your kids a favor and check it out!

Yo! GABBA GABBA!!!!!

And I’m OUT!