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A rundown of the GTI Asia Taipei Expo 2010

May 8, 2010

After almost a week of waiting, we finally have a more in-depth look at what went on at the GTI Asia Taipei Expo 2010 in Taiwan this past weekend. To show us what was there, Youtube user HawTian posted three videos but unfortunately they are nauseating slideshows that zip along with a picture a second. To save you the trouble, I watched through the videos a couple of times and wrote down when you can find the different arcade games for each title, so you can pause the video, let it load and then scroll to what you want to see. If some better videos come along then I’ll either update this post or make a new one, depending upon the content. Videos and more embedded after the break


The Portland Retro Gaming Expo 2009

August 5, 2009


[Thanks to Aaron Auzins for the info]

UPDATED – Had to fix an error regarding where the event is taking place.

If you live in or near the Portland area then heads up, a retro gaming expo which will include some excellent retro arcade gaming will be getting some love on September 19th-20th. Pre- and post-party events will be taking place at Ground Kontrol Arcade in Portland with the main event taking place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, there will be a lot of arcade love to go around, from classic games set on free play to a raffle prize of a full-size Konami Multicade machine. The admission is quite inexpensive and if you are looking for more details, check out the press release after the break.


Images from Insert Coin ’09

July 23, 2009



Kevin Williams has sent us a link to a large number of images from the Insert Coin 09 event and by all appearances, it looks like a great success. There are too many to post here but if you want to take a look, click here.

Here are some interesting ones I found and cherry-picked (click to enlarge):

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Images from Insert Coin '09

July 23, 2009



Kevin Williams has sent us a link to a large number of images from the Insert Coin 09 event and by all appearances, it looks like a great success. There are too many to post here but if you want to take a look, click here.

Here are some interesting ones I found and cherry-picked (click to enlarge):

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Two events to track this weekend: EVO 2009 and Insert Coin 09

July 18, 2009

Just a reminder that there are two big arcade events happening in two different parts of the world this fine summer weekend.


First is the expo all fighter fans look forward to, EVO 2009 in Las Vegas. So far it sounds like turnout has been exceptional to the event and thanks to reader Chris Ainsworth, here is a link to some photos of the first day.

UPDATE: Thanks to Aaron Auzins, here is a link to some live streams from the event provided by Capcom:

UPDATE #2: Day 2 photos by Chris Ainsworth; also Daigo “The Beast” wins the SFIV tournament.


Next up, Insert Coin in Northampton, UK. There is a lot of fighting goodness to get there as well but on top of that they have many other types of games. The news page for Insert Coin (which includes a Twitter feed that is being constantly updated by Kevin Williams of the Stinger Report) can be found here.

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Insert Coin Expo 2009 already shaping up to be a big hit in Europe

June 20, 2009



Another arcade show is fast approaching, this one is taking place next month on July 18th-19th in Northampton, UK. Already the event has sold over 7,000 tickets and will cater to every aspect of the arcade industry from the players on up. Several tournaments are slated to take place (including competitions on SFIV and Tekken 6) over the two day event and on top of that players will be able to pick from over 250 games to play and they can even purchase parts and see some of the latest coin-op offerings. It is shaping up to be a major show and will even be covered by some television and radio sources so we can add this yet again to the arcades are not dead argument we’re constantly pushing forward. 😉

For more details, check out the press release after the break


The 1st Sydney Pinball Festival

May 21, 2009


Despite the fact that there is only one pinball manufacturer around these days, interest in pinball itself doesn’t seem to be waning, if the number of pinball expos popping up around the world is any indication. The most recent festival that celebrates the game took place in Sydney Austrailia and Just One More Game got a chance to visit the show and they have posted their review. It looks like it was a lot of fun as there were plenty of pins to play, stacked back-to-back and side-to-side in quite a large room. Stern’s latest offerings were there to be seen, which includes 24 and NBA pinball. It sounds like people really enjoyed the NBA pin so that’s good for Stern since the game has appeal in international markets.

On top of that, one enthusiast at the expo was showing off their own home-made pinball machine, Coconut Island. The use of an LCD monitor is pretty interesting (and IMHO it’s about time someone tried that) but it’s hard to see the playfield very well from the pic. It’s taken the designer 2 years to make it – I am curious to know if he plans on making more than one.

For the full run down, check it out at Just One More Game.

The 10th Annual Turning Stone Expo coming up

March 31, 2009

Betson has announced a schedule of events for the 10th annual Turning Stone Expo which is going to be held betson-f5-198_w.jpgApril 17th & 18th at the Turning Stone Casion/Resort in Syracuse, NY. While I am not sure what kind of product is going to be seen at this event, if at all, it is likely that some hardware will be seen and they will be holding a number of helpful seminars such as “Growing Your Business in the New Economy”. Full details are in the press release after the break.

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Pre-IAAPA thoughts and guesses

November 15, 2008


IAAPA is just a few days away and this is unfortunately one event I will not be able to go to. But we will habubble_thought_lve information pouring in straight from the floor as our friend Kevin Williams of The Stinger Report will be there and I also hope to be able to get some info from other sources there as well. So what can we possibly expect to see at the show? Here are my guesses/predictions for now – as always the arcade companies are being very tight lipped about everything as usual so the best we can do is guess.

Andamiro: We saw Hammer 2 at ASI and AMOA so that will likely be there; the latest Pump It Up! games should be there (Pump It Up Jump would be a mild surprise – it was tested but what happened after that?) and of course Arcana Heart 2. Could we see other Examu games coming over already, such as Demon Bride? I’m not sure but they did say that AH2 would not be the only game coming over for this new hardware.

