Which stories here at Arcade Heroes were read the most by you the readers this year? What is it that we covered through the year? Here is a breakdown for those that are curious!
First off, here is a video I compiled about the Newest Locations, Newest Games, Trade Shows and the Top 3 stories of 2014. This is the first time I have done such a thing, usually I have done the Top 10 Posts as a way to look back at the year. But I think seeing all of the new locations and games in a video like this makes a nice statement in regards to the current state of the industry. Everything does pass by quickly but if I didn’t edit it like this then it would have been a very long video (I was going to do a month-by-month play of the stories we ran but I would probably finish that in time for the 2015 YIR). Enjoy!
Now for the 10 most read stories of the year. Like usual I am not counting stories published in previous years (sometimes those get a boost from a link somewhere online; otherwise a couple of stories from 2012 would actually take 2nd and 3rd place!) or pages like the Arcade Releases page, where that one is actually the #1 page on the site but it is more an info page than a news post. While I started compiling this a couple of weeks ago, last minute changes in stats have affected the line-up. This is no arbitrary list based upon what I feel like today, such as those “27 things you Must do while visiting Antarctica with your pet lolcat” lists produced by the many ‘clickhole’ websites that are popular these days. Instead, this list is determined by what it is you the readers visited the most! Huzzah!
The Top #10:
Early in the year I was able to nab some screenshots from the newest Aliens arcade game that was hitting the scene, which had been difficult to come by otherwise up to that point. This had been in 9th place but over the past 12 hours the next story jumped ahead by 3 views.
Earlier this year at my arcade I received a new Sega Transformers: Human Alliance game at my arcade thanks to an operator that I work with. Here I took pictures of the unboxing and assembly of the cabinet. I did Star Trek Pinball and Allied Tank Attack unboxing posts but those generated less attention than this.
8) The Pinball Game of Your Memes: Internet Meme Pinball (December)
Posted just days ago, the story about a UK company remaking an old EM pinball game with a theme based upon popular internet memes has racked up a lot of views, beating out stories about mass produced pinball machines by wide margins. It also almost caught up to story #7, where there is currently about a difference of a dozen views between the two.
7) JAEPO 2014 Day 1: New Games For Japan (February)
In a blow to my ego, none of the IAAPA coverage I did broke the top 10 this year (although it is in the top 20) 😛 But this look at arcade games that mostly stick to the Japanese region was popular!
The Time Crisis has taken a long nap from the video arcade scene but that will come to an end 9 years after Time Crisis 4 was released when the game will receive a full International release in 2015.
Anytime a new arcade game is launched with online features, people want to know what those features will entail. Thanks to a great tip, we received some interesting information on what it was that the new Mario Kart Arcade game was going to do .
Initially teased as “Project Z”, it was demonstrated that this was in fact an arcade version of the popular series Left 4 Dead. This wasn’t the first time Valve and Taito had worked together on a project, the two companies having collaborated to bring Half Life 2 to Japanese arcades back in 2006. This particular game was released just a couple of weeks ago in Japan, there is no indication it will make its way to the West, so far.
3) Dave & Busters Aiming To Open 7 New Stores in 2014 (January)
Way back in January there was news about Dave & Busters expanding the number of stores they would be operating in 2014 by 7 new locations. It was the first big news of the year and it has remained as a top contender in views ever since.
It appears that only 4 locations had a ribbon cutting ceremony however, from what I could determine. I got this 4 locations thing wrong, which I apologize for and 8 locations were apparently opened in 2014, so the company was able to achieve one on top of where they set their initial goal.
Coming in second place was the “liveblog” of sorts that I did for the Star Wars Battle Pod unveiling event at the NY Comic Con in October. I wasn’t able to actually be at the event so I had to liveblog what others in social media were sharing but either way, the return of Star Wars to the arcade scene was big news. This game will be launching in March 2015.
1) Capcom Has Tested Luigi’s Mansion Arcade In Japan (November)
Surprisingly beating out Star Wars, this story about Capcom testing out an arcade version of Luigi’s Mansion in Japan is what readers were the most excited about. This actually has twice as many hits registered as the SWBP Liveblog post. As of writing this, we still have not seen screenshots or video of the game in action but if someone brought this game to the Western Hemisphere I imagine players would go crazy for it.
Overall I have to thank you for your readership, comments, tips and support. Here’s to a great 2015!