Archive for November, 2007

Chuck E. Cheese 1982 TokenI’ve been experimenting with cleaning my newly formed token collection. It’s really not so much of a collection as it is a recently acquired cache of 2000+ coins that my Rowe BC1 Change Machine dispenses. Outside of actual Brass Cleaner, which is pretty expensive when you need to clean 2000 coins, I’ve found a couple of home cleaning agents that work best. There are several varieties of home remedies I found on the net. As an example, I tried a cleaning method that is touted across several forums and blogs first: Louisiana Hot Sauce. It cleaned the brass but it left pink stains on the coins. So I looked around and tested a few other methods. The two below I found to be quite useful:

The Works bathroom cleaner.
It’s about $3 a bottle and I just poured the whole thing in a clean bucket and stirred with a paint stick until the coins brightened. It didn’t clean the very tarnished (almost rusted) coins but for the most part it did a good job. Link to their product here.

The SludgeTM
This one is a little more expensive than the works as it requires more ingredients. However, it does a great job cleaning. Not any one of these agents seemed to work very good on it’s own but combined they make a pretty tedious job go a lot quicker and the results are surprising. For about 300 coins you’ll need:

  • A 1 & 1/2 Gallon bucket (A typical mop bucket with a handle is nice.)
  • 1 Quart of White Vinegar (That’s 4 Cups kids)
  • 1/4 Cup Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Cup Oxy-Clean, Clorox Oxy-Stain Remover or other dry detergent.
  • 1/4 Cup Lemon Juice
  • An old beach towel.
  • A Paint Stick or other indestructible stirring mechanism.

Note: Keep in mind this is a cleaning agent and will not polish your coins. It will only remove tarnish and give them a bright, clean satin finish.

First sort out the problem child coins. In other words, make sure you don’t have ANY copper coins or coins that are so tarnished they will require something like Brasso or a real Brass polish to recover their luster. Copper coins in your brass mix may oxidize and cause some of your brass to come out discolored.

Layout your old beach towel on a tiled surface or other hard surface. You may not want to do this on your carpet or hardwood floors.

Now, put the remainder of your coins in the bottom of the bucket. Add all dry ingredients. Then add the lemon and vinegar. The mixture will foam. Fear not! It doesn’t last long. Mix the coins for about 3 minutes with the paint stick. If your bucket has a handle swivel it back and forth with the handle as a washing machine might with clothing. The water will turn blue. And eventually you may even see it turn rather brown. Use the paint stick to strain the dirty solution into your laundry tub–or outside if possible. The coins will now appear brighter. Rinse with warm/hot water and strain again. Repeat this a couple of times to be sure and get the agent off the brass. Now pour the contents of your bucket onto the towel. Spread the coins out evenly so they’re not resting on top of each other. An old t-shirt comes in handy to wipe down coins that may have a little residue from the solution you created.

Enjoy your clean coins!

I also ordered a coin tumbler which cleans the coins with a dry method. I’m looking forward to trying that and will report back how it works here.

On a side note, there is another guy that tried about every method available for a smaller coin collection here. It’s a very funny read.

Posted by Madaracs on 11.30.07
Posted under: Arcade & Coin-Op

Guitar Hero III imageI’ve unlocked Slash and 2/3 of the 42 tracks immediately available on “easy” in Guitar Hero III for the Wii.

The Wii remote couples with the new guitar quite nicely. There is a rubber socket that it slips nicely in from the back. The cords are tucked neatly and comfortably into the compartment as well.

The guitar feels more substantial than previous guitars (maybe partly due to the Wiimote being tucked inside) and the response from the wireless guitar is very good.

The song list isn’t everything I’ve ever wanted in a Guitar hero game but the download feature may provide a great way to get just the songs you want in the future.

Favorite tracks so far:

  • Black Magic Woman
  • Rock You Like a Hurricane
  • Sweet Child O Mine
  • Barracuda

Apparently there are no spare guitars yet available for the Wii version. Maybe after T-Day. I hope someone else I know buys it soon so we can try out the battle mode with someone other than a computer character. Let me know if you do!

My Rating (out of 5):

  • Playability (Fun Factor): 4 (Still great!)
  • Improvements from Last Version: 3 (Battle Mode/Buying Power/Guitar Design/Song list not all that I would’ve wanted/expected)
  • Graphics: 3 (Not that important, IMO)
  • Learning Curve: 5 (Easy to pick up!)


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3 and 3/4 WiiMotes!

Posted by Madaracs on 11.20.07
Posted under: Console, New Games

Nintendo replaces DS Lite after “a friend” spills beer on it–no questions asked.

Nintendo ended up sending his new DS Lite out by 2-day UPS Air, asking that he only send back the damaged DS Lite to them.

Posted by Madaracs on
Posted under: Handheld

The Register Reports that as a result of the Wii Shortage (Huh?–Maybe that’s just in the UK) a UK company was prompted to produce and release Wii-like motion control games for the PS2. The pool cue is kind of cool, I guess.

A UK-based video games company is taking advantage of Nintendo’s ongoing Wii shortage, and launching its own range of PS2 motion-controlled video games.” – From the Register

Posted by Madaracs on
Posted under: Console

From 2000 to 2002, I did a bunch of game mods and maps. Here is a list of what I did during that time frame.

Ultra mod – Quake 3 – File Planet |
UltraXL mod – Starsiege Tribes – File Planet |
UltraXL mod – Tribes 2 –
Enhanced CTF mod – Tribes 2 – File Planet |
One Flag CTF mod – Starsiege Tribes – File Planet |
Dominate mod – UT99 – File Planet |
Don’t Kill For Love – Quake 3 map – File Planet |
Antidote Kills – Quake 3 map – File Planet |

Posted by Zoyx on 11.03.07
Posted under: Computer