Archive for the ‘Arcade Exhibitions’ category

UK Pinball Party, August 13th-15th

May 16, 2010

If you’re in the UK and you love pinball, it can be a bit of a pain to find machines. I can only think of one in my home town! So, Thor be praised, the lovely people of UK Pinball Party have organised a wonderful festival of pinball for August 13th-15th at the Barcelo Daventry Hotel. The event boasts over 100 machines from all eras of pinball, set to freeplay for your enjoyment. Besides the games, the event has a dinner event on the 14th with Dennis Nordman, designer of tables such as White Water, Indianapolis 500 and Pirates of the Caribbean. Rounding out the event will be machines for sale, arcade video games, raffles, jukeboxes and more.

Show entry is £5 for the Friday and £10 for the Saturday and Sunday, with extra fees for events and accommodation. Event pre-registration is open now at the UK Pinball Party website.

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EAG 2010: Show report

January 30, 2010

It’s funny how some memories stick, isn’t it? I had only been to the ExCel Centre in London once before dropping in at the EAG show on Wednesday, for the consumer gaming event GameStars Live in 2004. Somehow though, five and a half years from that event, I was able to perfectly remember the layout of the Custom House DLR station that serves the venue, as well as the vast hallway leading into the main exhibition hall. As it turns out, familiarity would be the key theme which ran through the day.

Wandering around the new show, it seemed very much like the ATEI show I attended last year. Of course, there was no accompanying media registration panic this time, and not having to deal with two areas split across the upper level of Earl’s Court was nice. Getting in was a simple process (though this may have something to do with my late entry), and the staff on hand were nice and helpful. The organisational aspect of the show, given that it was running for the first year, was fine and left me free to use my short time  at the show well.

The striking thing about EAG 2010 is that the exhibitors were, by and large, fairly conservative in their offerings. The standard genres were well-represented: shooting, driving and music games all maintained their popularity, and redemption games were everywhere as usual. However, the commotion caused by fighting games at ATEI in the past (Tekken 6 in 2008, and Street Fighter IV in 2009) was absent, and manufacturers seemed to focus on widening the market for their tried and true hits. Even where unusual ideas were present, such as Giant Tetris, Go Go Grand Prix, and The BishiBashi, an element of familiarity was retained in order to reduce risks – perhaps an effect of the economic situation, which has only grown worse since last year.

All that having been said, the financial pressure ensured that the exhibitors at EAG were fielding a strong line-up of games for 2010, with the best of the last couple of years on show as well as the games which will be taking companies forward. And, having compiled a 1700-word monster report on the show, you’ll need to hit the post break for the detailed EAG rundown!

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Insert Coin this weekend!

July 13, 2009

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Just a reminder, this weekend is the first ever “Insert Coin” event  which is being held at the Rodber Suite at Northampton Saints. This brand new show is certainly offering a lot to see and do; with games to play, tournaments to enter, tech tip sessions and prizes to be won. I Can’t make it myself, but I wish the organisers every success. That way i can go next year. If you haven’t got your ticket yet, don’t hang about! Head over to thier website for more info.

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SEGA and Namco sign up to EAG Expo

June 22, 2009

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This story took me by surprise, although when I look back to this post about the re-shuffling of ATEI 2010, it makes sense.

By the looks of it, there could be a complete switch to the ExCel based show by most of the major companies. With Sega and Namco on board, it makes it pretty hard to ignore this new show in my opinio. Also with the likes of Crown Direct, Electrocoin, Harry Levy and MDM signed up it begs the question of what will be left of ATEI?

Hopefully the organisers BACTA aren’t going get strict on who can attend the show. Head over to Inter Gaming Online to hear what some of the newly signed up companies have to say about this new and exciting show!

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ATEI to move back to ground floor for 2010

April 30, 2009

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Clarion have confirmed that the ATEI will move back down to the ground floor of Earls Court for next years amusements show. The ATEI will occupy the right-hand side of Earls Court 1, with the soft gaming, remote gaming, lotteries and betting components of the International Gaming Expo taking the left and central areas of Earls Court 1 and the whole of Earls Court 2.  Which begs the question is the top floor being used at all and does this mean that there will be a bit of down sizing taking place of exhibitors? Will we also see more exhibitors move to the alternative show that took place for the 1st time this year? Time will tell.  

The 66th annual show will take place on 26-28 January 2010

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California Extreme 2009

March 6, 2009

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Dates for California Extreme have been confirmed for 2009. The 13th annual celebration of pinball, videogames and other games found in arcades of the past, is to be held on the 11th & 12th July at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara, California.

Organisers are always interested in hearing from anyone who would like to bring along their arcade or pinball machine, or from anyone interested in volunteering at the event. Those interested can contact info@caextreme.org for more information.

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IGX 2009

February 11, 2009

As some of you may be aware there was another show going on the same time as ATEI. IGX, which took place just around the corner from Earls Court at Hotel Ibis, has been hailed as a success by exhibitors. Even though the show took place at the same time as ATEI, they still had over 2,000 customers through the door. Now some may say this is nothing compared to ATEI, but you have to bare in mind that there were fewer exhibitors and therefore customers that went to IGX were going there to see specific exhibitors.

IGX round up via Coin-Op News after the break.

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