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Boy gets hand caught inside coin door outlet, almost loses hand

October 21, 2008

 In the time that I have worked in an arcade (not just my own but also another local arcade I managed a couple of years back) I have seen a few injuries where people get cut on metal edges sometimes found with certain games. But I have never heard of something like this before. A 5-year old boy in Bahrain made a visit to an arcade there with his parents and after losing a coin in the game and the eject button not giving him his coin back, he put his hand into the coin outlet and got his hand stuck in there for more than two hours. The parents tried for a half an hour to get his hand out and after no success, they called the fire department to come and free the boy’s hand. His hand came out quite bruised and with a severe cut on his finger and the doctors had to operate for several hours to save the finger and rest of his hand. They are not sure how his hand will do but this it is this sort of thing you always worry about when running a business. The article doesn’t say whether the arcade had any attendants present and it’s for stuff like this that I think it’s important for at least one person to keep an eye out in case some one hurts themselves.

[Via Gulf Daily Net] [Discuss on the Forum]

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Continuing on the violent games debate…

April 4, 2008

A little while ago I brought up the always fun debate about violent video games in a post briefly discussing some laws that were being looked at by certain local governments in the US and of course we discussed violent arcade games. Arcades have been largely ignored in this debate in recent years since there hasn’t been anything that was violent and caught the attention of the mass media. Most of that these days gets focused onto games like Grand Theft Auto.  I never really cared that much for the series myself but when I did play it it certainly didn’t make me want to go out and start stealing cars. And it appears that a majority of people are the same way, in a surprise to certain experts.gtc.jpg These links were sent to me a couple of weeks ago but I wasn’t sure how to best fit it in but I figured that even though this has little to do with arcade games, arcades are video games too so it’s relevant. It’s good to see some studies falling in line with some common sense for once, so if you haven’t read this already, it’s worth a look in case you are interested in the whole violent game debate. Their final conclusion comes to the fact that it’s not the place of anyone to ban violent games outright – let our free markets decide and let parents be parents. Do I want to teach my 2 year old how to play Halo or Paradise Lost? No, of course not. But if I want to play those games on my own time without my son around, I should be able to in a free society. OK, enough ranting, here’s the links:

[Open Education: Part 1 – Shoot ’em up games cause anti-social behavior?]

[Part 2 – The Surprising Truth about video games]

[Part 3 – Don’t banish, manage]

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"I Hunger!" – The Sinistar Cake

January 22, 2008

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We’ve seen all sorts of video gamed themed cakes out there, especially ones based on well-known mainstream characters like Pac-Man, Mario, Sonic, Master Chief and others but when I saw this Sinistar cake I couldn’t resist. For the uninitiated, Sinistar is the juggernaut villain of the classic arcade game that carries the same name.  Once he comes to life in the game, he begins to send warnings your way such as “Beware, I live”, “I Hunger”, “Run coward!”, and a few other lines. Designed by a co-worker of KLOV forum member artisan2084, this cake is no lie. Now how come none of my co-workers have ever bothered to make such a cool cake?  Bentley Bear or Major Havoc would be cool…

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“I Hunger!” – The Sinistar Cake

January 22, 2008

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(Click on the image to enlarge)

We’ve seen all sorts of video gamed themed cakes out there, especially ones based on well-known mainstream characters like Pac-Man, Mario, Sonic, Master Chief and others but when I saw this Sinistar cake I couldn’t resist. For the uninitiated, Sinistar is the juggernaut villain of the classic arcade game that carries the same name.  Once he comes to life in the game, he begins to send warnings your way such as “Beware, I live”, “I Hunger”, “Run coward!”, and a few other lines. Designed by a co-worker of KLOV forum member artisan2084, this cake is no lie. Now how come none of my co-workers have ever bothered to make such a cool cake?  Bentley Bear or Major Havoc would be cool…

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Pac Man Carpet

August 31, 2007

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[Via The Stinger Report]

Here is something that would be great for a game room – carpet with a Pac Man maze design weaved into it. It seriously would be a good contender against some of the black light carpet I have looked at before. If it weren’t priced so high of course.

The design looks like it was based on MS. Pac-Man as it appears on the Atari Lynx, they are very similar. The price is set at 15000.000 SEK (Swedish Kronor) which according to a currency meter I used that is $2182 USD or £1080. It is 210x310cm – so either way at this price you’ll really need to love Pac-Man to go for it.

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No arcade love during e3

July 11, 2007

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Here is something I would like to express my feelings about. The utterly barren wasteland that is news and attention when it comes to coin-operated video games during e3. It is true that there are two big events for arcades each year, AOU and ATEI but these pale in comparison to the amount of attention that e3 gets. Why should arcade games be excluded from a show that covers everything else about video games? Obviously the answer lies with the arcade manufacturers, several of which are represented at E3 yet they only bother to release news about their console or PC releases while information about any arcade titles they may be cooking up remains unknown. Would it hurt Sega, Konami or Namco to show off one of their games on the e3 floor or to at least mention them in a press release that covers their other games? It makes one wonder if arcades are a threat to their other interests and why they can’t co-exist with the other larger aspects of the market. Hopefully this will change one day but sadly it appears that such changes won’t occur anytime soon.

Of course if you happen to hear any arcade news come out of e3 that we don’t post about, please feel free to contact us. The rest of the video game world may prefer to act like arcades don’t exist unless they HAVE to recognize them, but not us.

/rant off

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Kevin Williams: Arcade Guru

June 21, 2007

SPoNG.com has an interview up with one of our good partners, Kevin Williams. Tkevinwilli244000l.jpghe interview talks about the state of the arcade industry as well as a few other arcade-related items. I think one of the best points made is that the arcade industry is on an upswing at the moment and is far from dead as public perception may say.

[Kevin Williams Interview @ SPoNG.com] [Discuss on the Forum]