Invading Spaces: A Beginner’s Guide to Collecting Arcade Games

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Invading Spaces: A Beginner’s Guide to Collecting Arcade Games covers the basics of the arcade-collecting hobby. The book covers topics such as: basic arcade terminology, buying games, selling games for fun and profit, moving/transporting games, the basics of physical and electronic game repair, building a game room, and MAME machines. The book also contains dozens of arcade-related anecdotes gathered by my during my fifteen years of arcade collecting.

If you grew up in the 80s, ever considered purchasing an arcade game for your home, or are just interested in learning more about arcade games and how they work, Invading Spaces is the definitive introduction to collecting arcade games.

READ CHAPTER ONE FOR FREE: Unsure if Invading Spaces is the book for you? Click HERE to read the first chapter absolutely free!

LIKE PICTURES? Check out a gallery with all the photos that appear in the book HERE! There are more pictures of all the machines I’ve owned over the years HERE!

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“Based on what I’ve read so far, I recommend both [Commodork and Invading Spaces] without reservation. Initially, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it’s obvious that Flack is a writer and a gamer, not just a gamer who happens to write. His style is clear and unpretentious, and the hilarious anecdotes alone are worth the price of admission.”
– Brett Weiss, author of “Classic Home Video Games (1972-1984) A Complete Reference Guide (LINK)

“I’ve had Rob’s book around the house for weeks now, and I still find myself going back to it, to re-read a chapter or passage here and there, just to stay sharp. I can’t recommend it strongly enough. If you find yourself with the arcade-purchasing virus, while I am sad to say that there is no cure, this book functions as a wonderful protease inhibitor to let you live with the sickness and still maintain a happy and healthy existence, otherwise. I’ve found that chicks are more than willing to accept this hobby if all the games work, and as this book is a means to that end, it is worth its price four times over in couples therapy.”
– Robb Sherwin, Jolt Country (LINK)

“I purchased your books, Invading Spaces and Commodork, some time ago, and I just wanted to write you and let you know that both books are some of the best that I have read! Invading Spaces was a great book for me because it has always been a dream of mine to own/make an arcade cabinet, and it gave me very good information on how to break into it should I decide to do that in the future.”
– Nick T, customer

“I really enjoyed this book. After buying my first Centipede Stand up machine, I have become addicted to searching for more and expanding my collection. I could not have picked a better book for exactly what I was looking for. The way the information was broken down, and VERY useful tips on a variety of issues, I had many questions answered within these pages. I loved the stories, especially the black knight pinball pizza fiasco! I laughed aloud while reading on my kindle reader. A Great book that I really wish I could get in print, but I did not mind reading it on my kindle app.”
– Chris, Amazon Review