Posted tagged ‘Save The Arcades’

Arcade UFO wins Strides Save the Arcades 2008 competition

October 19, 2009

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Stride Gum’s Save the Arcades competition is now over and they have announced a winner. Where there were four arcades across the US to choose from, one walked away with the $25,000 prize and that was Arcade UFO in Austin, TX. When you look at the final votes it appears that StarBase Arcade in San Fransisco, CA was fairly close to first place, with Star Worlds Arcade and Game Galaxy coming in a distant 3rd and 4th place, respectively.

As to what Arcade UFO will do with the prize money, we don’t know that yet but if you look at their current game selection they already have a number of high-profile games available so it should be both interesting and exciting to see what they will be able to do with this. We extend our congratulations to Arcade UFO and hope that they will be able to continue to provide not only a great venue for players to hang out at but to stand as a great example for others out there to look to. Also our thanks once again to Stride Gum for this undertaking. It is notable however that Stride is not finished here – they have announced that starting next month they “…will ask gamers to nominate the arcade they think is worthy of the next Save the Arcades crusade.” which will happen sometime in 2010 under the name “Save the Arcades 2”.

[Stride Save the Arcades website] [Arcade UFO website] [Discuss on the Forums]

More industry coverage seen thanks to “Save The Arcades”

September 2, 2009

We all know that it is a chore for the arcade industry to get some mainstream attention and one aspect of Stride’s “Save The Arcades” campaign has certainly made it a little easier for the word to spread around. While the focus I’ll be linking to here is on two of the arcades that are part of the current promotion, it’s still worth noting that these articles also cover the plight of you stand-alone arcade business as a whole. We all know of course that stand-alone arcades – those that focus just on games with little to no other attractions like redemption or food – are rare but they are out there of course and in the right places they can hold their own.

Here are the articles, thanks to Doc of Galloping Ghost for the first one and Kevin W. of The Stinger Report for the 2nd.

Daily Chronicle looks at the Star Worlds Arcade in DeKalb, IL

Tennessean.com covers the Game Galaxy Arcade in Nashville, TN

[Discuss on the Forums]

More industry coverage seen thanks to "Save The Arcades"

September 2, 2009

We all know that it is a chore for the arcade industry to get some mainstream attention and one aspect of Stride’s “Save The Arcades” campaign has certainly made it a little easier for the word to spread around. While the focus I’ll be linking to here is on two of the arcades that are part of the current promotion, it’s still worth noting that these articles also cover the plight of you stand-alone arcade business as a whole. We all know of course that stand-alone arcades – those that focus just on games with little to no other attractions like redemption or food – are rare but they are out there of course and in the right places they can hold their own.

Here are the articles, thanks to Doc of Galloping Ghost for the first one and Kevin W. of The Stinger Report for the 2nd.

Daily Chronicle looks at the Star Worlds Arcade in DeKalb, IL

Tennessean.com covers the Game Galaxy Arcade in Nashville, TN

[Discuss on the Forums]

Stride gum gets some star power to help promote “Save the Arcades”

August 21, 2009
They probably should have given MvC2 a proper cleaning prior to the shoot

They probably should have given MvC2 a proper cleaning prior to the shoot

As a part of Stride Gum’s campaign to “Save the Arcades” they are bringing some celebrities on board to help out with the cause and recently they held an event at the Video West Arcade in Glendale, CA with none other than Zachary Quinto of Heroes (Sylar) and the recently released Star Trek(young Spock) fame. Zach played some games and posed with fans for the event and he was even sporting a cool “Save the Arcades” T-Shirt. I think that this is a great way to help push the promotion and no matter how you view Stride’s promotion, either as a boon or a gimmick, it’s great to see them pulling out some star power to help promote the cause we are all behind.

More pics can be found at TrekMovie.com

[Discuss on the Forums]

Stride gum gets some star power to help promote "Save the Arcades"

August 21, 2009
They probably should have given MvC2 a proper cleaning prior to the shoot

They probably should have given MvC2 a proper cleaning prior to the shoot

As a part of Stride Gum’s campaign to “Save the Arcades” they are bringing some celebrities on board to help out with the cause and recently they held an event at the Video West Arcade in Glendale, CA with none other than Zachary Quinto of Heroes (Sylar) and the recently released Star Trek(young Spock) fame. Zach played some games and posed with fans for the event and he was even sporting a cool “Save the Arcades” T-Shirt. I think that this is a great way to help push the promotion and no matter how you view Stride’s promotion, either as a boon or a gimmick, it’s great to see them pulling out some star power to help promote the cause we are all behind.

More pics can be found at TrekMovie.com

[Discuss on the Forums]

Stride gum launches a Save the Arcades initiative

August 13, 2009

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[Thanks to everyone who sent this in!]

When it comes to saving arcade companies across the US, I never would have thought that a gum company would be spearheading an effort to save them. So I am quite surprised and pleased to see this effort that STRIDE gum is taking to save one of four arcades by running a contest where you can play an online game they are hosting and contribute your score to an overall tally that is tracked for each of the four arcade companies. You pick the arcade you want to support and your score is added to the tally. I have to say that in this age of big business bailouts it’s great to see one business coming to the aide of smaller businesses like this (especially where it doesn’t require taxpayer dollars to accomplish).

Two of the arcades that are on the list are ones we have featured here on Arcade Heroes in the past (ArcadeUFO and Game Galaxy) and I am surprised to see them on the list as struggling and I hope that all of the arcades on the list will weather the storm of the tough economy whether they win this Stride contest or not. At the time of this writing ArcadeUFO (which is in Austin, TX) is leading the pack with over 41 million points; the three other arcades in the running are Game Galaxy (Nashville, TN), StarBase Arcade (San Rafael, CA) and Star Worlds Arcade (DeKalb, IL). Naturally if you live close to any of these businesses, be sure to drop in and give them your support by buying some credits and playing some games. Don’t forget to get some Stride gum next time you have a chance to as well.

You can support your favorite arcade via Stride by going to this page and playing Zapataur.

[Help Save The Arcades With Stride] [Some press related to this – Kotaku / Gamewit] [Discuss on the forums]