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Treasures that Take the Prize <br>Trends in Arcade Redemption Prizes

Treasures that Take the Prize
Trends in Arcade Redemption Prizes

October 18, 2017 No Comments

Everybody loves to be a winner, and as trends in redemption prizes prove, both traditional and of-the-moment prize types are big hits with players at family fun centers and arcades. At Boomers in Cathedral City, Calif., Operations Manager Gennesse Aguirre said her FFC’s most popular redemption prizes are disappearing ink and Whoopee cushions. “They’re both […]

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For Bowling Alley Success, Try Arcade Games

For Bowling Alley Success, Try Arcade Games

August 28, 2017 No Comments

By Michael F. Kastre From the first coin operated machine in 1931, called Baffle Ball, and the 1933 pinball machine to the 1971 Galaxy Game, which was the first ever coin operated video game, and into the late 1990s when Multiple Arcade Machine Emulations enabled designers to put thousands of arcade games into one arcade, […]

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Games People Play <br> The Top Trends for Games

Games People Play
The Top Trends for Games

April 6, 2017 No Comments

What are the top trends and new games at arcades, bars, restaurants, and street locations? While replies are varied, certain trends do emerge, including a definite quest by players to enjoy tactile, hands-on experiences they can’t find with individual or home gaming options. For this article, operators offered their observations and tips for success. At […]

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Coin-Op Operational Strategies<br> Tips to Hire and Train the Best Workers

Coin-Op Operational Strategies
Tips to Hire and Train the Best Workers

February 13, 2017 No Comments

  Hiring and training workers for coin-operated game companies can come with a variety of challenges, from finding the right employees for the job to keeping them content long term. For this article, company owners and managers offered their tips on how to hire, train and retain the best workers. At Pride Vending NW in […]

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Into the Future: Best New Video and Redemption Earners

Into the Future: Best New Video and Redemption Earners

December 29, 2016 No Comments

Video and redemption game operators are on the front lines when it comes to evaluating top earning games. With a wide variety of choices some clear-cut favorite emerge, as operators nationwide offer their take on what did the best for them in 2016, as well as providing some predictions for top earners in the coming […]

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Game On <br>Coin-Op Trends Blast into the Nightlife World

Game On
Coin-Op Trends Blast into the Nightlife World

October 25, 2016 No Comments

By Natalie Hope McDonald In some areas, younger customers are visiting vintage-style, adults-only arcades for gaming, drinks and food. For example, at EightyTwo in Los Angeles, Scott Davids has been reliving his childhood along with pal Noah Sutcliffe. The co-founders, both in their 30s, opened the West Coast barcade two years ago to bring the […]

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Game On <br> The Hottest New Redemption Games Plus The Top Prizes

Game On
The Hottest New Redemption Games Plus The Top Prizes

May 25, 2016 1 Comment

At Funtopia USA, a family fun center in Middle Village, N.Y., in the borough of Queens, a colorful redemption center is designed to catch the eye of players of all ages. Not only does Funtopia boast a slew of attractions, like Balladium, a fast-paced interactive ball-blasting game, and the Time Freak Playground, but also an […]

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Entertaining Trends <br> Tickets, Tokens and Swipe Cards at Entertainment Centers

Entertaining Trends
Tickets, Tokens and Swipe Cards at Entertainment Centers

January 4, 2016 No Comments

Arcades and family entertainment centers are a great way to have some fun indoors. Birthday parties, family nights, date nights, whatever the occasion – there is a bit of nostalgia when it comes to playing games, winning tickets and earning prizes. But are tickets a thing of the past? And how do these centers manage […]

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The Best in Bulk
Customers’ Favorite Prize Picks

October 23, 2015 No Comments

By Genie Davis Bulk vending machines take up very little space, need little maintenance, and sell fun items that appeal to virtually every age group from small children to adults. These machines have been popular since the late 19th century, when they were stocked with postcards and chewing gum. So what are the top selling […]

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The Serious Business of Arcade Play <br>Tips to Elevate Profits

The Serious Business of Arcade Play
Tips to Elevate Profits

August 27, 2015 No Comments

By Vicki Hogue-Davies   While the arcade might not typically be the main destination for visitors to entertainment centers that offer bowling, go-karts and other attractions, it can be an additional and profitable moneymaker. To increase business at your arcade, there are several things to think about including game placement, prize redemption, customer service, marketing […]

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