Tag: Arcade

Mr P’s proves classic attraction after initial hurdle

Mr P's Classic Amusements
Following initial technical problems that forced the new Mr P’s Classic Amusements in Bognor Regis to delay its grand opening by a fortnight, the AWP-only arcade is back up and running. With the premises having been open now for just under a month, owners Dave and Amelia Douglas have stated that when it comes to attracting customers, the classics will...

West Midland park agrees new arcade deal with HB Leisure

West Midland park, HB Leisure, arcade, deal
West Midland Safari Park has confirmed it will relaunch its popular arcade as of 2020, following a new operating partnership with HB Leisure. The firm, which currently runs the gaming offering for Drayton Manor and Alton Towers, will take control of the Bewdley Park amusement site’s full skill game selection. "We are always looking at ways to improve the guest experience...

Plymouth welcomes arcade gaming proposal

Plymouth, arcade, gaming, proposal
A new pay-at-the-door retro arcade could be set to open in Plymouth town centre, with an unnamed arcade operator reportedly viewing locations in Union Street, Cornwall Street and Derry’s Cross. Alongside a UK-based crazy golf company, the arcade firm has visited empty retail and former nightclub venues in the city with a view to founding a new retro gaming site. “We...

NQ64 brings retro gaming to Manchester

NQ64, retro gaming, Manchester, arcade
Retro video game arcade and bar NQ64 has opened in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, offering punters the chance to sip game character-themed cocktails while playing Time Crisis, Mortal Kombat and Crazy Taxi. The basement gaming space on Short Street is designed to echo vintage arcade halls, with 15 game tokens costing £5, allowing customers to play the full range of classic...

Mr P’s arcade “the critical mass” that Bognor needs

Mr P's Classic Amusements
After announcing a 2 March opening date on Christmas Day, Mr P’s Classic Amusements is set to become “the critical mass” that Bognor needs - at least according to the local Crazy Golf operator. This January Mr P’s operators Dave and Amelia Douglas have been focusing on the venues interior design, which will be followed by a month of choosing...

Project unveils game to help AGCs target B2 players

Project, Tony Boulton, interview, eag
Project has developed a new Roulette based B3 game which has been designed to help AGC operators win business on the high street when the FOBT stake is reduced to £2 in April. The company’s Super Roulette is being shown on stand 412 at this week’s EAG alongside a range that delivers choice and variety to machine players across the...

TwoBit Circus: A new model in an arcade entertainment

Two Bit b&W
They say when America sneezes, the world catches a cold. The latest gaming initiative in Los Angeles serves as a good example. Just twelve weeks after its initial opening, Los Angeles’ ground-breaking TwoBit Circus has been inundated with customer traffic - with founder Brent Bushnell fixing his sights on national expansion, and a different way of bringing gaming to...

Co.Cork arcade gains go-ahead despite local resistance

Co.Cork, arcade,
A planned amusement arcade near Cork in the Republic of Ireland will go ahead despite objections raised by locals. Planners have given the go-ahead for Perks Promotions to convert a former pub in Mitchelstown into a site for gaming similar to those it already operates in Cork city and surrounding towns Youghal and Midelton. The authorisation comes despite a concerted effort...

National Videogame Museum set for Sheffield relaunch

National Videogame Museum, Sheffield relaunch, arcade
The National Videogame Museum is preparing to open this Saturday in Sheffield with an exhibition that sets out to “reach back to the industry’s birth, and forward to games still in development”. Following “an acclaimed run in Nottingham as the National Videogame Arcade”, the new museum will aim to “build on a pedigree of strong review scores, consecutive Trip Advisor...

New owners eye Rollerworld expansion with arcade to play a key role

Rollerworld, expansion, arcade, colchester
Rollerworld in Colchester is in line for a revamp, including an arcade expansion, following its purchase by the UK’s largest family-run extreme sports company. Owners of the property have reportedly held firm against a number of buyout attempts but have now been persuaded by the new suitor’s ambitious development roadmap. The family-owned Demon Xtreme company will take control of the site...

