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Another big FEC opens in Indiana – America’s Incredible Pizza Co.

July 23, 2009

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I’m not sure what it is about Indiana lately, but it seems to be attracting a lot of entertainment facilities as of late. The newest facilitiy – America’s Incredible Pizza Co. opens today with 55,000 sq. ft. of space and will employ 200 people in a 1950’s era themed structure and in addition to a restaurant, kart racing, minibowling, mini-golf, bumper cars and of course an arcade. There is no word on how large the arcade part of it will be but as an FEC with a strong restaurant side, it certainly will pull in the customers.

[Via IndyStar] [Discuss on the Forums]

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FEC hit by hard times closes it's doors – temporarily

July 17, 2009

Was it the recession, the tax system in New York, a bad location or a combination of all three that led to the temporary closure of an FEC called TreePaad this past week? From the looks of it, both don’t help according to an article in the Poststar that discusses the hard choices that the owner of TreePaad has had to make as business has slowed down and they have had to jump through the hoops that NY state puts in the way of getting tax credits. Despite the difficulties stated, the owners do intend to re-open the business at another treecloselocation sometime in the future but until then the 22 people the company employed are out of work and the equipment for the business is going into storage. It’s worth noting that in 2007, TreePaad won an award from the IALEI for the Best Creative Party Package for birthdays.

I can understand the dilemma they are in. Right now with my own arcade, things are slow as we have to compete with many other activities people can choose from and on top of that consumers are being more picky about what they spend their money on for entertainment. It’s great that from the sounds of it Treepaad won’t be closed permanently but you have to wonder, with the economy looking to stay in the doldrums for a while longer how long it will be until they will be able to jump back in and try again.

[Via Poststar.com] [Discuss on the forums]

FEC hit by hard times closes it’s doors – temporarily

July 17, 2009

Was it the recession, the tax system in New York, a bad location or a combination of all three that led to the temporary closure of an FEC called TreePaad this past week? From the looks of it, both don’t help according to an article in the Poststar that discusses the hard choices that the owner of TreePaad has had to make as business has slowed down and they have had to jump through the hoops that NY state puts in the way of getting tax credits. Despite the difficulties stated, the owners do intend to re-open the business at another treecloselocation sometime in the future but until then the 22 people the company employed are out of work and the equipment for the business is going into storage. It’s worth noting that in 2007, TreePaad won an award from the IALEI for the Best Creative Party Package for birthdays.

I can understand the dilemma they are in. Right now with my own arcade, things are slow as we have to compete with many other activities people can choose from and on top of that consumers are being more picky about what they spend their money on for entertainment. It’s great that from the sounds of it Treepaad won’t be closed permanently but you have to wonder, with the economy looking to stay in the doldrums for a while longer how long it will be until they will be able to jump back in and try again.

[Via Poststar.com] [Discuss on the forums]

New FEC opens in Jordan – Jingo's Jungle

July 15, 2009

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We don’t get a lot of arcade news coming out of the Middle East – most of what we do get comes from Dubai. But now a new developer is opening an FEC in the country of Jordan called Jingo’s Jungle, a 6456 sq. meter facility that offers every sorts of entertainment you would expect to find at an FEC, including an arcade with 81 games.  One unique feature they also have is a face painting and barber shop for kids; they also have a ‘multi-activity center’ where there is someone who tells stories to kids, an RC race track, bumper cars, various rides and more. Jingo’s Jungle is the first family entertainment center to open in Jordan and they already have worked on spreading the word by participating in a Kid’s Expo there. Good luck to Jingo’s Jungle, I imagine that if it is successful, Jordan could see more centers like it appear and who knows, perhaps soon we’ll start hearing about many more facilities opening across the Middle East.

[Jingo’s Jungle website (English)] [Via Menafn.com] [Discuss on the forums]

New FEC opens in Jordan – Jingo’s Jungle

July 15, 2009

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We don’t get a lot of arcade news coming out of the Middle East – most of what we do get comes from Dubai. But now a new developer is opening an FEC in the country of Jordan called Jingo’s Jungle, a 6456 sq. meter facility that offers every sorts of entertainment you would expect to find at an FEC, including an arcade with 81 games.  One unique feature they also have is a face painting and barber shop for kids; they also have a ‘multi-activity center’ where there is someone who tells stories to kids, an RC race track, bumper cars, various rides and more. Jingo’s Jungle is the first family entertainment center to open in Jordan and they already have worked on spreading the word by participating in a Kid’s Expo there. Good luck to Jingo’s Jungle, I imagine that if it is successful, Jordan could see more centers like it appear and who knows, perhaps soon we’ll start hearing about many more facilities opening across the Middle East.

[Jingo’s Jungle website (English)] [Via Menafn.com] [Discuss on the forums]

Timezone FECs testing out a new design, hopes to set standard

April 16, 2009

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As I have been working on a new arcade, my thoughts have turned towards developing a new theme. I liked the theme at my current arcade although admittedly it is lacking since I never finished it up properly. I meant to paint all of the walls with circuit board-like graphics and add more lighting but between the lack of time and where it appeared that I wouldn’t be at my current location for very long anyways, I began to loose the desire to really spend the necessary time I needed to to get it all done. That will change with the new place and one thing I like always seeing are different themes and designs that other arcades around the world use.

Timezone, which operates many FECs found throughout Indonesia and several different Southeast Asian countries is launching a new design that if it works out, may very well become the standard that all of their FECs follow. After looking at it, I wouldn’t be surprised to see other FECs around the world to try out similar designs or ideas. There is a lot to a theme – I think that in addition to the games you find in a place, the theme around you sets the mood that you are likely to feel while there. Timezone’s idea is to go with a futuristic look that you can see in more detail by clicking on the thumbnails below. A press release detailing the changes can be found after the post break.

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Another new FEC opens tomorrow – Xscape in Indianapolis

December 11, 2008

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When it rains, it pours at least when it comes to new facility news. Here is another FEC opening up in the US, this time in Indianapolis, IN, to be called Xscape. Xscape is pretty big, they are boasting 75,000 sq. ft. of space and they have a great looking setup – a buffet, lazer tag arena, mini-golf, sports bar, rides which includes bumper cars, a go kart xscapeheaderspeedway and a couple of places where you can find redemption/arcade games. According to their website, they have about 60 games total including some new games like Rambo, Nicktoons Nitro, Primeval Hunt, Time Crisis,  NASCAR Motion deluxe, Blazing Angels, DDR and more. They have a website setup already with a list of their games and other features and if you live in the area it looks like it’s a great place to check out as it opens tomorrow.

I find it interesting that in this downturn we are seeing some pretty big amusement locations opening up. While it is true that entertainment typically does better in downturns (the Golden Age of arcades occured during a downturn in the late 70’s that saw far higher unemployment rates and inflation in the US than we’re seeing at the moment but I do understand that there are always differences in each recession as to causes & effects), with the way people speak about arcades and amusement you would think that they wouldn’t stand a chance in today’s climate.  Of course it remains to be seen how all these new places do over the next year or so but for now I think that it’s great to see all of these places popping up and as always, we wish every location that has started up recently or that will be opening up soon the best of luck and if you live near any of these places, be sure to stop by and give them your support.

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