I couldn’t pass up the latest controversy to be found in arcade collecting circles, this just posted video of some 2 year old footage of a company known as TNT Amusements throwing some select games off of a building. If you want to pour over some of the controversy yourself, you can check out the comments on the Youtube video, this thread or this thread on KLOV.
One thing to at least keep in mind is that the destruction of cabinets happens fairly often when distributors have a lot of old games sitting around that nobody wants to buy (rare or not)- the act just isn’t caught on video and placed on Youtube for all to see. I once saved a T-Mek from such destruction although I never found the time to fix it up as it wasn’t in great condition to begin with, which is often the case with cabinets that meet such doom. In fact just the other day I had to break apart an old MKII cabinet I had sitting in the back of my store. When I picked it up originally it had been converted to a Golden Tee and was covered in old, dry vomit. I cleaned it up and used it for a while until the monitor died and then I ended up parting it out until it was just a shell. It sucks to bash a cabinet but if no one wants it and you don’t have the space for it, there’s not much of an alternative. Still, I can’t say that I personally enjoy destroying arcade cabinets, when this is your hobby you want to try and preserve everything possible.
Here it is….