|There is no list of Meet 1.5.1
attendees, but lets say they are a subset of Meet 1.5:
big thank-you should go to Matthew, who took it on himself to buy
in a load of grub n drinks in the anticipation that a
bunch of would take him up on his offer. We were not disappointed.
video junkies, we all pilgrimaged around he back of Matthews
house and into the large conservatory that has been constructed
there. Matthews not into just vids, but also pinball,
fruits and quiz/skill games. So what was on offer?
with the dedicateds, there was a MINT Galaga cocktail, US
style, which he imported personally. (See? It is possible.)
Matthew is one if these people who just takes things too far.
When I first saw the machine, it was pretty near mint, but he
thought there were some scratches on the top, so he acquired a
pattern tabletop overlay, and some brand new glass. Now it really
IS mint. We were lucky, because hed only just had it fixed
after some fool (me) put one of his EPROMs in around the
wrong way on a previous occasion, and nearly deprived us of a
game for the night. (I did fix it for him, though.) Actually,
this cabinet is interesting because of its styling. Its
a US cocktail and fills the space from the top right down to the
floor, has a full size monitor and tends to be a bit taller than
the European cocktails. The whole side of the unit including the
monitor assembly hinges out for access, like a big wooden Pac-man
character on its back.
Eaton tries out Galaga
Gorf. Say no more. I think it was Matts
favourite, and definitely attracted most attention. There were
some droolers there, and if Matt wanted to part with it, I dont
think hed have problems getting rid of it. As you would
expect it was in great condition, even though it had been well
Smith (Baz, Red) and Pete Davis (P3TE) fall in Love (with
Next along was Baby Pac-man. This is a bit
of an oddball, with a cut-down Pac-man running on a screen at the
top, and a miniature pinball game at the bottom. You transfer
from Pac to Pin by moving out of tunnels in the Pac-man maze. Im
not sure whether I liked it or not, but it certainly isnt
an easy game.
2000? Pah, this is the REAL classic
Killer Instinct was there too. We all have our opinions on what
games are the best (generally dependent on our ages) and needless
to say, this monster of a cab was running Ravages R-Type II
for most of the time.
has some JAMMA cabs too, and these are used to play various other
games. During the evening, we saw R-Type, R-Type Leo (completing
the set), New Zealand Story and others. Hmm
R-Type or R-Type
Leo? Whats your favourite? I prefer the original, cos
I think it has better gameplay. I know others out there prefer
the better graphics of the (significantly) newer Leo version.
Whatever your preference, it was great to play them back to back.
corner of Matthews Arcade
Pac-man in a generic cocktail, fruit machines, Monopoly, an odd
looking billiards table, board games etc. etc. you get the
impression that Matt like his games.
More Serious Chatter
the night continued, with more chunky video chat, with all topics
raised, how to win at eBay, the impact of collector/trader type
people, trading with the States, whats coming in Meet 2.0,
whats the real value of a Mars bar and other hot topical
stuff. Oh, and of course, continued trading. If you werent
there, you should be kicking yourself.
fact it turned into a bit of a marathon (Snickers?). I think
myself, XY-Man, Skitz and one or two others were last to leave
somewhere after three in the morning, still chattering with each
other up the Garden path.
(left) & Rav relax. Remember; It's only a game...
that was it. All those who came loved it, and Im sure they
are looking forward to the next one. They know whats to