The time has passed and the polls are closed. So what did you pick as the Arcade Game of The Year?
For the US/European markets: TERMINATOR SALVATION (Raw Thrills)
For Asian markets: DARIUS BURST ANOTHER CHRONICLE (Taito)
Out of the 102 votes cast over a month, Terminator Salvation garnered 18 votes total and was followed closely by Sega’s Let’s Go Island with 15 votes and Namco’s Deadstorm Pirates with 14 votes, making the light-gun genre the dominating force in this poll. Only 9 games in the poll got no love at all, otherwise there was some interest in everything else to a degree.
The Asian market poll had lower participation with only 59 votes cast – if we had an official page in Japanese, Chinese or Korean, then it would have been interesting to see the results as they might have been different in some regard, although from what I have seen, Darius Burst has been drawing crowds to arcades after it’s release so it might have come out on top regardless. Either way, Darius Burst Another Chronicle won with 14 votes cast, followed by Konami’s Beatmania IIDX 18 Resort Anthem with 8 votes and Sega’s Shining Force Cross Raid with 7 votes.
I do think that the winning games deserve it – Terminator has been big success in many places including my own arcade, which I have talked about previously. On the other side, I’ve had more player requests for a Darius Burst than I’ve had for something like Super Street Fighter IV AE. I havent’ played the latter game (yet) but seeing the different photos of crowds lining up to play it in Japan have been impressive as well.