We’ve discussed the opening of ArcadeUFO previously but it blows my mind how many blogs and other news sources I keep running into that are discussing it – so much so that it’s not worth my time to report every single one. But I figured I’d mention it one last time to congratulate the new company on the amount of news coverage they are getting, which is certainly helping bring in people to support them and hopefully they’ll be getting enough momentum from the get go to keep them running for a long time. Whether they expected this amount of coverage or not is unknown to me but it was good planning on their part to get a hold of some highly prized games such as Tekken 6 and Street Fighter IV – if anyone continues to think that fighters aren’t meaning anything to people then you need to think again.
There’s a little more on my mind about this though, hit the post break if you’re interested in my thoughts about the attention given to arcades by the media and how it is sometimes a bit lopsided or discuss it on the forums.
At the same time I’d like to think out loud about this situation and wonder why is it that ArcadeUFO is receiving all this attention as though they were the only new arcade to open in the US in years? I really do not mean to diminish them at all – my criticism here is aiming at the media and not ArcadeUFO, my congratulations are sincere for them and I am happy that an arcade business is getting this attention. When I was at AMOA I ran into the general manager of a local FEC of mine, in fact they are only three blocks away from my arcade and in our conversation they were lamenting over the fact that a few more FECs are going to open soon in my state and I just naturally said “That’s great!” which they weren’t amused with but then I had to explain what I meant – while you might feel that it sucks to have more competition at the same time the more arcades out there = more games being made by developers since they have more to sell to.
But getting back to the point of the matter, I really don’t understand why ArcadeUFO is receiving this much attention when there have been several arcades to come along in the past year or so and AFAIK they have been discussed in very few places, namely here at AH and the Stinger Report since that’s what we do. For examples of other new arcades that have opened in the past little while check here, here, here, here and here. My best guess is that it’s because ArcadeUFO is a Japanese themed arcade (although they aren’t the only ones, check Tokyo Game Action, Super Arcade or the aptly named Japan Arcade) and for some reason a lot of people seem to think that the only arcade games worth talking about are ones that come from Japan (if you could see our stats on what is popular or look around the net for current arcade news, you’ll notice that most news sources are mentioning that Arcana Heart 2 is coming to arcades from our AMOA coverage while ignoring the fact that we also showed several other games to come along from Raw Thrills’, GlobalVR, Incredible Technologies, and Sega). So if you open a new arcade then perhaps that is one theme to consider as it’s not a bad one but would I like to see some attention brought to arcades that are also giving love to games that come both from Japan and elsewhere? You bet. I think that the ultimate solution to get people to notice non-Japanese arcades is with the games of course but it is frustrating when we report about great new games made by a developer outside the US and the attention it gets pales in comparison to what you might see some obscure game that may never be released outside of Japan does. We do all we can here and it will help as developers release more high-quality games (it wouldn’t hurt if they put together something like a press kit with a demo disc of the game that includes some HD footage of it in action and the flyer for the game and send that to news sources which are at least somewhat interested in printing arcade news) so either way what it’s going to take is time and patience.