Terminator Salvation™ Tops 1000 Units

We are proud to announce that over 1,000 units of Terminator Salvation™ have been shipped in less than 30 days after production. Orders continue to come in! With such strong collection numbers, Terminator Salvation™ is headed straight to the top of the charts as the number one shooting game. FEC’s, Bowling Centers and Movie Theaters report exceptional earnings.

“I can’t recall a time where a game of this magnitude had such a quick impact on the market,” stated Bob Boals, Vice President of Betson Enterprises. “We are seeing the same overwhelming demand worldwide on this new product. With large backorders from Japan, Europe and other parts of the world we expect the production line to keep very busy for a long time to come.”

Betson Enterprises, Raw Thrills, and Play Mechanix would like to thank their valuable customers for the support in reaching this milestone!

Everyone loves Terminator Salvation™

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Everyone loves Terminator Salvation™

PlayMechanix™, game studio of the highly successful Big Buck Series, is about to raise the bar with its latest release, Terminator Salvation™. Betson Enterprises, the worldwide-exclusive distributor of Terminator Salvation™, debuted the 42” deluxe game at the 2009 IAAPA Trade Show to the delight of attendees from around the World.

This is a special project for George Petro, President of PlayMechanix™, who was the director for the development team at Midway Games that brought the smash hit arcade shooter Terminator 2: Judgment Day™ to us back in 1991. “I have waited a long time to bring this product to the market. Thanks to today’s technology and an incredibly talented development team; we are able to bring the T-800 to life like never before!” said Petro. “Everyone loves the Terminator!”

Even the cabinet of this new shooter will set a new standard. At the top of the marquee is a replica of the Terminator T-800 head with glowing red eyes that appear to be watching the players every move. The specially designed recoiling guns offer different feedback effects for the many special weapons that can be obtained during play, giving the players unparalleled realism. Last but not least, is the faux neon treatment that gives this cabinet an ominous, but a very cool effect. Needless to say, the 42” LCD Panel creates a movie theater-like presentation.

Early collection reports from around the United Kingdom, Japan and the United States confirm what Petro claims, “EVERYONE really does love the Terminator!” These collection reports have prompted a fury of sales orders from operators worldwide. “It has been quite some time since we have seen the excitement of a game like Terminator Salvation™ translate into hefty sales orders from operators and our distributor partners,” stated Bob Boals, Executive Vice President of Betson Enterprises. “The timing for the release of this product could not be any better!”

H2Overdrive™ Commissions First Fleet Admiral

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H2Overdrive™ Commissions First Fleet Admiral Betson Enterprises, a leading distributor of coin operated amusement and vending equipment, coin-op parts and service is thrilled to report that the top ranked watercraft racer, H2Overdrive™ is making waves at arcades all over the globe. H2Overdrive™ was designed for both gamers and casual players. For the gamers, H2Overdrive™ challenges players to unlock “achievements” during their game play allowing them to advance their way to the top rank of Fleet Admiral. A keypad entry feature allows players to store their watercraft upgrades and achievements. This feature creates repeat traffic to the location, player loyalty to the machine, and ultimately, increased revenue for the operator. Recently, the highest rank obtainable, Fleet Admiral, was achieved on this incredibly popular deluxe driver at a Main Event facility in Texas. For a player to obtain the Fleet Admiral ranking, one must spend an estimated $500 – $600. “That type of investment of time and money by the player, speaks volumes of the entertainment value that players are getting from another Raw Thrills product,” said Tony Maniscalco, of Betson Enterprises. Casual players find the simple yet competitive game play addicting. Since the release of the game in late June, 2009, H2Overdrive™ has sold close to 2000 seats worldwide. “With tremendous player appeal, game play depth and strong collection reports, H2O is poised to capture sales this spring for summer placement,” stated Maniscalco.

Eugene Jarvis Named NY-AMOA “Man of the Year”

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Eugene Jarvis Named NY-AMOA “Man of the Year”
At the beginning of each year, the NY-AMOA honors a selected industry professional who continually contributes and positively impacts the coin-op industry. This year the NY-AMOA will bestow the honor of “Man of the Year” on Eugene Jarvis of Raw Thrills at the annual dinner held at Riccardo’s by the Bridge in Astoria Queens, New York.

