It’s time for some news on fresh arcade locations that are open out there, let’s start with a couple on the international circuit:
Hub Zero (Dubai) – We mentioned this one a few months ago when a press release was sent out to announce the development of another theme park/arcade facility in the attraction heavy city of Dubai, UAE. I expected it to take a little longer to to reach the point of opening there doors but here it is, ready to go. They do have an arcade (called the Time Warp Arcade) stocked with various recent games as well as classics apparently on LCDs instead of their original CRT monitors. That includes pinball, something that Dubai isn’t well known for. Beyond that, they have several giant attractions, turning various popular games into theme park level rides or games (including Plants Vs. Zombies, Asura’s Wrath, Gears of War, a Resident Evil dark ride, pro racing simulators, VR and more). Here is a 360° video walk through; their main website is here.
Frolics Pinball, The “Secret” Arcade in Toronto, Canada – It’s not so secret now but this half-public/half-private pinball arcade in Toronto is getting noticed by local media. To get the address as well as inside the doors, you have to make arrangements in advance with the owners; they also are heavy on charity work as an entry ‘fee’. They have several of the latest games including Ghost Busters, Full Throttle, Game of Thrones, Star Trek LE, Medieval Madness and more. The story about their effort can be found over at Torontolife.com & RealVectorGamer.
Crazy Croc’s Open In Bradford, ON, Canada – Speaking of Canada, an eatercade opened their doors on July 31st. Unfortunately I am not able to find out what their game selection is (apart from In The Groove 2 and “skeeball, pool and air hockey”) nor how much space is dedicated to games. The Facebook page has little information other than a few reviews and there is no main website. Via Simcoe.com & RealVectorGamer.
New Dave & Busters Locations (Various) – It’s been a little while since we mentioned the new Dave & Busters locations so catching up (links go to the Store Detail pages which have tours, more info on games)
–Summerlin(Las Vegas), NV Opened on August 8th – This location has a DDR A, thanks to Alan T. for the tip.
–Capitol Heights, MD opened on April 25th (thought this had been mentioned on the blog but guess it was missed)
That’s it for now. I am aware of the Taito Densha De Go news but I’ll just save that for Newsbytes this weekend. I don’t really get why mainstream gamer sites go crazy for stuff like that which will only show up at Rounda1USA locations (if that) but completely ignore games like Cruis’n, Mario & Sonic Olympics Arcade or The Walking Dead which do get full international releases.