September 8th, 2014
Arcade Coat Hooks Price Drop!
Same as before, as much as possible is still made in the UK.
We recently received our new stock of the red and black balltops, so we have plenty of stock of all colours.
August 28th, 2014
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.
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.
August 18th, 2014
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.
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.
August 17th, 2014
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!
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.
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!
July 31st, 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.
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!
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.
July 2nd, 2014
Ultra portable MAME machine
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.
May 29th, 2014
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.
October 3rd, 2013
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…
Ebony macassar veneer sides, black hi-gloss panels and 24″ LCD.
Ultimarc Ultrastik 360 joysticks, Happ pushbuttons and 2 1/4″ trackball.
Powder coated aluminium control panel with screen print.
Component tweeters aimed at head height.
Discreet woofers close to the player.
Smoked, toughened glass.
Enclosure for housing the PC and peripherals, using invisible hinges.
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.
July 2nd, 2013
Rubik’s Cubes back in stock!
We now have a new batch of Rubik’s Cubes back in stock at surface tension!
Measuring in at 45cm x 45cm x 45cm and weighing around 20Kg, they will catch everyone’s eye whatever you choose to use it for. Made from 18mm MDF and finished to a high quality in black gloss, you can choose order or chaos with a solved or unsolved sticker finish!
Back in stock at £199.