PrimeTime Amusements - Arcade Game Sales
Published March 16, 2018 Leave a Comment

Here at PrimeTime Amusements, we seldom touch topics outside the comfort zone that we call arcade gaming. However, in special occasions, a hugely popular title sometimes pops up on a foreign gaming platform; one that steals away all the attention for a few weeks and enraptures gamers with its gameplay. This time, we’re talking about a hit title which, despite being out for little over 7 months,  has already grossed little under $400 million through Steam.

We’re talking about none other than PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS (or PUBG, as everyone calls it), the online multiplayer Battle Royale-themed game, inspired by the Japanese film of the same name. If you’re not familiar with Battle Royale, don’t sweat it; most people aren’t. However, you might be familiar with another similar film (which is also inspired by Battle Royale), The Hunger Games. Story nuances aside, the basic premise is that a group of people are thrown into a deserted space of land, and are left to battle each other until only one person or team remains standing. Despite featuring such a simple premise, this game has shown once again that, when PC gaming decides to go all in, it goes all in hard.

Regardless of its huge success, the game is by no means original. The Battle Royale, last man standing type of gameplay was already featured in several mods for the standalone games Arma 3 and H1Z1, which were also created by the same person responsible for PUBG. Said mods garnered a huge following initially in a niche audience. However, their player base steadily rose in popularity until the point where a standalone game was an economically feasible solution. The game’s creator, Brendan Green, is the mastermind behind the aforementioned mods, as well as their current hugely-successful standalone iteration, and decided to name his game after his online handle, PlayerUnknown.

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Published March 9, 2018 Leave a Comment

circus charlie

Circus Charlie was among one of my first experiences in arcade gaming. The game was developed and published by Konami in 1984 for the arcade and was ported to the MSX in the same year. 2 years later, the game was also ported to the Nintendo Famicom, followed by the Commodore 64 in 1987. Furthermore, the game was also re-released alongside other famous titles of the time as part of the Konami Classics Series: Arcade Hits collection for the Nintendo DS.

The premise of the game was quite simple: the player controls a circus clown named Charlie and has to go through several stages and surpass all the obstacles contained in each one of them while collecting the most amount of points possible in order to set a high score. There are six stages in total, after which the game repeats from the beginning with a faster pace and increased difficulty. In this sense, the game becomes a match of endurance where only the most skilled can reach the higher difficulties and set the best scores in the arcade.

On each stage, Charlie will have to perform many tasks, most of which are dangerous and may consist of dodging obstacles, jumping through flaming hoops, walking on tightropes, and avoiding animals, to name a few. Each match is also a race against time, as the player is awarded additional points for rapid completion of each stage, which is a quintessential mechanic for those who want to get the highest possible scores.

In this article, we’ll go over each one of the stages and provide tips on how to complete them while maximizing your score in the process. Granted, with these type of games, practice will always make perfect. However, knowing is half the battle and, in that sense, you’ll likely perform better if you know what to expect.

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Published March 2, 2018 Leave a Comment
Published March 2, 2018 Leave a Comment

We’ve already mentioned in several occasions how having a personal game room at home is the dream of many gamers out there. The idea of being able to enjoy the most popular games, in their own legacy cabinets, and from the comfort of their own homes is a very appealing idea to many users, both veteran and newbies alike. However, in order to reap the most benefits from your game room, several things must be considered before making the investment such as the room’s theme, its decor, safety measures and, most importantly, the amusements you will want to include in your repertoire.

Multicade machines are the most obvious choices if you want to enjoy your game room to its fullest. These machines come with several games installed, including the most popular titles from our childhood. For instance, the Arcade Legend series of arcade machines all come with over 100 games which can all be played and switched at the whim of the user. These multicade machines come with timeless classics such as Arkanoid, Armored Car, Asteroids, Gravitar, Joust, Kung Fu Master, and Lunar Lander, to name a few. Furthermore, the Arcade Legends 3 cabinet comes with the original Golden Tee Golf and its direct sequel, all of which offer the most popular courses from 2000-2005. Those who want to get initiated in the vast world of Golden Tee will definitely want to invest in this machine, should they be unwilling to commit to a standalone Golden Tee machine.

