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More bad news for consumer game mags (with arcade-related thoughts)

January 7, 2009

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The bad news just keeps coming for print magazines in the US, with the end of EGM and the sale of HardCore Gamer Magazine on eBay. Of course this comes about by the fact that ripprint has just had a very difficult time in keeping up with the internet and in particular big gaming sites and blogs where gamers can get their news in a flash as opposed to once a month. I have been contributing arcade reviews for HardCore Gamer Magazine for some time now and I have no idea how this will change but I suppose it depends on who buys it up. If the magazine sticks around, I hope that they keep the friendly attitude towards arcades going, if not however then I suppose it’s not a major loss. While I have critical of game mags for ignoring arcades as a whole before, if no one is reading them in the first place then the effect of these mags going under isn’t going to hurt arcades (or other video games) much at all. Still, kudos for the editors at HGM for giving arcades some well-deserved attention.

If I had a bunch of back issues of mags like EGM, it would be cool to take some scans of old arcade reviews, just to reminisce of the times when they actually did care. In fact, what game magazines did you like to read arcade reviews in ‘back in the day’?

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‘Amusement’ Magazine shows some love for arcades

December 19, 2008

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If you have followed the arcade scene for a while, then it is no secret that most gaming magazines tend to ignore arcades entirely unless some big name like Street Fighter or Guitar Hero is attached to the game. It’s a shame really, but that’s one reason why we’re here. Still, it is important to give credit to those publications that do go above and beyond the  occasional obligatory mentioning of arcade gaming like I mentioned above and the most recent case for that goes to the new French magazine Amusement. While I do not have a copy handy to see what details it pours over in relation to arcades (not that I would understand most of it – my Portuguese only gets me so far with French), you can see some sample scans of the magazine on their main site and in it they show a few arcade related things, such as with the “Arcade: Press 2008 to continue” article found in their 2nd issue (pictured above). For more, hit the link below

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'Amusement' Magazine shows some love for arcades

December 19, 2008

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If you have followed the arcade scene for a while, then it is no secret that most gaming magazines tend to ignore arcades entirely unless some big name like Street Fighter or Guitar Hero is attached to the game. It’s a shame really, but that’s one reason why we’re here. Still, it is important to give credit to those publications that do go above and beyond the  occasional obligatory mentioning of arcade gaming like I mentioned above and the most recent case for that goes to the new French magazine Amusement. While I do not have a copy handy to see what details it pours over in relation to arcades (not that I would understand most of it – my Portuguese only gets me so far with French), you can see some sample scans of the magazine on their main site and in it they show a few arcade related things, such as with the “Arcade: Press 2008 to continue” article found in their 2nd issue (pictured above). For more, hit the link below

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Indiana Jones Pinball review in latest issue of Hardcore Gamer

October 7, 2008

While we sometimes have a place to chastise game magazines for ignoring arcades, there is one magazine that has always been open to covering the arcade scene – Hardcore Gamer. They were open to the idea even before I began writing arcade articles for them and it certainly has been a privilege to be able to get the word out about games that aren’t Street Fighter IV in a print magazine. While it is unfortunate that HGM is only printed four times a year, at the very least it’s always an interesting magazine when it is published.

This latest issue marks the second time they have printed a review about a modern pinball game – the first was when I wrote an article about Spiderman pinball. Of course don’t expect to find pinball reviews in other so-called “gaming” magazines – they stopped giving pinball needed attention years ago for probably the same reasons they began ignoring arcades. Indiana Jones pinball can simply not be missed – I believe that it is one of the most popular pins Stern has released in years. At AMOA they told me that the game was breaking earnings records everywhere – at my own arcade it has been one of my top earning games several times.

You can check out the article here as it’s downloadable (Issue #33) or if you can find a hard copy, it’s on page 66, right before the back cover.

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From the latest issue of RePlay Magazine

August 10, 2008

In the latest issue of the trade publication, RePlay Magazine, they have a section called Operator’s Interface where they interview arcade operators under the age of 40 and get their opinions on subjects like how they got involved in the industry, why they choose this industry over others, how do they plan on growing their company, what’s the best part of the job, what is their outlook on the future of the industry, etc. It’s not a new feature but certainly an interesting one where you can get different perspectives on the industry from individuals that have had differing experiences in the same line of work.

I was asked to contribute to this particular issue and I did – writing way too much about my thoughts on the subject than they had space for but I was happy to do it nonetheless. I am the youngest operator from the batch in this particular issue but in the future they will have an article where they will take the information from all the operators they have talked to and summarize it which I am sure will make for a fascinating read. Thanks to RePlay Magazine for giving me this opportunity and if you are an operator under 40, feel free to contact RePlay Magazine and I am sure they would be happy to hear from you and your perspective on the industry.

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Retro Gamer #52 – King of Kong, Atari interviews and more

June 20, 2008

The new issue of UK publication Retro Gamer has hit newsagents, and it features a lot of interesting material for fans of classic arcade games. For fans of juicy gossip, the first port of call will be the article on the making of The King of Kong, which gives a say to the film’s director Seth Gordon, as well as players Steve Wiebe and Billy Mitchell and Twin Galaxies president Walter Day.

