Posted tagged ‘locations’

From Mongolia to Cambodia

August 5, 2009

It has been a while since we had a glimpse at some arcades in areas where we might not hear too much about in the news – the most recent one I recall was an arcade found in North Korea. Thanks to contributor Oga Shi, he has pointed us to a couple of several month old articles on Japanese website Rocketnews24.com where they went out and took a look at an arcade in Mongolia and one in Cambodia. Unfortunately they don’t have a lot of pictures of either place but the two could not be on more opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of quality.

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First the arcade in Ulan Bator Mongolia, called the Starplay Game Center had been closed for a couple of days when the reporter passed by and no one was sure why . I am really curious to know what it looks like on the inside and see what they have going on there – from the outside it looks pretty rundown but according to what the article states via the translator, they heard that it had some retro games inside along with a PC network.  Admittedly I do not know an awful lot about Mongolia but I am slightly surprised to see how much English text they use on their store ads there, although I have seen similar things like that when I lived in Brazil.

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On to Cambodia, the Rocket News guys made a visit to the most popular arcade in Cambodia – one intended for rich customers that features a lot of cool games and an extendisve security system. Known as the NeoGeo SNK arcade, I didn’t find a lot of information on this one via a quick Google search although I think I have heard of it before. Natrually they have a lot of SNK games on location and King of Fighters is especially popular.  For a little more on both of these arcades, click on the links

[Starplay Arcade] [NeoGeo SNK Arcade] [Discuss on the Forums]

The 5 best arcades still in business (in the Chicago area)

July 29, 2009

Whoever the contributors are to Examiner.com, they seem to be taking an interest in rating arcades in their local areas lately and here is the latest “Top Whatever” list of the best arcades in a certain area. Last time it was in the Detroit area with the top 10 or 11 places, this time it’s in the Chicago area. If this continues to be a trend then there will probably be too many articles to mention but I think it’s great that some people are noticing arcades that are still open in their area where players can usually find some new games.

Here’s the list. If you live in the Chicago area, do you agree?

[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

jingos

stinger

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]

Gameworks Minneapolis wants to move

April 23, 2009

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We all know how important a good location is – I do especially as I have learned over time how my location stinks. And speaking of locations, there is a story out there about how the Gameworks in Minneapolis wants to get out of it’s current location to head somewhere else. Located in a place known as “Block E” in downtown Minneapolis, it sounds like the gameworksarea just has not been that great for business, in part thanks to “well-documented problems” such as drug dealing and loitering. The first problem in particular is not good for any ethical business and Gameworks wants out. Hopefully they can find a new place quickly but I imagine that it will take some time to do so as one big bookstore, Borders closed in the area a little over the year ago when they were not able to sub-lease the space, which is what Gameworks is attempting to do. I don’t know what the local economy in Minnesota is like right now, I know that where I live it isn’t terrible where we have among the lowest unemployment rates in the country at the moment but I know of several big box locations that are sitting around empty as there is understandably a bit of fear involved in opening big stores.

[Via MyfoxTwinCities.com] [Discuss on the Forums]

Passing through Vegas and need an arcade to go to?

February 3, 2008

When most people think of gaming in Vegas, only gambling comes to mind but even ingameworks.jpg large casinos the chances of finding an arcade game room there are pretty good. In fact there are a number of arcades in Vegas, from small game rooms to large gaming centers that are practically amusement parks in themselves (including Sega Gameworks). Now finding all of these places can be an adventure in and of itself if you head down to Vegas but if you don’t want to bother with that I came across a website that reviews a number of arcades in Las Vegas for you. In addition to written information they even have a videos in a few of the reviews (such as Gameworks) I have no idea if this covers all of the arcades to be found in Vegas but it’s a great place to start if you just want to find some places to play some arcades or pinball games. Hit the link below for the list and reviews.

[Las Vegas Arcades @ Vegas.com] [Discuss on the Forum]

Capcom strengthing focus on it’s arcade locations – games next?

November 14, 2007

[Via NEXT Generation]

A couple of large game companies own and operate their own arcades, in Japan and elsewhere. Some prime examples are Namco and Sega and while it has far fewer locations, even Capcom has some arcades of their own. According to NEXT Generation, Capcom is going to restructure its arcades by closing three unprofitable centers and open eight larger ones in a hope to maximize their profitablitiy by March 2009. This is further evidence of arcades becoming not only profitable again but being far from dead. Of course these are Japanese arcades but perhaps with Capcom showing renewed interest in their arcade locations and with Basara X and Street Fighter IV on the horizon, perhaps 2008 will see a few more announcements from Capcom regarding even more arcade titles.

[Discuss on the Forum]

Capcom strengthing focus on it's arcade locations – games next?

November 14, 2007

[Via NEXT Generation]

A couple of large game companies own and operate their own arcades, in Japan and elsewhere. Some prime examples are Namco and Sega and while it has far fewer locations, even Capcom has some arcades of their own. According to NEXT Generation, Capcom is going to restructure its arcades by closing three unprofitable centers and open eight larger ones in a hope to maximize their profitablitiy by March 2009. This is further evidence of arcades becoming not only profitable again but being far from dead. Of course these are Japanese arcades but perhaps with Capcom showing renewed interest in their arcade locations and with Basara X and Street Fighter IV on the horizon, perhaps 2008 will see a few more announcements from Capcom regarding even more arcade titles.

[Discuss on the Forum]