Archive for November 27, 2009

STRIDE begins Save The Arcades 2

November 27, 2009

STRIDE gum is at it again and their Save The Arcades campaign has just entered it’s second phase. This time they are giving players out there a chance to nominate the arcade of their choice to be saved, as along as it follows four certain guidelines, which are:

Participants should submit their nomination in 500 characters or less (including spaces and punctuation) and write about an arcade that meets the following qualifications: Arcade should (1) have classic games, (2) be a business that operates in the 50 United States and District of Columbia, (3) have at least 15 arcade games on site, (4) be locally owned and operated and (5) have an affinity for classic games.

The period for nomination runs from now (well, it started on the 17th but I was in Vegas and didn’t hear about it) until January 7th, 2010. You have to sign up on the Stride gum website but it’s free and if you participated in the previous Save The Arcades promotion you should already have that account.  So go and nominate your favorite arcade and help them out!

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Could Ridge Racer see a return to arcades?

November 27, 2009

Ridge Racer V

Last time I heard anything about Ridge Racer, people were still poking fun at that Sony exec for saying “Ridddggee Raaacccuuurrr” at Sony’s e3 press conference a few years back. I wasn’t terribly interested in the game as I don’t care for racers on the consoles but Ridge Racer used to be in arcades as well. In fact the last time RR was in arcades was in 2001 with Ridge Racer V: Arcade Battle. Now we have word that Namco Bandai has trademarked the name Ridge Racer Accelerated in Japan. Link that up with a rumor I heard not long that Namco was working on a new racing title for arcades and you have to wonder, could Namco be planning on bringing RR back to coin-op land? It’s certainly possible, especially where it appears that companies won’t be letting up on developing new racing games anytime soon. What are your thoughts?

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IAAPA Pics by Kevin Williams

November 27, 2009

Now for our second-to-last post about IAAPA 2009 – the last one will be the attempt at a podcast that we did at the show although we were unable to finish it up for reasons I’ll explain later.

Kevin Williams of The Stinger Report (also a frequent contributor to Arcade Heroes) was at IAAPA and took a number of pictures, including a couple of games that I either missed or didn’t find the time to focus on. Check them out after the break, click on the pics for the full-view