Newsbytes: Joel West Passing; Pac-Mancave; Japanese Arcade Updates; Polish Arcade Memories

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Newsbytes: Joel West Passing; Pac-Mancave; Japanese Arcade Updates; Polish Arcade Memories

Happy belated birthday for Arcade Heroes – Dec. 3rd 2006 was when the site got it’s start, and because I was a little overloaded on work this week, I forgot to run a post about it. But no worries, better late than never, right?

What is your favorite story that we’ve run over the years?

Berzerk World Record Holder Joel West Passes Away

(Joel is dressed in yellow in the Featured Image for the post)

The classic gaming/high score community was given some terrible news this week, as gamer Joel West passed away at the age of 58. I did not personally know Joel, but many of my online friends did and have been posting tributes. By all info I’ve heard, he was a gracious and fun guy, with incredible talent for classic video games; a true Arcade Hero. Eighty-Three Arcade wrote up a great memorial for him; RIP Joel.

Bandai Namco Reveals

If you’ve got a mancave, then Bandai Namco is ready to help you furnish it with some officially licensed game gear. While they have the Pac-Man’s Pixel Bash Chill machine (and Pac-Man themed air hockey and pool tables), the company has other items made to spice up your game room/mancave. These include “PACcessory” items like pint glasses, lamps and stress balls, to decor like posters, benches and these new wooden plaques. Check it out.

Pac-mancave wooden plaque

Street Fighter V Gets An Official Arcade Title

Drumroll…when the arcade version of Capcom’s Street Fighter V launches next year, it’s official name is…Street Fighter V Type Arcade. As I asked in this tweet, the use of the word “type” makes me think of a couple of the typing arcade games.

Sega World Drivers Championship 2019

I had wondered if Sega might bring their latest Super GT offering out West, but so far, no dice. For Japanese arcades, they already have a sequel announced, as shown through this video below. SWDC 2019 builds on what 2018 introduced, offering cross-site play in Japan and fantastic graphics. The game is shipping to Japanese venues right now:

Speaking of Japan, Raw Thrills has begun testing the Super Deluxe version of Halo: Fireteam Raven over there. One of the websites that focuses on light-gun games has their own location test report; here are some additional pics:

Polish Arcade Photos From The 80’s & 90’s

A couple of weeks ago, I was alerted to this fascinating thread on Twitter that compiles a number of photos of arcades in Poland  from the late 80’s and early 90’s. This is just as interesting to look through as the “Soviet arcade game museum” we saw a few years ago.

Galloping Ghost holds Dark Presence Day

Some years ago, we began covering the ambitious 1v1 digitized fighter concept known as Dark Presence. Being developed by Galloping Ghost Productions, the game has been on a very long journey since then. But to the delight of eager fans, the game had it’s very own “day” at the Galloping Ghost Arcade last week. While this stream is a bit long, you can see plenty of the game in action by jumping to just about anywhere in the stream. Check it out:

That’s all I came across for now; have a great weekend!

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