PrimeTime Amusements - Arcade Game Sales
Published December 15, 2017 Leave a Comment

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For many of us gamers, Japan holds the holy grail of video game entertainment. Some of the biggest contenders in the console gaming industry — as well as major developers for all other platforms, including modern-day arcade games — are headquartered there. Companies like Nintendo, Sony, Capcom, and Bandai Namco, among many, many others are just a few of these organizations dedicated to making the gaming world a better place, filled with innovative entertainment and cutting edge hardware.

It makes sense, then, that some of us would see this country as a must-visit destination for vacations or other trips, given the vast amount of video games produced in the island country, as well as all the cutting edge technology you can interact with in some of the country’s most technologically-inclined districts. Akihabara, for instance, is regarded commonly as the “Electronic Town” for its big boulevards chock-full of tech stores as well as diners where anyone can unwind to the music and entertainment of popular anime series and characters. This place is also famous for their maid cafés, where otakus — a term used to describe anime fans and enthusiasts — can go to be served by hostesses dressed like anime maids and have a good time unwinding with friends and family.

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Published December 8, 2017 Leave a Comment

The arrival of Space Invaders in the late 70’s spawned a whole genre of space shooters which, to the wonder of many retro gamers out there, is still very much alive to this day. After the arrival of the iconic space shooter, developers took its formula and kept building on it, creating games that played wildly different than its predecessor. Some of these games were received with great praise, while others were just regarded as novelties, the appeal of which faded shortly and their names along with it.

Some of the awesome space shooter games that were spawned thanks to Space Invaders includes arcade classics like SOS, Space Fever, Galaxian, Ozma Wars, Defender, and Scramble, among many, many others. However, one title stands out to us, in particular, for its unique mechanics and engaging, fast-paced gameplay, Galaga.

Developed and released by Namco in 1981 as a successor to the highly-successful Galaxian, Galaga is one of those space shooters which, like many other titles, are easy to get into, yet very difficult to master. Similar to Space Invaders, the game is played in a fixed screen where the main objective is to destroy wave after wave of aliens. However, unlike Space Invaders, the enemies are much more mobile and swift, and they don’t appear in formation from the beginning of the game. Instead, aliens swoop into the screen bobbing, weaving, and shooting their way into formation. Once formed, the enemies proceed to shoot the player until they are destroyed, after which other waves of aliens take their place.

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Published December 1, 2017 Leave a Comment
Published December 1, 2017 Leave a Comment

Arcade establishments and arcade amusements, in general, are essentially the enduring footprints left by a medium that, 4 decades ago, was regarded as a simple hobby or pastime. It all started with the first arcade games back in the early 70’s. The home console and PC gaming we enjoy today owe their existence to the fact that, almost 50 years ago, a pair of American engineers by the names of Ted Dabney and Nolan Bushnell created and released Computer Space through Nutting Associates. While the game not a commercial success, it did lead the pair to create Atari and the rest as they say, is history. We’ve already talked about Computer Space in another article if you are looking for more detailed behind that. However, what you need to know about this game isn’t really related to the game itself, but rather to its legacy.

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Published November 24, 2017 Leave a Comment

It’s that time of the month again where we sit down and discuss strategy about how to win big at our favorite arcade games. This time, we’ll be talking about a timeless classic by Taito; released in 1978 in Japan and distributed in the US by Midway Games, Space Invaders is one of the first arcade games in the Shoot ‘em Up genre, and one of the most important titles in arcade history.

The gameplay, as you very well may know, consists of shooting down wave after wave of alien invaders with a mobile turret cannon situated at the bottom of the screen in order to score as much points as possible. The game derived inspiration from famous staples in the game and movie industries, such as Breakout, War of the Worlds, and Star Wars.

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Published November 24, 2017 Leave a Comment

We’ve talked about fighting games on several occasions, always mentioning the classics such as the one that started it all, Street Fighter, and its closest competitor both in the East and the West, Mortal Kombat. These games were pioneers — trailblazers if you will — and single handedly launched the fighting game genre into the hearts and minds of the general populace. For instance, the first Street Fighter was certainly nothing special, with its clunky controls and OK combat, at best. However, with the arrival of Street Fighter 2 and its combo system — which was, at first, a bug which players exploited —, the genre got a huge layer of technical depth which allowed the games to be played competitively, rather than casually. Similarly, Mortal Kombat also followed suit and had its own combo system, coupled with realistic digitized actors and over-the-top gore which helped the franchise to achieve its iconic aesthetics.

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Published November 10, 2017 Leave a Comment

This week has seen the latest IAAPA sponsored event, the Asian Attractions Expo 2017. Being held beteen June 13-16th, this expo showcases some of the latest products and services for the amusement industry as found in various regions of Asia. We sent our sales manager Walter Kern there to Singapore and here is some of what he encountered:

There were various cases of equipment being shown here that are only intended for markets such as China – for those manufacturers we are going to skip over them since we do not represent those companies.

For the first product, we have Overtake DX. This is an updated version of Overtake by IGS & Wahlap, now sporting a motion base for a more realistic driving experience.

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Published November 3, 2017 Leave a Comment
Published November 3, 2017 Leave a Comment

Arcade gaming has come a long way since its inception and popularization in the mid 1980’s. The platform — which has captured the attention of gamers ever since its beginnings — has become so widespread that it prompted users and developers to find better, improved ways to get this media across to the users. So much so that, in an effort to protect the medium from dying, intrepid developers created MAME emulation. This allows for games from a wide variety of arcade hardware to be ported and installed into a single cabinet equipped with one of these emulators. As a tool, MAME was created to preserve the iconic games which, due to lack of maintenance, were at risk of being lost to the ravages of time. With these emulators, the code of the games can live on within one of these cabinets.

However, arcade cabinets are not the only platforms where you can perform MAME emulation. While the legality of MAME emulation — and emulation, in general — is pretty much a grey area (excepting the hard line restriction of any commercial use), there are no issues with emulating a game if you already own a copy of the original software. With that said, if you’re looking for the best MAME emulation experience, then look no further than the following platforms:

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Published October 27, 2017 Leave a Comment

For the past few years, superhero flicks have been all the rage in movie theaters. They encompass everything we loved as kids who couldn’t tear their eyes away from their comic books: colorful visuals, engaging stories, compelling bad guys, flashy gadgets and, of course, tons of awesome fight scenes.

When it comes it comes to superhero films, it goes without saying that the movies based on Marvel comic book characters and stories have been dominating viewer interest. That’s not to say that DC Comics-based movies are bad; it’s just that they’re a bit more hit-or-miss than the competition. On the other hand, Marvel Films, with a few exceptions, have always been received with great fanfare, and even going as far as breaking box office records at times.

Since the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been the gift that keeps on giving for the past few years – with no signs of stopping anytime soon – we’ve decided to create a shortlist of certain Marvel properties which have enjoyed arcade releases. Keep in mind that, despite X-Men and Avengers not being able to appear together on the big screen (the rights for the characters are held by different companies), they’re still both Marvel Comics characters, and will be referenced on this list regardless.

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