Lost In Translation/Fax

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Fax control panel.
Manufacturer Exidy
Released 1983
4 Button(s)
Main CPU M6502 (@ 705.562 kHz)
M6502 (@ 894.886 kHz)
Sound CPU Mono
Raster (Horizontal)
256 x 256 pixels
60.00 Hz
20 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 34 ROMs
221,184 bytes (216.00 KiB)
MAME ID fax · faxa

About The Game

Fax is an arcade video game.

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


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

Cabinet and Artwork


Apple II

The contents of this page are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
The sources used include MAME (version 0.113u2) and history.dat (revision 1.28 - 2008-10-18).
Please see http://www.arcade-history.com for credits.