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    Posted: 21 Jul 2010 at 10:16am

What is UKVAC?

UKVAC is an acronym for United Kingdom Video Arcade Collecting.  The name itself is a derivation of the old RGVAC Usenet list (Rec.Games.Video.Arcade.Collecting) but with a UK bias.   Whilst the name suggests that the site is in the UK it is open and actively welcomes users from across the globe.

UKVAC History timeline
The Mailing List years 1997-2005

The UKVAC mailing list was set up in (1997) as a e-group for like-minded individuals to share technical information, repair tips and to buy/sell machines and other arcade related items.  It was not a formal club but more an umbrella term to cover anyone and everyone within the UK that enjoyed playing, restoring and collecting video-arcade machines.   Initially set up by XY-Man the job of maintaining the list was then handed to John Cassells.  As the list grew however, it became impractical to run from a private home machine and it was moved to egroups and subsequently yahoo groups when they took over egroups.    This worked fine for many years but eventually proved too unwieldy to maintain.   There was an issue whereby the group maintainer would not allow anyone else to join the administration of the group and this was proving to be an intolerable bottleneck.     The issue with the bottleneck was briefly overcome by the setting up of a rival yahoo group uk-vac, however this never really achieved the critical mass need to become a viable group.  The archives of the old mailing list are available within the forum for historical searching.    

Forum beginnings 2005

The ukvac forum was intended to move ukvac on from the mailing list, however for various reasons this never really took off to the level it was intended.     By this time the ukvac readership had split between the two yahoo groups and the new Jamma+ forum to which many ukvac users migrated.

The wilderness years 2005-2010

During the years between the ukvac schism and June 2010 UKVAC existed mainly as a loose collection of people who communicated by email, telephone or on IRC.   The ethos of UKVAC endured but any forum usage was generally restricted to using the Jamma+ forum.    This rag tag collection of individuals still kept the UKVAC flame alive with several meets a year, often just a gathering in a pub somewhere to chew the fat and relive the old days of the golden era of UKVAC.

Forum re launch 2010

After several years of struggle within the confines of Jamma+ and increasing dissatisfaction with that site (and others) a groundswell developed amongst the many collectors for an alternative. This came to a head in June 2010 when a couple of old UKVAC members were asked to leave Jamma+ for reasons outside the scope of this FAQ.  It was also felt by some that the quality of the discussion in Jamma+ was no longer what it used to be and sometimes even misleading or incorrect (from a technical perspective).  Therefore a collective decision was taken to re launch the old UKVAC forum which incidentally had never actually gone away but had remained largely unused.  With this new beginning and impetus there was a plan to revamp the entire site taking some of the lessons learned from how not to run a collector forum learned from other sites.

Future plans 2010+

UKVAC will now develop into a portal for everything related to collecting Video Arcade machines.   The mission is to become a premier resource for Arcade Technical, Arcade history, Arcade futures all with a slight UK bias.


Edited by DanP - 19 Aug 2010 at 7:38pm
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