This Sky Skipper mention is funny since I'm currently reading The Sega Arcade Revolution by Ken Horowitz about Frogger and it says that Parker Brothers was in the bidding for Donkey Kong before Coleco got the rights. Now, Sky Skipper did come out before DK in the arcades tho honestly, not sure if so for the 2600 but presuming so they may have thought they had an in with Nintendo seeing how they licensed with them previously. No idea what their bid was but obviously not enough to beat out Coleco who had the bulk sum plus royalties on Colecovision. Imagine how the console landscape would have been different if Parker Brothers were the ones to put out Donkey Kong.
Side note since I mentioned Frogger. PB had bid $250,000 then found out they lost the bid (not mentioned who won it at first) but upped it to $500,000 and got the rights. Parker Brothers doesn't get enough credit for the Atari 2600 games they put out. Insanely great catalog.
Honestly, the Sega Arcade book has been a great read so far & has info that surprised me since I thought I knew tons of things about Sega. I was proven wrong.
I was 10 years old when I first saw Space Invaders. It wasn't the first arcade cabinet I ever saw as I recall playing Stunt Cycle at a roller skating rink before that. I was walking to the local shopping center for my mother to get something at the supermarket. I walked by the bar in said center (this was late afternoon) and saw it in the window with that crazy side art. I walked in & and asked if I could play and the bartender 'Get out, kid. You can't be in here.' I said 'C'mon, one game'. He acquiesced and I got in a good 7 or 8 minutes on that quarter. I said thanks, went to the market and went home. Next day, told all the classmates what I saw & played. Fast forward 40 years, here we is.
Sky Skipper was pre-Popeye & Donkey Kong so after the failure of Radarscope Nintendo probably got cold feet releasing it in the USA. Much like Radarscope cabinets became Donkey Kong's, Sky Skipper cabinets that could have made it to the USA became Popeye's. Parker Bros, to me, was like Coleco, licensing quirky arcade titles that Atari and possibly Coleco to an extent, didn't want or didn't think would be big sellers. It sounds weird about Coleco with them at the start snagging licenses like Lady Bug, Looping ( a personal favorite) and Space Fury but hey, either way we got them. Parker Bros. had a very successful run of great games over multiple systems. It's kinda sad they don't get much credit these days.
I remember that one. They apparently had a 'gentlemen's agreement' to all try on some holiday weekend but Billy jumped on them then mocks someone who didn't get the last nine dots emails or whatever and always puts in '..........'. Walter deserves some of the blame. He allowed these personalities to fester under his watch & he let it go for the fame & vaunted name of Twin Galaxies.
I finally watched that "king of con" documentary.
Besides the sometimes terrible framing and aspect ratio issues, it brings out a lot of content. I hope Bill Bastable or whatever his name is will be honored for achieving the first verifiable perfect Pacman killscreen, even if the actual time cannot be recorded. No way he faked a polaroid of the arcade screen from the 80s. And Billy's a lying douche. Bunch of crooks.
Look, I KNOW the 1541 was slow (the 1571 being much better). Like I said in a earlier post, some games were a chore to wait for but the Epyx Fast Load cartridge really did help (to a lesser extent Access Software's Mach V cartridge which, annoyingly so, did not work on Epyx games!). Six minutes for Raid On Bungeling Bay turned into sixty seconds.