A broken Centipede machine at a trade show causes me to build my own..
Back in my college days, Centipede was my machine. Dinner at 5-5:30, then head over to the student union and get some Centipede in before going to the Library. They were smart and didn’t open the ‘Arcade area’ of the student union until later in the day or risk many students skipping classes. Back then I could go 30-45 minutes on a quarter and I often plugged the machine in and watched it boot.
Fast forward to a couple of months ago where I attended a trade show that was set up with old school machines – there she was – Centipede. So I went to get some trackball time..
Except – it was broken.. Not the ball, but the software was a mess. It was just about unplayable. The screen jumping around and scrolling oddly.
But it did one thing – it made me want to revive my Mame research. I would get the bug, then drop it, then get interested and drop it again. A broken Centipede machine got me over the hump.
So begins a full arcade machine that will play 100’s of games once its done. Centipede will certainly be the #1 most played game in the system.