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Bally Professional Arcade

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  • Date of Manufacture: 1978
  • Quantity Available: 1
  • Working Condition: Working
  • Physical Condition: Good
  • Original Box: Yes
  • Keywords: American, USA, US, United States

This early video game console was available in the USA only. (Not the UK)

Developed by Midway, the arcade subsidiary of Bally, using the new chipset designed in partnership with Dave Nutting Associates. The chipset was used in their new series of arcade machines, such as Gorf and Wizard of Wor, and Midway decided that a machine for the home could be brought to market.

Originally named the Bally Home Library Computer, it was released for sale in 1977. The console was only available by mail order, and production problems meant that no consoles were delivered until 1978. The name was quickly changed to the Bally Professional Arcade. Bally grew tired of the arcade business and put the consumer business up for sale. A collaboration was the result, and Astrovision, a company that had been trying to bring its own console to market became a partner in the project.

In 1981, the name changed again to the Bally Computer System, and then a year later to the most known name, the Astrocade. By this time, Bally's name was not on the console, as the technology was now fully licensed to Astrovision.

The console was a victim of the American videogame crash, and was gone by 1984.

The machine is known for its advanced graphics of the time, making excellent ports of the Midway classics such as Gorf possible. But the internal architecture of the machine was complicated, so the games were very difficult to make.

The controller was also very complex, shaped like a gun handle, it has an arcade stick on top, with a fire button underneath. There is also a potentiometer on the stick for rotary controls. The controller is prone to failure with age, especially the fire button.

On the front of the console itself is a rudimentary keyboard, this is used to select games, and also the four built-in programs, Scribbler, a drawing program, a calculator, Gunlaw and Checkmate.

The machine turns on to a menu, listing the built in software. The games and Basic software came on cartridges shaped like cassettes, that were inserted horizontally. Unusually for a console, it needed to be powered on to load a cart game, most consoles require the power to be off. When inserted, the cartridge game is listed at the top of the menu list.

Under a plastic lid on top of the console is a rack for storing up to 13 games. In all 28 were released for the machine, and are called Videocades.

There is still a homebrew scene for the console in America with occasional releases for the machine. The Bally is sought after for its arcade conversions, and prices are high for the hardware.

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Hire Charges

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Minimum Order Charge

We do have a minimum order charge of £50 (excluding delivery) for all hires. This is to cover the time involved in organising and dispatching a single small item. Sorry :-(


New clients are required to pay in advance by BACS or credit card. Repeat customers can open a credit account with us on 30 days terms.

Multiple Items & Job Lots

If you're looking to fit out an entire set and need many items, we are happy to quote a discounted rate based on the quantity of items.

Dry Hire

The term dry hire means to hire an item without having a technician supplied to support it. Most of our small items are available to dry hire, but some of the more complicated equipment that require specialist knowledge are not. In these cases we will deliver the item(s) personally and set them up for you. Please call us for a quotation based on the hire period and location.

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