Last week, as you know, pop-icon Michael Jackson joined your grandmother, Beethoven and all the pretty angels up in heaven. As I discussed previously, the King of Pop was no stranger to video games. He conceptualized Moonwalker for Sega and was reputedly working on a this-gen game too. But Jackson wasn't just interested in making games. The pop-singer had a huge, enviable collection of arcade machines.
Back in April, Jackson's personal possessions were being auctioned off, and among them were deluxe versions of the following arcade cabinets:
- Sega F1 Exhaust
- Crazy Taxi: High Roller
- Star Trek: The Next Generation Pinball (Perhaps the best pinball cabinet ever made.)
- Tokyo Cop
- The Simpsons
- Virtual Racing
- Guitar Freaks
- Alpine Racer 2
- Need For Speed
- Super Street Fighters 2
- Sega R-360 (Full-motion, 360-degree spinning jet-simulator)
- Many, many more...
Jackson's Neverland arcade also contained Nintendo 64, PlayStation, 3DO, Dreamcast, Super Nintendo and Nintendo Virtual Boy kiosks as well as a full retinue of fortune telling machines, cotton candy dispensers,air-hockey tables, creepy life-size hyper-realistic human figures and dolls, original 1930s nickelodeons, photo booths and other weirdo, arcade crap. In short, Jackson used his vast fortune to compile the best arcade ever, circa 1993. (Pro-Tip Having the coolest toys in the world doesn't make you happy.)
I can only hope that Jackson's estate plans to open Neverland to the public, much like Elvis's estate opened Graceland. How great would it be to tour the man's arcade, petting zoo and personal living quarters? Yes, I'm totally fascinated with Michael Jackson, I can't lie.
Check out the auction catalog for a look into the mind of Michael Jackson...if you dare!