Archive for June 9, 2010

Dave and Busters Announces the "Extreme Speed Sweepstakes"

June 9, 2010

Arcade/restaurant chain Dave and Busters has announced a new sweepstakes which can land you free D&B Power Card or even a chance to win a “three-day, two-night trip for two to either the NASCAR AAA Texas 500 or the Red Bull Motocross of Nations!” Even if you don’t care for the trip, the chance to win a Power Card with a value between $10-$250 on a daily basis seems like a good reason to try it out, assuming that there is a D&B in your area. It’s also good to see one of the few well-known arcade chains running something like this as it can always help with the messaging behind the viability of arcade games in today’s world.

The Sweepstakes can be played here

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Dave and Busters Announces the “Extreme Speed Sweepstakes”

June 9, 2010

Arcade/restaurant chain Dave and Busters has announced a new sweepstakes which can land you free D&B Power Card or even a chance to win a “three-day, two-night trip for two to either the NASCAR AAA Texas 500 or the Red Bull Motocross of Nations!” Even if you don’t care for the trip, the chance to win a Power Card with a value between $10-$250 on a daily basis seems like a good reason to try it out, assuming that there is a D&B in your area. It’s also good to see one of the few well-known arcade chains running something like this as it can always help with the messaging behind the viability of arcade games in today’s world.

The Sweepstakes can be played here

Fliperama Brasil! (my look into a little part of the arcade scene in Brazil)

June 9, 2010

As you may know, I was in Brazil recently and while there I didn’t waste the opportunity to check out some arcades while I was visiting. The best places to look are malls, although you might find some machines hiding out in other places on occasion, such as a bar or strip mall but that is rare in the larger cities. All of the places I visited here were in the greater area of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais. Belo Horizonte is actually the third largest city in Brazil but it’s still quite a bit smaller than the mega-metropolis that is São Paulo and it has no beaches like Rio De Janeiro, which is why you don’t hear about it as often as other cities there.

In Brazilian Portuguese the word for arcade is “fliperama” and a variation on that I have heard people call pinball games just “fliper”. One interesting thing I noticed about most of the places I went to is that for music gaming all of them had a version of Pump It Up somewhere on location. A soccer game like Virtua Striker was a given but I also was quite surprised by the number of Guitar Hero 3 arcade machines I saw. These are not the Raw Thrills’/Konami/Activision machine that was released last year but the console versions of the game modified for arcade use. I also saw a Rock Bad 2 machine setup like that as well as a couple of Street Fighter IV machines. I have video and more details on each location right after the post break

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Stern Pinball revamps their website

June 9, 2010

It has been a little while since we heard that Stern had some big changes going on behind the scenes but except for a few things here and there, such as a frequently updated Youtube channel, we haven’t seen much else happening up front with the company. Last week however, they put together a major update for their website and in my opinion, it’s a better site. You can check it out by going to www.sternpinball.com. The site has more flash to it, pinball news and an improved pinball machine locator tool. They also changed a slogan at the top from “The only maker of pinball games on the planet” to “The only maker of REAL pinball machines on the planet”. Overall the site is a good step in the direction of rebranding their image but I would like to see them take it further. I saw a press release to “hype up” Ironman pinball by stating that since Ironman 2 did really well in theaters, you should check out the game. That’s fine and all but no one who went to see the movie saw it because of the pinball game and they did not find out about the pinball game by seeing the movie. Now if they were able to advertise new pinball machines before the movie that would be significant and probably a lot more effective than a press release that only really gets out to collectors, fans and trade people. I also think that would be helpful, especially where most Stern games are based upon movies.

Check out the Stern site and comment below on what you think. Good improvement, worse than before or is it pretty much the same to you?