Posted by James Brindle on May 19, 2011.

Hey everybody, just wanted to let you know about my new site just launched yesterday, it’s still a work in progress right now but I wanted to tell you a bit about what it’ll be for.

If you haven’t gathered from following me on twitter i’m an absolute retro computer games and retro arcade games nutjob.

I grew up back in the good old days of the 80′s home computer era when a game had depth, gameplay and addiction, not 25 minutes of full-motion video at the start or take up 30 meters of arcade wall where you could fit 30 cabinets with 15 player virtual truck driving simulator.

Back then, games cost 10p not a pound to play, health and safety was practically unheard of and a trip to Blackpool meant arcades.

Well, a lot’s happened in 30 years but one thing hasn’t changed, my love for a good game of Pac-Man or Donkey Kong.

I was recently inspired again by the team at Replay Expo doing their event back in November 2010, last year I built a custom arcade controller, courtesy of  some pointers from a great guy called Andy at Gremlin Solutions and then picked up a Street Fighter II CE cabinet in full working order and converted it to MAME, keeping the original Arcade Monitor.

After going to Replay, my brother said, “hey, why don’t we dig out some of your old gear for a New Year’s Eve party?” and so we did, we had so much fun that we decided to do another party in February and now i’m organising another one for 28th May 2011.

But that gets away from what is.  I know from watching YouTube, Facebook and reading Twitter that there are a lot of these parties going on up and down the country, Arcade Barn being one of the bigger players in this arena but the problem is that most of the information doesn’t get out until too near or just after the event, for example, I didn’t hear about the ECL (European Console Leage) weekender until after the event.

So, I had the idea, what if there was some central hub where people could advertise their party and people could post feedback about it?  What if it was open to big players, commercial organisations and enthusiasts alike?  What if?  What if?  What if?

So, here we are, was registered earlier this week and it’s got an under construction page and link to the first event.

It’ll take me a few weeks to get it up and running fully and i’ll add features as they happen but I just wanted to let you all know about it properly.

About the Author

James Brindle is a freelance technology consultant based in Blackburn, Lancashire with over 20 years of experience in the IT, Media and Telecommunications industries with specialties in Web and Mobile Application development, Voice over IP (VoIP) deployment and integration, media storage and distribution systems and wide area solutions. He has a passion for retro gaming and volunteers as a presenter and acts as vice-chairman of Blackburn's Hospital Radio service.

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