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beatnikdaddio:

beatnikdaddio’s arcade find 0’ the day:
ms pac man!
dearest tumblr pals, today i totally lucked into a FREE ms pac man machine. i’m kinda known around work as the “arcade guy”, so it wasn’t surprising when i was approached by a new employee this morning asking about my arcade collection. eager to nerd-out on the subject, i told him about my collection of machines and various steps i’ve taken throughout the years restoring them. he then asked me if i wanted another one. he went on to explain that his mom had some rental property that she was getting ready to renovate and that there was “some arcade game” down in the basement that she wanted gone. he didn’t know the name of the game but i figured i’d bite “how much?” i asked, “free” was his reply… “youre helping my mom just by getting it out of her way” he said. always curious when the term “free arcade game” is spoken, i picked up my trusty dolly and made arrangements to stop over after work and take a look.
i get to the house and was met by my new co-worker’s mom, a kindly older woman who appeared to be in her late sixties/early seventies. “thank you so much for coming, i couldn’t move the thing myself” she said. still not knowing what to expect, i drag my dolly as she walks me down to the basement where i saw a familiar silhouette under an old tarp in a dusty basement corner. i pulled up the tarp and, through a puff of dust, i saw ms pacman herself smiling back at me. “no way” i immediately thought to myself, expecting some d-list game cabinet rotting in this old basement, surely not a crown gem ms pac man. i moved the boxes sitting on top and pulled the tarp off completely to reveal the machine you see in the photo: a 1981 midway ms pac man. sure the paint was faded and the cabinet was scarred from years of use but this is a bonafide machine of arcade royalty. “does it work?” i gulp, she replies that it was there when she bought the house 22 years ago and she doesn’t know, “do you still want it?” she quizzed. “oh, yes” i sqeaked, my voice cracking from a mixture of the dust and emotion. at this point, i don’t care if it works this was the fuckin’ arcade jackpot, man. i loaded the machine on my dolly and lugged it all the way back up those 17 basement stairs and onto my truck, thanking the lady the whole time.
as i’m driving it home, the realization hits me that i really don’t have room for another machine, with 8 games already, my retro room/arcade is pushing capacity but ms pac man really needs a home and who am i to put her back on the street alone and unloved? the only place i have left is the kids’ playroom, but surely they wont mind sharing their play space with pac man’s special lady…?
i get home, unload the machine and roll it into the house. the anticipation is now getting the better of me as i plug it in with shaky hands… as i flip the switch, i hear a familiar “wonka” and the screen slowly brightens to a beautiful glow. INSERT COIN. yep, after 22 years of storage in a dark, dirty basement, ms pac man worked right off the truck… sure, she needs a little cosmetic work, some wood filler, a new control panel overlay and the side art repainted, but i love doing this stuff; bringing a game back to its former glory… it’s really great how sometimes these things have a way of finding you. be watching for updates of the restoration.
your loving, -beatnik. 
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