Bespoke Arcades


Puma Arcade Machine Part 1- Romelu Lukaku

Part 1

Romelu Lukaku

The Brief: Design and build an arcade machine for Romelu Lukaku to celebrate the launch of Puma’s new football boots.

Puma sent us a boot to look at along with some preliminary designs of the boot and we set about coming up with a design and base colour which was a tad tricky due to the multiple textures and distinct colours. We were pretty free to do what we wanted (upon approval of course).

And we settled upon this design:

A Big thanks to the NEC security staff

In a nutshell, I bought 4 boxed consoles from our pal Rich @Retroactive whilst exhibiting at Insomnia. I was well chuffed- got a great deal on a boxed Saturn, SNES, Megadrive and NES and put it behind our arcades on the stand.

Then I noticed someone had half-inched my SNES, pretty bummed out I spoke to “Sarge” at security. He had the determination of a T-800 and Alex Murphy’s sense of justice with an obvious military background.

I showed him a photo of what was taken and he then sprung into action, talking on his radio and to be honest I had little hope of seeing the SNES again. After all the details were taken, I popped off the stand to drown my sorrows in a Flat White. But when i returned- there he was with the SNES under his arm and the perps were taken care of.

Made my day and I bought hime a well deserved Mocha to say thanks. Rich said i’ll never be seeing that again, happily he was wrong thanks to the stalwart team at the NEC.

And here is the SNES along with all the other consoles taking pride of place in our workshop. A boxed console isn’t just for Christmas, it’s for life 🙂

P.S. Word of warning- if you are going to nick something,  probably shouldn’t be a big yellow box which there is only one of in the whole show which is surrounded by security cameras…

Area 51+ Street Fighter The Movie

Area 51

Atari’s critically acclaimed Area 51 still stands today as an arcade hit. Development started on the classic light gun game when Atari really needed a breakthrough after a series of failing games and losing staff to their rival – Electronic Arts (EA). The company reached out to 3rd party developers to help create Area 51, which went on to sell over 20,000 arcade cabinets whilst being ported to multiple consoles.