Archive for the ‘Arcade Competition’ category

Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade wins Stride's Save The Arcades 2 competition

June 17, 2010

And by the final tally, it wasn’t even close, with Ground Kontrol pulling in 624,871,000 total points, which were donated to them by players via the Cowbots flash game. Arcade Infinity came in second place with 371,187,900 points and Rocky’s Replay with 109,806,000 points. Congratulations to Ground Kontrol on their victory (which also lands them $25,000 in prize money so they can beef up their location further), I had seen a video online where it showed that they had a station setup just to play Cowbots and they were also on top of sending out press releases to make sure that people didn’t forget. To top it off they even held a 24 hr. “Cow-Down” to promote the end of the event and keep players donating so in the end, the strategy really paid off. If you are ever in the area of any of the arcades above I’d encourage you to visit them but I am sure that regulars for Ground Kontrol are already excitedly anticipating some of the changes that will come to the place thanks to the prize.

Now a question I have is: Is this it for Stride’s Save The Arcades campaign? They didn’t seem to really publicize this one as much as they did the first competition, where they had went as far as hiring actor Zachary Quinto to go out to a California arcade as a part of the promotion. They don’t say anything about future plans for the campaign on the webpage currently so we will have to wait and see but even if this is the end, we certainly have to appreciate the effort. The attention this has brought to arcades has been better than what we get with trade shows since individual arcade businesses have been highlighted on a national scale. Of course there is a lot more that needs to be done to curb perception that the industry is dead but this has been an excellent way in helping to dispel that myth.

[Save The Arcades 2 - Stride Gum]

Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade wins Stride’s Save The Arcades 2 competition

June 17, 2010

And by the final tally, it wasn’t even close, with Ground Kontrol pulling in 624,871,000 total points, which were donated to them by players via the Cowbots flash game. Arcade Infinity came in second place with 371,187,900 points and Rocky’s Replay with 109,806,000 points. Congratulations to Ground Kontrol on their victory (which also lands them $25,000 in prize money so they can beef up their location further), I had seen a video online where it showed that they had a station setup just to play Cowbots and they were also on top of sending out press releases to make sure that people didn’t forget. To top it off they even held a 24 hr. “Cow-Down” to promote the end of the event and keep players donating so in the end, the strategy really paid off. If you are ever in the area of any of the arcades above I’d encourage you to visit them but I am sure that regulars for Ground Kontrol are already excitedly anticipating some of the changes that will come to the place thanks to the prize.

Now a question I have is: Is this it for Stride’s Save The Arcades campaign? They didn’t seem to really publicize this one as much as they did the first competition, where they had went as far as hiring actor Zachary Quinto to go out to a California arcade as a part of the promotion. They don’t say anything about future plans for the campaign on the webpage currently so we will have to wait and see but even if this is the end, we certainly have to appreciate the effort. The attention this has brought to arcades has been better than what we get with trade shows since individual arcade businesses have been highlighted on a national scale. Of course there is a lot more that needs to be done to curb perception that the industry is dead but this has been an excellent way in helping to dispel that myth.

[Save The Arcades 2 - Stride Gum]

Showdown Championships fighting tournament coming in April

March 7, 2009

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(Thanks to John Leigh of Anime Matsuri for sending this in)

Another big fighter tournament is headed our way, this time it’s next month in April at Anime Matsuri in Houston Texas. Known as the Showdown Championships which are in their 8th year, the organizers of this upcoming competition are promising that this will be the USA’s biggest arcade fighting tournament (which is nice to see in comparison to those who run fighting tournaments with arcade ports on consoles) and they will include the following games in the tournament:

BlazBlue
Street Fighter IV
Tatsunoko vs Capcom
SUGOI! Arcana Heart
Tekken 6 Bloodline Rebellion
Guilty Gear XX Accent Core

Various cash prizes will be given out to the top three players on each game (see details in the press release) and they even will have an SF4 cosplay tournament on the last day of the event. I like the list of games although I would have expected to see the latest Samurai Shodown title on there to fit in with the “Showdown” theme(well, I guess that particular game series isn’t a favorite for competitions).  The competition will be held at Anime Matsuri on April 10th-12th, good luck to those who participate! Hit the post break below for full details. Also visit animematsuri.com or discuss this on our forums.

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Insert Coin 2009 – UK public arcade expo launches!

February 10, 2009

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It’s a great day for arcade gamers in the UK, as the Insert Coin 2009 expo has been announced! The show will run on July 18th and 19th at the Northampton Saints Conference CentreThe difference between Insert Coin and other arcade exhibitions is that the event is open to the public, with a great deal for any enthusiast to enjoy. The show will contain over 100 video games and pinball machines set to freeplay, including some that are extremely hard to find in the region, such as the hot fighting game Street Fighter IV, Cave’s new shoot-’em-up Death Smiles, and the cult Japanese fighter Melty Blood: Act Cadenza ver.B2. Additionally, nine tournaments will be running throughout the weekend taking in various genres and offering prizes for extreme displays of skill.

As well as being able to play games, enthusiasts will be able to bring and buy arcade PCBs and parts, attend tech talks and order games and cabinets from suppliers attending the show. Of course, if you’re lacking the kind of room or cash to make your dream arcade at home there will be arcade T-shirts and posters for sale too. Finally, if you’re feeling lucky there will be a raffle for two candy cabinets imported from Japan, an excellent prize for any fan of arcade games.

Tickets are available now and cost £10 for an under-16s weekend ticket, £15 for an adult day ticket or £23 for an adult weekend ticket. If you are interested in attending or exhibiting, visit the Insert Coin 2009 website (link below). Expect more news about the event in the weeks and months ahead, which we’ll be bringing to you right up until we hit the show floor. Until then, hit the post break in order to read the full press release!