There’s a six page feature on the making of the legendary 1983 Atari game Star Wars, with project leader Mike Hally interviewed. Another six pages are devoted to Namco’s Ridge Racer, with arcade game designer Fumihiro Tanaka and Playstation visual director Yozo Sakagami interviewed, and Atari Games’ Klax gets four pages, with Mark Stephen Pierce explaining how he took on the job of producing a game to show at ATEI in just four months.

The magazine also features articles on arcade games Saint Dragon and Escape From the Planet of the Robot Monsters, and a review of the PSP arcade compilation SNK Arcade Classics I. If all that tickles your fancy, the magazine costs £4.99 and should be on the shelves until July 16th.

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GamesTM reviews Sega RaceTV

June 4, 2008

Click to enlargeWhile we often express dismay at the state of arcade coverage in the mainstream gaming press, we’ll always encourage any examples of constructive reporting. UK multiformat magazine Games™ is one of the publications we’ve featured for this a few times, and it’s time to dish out a little more praise as the current issue (#70) features a review of Sega RaceTV. The game received 8/10 and was lauded for rewarding skilled players and having a strong sense of personality. If you want to pick the magazine up, you’ll need to be quick as the next issue is scheduled to arrive in newsagents on June 12th. You can read the full review by clicking the thumbnail image.

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It’s fun to ignore facts (or how not to mention SFIV arcade in the US if you write for a game mag)

April 11, 2008

To readers of this site, it’s no news that Capcom is looking to bring Street Fighter IV to the US. But this established fact seems to evade the mainstream gaming media, in particular GameInformer. In their latest issue (#181) they have a preview of Street Fighter IV and in it they do mention the Japanese arcade version of the game but otherwise list the game as “TBA” or To Be Announced in regards to what platforms it will show up on, completely ignoring the fact that the game has been announced for US arcades (an explanation for which is in the comments below). All they say about the eventual release is the following:

Speaking of quasi-guarantees, you can pretty much count on Street Fighter IV appearing on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 despite Capcom’s silence on the home console front

Of course one thing that is guaranteed is that it will see a release in US arcades but in reading the GI article you would have no idea of that tiny yet important fact. It is not entirely surprising to see this sort of treatment since we have heard from sources that various print media have it in for the arcade scene and that the mags would try and report about SFIV without mentioning the arcade version if possible. So here is the evidence of that fact and we’re happy to point it out and do the job that the print media should be doing in the first place.

UPDATE: I do need to make a correction here – it appears that the guarantee I mentioned is not a guarantee at all about the US version of Capcom as it seems that a distributor has not been found for the game in the US yet. That does not mean that the game is off the table as far as a US release goes so I stand by the fact that I think that the possibility of a US arcade release should have been mentioned in addition to the console versions (which also seem to have not been 100% confirmed either but were mentioned anyways). So I apologize for jumping the gun on my assumptions.

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It's fun to ignore facts (or how not to mention SFIV arcade in the US if you write for a game mag)

April 11, 2008

To readers of this site, it’s no news that Capcom is looking to bring Street Fighter IV to the US. But this established fact seems to evade the mainstream gaming media, in particular GameInformer. In their latest issue (#181) they have a preview of Street Fighter IV and in it they do mention the Japanese arcade version of the game but otherwise list the game as “TBA” or To Be Announced in regards to what platforms it will show up on, completely ignoring the fact that the game has been announced for US arcades (an explanation for which is in the comments below). All they say about the eventual release is the following:

Speaking of quasi-guarantees, you can pretty much count on Street Fighter IV appearing on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 despite Capcom’s silence on the home console front

Of course one thing that is guaranteed is that it will see a release in US arcades but in reading the GI article you would have no idea of that tiny yet important fact. It is not entirely surprising to see this sort of treatment since we have heard from sources that various print media have it in for the arcade scene and that the mags would try and report about SFIV without mentioning the arcade version if possible. So here is the evidence of that fact and we’re happy to point it out and do the job that the print media should be doing in the first place.

UPDATE: I do need to make a correction here – it appears that the guarantee I mentioned is not a guarantee at all about the US version of Capcom as it seems that a distributor has not been found for the game in the US yet. That does not mean that the game is off the table as far as a US release goes so I stand by the fact that I think that the possibility of a US arcade release should have been mentioned in addition to the console versions (which also seem to have not been 100% confirmed either but were mentioned anyways). So I apologize for jumping the gun on my assumptions.

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HardCore Gamer Magazine w/ NASCAR Arcade review

March 20, 2008

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It’s been a while since I made any posts about HardCore Gamer Magazine as it’s been a while since they released an issue. They used to release magazines on a monthly basis but recently decided to switch to a quarterly release schedule, citing the influence of the internet and the waning interest in printed gaming media. I still am going to write arcade articles for them however – in this issue they printed a review of NASCAR Racing that I wrote – it’s been a few months since I wrote it and after re-reading it there are a few things I would change (such as re-using certain words less) but I still think that it’s a fun game that I’ve enjoyed every time I have played it.  I would have more reviews in the magazine but so far all I have got is one page per issue. The review is on the very last page of the issue and even has a reference to Arcade Heroes, in case anyone is interested. They offer the magazine as a free download via their website (it’s Volume 4 Issue 1). One reason I bring this up is to point out that not every printed game magazine out there ignores the arcade industry as though it doesn’t exist anymore.

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