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2016 Arcade Expo Announced!!

By: Joette Leshinski

It’s that time of year again! It’s the Arcade Expo in Banning, CA. Being that I had a blast last year… I’ll be sure to attend this year as well. The event will be held from January 15-17, 2016. Check out their website (arcadeexpo.com) as they count down by the second.

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What to expect: Fun, games on free play, booze, food, new friends and the list goes on. With special guests including the legendary Walter Day and gaming champion Billy Mitchell… the fun never ends. I mean… how could it? There are 800 arcades and pinballs on free play from retro to modern.

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Think you’ve got what it takes? Join in on the 3-day pinball tournament they are calling “It Never Drains in California.” The pinball champion will be crowned after multiple series of rounds racking up a high score based on a point system.

But wait … there’s more! Chill out and party at the VIP “Getaway Party” or test your knowledge with “Pinball Pub Quiz.” You can also game under the stars as campsites are available!

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Join in on the fun at the Arcade Expo. I mean, c’mon, they broke the Guinness World Record last year for most people (331 to be exact) playing pinball simultaneously. How cool is that? Join your Arcade Heroes and plenty of others for a night of fun, laughter and gaming and be part of something bigger.

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Star Wars!

By Cody Warhurst

Let me start out by saying this flight sim clocks in at a whopping $100,000, so if you want to play it, you are probably going to need to head to a Dave & Buster’s or sell your house.

Now that that’s out of the way, how long have you been dreaming about piloting the Millennium Falcon? X-Wing? TIE Fighter? Snowspeeder? Probably since you saw your very first Star Wars movie. Well now is your chance. With the Star Wars Battle Pod, you can do just that and more. SWBP is a sit-down flight sim with an immersive screen that wraps around to cover your entire field of vision (over 180o), making it truly feel like you’re flying your favorite Star Wars ship.

The game itself has five missions: fly an X-Wing at the battle of Yavin and destroy the Death Star (awesome), fly a snowspeeder on Hoth to protect Rebel transports (awesome), man a speeder bike on Endor to destroy the shield generator (awesome), take the Millennium Flacon into the second Death Star (awesome), or play as Darth Freakin’ Vader against the Rebels after the destruction of the Death Star (awesome). Can you tell I’m stoked about this game?

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As for the gameplay itself, maybe my high expectations let me down. The missions are few and kind of short. There’s a ton of action and everything happens so fast it’s hard to process what’s going on most of the time. It feels a bit gimmicky to be honest. I was hoping for immersive, complex gameplay, but I was left feeling quite underwhelmed.

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Overall, I think this game was fun, but not terribly exciting. If you’re a casual gamer and not a diehard Star Wars nerd, I think you would walk away with a bit of a shoulder shrug from this game. Star Wars fanatics could go either way: either you’re going to go ballistic just to be able to play a flight sim based on the series most iconic ships or you’re going to be let down by the game which seems itself like an afterthought to the price tag. I’d give this game a very soft 6.5 out of 10, with a bit of play depending on the gamer.

Rob Zombie Spookshow

By Cody Warhurst

How about some awesomely spooky news from the pinball world, appropriate for October? Spooky Pinball, LLC out of Benton, WI (producers of the pinballs Godzilla and America’s Most Haunted) announced they will be releasing the “Rob Zombie Spookshow International” pinball next year. With a creepy art, loads of fanfare, and, of course, great music from the game’s namesake himself, this is sure to be a great pinball.

Spooky released the game art done by Alex Horley (well known for his long-time collaboration with Wizards of the Coast and their smash card game Magic: The Gathering) with their announcement, showcasing several of Zombie’s classic characters from his movies:

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The gang’s all here with Captain Spaulding, Dr. Satan, Baby, and even Zombie himself. Also featured are some fantastically horrifying creatures of the night including a banshee, werewolf, killer robot and loads of zombies. Speaking of Zombie, ten of his hits will be featured as the music for this release:

– “Dragula”
– “Never Gonna Stop (Red Red Kroovy)”
– “Living Dead Girl
– “Demonoid Phenominon”
– “American Witch”
– “What?”
– “Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Supertown”
– “Feel So Numb”
– “Superbeast”
– “House Of 1,000 Corpses

Even more exciting, the voicing for the in-game sounds will be done by Zombie with special guest Sid Haig! Naturally, Sig Haig, the voice of Captain Spaulding, would have to be included as the purpose of this pinball is to defeat Captain Spaulding and survive the infamous House of 1,000 Corpses!

The release of details so far is scant, but pricing has been set for the two models that will be available. The basic or “Pro” model will be $5995 with only 250 being made. The limited edition (LE) model, which features different back glass and side armor, will be $6495 with only 50 being made. It hasn’t been announced that the LE will come autographed, with special art, or any Certificate of Authenticity yet. Any way you slice it, only 300 of this pinball will be released, making it a pretty rare grab.

MK X: Kicking ass and Taking Names

MK X: Kicking ass and Taking Names

By Joette Marie

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If you’re looking for a fun game to play with friends or online… look no further than Xbox One’s Mortal Kombat X. With clean, crisp and detailed graphics, this game is nearly flawless. In addition to the fun characters we grew up with in other MK installments… gamers are introduced to new, clever fighters. For example, one of my new favorites is the evil and frightening Jason Voorhees. Complete with his nightmare-inducing mask and bloody machete, Jason is just as bad ass as you’re imagining. However, my personal favorite is the flying-kick queen Mileena. She’s super quick and has pain-inducing moves.

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While playing online is always a good time, beware of cheap gamers who corner you and tap one button. My recommendation is to check out the “moves list” so you can master your favorite character and look like a pro instead of a chump. Another cool addition to this game is the ability to use items in the arena to help you win. There’s an old woman in the background you can grab and chuck at your opponent as well as a vine to swing across landing a kick to your enemy’s face to name a few.

I have one complaint about the game. In MK Deadly Alliance, gamers were able to side step an incoming blow and land a kick or jab to them by utilizing the 3D aspect of the game. MK X is, unfortunately, 2D! I, for one, kicked ass by dodging opponents by stepping around them. That’s it… my only complaint. Other than that, the game is flawless, fun, challenging and super addictive.

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Flashback! Bubble Bobble: Never gets old

  • By Joette Leshinski
    In 1986, gamers were introduced to two adorable dinosaurs (Bub and Bob) just trying to make their way through a “cave” by defeating enemies and trapping them in bubbles.
    Released for the NES, this game is fun, challenging and addicting. Players have to complete all 100 levels to make it to the final boss at the end. However, there’s a hidden gem in this game. In level 99, there’s a hidden door! Go through the door before it
    disappears and you will unlock even more levels. This puzzle action game is super addicting. Even after I’ve beaten it, I continue to try beating it without dying. Extra lives are granted after a gamer gets a certain amount of points or by spelling the word “extend” that will appear in bubbles (the word will show up in on the sides of the screen once the letter bubbles are popped).
    Although the game is beat-able, I challenge you to beat it without needing a continue/losing all of your points. I also challenge you to try to get to one million points. It can be done! But be careful because you are sure to die a few times in the dreaded and nearly impossible level 47. That being said, if you’ve never checked out this NES classic, I advise you to pop it in (you might have to blow in the cartridge first) and get playing.
    If you’re wondering if you should follow up with Bubble Bobble 2, the answer is no. While it is a collectible (so get it for that purpose only), rare and valuable… it is no fun. You play by yourself on the screen with not as fun levels and not as fun enemies. And if you were used to playing Bubble Bobble with a friend, you can forget about doing that in part 2. Your friend only gets to play once you die.  Enjoy!