Published May 9, 2014 Leave a Comment

The Jukebox has been popular since their inception, with timeless styles of the day they hold their value as collectibles and are the talk of any location you set them in.  Todays jukeboxes are much more complicated then what they use to be now including MP3s and other digital music to the playlist, you can literally have every song imaginable at your finger tips ready to play.

There are two Jukeboxes that I am going to focus on today, those being the bubbler are the table model.  These are probably the two most popular out there and most rememberable throughout time.

digital bubbler jukebox

digital bubbler jukebox

Do you remember the days of standing by the Jukebox as it bubbles along with the classics you love?  Well this classic Bubbler has now become the Digital Bubbler Jukebox and comes with new state-of-the-art digital technology and a 250 Watt digital amplifier, which allows users to digitally store up to 600 of their favorite CD’s on its huge 250GB hard drive at true CD-quality sound.  600 of their favorites, the only reason why it is not more is because it would be impossible to make a selection. These classic beauties offer all the grace of the past with the best of the new.

Imagine the fun and joy this machine will  bring you in your man cave or as a piece of functional art in your living room. This model is timeless and will remain that way as no other music device can match its beauty and design.

rockola-jukebox

rockola-jukebox

The table top Jukebox like the  Q music center  is a delight to own as it has rare wood and Die-Cast real chrome-plated accents and pilasters illuminated by constantly changing colors, the petite and powerful new “Q” compact tabletop digital jukebox is built with the same meticulous attention  to quality and detail that Rock-Ola is famous for!  The ” Q ” comes with a powerful built-in digital sound amplifier and speakers, along with the QSonix Digital Music Interface and its large 19″ digital touchscreen monitor control panel.

This machine allows you to synchronize all music tracks and custom playlists contained in the Music Center directly to any iPod, iPhone, iPad or other MP3 Player. Import music from any USB device. Share all music / playlists with devices on your home network. Control separate volume levels for up to two Music Zones. Burn all playlists and albums to a CD.

With all that modern technology out there it is good to see that the classic design on style of the jukebox is here to stay.  As technology advances we are going to see jukeboxes become more functional but the cabinets will remain the same as the artisans that crafted them created a great mix of design and mood.

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Published March 10, 2014 Leave a Comment

When designing your arcade there are many things that you need to consider, the games, the feng shui of flow, if you are going to have food or not, but what about the façade?  You may have the feel of the place down but what about the look?

When deciding what the look is going to be you had better consider the audience.  The façade of the place is special. IT is going to tell the customer what is happening inside.  For example the Hershey’s Shake Shoppe in Seaside Heights New Jersey is a good example of this.

Shake Shoppe Seaside Heights New Jersey

Shake Shoppe Seaside Heights New Jersey

With what looks like a never ending mountain of Ice Cream scoops and giant cone out front the audience walking by definitely knows that there is ice cream and it is an ice cream parlor with an old time feel.   The giant cone actually doubles as a landmark and isn’t that what you want, a landmark?

The Giant Cone

The Giant Cone

Some arcades like Sonny and Rickey’s like the old fashioned “Arcade” sign out front others like Lucky Leo’s announces the games.  This is good as they have their clientele but it is more for the adults than the kids.  With me it is all about getting the kids.  They are the ones that are your lifetime clients.  For these reasons the Shake Shoppe wins hands down for façade.  The audience knows it is going to be fun.

Lucky Leos

Lucky Leos

There are many different types of themes to choose from as well.  Some may go for the classic Pac Man eating the dots to the front door leading the client right in others may decide to have something not as permanent like a statue that can be moved around with a large hand directing the customer in.

Whatever you choose the façade of your location is as important as the games that are inside.  Some companies that sell and set up the games for you have this down a good example is PrimeTime Amusements.  They are able to custom build your facade to your specifications.  This is something that is hard to find.  You can even change it up with the seasons.

Primetime Amusements creates the facade

Primetime Amusements creates the facade

So remember when you are designing your game layout remember to keep some room for the look and the feel, the facade.  It is what will turn your arcade from just a game room into a landmark.

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Published March 5, 2014 Leave a Comment

Hoover Boards like the kind they had in “Back to the Future II” have apparently arrived. It is called the HUVr Board. Check out this video of the HUVr in action.

Huvr Hoverboard

Huvr Hoverboard

This board looks amazing but there seems to be some speculation if it is real or not. If you go to the companies website there really is not that much information about it. Just the video’s.

Some people are saying this is a hoax, but no one has any actual proof that it is.  I personally hope this is for real. It would be cool if it was real though.

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Published March 3, 2014 Leave a Comment

I just had the pleasure of playing the new Batman Arcade Racer game at a Lucky Leo’s Arcade in Seaside Heights Ne Jersey.  What a fun game.  I could not stop playing, I got into it so much.  This game is such a blast to play and so addictive too.

