Who are Retrograde Machines?
We assemble bespoke hand-made arcade cabinets packed with all of the classics that made the 80’s and 90’s gaming scene the golden era that it was. We utilize the latest modern technology to bring you reliability, efficient power consumption and extra features that the original machines could only dream of! Choose from thousands of games and discover hidden gems that may have missed or find that one game that stole your heart.
All this is possible with our machines via an easy to use front end. You can create a favourites list for your games so you can come back to them again and again. The screen is a high spec 24 inch LED BenQ gaming monitor for vibrant colours and a super wide viewing angle. Enjoy those classic sounds via the powerful 2.1 stereo speaker system with a kickass subwoofer. The joysticks are Sanwa arcade spec and the buttons are hard wearing IL arcade spec for years of hard gaming.
Our Encounter with Captain RetroGrade
One day we were sitting at home bored and looking for something to occupy our minds. All of a sudden their was a stiff knock at the door and when it opened, Captain RetroGrade was standing in front of us. He told us how we can make our ar cade cabinets; he told us a secret that know one else knows.
He then gave us his insight; “ Do you remember how cool video gaming culture was back in the day?”
He continued “ Have you noticed that there is n o modern equivalent?”
He emphasized “ All physical human contact has all but disappeared and hi-scores
are based on kill/death ratios and how many hours spent grinding on some nondescript 3D world.”
Finally he said “ Any human contact you do make through gaming is usually online
and has a high chance that it is some troll sat in their darkened lair throwing insults thousands of miles away. It d oesn’t have to be this way!”
Captain RetroGrade then said; “ Go forth my fellow arcade adepts! Go build, mult iply and fulfill your mission.” He then disappeared as mysteriously as he appeared.
At RetroGrade Machines it is our mission to bring back the fond memories of going to your local arcade or chip shop where you used to hang out with your mates and spend hours of your pocket money trying to beat that hi-score that’s been there for what seems like an eternity.
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We are here to bring back that awesome sense of achievement, you felt when you
managed to clock an in-game high score and become that mysterious person with the three letter tag at the top of the hi-score list.
All this is possible with Retrograde Machines.
Why Retrograde Machines?
Each and Every machine we assemble is made with love and attention. Hand crafted using 21 mm Oak plywood for the exterior panels and 18mm birch plywood for the interior panels. The unit is then expertly stenciled by our professional artist James Lemak Cashmore. You can find more of his work online here . The artwork is preserved using Bona Mega Satin floor varnish to guarantee the artwork never fades and is resistant to flames and fire. This ensures the artwork that adorns the cabinet is always kept to the highest standard possible.