July 13, 2020

In recent years, the arcade industry has undergone quite a bit of evolution, bringing forth a bevy of exciting new models. One of the most prominent modern models is the freeplay arcade, in which patrons pay an entry fee upfront for all-you-can-play gaming within a certain timeframe.

As absolutely awesome as this model is—as evidenced by my delightful trip to the Galloping Ghost Arcade—a big part of me will always find comfort in the old way of doing things. Yes, it’s true: I enjoy paying per cre...

July 10, 2020

What’s up, gamers? This post right here is comes straight from my never-ending list of unfinished article ideas. At long last, I sat down and documented every arcade shirt in my collection.

            Since all but one of these shirts were gracious gifts given to me by others, I want to express my gratitude in any way I can. The generosity of others is something I don’t want to take for granted, especially as we enter the “positive era” of Wilcox Arcade....

July 8, 2020

For as long as I can remember, I haven’t been one to prioritize flashy graphics in video games. To me, the quality of gameplay—as well as some ancillary aspects like breadth of content—should be the primary focus at all times.

That being said, I can’t deny the unrelenting allure high-resolution, polygon-pushing, jaw-dropping, cutting-edge graphics. I can praise gameplay to the highest heavens and back, but even I sure do love pretty arcade games.

That’s why, despite my strong gameplay convictions,...

July 6, 2020

My parents are not really video game people, especially my mother. (Somehow, some way, I became the arcade guy I am in spite of this fact.) But there was and is one game that my entire family has always been able to enjoy together—and you’re reading it about it.

            For that reason, I’ve always considered Buzz! Junior: Jungle Party the ultimate party game. My family and I have made a point to play it at least a few times a year for somewhere in the neighborhood of a decade, so I couldn’t...

June 29, 2020

Hello, dear readers of Wilcox Arcade. Have I told you how much you kind folks mean to me? Spoiler alert: Anyone who’s ever read my blog articles, played one of my route games, or even given me the simple pleasure of making their acquaintance means the world to me.

Today’s article is one I’ve meant to write for a long time, but I only just recently found it in me to do so. I want to be very clear with you all as to what you can expect from my blog going forward.

I’ve recently been feeling rather un...

June 25, 2020

LAI Games launched “The Player’s Voice: Arcade Survey” on June 24 in an effort to hear thoughts directly from players following COVID-19 arcade closures.

“Arcade gamers, it's time to make your voices heard!” said LAI in their announcement tweet. “Take the survey, then share to your friends and family.”

This survey serves as a follow-up to LAI’s “State of the Industry Report”, an operator survey sent out earlier this June. The company’s goal is to identify players’ concerns with public gaming in th...

June 24, 2020

I received The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius: Jet Fusion for Christmas in 2017. I asked my parents for the game knowing full well that it was never particularly well-received—and that it might end up being a bit of a letdown.

            We all know the stigma surrounded license games. Of course, there are good reasons that the stigma exists, but I’ve always enjoyed expanding my horizons. I like looking for the good in offbeat stuff.


June 23, 2020

Onion Soup Interactive developers Andy and Amy Madin played through the UEDI: Shadow of the Citadel demo and revealed exclusive in-game content in a June 20 stream.

“We kind of started [UEDI: Shadow of the Citdael] just after Nippon {Marathon],” Andy began, “which we were living from Airbnb to Airbnb in Japan.”

“Because we decided it was a really good idea to release a game and then try and relocate to Tokyo at the same time,” Amy added.

The demo began with purple-tinged opening cinematic in which...

June 22, 2020

Step Revolution posted a YouTube video June 17 unveiling the slate of eight new songs coming to arcade dance game StepManiaX this month.

Here’s the lineup:

  • “A Sign (Factory Eurobeat Team Mix)” by Tipsy & Tipsy

  • “Esperanza” by KaW

  • “Ghosts (Vincent De Moor Mix)” by Tenth Planet

  • “Justify My Love” by Tess

  • “Move It Groove It” by KaW feat. Sam-I-Am

  • “Movin On” by Ellen Gee

  • “Pink Dinosaur” by Miss Papaya

  • “The Saint Goes Marching (Helix Remix 2020 Edit)” by The Saint

  • ...

June 22, 2020

TouchMagix USA has the honor of being the arcade game manufacturer to push out a COVID-19 awareness initiative thanks to the “Play safe and stay safe” attract mode messages now rolling out into their games.

According to previous reporting by Arcade Heroes, these “pandemic-focused” sequences will vary from game to game. The approximately 30-second sequence showcased on Arcade Heroes’ YouTube channel shares the following steps for viral spread prevention:

  1. Sanitize your hands before you commence...

June 18, 2020

American Pinball released a teaser trailer on June 16 for upcoming release Hot Wheels, offering a brief glimpse at the gameplay interspersed with footage from the Hot Wheels City YouTube series.

“American Pinball is proud to present the first officially licensed Hot Wheels pinball machine. The exciting and fast-paced world of Hot Wheels comes to life under glass, featuring a dazzling array of gameplay objectives that will keep players of all ages racing back to play again and again,” said the man...

June 18, 2020

Today’s review is something a little different—something I hope you’ll enjoy.  Way back in January/February of 2017, I reviewed what is, to date, Raw Thrills’ first and only licensed kart racer: Nicktoons Nitro. And for whatever reason—maybe I thought I was being too negative?—I never published the post.

            Now, with three additional years of writing experience on my hand, I’ve come back to that review and revised it to meet my current standards, Plus, since I’ve had the opportunity...

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