One nice thing about the annual California Extreme (CAX) annual event is that it generates a bit of media coverage for arcade and pinball machines. The latest outlet to do so is Wired.com, who looks at some of the rarer pinball machines that were found at this year’s show. (This link is Stinger Report newsfeed 1087)
UPDATE: Speaking of Pinball, PeterSchotvanger sent us a picture he put together of the bits revealed about the Wizard of Oz Pinball machine, it’s fine work, check it out!
Also I received an email about a new documentary that is focusing it’s sights on the closure of the Chinatown Fair Arcade in New York City earlier this year. Using the “Kickstarter” method for raising funds (an increasingly popular way to raise cash for many different kinds of projects).
“The filmmakers are currently searching for any archival footage, photographs, and stories pertaining to Chinatown Fair’s history dating back to its opening in New York City’s Chinatown in 1941. Much of the history of Chinatown Fair and the neighborhood is anecdotal so archival materials are extremely scarce. Any information regarding the arcade would be appreciated. “
Also if you’re in the area, you can see a part of the documentary this Saturday:
“An work-in-progress excerpt of Arcade will be shown on Saturday July 30th at Rooftop Films as part of the Kill Screen Video Game Film Festival in Brooklyn, New York. The night of films curated by Killscreen Magazine include an excerpt of Minecraft: The Story of Mojang and Classic Video Game Deaths, among other recent work. For event information see http://rooftopfilms.com/2011/schedule/kill-screen-videogame-film-festival/. “
Keep in mind that they also are taking a look at the new incarnation of CFA as The Next Level Arcade, so it should be great to see the final film. Thanks to Kurt for the info and you can read more about the project here.