Posted tagged ‘Australia’

Lobster crane machines being shut down in New Zealand

February 10, 2010

A lobster crane machine at IAAPA 2009

I going to try and not use this post to debate the merits of whether lobster crane machines are cruel to the animals but it was only a matter of time before someone, somewhere lodged a protest against the machines, which we have discussed previously. This particular case comes from New Zealand, where The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals “sealed up the three controversial Catcha Cray machines operating in Auckland pubs” recently. The SPCA brought in a “crustacean expert” who said that in their expert opinion the game was harmful to the animals and apparently this society has the legal authority to shut the machines down, which they are doing where ever they can be found.  All this is despite the fact that the SPCA and Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry approved the game in the past. The owner of the machines will be fighting this in court so we will have to wait and see what happens but it’s no secret that the government in neighboring Australia has the habit of playing the nanny and banning all sorts of games they feel are inappropriate for whatever reason.  I haven’t really heard of that happening in New Zealand however. We’ll have to wait and see as to whether this sort of haggling over whether the game is suitable or not will spread to other countries or not (these machines can be found in Asia and the US, not sure if they’ve been spotted in Europe yet) but if so it will prove to be a hassle for people who operate them.

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A look at the not-yet-opened Aussie Pinball Museum

July 18, 2009

Ah museums. Some are boring and dull, some are exciting and fun. Of course that is relative according to your interests, but for me, the museum where you can go and actually interact with displays or do something more than just stare at artifacts behind glass is the kind of museum I would visit. A pinball museum is just that kind of place and some enterprising individuals in the great land of Australia are working on bringing just that kind of place to the Gold Coast. AusPinballMusem_header

JustOneMoreGame has a post featuring the first pictures from the new museum, named the Aussie Pinball Museum which currently does not have a projected opening date as they tackle permits and game restorations. When it is complete however, they are promising to offer around 1500 machines for the public to come in and play, which will make it one of the larger museums for pinball in the world (although I am not sure if it will be the largest or not). In case you are curious to see what they have so far, check it out by clicking on the link below.

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Location Review – Galaxy World, Sydney

February 23, 2008


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The second arcade I visited whilst I was in Australia, which was called Galaxy World, had a great selection of games. The most exciting for me had to be Stern Pinball’s Wheel of Fortune. This was the first time I had seen the game, or played it for that matter, and it did not fail to impress, I think I sunk about thirty bucks in to it during my stay.