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.”

H2Overdrive™ on the Red Carpet at the Video Game Awards

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H2Overdrive on the Red Carpet at the Video Game Awards

Raw Thrills and development house Specular Interactive received a special invitation to display their latest arcade watercraft racer at the upcoming Spike TV Video Game Awards event to be held at the Nokia Center in Los Angeles on December 12th. H2Overdrive will be prominently displayed on the red carpet for the entertainment of celebrities and video game fans attending this event. Steve Ranck, President of Specular Interactive, was blown away by the invite. “This type of recognition, from a Multi-Billion dollar industry, just confirms that arcade development is still an important facet of the video game industry, stated Ranck. “It is truly a great honor!”

In an effort to help gamers find out where they can play H2Overdrive, Specular will be hosting an H2Overdrive game locator on their websites www.h2overdrive.com & www.specular.com. Operators, players and locations are encouraged to post the location(s) where an H2Overdrive can be easily found for players’ enjoyment. “H2Overdrive is an arcade exclusive! This game locator will be a great way to drive player traffic to these locations,” added Ranck.

Universal Space to Offer H2Overdrive in Asia

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Universal Space to Offer H2Overdrive in Asia
Betson Enterprises, a leading coin operated distributor of amusement and vending equipment, coin operated parts and service is pleased to announce that an exclusive distribution agreement has been reached with Universal Space (UNIS). This agreement will allow UNIS to market and sell the highly successful Raw Thrills arcade watercraft racer H2Overdrive exclusively in China.

“UNIS brings a successful past selling record to the table and we are honored to work with them on distribution of the H2Overdrive product”, stated Bob Boals, Executive VP of Betson Enterprises. Past accomplishments include the successful exclusive distribution of The Fast and the Furious Drift and The Fast and Furious Super Bikes.

While the main focus will be sales and marketing into the Chinese market, Universal Space will also offer H2Overdrive on a non-exclusive basis throughout other parts of Asia and other approved territories by Betson.

For more information on H2Overdrive or any of the other products that UNIS offers please feel free to visit their website, email, or just call 905-477-2823.

Terminator Salvation™ Soon to Appear in an Arcade Near You!

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Terminator Salvation™ Soon to Appear in an Arcade Near You!

Play Mechanix invigorates the video gaming world with the release of Terminator Salvation™ Arcade, the latest thrill ride in the legendary Terminator Sci-Fi Franchise.

Inspired by the Halcyon Company/Warner Brothers worldwide release, Terminator Salvation™ Arcade captures all of the thrills and excitement of the 2009 mega-hit movie and then some. No expense was spared to design a cabinet that captures the essence that is Terminator Salvation™. Adorned with neon gun holders and a life-sized replica T-600 model Terminator marquee topper with glowing red eyes, Play Mechanix has created the ultimate showcase piece. An impressive 42″ HD LCD displays in-game action and unprecedented realism and cinematic effects. The players are thrust into the future and placed right on the firing line as Terminators of all kinds attempt to squash their resistance. Heavy-duty recoiling guns, featuring a NEW “Clip” action reload feature, adds a depth of realism unparalleled in any arcade shooter. Players can add to their arsenal of weapons by securing numerous power-ups, including grenades, shotguns, rocket launchers and devastating mini-guns. Full-time 2 player mode, coupled with over an hour of cinematic game-play, maximizes high traffic, high replay and longevity in earnings. This game will surely delight arcade players and fans of all ages.

The sheer presentation value of Terminator Salvation™ Arcade will assist operators to secure prime locations and premium real estate within those locations. The traffic volume created with this exciting new shooter will increase earnings and extend players’ stay at the game through compelling and addictive game play. With the continued support of the Terminator franchise, this arcade shooter will be a high earner for years to come.

Terminator Salvation™ Arcade is an official licensed product. Licensed from Halcyon Games, LLC.