Bespoke Arcades

Month: July 2011

Top 5 Upgrades

Here at Bespoke Arcades, we pride ourselves on offering truly bespoke products (hence the name). The Apex, Synergy and Evo arcade machines can all be purchased in any of the 3 standard formats – Play, Media and Elite. Which one you choose depends on what you require from an arcade machine. Here’s a full and detailed guide to the difference between these 3 systems.

In addition to these 9 standard arcade machines, we actively encourage customers to add their own personal touch. Whether you want to customise the artwork on the marquee or sides, add extra games or choose from a host of cool custom upgrades; virtually every whim can be catered for. With this in mind, we’ve decided to give you a list of our top 5 favourite custom upgrades, in no particular order:

A popular hop-up for our Media and Elite clients, this allows you to mirror what you’re seeing on your arcade onto an HDTV. Perfect for media viewing or connecting your Xbox 360 pad to dominate the battlefield in Black Ops, this option comes as standard on all Elite cabinets and is available as an optional upgrade for all Media arcade cabinets. Play games on your Elite using today’s technology – current processor and graphics cards allow for ultra realistic and unsurpassed gaming. A much celebrated feature which brings cutting edge entertainment into your home. As a Blu-Ray drive comes as standard with your Elite arcade cabinet, you can be assured no playback device comes close to this powerhouse, with gigabytes dedicated to video output.


arcade machine lightgun from Bespoke ArcadesIf you’re considering an Apex or Evo, then you probably contemplating getting a pair of these badboys. They provide endless hours of fun and there’s nothing better than taking down wave after wave of zombies in House of the Dead III after a stressful day at work. These lightguns can be plugged in when required via one of the 4 USB ports at the front of the arcade machine, allowing for clutter-free gaming and ensuring your arcade machine looks exquisite. We have recently written 2 blog posts on this subject, both of these articles can be viewed by following the links provided:

Introducing: 2 Player Lightgun Compatibility
Top 3 Light-gun Games For Our Arcade Machines


trackball, spinner, lightgun for arcade machinesThis is one of our top requests. There’s no substitute for the real thing; this genuine arcade trackball is flush-mounted. We build a plug n play trackball, replete with dedicated buttons so you can simply plug it in when necessary. A trackball comes as standard on an Evo Media and Elite.


If you are a fan of Arkanoid, Tempest or Tron, then give us a bell and we can install a genuine arcade spinner onto your control panel. It’s friction free and silky smooth; you will honestly get bored waiting for it to stop spinning. We even give you the option of various flyweights in order to calibrate your spinner to your exact taste.

Smoked Glass:
synergy arcade cabinet with smoked glass
We’ve had a special tint of toughened glass made in order to create this ultra-chic option. A Synergy with smoked glass and black buttons looks so cool, it makes Sub-Zero jealous. All our smoked glass is cut by non other than the official glaziers to Her Royal Highness The Queen, so you can always be assured of a worthy finish to your cabinet.

Facebook Competition – Update

Hi Guys!!
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Just thought we’d update you on our progress… As some of you may know, a few weeks ago we launched a competition on Facebook to help us boost our presence on the social networking site. We decided that once our page amassed 1,000 fans, we’d put all 1,000 names in a hat and draw out 1 very lucky winner who will be invited down to our workshop for a presentation and photo-shoot.

After initial success where we gained over 500 new fans in 24 hours, the number of people liking the page has stagnated slightly. This initial surge was very exciting to watch with the number of fans jumping every time we refreshed the page – for a short while, we were viral!!
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The prize is one of our incredible multi-award-winning arcade machines – The Apex Play arcade machine worth well in excess of £2,000 (see right). Coming pre-loaded with over 350 classic arcade games, this beast is guaranteed to keep even the most dedicated gamer hooked for years.

Entering the competition could not be more simple – follow this link to our Facebook Page and click “like” – That’s it!! We’re over half-way towards this initial goal, just one last push needed. Someone has to win this arcade machine and it could be you or one of your friends who would be forever indebted to you for suggesting the page to them. What are you waiting for?? Once on our Facebook page, just click “invite friends”, highlight those who you think would be interested and click “submit”.

We’ll keep you up-to-date on our progress so watch this space and of course…. HAPPY GAMING!!

Apex Arcade Machine – New Photos

Hi guys!! We’ve finally got around to taking some high quality photos of some of our arcade machines so we thought we’d upload them for your viewing pleasure. First up are some photos of some very special customised Apex arcade machines which we have made recently.

Above are some examples of different finishes which we have produced recently. To view the photos properly, just click on any one and scroll through the slideshow.

There are several different options available to you when you buy one of our arcade cabinets so we are delighted that some of our customers have taken the decision to add their own personal touch. We love making these unique arcade cabinets and feel that they add a little extra to an already exceptional product. We offer a wide range of modifications, both internal and external. We also offer a wide range of arcade peripherals such as stools and marquee artwork to enhance yor experience further. In the next couple of weeks, all the photos will be up but for now you’ll just have to make do with photos of the Apex.


