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Happy New Year & Lightgun Competition

Happy New Year to everyone, we hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas holiday! The guys at Bespoke Arcades would like to welcome everyone to the New Year with a fantastic new competition!

It’s been some time since we last had a competition, and since it’s the 2013 which is the New Year we think it’s the perfect time to have one! And hopefully we should be having a lot competitions this year.

You could be in a chance to win a PC and PS3 compatible Lightgun and a PC copy of House of the Dead III. This is an amazing and epic first person shooter and coupled with a Lightgun it should give you days of zombie-killing fun!.

Unlike the arcade original, the resolution can be cranked up to 1080p to give the game true HD graphics and still deliver a silky -smooth 60 frames per second.

To be in a chance to win this combo you need to “like” our facebook page here. So suggest users, repost this, click “like” on this post and you’ll be one step closer to winning a lightgun and House of the Dead III.

So head over to our Facebook page and like and share our page and you could be a recipient of a new lightgun and House of Dead III. The competition will end once we reach 2000 and we will randomly draw a name from the list of users that have liked us and announce the winner soon after the competition closes. Don’t waste time and get clicking!

Come See Our Arcade Cabinets @ EGL Emirates

Hi GamersEuropean Gaming League

Just wanted to bring you some exciting news about yet another event which we have been asked to attend – namely the European Gaming League’s London Heat. This will take place 29th and 30th October at the Emirates Stadium (nearest tube Holloway). Our partners for this event will be our friends at Heaven Media and Replay Events Ltd.

This event is basically a competition for fighting game enthusiasts, featuring tournaments for Super StreetFighter 4 (SSF4), Mortal Kombat 9, Marvel vs Capcom 3 amongst others. More games will doubtlessly be added to the rosta in due course. All competitions cost £10 to enter with the winners scooping some incredible prizes.

We will be taking down one of each of our arcade machines which will all be running SSF4. Hopefully we can exact some revenge against StreetFighter World no1 Ryan Hart who thoroughly humiliated our MD Phil Patsias last time they played:

Here’s the video for those who missed it!

If and when we arrange some guest passes, we’ll let you know but until then…..


Come See Our Arcade Cabinets @ MCM

mcm expo feat bespoke arcades and gamespot UK
Hi Gamers!

We are very excited to announce that we have been asked by our good friends at Gamespot UK to bring some of our arcade cabinets to the upcoming MCM Expo. Having featured at the previous MCM Expo earlier this year, we jumped at the chance to return. What a crazy environment it was, and this installment promises more of the same. Whether you are into comics or not, there is heaps for everyone to enjoy and the atmosphere is simply bonkers!!

Running from 28th – 30th October at the ExCel Centre in the heart of London’s Docklands, this event is sure to sell out. We shall be taking down a pair of our top-of-the-range Evo arcade machines which will be running a beta version of next year’s release of StreetFighter X Tekken. This is made possible thanks to the Evo’s unique PS3 compatibility. The games will be free to play; this is the first chance gamers will have to try this highly-anticipated title!

We should also have at least one other arcade machine at the event which will be jam-packed with hundreds of classic arcade games for all you retro-gaming enthusiasts. Between these different machines, we feel that we have all bases covered! If you would like a free pair of tickets for what is sure to be an extremely memorable event, well then you know what to do by now; simply finish the sentence below and post your answer to our Facebook Page.

I want a free pair of tickets to this year’s MCM Expo because…..

There will be a pair of tickets waiting at the door for the winner. Good luck and as always….


Come See Our Arcade Cabinets @ LITS


We are very excited to announce that we have been asked to exibit our arcade cabinets at the London International Technology Show (LITS) which is taking place between 21st and 23rd of October at the ExCel Centre in London’s Docklands. The event is described by LITS as being the “ultimate showcase for all that is great in the technology market”. It will be a fun and educational event for all levels of technology fans.

Attractions include several product launches, seminars with developers and journalists and exclusive previews of cutting edge technologies such as INTEL’s brand new wonderchip and Berkeley Bionics’ wearable exoskeleton robot which has to be seen to be believed.

Synergy Tabletop Arcade MachineBespoke Arcades will feature in the Heaven Media area where we shall have a few of our arcade machines running classic arcade games for all you gaming enthusiasts. We will be hosting this zone with our friends Heaven Media who organised the Gamezone at this year’s Gadget Show. There is already an extensive ad campaign with posters on buses and tubes which has the line: “play arcade games”…. THAT’S US!!

