Archive for September 28, 2007

Spiderman Challenge

September 28, 2007

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Still waiting to play this latest Stern table, hopefully Preview? 

[via Barcade] 

Stern Pinball is hosting the 2007 IFPA-AMOA Pinball Championship at the AMOA International Expo Show in Las Vegas. The Championship will be held September 27-29th at the Las Vegas Convention Center, North Halls 3 & 4 at Stern’s Booth #2220.

Everyone attending the Expo is eligible to participate. The pinball in question is Stern’s latest hit, Spider-Man, which includes villians and other items from all 3 hit movies.

There are many prizes that you can win, including money, DVDs, autographed & framed Stern Spider-Man translite, among other things

The Stinger Report – Record Number of Incidents in Amusements in August

September 28, 2007

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[Via The Stinger Report]

This last August was the worst month in history for the international amusement sector, not in terms of sales, but in injuries and deaths as is reported in the lastest issue of The Stinger Report. They document 16 separate incidents that occured in a number of amusement parks, some incidents affecting multiple riders including a couple of families that saw several deaths due to either mechanical failure, rider misadventure or operator misadventure. The issue also discusses the recent recalls of arcade titles such as Arm Spirit by Atlus and a safety harness issue by Raw Thrills.

Overall it is a very distrubing trend and what is equally disturbing is that some parks didn’t even close down after the incidents and continued letting people on the same rides afterwards. This demonstrates both gross incompetence and  apparent indifference by park owners. The amusement industry really needs to do more to ensure that their rides are safe and working if they really want to survive, and safety is something they should be putting first, around the world. Fortunately it is rare that arcades end up injuring someone, many times that is due to the customer misusing the game. Either way, let’s hope that some changes are made and that we never have to see a fatality nor injury rate like this again.

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