I want to share a website and service with you today that I’ve known about for some time. One important side of what we face as arcade operators is keeping the games maintained and working. There are a lot of technicians out there who can assist in that regard, who run their small business to support those of us running the games. One such company which is based in Cambridge, UK is known as AndyGeezerServices. Andy really knows his stuff and maintains a blog as well as a Facebook page where he details his work. As his website states, they can repair just about anything, with advanced service when it comes to Sega-made arcade boards. He is in the market to assist arcade operators and our issues with games.
On a sidenote, one thing Andy does in his spare time involves modifications of arcade titles which generally entails getting a game to run in a higher resolution than what it shipped with or fixing issues the game has that were never resolved with an update. Multiple instances can be seen on his blog of running Battle Gear 4, Fast and Furious and OutRun2SP in higher resolutions. As personal example, I recently sent him my Super Street Fighter AE board for repair after a “repaired” board from Capcom came back having similar issues to what it had before. He repaired it in such a way that allowed the game to run in 1080p as opposed to 720p, bringing it more in line with the home versions. It also has resolved various crashing issues and glitches that the original game came with that Capcom didn’t bother to address. Here’s some pics of the new setup running at 1080p, click to enlarge
Another game he’s worked some magic on as seen below is Sega’s OutRun 2 SP. That was a personal project of his and not a service he offers through the site (he’s not selling modified versions of OutRun 2SP in case you are wondering) but it certainly shows off his skills. Andy also has a number of very rare items on-hand that he shares pictures and information about on his site, he’s shown an English version of House of the Dead EX as well as Virtua Fighter 5R among other things.