Videos: Stern Pinball @ CES2014; A Tour of The Arcadia in Ryde (IOW, UK)

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Stern at CES

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Most of the big news I’ve heard coming out of CES has been famous movie director Michael Bay not handling teleprompter malfunctions very well but there is one company involved in the coin-op industry that has been showing their games off, Stern Pinball. While there is no shot of the upcoming Mustang Pinball that I have seen, they have promoted their other games from 2013 pretty well. They also have the new home edition of Avengers at the booth as you can see above. In this first video, Gary Stern takes a couple of minutes to discuss the company with VentureBeat.

Here George Gomez talks about the latest technology that Stern is focusing on and reveals some hints about where the Mustang pinball and subsequent games will go. Some of what he mentions is the same as what Mr. Stern gets into above but he goes further on what is going on under the hood. Bringing wi-fi and even LAN play is mentioned; new display technology will be coming as well (finally!).

Tour The Arcadia

(Thanks to RJAY63 for this tip!)

I meant to get to this a sooner but it came right after Christmas and there was little rest for me in operating the arcade so I kept forgetting to share it with all of you. Here a member of the JAMMA+ forums gets an interview and guided tour with the operator of the Arcadia, an arcade that has been a family-owned and operated business since the late 1940s. It is located in a tourist destination area, in the city of Ryde on the Isle of Wight, UK. This video gives you an idea of what travails the owner goes through in operating what looks to mostly be a classic video arcade with some other attractions. I will admit that I don’t get what the deal is with “fruit machines”, I assume they are similar to what we call sweepstakes machines in the US.

This doesn’t seem to give a good light to classic arcades in the setting and I can see where he is coming from. I was having a discussion with another arcade operator on Facebook today about the subject, where he just can’t see himself ever upgrading to new games. While I kind of understand the desire to recreate the feel of a 1982 venue, on the flipside arcades at the time often brought in new content and I don’t see the harm in that now. You do have to look harder but there are still some new games that have a classic design to them, such as Pac-Man Battle Royale or Sea Wolf: The Next Mission. In my own experience it has been the new games that have paid the bulk of the bills I have to cover and it is those games that bring in new customers (of all ages, not just kids). I have to wonder if Arcadia wouldn’t benefit from some new blood in the content department and solve that problem of having some games setup as “wallpaper” but that’s just my assumption from seeing this above, I don’t have any insight into their costs and profits.

4 Comments »

  1. RJAY63 January 8, 2014 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    Thanks for posting this Arcadehero! Could you please change the title slightly to read “…;A Tour Of Arcadia in Ryde (IOW UK)”? It’s just that there’s quite a few arcades called “Arcadia” in the UK. Also Ryde is a town rather than a city.

    “Fruit machines” are gambling slot/reel machines that you would normally find in casinos. You get a lot of these in UK arcades as most operators need them to survive. The “low cost low payout” fruit machines can be played by anyone while the more expensive ones with higher prizes are adults only.

  2. jonhooper January 10, 2014 at 7:41 am - Reply

    i love i.o.w ryde vintage arcade zone been the same games ever since i visited back in 1999 lol šŸ˜€

  3. RJAY63 April 8, 2017 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    The owner of Arcadia is about to close this building as he moving to a new site. He is in the process of selling off the old retro games; some are on EBAY now. He is however taking Sega Rally and Time Crisis 2 with him to his new premises. While it’s a shame to see these old cabinets go, business is business and he needs to “follow the money”.

    • Tedward April 8, 2017 at 3:06 pm - Reply

      Heard the news on the Jamma+ Fourm, and it’s sad. They should at least keep one of the proper old cabs as a small reminder of it’s past. It would bring in money, there’d be people going on it based on the now mainstream retro gaming movement, like Space Invaders or something, a game that’s well known. The worst thing is though the next generation of retro gaming fans will go to this place and think it’s ok for just having Time Crisis II and Sega Rally alone, because as much as I’d hate to say it they’re becoming scarce now too šŸ™

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