You’ll never want to see the green man – traffic Pong!

PongTraffic

Play Pong with the person on the other side of the road whilst you’re waiting to cross. Fully functional concept becomes a reality in Germany!

Traffic Pong :: Colossal

Rubik’s Cube worldwide shipping prices reduced !

Rubik's Cube Storage Seat

 

We’ve reduced the shipping rates on our Rubik’s Cube storage seat, which includes many countries with free delivery. England, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Netherlands and more…

See our Rubik’s page for more details or get in contact with us!

Arcade Coat Hooks Price Drop!

We are now offering our arcade coat hooks at £29.99 for UK orders and £34.99 for the rest of the world! Available to purchase from our website, ebay and Amazon.

Same as before, as much as possible is still made in the UK.

Walnut arcade joysticks

 

White and blue coat hooks

Black and white arcade coat hooks

We recently received our new stock of the red and black balltops, so we have plenty of stock of all colours.

hangUP arcade coat hooks – Red and black balltops now back in stock!

…which gave us an excuse to fool around with them before packing them up ready to ship out.

space invader balltops

lb-30 balltops

red and black lb30 balltops

red arcade balltops

surface tension table balltops

red space invader
We’ve been without our 30mm balltops for a few months, but they are now back in stock. The 35mm LB35 is plentiful, but it’s just that bit too big for the loop on your jacket, so we just weren’t going to sell our hangUP arcade coat hooks with those!

Available in walnut, black and white back panel with a choice of red, black, yellow, green, white, blue and pink balltops.

white coat hooks

walnut coat hooks

Revival 2014 run-down

It’s been a week since we got back from Revival and what a great show it was too! Craig, Chris and the Revival team did an amazing job again. Plenty of consoles, computers, arcade cabinets, light gun machines, driving games, pinball machines, traders, talks, costumes, chip-tunes, special guests, competitions…

surface tension was there with our stand again this year in the chill-out zone. With us we had our Dual, Arcane and forthcoming upright, Retrograde. Plenty of couches to crash out on too. We had our Rubik’s Cube seat on one side of the Dual, but also built some quirky seating for the other side. A 555 timer seat modeled on the 8-pin through-hole IC, which got plenty of attention! If you’re interested, you can see how it was made here.

surface tension stand

We had a good buzz around the stand all weekend with all ages.

555 seat

The 555 seat with the Dual arcade table.

Super Hexagon Arcade Machine

Super Hexagon arcade machine

Super Hexagon worked a treat on the upright. Though the surface tension team were battling it out between us for the highest score, only to be beaten by a 12 year old (not pictured). Meh.

Super Hexagon Arcade Machine

Our feeble attempts before being out-done :(

Goldeneye 4 player

If you didn’t get hooked on this 20 years ago, what were you hooked on?!

retro computers and consoles.

Loads of consoles and home computers to bring back the memories.

retro systems for sale

Plenty of systems to buy as well as play.

Pinball machines

pinball machines

A plethora of pinball machines, but never a spare one!

Traverse USA arcade cabinet

Crazy Balloon arcade cabinet

Driving arcade machines

Standup arcade machines in a row

Stand up arcade machines

There weren’t quite as many stand-ups as last year, but more than enough to keep you occupied. Plus with all of the pins, you weren’t left twiddling your thumbs.

John Romero playing multiplayer Doom

John Romero was there for a Q&A session, and to kick your ass at Doom.

Revival Survival Cabinet

Craig’s Revival Survival cabinet made its debut…

surface tension in Revival Survival

…which surface tension feature in as we helped Kickstart the project!

SIDMAN at Revival

Chip-tunes supplied by SIDMAN.

That’s about it. We look forward to next year but aren’t quite ready to go at it again just yet! It was a long and tiring weekend, plus a busy run up to it.

Asteroids volcano switch

Defender Control Panel

1, 2, 5 DM coin slot

fire_start

One Player Select button

Williams coin mech

555 timer seat

What made me do this? It’s an idea I had a couple of years ago and had to have a go at it! I had the legs made 18 months ago, so I definitely couldn’t let them go to waste!

We wanted to make some interesting seating for our stand at Revival this year, to go with our Dual arcade table. Which would also have one of our Rubik’s Cubes on the other side.

The arachnid IC was made from 18mm MDF, some timber sections to mount the legs to and the legs themselves being 12mm aluminium. I’ve documented my build below in case anyone else wants to have a go.

555 carcass kreg pocket hole jig fixings

The assembly was done with a mix of biscuits and the use of the Kreg pocket hole jig.

555 lid filled and sanded

One part complete after some filling and plenty of sanding. The pocket holes were also filled on the inside.

555 leg mounting

Timber sections on the inside were fixed again using the pocket hole jig and plenty of glue. These sections were used to mount the legs to on the base.

