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In­spir­ing ideas for re­vamp­ing old Ap­ple kit

For as long as they’ve ex­isted, I’ve wanted to own an orig­i­nal cab­i­net for De­fender and Gaunt­let. They were the best video games of their time, 1981 and 1985 re­spec­tively, by a wide mar­gin. Ev­ery 10p I had as a teenager went into them. Even­tu­ally, home video games over­took the ar­cade, but the nos­tal­gia value of those early mas­ter­pieces left its hooks deep in my brain. Those cab­i­nets go for around £2,000 on eBay, but there are too many amaz­ing new toys to buy with­out chas­ing ev­ery child­hood dream as well. On the other hand, my old first-gen­er­a­tion iPad takes up lit­tle space and has more com­put­ing power than an en­tire 1980s ar­cade. In­stead of sell­ing it for £50 and putting that to­wards my next friv­o­lous indulgence, it can help me scratch a 30-year-old itch.

You can play Gaunt­let on a touch­screen, but it’s much bet­ter with a real joy­stick and but­tons.

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