Newsbytes: Silverball City, 1996, Space Invaders Skill Slots, NTG#73

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Happy weekend arcaders! News has begun to pile up finally so perhaps we are out of the doldrums of Winter…in that regard. Let’s get to it:

Silverball City Coming To Johnson City, TN In April – Here is an upcoming new arcade alert – if you are in or near the area of Johnson City, TN then retro arcade goodness is on its way to you. Silverball City is being added to Freiberg’s German Restaurant, with an expected opening in April. Using the typical entry fee w/ free play business model that other retrocades have been using, they hope to fit up to 50 games into the space, with the strongest focus being on pinball with 30 machines. The owner will also be selling the games as a way to bring in revenue so in a way it will be like an old school distributor showroom. Best of luck to Silverball City and if you are near there, go check them out when they open! [Via]

New Trailer For Tekken 7 Fated Retribution – We still haven’t heard anything about this coming to the West since IAAPA so it is looking like less of a possibility. Which is too bad…just sell 2p kits at the right price combined with actual promotion, seems like there would be interest.

Sega Launches Chunithm Plus Software – Joining the ranks of Mai Mai and Project DIVA Arcade for their rhythm arcade line-up is Chunithm, which was released to Japanese game centers this past July. The game already has a major upgrade with more songs/artists joining the collection, called Chunithm Plus. More details at Inside / Chunithm Main site


Games Turning 20 In 2016: This is the official Arcade Heroes look at some games turning 20 this year. Unfortunately there are some titles that are up in the air such as Time Crisis, which mostly shows as being a 1995 game with fewer sources claiming 1996. Either way, happy birthday to some of your favorite games! 😛

The Coming Wave of Skill Gambling Machines – This week I received my Replay Magazine and found an article by Bob Cooney where he gets into some changes to Nevada law that allow for skill based games to be used in gambling (also generally called “gaming”, which can be confusing) establishments. As a growing trend worldwide, these games are coming and that was quite apparent with the ICE show held in the UK this week. Thanks to Toby Nakahorn for these pics of the new Space Invaders Evolution and Frogger slots; Kevin Williams of The Stinger Report also mentioned that he saw several executives from the arcade/amusement industry there, including people from Sega Amusements and Raw Thrills…we’ll have to wait and see how this will shake out. There are plenty of regions where games with pay-outs are still illegal although with the games being 100% skill, that could change the dynamics.



Name That Game #73 – Last week was skipped thanks to the lack of news to put together a proper Newsbytes post but you can revisit NTG#72 at this link. Here are the answers for that round:

#1 – Desert Tank by Sega

#2 – USAAF Mustang by UPL

#3 – Bounty by Orca

For NTG#73…





  1. Alfred February 7, 2016 at 12:21 am - Reply

    The first one is a three player pong. Which one is a bit beyond me.

    I think the next one is Raw 97 or something like that.

    No idea about the third.

  2. Jdevy February 7, 2016 at 10:09 am - Reply

    I hope the arcades in my area aren’t affected by the new skill slot machines, considering my arcades are inside casino/hotels. Hopefully the casinos can still regulate balance for the skill/luck (making it so no game involves 100% skill but makes it so there has to be luck involved) so the casino can still be in a way, a different experience than the arcade.

  3. RJAY63 February 7, 2016 at 11:22 am - Reply

    If these skill slot machines are really 100% skill, how would they make the operators money? I assume there will be random elements added (a la Point Blank) otherwise I see high end players milking them for all they can.

    • arcadehero February 8, 2016 at 11:46 am - Reply

      That is a relevant question…one would have to assume that they will use ideas from redemption but guaranteeing 100% skill, not sure how you do that and have it make as much as a non-skill game

  4. kevin williams February 14, 2016 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the shout out – AH.

    Yes, I was on the ICE show floor – we have a big report on the Skill Gaming systems that were there coming in the next week or so in The Stinger Report. Got a chnace to check out the Skill againt Gaming elements and have some views.

    We also covered the VR stuff that was at the show:

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