We love gamerooms and the games inside. On the Gameroom Junkies Podcast, we talk about collecting and restoring arcade games and pinball machines and the nostalgia of the golden age of the arcade. We also conduct interviews with some notable collectors, creators, and industry insiders in this exciting hobby. The Gameroom Junkies Podcast has thousands of loyal listeners and has been featured on Podcrash! with Attack of the Show’s Chris Gore and on AVClub.com

Preston and Patrick’s vast knowledge and genuine love for the arcade industry and classic gaming shines through, and makes every episode entertaining and enthralling with(out) being too jokey about their subject material. – A.V. Club




Preston Burt
: Preston is a podcaster, writer, and graphic designer living just outside Atlanta, GA. After buying his first arcade game in 2000, he quickly became obsessed with the hobby and community and never looked back. Preston and his obsession have been featured in news articles, radio spots, and on the Discovery Channel television show Auction Kings. He is the founder of the Atlanta Pinball League, and co-founder of the Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo. He writes about games for the Screen Crush Network, RETRO Magazine, GeekDad, and PASTE Magazine. Preston eats too much cereal and has an affinity for VHS tapes.

Patrick: For Patrick, the glory days of video arcades were the backdrop to his misspent youth.  His journey toward the home arcade began with designing and building his long-wished-for home theater.  With that complete, a Xenophobe cabinet entered his life and quest to fill the (small) space outside the home theater with cool games was on.  After having a few games pass through the “lobby”, Patrick got the pinball itch and satisfied that need by purchasing a William’s The Getaway: High Speed II.  He still has a long way to go in his knowledge of pins and vids. But, it is all about the journey, not the destination. Right?


  1. Nice work guys…But…Don’t be hatin’ on the pink pather, he is not a second rate cartoon character. That is the kind of stuff that will come back to haunt you.

    PS Preston, still have the BLack Knight, still play it every day that it is actually working.

  2. Thanks for listening Bob. Glad to know there was an actual game underneath all that dirt. 🙂

  3. Great start guys, wanted to thank you for bringing up the Lightbox Idea – I used to design lightbox graphics for the casinos here in Atlantic City – Im going to try and make a nice lightbox for my room maybe using LED strips from IKEA – I have used these light strips for underlighting my pins – maybe a topic you can use… contact me and I’ll send you some links to how they look.. Let you know if the lightbox turns out well – another projet to start lol

  4. Ahhhh Haaaaa, finally a couple of cool guys that make my drive to work fun and exciting. I am somewhat new to collecting and i love how you guys keep it interesting and fresh. I was also born in 1980 like preston and have mad love for the oldies but also love the mortal kombats and street fighters. So cheers to you guys for keeping all of us interested and keeping that nostalgia alive.

    ridgecrest CA,

    favorite arcade* MAPPY

  5. Preston and Pat, I have been listening and really like the podcasts! Keep em, coming guys. Good stuff! I like the lessons learned the hard way segment. I also like how you talk about cool stuff you can put in your game room besides games. I would be very happy if you would join us at our facebook community.


    We are arcade hobbyists ourselves that like to help folks that are just getting into the hobby or may be stuck on a particular game problem learn how to fix their games. I also post relevant arcade news and facts from time to time on the facebook page.


  6. Hi,

    I was wondering if you would consider a RSS feed for just the podcasts? I would like to listen to them on my smartphone and your current RSS feed has mixed content and does not work for the podcasts for some reason. Something like spookypinball’s would be great – not sure exactly what is differant about your formatting.


    • Jeff, thanks for the head’s up. We already had a feed like that for itunes, but I took your idea and made a button that’s now at the top of the page. Hope it works out for you!

  7. Hi guys! I just wanted to let you know what a great job you are dong with the podcast! It has quickly become one of my top 3. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed each episode and wait impatiently for the new ones.

    I have a quick question. Not sure which one of you was doing the Tron restore but I was wondering if you could go into a little more detail on how you interfaced the PC to the monitor and joysticks. Also, what kind of software did you use along with Mame?

    Sorry if this is the wrong place to post but I see no other place besides facebook or twitter. (Both of which I refuse to use)

    Thanks again and keep it up!!

  8. Hey, Guys!

    Love the podcast! I grew up during the arcade era and your show is truly a wonderful blast from the past!

    Here’s my top 5 game sounds (episode 6):

    5. Cyberball
    “Welcome to Cyberball”

    4. Berzerk
    “Intruder Alert, Intruder Alert!”

    3. Paperboy
    “You may not like the news, but you have to admire the people who delivers it…. Paperboy!”

    2. Gauntlet
    “Save keys to open doors.”
    Plus, the music is awesome!

    1. Black Knight Pinball
    “The Black Knight will slay you.”

    Take care and continue the good work!!

  9. You guys are great, a very youthful feel and sound. I love that you guys don’t pretend to be something you are not, just a couple of shlubs over beer sharing their memories. Keep up the great work and dedication to the arcade.

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