This weekend in Columbus Ohio some fights are going to go down, but of the virtual kind on a number of fighter games. Players from all over the world will gather to compete on titles like Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition, Marvel VS. Capcom 3, BlazBlue Continuum Shift 2, Mortal Kombat 9 and more. As you might expect, this is more of a console event with a touch of arcade in there but at least one arcade is sending some of it’s top players there to compete on Mortal Kombat 9. That would be the Galloping Ghost Arcade, where they took their best players from their ranked fighting system to send along.
Speaking of Galloping Ghost Arcade in Illinois who sent us this tip, they had some other news to pass along, showing the strength of their business model in making an arcade focused on video gaming work. I’ll let Doc Mack of GGA explain it best: “we’ve had tons of guests stopping by lately Joel Hedge (King of Kong), Larry DeMar (Defender / Robotron), Keith Apicary (comedian), Trickman Terry & Sushi X (EGM), Hector Sanchez (Mortal Komabt 2011)! We’ve been holding weekly SRK.com fight nights (Windy City Showdowns here on Thursday, brings 30 – 780 fighting scene players here every week including WolfKron & 16Bit as well as many other great fighters! We are in the process of opening our 1st expansion which will bring MORE games and pinball to the floor! We hope to be the largest arcade in the US within 6 – 8 months!! We are adding FULL streaming to our arcade floor and will be having a constant live channel with highscore & world record runs! In the little over a year that we’ve been open we’ve had 30 or so world records set…most recently Shinobi, Rastan, Narc, Ninja Gaiden, Double Dragon II and many others. We’ve had 4 people inspired by our arcade to open their own following our business model of pay at the door and freeplay too! Also we’ve recently added a high score board from Aurcade.com! And we are up to 287 games on the floor!!“
Emphasis there is mine. Aurcade.com lists Funspot as being the largest in terms of games at 359, with the Pinball Wizard Arcade in NH just barely ahead of GGA with 287 games (update: apparently Aurcade is a little all over the place on this but GGA has 287 according to Doc Mack, 299 for PWA). GGA’s expansion will be quite significant and it shows once again how a video arcade can make it in today’s world, just like some others such as Funspot, Pinball Wizard and Pinballz have been doing.