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Upcoming Annual "Classic Arcade Gaming.com Tournament" to include classic game champions, King of Kong co-stars

January 22, 2009

lifearcadeDetails have been released on the upcoming Classic Arcade Gaming (dot com) Tournament, which is held on an annual basis and it sounds like it is going to be quite the competition for skilled classic game players who can make the trip. In fact, a number of arcade world record holders are going to be there, which promises to make this a very entertaining competition to behold. A few of the people signed up were in the arcade documentary The King Of Kong, although Steve Wiebe or Billy Mitchell are not part of the line-up yet. The event is to be held at Richie Knuckles’ Arcade in Flemington, NJ, they are charging a $40 fee for adults and $30 for those under 13 which covers the three day event where all of the games (more than 40 classic games total) will be set to free play. It appears that they are discouraging paying at the door and want people to pay beforehand, but you can read about the rules on that at the link below. Players will be able to compete on a total of 29 games (also listed at the website below)  and the event begins on Friday March 13th and goes until Sunday March 15th. Good luck to those who participate!

Also, you can check out a press release about the event by clicking on the post break below

[Annual ClassicArcadeGaming.com site and info] [Discuss on the Forum]

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Upcoming Annual “Classic Arcade Gaming.com Tournament” to include classic game champions, King of Kong co-stars

January 22, 2009

lifearcadeDetails have been released on the upcoming Classic Arcade Gaming (dot com) Tournament, which is held on an annual basis and it sounds like it is going to be quite the competition for skilled classic game players who can make the trip. In fact, a number of arcade world record holders are going to be there, which promises to make this a very entertaining competition to behold. A few of the people signed up were in the arcade documentary The King Of Kong, although Steve Wiebe or Billy Mitchell are not part of the line-up yet. The event is to be held at Richie Knuckles’ Arcade in Flemington, NJ, they are charging a $40 fee for adults and $30 for those under 13 which covers the three day event where all of the games (more than 40 classic games total) will be set to free play. It appears that they are discouraging paying at the door and want people to pay beforehand, but you can read about the rules on that at the link below. Players will be able to compete on a total of 29 games (also listed at the website below)  and the event begins on Friday March 13th and goes until Sunday March 15th. Good luck to those who participate!

Also, you can check out a press release about the event by clicking on the post break below

[Annual ClassicArcadeGaming.com site and info] [Discuss on the Forum]

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Big SFIV tourney in Japan with a rumor on SFIV Arcade updates

January 21, 2009

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The console release of Street Fighter IV is fast approaching but in Japan the arcade version is not being completely overshadowed, with a big SFIV “convention” that included a huge arcade competition, a look at the console version of the game with the new arcade style joysticks,  some SFIV cosplaying and we’re told some rumors that there will be an update shortly for the arcade version of the game in Japan to include the two new characters that are going into the console version. We’ll see how that pans out but in the meantime, check out the detailing article on Famitsu.

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The Battle For California

January 19, 2009

(Photo credit: James Glover II, Ventura County Star)

For those who say that arcades have died off because they can’t match competing online with people you don’t see or have never met, I don’t think they have participated in a big battleforcaliarcade competition before. Granted it helps if an arcade tries competitions (and I think that arcades have suffered for not doing competitions) but for those that do and for those people who participate in these battles, it’s obvious that competing live is far better than online and what better way to do this than with arcade titles made just for competing.

A big arcade competition has taken place at the Dejin Arcade in the Simi Valley in California, the first California Regionals Arcade Fighting Game Tournament or we’ll call it the CRAFGT for now. The event featured several fan favorites, from Super Street Fighter II Turbo (the original and the new HD version), Street Fighter 3, Marvel Vs. Capcom 2, Capcom Vs SNK 2, and even BlazBlue and Street FIghter IV. At the even they held the “Battle For California”, a competition between NoCal and SoCal players competed for the “bragging rights of California”. That was a great idea and this all brought out the players, not just from all over California but from other states as well, with one player coming from as far as NY to compete.

For more info check out the article below

[Gamers fill Simi arcade to do battle - Ventura County Star] [Discuss on the Forum]

A look back at professional gaming and how it got it’s start in arcades

January 14, 2009

The Kansas City News has posted a fairly long and fascinating article about professional gaming and it deals stevesandersmostly with Twin Galaxies and how the professional gaming circuit initially got it’s start back in the Golden Age of arcades. While the article occasionally touches on the players we have heard much about before, such as Billy Mitchell, it primarily focuses on the life of Steve Sanders, the current record holder for Joust doubles. I always find it interesting to read about other players who were/still are a contender on some great arcade classic but this article certainly stepped up to the plate with taking a look at professional gaming as a whole while integrating the narrative of one particluar player into the story. Hit the link below for the full article. (Photo credit: Peter Rugg)

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A look back at professional gaming and how it got it's start in arcades

January 14, 2009

The Kansas City News has posted a fairly long and fascinating article about professional gaming and it deals stevesandersmostly with Twin Galaxies and how the professional gaming circuit initially got it’s start back in the Golden Age of arcades. While the article occasionally touches on the players we have heard much about before, such as Billy Mitchell, it primarily focuses on the life of Steve Sanders, the current record holder for Joust doubles. I always find it interesting to read about other players who were/still are a contender on some great arcade classic but this article certainly stepped up to the plate with taking a look at professional gaming as a whole while integrating the narrative of one particluar player into the story. Hit the link below for the full article. (Photo credit: Peter Rugg)

[Life after arcades for Steve Sanders - Kansas City News] [Discuss on the Forum]


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