Archive for March 23, 2010

Music game updates: Guitar Freaks/DrumMania XG released; DJ Max Technika raffle

March 23, 2010

[Thanks to Aaron Auzins for the info]

While I was away at the Amusement Expo a couple of weeks ago, we missed out on some news regarding a couple of Konami titles that were released in Japan at that time. We have covered them before and they are known as Guitar Freaks XG and DrumMania XG, these both have been selling quite well in Japan and of course can be imported elsewhere, if you can foot the shipping costs. For those out of the loop on GF/DM, these are the music games which pioneered the idea of playing a virtual rock band, well before the likes of Guitar Hero and Rock Band were forces to be reckoned with on the consoles. They are a bit more hardcore than GH or RB however and might not be everyone’s cup of tea but they are still important games to Konami as well as many loyal players. The XG series features updated game mechanics and controls, songlists and very impressive cabinets. In addition to the release of XG, Konami has also announced Guitar Freaks and DrumMania V7. Not many details beyond what the cabinets look like have been released yet but I imagine that it won’t be too long before we discover more. [GF/DM XG released – Bemanistyle.com] [Konami teasing GF/DM V7 already – Bemanistyle.com]

Also on a bemanistyle.com related note, they are running a raffle to upgrade their servers and as a prize they are offering a complete DJ Max Technika machine as the grand prize. Yep, you read that right. The cabinet in question is lightly used and thus in great condition but because of the costs involved on bemanistyle.com’s end, this can only ship within the US. You can find out more about that here.

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An arcade that sells it's own brand of…soda pop?

March 23, 2010

When it comes to running any business, you always want to find a way to set yourself apart from the others who run a similar business. It makes sense to do so, attracting people with something the other guys don’t have. In the arcade business we usually are set apart by the variations in game line-up or other attractions, whether it’s big rides or combining food with other amusement ideas.

In the case of the Klassic Arcade in Gobles, MI, they have found something food related to help set their business apart – their very own line of soda pop. At the moment they have 130 varities of pop for sale, with one that stands out from the rest as it is their own. It’s called Klassic Root Beer, a soda made out of pure cane sugar that sports an arcade machine on the label. According to the story they are working on a kiwi pop and may also introduce a cream soda as they seek to expand further into that brand. The overall soda sales have proven popular enough at the arcade that it currently accounts for a third of the business.

Just as a brief update, the facebook page for the company says that the kiwi flavored soda is called “Frogger Revenge”. Nice!

He has a great classic arcade setup as well, with 60 different games to play from video to pinball. The newest game on their list is NBA Fastbreak pinball from ’97.  Players get unlimited play for $5 and of course you have the sodas to look forward to as well. It looks and sounds like a pretty cool place, you can see more via the links below. Of course if you are ever near or in the area, be sure to stop by and give them your support!

[Story @ Mlive.com] [Klassic Soda/Arcade website]

An arcade that sells it’s own brand of…soda pop?

March 23, 2010

When it comes to running any business, you always want to find a way to set yourself apart from the others who run a similar business. It makes sense to do so, attracting people with something the other guys don’t have. In the arcade business we usually are set apart by the variations in game line-up or other attractions, whether it’s big rides or combining food with other amusement ideas.

In the case of the Klassic Arcade in Gobles, MI, they have found something food related to help set their business apart – their very own line of soda pop. At the moment they have 130 varities of pop for sale, with one that stands out from the rest as it is their own. It’s called Klassic Root Beer, a soda made out of pure cane sugar that sports an arcade machine on the label. According to the story they are working on a kiwi pop and may also introduce a cream soda as they seek to expand further into that brand. The overall soda sales have proven popular enough at the arcade that it currently accounts for a third of the business.

Just as a brief update, the facebook page for the company says that the kiwi flavored soda is called “Frogger Revenge”. Nice!

He has a great classic arcade setup as well, with 60 different games to play from video to pinball. The newest game on their list is NBA Fastbreak pinball from ’97.  Players get unlimited play for $5 and of course you have the sodas to look forward to as well. It looks and sounds like a pretty cool place, you can see more via the links below. Of course if you are ever near or in the area, be sure to stop by and give them your support!

[Story @ Mlive.com] [Klassic Soda/Arcade website]