Archive for the ‘Golden Tee’ category

Golden Tee Connect integrates with Facebook

February 2, 2010

Golden Tee is one of those games that is everywhere, with roughly 10,000 machines in operation worldwide ensuring that it remains a constant feature of the arcade scene. If you’re one of those who just can’t get enough of it, you’ll be pleased to hear that the Golden Tee Connect service means that the game can now integrate with Facebook, allowing the game to automatically update your status with “[person] is playing Golden Tee LIVE 2010 at [location]“. That’s free publicity for both the game and the operator! Incredible Technologies has stated that 80% of Golden Tee players are also Facebook users, representing a significant overlap in demographics.

This won’t be the first time that Golden Tee has ventured onto the intertubes at large, as current versions allow players to upload replays of their best shots directly to Youtube – and upload they do, with over 70,000 going up in the past year!

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IT unveils more details on Golden Tee 2010

August 28, 2009

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We mentioned not too long ago that Incredible Technologies would be ramping up to deliver their most recent Golden Tee creation to the public and with that date fast approaching, they have begun to unload the details on what will make GT2010 different from past GT games. Skins makes a comeback, Jim Nantz and Peter Jacobsen have recorded over 5,000 GTSS5lines of commentary for the game and they have added on the Facebook updating feature that we mentioned last time. The game ships on October 1st and it comes in the new IT Showcase cabinet which all of their games are now using. I could discuss everything they added to the game in this part of the post but they sent along a 5-page press release detailing everything you’ll ever want to know about GT2010 short of playing it, so I’ll just post that after the break and you can go from there.

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Golden Tee 2010 coming in September

August 15, 2009

The next installment of the Golden Tee series is fast approaching, with a release of the latest title coming next month in September and Incredible Technologies is gearing up to hype the game for all it is worth – which is a good thing since not many arcade titles get a lot of hype behind them. Golden Tee 2010 will be the 21st installment of the game and in addition to improving the graphics they have also worked on the game physics, added new equipment, clothes, courses, and now they are adding a feature where you can update your status on Facebook from the game, which is a first for arcades. You might recall that last year they introduced a feature where you could upload a clip of a great shot in the game to youtube from the machine and I imagine that they will keep that feature although it is not confirmed yet.

As for the hype behind the game, here is a music video about Golden Tee by the Ira Dean band that includes a bunch of footage from GT2010. It’s been a long time since I’ve heard of a company going as far as producing a music video for a new game they are releasing, or having a band make a song about an arcade title do now I wonder what else IT will be doing to promote the game.

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Design-A-Hole is back

March 27, 2009

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The popular Design-A-Hole competition run by Incredible Technologies last year to coincide with thier 20th anniversary is back after popular demand. What was supposed to be a one off last year is returning and it’s your chance to be part of the game by designing a hole for the legendary Golden Tee! 

In 2008 this contest was a big hit with players and generated over 20,000 votes. Last year, Dave Hollingshead of St. Charles, Mo. created the winning design. Hollingshead design “The Falls” can be found on Black Hills #15 with its unmistakable waterfall.  Head over to the Design-A-Hole website to put in your entry.

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Golden Tee joins the US Navy

January 13, 2009

Here is some interesting and good news out of Incredible Technologies. They have supplied a Golden Tee 2009 game to the USS John C. Stennis, a Nimitz-class nuclear powered US itlogoNavy supercarrier. I’ve know some people who have served in the Navy as well as friends and relatives who have served in a variety of positions throughout the armed forces and I know that recreation can be important to help morale (especially when sailors are at sea, it can get dull at times, at least from what I have been told). In addition to supplying the game to the carrier, IT has also sent a team to the carrier for a week and a blog has been created to get some ‘insider tales’ on Golden Tee. This has all come about due to the work of Golden Tee Lt. Mike Hall who serves on the carrier working with IT.

You can read the Golden Tee Insider’s Blog here

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Golden Tee LIVE 2009 ships Monday Oct. 13th

October 11, 2008

Incredible Technologies has announced that they will begin shipping the latest installment of the Golden Tee series this coming Monday, which is great news for fans of GT who have been waiting patiently for this game. Operators will also be happy to know that location test earnings have been “phenomenal” for the game and I know from AMOA that it also carries a low price tag to boot. We’ll have to keep an eye out for the youtube page where user videos will show up on, that’s one aspect of the game I’m interested in seeing function.

