Archive for May 10, 2010

More details unveiled for the R3Play UK gaming expo

May 10, 2010

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About a month ago, we discussed a new gaming event that will be coming to Blackpool, UK called R3play. The organization has unveiled further details as to what to expect at the event, which amounts to an overdose of gaming goodness. Do you like consoles? They are promising over 300 of them from around the world (I wonder if they’ll have a NUON there – then I know they are serious). What about arcades? Retro games including pins are naturally expected to be at events like this but they are promising plenty of new content to offer thanks to the efforts of Kevin Williams Projects Ltd. and “leading arcade communities”. Classic computers will also have strong representation at the show so there will be something for everyone. Tickets are on sale now, you can get them at more details on the event can be found on that site or check out the press release below.


How amusement fared in the recent financial reports from Capcom and Namco Bandai

May 10, 2010

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Financial reports were recently unveiled by a couple of companies who have some involvement in the arcade industry so how did the companies in question fare? First off, Capcom hasn’t fared well all around, seeing dips in consumer game sales, amusement facility operations and operating income in Japan, Europe and the US. They did see an increase in “content expansion” however, which according to the linked document is linking to their Pachislot division. You can see the report for Capcom here.

Namco Bandai also posted big losses once again but for them their toy and arcade chain operations posted operating profits for the year. Despite the losses reaching an overall $300 million (the game content division equaling $74.59 million of that loss) Namco is optimistic that the changes it has made as a company to deal with the losses, which they began a little while ago when we last heard about the company loosing money, will result in net profits once again. If the Namco presence and marketing tactics seen at Amusement Expo are any indication, the arcade division is quite optimistic about the future. You can read about Namco Bandai’s financial reports here @ Gamespot

A brief look at the arcade scene in Kabul, Afghanistan

May 10, 2010

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While arcades are renowned world wide as places for young people to find some escapism from reality, the need for such recreation is more apparent in a war-torn country such as Afghanistan than perhaps in other places. At a small arcade in Kabul, young people who help support their families off the street find some time to get away from world outside by playing Mortal Kombat, Super Mario Bros. and some other classics. Full story on the link below