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Harsh Weather Impacts Consumer Spending And Route Operations
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 3, March 2014
vending Most hard hit in the coin machine industry were operators in states where consumers are unaccustomed to frigid weather conditions. Not only did the weather keep shoppers out of the malls and off the streets of downtown areas, but it made day-to-day business for operators that much more difficult...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Prosocial Videogames Produce Positive Effects In Young Children
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 3, March 2014
ome good news about videogames. A study conducted at Iowa State University showed that prosocial media, which include videogames, positively influence behavior regardless of culture...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Videogame Maker Issues Final 'Megatouch Live' Software Update Enabling Offline Play
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 3, March 2014
Besides the offline system conversion, other V3.5.1 features include a free play option, a selectable blue menu "skin" that resembles the familiar Megatouch Ion platform and 15 implementations of classic games...
Author: Nick Montano



Bitcoin ATM Delivers Digital Currency At New Mexico Cigar Bar
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 3, March 2014
The bitcoin machine is operated by Enchanted Bitcoin and manufactured by Manchester, NH-based Lamassu Inc. It turns users' cash into encrypted currency when they scan a Bitcoin QR code into the machine and insert cash...
Author: Emily Jed

National Dart Association Appoints Three To Board Of Directors
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 3, March 2014
Author: Nick Montano

NDA And VNEA Host League SMART 2014 In St. Louis: July 10-12
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 3, March 2014
Author: Nick Montano

AMI Entertainment Ships Music Video Upgrade Kit For NGX Jukeboxes
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 3, March 2014
The upgrade package for AMI's NGX digital jukeboxes allows the operator to connect an NGX jukebox to a nearby television receiver, offering patrons the opportunity to choose from thousands of music videos, as well as their favorite songs from AMI's music library...
Author: Nick Montano

On Heels Of Win Stuff Acquisition, Pelican Group Augments National Accounts Management Team
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 3, March 2014
Pelican chief executive Richard Scherer explained that the company's acquisition of Win Stuff has substantially expanded Pelican's client base by adding about 40 major clients. Pelican completed its acquisition of Win Stuff Corp., a national operator of skill cranes, in October...
Author: Tim Sanford

EAG International Organizers Hail Enthusiastic Response To 2014 London Expo
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 3, March 2014
The organizers of this year's European Gaming & Amusement (EAG) International report that the show attracted 5,460 visitors to the ExCeL convention center in London's historic Docklands area. That's a slight increase over last year's turnout of 5,411, reflecting steady growth for the event since EAG's first staging in 2010...
Author: Tim Sanford

Megatouch LLC Relocates To New Facility In Bristol, PA
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 3, March 2014
The touchscreen videogame company, which announced last month an end to development and production, has moved to a smaller location as it winds down business...
Author: Nick Montano

Wedges/Ledges Develops Solar Power Solution For Amusement Cranes
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 2, February 2014
Wedges/Ledges of California wants to take cranes where no crane has gone before -- and with solar-power. The concept may be considered as a move toward "green" technology or as liberation from electrical sockets...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Amelia 'Millie' McCarthy Dies At 97
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 3, March 2014
McCarthy, who ran Catskill Amusements Inc. (Hurleyville) and Binghamton Amusement Co., was a steadfast advocate on many coin-op legislative issues...
Author: Nick Montano

LAI's New Operator Controls Puts Game Diagnostics Onscreen
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 3, March 2014
The intuitive menu all but eliminates the need for a user manual, providing easy access to audit and error data, as well as program payouts...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Florida Lottery Changes Proposed; Lawmakers Seek To Relax And Eliminate Gaming Rules Impacting Amusements
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 3, March 2014
A state senator wants the Florida Lottery to be placed under a proposed five-member gaming commission that would be appointed by the governor. It's the latest development in Florida's uncertain gambling landscape -- also impacting amusements -- that lawmakers are looking to overhaul...
Author: Nick Montano

UNIS: A Global Games Company On The Move
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 2, February 2014
"We're looking at a global market, but North America is the important starting point for us," said Steven Tan, an executive at China's Unis. "It gives us an opportunity to test our new products and work with our distribution partners to collect feedback..."
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Arcade Boxing Game Leaves Chinese Man Paralyzed
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 2, February 2014
Author: Hank Schlesinger

IN MEMORIAM | Paul Simpson Gies, 51
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 2, February 2014
Paul Simpson Gies, a former director of the Amusement and Music Operators Association, died on Jan. 16 at the Central Montana Medical Center here. He was 51...
Author: Nick Montano

New Jersey Amusement Association Readies 19th Annual East Coast Expo: Feb. 19-20
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 2, February 2014
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Planetary Pinball And Chicago Gaming Co. Remake Medieval Madness
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 2, February 2014
Announced in October at Pinball Expo, Medieval's first run of 1,000 games was sold out within hours in advance orders. The remake of the most beloved of all pin games is expected to roll off the Chicago Gaming's production line in the second quarter...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Chuck E. Cheese's Sold To Private Equity Firm; Three Shareholders Sue To Stop Sale
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 2, February 2014
CEC Entertainment, the corporate owner of the famous pizza-arcade chain, is being gobbled up by a private equity firm for $1.3 billion. New York City-based Apollo Global Management is paying $54 a share in cash for the company. But not all shareholders approve, and some are suing to stop the sale...
Author: Nick Montano

Stern Pinball Takes Wraps Off Mustang At Chicago Auto Show, Feb. 6
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 2, February 2014
At the show's media preview, six brand-new Stern "pro-level" Mustang pinball machines will be on display, along with the new Ford Mustang. Top-ranked competitive pinball player Zach Sharpe will demonstrate the game, establishing benchmark scores and challenging journalists to beat them...
Author: Tim Sanford

BARometer Handbook: On-Premise Beverage Alcohol Consumption Slows; Sales Still Predicted To Increase
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 2, February 2014
--press release
Author: BIG Press Release

Expert Predicts Death Of Traditional Mall; Can Amusements And Coin-Op Adapt To New Retail Concepts?
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 2, February 2014
Real estate expert Rick J. Caruso predicts the demise of shopping malls as we know them within just a few years -- unless the retail industry makes some fundamental and significant changes.


Author: Hank Schlesinger

Photobooth Volume Swings Up In Record Photo-Me First Half
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 2, February 2014
Photo-Me's vending operations comprise mostly photobooths, along with digital printing kiosks, photobook makers, amusement machines (kiddie rides in the UK) and business service equipment, as well as its new laundry machines...
Author: Emily Jed

America's Incredible Pizza Pacts BMI For Upgrade To FEC In Missouri

Issue: Vol. 54, No. 2, February 2014
Author: Tim Sanford

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