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Issue Date: Vol. 49, No.12, December 2009, Posted On: 12/23/2009

Terminator Salvation Captures Blockbuster Excitement

Nick Montano
Raw Thrills, Terminator Salvation video game, Betson, arcade game

Play Mechanix, BetsonPlay Mechanix and Betson Enterprises are bringing big-screen action to coin-op with the release of their latest arcade shooter, inspired by one of Hollywood’s most successful sci-fi film franchises. Terminator Salvation Arcade captures the thrills and excitement of the 2009 mega-hit movie.

Described by the Play Mechanix as "the ultimate showcase piece," the videogame, licensed from Halcyon Games LLC, is adorned with glowing neon rifle holders and a life-size replica T-600 model Terminator marquee topper with glowing red eyes. The interactive shooting experience takes place on a 42" HD display.

Players are thrust into the future and on the firing line as "terminators" of all kinds attempt to squash their resistance. Heavy-duty recoiling rifles have a new clip-action reload feature, which adds a depth of realism that Play Mechanix claims is unparalleled in any arcade shooter.

Players can add to their arsenals of weapons by securing numerous powerups, including grenades, shotguns, rocket launchers and devastating miniguns. Full-time, two-player play coupled with more than one hour of cinematic high-definition footage are expected to drive interest and earnings longevity.

"The sheer presentation value of Terminator Salvation Arcade will help assist operators to secure prime locations and premium real estate within those locations," Play Mechanix said. "The traffic volume created with this exciting new shooter will promote increased earnings and extend players’ stays at the game through compelling and addictive gameplay. With the continued support of the Terminator franchise, this arcade shooter will be a high earner for years to come."

Play Mechanix was founded by George Petro in 1995 and has since created more than 30 games for the arcade, street and casino markets. For coin-op, these include best-selling hunting videos Big Buck Hunter and the new Big Buck Safari, and Deal or No Deal. Play Mechanix recently merged with Raw Thrills, a development studio founded by former Midway Games designer Eugene Jarvis in 2001. Betson Enterprises, the nation’s largest equipment distributor, is the marketing and manufacturing arm for the game developers’ products.

Petro was a programmer on Terminator 2: Judgment Day, an arcade game released in 1991 by WMS Industries, the owner of the Williams Electronics and Midway Games. That game was loosely based on the film of the same name. The home console versions were called T2: The Arcade Game to avoid conflict with the platform games. The 1991 game’s story falls in line with the movie: to save the leader of the human resistance, John Connor, and his mother, Sarah, from the T-1000, a mimetic poly-alloy terminator, bent on killing them both.

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