caffeine wrote:Hi, I attended the auction and bought the Japan Arcade's VOOT cabinet. I'm sorry if in doing so I have unintentionally messed up some of your plans to acquire spare parts and art. I am a private game collector as well (Not an arcade dealer). I've always wanted a VO cab, so rest assured that the cabinet is going to be well taken care of.
To be perfectly honest, I had no idea that I was actually going to be able to buy VOOT. I actually wanted to buy TOTD, thinking that all of the professional arcade operators would consider it too weird of a machine to make them a profit with and thus not bother bidding on it. I also assumed VOOT would have immediately gone far out of my price range by some truly hardcore fighting game fans through the internet bidding. Surprisingly, the exact opposite happened. An internet bidder fought me fiercly on TOTD (A bidding war I lost), whereas my only competition for VOOT was an arcade operator that I think wanted to sell the machine for parts. I seriously expected VOOT to go for much more.
I found this site while looking for more information on OT machines. I'm currently storing the game at my parent's house until I actually have room to set it up at my place (An apartment is not the best place for an arcade machine the size of a small car), but I would be more than happy to provide pictures of the internals or cabinet art to anyone that is interested (Although since it is not where I can see it on a daily basis, there might be a bit of a delay). I know this game is a bit of a rarity, so I'll try to provide whatever help and resources I can.
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I have an original Virtual On "Operation Moongate" (OMG) machine that I've restored and I'd like to convert to VOOT. The machine you bought was an OMG that was converted to VOOT using Sega's official kit. you can tell by the side art and set-back art as it was literally placed over the original art-work. I have a thread on this topic around here explaining the differences between the different VOOT cabs (there are 3 different Twin units including the conversion machines like yours).
I don't mind piecing together my upgrade, but chances are finding new and unused artwork will be nearly impossible so the next best thing is making reproduction, ideally from scans.
I don't know if you have a scanner but the process of scanning arcade art is explained here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOOt-BjISKA
with all the curved pieces on a VO cab you might have to use a scanner like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5pSjP2_rkk
I would seriously be willing to buy you a scanner, if you'd be willing to scan all of the art for me, pretty much every sticker except for the control panels.