Batmobile Car Racer

Batmobile Car Racer

First you sit in a car simulator that allows you to choose of what kind of car you want to drive, the Batmobile or one of the most popular villain vehicles and not only that you can choose from any Batmobile through history, I choose the classic TV series ride; then it is off to the streets. While racing along you are met with many villains shooting at you and it is your job to lock on and fire.  The gun trigger is built into the steering wheel and you fire away.  Make sure you don’t hit any citizens as you will lose life and shorten the ride.

Batman in action

Batman in action

The game is set up in stages to bring in the best return for the dollar.  With 7 stages to go through the excitement grows with each pass.  This game can be set for tickets or just straight play.  I just love it for the straight play as pretending to be Batman is something I have done since I was a child. This game is a sure winner for any arcade as the appeal of batman never wanes and it will bring back the customer over and over to play. Game on!

Published February 25, 2014 Leave a Comment

Did you ever want to own a real army simulator, well here is your chance.  The U.S. Army is auctioning off an arcade game designed especially for them will go on the block this week at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Army video game

Army video game

The Department of Defense will be auctioning “America’s Army,” developed by San Jose, Calif.-based Global VR in 2007. The game was used by the U.S. Army for recreational as well as some recruiting and training purposes. The game features hidden bonus levels and techniques that make it realistic to its Army genre.  This really is a one of a kind game.

With bidding for the game will begin at $25 there is going to be some interest.  I know that a game like that would be a welcome part of my arcade.  The bidding opens at noon on Feb. 27 and close by 5 p.m. on March 3.

Visit here for more information about the specifications of the game

Published February 24, 2014 Leave a Comment

Video games have come a long way from when I was a kid, back in the day you usually only had one character to choose from, the hero. For example when we played Zelda we could only be Link, but today you can choose to be good or bad. This is very exciting for some as it is always fun to be the bad guy when there are no real consciences for our actions and of course the villains always have the coolest stuff with all those cool gadgets.

Zelda the Adventure of Link

Zelda the Adventure of Link

Let’s face it, I wouldn’t play a game like Grand Theft Auto if I was to really get arrested at the end of the game and do time, not to mention there would be no repeat business for the brand.  Being the villain is fun.

Although with new games like Batman Car Racer and others like it you can actually be the Joker and drive through Gotham wreaking havoc with all the fun and not a worry at the end of the night that any damage will be done. In addition to the fun as an added bonus these new games offer ticket redemption options that allow the player to get a prize that mirrors the game if the arcade owner so chooses to set it up that way.

Personally I enjoy the Terminator Salvation shooter that allows you to be John Conner and save the word from the machines but now and again I do admit it is nice to destroy the city like the old monsters did in “Rampage”.  Nothing like just beating up the town just to try to destroy it.

Rampage video game

Rampage video game

Who could forget Capcom Street Fighter that allowed you to be Ryu or Sagat and go to town on your opponents with all the cool abilities that make the villain had like freezing them in time.  Now you can battle between super hero’s and the gang in Marvel vs. Street fighter.  Personally I think the marvel crew would destroy them as the street fighters are human and all, but that is just my opinion.

So whatever your choice Super Hero or Super Villain you are bound to have a good time with all the new games that are coming out.

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Published February 11, 2014 Leave a Comment

Two Bits restaurant  at 1520 Demonbreun Street Nashville, TN 37203 615.750.3536 is a one-of-a-kind southern inspired bar menu but that is not all.  This fine dining establishment offers arcade games as well. In the same way that their menu is a great combination of classic and modern, so is there collection of vintage and state-of-the-art games located throughout the entire bar.

Two Bits

Two Bits

To start Executive Chef William Zuchman creates southern classics that are getting great reviews from the customers, like classics Creamy Shrimp & Grits (I WANT THAT!) and Veatloaf a veal meatloaf.  Man that sounds good.

Then after you eat there are all types of games to be played to end the night.  From their website: “We have classic arcade staples that most of us love but haven’t played in years like Galaga, Ms. Pac Man, Space Invaders, Extreme Hunting and more. Leave your quarters at home, because all games are free to play for our guests!”

Free games! That is right their games are free to play. What a great idea, as the free games will surely keep them drinking at the bar. This is a great concept, it works for Dave and Buster’s with huge success it is nice to see that it is working with fine dining as well.

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Published January 29, 2014 Leave a Comment

Basketball, bowling and arcades…in a mall?! Yep, right here!

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Published January 26, 2014 Leave a Comment

Happy 2014 ArcadeNookers!

To celebrate the end of 2013 and start of 2014, we’re putting together a brief list of our favorite arcade games and simulators from 2013…based on our team of experts, our customers, and you! So start letting us know which games your 2013 self couldn’t get enough of! 2014

Published January 3, 2013 2 Comments

photoThe PrimeTime Amusements team has been crazy this past week and a half! And the craziness will continue…PrimeTime was brought on to provide the arcade games for both the Orange Bowl and BCS Championships! Because I am sure you were wondering what the college football players do in their off time to keep their minds focused and limit distractions…now you know! They are playing some of the coolest and most popular arcade games out there, including: driving games, pool tables, basketball machines, air hockey pinballs, and of course Madden football!

What games would you want to play while preparing for a national championship football game?!

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