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Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Arcade Flyer Archive

Today's post is a "check out this site" post. I discovered the Arcade Flyer Archive a long time ago and actually their "About Us" section describes themselves better than I could so here it is:

"The Arcade Flyer Archive (TAFA) is a digital repository for advertisement flyers that are used by the coin-operated amusement industry to promote the sales of its games. Over time flyers represent much more than a marketing brochure. They capture a unique blend of the industry's history, graphic design trends and advertising campaigns. Most importantly, they bring out the nostalgia of countless people who have grown up with the culture of video games, pinball machines and arcade games. Unique cabinet designs, attractive artwork and real screen shots -- all of which represent the visual language of coin-operated games, make flyers sought after items for collectors and effective tools for restoring games to their original factory specifications."

They have high-resolution scans of flyers from all over the world - the Fronts, Backs, and Insides (if they have one - Mad Planets doesn't).
They also have zip files of Flyer Packs that you can download and unzip into the Flyers folder of your MAME fronted (MAMEUIFX if you downloaded it from my previous post). Then you can check out the flyers from all the games directly from the Flyers tab in MAME. The Flyer Packs are much smaller/lower resolution than the individual flyer scans they have posted but it lets you get more or less all of them at once so it's a very convenient place to start your digital flyer collection.
So if you like that sort of thing (like I do) go to their website here and check it out.

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2 comments:

Fallguy40 said...

I hate it when the planets grow red with anger and attack my ship.

MadPlanet said...

Hey you DID look at the MP flyer. Great game but unfortunately I doubt if you could play it worth a darn on keyboard or even with an X-Arcade for that matter.