June 5, 2020

To my knowledge, my very first encounter with arcade games took place in the now-defunct Godfather’s Pizza in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. That experience, as you might imagine, laid in place the foundation for my current career.

Each and every trip to Godfather’s Pizza was a delight for me in my younger years. Not only did I scarf down the venue’s delectable vittles—especially what I likely erroneously dubbed “desert pizza”—but I also got to play my favorite games.

Despite having a Wii, PlayStation 2,...

June 4, 2020

Sega of Japan recently announced that they have begun development on their Fog Gaming initiative to be utilized in arcades.

According to previous reporting by Famitsu—sourced by yours truly from SegaBits—Fog Gaming is a cloud-based service that will enable “ultra low latency” gameplay and allow players to enjoy their favorite coin-operated games at home by channeling the CPUs and GPUs of arcade PCs, also resulting in lower operating costs.

“The main difference between fog computing and cloud compu...

June 3, 2020

When Tecnoplay first announced Race Craft in 2019, I was filled with excitement at the prospect of a content-rich simulation racer finally hitting the broader arcade market after all these years.

Now available in Europe, this PC-to-arcade port boasts a robust single-player campaign comprised of 15 race tracks, along with three driving modes (“kid”, automatic, and manual) to tailor the experience to all skill levels.

According to previous reporting by Arcade Heroes, Race Craft is rolling back into...

June 2, 2020

Raw Thrills’ Cruis’n Blast received an update in February replacing five of the 16 vehicles with different models and implementing a “bonus pricing” option.

According to Brandon Cook of Raw Thrills, the new cars came from a need to remove the Lamborghinis due to a lapse in the license. In the previous vehicles’ stead are the following additions:

  • 1959 Corvette

  • 1963 Corvette Stingray

  • 1959 Cadillac Eldorado

  • 2019 Chevy Camaro ZL1

  • 2019 Nissan 370Z

“The upgrade will really be f...

June 1, 2020

For a long time now, I’ve been of the mind that it’s time for the arcade industry to charge head-on into the Internet Age. If our sector is to have any hope of competing with home consoles, we need to adopt many of their online quality-of-life features—or else face extinction.

            Third-party companies have picked up the slack where the major manufacturers have fumbled. One prominent example is Aurcade, a website dedicated to helping arcade enthusiast tracks games, locations, and scores....

May 29, 2020

Renowned manufacturer Stern Pinball recently announced the arcade industry’s worst kept secret of 2020: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

“In this pinball adventure, players will go to battle as the Turtles fight villains like Shredder, the Krang and loads of super-powerful mutants, to become the heroes they were destined to be, and have loads of fun along the way!” reads the game listing on Stern’s website.

I reached out to Stern’s director of marketing, Zachary Sharpe, to gain more insight on what m...

May 28, 2020

Bandai Namco Amusement—or, as many know them, just “Namco”—has been a force to be reckoned with in the arcade industry for more than six decades. Their pedigree is impeccable, laying claim to such greats as Pac-Man, Galaga, Time Crisis, and Tekken.

Unfortunately, this deep well of stellar coin-operated content seems to have dried up, seeing as how, in recent years, America division BNAA’s video arcade releases have become fewer and far between.

Bandai Namco Amusement America’s most recent video ga...

May 27, 2020

Developer Chips on Steroids recently began development on their latest title, Galaxy Guns, for the Neo-Geo MVS/AES, according to a recent update from news source Arcade Belgium.

“I am going to explore the theme of anime sci-fi of the ‘80s,” said developer Cedric Jules. “I love this theme and it fits very well with both the restrictions and advantages of the Neo-Geo hardware.

A concept trailer showing off the game’s visual style was released May 23. It appears that the sprites are prerendered 3D mo...

May 26, 2020

It’s hard to deny that Incredible Technologies, as great of a developer as they are, is primarily known for one thing and one thing only: Golden Tee Golf.

In a continuation of this trend, the company recently announced Golden Tee GO, the latest product to be spun off from the 31-year-old series.

“This began as a brainstorm,” said an Incredible Technologies representative in a May 16 social media post. “Actually, the whole concept emerged in someone’s dream (true story). And as we talked through th...

May 25, 2020

I’ve said it before, and I’ll probably say it again in the future: I love 3D platformers. For a multitude of reasons, the genre tickles my fancy like few others can. So, in the pursuit of more 3D platformers to play, I picked up Pac-Man World 2.

            Released in 2002 for PlayStation 2, Nintendo Gamecube, Xbox, and PC, Pac-Man World 2 is the action-packed successor to the titular dot-addict’s first 3D outing on the original Sony console....

May 22, 2020

The Ohio Coin Machine Association—a trade organization representing pinball, arcade, and jukebox operators—has filed suit against Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s administration over COVID-19 restrictions that prevent patrons from using the aforementioned coin-operated machines in restaurants, bars, and bowling alleys.

Filed Thursday, the lawsuit accuses the Ohio Department of Public Health of overstepping its bounds in forbidding the use of coin-operated machines, under threat of criminal and civil r...

May 20, 2020

Step Revolution Revolution has been very busy supporting StepManiaX with further content updates over the past few months, as seen with the release of a Tracker App, 11 new songs, and the inclusion of Japanese as a supported language. 

The company announced May 6 that StepManiaX would receive 11 additional songs through an online update this month. This latest crop of tracks represents the Eurobeat, Eurodance, drum and buss, and electro swing genres, including: 

  • “Bang Bang Bang (Handsup Style...

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