A Truly Grand Prize
from Dream Arcades!
This is what the 2005 RetroBlast Prize Giveaways
have been building up to: your
choice of a side-by-side or head-to-head cocktail
gaming cabinet from Dream
This is a $669 value, folks! And this is a straight
giveaway: no raffle tickets required. The winner will be
picked on December 1st, so you only have a few more days to enter!
The Grand Prize: A Cocktail Cab from Dream Arcades!
Groovy Game Gear Giveaways New!
Yes, the goodies just keep rolling in: Randy
Turner of Groovy Game Gear has generously donated a KeyWiz Eco
No-Solder Keyboard Encoder Interface, a GP-Wiz No-Solder Game Controller
Interface, and an LED-Wiz Lighting/Output Interface!
Groovy Game Gear's LED-Wiz (top), GP-Wiz (lower left),
Eco (bottom right)
The Groovy Game Gear Giveaways will be held about
every ten days: the KeyWiz Eco on November 26th, the GP-Wiz on
December 6th, and the LED-Wiz on December 17th.
Quasicade Quasicon Control Panel Giveaways
Interactive has joined the RetroBlast
giveaways with a bang: they'll be giving away three of
their amazing QuasiCon control panels!
The control panels will be given away in three
drawings: November 15th, November 30th, and December 15th. I'm
very excited to be giving away these panels (see
review), as they are absolutely
fantastic gaming controls, especially when used with an
XBox or PS2 console! (The panels ship with adapters for USB/PS2/XBox
Cabinet Art Giveaways
MAME Marquees is jumping on board the giveaways
with a great assortment of cabinet artwork: four marquees and
a full set of cabinet art, all "winner's choice" for the
We'll be giving away one marquee a month, and
the full cabinet art set in early December.
Translucent Joystick Giveaways
Rollie Electronics (John
"Ponyboy" on the BYOAC forums) is joining in the
giveaway frenzy, offering up four pairs of new translucent joysticks,
which will be given away a pair a month!
Rollie Electronics offers a huge variety of arcade
parts, including substantial discounts on
Happ parts. If you've got an arcade project, email John via the
forums and ask for a quote: I bet you'll be pleasantly surprised.
Editor Tim Ferrante of GameRoom
Magazine is offering
several great prizes for the RetroBlast Giveaways, including a
pair of "6 & 6" subscriptions (six back issues and six new issues),
and several copies of the video "Pleasure
Machines: The History of Pinball"
I love GameRoom magazine, and even have my own
copy of "Pleasure Machines: The History of Pinball"!
"Pick 3" Games
Giveaway from Alawar!
Just in: Alawar
Entertainment has donated six
"Pick 3" game packs! Basically, just browse through their games
catalog, pick three games that you'd like, and if you win you'll
get those games!
The contest begins right away, and the drawings
will be held bi-weekly, with the first winner picked on Monday,
September 26th. Check
out their games, try a few demos, and pick
your favorites — you just might win them!
X-Arcade Trackball Panels and Games CDs!
XGaming has generously donated
five of their new Trackball
Gaming Panels for the contest, as well as
fifty copies of their Midway Games Pack CD!
We'll be giving away 5 of these beauties!
The X-Arcade Trackball units will not be shipping
until November, but you can still enter the contest right away:
I'll be picking the winners starting mid-November, one a week,
and the winners will get their controller directly from XGaming.
The Midway Games Pack CD drawings will be held
weekly, with the first drawing next Friday — each week 5
lucky winners will receive a games pack (and whatever other little
arcade goodies I can think to include in the package!)
Bask in the glow of these cool SlikStik joysticks!
SlikStik has generously donated four pairs of
their new lighted joystick handles (review coming soon!). The winners
will get to pick the handle type and the color of the lighted balls.
We'll be giving away one set each month from now until Christmas.
Lighted Joystick Handles from SlikStik!
In addition to the main giveaways, I'll be having
random "pop-up" contests with assorted arcade-related
items that have been collecting here in my "test lab" since
the last giveaways.
This will include everything from game systems
from Jakks Pacific to joysticks, trackballs, and more. There may
even be one or two "big ticket" items, so it'll be worth
your time to check in occasionally and see if a new contest has "popped
NOTE: These contests
will not use "pop-up windows" (which I hate): the announcement
of the contests will be posted at random on the front page or the
news page. They're designed to be fun little contests, such as "first
person to correctly name what company produced Robotron: 2084 wins" (only
they'll be harder questions than that one!) I might also just have "email
#5 wins", who knows...it just depends on what mood I'm in.
An Ongoing Giveathon
I'm actually going to keep working on this contest
while it's underway, seeing if I can persuade even more companies
to donate goodies. My goal is to make this the biggest RetroBlast
giveaway yet, and I'm confident I can pull it off.
(Speaking of which: if any gaming companies out
there want to donate something for the giveways, just let
entry details and rules are now available. Good
The game is never over...