Archive for June 11, 2010

Zbowl opens it's doors in Mebane, NC

June 11, 2010

Back in March we heard news of a new bowling center called ZBowl that was getting ready to open up in Mebane, North Carolina. At the time the location was set to open in a couple of weeks after that post but we didn’t hear anything about such a grand opening, until today. While it is a bowling center first, they also have a substantial arcade area which was put together with the help of Betson Enterprises, which is where we are getting the news from today. The website states that they have 60 games in the arcade and we have one picture from the press release showing some of that area (to the right), where among the redemption games we see a Guitar Hero, Go Ballistic, Galactix, Terminator Salvation and Big Buck Hunter: Open Season.

Click on the images below for a full view (thanks to Betson for the images)

You can visit the ZBowl website here. We wish them the best of luck in their endeavors!

Zbowl opens it’s doors in Mebane, NC

June 11, 2010

Back in March we heard news of a new bowling center called ZBowl that was getting ready to open up in Mebane, North Carolina. At the time the location was set to open in a couple of weeks after that post but we didn’t hear anything about such a grand opening, until today. While it is a bowling center first, they also have a substantial arcade area which was put together with the help of Betson Enterprises, which is where we are getting the news from today. The website states that they have 60 games in the arcade and we have one picture from the press release showing some of that area (to the right), where among the redemption games we see a Guitar Hero, Go Ballistic, Galactix, Terminator Salvation and Big Buck Hunter: Open Season.

Click on the images below for a full view (thanks to Betson for the images)

You can visit the ZBowl website here. We wish them the best of luck in their endeavors!

Super Street Fighter IV on a VEWLIX cab

June 11, 2010

Let’s start this morning with a quick one. From the official Super Street Fighter IV Blog, an image of the upcoming arcade version of the game on a VEWLIX cabinet. The blog says “Ported at 100% full-scale development aims to start!” which I assume means that they’ve got the game fully ported to the Type X2 hardware and now they are going about making changes that will take a while to sort out for the winter release.

[Via AM-Net]

Looking for work in the arcade game development field?

June 11, 2010

It has been a while since we have seen an arcade company post listings for new jobs (at least as far as I know) but one company has done just that today as they gear up on some unspecified new project. Raw Thrills’ (based out of Skokie, IL) is looking for both an Electronics / Computer Engineer and a 3D game programmer. The description for the Engineer is telling as it states: “You will be responsible for the electronics and interfacing of the next generation of amusement games, like motion systems, advanced input devices, displays, and cutting-edge computer systems.” Of course we can speculate all day as to what motion systems or advanced input devices they might have in mind here and will still probably be a while before we find out exactly what they have planned.

On the programmer side the site actually states that they are searching for programmers of all experience levels, from beginner to senior, although there are obviously certain requirements a beginner would need to fill. With many people out looking for work (and I have heard that programmers have had a fairly difficult time finding work, I know of one guy in my neighborhood who spent months and months looking for a programming job) it could be a great opportunity to not only get a job but to make arcade games as well.

This could also be used as evidence that with the company looking to expanding their talent and growing, it’s one way to look at the industry itself. If we’re all but dead, why is any arcade game maker adding staff?

You can see the details on the positions here


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