Archive for the ‘Out and About’ category

Arcade games at Pizza Oven West, Madison WI

January 25, 2010

Time for a confession. My name is HeavyElectricity, and I am addicted to pizza. Seriously, I can’t get enough of the stuff. If you were to cut me, I’d probably bleed tomato and mozzarella. Of course I also love arcade games too, so when this bit of news popped up on the Stinger news feed I cursed the fact that the UK is nowhere near Madison, Wisconsin, the location of The Pizza Oven West restaurant. The review on mainly talks about the food, praising the pizza but advising against most of the rest of the menu. Still, there’s nothing wrong with a good bit of pizza, especially given the $7.49 price tag for an all-you-can-eat buffet. As a sports themed bar, the walls are adorned with sporting memorabilia, as well as TVs for the all-important game nights.  The review suggests that the combination of pizza and arcade makes it a good family venue, which is always handy.

If you’re interested in visiting The Pizza Oven West, you can find more information on the restaurant’s official website or Facebook page. And if you do decide to check it out, please let us know what games they have there!

[via: Pizza, arcade make this a good choice for families] [Discuss on the forums]

Location Review: Bowlplex, Basingstoke

June 1, 2008

As you might imagine, Rambo wasn’t the only thing I played on my trip to Basingstoke’s Bowlplex last week. Having spent something like £20 on the return train ticket, there was no way I was ever going to do that. In fact, it wasn’t just the train journey – as I found out, the Bowlplex is located in a busy leisure district, and walking there from the train station was ever so slightly ambitious. Bang goes another £5 on a taxi. Being in a leisure district, the Bowlplex is surrounded by a variety of other things, including a swimming pool, an ice rink, a bingo hall, an Odeon cinema (which contained a Time Crisis 3 cabinet) and two food outlets, a McDonalds and a KFC (which is where myself and Overlord chose to eat).

Upon arriving in the Bowlplex, you’ll immediately see all the arcade machines contained within. At the time of visitng, this one contained Time Crisis 4, Mario Kart Arcade GP, an OutRun 2 cabinet which appeared to have been upgraded to OutRun 2 SP, Rambo (which was on test and will soon be gone), The Fast and the Furious Superbikes, House of the Dead 4, two Dancing Stage machines of forgotten version, and a Grand Prix pinball table from Stern (which was a pleasant surprise). Additionally, there was a pool table and an air hockey table. It’s a good variety of games, as you’ll see that the games cater for all ages and levels of interest in gaming. The machines were clean and seemed to be maintained well, which is always crucial. The one unexpected twist was the use of tokens rather than regular coins for payment, which is something that I’ve never seen in the UK. Each token is worth 50p (unused tokens are non-refundable) and every machine took two tokens per game, with the exception of Rambo which took two tokens to start and one to continue. There is only one token dispenser and this results in the occasional small queue. However, at one point the machine seemed to run out of tokens and though the problem was quickly rectified, this does call the use of tokens into question – the credits follow standard pricing and using regular currency would have required no extra outlay as the token machine already gives change.

In terms of other activities available on site, the name of the site makes it obvious that 10-pin bowling is the primary activity taking place in the building, and there’s a large number of lanes available. The site also offers a bar and grill, and while we didn’t sample the food due to the KFC consumption earlier, the bar was nice (if somewhat expensive – £1.50 for a large coke). The seating area for the bar has a large projector system for showing sporting events, and the League One playoff between Doncaster Rovers and Leeds United was on at the time we visited. The diverse range of activities on offer attracts a wide selection of people, ranging from families on the arcade machines to men who were there for the football, and the atmosphere was pleasant at all times.

The Bowlplex in Basingstoke is open seven days a week and has long opening hours. It’s a great place to visit when you’re on a family day out, and the leisure park location makes it very easy to slot in some time after seeing a film or going swimming. However, with the location being relatively out of the way, it may not be somewhere that you’ll visit regularly.

