Archive for July 12, 2008

AMOA denounces direct sales

July 12, 2008

From: http://www.replaymag.com/instant.htm

(COMMENT FROM WEB PAGE)

AMOA DENOUNCES DIRECT SALES – (posted Friday, July 11, 20088:30PM)

In a stinging editorial published in the AMOA’s weekly email newsletter Off-The-Top, the association decried reports of “direct sales solicitations to location customers” by manufacturers. “Since the beginning of time, factories have been compelled to sell product to keep their doors open. If distributors and operators are not buying enough, or not buying enough fast enough, then manufacturers feel forced to look at their options,” the editorial said. “But, really, have distributors and operators EVER bought enough, fast enough for factories?”
The opinion piece went on to recognize that the economy is hurting all tiers of the trade, but said that selling direct is a case of reaching the “‘cut-your-nose-to-spite-your-face’ juncture a bit prematurely.
“Making direct sales solicitation to locations violates one of the most basic rules of engagement,” the editorial concluded. “It would be a futile search to find ops who understand or respect this practice. Tough times always test relationships. Operators will remember those trading partners who supp
ort them when business is a challenge for a long time. Operators will remember those trading partners who don’t support them when business is a challenge.”

The Stinger’s response

(STINGER REPORT STATEMENT)

This reads like a veiled threat to stop operators going direct – The worry is that with Tekken6, Street Fighter IV, and a number of other games not being shipped into America by entrenchment and slow manufacturers they are worried that operators will go direct to get their hands on these games and totally ignore the AMOA doctrine, and the needs of distributors and local offices of the manufacturers. This statement could be the writing on the wall for the old style approach to getting arcade hardware, and could mark the collase of the association structure. Boy are they worried! – and its nice that they are a full year late on recognizing the situation – we ran the story in the Stinger in… 2006!

My thoughts

I can appreciate what the AMOA is trying to do – I know that buying direct as opposed to going through a distributor has been a hot topic of debate in the industry for a while now and that distributors are still an integral part of the industry although as TSR points out, things do change. Personally I have had an excellent experience with my distributor, Mountain Coin Op as they have assisted me in every way I could imagine, beyond just getting products but there are times when getting hardware from a distributor may not be possible for certain reasons. I do wonder who the AMOA is targetting directly here but it is unclear.

If a company cannot or refuses to carry a product in their line and an operator wants it, there is nothing wrong with them getting that product elsewhere. It will not ruin a relationship with the distributor – I have several games I bought from other sources than just my distributor and they are OK with me. I can only speak for my distributor though as every company is different and while they aren’t all perfect some are better than others – it was an outrage what one distributor did to The Act, which killed off the most original arcade game seen in years and in that case I would have preferred to see direct sales. It is behavior like that that can discourage manufacturers from wanting to to provide their product through distribution if they realize that it may take a back seat to more well-known products. It’s a delicate balance and I don’t claim to have a solution to the problem but I think that each side – operators, distributors and manufacturers have their own valid points to be considered.

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Midway opens an online arcade game site

July 12, 2008

When Midway left the arcade industry, it left a lot of people unhappy and in some cases devastated. They had bought up Atari Games not long before that and both companies had been powerhouses on the arcade scene in their own right for many years, both with games that went back to the golden age of gaming. So when they pulled the plug it wasn’t a good thing. To top that off I remember one of their execs thrashing arcades a couple of years ago in an interview and it was pretty obvious that they had no intention of getting back into the game. They still don’t but now they have an online game portal where you can go to play many different games from the Midway and Atari Games catalogues. I’m sure it’s just another way for them to cash in off these great classics, seeing how three different compilation disks have come to the last gen of consoles and several of these games can be downloaded to consoles and PCs already but at the very least Midway is recognizing their past here. It’s not enough to turn them around yet since they have been in a world of hurt lately but it’s always good to see arcade games getting a little recognition from companies that have long since dropped them by the wayside.

