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ARCADE TREASURES
BOOK REVIEW


Never before was there a book that showed pinball machines and arcade skill games that were in the arcades during the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. We grew up with these machines, we played these machines, we loved them. Now we are older, we have our own house or apartment, we have a little discretionary money, and we want to find our favorite machine, and play it every night to our heart's content.

But how do we find it and where do we find a picture of it? We may not even remember its name. How much would it cost to find our childhood memory?

Until now, there wasn't a book that featured these types of machines. There are books on slots, jukeboxes, and trade stimulators, but hardly any on our childhood memories. Some books (Slot Machines and Coin Op Games, Arcade 1 and Pinball 1, Pinball Art, and Pinball: Lure of the Silverball) had a few of the games we remember, but usually not our favorite games.

Bill Kurtz has done all of us a favor by including 450 machines from our childhood in his new book ARCADE TREASURES. The book features color photos of 250 pinballs and 200 arcade skill games. There is a chapter on each decade starting from the 1930s, the date of the birth of the pinball and the modern penny arcade. The emphasis, however, is on the 1960 1990 period.

Most of us can now find the machines we loved, even the video and electronic pinballs that were popular in the 1980s. To help us in our search for that great machine, there is a chapter on finding and buying machines and, best of all, there is a price guide that provides a current value on each of the 450 games shown in the book.

Bill Kurtz effectively captures the essence of his book on his introductory page: "Coinoperated amusements have been entertaining people for more than a century. Arcade games let you live out your fantasies as you pilot a space ship through an asteroid field, chase a wanted gangster, or hit a home run in the world series all at the drop of a coin. . . Whether you've been collecting arcade games for years or are just getting started in the hobby, you'll find that "Arcade Treasures" offers valuble insights into the fascinating world of arcade games, along with nostalgic photos sure to delight anyone who's ever visited a penny arcade."

ARCADE TRESURES is a 176 page hardbacked book.

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Copyright: 2003 Ken Durham

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