In terms of variety and entertainment, video arcade machines will almost always be the way to go. But what if you already own one of the Arcade Legends machines, and still have some space to spare in your game room? Investing in another arcade cabinet would be somewhat irrelevant — unless you’re a collector —, since you already have over 100 games in the one you already own. Which then, should the best course of action be if you still want to add more variety to your game room?

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Published February 23, 2018 Leave a Comment

For most of us veteran gamers, having a game room in our homes is often one of the items high on our bucket lists. However, setting up one of these recreation centers in our home is usually more complicated than simply buying machines and setting them in an empty room. There are several factors you need to consider in order to create the perfect gaming room.

We understand that referring to something as “perfect” is often a bad idea since the idea of perfection is always in the eyes of the beholder. However, themes and designs aside, there are several precautions and steps that every game room owner must consider, and which marks the difference between a room filled with games, and a recreation center which you and your friends will be hard-pressed to leave.

In this article, we aim to give some insight on said factors, so that you, too, can create a great gaming room in your abode.

Initial Safety Considerations

Arcade machines and amusements are electrical devices and, as such, require a constant supply of electricity in order to function. For this reason, if you’re planning to make your own game room, you will always need to keep in mind the lifeblood of your machines: electricity. In order to prevent your games from constantly blowing fuses, you need to invest in fuses which can accommodate more than a couple of machines connected simultaneously. Keep in mind that most classic games (from the 70s/80s/90s) typically require around 1.5 to 3 amps of power per game in order to function. Newer titles such as Cruis’n Blast or Daytona Championship USA average around 5 amps per unit.  In this sense, a 20-amp circuit breaker would be able to accommodate several machines. Nevertheless, the bigger variants of gaming rooms will require more circuits to keep your gaming room powered at all times.

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Published February 16, 2018 Leave a Comment

It’s not uncommon to see a gaggle of teens gathered around popular arcade machines, each one of them vying for the highest score and the dominion of the whole arcade floor with nothing but sheer skill and persistence. Retro games were, arguably some of the most simple titles gameplay-wise; they offered simple-to-understand mechanics, but a significant skill ceiling, which the players had to practice and study a lot to reach. In this sense, old games idolized difficulty and skill and gave power to the players when they were good at certain games, while players that didn’t have the same amount of skill were relegated to the sidelines.

While I was never a “good” gamer; I have tons of experience with the craft. I was practically born with a controller in hand and was gaming since the early stages of my childhood. I’ve played tons of titles; and the ones I haven’t played, I’ve most likely read about and are familiar with, at the very least, their concepts. Regardless, I’ve never been one to boast high scores, excelling at the local arcade, or being the best at one of the more recent online multiplayer games. I’d much rather be along for the ride than actually being the best any given video game. Regardless, I enjoy challenging myself to the point of competing in some games, like CS:GO, Super Smash Bros or, more recently, the critically-acclaimed PUBG. In these titles, I strive to do my best and, about 50% of the times, manage to end up on top, at least in the latter game.

The thing about difficulty in video games is that, in the past, said medium was much more niche. Today, everyone can be a gamer, and that’s a good thing. However, as the crowd of gamers expands each day, so too must the mechanics of said games in order appeal to the widest possible demographic, should they desire to win over the most amount of people. No one likes to be alienated from a good game just because it is too difficult to complete; this is not a sign of good quality, it’s a sign of bad game design. If your game cannot be completed by everyone who bought it, then perhaps its design must be reformulated; unless, of course, that’s the whole point of the game. The video below is of I Wanna Be The Guy, a game that’s supposed to be unfair, hard, and inaccessible by all but the most avid and patient gamers

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Published February 9, 2018 Leave a Comment


Arkanoid is an arcade video game developed and released by Taito in 1986. The game is based on the popular 1976 arcade release created by Atari called Breakout and it consists of bouncing ball between a player-controlled platform on the bottom of the screen and a stacks of blocks. As the ball bounces on the block, they begin to break, granting the player points based on the color of said blocks. The objective is to break every single block on each level in order to advance to the next.

