Archive for September 2, 2009

More industry coverage seen thanks to "Save The Arcades"

September 2, 2009

We all know that it is a chore for the arcade industry to get some mainstream attention and one aspect of Stride’s “Save The Arcades” campaign has certainly made it a little easier for the word to spread around. While the focus I’ll be linking to here is on two of the arcades that are part of the current promotion, it’s still worth noting that these articles also cover the plight of you stand-alone arcade business as a whole. We all know of course that stand-alone arcades – those that focus just on games with little to no other attractions like redemption or food – are rare but they are out there of course and in the right places they can hold their own.

Here are the articles, thanks to Doc of Galloping Ghost for the first one and Kevin W. of The Stinger Report for the 2nd.

Daily Chronicle looks at the Star Worlds Arcade in DeKalb, IL

Tennessean.com covers the Game Galaxy Arcade in Nashville, TN

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More industry coverage seen thanks to “Save The Arcades”

September 2, 2009

We all know that it is a chore for the arcade industry to get some mainstream attention and one aspect of Stride’s “Save The Arcades” campaign has certainly made it a little easier for the word to spread around. While the focus I’ll be linking to here is on two of the arcades that are part of the current promotion, it’s still worth noting that these articles also cover the plight of you stand-alone arcade business as a whole. We all know of course that stand-alone arcades – those that focus just on games with little to no other attractions like redemption or food – are rare but they are out there of course and in the right places they can hold their own.

Here are the articles, thanks to Doc of Galloping Ghost for the first one and Kevin W. of The Stinger Report for the 2nd.

Daily Chronicle looks at the Star Worlds Arcade in DeKalb, IL

Tennessean.com covers the Game Galaxy Arcade in Nashville, TN

[Discuss on the Forums]

Big Buck Safari passes 5000 units sold

September 2, 2009

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I have mentioned before that we don’t often get sales numbers for arcade titles but Raw Thrills has had a few hits over the past year or so that they reveal such information on and this time we have word on Big Buck Safari. According to the press release they have now sold 5000 standard units and 500 deluxe units of the game to various locations. It still has a way to go before catching up with it’s sister game, Big Buck Hunter, which surpassed 10,000 units sold over it’s lifespan of three years.

It would be great to know what the sales numbers are for all of the coin-op games out there, I’m sure that would help any prospective developers know what they’ll be getting into with a particular type of game although that is probably one of the reasons why we don’t see this information made public too often. Keep in mind that while these numbers would look pretty small compared to console sales figures, for the current arcade industry any game passing 5000 units sold is pretty good.

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Aussie smashes Galaga world record score

September 2, 2009
Photo: Lannon Harley

Photo: Lannon Harley

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The never-ending quest for obtaining the high score on classic arcade titles continues to catch attention from different places around the world and the latest world-record attempt was made on Namco’s Galaga by Phil Day of Braidwood in Australia. He has filmed his feat of obtaining 3.44 million points on the game and has submitted it to Twin Galaxies, which beats the previous record of 2.7 million quite easily. The only thing that was unfortunate about the attempt was that it was only Mr. Day and a film recorder to witness the event, I’m sure it would have been pretty exciting to have been there to watch him do this. More info can be found on the link below.

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Play Pong with your feet just about anywhere

September 2, 2009

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Microsoft’s Project Natal isn’t out yet but already there are games out there which allow you to use your body as a controller and this particular game, called Sport Pong could easily be setup up at any amusement facility, especially considering that it can work even on grass. Two or more people can play on it and it looks like the only thing you need are some reflectors for the feet.Check out the vid below for more.