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Re: WW1 and WW2 related machines

Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2015 10:26 am
by arrgee
Gameswat wrote:You just need to look at the woodgrain of the cabinet (left hand door frame especially easy to compare) to see they are definitely one and the same, just like a fingerprint.
This little BMCo has a rather phoenix like quality appearing in different guises every few years. I saw this machine 'in the flesh' before Woody sold it a number of years ago. It has since reappeared and named (incorrectly) as 'Fleet Air Arm' sporting a look-alike (but not quite) BMCo top flash which has been added, this machine was sold in its present guise about two and half years ago.

Interesting that the transformation of some machines still continues today, as they did years ago.

Games featuring war themes

Posted: Mon Feb 03, 2020 10:21 pm
by coppinpr
Topic merged - Site Admin.

I'm sure there is an existing thread for this to be merged with but I cant decide which one, the gurus will know

Ive just finished a new section on the www.penny-arcade.info site on coin operated shooting games. While researching the subject I found a lot of info about war time conversions for the very popular Seeburg "Ray-O-lite rifle ranges which I thought might be of interest to some here. These remarkable light sensor shooting games were the best there were from 1935 till about 1955, (See more about them and how they worked at https://www.penny-arcade.info/coin-oper ... ting-games )

Seeurg had been making new target boxes for existing games for some years before the war, many of which we would not consider politically correct today,these included "Shoot the Bartender" "Chicken Sam" (which featured shooting a hobo stealing chickens) "Jailbird" which offered the chance to shoot an escaping convict and "shoot the Mother in law" (so they weren't all bad).

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But when the war came they excelled themselves with "Kill that Jap" "Trap a Jap" and the strangely named "hit the Siamese Rats" (?)

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At first the name of this last one baffled me, then when I looked at the flyer it dawned. When the target moves one way it shows Hitler, when the other, it's Tojo (both with blood on their hands you might notice). They are linked together as Siamese twins!! A little over the top even for war time. :o

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Bally not to be left out came up with "Convoy" which gave the player a chance to machine gun a Nazi U boat a full year before the USA entered the war. !PUZZLED!

Re: Games featuring war themes

Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 4:11 pm
by chris rideout
What about a "String up Mussolini" game? It could have been exported to Italy just before they changed sides because they did not want to lose! Somebody lost out on that one! A game I do remember was a Allwin style flickball machine named "Our Allied Forces" and it had a row of win cups at the top decorated with flag images from the UK, France, USA, Australia, etc at the top with a lose hole at the bottom carrying the German swastika and Japanese "rising sun" flags.

Such machines are deemed to be offensive and racist but so is a war!

Re: Games featuring war themes

Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 4:46 pm
by gameswat
chris rideout wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 4:11 pm
A game I do remember was a Allwin style flickball machine named "Our Allied Forces" and it had a row of win cups at the top decorated with flag images from the UK, France, USA, Australia, etc at the top with a lose hole at the bottom carrying the German swastika and Japanese "rising sun" flags.
That machine is shown here:
Re: WW1 and WW2 related machines