Archive for June 30, 2009

Sega releases a smaller HUMMER (arcade version of course)

June 30, 2009

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While the HUMMER brand doesn’t seem to have a lot of like in it yet (it was being sold to a Chinese company last I had heard), Sega is squeezing a little bit more out of their arcade title HUMMER by releasing a standard version of the game housed in a Sega Rally 3 standard cabinet. This reminds me a little bit of what they did with RaceTV and R-Tuned in reusing the cabinets there but this is obviously a little bit different since HUMMER had been released with a motion base in mind. Who knows, perhaps this standard version will work out a little better since it will be more affordable than the larger deluxe version so we’ll have to keep an eye out for it.

[Via AM Net Blog] [Discuss on the Forum]

Looking to open up an amusement facility? This article is for you

June 30, 2009

In case you are one of the many individuals out there who are looking to open up your own arcade or other out-of-home entertainment facility, it is always helpful to read about the experiences that other people have had in pursuing the same idea. While every person will have a different experience in opening up their facility, there are a number of issues that will be encountered by just about every small business owner as they fight to establish their center.

The St. Petersburg Times of Tampa Bay Florida has posted an interview with the owner of an entertainment facility in that area called Xtreme Fun Center, which is owned by Steve McCabe. Steve discusses some of the challenges he faced in opening his facility (such as frequent hurricanes), what is was like transisitioning from a ‘day job’ to running a small business and more. In looking at their website they offer several entertainment options from laser tag, batting cages, an arcade, karaoke and more. Here’s a commercial for the Xtreme Fun Center and you can visit their website by clicking on the link below.

[Xtreme Fun Center] [Via TampaBay.com] [Discuss on the Forum]


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