Try our arcade machines at clubnight “The Arcade”

It’s that time of the month again… The Arcade LEVEL 5 // SAT 16TH JULY // 9PM – 2AM
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Hi guys!
Just thought that we’d remind all of you that the clubnight we sponsor is on again this Saturday (16th July). “THE ARCADE” has grown steadily since it’s launch in February this year and is gaining a reputation as one of the most fun and unique events in East London.

Clubbers can enjoy playing all their favourite classic arcade games the way they were designed to be played – on a selection of our arcade machines – all in the fabulous surroundings of trendy Shoreditch night spot – CONCRETE.

Time to get your game face on!
This month, the guys are teaming up with the leading online fashion portal for all things ‘chic’ – Never Fully Dressed. NFD will be launching their brand new LOVE charity T-shirt in aid of The Big Issue. These limited edition T-shirts are already flying off the shelves, but a few have been held back exclusively for the night.

Expect a diverse musical experience, glamour, excitement and entertainment from the get-go!
DJs on the night are:
* STEFFIE (Rock The Belles)
* FLN (Feet For Ransom)
* P.T.D. (The Arcade)

£4 guest list / £5 on the door.
This event is FREE before 10pm so get down early to avoid disappointment, and to bag a go on one of our superb arcade machines before the masses turn up and competition for a shot gets fierce!


CONCRETE @ Pizza East
Lower Ground Floor
56 Shoreditch High Street
London E1 6JJ

Don’t like paying full price? Don’t like queuing?
Then get on the guestlist! For guestlist and table bookings, simply visit this link and submit your details, it couldn’t be easier!

This is an excellent opportunity to spend a good amount of time trying out our arcade cabinets and to talk directly to us regarding any questions you may have. If you are considering buying one for yourself, then there is no better way to “try before you buy”, all in a pleasant atmosphere surrounded by fellow gaming enthusiasts.

We hope to see you down there , but whatever your weekend plans…….


Evo Arcade Machine: Top 5 Next-Gen Games

Following on from our recent article about our Evo arcade machine’s compatibility with next generation consoles XBOX 360 and PS3, we have decided to give you our top 5 next-gen games which can be played on an Evo (in no particular order):

1) Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition

Capcom have tweaked the gameplay a little more and refined it a touch. The game runs lightning quick and the time taken to load each bout is reduced dramatically. Capcom have added to the usual roster new characters which spices things up a little.
This new version has improved on a classic and thanks to the improved loading times, is a flawless adaptation of the arcade classic that cannot be missed if you’re a fan of the traditional fighters. Bring on Streetfighter IV Hyper fighting Champion Black Belt Turbo Rainbow Edition!

2) Virtua Tennis IV

The Virtua Tennis series is back for another installation and it doesn’t disappoint. Not that much has changed on the surface. They’ve improved the graphics and have the obligatory list of today’s Tennis talent.
On top of the main arcade mode, Sega have paid a great deal of attention to the (RPG ish) World Tour and mini games section which really does add an extra element of longevity to an already stellar mix. This is one game which demonstrates the true power of an Evo in your own home. Far superior than its arcade parent, Virtua Tennis 4 is a worthy successor to the franchise.

3) Marvel Vs Capcom III

You may have guessed we’re fans of the modern fighting genre. Capcom have finally managed 2D style action with all the benfits of 3D. With their new graphics system, the game looks fantastic and plays even faster.
True, there may be some deficiencies when it comes to character balancing, but Marvel Vs Capcom was a true gaming connoisseurs title and this improves upon its legacy. This game may always play second fiddle to the perfect Streetfighter IV, but it will always have a place as one of the most popular titles on our office Evo.

4) Time Crisis IV

This was voted as one of our favourite lightgun shooters. This game screams “WOW” as soon as you turn on the game. Using the PS3’s raw power, Namco delivers action in spades and this game is easily comparable to any current arcade shooter on the market.
Although the new design incorporates an analogue thumb pad, this is only to provide movement controls for the mini game where the player can roam freely while dealing justice to all. We aren’t keen on this, but other than that, the main game is a testament to the series.
This is definitely a game for the library and never fails to impress, right down to the cretinous dialogue which makes Sunset Beach sound like Shakespeare…
Time Crisis IV on an Evo has one of the biggest WOW factors of any game!

5) Mortal Kombat IX

Having been commissioned by Warner Bros to make dedicated MK9 machines to publicize the launch, we are naturally massive fans of the game. Although we might be accused of bias, the million plus gamers who have bought this game since it’s launch in April can’t all be wrong. By far the best instalment of the franchise in recent times, MK9 has a whole new generation of gamers shouting famous catchphrases at the screen!

As mentioned in the previous article, games such as Halo and FIFA are meant to be played via an analogue joypad and as such won’t work as well with our joystick setup. For this reason, we have omitted analogue based titles from this list. They can however still be enjoyed by using the joypad.

One to Watch: Streetfighter Vs Tekken.

Yup- Streetfighter Vs Tekken is coming to a console near you!!! Using the SFIV framework, we’re sure Capcom are going to deliver an experience that will live up to the hype!