555 lid on before painting

After fixing the legs, this was the first time I could see if it really worked as a shape. Slots were cut into the base section for the legs to come through.

555 lid in after painting

The notch was added before I could start to finish it. The 555 was first prepared with 2 coats of sanding sealer, then 2 coats of primer. The final paint was then applied. The photo doesn’t really do it justice, but it was a dark metallic grey which gave it that graphite look of an IC.

555 complete with numbering

Some text was then applied: ST UK, NE555N, AU0314 for manufacturer/country, model and date code.

555 painted inside storage

What’s the point of having all that space inside if you can’t use it!

555 comparison

A comparison with the real deal. A through-hole 8-pin DIL NE555.

555 at Revival next to arcade table

Here it is in place next to our arcade table at Revival 2014.

The over-sized 555 looked great at Revival this year. It really hit the right age bracket with all of the retro-gaming enthusiasts, many of which asked where they could buy one!

Revival 2014

With Revival 2014 just around the corner, we’re just chilling out counting down the days. Yeah right! We’re busy getting everything ready so we don’t arrive at midnight again, have to set up then back to the hotel for an hour of sleep! That’s the plan anyway.

If you’re wondering what we’re talking about, Revival is a retro games expo which premiered last year. Taking place on the 9th and 10th August this year, it’s everything from Magnavox Odyssey to Megadrive, pinball to Playstation.

Revival logo

There’s plenty on at Revival again this year. Once you’re in, there’s 60+ arcade machines, 20+ pinball tables 150+ retro gaming systems, plus 2 VR systems linked up this year! John Romero will be there for you to challenge to a game of multiplayer Doom, plus a Q&A session. There will be other Q&A sessions from Andrew Hewson (Hewson Consultants), Andrew Oliver (Dizzy series), Ocean and US Gold employees.

Turnarcades will also be unveiling their own Revival Survival arcade cabinet which succeeded on Kickstarter which surface tension backed, so we look forward to our inclusion there!

Revival floor plan

surface tension will be there again in the same location, so come and say hello. We’ll have our Dual, Arcane and Retrograde systems with us. As well as arcade games, we’ll have our Retrograde upright showing off plenty of games on the Steam platform which play, look and sound great on our home arcade systems!

We will also be offering discounts on all of our products purchased at the show.

Take a look at our photos from last years show.

Ultra portable MAME machine

The R-Kaid-R is a product of Love Hulten. You may have seen his R-Kaid-Revelation at the beginning of the year.

He describes it as “A handmade hybrid made from solid wood, combining yesterday’s game physics with the digital spectrum of today”

The first thing I asked myself was “what happens to the joystick when you shut the lid?” Then I saw the rather clever way it unscrews, and is then used as the locking mechanism and carry handle. Genius!

You can see the technical specs if you click onto the shop, which it states will be open in September. It has an 8″ LCD, 8-way stick plus 10 buttons, USB and SD card access for loading ROMs, and a battery life of around 8 hours. It’s also set up for a whole host of emulators.

The R-Kaid-R has some really nice detail, see more here.

 

Oak Arcane arcade coffee table

Here’s a bunch of images of our Arcane arcade coffee table in oak finish. This was installed in the largest house we’ve delivered too so far and it went up 2 flights of stairs amidst building work!

Click to go LARGE.

You can find out more information here.

Oak arcade coffee table

Oak arcade machine

Oak coffee table

Arcade coffee table

Oak arcade table

retrograde arcade cabinet from surface tension

You will probably have seen our prototype upright machine already if you follow our facebook page, so I’m finally writing a blog post for it. Retrograde was produced earlier in the year and first exposed at the Revival retro gaming event where it it was extremely well received and got a good play-test! It’s surface tension‘s own spin on the classic upright arcade system.

We wanted to make something that stood out a little for the first one, so opted for ebony macassar veneer, which has a wonderful contrasting finish. The centre black sections are finished in gloss black following on the trend from our arcade tables. On to the pictures and specs…

Upright arcade cabinet right

Ebony macassar veneer sides, black hi-gloss panels and 24″ LCD.

Control panel reflections

Ultimarc Ultrastik 360 joysticks, Happ pushbuttons and 2 1/4″ trackball.

Arcade machine option buttons

Powder coated aluminium control panel with screen print.

Arcade machine tweeters

Component tweeters aimed at head height.

Arcade speaker cover

Discreet woofers close to the player.

Arcade control panel print

Smoked, toughened glass.

Arcade door

Enclosure for housing the PC and peripherals, using invisible hinges.

Arcade marquee

Illuminated marquee.

Like our arcade tables, we also fitted this out with a Shuttle PC, running Windows 7. All arcade games launched using the GameEx interface. We also had the Steam platform running at the show as there’s some excellent cab-friendly games available.

We’re looking to launch this product in a range of finishes early Q1 2014.

Get in contact if you would like to find out more on this or any of our other products.

 

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