While this Monday marks the release of the game in the US and Canada, it will be shipping elsewhere around the world, including Europe, Australia, and South Africa within the next 4-6 weeks.

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How the huge Golden Tee World Championship at AMOA went down

September 24, 2008

One thing I did miss out on at AMOA was the Golden Tee World Championship that took place on Friday and Saturday there. It would have been fun to watch and participate – I know that personally I wouldn’t have made it very far against the professional players but sometimes it’s just fun to compete. I did get a chance to play the new Golden Tee and it was fun – it has nice graphics and is easy to learn. When all was said and done, Andy Haas of Stow Ohio was crowned as the GT champion where he also got to walk away with a $20,000 cash prize. They also set records with the scope of the competition, IT reports that over a million GT games were played during the world championship online qualifying period. There were a few teams who came together to compete, including one international team which was made up of people from several different countries but in the end Team USA won again.  For the full rundown, check out the press release by IT after the jump or discuss it on the forums.

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Incredible Technologies @ AMOA 2008 – Power Putt Golf, Golden Tee LIVE 2009 & a new cabinet design

September 13, 2008

Incredible Technologies was also at AMOA with a large and eye-catching booth where they were showcasing all of their games that are currently for sale in a new cabinet that features a smaller footprint that previous cabinets that also comes with a lower price. The only thing about the new cabinet that might be a catch for some while a plus to others is that this new cabinet does not come with a monitor – that is something you get for yourself. The rep told me that in addition to driving down the cost they also went this route since it allows operators to pick their own monitor. While the hardware currently doesn’t support HDMI, it does support component hook-ups which any HDTV should support. So if an operator has an HDTV laying around (it is likely that bar owners and FECs will moreso than an arcade-only location) they can use what is on hand or hook it up to a projector quite easily.

As for the games themselves, Golden Tee LIVE 2009 and Power Putt Golf both look great although I have to give the edge to Power Putt in the graphics department simply because the kind of game (mini-golf) lends itself to feature a lot more colorful items on the playfield. GT09 certainly has more features to it though, like the Youtube Replays where if the game feels you made a really good shot, it will give you the option to upload it to youtube. It will go to an account made just for this sort of thing although they tell me that you should be able to get your video to your own account as well (probably as a favorite). Both games use the trackball to work and you first pull back to prep your swing and then the harder you push forward the stronger the swing is. There are also buttons on the side for rotating your player to change the shot and on GT09 you can also change the type of club you are using.

Power Putt Golf will be selling for approximately $3200, using this type of cabinet. I didn’t find out the price on GT09 but with this new configuration it probably isn’t too far off that but I will find out for sure. They also had TargetToss Pro: Bags and Silver Strike Bowling in these cabinets and similarly they looked good.

For more, here is a video of the booth!

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Golden Tee Championship at AMOA

September 5, 2008

I have to hand it to Incredible Technologies, while I’ve heard that not everyone is excited about AMOA next week, they certainly are and they are looking to give attendees a reason to be excited. From a press release they issued the other day comes news that to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Golden Tee they are bringing together 50 GT machines to create the largest field ever for a live video game tournament where thousands of dollars are going to be given away as prizes. It’s going to run on Friday and Saturday of next week and on top of that they are going to be showing off the latest version of GT to the public along with massing media to the event, including ESPN to celebrate the 20th anniversary. Now this is what I call marketing your game properly ;)

In regards to AMOA, I will be headed down to Vegas to pick up a game and I will be stopping by the show of course. I haven’t bought my plane tickets yet but it’s looking like I’ll be there Tuesday, Wednesday and part of Thursday, so I’ll catch the first 2 days of the show but miss out on this big event. I have responsbilities at home that I need to take care of so those come before any show but at the very least I’ll get some coverage of AMOA and with a proper camera this time around.

Hit the post break for IT’s press release on the GT AMOA event or discuss it on the forum.

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Toolbar for Tee Time

August 20, 2008

I used to play a lot of Golden Tee a while back, but these days there aren’t that many about in my local pubs. Shame really, because Golden Tee is becoming more and more the kind of game that you can really invest your time in to and feel like your loyalty to the game is rewarded. The latest feature to bolster that statement is the online tracking which you can access 24/7 from you home (or work) PC. It’s the ultimate online Golden Tee community resource. Whether you’re a GT guru or just a casual duffer, the Golden Tee toolbar is designed to make your life easier on and off the virtual links.

[Download GT Toolbar here]

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