If you wait long enough, one year’s junk can become the next year’s treasure. The arcade and pinball machine craze peaked in the late 1970s and early 1980s before then fading from the scene after the advent of home consoles. Many thought it had faded for good. However, these games seem to be back en vogue. Raleigh and Durham have bars popping up that take advantage of this rebounding popularity by providing customers with access to this type of entertainment. Others are buying their own arcade games and pinball machines for their homes and man caves.
Restoring “Junk” Game Cabinets
If you weren’t aware of this change in fashion, you’d be tempted to see that old arcade game or pinball machine in the corner of your garage as junk. This appraisal would be a big mistake. With a little work, the old “Space Invaders” game will not just be invading your space – but it will be worth something, either to you or someone else.
Common Arcade and Pinball Restoration Issues
- Damaged cabinet – One of the more common problems with old arcade games and pinball machines is the cabinets that encase them. If they have been sitting in a humid storage space for years, the moisture may have warped or rotted the wood. Sometimes rodents, bugs, or other pests nest in and chew on them. If so, replacing or repairing the cabinet may be necessary.
- Malfunctioning screen – The screens used in the old arcade games were from technology now considered somewhat primitive. They might display significant burn-in, be cracked, or have stopped functioning after many decades. There are replacement monitors that can be installed, or the original one may be repairable.
- Faulty wiring and circuitry – Similar to the problems facing the old technology on the monitors, the wiring and circuitry can start to degrade and malfunction after many years. New wires, motherboards, and other small parts can be added to repair the original circuitry.
- Sticking controls – Joysticks and buttons can begin to stick over time. It could be a matter of clearing out years of grime, or they may need to be replaced. If the controls don’t function smoothly, it can make the entire game a frustrating rather than fun experience. This concern will need to be investigated thoroughly during any arcade or pinball restoration project.
Triangle Home Gamerooms Restores Old Arcade Games and Pinball Machines
In the Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill, and surrounding areas of the Triangle, we will be glad to expertly guide you through the process to restore these classic old machines. Triangle Home Gamerooms can take the damaged equipment that seems like trash to you, make it functional, and bring the fun again. With modern techniques and equipment, it may even be better than its original glory days! Do you have a game in your storage area that you’re curious about restoring? Call 919-661-2738 today. We’d love to help with this type of project.