Sunday, January 23, 2022

Tag: retro

NQ64 sets sights on Newcastle

NQ64 sets sight on Newcastle
NQ64 has submitted plans to Newcastle City Council to convert a former bar on Pilgrim Street into its latest retro gaming venue, part of a nationwide expansion strategy following a £1.4m investment from Imbiba in 2021.

Usain Bolt makes swift return to refurbished Lane7 Manchester

Usain Bolt makes swift return to refurbished Lane7 Manchester
Lightning may not strike twice but Usain Bolt certainly does, visiting the newly refurbished Lane7 venue in Manchester for a second time in as many months last weekend.

The “emotional connection” driving Arcade Club expansion

Arcade Club Leeds retro gaming
Arcade Club operations manager Jason Rayner has cited the “emotional connection” that classic cabinets generate is the secret to retro gaming’s enduring appeal, as the brand plans a major expansion of its Leeds venue.

Penny Arcade to open in Kidderminster pub

Penny Arcade plans Kidderminster
A new retro arcade is to open in Kidderminster this month, following an extensive refurbishment of the town centre pub Pennies.

Four Thieves branches out into virtual reality

Four Thieves Pub VR
The Four Thieves in London is the UK’s first pub to have its own virtual reality centre, showing the increasing desire by landlords to diversify their offering.

Flashback Arcade opens in Bradford

Flashback Arcade opens Bradford
A new pay-to-enter video game arcade with a mixture of retro and modern day titles opened in Bradford city centre last weekend.

New retro arcade for Bradford

Flashback retro arcade planning Bradford
A new retro gaming centre is to open in Bradford city centre this month, after council planners approved proposals to convert the former offices of the local newspaper into Flashback Arcade.

Lincoln set for “unique” new arcade venture

Arcade Warehouse Lincoln
Lincoln is set to welcome a new entertainment and gaming centre in the form of The Arcade Warehouse, which is ready to open its doors as soon as restrictions allow.

High Score opens in Newbury

High Score Newbury opens Aaron Gilbey
Two months after receiving planning permission from Newbury Town Council, High Score amusement arcade has opened in the town’s Kennet Shopping Centre.

Bitcade success demonstrates retro’s continued appeal

Bitcade retro arcade
Retro arcade gaming continues to prove big business, with Gloucestershire-based arcade manufacturer Bitcade reporting FY revenue up to 30 October grew 370 percent year-on-year.

Arcade Club gains go-ahead for new Blackpool venue

Arcade Club granted permission Blackpool
Another week, and another story of expansion within the old-skool retro video arcade sector: with news that the Bury-based Arcade Club brand will soon be expanding to Blackpool.

Bonvoyage, for now, to Timewarp Somerset

Timewarp Arcade Bridgwater
Last week one of the leading lights in retro gaming within the southwest of England announced its decision to close down temporarily in wake of the recent rise in coronavirus cases.

Arcade Hub Hull eyes bigger and better venue

Arcade Hub Hull expansion
The popularity of Arcade Hub has proved such that the man behind the arcade, Lee Playle, has seen fit not only to seek a bigger venue, but also to expand into a feast of new food and beverage options.

Arcade Club sets course to make UK “the arcade capital of the world”

Arcade Club
What turned a computer repair shop into an ambitious retro arcade experience. Andy Palmer talks about the journey from Rossendale to Bury, Leeds and soon to come Blackpool.

£3m “state of the art” FEC set for Liverpool

Liverpool ArCains The Brewery Tap
The owner of The Brewery Tap at Cains Brewery in Liverpool has set aside £3m to build a new FEC on the site, with the leisure operator backing amusements and VR to drive its flagship attraction.   Mikhail Hotel and Leisure Group has announced plans for a new £3m FEC for Cains Brewery in Liverpool, expected to open later this year. Set...

Chorley Market Walk extension in line for FEC and retro offering

Chorley Market Walk FEC
Chorley Market Walk is set to be the destination for a new retro arcade, bowling alley and adventure golf course, the latest in a range of new leisure..

Asian-themed “kitchen disco” with a little bit of retro arcade action

pubs, tw
The British pub continues to evolve in increasingly specific form - as demonstrated by the latest project taken on by two burgeoning Scottish pub entrepreneurs. Kevin Bowie and Stephen Warisito jointly own TW Pubs, whose most recent venture is take charge of two new leases from Hawthorne Leisure: one of which has been transformed into an Asian-themed drinking hole. The pair,...

Birmingham gets monkey business

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...

Popular retro-game show coming to Blackpool

Coinslot - Play Expo Blackpool
Two-day gaming spectacular PLAY Expo Blackpool will take place at the Norcalympia Exhibition Centre on July 15- 16.   Back for its sixth year, the expo is the UK’s longest running retro-game show and features an array of talks, tournaments, exhibitors and general gaming mayhem. “Our sheer wealth of content, world-class special guests and unmissable interactive action provide superb value for gamers...

Punters drawn to retro-redemption old favourites

Coinslot - Redemption retro
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...