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  1. StarCreator

    Arcades thread the third

    Did you know today is the 20th anniversary of DDR's release? If you haven't gone to play DDR in a while, now's a great time to get back into it!
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    Otakon 2018: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

    Such a communication also runs the risk of creating a mob situation. If I were in charge of messaging, I would never approve such a message to go out.
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    Otakon 2018: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

    I think of all the years I've been coming to Otakon (I haven't missed one since 2000!) this is the first where I spent more time away from the convention than inside it, regrettably. My interests have largely shifted to wanting to see Japanese musical acts, a niche that Otakon used to always fill but this year was entirely absent. Distant Worlds is a neat thing, but unfortunately I felt I had my fill of orchestrated Final Fantasy music years ago and found my time better spent elsewhere. Anisong World Matsuri last year was awesome and I wish we had more of that. The game room, fantastic as it was, I felt was in need of reorganization; there were seemingly twice as many arcade machines this year, which is awesome, but they were crammed into roughly the same amount of space allotted last year. Consoles, on the other hand, were spaced so far apart that someone sitting at one table couldn't tell what games were running at the next table at a glance. The end result was much of the room being fairly sparsely populated, then the end with the arcade machines being a concentrated blob of people and noise. Spreading the machines out and bringing the consoles closer together seems like a better use of the space to me. To be clear, Tokyo Attack was only responsible for the arcade machines. Persona, in particular, was my personal contribution to the game room this year. Glad you enjoyed it!
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    Rally thoughts and concerns

    If this timeline holds true, the bulk of the rally activity should miss most people. https://wamu.org/story/18/08/08/heres-need-know-weekends-unite-right-2-rally/
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    Rally thoughts and concerns

    Apparently the rally permitting progressed enough that at one point Metro considered separate trains for rally attendees to separate them from the general population: https://wtop.com/tracking-metro-24-7/2018/08/metro-union-concerned-about-security-plan-for-dc-unite-the-right-event/ I hate to say, but I'm very, very concerned. I am driving in for the weekend, but I had planned to use Metro at some point during the weekend to travel for Pokemon Go related things. At this rate, I might either take an Uber instead or just stay in the relative safety of the convention center.
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    Arcades thread the third

    Still pretty busy at work, and although it's not exactly close to the convention anymore, arcades are still up at Glen Burnie. If anyone happens to pass by on their way to or from Otakon, let me know what you think!
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    Arcades thread the third

    The new quarterly Round 1 investor report was released earlier this month. Not much interesting information in it for this area (Towson R1 information is unchanged) but there are two new locations that will apparently open in the middle of next year: Spring 2019 (after 1 April):*Lincoln, NE (Gateway Mall)*Burbank, CA (Burbank Town Center)
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    Arcades thread the third

    I've been extremely busy at work lately and haven't been able to keep up with arcade things. Anyone still coming by Marley Station? If there's anything that needs to be taken care of over there let me know!
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    Arcades thread the third

    Per a good friend's analysis of the Round1 quarterly investor report, Round1 is opening a location in Towson Town Center around Fall of 2019.
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    Arcades thread the third

    In case you guys haven't been following it on Facebook, here's some shots of the new combined GamePlay/Marley Bounce Party: The new location is on the lower level next to Macy's and Gold's Gym. Here's a map if you need it:
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    Arcades thread the third

    Some GamePlay news: after this coming MAGFest (where we'll have most of the rhythm games in the arcade) we are moving to a new location within the mall. Updates will be posted on the GamePlay Facebook page, so be sure to keep an eye out for it!
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    Arcades thread the third

    Has anyone been to GamePlay recently? I just did a long overdue maintenance session yesterday, focusing on beatmania IIDX and DDR. DDR has had the pads cleaned out and sensors rotated, which should address some sensitivity issues some people were reporting.
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    Arcades thread the third

    Per Eric Holniker's Facebook page the Save Point retail location at TownMall of Westminster is dead as of yesterday. It sounds like everything is being moved to Gameroom Garage in Hagerstown over the course of this week.
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    Arcades thread the third

    The Cave in Fairfax has added a Groove Coaster 3 and a Museca 1 1/2. Just went on a short weekend trip to Round1. I don't really get bored of Maximum Tune 5 at all. I hope some place a bit closer gets it in so I don't have to drive almost three hours each way to play it...
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    Arcades thread the third

    The last thread got autoarchived again, but a lot of things have happened since the last one, so here we go again! Let me break down what I know: GamePlay (Marley Station Mall, Glen Burnie, MD): current lineup is: jubeat (NEW!) DDR (recently refurbished) beatmania IIDX (refurbished late 2016) pop'n music DrumMania In The Groove Marvel vs. Capcom 2 The Simpsons Various redemption games re:gen (White Marsh Mall, White Marsh, MD): a used video game store. Recently lost their jubeat, but has added a Naomi Universal cabinet that they intend to rotate games in. Save Point (Townmall of Westminster, Westminster, MD): a used video game store. Has an ever-rotating selection of games and various pinball machines. I haven't been in a while and the game selection changes rapidly due to the number of events they bring games to, so I honestly can't tell you what's in the store right now. The Cave Gaming Center (Fairfax, VA): a 24 hour LAN gaming center located in the interior of a largely open-air shopping center. They recently added a bunch of arcade music games: jubeat beatmania IIDX pop'n music BeatStream SOUND VOLTEX Round1 (Exton Square Mall, Exton, PA): just recently opened and has way more games than I can list in this space. Standouts include Project DIVA Arcade Future Tone, Theatrhythm All-Star Carnival, Groove Coaster, CROSSxBEATS, Gunslinger Stratos, and should soon receive Maximum Tune 5. Got a hot arcade spot nearby I missed? Let everyone know here!
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