New Colchester AGC: Expanding seasonal staff opportunities

Sailor Boy Amusements, Colchester
A new adult arcade in Colchester will provide summer personnel at Sailor Boy Amusements with year-round employment, says Masterson Leisure. Expansion into the bespoke AGC market in Colchester will provide some seasonal staff at nearby amusements destination with year-round employment, according to one of its directors. Scott and Nicola Masterson both help in heading up the family business Masterson Leisure, which...

Birmingham gets monkey business

Joystick
Kongs has its eye on an empire state. A former nightclub site in Birmingham is to be trans- formed into a retro arcade- themed gaming club and bar. Kongs, as it will be known, will be the third venue to bare such a name after the operator found success in Bristol and later Cardiff. The retro-arcade and bar offering is opening...

Engage! Holodecks inspire Player Ready launch in Cornwall

Player Ready Online
Cornwall’s second virtual reality arcade - Player Ready - opened its doors last month, with owner Stephen Parkinson outlining both his inspiration for the VR venue, and the challenges he faced in making it operational. Inspired by the Holodecks in Star Trek TNG, a new virtual reality arcade has opened its doors in Pool, Cornwall, with the operator teaming up...

Mr P’s set for “big seaside arcade adventure”

Mr P's Classic Amusements
It’s not just tourists heading to the coast this summer, but operators too, with Mr P’s Classic Amusements set to launch a new seaside FEC in the near future. But where will it be? The ‘Mr P’s Classic Amusements’ brand is going to expand into the seaside sector, with owners Dave and Amelia Douglas set to announce the new venue’s...

Gateway26 partners with Semnox to go digital

Semnox
In the first implementation of its kind, Semnox Solutions has partnered with Gateway 26 Casino Arcade the largest merchandise arcade in the state of New Jersey, to go digital by transitioning to its Parafait system for cashless operations. Overlooking the beautiful sunny beaches and the breathtaking Atlantic Ocean, Gateway 26 is a high-class Family Entertainment Centre with over 400...

Burnham Pier named one of the UK’s top ‘tiny attractions’

Burnham-on-Sea Pier
Burnham-on-Sea Pier has been named as one of the UK’s best ‘tiny attractions’ thanks to its amusement arcade. The country’s shortest pier topped The Guardian’s top 10 list of attractions selected from a forthcoming compendium book titled ‘Tiny Britain’. The national newspaper wrote: “Nothing says British seaside like a pier, and as an example of British understatement, Burnham-on-Sea’s, at just 37...

Former Pier owner’s family give seal of approval to new development

Clacton Pier
The family of one of the four previous owners of Clacton Pier has given their seal of approval to the new £4 million development currently underway at the 147-year-old landmark. Michael Goss and his wife Sandra ran the Pier from 1971 until they sold it to a consortium in 1981. Shortly afterwards the couple, their son, also Michael, and daughter, Kate,...

Arcade revenue rises as sector shows “high levels of resilience”

Coinslot-FEC AGC
While only rising marginally to £423.2m in gross gambling yield, the ‘arcade sector’ is showing “high levels of resilience” under increasing costs and rising inflation. AGCs and FECs together recorded £423.2m in gross gambling yield (GGY) between the period October 2016 - September 2017, up marginally from £421.8m between the period April 2016 - March 2017,according to the Gambling Commission. Analysing the...

Good weather and innovation key to Saltburn and Seaburn success

Seaburn
With the recent spells of good weather promising a great British summer, Grant Seldon’s arcades in the Northeast resorts of Saltburn and Seaburn are preparing for a prosperous season. Grant Seldon, owner of Seaburn and Saltburn Amusements, has predicted that new machines, community events, and most importantly good weather, could lead to a prosperous summer season. The arcades, which were hit...

Investment and its power in driving up standards, says Paolo Sidoli

Porthcawl
The British seaside is enjoying a resurgence in popularity with UK holidaymakers which has led to strong investment and a demand for the latest equipment says leading children’s ride specialist Paolo Sidoli. Our company is based on the coast in Porthcawl,” explains industry stalwart Paolo Sidoli, “and we can see the year-on-year increase in visitor numbers and its positive impact...

