Swedish community – this is where it all began for me
If you want to find out more about Japanese arcade cabinets – go here
In my opinion the best emulator frontend for Windows
World Of Arcades
A wonderful site filled to the brim with info about CAVE, Raizing and Psikyo shmups
(Waybackmachine link) – A great site with arcade hardware reviews an much more, too bad it’s gone now
I'm a bit too old (born 1974), father of two girls and one boy and have been an avid arcade game fan since I first got to play Knuckle Joe (the game's really crap, what was Taito thinking?) but it got me hooked. Me and a couple of my friends used to ride our bikes around town just to check out the latest games. And we we're really good at playing them. Luckily for me, the game operators responsible for the machines around my home town really had a great feel for what games would be popular.
Look at my collection to see some of the titles that I now as an adult had do have. I was too young to play at the local video rental (they had two NSM cabinets and later switched one of them to a JK Cabinet) and the best operator in town, Video Games was their name.
I stood there watching the older kids play. There was the 15 year age-limit and I was only about 13 at the time. I also played a lot on Aleph cabinets. The operator that favoured those is called Adon-Bolagen.