Posted tagged ‘Amusement’

Space Race – the pinball game that dwarfs Hercules

August 6, 2010

Space Race via Pinballnews.com

(Thanks to Gary S. for the tip)

While Atari’s Hercules pinball has long held the title of the largest pinball machine ever manufactured for the public, I think that this Space Race takes the cake. Only seven have been made but it’s a surefire way to turn heads at any theme park or fair. At first it may not appear to be a pinball machine as the game lacks flippers, instead there are pins placed throughout the board along with some holes for the ball to fall through, making it a game of chance rather than skill. This is how original pinball machines were designed, as flippers weren’t a part of the game until Gottlieb’s Humpty Dumpty (1947). Since there are so few Space Races out there finding one can be a little difficult but not impossible with a recent sighting at the MultiFest in Charleston, WV; Pinballnews.com also has a nice article with pictures and video of a Space Race as seen in June at Colorado Springs.

Trio-Tech Amusements unveils 'XD Dark Ride'

July 19, 2010

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Trio-Tech Amusement, makers of high-earning attractions such as Typhoon, XD Theater, and UFO Stomper, has a new attraction which they are preparing for a release, called Dark X Theater XD Dark Ride. Details are scant on the game at this point but it appears to be more interactive than some of the aforementioned titles. Instead of just sitting down for a quick motion-based 3D ride, players can shoot at on-screen opponents(similar to Trans-Force). XD Dark Ride was shown off recently at the IAAPA Asia show and we can expect to see it at the US IAAPA show this November.

UPDATE: The name has been corrected by the Stinger Report as the original we received was in error

[Trio-Tech Amusement website]

Trio-Tech Amusements unveils ‘XD Dark Ride’

July 19, 2010

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Trio-Tech Amusement, makers of high-earning attractions such as Typhoon, XD Theater, and UFO Stomper, has a new attraction which they are preparing for a release, called Dark X Theater XD Dark Ride. Details are scant on the game at this point but it appears to be more interactive than some of the aforementioned titles. Instead of just sitting down for a quick motion-based 3D ride, players can shoot at on-screen opponents(similar to Trans-Force). XD Dark Ride was shown off recently at the IAAPA Asia show and we can expect to see it at the US IAAPA show this November.

UPDATE: The name has been corrected by the Stinger Report as the original we received was in error

[Trio-Tech Amusement website]

New theme park in 2010: Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

October 29, 2009

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When it comes to gigantic theme parks, the United Arab Emirates is working hard solidify it’s image as the theme park capital of the world. Another theme park that will soon be joining the fray is Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, which is located southwest of Dubai. The theme park itself is actually located on Yas Island which sits about 30 minutes outside of Abu Dhabi, but they are sticking that city into the name as it will probably help recognition. Ferrari World is the latest theme park to lay claim to the world’s largest indoor theme park  and the facility sits “under a roof designed in the style of a classic double-curve body shell of a Ferrari GT.” The park will have over 20 rides and attractions, including the worlds fastest roller coaster; Italian dining, shopping, hotel space, recreations of Italian landmarks, a large kids play area and more. The website also promises: “Those who have ever dreamed of life in the pit lane of a Grand Prix or the adrenaline rush of travelling at speeds over 200 km/h, will find themselves surrounded by opportunities to indulge their fantasies with unique attractions tailored to every aspect of driving, racing and even building a Ferrari.” If you watch the video on the official site, you can see some of those aspects in action.

While no coin-op arcade games are shown in the promo video, I would be very surprised if they didn’t have an arcade there with Ferrari F355 Challenge on hand along with a number of other racing games seeing how this place will be a racing fans paradise.

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Play Meter Magazine's 2008 State of the Industry report

January 27, 2009

playcoverEvery year since 1976, the amusement trade industry magazine Play Meter gathers information from operators and others in the industry to put together a State of the Industry Report. When I was researching every aspect I could about arcades when I was putting together my business plan, these came in handy. Play Meter has released their report for 2008 and along with it a bunch of interesting and useful stats on the industry such as the fact that they have 5,000 arcades on record for the US, which is up from 2007. That flies in the face of the constant “arcades are totally dead in the US” talk I see fairly often. That doesn’t include the 3,000 FECs or 168,000 street locations. Thet average weekly gross for dedicated arcade games is up quite a bit too – from $88 avg. per week to $213 – the highest in the past five years. Although even with the higher stats in certain areas, it looks like some of the operators quoted in the margins are pretty pessimistic (but 91% of them think they’ll still be in business in the next five years) but I have noticed that they almost always seem to be. Not all of us are morbidly pessimitic though, there certainly are challenges we have to face but I think that 2009 is a prime year for all of us to turn any bad situations around or at least make the most out of what we have got.

Hit the link below to check the report out

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Play Meter Magazine’s 2008 State of the Industry report

January 27, 2009

playcoverEvery year since 1976, the amusement trade industry magazine Play Meter gathers information from operators and others in the industry to put together a State of the Industry Report. When I was researching every aspect I could about arcades when I was putting together my business plan, these came in handy. Play Meter has released their report for 2008 and along with it a bunch of interesting and useful stats on the industry such as the fact that they have 5,000 arcades on record for the US, which is up from 2007. That flies in the face of the constant “arcades are totally dead in the US” talk I see fairly often. That doesn’t include the 3,000 FECs or 168,000 street locations. Thet average weekly gross for dedicated arcade games is up quite a bit too – from $88 avg. per week to $213 – the highest in the past five years. Although even with the higher stats in certain areas, it looks like some of the operators quoted in the margins are pretty pessimistic (but 91% of them think they’ll still be in business in the next five years) but I have noticed that they almost always seem to be. Not all of us are morbidly pessimitic though, there certainly are challenges we have to face but I think that 2009 is a prime year for all of us to turn any bad situations around or at least make the most out of what we have got.

Hit the link below to check the report out

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New FEC called Kids Castle opens in Burbank, CA + some other arcade/economic news

December 11, 2008

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(Photo: Alex Collins/Leader)

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While it’s generally been accepted that there is a ‘worldwide economic slowdown’ (although personally I never am quick to believe that it’s always as bad as the news says it is since they have a vested interest in fearmongering for ratings) that isn’t slowing down the news we’re getting of new arcade locations opening up all over the place. This new location comes out of Burbank California where a new FEC called Kids Castle is opening up this Sunday. It looks like quite the amusement facility, with a theme throughout of castles, dragon’s, princesses, etc.; 15,000 sq. ft. of space, indoor amusement rides, a two-story soft playground, a restaurant and an arcade/redemption center. One thing I can relate to with the owner is his attitude about his business. From the Burbank Leader, here is what the owner had to say about the economy and his new business.

“I can care less about the economy,” Daglian said. “This is my dream.”

He could fail, but as long as the amusement center exists, he will be content, Daglian said.

Well he could fail even in a good economy – that’s the nature and risk of business (well, unless you have a lot of money and prestige to throw around in Washington D.C. these days then you can convince anyone that you’re too big to fail but I digress). As long as he has created a good business and he has a good plan to market his idea then he will likely be just fine. But forgetting all that, he is living his dream and that is something to be applauded. The Kids Castle is fourteen months in the making and we wish them good luck in their venture.

[Via Burbank Leader]

Also, Dave & Busters has announced their third quarter results and revenues are down 3.2% for them. However, according to the reporting article, the total revenues over a 39-week period showed an increase of 1.9%, which isn’t much but an increase is an increase. In that 39-week period it showed a slight decrease of the Food and Beverage category while Amusements and Other increased 4.7%.

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