Press Release: Oklahoma Author to Debut Book at Tulsa Videogame Expo

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Rob O'Hara
PO Box 851861
Yukon, OK 73085
Phone: (405) 834-7931

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OKLAHOMA AUTHOR ANNOUNCES NEW BOOK -- INVADING SPACES: A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO COLLECTING ARCADE GAMES Author Rob O'Hara to debut book at Oklahoma Videogame Expo (OVGE) in Tulsa on Saturday, August 9th.

Yukon, OK -- August 1st, 2008: Oklahoma author and videogame collector Rob O'Hara has announced the release of his second book, Invading Spaces: A Beginner's Guide to Collecting Arcade Games. The book will debut at the 5th annual Oklahoma Videogame Expo (OVGE) on August 9th, 2008, at the Mariott Southern Hills Hotel in Tulsa, Oklahoma. OVGE is the largest gathering of retrogaming-related collectors, videogame enthusiasts and vendors across the midwest. Rob will be on hand at the show to sell and autograph copies of his books.

Invading Spaces: A Beginner's Guide to Collecting Arcade Games is an introductory look at the hobby of collecting arcade games. Since the downfall of classic arcades in the late 80s and early 90s, coin-operated machines have been finding their way into the hands and homes of nostalgic gamers everywhere. Invading Spaces is an all encompassing look at the hobby, geared toward new collectors looking to purchase their first arcade cabinet and/or simply learn more about arcade games.

Invading Spaces covers topics such as finding machines for sale, the workings of arcade auctions, transporting games, shipping games, repairing games, selling games for fun and profit, building MAME
cabinets, and the future of game collecting. The book also contains a chapter dedicated to arcade terminology, and the answers to some of the hobby's most commonly asked questions. The last chapter of Invading Spaces contains several of Rob's humorous arcade-related tales, told as only he can.

Rob has spent the past fifteen years driving across the midwest buying, selling, and repairing arcade
games. His current arcade collection includes twenty-five machines that have been purchased from
individuals, auction houses, eBay, and more. Rob's current collection includes Q*Bert, Gauntlet, Karate
Champ, Shinobi, and many other of his favorite childhood games.

"There's something great about playing these old games in their original cabinets, something that emulation
and home gaming consoles have never been able to fully capture," said Rob. "Unfortunately, buying your first arcade machine can be a daunting task, and over the past decade and a half I've done just about everything you can do the wrong way. My goal with Invading Spaces is to educate people about the hobby and help them to avoid making the same mistakes I made."

Rob O'Hara is a prolific freelance writer and collector of videogames.

Rob's first book, "Commodork: Sordid Tales from a BBS Junkie," was ranked the 10th best seller on the week of October 12, 2006. Rob has been published in books and magazines such as Retro Gaming Hacks (O'Reilly, 2006), Videogame Collector Magazine, Forever Retro Magazine and 2600: The Hacker Quarterly, and on websites such as,, and Digital Press. Rob's videogame and arcade game collection has been featured in multiple publications, including an AP news article titled "Classic Video Games Make a Comeback" and most recently a CNN news feature titled "Old-school gamers revel in nostalgia." Rob's videogame collection currently contains over thirty gaming systems spanning from the 70s to modern day consoles, dozens of retro computers, and a backyard arcade with more than twenty-five coin-operated arcade machines.

To place orders for Invading Spaces, contact:
Rob O'Hara
PO Box 851861
Yukon, OK 73085

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If you would like more information about Invading Spaces, or to schedule an interview with Rob O'Hara, please contact Rob directly at (405) 834-7931 or via e-mail at