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Neo-Arcadia's booth @ Japan Expo 2008

July 12, 2008

Japan Expo 2008 was recently held in France and arcade-related website Neo-Arcadia was there with a booth and plenty of screenshots to boot. The arcade presence at the expo brought many games into one place that you would typically find in Japan but would be hard pressed to find all in one place elsewhere. The game roster is pretty impressive, as an example:

Baston: Mark of the Wolves, The King of Fighters’98 Ultimate Match, Samurai Spirits Zero Special, Garou: Mark of the Wolves, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Melty Blood Act Cadenza ver.A, The King of Fighters XI, Hokuto No Ken , Martial Masters, The Rumble Fish 2, Super Street Fighter II X, Street Fighter Zero 3 Upper, Sengoku Basara X, Guilty Gear Accent Core, Battle Fantasia.

Shoot’em up : Zero Gunner 2, Ketsui, Dragon Blaze, ESP Galuda 2, DoDonPachi Dai Fukkatsu 1.5, Death Smiles, Border Down, Batrider, Mazinger Z, Mushihime Sama Futari Black Label, GigaWing.

Other: Oriental Legend 2, Puzzle Bobble 2X, Windjammers, Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny Vs ZAFT II

At least I can say that I’ve played a couple of games on that list but I’ve not had the chance to play a majority of them. At least I can vouch for how great Oriental Legend 2 is. Naturally they also had several tournaments running during this time and overall it looks like their booth attracted a great crowd of people.

While there are many pictures of the event at their site, what better for posting than a video tour of the NeoArcadia booth.

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Neo-Arcadia’s booth @ Japan Expo 2008

July 12, 2008

Japan Expo 2008 was recently held in France and arcade-related website Neo-Arcadia was there with a booth and plenty of screenshots to boot. The arcade presence at the expo brought many games into one place that you would typically find in Japan but would be hard pressed to find all in one place elsewhere. The game roster is pretty impressive, as an example:

Baston: Mark of the Wolves, The King of Fighters’98 Ultimate Match, Samurai Spirits Zero Special, Garou: Mark of the Wolves, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Melty Blood Act Cadenza ver.A, The King of Fighters XI, Hokuto No Ken , Martial Masters, The Rumble Fish 2, Super Street Fighter II X, Street Fighter Zero 3 Upper, Sengoku Basara X, Guilty Gear Accent Core, Battle Fantasia.

Shoot’em up : Zero Gunner 2, Ketsui, Dragon Blaze, ESP Galuda 2, DoDonPachi Dai Fukkatsu 1.5, Death Smiles, Border Down, Batrider, Mazinger Z, Mushihime Sama Futari Black Label, GigaWing.

Other: Oriental Legend 2, Puzzle Bobble 2X, Windjammers, Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny Vs ZAFT II

At least I can say that I’ve played a couple of games on that list but I’ve not had the chance to play a majority of them. At least I can vouch for how great Oriental Legend 2 is. Naturally they also had several tournaments running during this time and overall it looks like their booth attracted a great crowd of people.

While there are many pictures of the event at their site, what better for posting than a video tour of the NeoArcadia booth.

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Next up on the Big Buck Hunter tournies – RAM JAM

July 12, 2008

Big Buck Safari has been one of my best earning games at my arcade recently (although last week it was beat by (brace yourselves) Indiana Jones Pinball which was the best earning game for that period) and I can hardly wait for the online update that it should have later this year which should help improve its earnings even more as I’ll be able to join in with these tournaments that are constantly being held with BBHPro Online. The latest tournament is called RAM JAM. It’s running from the 7th to the 27th and the winner will get $500 but there are cash prizes for everyone up to the 100th place, which is pretty cool. Check your local arcade/FEC/bar/theater or whoever has an online version of BBHPro to participate.

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What is coming for The Stinger Report over the next year

July 12, 2008

Those of you who read the site regularly know that we get a lot of tips and news from our friends at The Stinger Report. They get a lot of fascinating and important news and I think that it has helped us provide better coverage on the arcade industry as we have progressed. The Stinger Report sent out a press release recently detailing different places where you can expect to see them championing the arcade cause or getting exclusive coverage from important events. The release also details information on the upcoming print edition of The Stinger Report, to which you can catch a preview of here. To fit the entire press release into one post, check the break below and again our thanks go out to TSR for their continued support of the site.

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