Welcome to November everybody! As the temperatures decline in northern areas and holidays arrive, that does equal a boost in sales for some locations. We also have IAAPA 2016 in a little over a week, so stay tuned to Arcade Heroes for the deluge of news. For now, here are your Newsbytes this week:
Big Buck World Championships 2016 Live Stream
The annual Big Buck World Championships began yesterday with the Ladies Tournament and will finish today with the full event. Thousands of dollars are up for grabs to the top Big Buck Hunters ($20k for the Grand Champion) and this also gives arcades a nice bit of exposure thanks to the live streaming on Twitch.
For the Ladies Tournament yesterday, Melinda Van Hoomissen won, taking home a nice check for $5000:
— Big Buck Hunter (@bigbuckhunter) November 5, 2016
Cesys To Introduce A VR Motorbike Motion Simulator At IAAPA 2016
At each IAAPA, we hear news from certain professional motion simulator companies and their latest products. These tend to be very high end simulators, costing much more than your typical arcade machine. One of those companies we have covered before is called Cruden. They have a new name for their amusement industry products called Cesys and at IAAPA 2016, they are introducing a clever motorbike simulator design. Called the Cesys Motorbike Simulator, this integrates an Oculus Rift with a motorcycle helmet. It “will see two riders pitched head to head on real Yamaha R6 machines, using the latest virtual reality. (VR)”; the motion platform offers 2 DOF, there is force feedback in the handle bars and it features body tracking. You can read more about it here.
Speaking of VR, Valve has announced their “Site Licensing” program where arcades are specifically mentioned. This essentially means more legal use of content out in public, much like what PC LAN centers have to deal with. Thanks to Stingray for the tip.
Gamestate Opens New Arcade In Rotterdam, Netherlands
Arcade Belgium has a story on a small chain of arcades that is expanding their operations in Europe called Gamestate. They use a formula similar to US arcades with a strong mix of both arcade and redemption amusements.
— Arcade Belgium (@arcadebelgium) November 5, 2016
New Movie theater W/ Arcade Opens In Selangor, Malaysia
Just caught this tweet at random, looks like quite the facility from these pictures
— Tourism Selangor (@TourismSelangor) November 1, 2016
Magician’s Dead Loctest Stream
ByKing’s innovative wizard arena battle game is going through it’s testing phase in Japan and they ran a livestream yesterday where you can see it in action. Hurray silky smooth 60FPS!
New Designs From Arcade Heroes
I’ve been working on some ideas for new designs uploaded to our Teepublic store. Check them out!
Name That Game #101 – We’ve given NTG 100 plenty of time so here are the answers. I thought I might trip you up with Block Block but not so much to your eagle eyes :
This week, back to three entries: