Archive for June 6, 2009

Coming next week: the Northwest Pinball and Gameroom Show

June 6, 2009

Another show with coin-op arcade and pinball gaming delights is fast approaching, this time in Seattle Washington. Now just like their previous shows, attendees can expect to find a giant collection of excellent games, whether it’s pinball, video or even electromechanical games. Pricing varies upon age and whether you will just stay for one day or for the weekend but after admission all of the games are on free play. The show starts on June 12th and goes until the 14th and will include tournaments and seminars so between that and the games it should be easy to stay entertained for a while.

Here’s a video from last year’s show that was made to promote the upcoming one, enjoy

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Today is Tetris' 25th anniversary, but let's not forget D-Day

June 6, 2009

I noticed that Google today is paying homage to the 25th anniversary of one of the greatest video games of all time – Tetris. Tetris of course has graced the arcades several times and it’s influence on puzzle gaming reaches heights that are hard to trace. I too tip my hat to the game as it is a favorite of mine when it comes to puzzles but at the same time I would like to throw out the reminder that today is also the anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, a profoundly important part of history that ultimately led to the defeat of Nazi tyranny. It’s impossible to say what the world would be like without the sacrifice made by all of  those who fought in WW2, especially on this day so I think that it’s far more important for us to remember that sacrifice than to pay homage to a video game, even if it is a hugely influential one. With that I am slightly at a loss as to why Google would choose to honor Tetris and not D-Day or couldn’t find a way to honor both since a lot of sites pick up on the things that Google does on certain anniversaries.  I have also noticed many other gaming sites mentioning the Google Tetris page but overlooking D-Day and that’s why I write this, which is a little different from what I normally write about. Either way it’s possible to remember both so perhaps today I’ll hook up my Tetris board to a JAMMA cabinet and later follow up with some Call of Duty.

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Today is Tetris’ 25th anniversary, but let’s not forget D-Day

June 6, 2009

I noticed that Google today is paying homage to the 25th anniversary of one of the greatest video games of all time – Tetris. Tetris of course has graced the arcades several times and it’s influence on puzzle gaming reaches heights that are hard to trace. I too tip my hat to the game as it is a favorite of mine when it comes to puzzles but at the same time I would like to throw out the reminder that today is also the anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, a profoundly important part of history that ultimately led to the defeat of Nazi tyranny. It’s impossible to say what the world would be like without the sacrifice made by all of  those who fought in WW2, especially on this day so I think that it’s far more important for us to remember that sacrifice than to pay homage to a video game, even if it is a hugely influential one. With that I am slightly at a loss as to why Google would choose to honor Tetris and not D-Day or couldn’t find a way to honor both since a lot of sites pick up on the things that Google does on certain anniversaries.  I have also noticed many other gaming sites mentioning the Google Tetris page but overlooking D-Day and that’s why I write this, which is a little different from what I normally write about. Either way it’s possible to remember both so perhaps today I’ll hook up my Tetris board to a JAMMA cabinet and later follow up with some Call of Duty.

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New arcade location in Fairfield, OH: Arcade Legends

June 6, 2009

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We’ve got more news of new arcade locations opening and this time it’s from one of our readers who has opened up their own arcade in Fairfield Ohio. Called Arcade Legends, they have over 3000 sq. ft. filled with the right mix of classic games (like Robotron 2048/Joust, Galaga, Tron, Dig Dug, Millipede, Ms. Pac Man and more), fighters (such as Marvel Vs. Capcom 2, Darkstalkers 3, Super Street Fighter 2, Mortal Kombat 2), light-gun games (Ninja Assault, Carnevil, Area 51 Site 4, Gunblade), a Supergun cabinet with 30 boards they can swap out and much more to provide a wide variety of arcade gaming goodness. They also have a few pins, including Star Wars Episode I, Pinbot and Terminator. To top off the gaming they have 3 Xbox 360’s setup, one of which is hooked up to a 106-inch screen where players can expect to play SFIV/KOFXII/BlazBlue and they also have a small network of gaming PCs to play. All in all, it is a real gamer’s paradise and they opted to eschew coins for an entry fee where you pay once and then everything inside is free (except the PCs). The admittance fee does change depending on the day but the details are on their website. Top this all off with some tournaments that they will be holding and Arcade Legends is one sweet arcade that I would love to visit if I am ever out in Ohio. I also want to send the best of luck to the owners and welcome them to the arcade operator fold. Be sure to support them if you live nearby or if you are just passing through!

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Details on the new 2D fighter Demon Bride

June 6, 2009

Another new and interesting fighter is soon going to come out in Japan known as Demon Bride and thanks to Aaron Auzins, here is an in-depth look at the upcoming game and the hardware it runs on known as the eX-BOARD. Andamiro has already brought one eXamu game to the states with Arcana Heart 2, so here’s hoping that they will keep it up with Demon Bride as well.

Here’s Aaron’s article, to which we thank him for the contribution!
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Examu has announced to Famitsu, its newest 2-D fighting product, Demon Bride, will be ready to hit arcades in Japan on July 16. If you’re scratching your head, Examu is the development muscle behind Arcana Heart and its recent sequel.demon2

The fighting game takes on a holy vs. hell theme, but still maintains Arcana Heart’s four-button scheme of weak attack, strong attack, shooting (formerly the Arcana deity assist in the latter series) and dashing. For those intimidated by the fast-paced action, a simple mode can be activated for easier activation of moves.

Six specific arcades in Japan have received “early experience events.” It also appears prizes are being awarded through the course of the events and players can enter for a chance to win one of six prizes – entries will be taken through June 12 and five people will be chosen to receive a Demon Bride clear file case and felt coaster and one lucky winner will be sent a Demon Bride coffee mug.

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The Metal Gear Arcade announcement video; game will get a worldwide release

June 6, 2009

In case you missed it, here is the announcement of Metal Gear Arcade at E3. Having seen it now I see that they are planning on a worldwide release with this one with Japan coming in first so you will be finding it in US and European arcades down the road. The reason I emphasize this is because initially it was unclear as to where it would go based on info I read on websites prior to seeing this video. No word on when or for how much yet but at the very least this is yet another arcade title to come along this year that has players talking about in places that do not focus primarily on arcade titles.

I have also added this to our master release list for Arcade titles in 2009.

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A couple of new arcade openings, one in Glace Bay Canada, one in Steamboat Springs, CO

June 6, 2009

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It is frustrating that when the announcement of an arcade business closing hits the internet, it’s fairly easy to find stories where people imply that it must mean utter doom for the rest of the entire industry but those same writers generally overlook the announcements regarding the opening of new arcade businesses. Of course this is the worst amongst gaming journalists, who assume that the industry itself is completely dead, despite the flow of new games that come along every year. Either way, I am happy to welcome a couple of new arcades to the fold here, one in Glace Bay, Canada called Eastcoast Arcades and one in Steamboat Springs, Colorado called Wolf Mountain Pizza.

Eastcoast Arcades opens this Saturday and is owned by Brad and Darlene Andrews. It will start out as a smaller arcade with 10 arcades, a pool table, an air hockey table and 3 Xbox ArcadeSmall360 systems. They sound quite confident that it is a good location and the article I will link to about their story has some good info on how they researched the business and put it together. [Article]

Wolf Mountain Pizza is an existing business that is actually expanding into a larger space and with this expansion they will be adding some arcade games to their growing restaurant, although it does not say how many will be added to the location. [Article]

Both of these will be smaller operations but just because an arcade might be smaller does not mean that it should be overlooked. I personally know how it can be a challenge to operate a small arcade and the more of us that are out there, the easier it becomes to find coin-op games near you. It also potentially creates more customers for arcade game companies to sell to and the higher their sales are, the more games we can hope to see.

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