In 1971 Nolan Bushnell created the first coin operated video arcade machine “Computer Space”. The striking yellow fiber-glass cabinet and the remarkable marketing flyer lead the way to almost 4 decades of video arcades. After this first video game machine, the cabinet design became less important than the games inside. The video game cabinet was mostly side art stickers on black melamine furniture ever since.
Today the video arcade, as an institution where we hung out, is dead. The few that are still open either struggle for life or generate income by other means. The home gaming console and its owner mr. couch potato have won the battle.
As a homage to the video arcade era, and especially to honour the design of the first ever arcade cabinet, I created “Retro Space”. The perfect machine to mark the end of this marvellous time in gaming history. Either as art or as the ultimate gaming gadget.
A machine that plays ALL the games us kids of the seventies, eighties and nineties have burned onto our retinas. Modern technique, modern style, retro gaming and retro style are all blended together in Retro Space...
Wouldn't it be great to relive your classic gaming experiences on a machine that is made for the future? Retro Space is a pretty cool piece of furniture. The stunning arcade cabinet fits either your 70's retro room or your minimalist interior. It is ready to play all the games you know from the past. Load it with all your music and movies for use as a media jukebox. And feel free to load it with software to add any functionality you might imagine in the future.
Retro Space has been made in a one-time small production run of 33 cabinets. 26 were bought by the Dutch Game Garden to promote the best game productions from the Netherlands in an anual event called Indigo Showcase. At the moment there are no cabinets for sale, but you can rent a yellow or a blue one. If you are interested in at least 5 cabinets, we can make a custom production run suited to your requests.Cabinets are ready to go to the paint shop. Final assembly of screen, speakers, door and wiring.
The biggest client for the original Retro Space, Dutch Game Garden, wanted to be present at the Game Developer Conference (GDC 2013) in San Francisco. Shipping all original cabinets was not prefered as it would take a month by boat and truck with the risk of damaging the cabs. So Dutch Game Garden asked me to make a lighter flat pack version. Call it Retro Space 2.0, or the road edition. This time no hand sanded and spray painted version, but a DIY assemble plywood one. From march 25-29 2013, Dutch Game Garden will use 20 of the new cabinets to show the best of the Dutch game industry in a special Indigo event at the Dutch Consulate in San Francisco.The first of a new series of Retro Space 2.0 cabinets.
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