Hey everyone!

Well, you may have spotted that my latest project featured on the homepage is Caves new website! And as some of you already know, I adore Caves games! DoDonPachi, Espgaluda, Pro Gear, you name it, I love them all!  I literlly couldnt believe my luck when they got in touch and asked if I wanted to work with them on the new site…I think I said YES more times than I can even count!  These guys are my gaming heroes! True legends!

The first thing that sprung to mind when we got talking was something that felt ever so slighty un-proffessional and overly fanboyish…I wanted an original arcade board from them…but how could I ask?  Well, the simple answer to that was, I just threw caution to the wind and plain old asked them. It was something along the lines of ‘Oh my god you guys are my heroes, I’ll work for arcade boards, I dont even want money, I love your games THAT much’…ok, maybe it wasnt that over the top, but hell, it wasnt that far off either ;)

To my slight surprise, it turned out that the guys at Cave where overjoyed to know that I was THIS big of a fan, and needless to say, a couple of months later (due to a silly hold up with UK customs…no shocks there) I was cradling the most amazing peice of my games collection to date…an original, brand new, boxed DoDonPachi Black Label arcade board…holy sh%t.

Take a peek at the unboxing below, these images make me weep with joy…

1. The beautiful and minimal cave box.  A thing of beauty!

2. Opening the box to find a whole host of extra goodies, company brochure, stickers, oh momma, thanks Cave!

3. Ooooooh the Japanese instruction card and my first glimpse of the PCB, neatly wrapped in bubble wrap!

4. Oh my good god, there she is!!!!! And what’s that I spy in the top corner????

5. Fainted…upon picking myself up, I see that none other than Mr.Ikeda the Executive Board/Director/Producer has initialled and dated it. Does it get any better than this?? If so, how? I’m in heaven. Damn I love this job!!

Oh and for those who dont know what DoDonPachi is (if you’ve read this far without knowing, then well done! I’ve kept you hooked), here are a handful of screenshots:

As you can see, its probably THE most beautiful and manic bullet hell shmup in the entire universe!

This is THE most epic post I’ve ever posted.

The end.

Mike.