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Pinball and the Sea-side arcade are alive and well in Bournemouth

January 20, 2009

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For those of you who are into your pinball, you are probably more than aware of a great site called Pinball News. One of thier writers was fortunate enough to be able to go and check out the Bournemouth Pier arcade whilst away on work. Not only did this location have 3 pinball tables it was also very well maintained with technicians working on machines and keeping the place in good working order. I have to say this is nice to hear as so many arcades you visit always has a few machines out of action. There’s nothing more annoying than seeing a game you haven’t played for years, only to get closer to the game and realise it doesn’t work. Check out the full location review over at Pinball News.

Also recently added to the site is one of thier excellent in depth looks at the new CSI table from Stern.

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Location Review: Funland Trocadero, London

November 4, 2008

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Finally! This is something I’ve been meaning to do for longer than i care to mention.

Hit the jump at the bottom of this post for my Funland picture overload!

Funland Trocadero is a big place, so big it’s hard to describe the layout of the place, but essentially there are 5 main floors (I think!). The first floor you come across, after travelling up the main escalator, has mostly new games which include the following; UFO Catchers, DDR, Afterburner Climax, Manic Panic Ghost, TSUmo, Sega Rally 3, Fast and the Furious Super Bikes, Battle Gear 4, Need for Speed Underground, Ford Racing, Primeval Hunt, Wartran Troopers, Rambo, Time Crisis 4, Let’s Go Jungle, House of the Dead 4, Panzer Elite, Lethal Enforcers 3, Big Buck Pro and multiple pushers.

A row of back to back fighters can be found on the floor below as well as a Tekken 6. Every time I’ve been to Funland there has always been a crowd of guys down here gauranteed. Also on this floor are some fruit machines as well as Mario Kart GP, Gaelco Football, Virtua Striker 4, a 2 car Outrun 2 Super Deluxe and another Time Crisis 4. Oh and also a game called Percussion Master, which i don’t think I’ve seen before.

If you head back up and follow the pathway around you walk past the bowling alley and a pool bar as well as a bunch of cranes, a Guitar Freaks and a Pump it Up. Head down half a dozen steps and you are in probably what is the biggest floor which is mainly made up of a lot of redemption pieces, pool tables, an 8 player Daytona, a 4 player WCCF, an 8 player Derby Owners Club, deluxe 4 player Outrun 2’s & Ford Racing’s and a twin Mario Kart GP 2. The rest of the games that make up this floor includes Beat Mania 3rd Mix, Virtua Fighter 4 Evo, Hyper Bishi Bashi Champ, another Pump It Up and an Airline Pilots.

(Sorry if this is just sounding like a long list of games, but it’s very rare that I’ll ever get so many pics and remember all the games there, so I figured it would a good idea to write them all down.)

Moving on swiftly then, and on to the floor below this. Apart from the bumper cars in the middle, this floor is packed full of new and old videos. Starting with the new there is an Alien Extermination, a Paradise Lost, Maximum Tune 3, Initial D 4, Blazing Angels, Virtua Tennis 3, Ghost Squad Evo and NASCAR to sink some coins into. For those looking for something a little more aged and perhaps different there are games like Point Blank, Virtua Striker 2, Virtua NBA, some more old skool fighters (sorry can’t remember what they were), Star Wars Racer, Star Wars Trilogy, House of the Dead, another 8 player Daytona, F355 Challenge and Land High Japan?!?

Just few steps down from here is the final piece of the maze that is Funland. This floor does not disappoint either, with a 4 car Outrun 2 Super Deluxe, Silent Hill Arcade, a range of Dancing games as well as some rarer pieces like Manx TT,  MTV Drumscape, Muzan and Ninja Assault.

So that’s what is there, but how does it rate as an arcade? Well obviously it up there with the best in terms of variety of games and it’s very rare to see any of these machine out of order. I think my only complaint about Funland is that if you haven’t been there before it’s very easy to get lost in the multiple floors and the one way escalator system. But hey, I can’t think of a better place to get lost!

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Hit the jump for my Funland picture overload!   

 

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Kawasaki Warehouse – Location Report, Japan

October 17, 2008

Wow, I have just got back from Japan and made a fabulous discovery whilst I was there:

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This incredible arcade has been built from the ground up to look like a disused, run-down warehouse complete with rusting doors and peeling paint but is in fact a fantastic site with some great games. The site has some neat touches like the front doors that appear to be rusted shut but open when you approach to reveal a red tunnel which looks like a bit passageway to hell. As you approach the second door you are blasted by a smoke machine. Inside the lighting is great (dim but really asmospheric) and flickering neon signs and faded posters cover the walls. The site is over several floors with Bingo (!!!), an arcade and a Darts bar. I have to say I only had a couple of hours free and never left the arcade floor itself.

Amongst the highlights were:

Original Retro cabinets  (All in great working order)

  • Street Fighter
  • Virtua Racing Twin
  • Outrun DLX
  • Hang On
  • Super Hang On
  • Pro Monaco GP
  • After Burner DLX
  • Space Harrier DLX
  • Darius
  • Gauntlet 4 Player
  • Rad Mobile DLX
  • About a dozen cocktail cabinets
  • Daytona 2 (4 Player)
  • Virtua On (Loved this on the Dreamcast)

In addition I got to play some great recent and new games:

  • Street Fighter 4 (Got my ass kicked at least 20 times by some guy!)
  • JuBeat – Really interesting game and very funky cabinet
  • Afterburner DLX (Played it before but never linked)
  • Halflife Survivor (Just couldn’t get used to the controls)
  • Initial D 4 (Good fun!)

