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Mirror praises Southend’s amusements

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Southend’s amusement arcades, amusement park and pier have been praised in a national newspaper article about the resort’s transformation. Writing for the Mirror, Nick Owen, head of news at Sunday Mirror and Sunday People, documented a recent family trip to the Essex seaside. Despite having negative memories of Southend from his childhood days, Owen praised its transformation as well as the...

Numskull Designs announce The Quarter Arcades ‘PAC-MAN’ ¼ Scale Arcade Cabinet

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Numskull Designs is incredibly proud to team up with BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment for the first in a series of Quarter Arcades exclusives! The world’s most recognisable video game ‘PAC-MAN’ has gone back to where it began with one of the most realistically-presented formats of the original platform. ‘PAC-MAN’ as a character inspired generations and the original game is still one...

Swindon Shipley’s gets celeb Coronation

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Last Saturday saw the ribbon cut on Swindon's new Shipley’s Amusements premises by Coronation Street star Anthony Cotton.   Standing in front of a crowd of soap opera fanatics he not only announced the ceremonial opening but ventured into the arcade to reveal the winner of a £50 raffle draw and meet his adoring fans. Michael Shipley, owner of the Shipley’s...

One player only: Videogame groups forced to merge over lack of funding

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Following a lack of support in the Autumn Budget, the British Games Institute has merged with the National Videogame Foundation to create a “new centre of gravity for games culture” in the UK. It might not be enough to plug a funding hole.   The British Games Institute (BGI) is to merge and share headquarters with the National Videogame Foundation (NVF)...

Potential new arcade for Blackpool high street

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An application for planning permission to turn a charity shop into an amusement arcade in Blackpool town centre has been submitted.   JWT Leisure have applied for permission to turn an old Barnardos shop on Abingdon Street, which was last occupied more than a year ago, into an adult gaming centre. “The change of use which is envisaged involves bringing the premises...

Mobile titles trending with younger generation

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Arcade adaptations of mobile games are continuing to prove successful for the industry, with game developers and amusements manufacturers teaming up since 2012 to recreate popular titles.   Leading games such as Doodle Jump and Temple Run have resonated with a younger audience since their debut, bringing an instant familiarity to arcades through their mobile counterpart. “In the nigh-on five years since...

Arcades across UK key to Bourne supremacy

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Bourne Leisure Group enjoyed an impressive 2016, with recent financial statements showing notably increased turnover, driven in part by a growing amusements portfolio.   One of the largest holiday home operators in the UK, counting Haven and Butlins amongst its subsidiaries, Bourne Leisure has seen another impressive year, as the company make the most of a burgeoning staycation market, and weak...

First VR technology show set for Las Vegas

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The first conference to focus on the advent of VR to amusements, arcades and theme parks is taking place in Las Vegas, on 13- 14 September.   Billed as “the first event focused on the business opportunities presented by immersive technology”, The Future of Immersive Leisure 2017 will include a technology showcase and seminars from a wide range of technology and...

Ireland’s raised age limit a “piecemeal effort” at gambling reform

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The beginning of long-awaited gambling reform in Ireland has finally come to fruition, however the Irish Amusements Trade Association believe “this piecemeal effort” does nothing to bring the country’s legislation to where it should be.   The minimum age limit for all forms of gambling in the Republic of Ireland is to be set at 18 years old under new legislation...

Punters drawn to retro-redemption old favourites

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As the season progresses operators are seeing families trending towards retro-style redemption machines, with new-takes on old favourites offering an experience that in-home consoles and mobile games still cannot match.   Noticing the punters gravitate, a number of operators are planning to invest more in ‘traditional-style pieces’ - games you’d expect to see at a 1950s seaside carnival, but with a...

Cruisin’ Blast: Driving sales into a new era

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The long running Cruis’n driving game series is making its triumphant return with new title Cruis’n Blast.   Designed exclusively for arcades, the high-octane racer has proven popular in venues over the years. Since developer Raw Thrills debuted cross-country themed Cruis’n USA in 1994, over 70,000 units of games within the series have been sold, grossing over $8 billion worldwide. “With the resurging...

Redeeming redemption machines in Britain’s arcades

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Driving home the potential redemption has to increase its market share in Britain’s arcades, two of the country’s leading independent operators give their thoughts on the sector and how it will impact the future of their businesses.   With redemption machines increasingly hailed as the largest growth industry in the FEC sector, those who are yet to fully embrace the practice...

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