Newsbytes: Alien Covenant; G-Tickets; Grumpy Cat Photo Booth; Cosmotrons

arcadehero July 8, 2017 1

Excepting the Nex Machina posting, it has been a fairly quiet week in arcade news. That said, we’ve got enough for this weekend to discuss. But first, an ad I hadn’t seen before from before Atari was a home gaming company:

Alien Covenant Appearing At Some Dave & Busters Locations – Here’s What That’s About

Earlier this week a couple of readers sent me pictures of a ‘new’ game that was popping up at some Dave & Busters locations, all from the NorthEastern US. As it turned out though, this is not a new arcade title but a reskin of Play Mechanix’s 2012 release, Aliens Armageddon. The software is exactly the same – what has changed includes both artwork and LED lighting, going from red to green. I personally find it odd that they left the red plastic shells on it instead of making those green but that likely would end up costing a lot more for a project like this. I’m curious to find out if it changes anything on the earnings of the game since the Covenant movie hasn’t done too well; I have a deluxe Armageddon and it continues to be among my top five games week-in, week-out.

Thanks to Federico Read for the photos above

Gamergreen Looking To Revolutionize Ticket Redemption With G-Tickets

No, we don't cover much about redemption here apart from videmption games but there is a new technology coming down the pipeline from a company called Gamergreen & Sugarloaf that could certainly affect how many operators and readers of the site handle tickets. Card Swipe systems have already changed some of the landscape thanks to Virtual Tickets - now "G-Tickets" may end up changing how prizes are given to consumers. This video from popular Youtuber Matt G gets into detail as he was invited to a meeting in Las Vegas where Bay Tek and Gamergreen was showing how the system will work. By how I understand it, the system will essentially replace the ticket redemption desk or one of those automated ticket-to-prize vending machines with an app and website where you will have your prizes shipped to you. Time will tell if this will be a truly disruptive technology but it certainly is what I would expect to see from the evolution of the ticket side of things:

Grumpy Cat Photo Booth

Amusement game makers Team Play is expanding their selection of photo booths, now offering a booth based off of the popular "Grumpy Cat" meme. The booth lets you take pictures from 100 different scenes with Mr. Grumpy Cat. You then get a physical copy and can share them digitally via social media.   Read more about it on Team Play's website

New Trailer For Cosmotrons - Make Arcades Great Again

The guys behind the upcoming indie arcade game Cosmotrons have released another trailer to promote the game, playing on last year's popular "MAGA" political slogan. Keeping in the 4th of July spirit, the trailer includes the Star-Spangled Banner in the background as you watch ships fly around levels and explode. The Cosmotrons Summer tour is launching next week with the week afterwards being the first chance I'll have to get some hands-on time with the game. Check out the trailer here:

Arcadeology 101 Episode 4 - Are Classic Games Viable In Today's Market?

I posted the latest Arcadeology 101 episode to Vid.me this week, this time taking a half hour to talk about classic games in today's market. I share precise earnings info I have seen on games from the 80s and the 90s from 2016, rating the top 3 90s, top 3 80s and bottom 3 classics by how they did (or didn't earn). I also discuss in classic arcade gaming in general.

As a note, this is behind a paywall at $1.50/mo as are the other Arcadeology videos. The info I try to pack into them is very useful for anyone looking to get into the business or if you are still new to it all - info that you'd have to pay much more to get from a professional consultant 😉

Terminator 2 Gets Colorized

The pinball machine that is. Here's the latest color upgrade from ColorDMD:

Studio C Tackles Punch-Out

Ok, I am stretching it a little here as it is the NES version and not the arcade version but close enough for a laugh

Stay tuned next week for some new game news and have an awesome weekend!


One Comment »

  1. Dustin Wilcox July 8, 2017 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    That Grumpy Cat photo booth is trying way too hard to be relevant by using a meme that stopped being relevant many years ago. It’s a shame that many companies (in ALL sectors, not limited to amusement) can’t seem to grasp the concept of how incredibly limited the lifespan of Internet popularity is. It’s especially jarring considering that this thing probably cost thousands of dollars and needs to have a long lifespan itself. However, the website makes a good point–13 million social media followers is nothing to scoff at, so surely there’s some longterm market for this thing.

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