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This post is based on an article from the german blog http://www.tote-pixel.de and is probably one of the saddest thing you´ll ever read if you love videogames. I won´t translate the whole article (Google Translator will give you a more or less readable version) but I´ll try at least to explain what happened there and what you can see in the pictures.
So how to start ? The place shown in the pictures was Vossens Arcade – the by far largest collection of arcade cabinets in Germany. And then things have gone wrong. The cabinets were stored in a rather large warehourse, the rent was raised, the collector couldn’t / didn’t want to pay the raise, the thing was brought to court, someone went bust, someone burgled in, the place was sold in a foreclosure auction and the new owner wanted to bulldoze everything.
But before doing that, the new owner opened up the place to the public so that everybody can take what he or she needs. Fair enough taking in consideration, that the place was already a mess when he became the new owner.
What happened then is hard to describe. Basically it´s a mixture of pure vandalism, commodity theft (metal, copper), lack of knowledge and stupidity. Everybody came and everybody took or destroyed stuff. Some smart guys ripped the metal from the cabinets because they can sell it for around 150 EUR per ton. Somebody should have told them, that they can sell a working cabinet for around 1.000 EUR.
Nice people from the german NGO For-Amusement-Only tried to rescue as much as possible but for most of the cabinets it was already too late…