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The practice of recycling non-functional or low producing arcade games. Manufacturers or arcade companies stripped off the external graphics from the cabinets and removed the main logic boards. Most of the manufacturers used a relatively standard cabinet configuration and similar electrical connector types. New graphics were applied to the cabinet exterior and new clear graphics were applied over the marquis and screen glass. A new mainboard was installed, and the arcade game was reissued. Some manufacturers that had similar board types only required replacing the ROM chips. When I was a wee lad, I wondered why some of the latest hot games were appearing in beat-up cabinets with cigarette burns. It turned out that the cabinet had been stripped and chipped. Another clue that an arcade game was recycled was if it had a screen burn of another game on the monitor.

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