The Arcade Video Game by Exidy, Inc.

Fax screenshot


Emulated in MAME ! Coin-Operated Arcade Video Game

Fax © 1983 Exidy.

Who? When? What? Where? Why? Fax is a trivia game that asks questions about : general knowledge, sports, history and entertainment.


Fax the  Arcade Video Game
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Main CPU : MOS Technology M6502 (@ 705.562 Khz)
Sound CPU : MOS Technology M6502 (@ 894.886 Khz)
Sound Chips : Custom (@ 894.886 Khz)

Players : 2
Buttons : 4 (A, B, C, and D)


Released in June 1983.

Fax came in what was essentially a jukebox cabinet (with a black and woodgrain finish). This was probably because Exidy had hoped to sell this machine to a different market than its normal arcade games. It has a 9in. monitor mounted in the center (with a 'Fax' logo on the monitor bezel), and a row of buttons on each side of the screen. Sales of this title were limited a bit by its $2495 price tag (USD), which was a good $500 over the average arcade game price at the time.

This game used an advanced (proprietary), compression algorithm to hold nearly 3700 questions in a tiny amount of EPROM space (roughly 128K, which was still a huge amount of storage in 1983, which was why this game was so expensive). Exidy also sold several EPROM replacement kits that provided new questions, but they sold very poorly, and are nearly impossible to find today.


1. Fax (1983)
2. Fax II


Written by : Vic Tolomei, Larry Hutcherson
Art by : Mike Craven



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