Coastal Amusements: The new Sea Wolf will be there and we then should find out how it compares to the previous game and how much it costs. If another video product were going to be there we probably would have heard by now.

GlobalVR: We were hoping to have something in advance on Justice League but it looks as though they are waiting to show it there at IAAPA. Whether it will be a cabinet or just a video of the game in action I do not know, GVR has a decent booth there so expect to see NFS:Carbon and maybe NASCAR & Sky Bandits too.

Incredible Technologies: They have a smaller booth than they did at AMOA so I think that they used that event to really show off their new stuff (Power Putt Golf, Golden Tee LIVE 09, the new pedstal cab) and this is just going to be a downsized version of that with their newest stuff.

Konami: There is a bit of talk going on about Konami making a comeback in the US and I know that they are supposed to have a booth at IAAPA but I have looked around the Expo map and I cannot find them so they might be sharing with another vendor. I think it’s a given that we will see DDR:X and uBeat but there could be some other surprises too – maybe DrumMania & Guitar Freaks or even CastleVania? UPDATE: Konami is at the Betson booth, which also is shared by none other than Raw Thrills. Could this be confirmation the Guitar Hero rumor?

Namco: They have a fairly large booth so we can expect to see more than what they had at AMOA. While it’s hard to guess what they will be showing off here since Namco has been fairly silent this year in the US, it will be very telling to see what they offer here as it will likely be a glimpse into their plans for 2009. What would be great to see there: MaxiTune 3 DX, Razing Storm, Nirin.

Raw Thrills: Big Buck Hunter and Safari should be there, including the Deluxe version of Safari. The DLX version of the game was supposed to have been released last month but I haven’t heard anything since so perhaps we’ll get a fixed date for the game this time around. American Idol should be there since it was found on test recently but who knows what they will say about the Guitar Hero rumors. Of course if GH shows up then it will be a plesant surprise. Also expect to find Nicktoons Nitro and Tokyo Drift.

Sega: Sega has a larger booth for IAAPA than they had at ASI and AMOA combined so I am curious to know what we will see there. I’d put Sega Rally 3 and Rambo into the definite category, Clay Challenge, Primeval Hunt, Mini-Rider 2 and Hummer Extreme into very likely; R-Tuned, House of the Dead EX and any surprise announcements into the ‘maybe’ section.

Stern: While Stern has a small booth, I imagine that this willb e the first chance for the public to try out the new CSI pinball. Since that is the only pin that is coming out within the next month or so it will probably be the only new product there but the Spiderman redemption game and Batman and Indiana Jones could easily make it there as well.

Other stuff: What else could possibly be seen in the world of video coin-op? I do not know if ArcSys has any presence there, maybe through a distributor we could see BlazBlue – the game is scheduled for release on Tuesday. On games like Friction and Get Outta My Face! it’s hard to say but we will be trying to find out the latest on those titles as well. I doubt that Capcom will be showing off something like Street Fighter IV or Tatsunoko Vs Capcom since they have snubbed other big arcade events in the US and where they are gearing up for the console release of those games within the next few months I wouldn’t expect them to go pushing the arcade games they don’t plan on releasing here anyways.

I am not really sure what happened with the company known as iMotion – they weren’t at AMOA and I don’t see their booth on the IAAPA map now. Perhaps Power Boat has been lost in the US. There is one company based in Taiwan that does have a booth at IAAPA though, known as Tecway Developments and I am curious to see what they will be offering. We have covered them before when it was revealed that they made a new tank arcade game called Tank Adventure – that game is still on their website and it would be cool if they have decided to bring it to the States. Maybe they will bring Rythm High as well.

So there you have it, my best guesses. It’s nothing earth-shattering I know, but we will do everything we can to cover news as it happens.

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Neo-Arcadia’s booth @ Japan Expo 2008

July 12, 2008

Japan Expo 2008 was recently held in France and arcade-related website Neo-Arcadia was there with a booth and plenty of screenshots to boot. The arcade presence at the expo brought many games into one place that you would typically find in Japan but would be hard pressed to find all in one place elsewhere. The game roster is pretty impressive, as an example:

Baston: Mark of the Wolves, The King of Fighters’98 Ultimate Match, Samurai Spirits Zero Special, Garou: Mark of the Wolves, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Melty Blood Act Cadenza ver.A, The King of Fighters XI, Hokuto No Ken , Martial Masters, The Rumble Fish 2, Super Street Fighter II X, Street Fighter Zero 3 Upper, Sengoku Basara X, Guilty Gear Accent Core, Battle Fantasia.

Shoot’em up : Zero Gunner 2, Ketsui, Dragon Blaze, ESP Galuda 2, DoDonPachi Dai Fukkatsu 1.5, Death Smiles, Border Down, Batrider, Mazinger Z, Mushihime Sama Futari Black Label, GigaWing.

Other: Oriental Legend 2, Puzzle Bobble 2X, Windjammers, Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny Vs ZAFT II

At least I can say that I’ve played a couple of games on that list but I’ve not had the chance to play a majority of them. At least I can vouch for how great Oriental Legend 2 is. Naturally they also had several tournaments running during this time and overall it looks like their booth attracted a great crowd of people.

While there are many pictures of the event at their site, what better for posting than a video tour of the NeoArcadia booth.

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