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October 2014

Hot Off the Press

Prep Meeting in DC

On “The Hill” –– AAMA and AMOA members are seen here meeting for a strategy session at the Denton’s law firm in Washington, D.C., in preparation for a full court press on Capitol Hill the following day, Sept. 18. Industry lobbyist John Russell advised tradesters on their visits to House and Senate offices, where they stressed the costs to industry and consumers that would result from changing the metallic makeup of the nickel, dime and quarter. Look for a full story on the Washington event in next month’s issue of RePlay.

Pac-Man LBE Coming Soon

National amusement operator Namco Entertain­ment, based in Wood Dale, Ill., will open a new up-scale restaurant and entertainment venue called Level 257. Hitoshi Yoshida, who serves as the firm’s top executive, offered this explanation: “We’re very excited to bring our new vision of out-of-home entertainment to Schaumburg, Ill., with over 40,000 square feet of dining and leisure.”

Namco’s lauded video game character Pac-Man will be key to the theming throughout the location, including an art gallery and retail shop. Yoshida shared, “Pac-Man has reminded all of us of the importance of play for over three decades, and Level 257 will explore Pac-Man as a global pop-culture icon in new and creative ways, reinforcing the importance of fun in all of our lives. Our guests can indulge in what they love –– fantastic food and drinks –– while the venue allows everyone to engage in the art of play in a distinctive environment.”

Level 257 will feature a centralized restaurant, stylish cocktail lounges, an exciting modern twist on the classic game parlor, 16 boutique bowling lanes and entertainment spaces that include an over 300-person multi-purpose banquet and event suite, as well as state-of-the-art presentation rooms.

Further details are ex­pected in the near future, but there is already a website available at www.level 257.com allowing guests to sign up to receive news.

Juke Op Turned Rock Legend Is Gone

The New Orleans jukebox operator who first began selling his used records and later opened a recording studio that helped incubate the rock ’n’ roll revolution passed away last month. The New Orleans Times Picayune reported that 88-year-old Cosimo Matassa had died at Oschner Medical Center on Sept. 12.

“Matassa helped facilitate the role of New Orleans in the birth of rock ’n’ roll,” the paper reported. “He opened his first studio, J&M Recording, in 1945 in the back of his family’s record and appliance store at the corner of North Rampart and

Dumaine streets in the French Quarter. Its pedigree is on par with that of Sun Studios in Memphis, Tenn. Fats Domino would record most of his classic hits in studios owned by Mr. Matassa. A 16-year-old Jerry Lee Lewis took the bus from his home in Ferriday to make his first demo recording at J&M. Little Richard cut Tutti Frutti, one of his most popular records, there with a band of New Orleanians backing him.”

WSJ Spotlights Pinball Renaissance

Pinball made the front page of the Wall Street Journal last month with a feature story spotlighting what it described as a “growing legion of fans powering a pinball renaissance.”

The story detailed the impressive efforts of both the International Flip­per Pinball Assn. (IFPA) and the Professional and Amateur Pinball Assn. (PAPA), both of which host tournament competitions. IFPA also maintains an international ranking system. Sever­al competitive players were also highlighted.

Detailing the evolution of pinball and the way in which new game features have fostered a vibrant competitive community, the WSJ article concludes that competitive players practice religiously and show up to tournaments, not for the prizes, but because they love the game.

The article reported, “For fans like (Jessie) Carduner, the linguistics professor, who is ranked 1,202nd, pinball isn’t about the money....On summer weekends, she sometimes heads to a bar to practice, playing from 2 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and spending $20 to $30. ‘That’s what it would cost to go to the movies for a day,’ she says. ‘Why not play pinball?’”

AMI Rolls Out Tap TV Player Site

AMI Entertainment Network has unveiled www.TapTVTonight.com, a home on the web for Tap TV players. The new site now features up-to-the-minute info on Tap TV Trivia and Poker, a robust support section, and a collection of videos that highlight everything Tap TV has to offer.

In addition to returning features, Tap TV Tonight now also includes videos that introduce players to Tap TV Trivia and Poker. Players can also find solutions to common technical issues, learn more about their favorite games, and find out about soon-to-be-arriving features.

AMI says app users will also benefit from the revamped support section, re-designed to be more useful on mobile devices. The support section now has an in-depth look at rules and features, plus a new Popular Topics feature to help users quickly find the answers they need.



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