Nostalgia spurs confusion and hopes for Happyland’s future

Bournemouth Happyland
It’s not all happy in Bournemouth at the moment as the local council grapples with the decision as to what to do with the Happyland amusements site. For two years now, Bournemouth council has been examining options for a prime seafront spot, with a tricky position: it cuts straight into the cliffs. So when Happyland eventually vacates the premises, the sounds...

Mr P’s classics take centre stage with Noel Gallagher

Noel Gallagher
After allowing the band’s photographer to shoot videos inside its AGC, operator Mr P’s Classic Amusements has witnessed its “legendary” machines on tour with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, proving that classic is the original cool. “I lost my faith in the summertime,‘cause it don’t stop raining,” belts Noel Gallagher to an audience in Paris, as machines from Mr P’s...

Sega Amusements International dedicates booth to Ticket Time at DEAL

Sega Ticket Time
Developed by Smart Industries and distributed by Sega, Ticket time was given a whole booth at this year’s DEAL. Ticket Time gameplay is straightforward; players move the 4-way joystick to control the crane and collect as many bundles of tickets as possible. Then using RFID technology embedded in the ticket bundles, the game calculates the number of tickets to award...

Disgraced Billy Mitchell makes statement after being stripped of arcade records

Billy Mitchell
Long-time arcade champion Billy Mitchell was stripped of his records last week in a shock ruling by Guinness World Records. The organisation decided Mitchell used unofficial means to achieve his legendary Donkey Kong high scores. Twin Galaxies, an American organisation that tracks video game world records, discovered he had used the wrong cabinet to attain the Donkey Kong high score -...

Grand Pier revives older videos for a ‘retro arcade’

retro arcade Grand Pier
The Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare has invested in coin-op amusement product both old and new to boost its amusements offering this spring. It has resurrected some its older video games and created a dedicated ‘Retro Arcade’ area in the pier’s pavilion building, as well as bringing in six brand new battery-operated bikes for younger players. The pier’s engineers refurbished a host...

Happy Bus and Captain Jack lead the way

Captain Jack
JNC has highlighted Happy Bus and Captain Jack as two of the top kiddie rides for the season ahead, detailing interactivity and engagement as integral to a strong performing machine. With kiddie rides clearly a key focus for the summer months ahead, JNC have invested heavily in the genre with over sixty different types of rides currently in stock. JNC’s...

Resorts World adds VR to Vortex Gaming area

Birmingham’s Resort World leaps into the future bwith the addition of VR to its Vortex Gaming arcade. Resorts World in Birmingham is the second city’s premier all-in-one leisure location and with its Vortex Gaming area being of particular prominence. All the more reason then that the venue keeps pace with player trending. So it’s no surprise that the multi-faceted arcade...

Bournemouth set for retro ‘barcade’ in town centre

Coinslot video game arcade
Following the resurgence in appreciation for classic arcade games, plans have been submitted for a retro arcade and bar in Bournemouth, already the UK’s second such venture since the start of 2018. Bournemouth could be the home of the south coast’s first retro arcade cafe and bar, if approval for the venture is granted by the local borough council. Zaps, proposed...

Sega confirms launch of Magic Arrow game

Sega Magic Arrow
The global arcade company, Sega, has added to its wide-ranging database of arcade titles with the launch of its easy-to-use, new game Magic Arrow.   Sega has launched a new game Magic Arrow, which the company hopes will follow in the footsteps of the global merchandising phenomenon Key Master. The company claims Magic Arrow is very easy to understand and will test...

Providing variety and quality at the forefront of Burnham Pier

Coinslot - kiddie rides burnham pier
With a motorbike, a helicopter, a fire truck and a 4-seater spaceship, Burnham Pier proudly displays its variety of kiddie rides at the forefront of its arcade offering, much to visitor’s delight.   Perched stoutly over the Bristol Channel, the pier in Burnham-on-sea resides in Somerset’s family-orientated seaside resort, away from the 18-30 year old scene in Weston - making it...

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