In 1977, Eugene graduated from the University of California (Berkeley) with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and started his career in the game industry with Atari as a game designer working under the design legend Nolan Bushnell. Like many teenagers in the 70’s Jarvis spent way too much time in game rooms playing pinball, and those new fangled TV games like PONG, Tank, and Breakout. Working at Atari was a dream come true.

In 1979, Eugene headed to Chicago to program pinball games for Williams Electronics with the “King of Pinball,” Steve Ritchie. During his time with Williams/Bally/Midway, Eugene was responsible for the creation and development of a number of chart topping and industry changing games including Firepower, Defender, Robotron, NARC, Smash TV, and the record breaking Cruis’n driving game Series: Cruis’n USA, Cruis’n World, and Cruis’n Exotica.

After Midway left the arcade game business in 2001, Eugene co-founded Raw Thrills Inc. with Midway alumni Andrew Eloff and Deepak Deo., Raw Thrills has enjoyed the continued success as a game design and development firm. Their hit games such as Target: Terror, The Fast and The Furious, Drift and SuperBikes all reached #1 in industry revenues charts. In 2007, Raw Thrills merged with Play Mechanix, the creators of Big Buck Hunter and Deal or No Deal. This combination of talents developed such arcade hits as Big Buck Hunter Pro, Big Buck Safari, Big Buck Open Season, and the recently previewed Terminator Salvation. Meanwhile, the Raw Thrills studio has continued to innovate with the introduction of the hits Guitar Hero Arcade and H2Overdrive in 2009.

Raw Thrills and Play Mechanix have received many industry accolades including “Manufacturer of the Year” award for 2007 and 2008 from the American Amusement Machine Association, as well as numerous AMOA, IAPPA, and AAMA awards for their best selling games.

Jarvis states, “Being honored by the NY-AMOA as Man of the Year is especially meaningful to me. Although my games and companies have received numerous awards over the years, this is the first time I have been personally recognized by the arcade game industry. There is no better judge of value in our industry then the game operators. Hopefully no one will ask me for a refund! It is a great honor and after 33 years in the business, I am ready to party!”

“Through his designs and leadership, Eugene Jarvis has helped the coin-op industry grow and reach new levels of success. We owe a lot of gratitude to him and his achievements. His games have allowed the operating community to flourish,” stated NY-AMOA President Ken Goldberg.

With respect to future game innovation, Jarvis forecasts the development of new user interface and display technologies to create compelling new arcade entertainment experiences. “This is not pie in the sky; you will see some crazy new stuff from us as soon as next year! I really enjoy pioneering new game technology and mentoring a new generation of game designers for the arcade industry. We need to develop the next generation of talent that will lead this industry into the future. But as much as things change, the goal always remains the same. Create the best entertainment you can for the player, and you create new profit opportunities for the game operator. Thanks again for this honor.”

Big Buck Safari® Reaches Two Milestones!

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Big Buck Safari® Reaches Two Milestones!

Betson Enterprises is excited to announce “Big Buck Safari®” after an incredibly successful three-year run of the of #1 hunting game Big Buck Hunter Pro®, which sold over 10,000 units. During the month of August, Betson shipped its 5,000th standard 27” unit and its 500th deluxe 42” version of the PlayMechanix/Raw Thrills smash hit. “The demand for the Safari product is a clear indication that there is no slow down in the video hunting category,” stated Bob Boals, Vice President of Betson Enterprises.

Safari has captured players’ attentions with highly addictive, highly competitive and highly entertaining game play. Operators were quick to recognize and capitalize on the game’s ability to generate revenue. Safari standard and deluxe models continue to sell at a rate similar to that of the Big Buck Hunter Pro®. Both Safari models are ready for tournament play through the CoinUp Tournament Network. Operators with DSL/Broadband Internet access just need to call PlayMechanix to receive a “no charge” Tournament Kit to get their machines online and start enjoying higher earnings through tournament play.

The Raw Thrills / Play Mechanix team would like to thank all the operators who have purchased their games and for their support in reaching these two milestones. Betson Enterprises would also like to take this opportunity to thank its distributor network for supporting the Big Buck Pro® and Big Buck Safari® product lines.