TNT Amusements Creates Arcade Reality Show?

Todd Tuckey, proprietor of TNT Amusements has just revealed a secret project he has been working on for the past few months – a “sizzle reel” of a yet-to-be picked up reality show. “High Score” features Tuckey and his staff hard at work acquiring classic arcade games, restoring them, and ultimately delivering them to a satisfied customer. Part “American Pickers”, part “American Restoration”, this arcade-centric show is currently being pitched to networks and we will let you know when/if a deal is reached.

Todd is no stranger to the arcade and pinball community or to reality TV. Tuckey has been in the video game business a very long time, first operating a route in 1979. When the videogame market crashed and arcades around the country closed up shop, Todd began selling used arcade cabinets placing them outside his home with “For Sale” signs on them. The business was a success and continued to grow and now TNT boasts the largest used game showroom in the world! His success in the industry has led him to speaking engagements, his own 30-minute television special, and being featured on the reality TV show “Kendra”.

Preston Burt

The co-host of the Gameroom Junkies Podcast, Preston is a writer and designer living outside Atlanta, GA. He has an affinity for VHS tapes, and an obsession with arcade games and pinball machines. He is a contributing writer for GeekDad, Paste and RETRO Magazines, and a founder of the Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo.


  1. I had this idea 2 years ago, but couldn’t get anybody to work on it with me. Looks like a good show. TNT was a good choice as they have constant business and Todd’s been around for so long and knows the business backwards and forwards.

    hope it really gets on TV i’ll watch it every week!

  2. Very well done video. Not sure if it will fly as there are too many other shows like this, with a broader range of topics. Just game room is probably too narrow for a wide audience.

    By the way, I love the look of the new website. Nicely done!

  3. On a scale of 1 to 10 I would give it a 4. It’s a neat idea but you would need a much better cast, I am not thinking this will make it.

    I love the new look on the web site!!!

  4. I absolutely hate it:)

    I hate that ‘talking into the camera’ it reminds me of the cooking shows where they constantly have a ultra short line they feed directly into the lens.

    When the guy says “that’s the way the cabinet crashes” and then makes a funny face….that’s when I stop the video.

    It annoyed me like crazy.

  5. While I think its great idea. The problem with shows like these is when the general public (re. non arcade collector has a broken down machine in his basement or garage) catches wind of this. The days of getting cheap restorable arcade machines is over. Happens all the time. “im not going to sell you this game for 50 bucks (or insert cheap price here) when I saw them 2 guys on that TV show get 1000 bucks for the one they had).

    Trust me, once everyone catches wind that money can potentially be made by fixing and selling these games. Even if its a small return on an investment. That wont be the case anymore if everyone starts catching wind of it.

  6. Ok, I did my homework and watched some of the other like-minded shows, American Restoration and American Pickers. Are these real people? There’s a annoying guy called cowboy pulling out his own tooth out and proudly showing his mouth off afterwards, and then there’s some weird kids saying “SWEEEET” all the time

    Then I tried watching some show called Pawn Stars, and I sit there watching a big gross guy with Gucci sunglasses playing tough and awesome, and a grandfather that looks like an old lady. Then I just turn it off.

    These shows are the bottom of bad TV. The restoration show don’t even show anything about restoration. They just show how feral kids roaming the desert for stuff they can take home to their room full of feathers and lamp-shades made of human skin. Pretty scary.

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