Arkanoid featured amazing colorful graphics and introduced several new elements to the “ball n’ paddle” game formula which were popular at the time. Specifically, the most important feature which provided an element of strategy were the powerups which were dropped from certain bricks upon being destroyed, and grant benefits to the player if he catches them with their paddle.

Due to the game’s popularity when it first came out, 4 versions of it were eventually released: Arkanoid, Tournament Arkanoid, and Revenge of Doh (Arkanoid II), all of which were released between 1986 and 1987, and Arkanoid Returns which was released in 1997.

This week on Getting Good, we’ll be addressing the basics of Arkanoid and will be providing several tips to maximize your score and set the new high record at the local arcade.

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Published February 2, 2018 Leave a Comment
Published February 2, 2018 Leave a Comment

Few arcade games — or any competitive video games, in general — offer such a lively multiplayer scene such as the one we can find with Golden Tee Golf. As we mentioned in another article, if anyone’s looking to make a career out of arcade gaming, his or her best bet is to look into Golden Tee Golf or Big Buck Hunter, which are games that have some of the biggest fan followings and standardized competitive scenes. The yearly Golden Tee Golf Championship offers talented players the opportunity to prove their worth and go toe-to-toe (or tee-to-tee) with some of the best players in the world in a tournament where the winner gets all; all, in this case being thousands of dollars worth of prize money.

The 2017 Golden Tee Championship was held in May and featured 64 of the world’s best Golden Tee Golf players battling it out for the title of best Golden Tee Golfer in the world, as well as a píece of the sweet, sweet $70,000 prize money. Starting in May 19th, the tournament opened with a Closest-to-the-pin welcome tournament where anybody — regardless of qualifying status — could pay the $20 entry fee and compete for a chance at winning over $3,000 in cash money. The day after the welcome tournament marked the beginning of the tournament’s qualifying matches which consisted of 5 course matches and through which the players would be divided in Gold and Silver brackets (32 players in each). Amidst many events and extra activities where competitor and attendees had lots of fun, the final match between competitors Joe Massara and Mark Stenmark duked it out for a shot at the big prize money. In the end, Stenmark was victorious over Massara and earned the $10,000 plus all the glory that stems from being the best Golden Tee Golfer in the world.

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Published January 26, 2018 Leave a Comment

Contrary to popular belief, arcade cabinets are actually pretty delicate pieces of machinery. You might not think so due to their big size and bulk but like all pieces of machinery, they require constant maintenance in order to stay in tip-top shape through the years. Everything hardware based tends to break down with time; components succumb to wear & tear: analog sticks and buttons become sticky and unresponsive, their mechanical switches start to cave and fail to register actions and, most important of all, the circuits will eventually burn out due to overuse. Furthermore, after years without proper maintenance, dust will start to gather inside the cabinet which adheres to the boards and circuits within. This in turn becomes the #1 contributor to overheating issues in your machine since it disrupts airflow and thermal dissipation.

Arcade maintenance employees and floor technicians usually have a background in electronics or, to some extent, experience working with arcade machines, and have the knowledge necessary to perform maintenance on most types of amusements. These tasks may include performing general diagnostics on any type of machine, removing and replacing faulty controls, opening the cabinets for dusting and cleaning them, and some other specialized tasks such as replacing capacitors and soldering new ones onto circuit boards, among others. Furthermore, since some cabinets tend to be very old and no longer compatible with modern replacements parts, some technicians might need to get creative and ‘mod’ replacement parts designed for other machines onto the older models so that they may continue functioning normally.

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