I’ve got a few things to share with you today that have been accumulating here and there but I’ve been on-the-road travelling for a big event in the arcade biz this week IAAPA. If’ you’re new to the industry, IAAPA is the largest expo and trade show that the amusement industry sees every year. It always takes place in the middle of November and this year (and for the next several years) it takes place in Orlando, FL. It’s often here that we seen the big arcade game annoucements come along so if there is any show you should make it too, IAAPA is the one. I have to give a big thanks to my premier site sponsors, BMI Gaming as they have furnished accomodations for flight, room and food. The event itself starts tomorrow but I won’t be in until late Wednesday afternoon, as well as Thursday and Friday. No worries though, I expect to have pictures from the event tomorrow some time. A few companies have rolled out news for what they are bringing to the show, although for the most part that entails redemption content. Nothing big yet to report on the video arcade side but I have a hunch that we can expect a few surprises. I made a worthless wager with Kevin Williams of The Stinger Report that one surprise we’ll see is Tekken Tag 2. I don’t have any inside info on that, just a hunch so we’ll see.
Beyond IAAPA stuff, there are other happenings for arcade stuff, thanks to Kevin Williams of the Stinger Report for sending me the links. First off is an email I received from Travis Houk who will be attempting to break the standing world record on Dance Dance Revolution Marathon. He’s aiming to set the record at 40 hours total starting at 11/19 5am and going to 11/20 9PM (EST time zone). It will take place at the Zuma Fun Center in Knoxville, Tennessee and for each game completed, Travis and others will pledge a certain amount of cash to a local charity, the Second Harvest Food Bank. If you want to check it out, the attempt will be broadcast online here: http://www.justin.tv/ddrworldrecord .
Remember that mini-arcade cabinet for the idolm@ster we talked about not long ago? Someone bought that, put it together and then made it awesome with an iPod Nano. Check it out below:
Who’s up for a documentary about the arcade fighting competition scene? If so, check out the completed film, I Got Next, which is also on Hulu
Also speaking of documentaries, I was browsing the Netflix Instant Queue this weekend and stumbled across Special When Lit. We first reported on this one way back in September 2009 and I hadn’t heard anything about it recently. I never got a chance to see it so this was a nice surprise. I caught part of the beginning and it looked to be really well done so check it out if you have Netflix.