[Basingstoke Bowlplex] [Discuss on the Forum]

Behind the scenes at Sega

May 31, 2008

R reader!While I was at the Sega Rally 3 launch last week, I got to see a little bit of what goes on at Sega Amusements Europe. It is a fun place! The developers from the former Sega Racing Studio turned up for a look at the finished product, but some members were also addicted to another machine – the UFO Catcher in the corner! They got quite good at it and managed to win quite a few times, which was impressive given the bulky nature of the prizes in the machine. As well as playing Sega Rally 3 against them, I took on the testing team (who are scarily good at the game). One particular tester known as “The Stig” also got to witness me making a real hash of things on the PS3 version of Sega Rally, and asked me the question of the day – “do you read UK:Resistance?”, which is one of those questions you’re always afraid to face in public.

Speaking of UK:R, one of my missions for the day was to locate the Sonic statue that Zorg made infamous. As you can see, the quest was successful! The building also contains many other items of interest for those of us raised on the Master System and Mega Drive. The warehouse is full of spares for games going right back to the early 1990s – I noticed things for the 1992 games Virtua Racing and Stadium Cross, but the collection extends through to the present day fairly comprehensively. I must admit to geeking out a bit when I saw the Spikeout marquee pictured below, and Scud Race is still a gem (which still isn’t available on home consoles). Meanwhile, the workshop contains various fun things, including the prototype “Super Challenge” cabinet from the Sega Rally 3 location tests and a disassembled 1995 Sega Rally cabinet, as well as various modern machines such as 2 Spicy and Virtua Tennis 3.

Have a peek at some pictures I gathered on my trip:

[Discuss on the Forum]

Location Review : Phoenix Arcade @ The Summit

May 27, 2008

Here in Niagara Falls, NY there is a mall called The Summit and in addition to the Krow’s Nest with the bowling machines there is another arcade called Phoenix arcade. They have 2 storefronts in the mall. They have a wide variety of games between both their storefronts including the original Outrun simulator, classic games, some modern games, prize cranes, foosball, air hockey and much more. Their newly opened arcade is decorated very nicely on the outside. Here is a video of the newly opened arcade.

Overall the location is very clean, the games are priced cheaply at 25 and 50 cents per play, however this location suffers from many of the problems that classic arcades suffer from such as dead games and lots of monitor problems on the games. The phoenix arcade has quite a few games though and keeping up with them must not be that easy.

A video of their other storefront in the mall will follow in a short while.

Silver Strike Bowling Is Back

June 24, 2007

Not exactly news that many of you will care about, but my local O’Neils has just got a SSB back in to thier bar. It was almost 6 months that it was taken away from me and my friends, but they have seen sense and brought it back to us. Happy days! You’ll be pleased to know my first three games I scored 176, 211, and 203. That was probably my best three game series ever and now I own the leaderboard (for now).

Out and About – Saturday Night

April 25, 2007

[In the second posting of our regular new feature] I thought it might be fun to take snaps of all the machines I come across on nights out. This is not to be confused with a venue review, but more of a ‘Can I get a focused picture of the games after I’ve  had a few beers! Feel free to send in your snaps with a few words and I’ll post it up. Who knows, it could be fun and we may even discover a few rarities on the way!

Emails to   

Palace SuperBowl

img_0999.jpg img_0996.jpg 

img_1003.jpg img_1002.jpg 

img_1000.jpg superbowl.jpg

On offer at this delightful looking bowling alley was not bad considering the size, although a little dated. Virtua Striker was on offer, can’t remember which one. Suffice to say it wasn’t the forth one when they added all the tactic buttons and messed it up. There were two racers to choose from; Le Mans 24 from Sega and Atari’s Rush 2049 which are fairly decent racers, and finally there was Time Crisis 2 from Namco which I would say was the most fun machine on offer, although you can’t beat a bit of 2 player banter on Virtua Striker. Also there were some pool tables, an air hockey table and a Foosball table. Oh, and a bowling alley shockingly!

[Discuss on the Forum]

Out and About – Wednesday Night

April 24, 2007

In what is going to become a new semi-regular posting, I thought it might be fun to take snaps of all the machines I come across on nights out. This is not to be confused with a venue review, but more of a ‘Can I get a focused picture of the games after I’ve had a few beers! Feel free to send in your snaps with a few words and I’ll post it up. Who knows, it could be fun and we may even discover a few rarities on the way!

Yates, Epsom.


Not much going on in this bar, just the usual Golden Tee and a touch screen terminal which included quiz games like Mouse Trap, Word Up and Bullseye.

[Discuss on the Forum]