If you get the chance I really recommend setting aside a couple of hours and heading over there. It is about 10 minutes walk from Kawasaki train station.

Video location review – The Hollywood Connection, West Valley City, UT

April 24, 2008

So I finally got tired of my crappy DXG digital camera and decided to shell out a little bit of business cash for an HD camcorder. It’s working great so far and is much better than that other piece of hud I had as a camera. But the bad thing is that I’m not sure where I can host an actual HD file of it right now – if I upload it to the site here, wordpress converts it into a low rez flash video; youtube does the same (although I recently found some videos on Youtube that allowed you to switch to HD resolution but they must be paying them or something because I don’t get that option when I upload a video). It looks much better in HD so if anyone can help me out on this, I’d appreciate it.

Anyways, here is a video of my old arcade stomping grounds, The Hollywood Connection. I worked there for about a year and half and it was a lot of fun and for most of that time I was part of the management team. While I was only a sub-assistant manager of sorts, there were many days where I ended up being the only manager there and I ran the whole thing by myself for the whole day, which helped prepare me for my own arcade. They have changed the game selection a little bit since I worked there but there are several games that are still around. They don’t have many brand new titles though, they stick to games that are a few years old but still earn well.

HD Version!

Oh and the reason why there aren’t many people there is I went there on a Monday right as they were opening.

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Location review – Sunrise Fun Center in Sacramento, CA

March 20, 2008

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Here’s another picture review of a small arcade in California thanks to our friend Dan on the KLOV Forums. This is of the Sunrise Fun Center in Sacramento, California, USA, a small amusement park that has mini-golf, go karts, boat bumper cars and of course, a small arcade. While they don’t have anything new about, they have a number of solid games that are fun to play. Hit the link below to jump to the review page.

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The Scandia Fun Center in Sacramento, CA (pic review)

March 17, 2008

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Thanks to Dan of the KLOV Forums we have a look at another Scandia arcade, this time in Sacramento, CA. Hit the link below to check out the pics, which are in and of themselves a review of the place.

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Sega testing new Sega Rally racer in UK arcades?

February 29, 2008

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A poster at the NTSC-UK forums found something interesting when they dropped by a place known as the Birmingham Five Ways Bowlplex. While the poster went there to play 2Spicy, he stumbled upon a new arcade game there called Super Challenge but when he saw the game itself it was actually Sega Rally Revo, a racing game that came out nearly a year ago on the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. While this poster was playing, three people were constantly observing him, one even ran up behind the machine with a keyboard to do something. And unlike Revo, the options, cars and tracks were quite limited, as they would be on a standard location test.

When I first was reading about this I wondered if the system was one of those new cabinets that some companies have been developing that just stick a 360 in a fancy arcade cabinet (the legality of which is in question if the unit is used for commercial use) but as I read the player’s report, it looks like this is the real thing – the cabinet appears to be of professional quality but one other thing is nagging me about this. In addition to no Sega logo on the cabinet, I’m left wondering why Sega did not bring this to ATEI a month ago if it is something they are working on? Or have they licensed the game to someone else to launch (which would be unusual on their part)? We’ll just have to wait and find out for sure but if it is an actual release it sounds like it’s a lot of fun as the poster who played this described the feedback system as such:

I’ve played a number of racers with arcade rigs, I’ve never played one with as mad feedback as this. I kept thinking that “Shit…i better not **** up my back on this thing!” but I was fine.

Read the full impressions.

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Location Review – Galaxy World, Sydney

February 23, 2008

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The second arcade I visited whilst I was in Australia, which was called Galaxy World, had a great selection of games. The most exciting for me had to be Stern Pinball’s Wheel of Fortune. This was the first time I had seen the game, or played it for that matter, and it did not fail to impress, I think I sunk about thirty bucks in to it during my stay.

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Location Review – Kingpin Bowling Lounge, Sydney

February 17, 2008

Some of you may remember that I was over in Sydney for Christmas and I mentioned that I visited a few arcades whilst I was out there. Well here is the first of two long over due reviews.

First up I came across Kingpin Bowling Lounge which was situated in Darling Harbour, Sydney. This place was obviously, as you can tell from the photos below, very new and had a really funky design and layout. Instead of the usual row of 30 odd lanes, this place had them broken up into sets of four which gave it a nice intimate feel.

Enough of the bowling and on to the games. The first thing that hit me was how spaced out all the machines were. They definitely could have put some more machines into the space they had. Maybe I’m just being greedy. As for the standard of the machines; they were in great condition, as you would expect from a newly opened complex. On offer were old favourites like Daytona along with some newer games like Mario Kart, Time Crisis 4, Warzaid, Superbikes and Alien Extermination. Also on site were a couple of other classics in the shape of a multi-game retro cocktail cabinet, a crane and a basketball shooting game.

This place is definatley worth checking out if your ever in the neigbourhood, especially if your out with a group of friends. A very cool place indeed!

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Scanida Grand Arcade California – Location Review

January 30, 2008

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Here’s another location review complete with pictures, this time from the Scandia Family Fun Center. In addition to a lot of fun activities they have on hand such as mini-golf, lazertag and more, they also happen to have a large arcade with a wide variety of cool games. Ht the link below to check it out.

Click here to visit the Scandia Grand Arcade page, complete with pictures (and directions)!

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