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A Ticket to Success <br>Trends in Payment Methods

A Ticket to Success
Trends in Payment Methods

April 12, 2019 No Comments

By Kathryn Van Druff Arcade games and vending machines have come a long way since their humble beginnings. Retro arcades continue to delight customers while contemporary counterparts also drive a smart argument for facility owners. Some businesses continue to adhere to the traditional style of games and vending with cash and tickets while others now […]

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The Operators’ Choices <br> Coin-Operated Game Favorites

The Operators’ Choices
Coin-Operated Game Favorites

February 27, 2019 No Comments

What do plush cranes, ball claws, Magic Coin and Monster Drop have in common? They’re all popular coin-op games. And they’re all beloved by patrons for that thrill of getting a prize. “Nowadays, everybody wants to win something every time,” observed Jay Coubal, who owns Northwest Coin Machine Company in Bloomer, Wis. His top coin-op […]

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Advice from the Street<br> Good Ideas to Stay Organized and Profitable

Advice from the Street
Good Ideas to Stay Organized and Profitable

October 25, 2018 No Comments

It’s a challenge to stay relevant in the entertainment industry—coin operated operations are no different. Company owners and managers agree that keeping track of trends, maintaining strong relationships with clients, and having an open mind to new ideas helps them to remain relevant and competitive. Scott Winzinger, owner of Americoin Amusement in Evansville, Ind., says, […]

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Advice from the Route Hiring and Training Considerations

Advice from the Route Hiring and Training Considerations

May 21, 2018 No Comments

Training route staff to provide customers with the best customer service is the key to a successful coin-operated game route. Making sure that staff members possess the qualities that lead to achievement on the job is also important. At Bonham Amusement in Terre Haute, Ind., Co-owner Steve Bonham said the “route” to success starts with […]

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Games and Prizes that Are Tops <br> Perspectives from Operators and Locations

Games and Prizes that Are Tops
Perspectives from Operators and Locations

February 14, 2018 No Comments

The most popular redemption games and redemption prizes are always changing in arcades and family entertainment centers, and for coin-operated game rental companies. Operators offer their current game and prize favorites. At Party Jungle in Phoenix, Ariz., General Manager Melissa Nathan has some definite customer favorites. “People love Monopoly and Tower of Power. Both games […]

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Trends in Coin-Op and  Redemption Games

Trends in Coin-Op and Redemption Games

January 10, 2018 No Comments

By Sara Hodon Coin-op and redemption game operators strive to offer customers machines with the most up-to-date technology to remain competitive. Currently, machines with swipe card mechanisms and paper redemption ticket dispensers are offered in certain venues like FECs, although they still have somewhat of a niche market.  The swipe card machine is essentially a […]

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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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