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PMT Sales now running big tournaments for Textminator across the UK

January 8, 2010

If you live in the UK and you are good at texting, then this is for you. UK distributor PMT Sales has let us know about some big competitions they are currently running on 100 Textminator arcade machines that are placed in various locations throughout the country.  What they are offering is nothing to sneeze at – random winners can win brand new mobile phones and later this year they will hold a large competition looking for the “fastest texter in the UK” with a grand prize of £10,000 (about $16,000 USD at current exchange rates). According to PMT:

We have 100 machines going out before easter and each one has a monthly unique prize. If the winner wants to he can then be entered into the final play off at the end of the year. Each machine will have its own leaderboard sent to our new website so customers can keep up to date on scores to beat

That website would be blingmobiles.com. Also from the PMT site, I noticed that they also have custom artwork for Textminator cabinets that can be tailored to a specific phone manufacturer. It’s a pretty smart use of the idea behind the game and I wonder if other companies in different territories around the world will pick up on this as well.

PMT also let us know that they are now hold exclusive distribution rights to Universal Space games, which I covered at IAAPA (Textminator was covered in that same post in case you missed it). UNIS is one company I have been watching since IAAPA as they revealed their first in-house developed game, Ultimate and of course the Cooking Mama video redemption title.

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Namco Funscape opens in Gateshead UK

November 7, 2009

(Thanks to reader kieranmay for the tip)

Namco is well know for operating hundreds of arcade across the globe and now they have added one more place to their list – the Namco Funscape in Gateshead UK. As you can see from the video below, their selection of arcade games is very solid, featuring several new releases including four MaxiTune 3 cabs, 2 Guitar Hero cabs, 2 Nirin cabs, a deluxe Rambo, two Need For Speed Carbon cabs, and more. They also offer entertainment for people of all ages, spanning from a soft play area for kids to a bar and pool hall for adults. It looks like an impressive facility and we wish them the best of luck in their business!

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

June 20, 2009

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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

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UK to get it’s first pinball museum on May 23rd – The Pinball Parlour

May 9, 2009

When I generally think of museums, I don’t always think of them as being terribly exciting (albeit they can be fascinating) but when it comes to museums based upon games, they pinparlourcan be both fascinating and exciting. I know of a few game based museums around the world and sometimes they include items one would have found in an arcade or bar at one time, both in coin-op video games and pinball. There is a pinball museum in Las Vegas and now the UK is going to get one when The Pinball Parlour opens in Ramsgate on May 23rd. They will have over 30 machines available to play ranging from games made in the 50s all the way up to modern times.  There will be some rare items at the location although the news article I’m linking to where this is coming from didn’t say what they have as far as rarities go. Either way if you live in the area be sure to check it out, they even have a small café there and host birthday parties.I hope it works out well for the owners, any venture like this carries with it some risk but in the end hopefully they can make some new fans for pinball once they get a taste for it.

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UK to get it's first pinball museum on May 23rd – The Pinball Parlour

May 9, 2009

When I generally think of museums, I don’t always think of them as being terribly exciting (albeit they can be fascinating) but when it comes to museums based upon games, they pinparlourcan be both fascinating and exciting. I know of a few game based museums around the world and sometimes they include items one would have found in an arcade or bar at one time, both in coin-op video games and pinball. There is a pinball museum in Las Vegas and now the UK is going to get one when The Pinball Parlour opens in Ramsgate on May 23rd. They will have over 30 machines available to play ranging from games made in the 50s all the way up to modern times.  There will be some rare items at the location although the news article I’m linking to where this is coming from didn’t say what they have as far as rarities go. Either way if you live in the area be sure to check it out, they even have a small café there and host birthday parties.I hope it works out well for the owners, any venture like this carries with it some risk but in the end hopefully they can make some new fans for pinball once they get a taste for it.

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Insert Coin 2009 – UK public arcade expo launches!

February 10, 2009

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It’s a great day for arcade gamers in the UK, as the Insert Coin 2009 expo has been announced! The show will run on July 18th and 19th at the Northampton Saints Conference CentreThe difference between Insert Coin and other arcade exhibitions is that the event is open to the public, with a great deal for any enthusiast to enjoy. The show will contain over 100 video games and pinball machines set to freeplay, including some that are extremely hard to find in the region, such as the hot fighting game Street Fighter IV, Cave’s new shoot-’em-up Death Smiles, and the cult Japanese fighter Melty Blood: Act Cadenza ver.B2. Additionally, nine tournaments will be running throughout the weekend taking in various genres and offering prizes for extreme displays of skill.

As well as being able to play games, enthusiasts will be able to bring and buy arcade PCBs and parts, attend tech talks and order games and cabinets from suppliers attending the show. Of course, if you’re lacking the kind of room or cash to make your dream arcade at home there will be arcade T-shirts and posters for sale too. Finally, if you’re feeling lucky there will be a raffle for two candy cabinets imported from Japan, an excellent prize for any fan of arcade games.

Tickets are available now and cost £10 for an under-16s weekend ticket, £15 for an adult day ticket or £23 for an adult weekend ticket. If you are interested in attending or exhibiting, visit the Insert Coin 2009 website (link below). Expect more news about the event in the weeks and months ahead, which we’ll be bringing to you right up until we hit the show floor. Until then, hit the post break in order to read the full press release!

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The Stinger Report visits Preview 2009 in London

October 4, 2008

Preview 2009 has now come and gone and thanks to Kevin Williams of The Stinger Report we have a look at what went on there. In addition to demonstrating a number of games we already knew of (Rambo, SR3,

Blazing Angels, NFS Carbon, Golden Tee, etc.) there were a couple of new additions, like a new game out of Korea that looks like a video version of Whack-A-Mole or TAB’s new large touchscreen unit (pictured to the right). So let’s get to it! As always, click on thumbnails to expand them and for interest of space we’ll put everything after the jump, so click below to begin.

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