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The Rise & Fall of ALCA | Copyright, Piracy & British Arcade Kingpins

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30th November 2023 44 min

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ALCA were the kings of the British arcade, from electro-mechanical to video gaming, they cleaned up, but they fell as quickly as they rose. Today we find out why, and it's thanks to Alan Meades, author of Arcade Britannia.

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● Chapters

00:00 Introduction to ALCA and Alan Meades

01:05 Who are

01:27 The origins of ALCA

09:20 Who is Martin Bromley?

12:05 ALCA hit the bigtime

13:28 ALCA discover Atari's Pong

15:18 A closer look at ALCA's Ping Pong

21:39 ALCA are on a roll

23:13 A return to video games in the '80s

27:20 The Law catches up with the Pirates

37:02 Outro

38:50 Bonus: The Story of The Pit

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