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Cover: Jack & Gina Mann Made Their Toy Barn Dream Come True
Inside: A Prize-Packed Focus on the Redemption Prize Business
Big News from Florida –– Florida lawmakers have approved a measure that changes the legal landscape for the operation of redemption games in the Sunshine State. We've got the full story on prize value limits and other new regulations regarding amusement games.
If You Can Make It There –– AMOA-NY, the trade association representing game operators in the Big Apple, recently celebrated Allen Weisberg of Apple Industries as their Man of the Year. Allen was honored for his work with the association as well as his focus on reviving the popularity of the photo booth. Get the full story.
D&B Tutorial –– Following his riveting presentation at this spring’s Amusement Expo, we had a chat with Dave & Buster’s game guru, Kevin Bachus, who was a co-creator of the Xbox console system in a previous work life. Kevin offers a steady stream of insights about what makes Dave & Buster’s so popular and where the industry might be headed in the future.
Keeping Apprized –– This month’s RePlay delivers a very special section on the redemption prize aspect of the industry. This section includes the Cover Story on Southern California-based Toy Barn, a company started by an arcade and route operator; a compendium of prize supplier updates on the latest hot products and trends; an Operator Interface question and answer session with a number of industry leaders asking about their biggest concerns regarding prizes; and, finally a survey conducted online by RePlay with over 100 redemption and crane/merchandise game operators looking at many of the important and even controversial topics that surround this sector of the game business. This month’s Redemption Roundup kicks it all off.
PAMMA in Action –– The Pennsylvania operator group held a meeting and legislative cocktail party to promote a bill that could establish operator-run video gaming.
A Frenzy of Fun! An Iowa foursome (two couples) that hit it big by winning the lottery decided to invest in an FEC, Ft. Frenzy, as a way of giving something back to their hometown of Ft. Dodge, Iowa.
Two Flippers Hit the Market –– We’ve got reports inside this issue about two new silverball games: Stern’s latest title, KISS, based on the still popular ’70s glam rockers; and Chicago Gaming’s remake of the late ’90s long-standing hit Medieval Madness. Get the details on both new games.
The Ultimate Sound Man –– Ben Long of Noise Buffet delivers a crucial element to games by creating original music, sound effects and voice content for mobile, web, casino and coin-op titles. “I've been creating original music and sound for coin-op games including titles from ICE and Triotech as well as audio branding for console game developers and much more,” Long told RePlay.
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News Digest: The up-front news section of the magazine. Most breaking stories are covered here even if they get fuller stories elsewhere in the same issue.
Calendar of Events
Editorial: Comments from our Editor Steve White.
Frank Talk by Frank Seninsky of Alpha Omega Amusements, New Jersey.
Hail to the Chief: Our monthly chat with AMOA President Jerry Johnston.
Jersey Jack: Industry veteran Jack Guarnieri of Jersey Jack Pinball, Inc., PinballSales.com and ShuffleAlley.com shares philosophies and ideas for today's industry.
Party Professor: Beth Standlee of TrainerTainment teaches how to make parties stand out with your customers and your bottom line.
Spotlight Special: RePlay focuses on one of the key new pieces of equipment being brought to market.
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