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Issue Date: Vol. 45, No. 8, August 2005, Posted On: 8/12/2005

August 12, 2005: Rowe's Littell Moves Inside; Sega Launches New Website; Coast To Coast Expands Product Line, Services; From Korea'Good News, Bad News


GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Rowe International has created the position of inside sales representative to support its growing AMI Entertainment division and has appointed 20-year company man Steve Littell to fill it. At the helm of AMI's communications center, Littell will be available to answer questions from the growing operator base for AMI music, said John Margold, senior vice-president of sales and marketing. Littell's technical background includes an electronics degree, bolstered by a series of increasingly responsible positions at Rowe's service, repair and testing departments. He has served as music sales manager for the Midwest and led western sales for changers in certain markets. Recently, he has helped create and expand the AMI Music technical service hotline. Littell can be reached directly at tel. (616) 248-9418 or by e-mailing to slittell@roweinternational.com.



ELK GROVE VILLAGE, IL , Sega Amusements USA has launched a new website , http://www.sau.sega.com/ , that combines the content of two previous sites, segaarcade.com and sammyusa.com. Sega and Sammy merged on Oct. 1, 2004, and moved the combined headquarters to Elk Grove Village last April, marketing its coin-op line under the Sega name. The unified Web presence is designed to make it as easy as possible for customers to access company and product information, stated Sega's director of marketing Peter Gustafson. He described the site as a user-friendly, content-rich resource for "everything related to Sega Amusements." The site encompasses Sega's video, redemption, self-contained merchandiser and prize division product lines. Also featured are downloadable brochures and game manuals, product service bulletins, a distributor locator page and press releases, along with links to every Sega corporate site including Sega's customer service center. The site was developed by Sega's IT manager Ben Kadish and Web designer Jeff March, who promise a fast, logical flow of information.



SAYREVILLE, NJ , Coast To Coast Entertainment , http://www.coastentertainment.com ,  is expanding its product offerings with a new automated imaging machine. The "3-2-1-Smile Photo Booth," according to the company's Gary Balaban, can operate with a vend price as low as 25¢ by using an inexpensive paper medium costing approximately 1¢ per picture. Vend price is adjustable from 25¢ to more than $5.00, and the machine supports discounting options and multiple photo vends. Separately, Family Fun Cos. has tapped Coast to Coast for the sales, marketing and service of its entire line of redemption games. The company's present lineup includes "King's Castle," "Hungry Dragon," "Gorilla King" and the new "Single Dip."



SEOUL, Korea , A 28-year-old man died of a heart attack on Aug. 9 following 50 hours of virtually nonstop video game playing at an Internet café. For three days he had taken only brief naps and bathroom breaks, police said. The player, whose last name was given by authorities as Lee, had been intensely involved in online battle simulation games. Officials said heart failure stemming from exhaustion was the probable cause of death. According to press sources, "Lee had recently quit his job to spend more time playing games." Korea has a huge online game market and one of the world's most extensive high-speed networks'. Meanwhile, across the border in North Korea, karaoke rooms are mushrooming, according to http://Worldtribune.com/, citing local news sources. But the communist government reportedly requires singers to warble the praises of its regime, and forbids certain Asian hits and various old Korean folk tunes.


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