If you would like a free pair of tickets for what is sure to be an extremely memorable event, well then you know what to do by now; simply finish the sentence below and post your answer to our Facebook Page.

I want a free pair of tickets to this year’s LITS Expo because…..

The winner will have a pair of tickets waiting at the door for them; it’s that simple. Good Luck!

Japan Tsunami Relief – Ltd Edition “Art-cade” Machine

When the earthquake and tsunami occurred in Japan, we knew we had to do something to help.

A few years ago, Bespoke Arcades discussed some kind of collaborative project with the renowned graphic artist Shok-1 – described by Banksy as: “A spraycan technician of distinction”. Due to time constraints on both sides, the project was shelved. After the disaster, we sent him a text saying how we wanted to make a very special one-off custom arcade machine which we could sell to raise money for the disaster fund. He instantly agreed to help.

What you see is the fruits of our labour. Between to-ing and fro-ing on various projects, we’ve finally finished this one-off Art-cade machine. We’ve had it lacquered (or bullet-proofed as we like to call it). This means that the artwork will be preserved for ever behind a shield of expertly-applied, incredibly durable plastic. Shok-1 has also customised a light-gun which we’re throwing in for good measure (see pic below). The artist describes the piece as: “a unique organic abstraction with SHOK-1’s trademark intricately detailed spraypaint technique and powerful use of light and shadow”.

Based on our top of the range Evo Media; behind the fabulous exterior lies our usual media powerhouse. Basically, this behemoth is packed with everything you need and doubles up as your home media centre.

Features include:

Over 350 classic arcade games pre-installed

Huge 28” over HD TFT screen

Superb 2 player, 10 button arcade gaming

Light gun compatible for all the 1st person shooters

Excellent 2.1 R/C woofer sound system

Dual core Intel PC system + large HDD

Emulator-compatible for 1000’s of games,

Full PS3 compatibility – just “plug ‘n’ play”

Fully integrated, flush mounted trackball

Front-mounted USB 2.0 ports (x4) and DVD re-writer

Wi-Fi access via internal wireless card

Microsoft wireless keyboard / mouse

Microsoft Windows 7 home edition

Japan has a special place in Bespoke Arcades’ heart, which is why ALL proceeds from this sale with go towards the relief effort. We are not going to receive a penny of the money raised. This is the best way that Bespoke Arcades could think of to raise as much money as possible for the British Red Cross Tsunami Relief Fund. It is our intention to donate all the proceeds of the sale to this appeal.

We realise some people may be saying this is a bit late – well it’s taken a while to get it perfect! Although the media glare may have dimmed as newer world events occur; Japan is still being rocked by powerful earthquakes on a daily basis, with thousands still living in makeshift temporary accommodation.

Although this project has been in the pipeline for a while now, we decided to hold it back to help the Red Cross highlight the end of the appeal on 30th September. This is your last chance to help.

So please pass the link on to all your friends and family and let’s try to raise as much money as possible for the nation which has brought so much joy to gamers everywhere. Videogaming without Japan is like England without rain – inconceivable! This is your chance to own a completely unique piece of interactive modern art in a totally new form – a genuine collector’s item. Here’s a link to the ebay auction which closes on Sunday 25th September to coincide with the end of the Eurogamer Expo.

We will be displaying the Art-cade machine at this year’s Eurogamer Expo at the world famous Earls Court Exhibition Centre in London between 22nd and 25th September. Come on down for a chance to see it in the flesh (and even give it a shot) before it disappears off into a private collection, never to be seen again.

Bidding starts at £5k – there has to be a mogul or collector somewhere who wants to help a worthy cause and also own a genuine one-off piece of modern art. So tell everyone – bosses, famous friends; anyone who you think might be interested in buying or helping to publicise the sale. We’re counting on your help to get the word out, so get tweeting, retweeting, posting, liking, commenting and sharing. Tell everyone!

Before we go, a few thank yous…
It was a team effort to get this beauty ready and everyone worked above and beyond the call of duty. A huge thank you goes out to Shok-1 for taking the time to come down to our workshop and perform his magic for free; we think that the arcade cabinet looks incredible. We would also like to thank Mark H and Gary H for the incredible build and finish.

The auction is open now, thank you in advance for any help and as always……