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.

Play Mechanix Declares Open Season

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Play Mechanix Declares Open Season

Good things come to those who wait. Big Buck Hunter Pro fans get ready; it is now time for Big Buck Hunter Pro Open Season!

Big Buck Hunter Pro Open Season, the first full-blown software upgrade for # 1 hunting game, Big Buck Hunter Pro, delivers an astounding 60% more content than the original video shooter. The upgrade includes a wide variety of enhancements and additions over the original version. Three new animals with nine new treks give hunters a total of eight animals and 24 trek options to choose from. With 45 new picturesque sites to hunt new animals such as Mountain Goat, Mule Deer, and Bison, the total number of hunting sites in Big Buck Hunter Pro Open Season clocks in at a staggering 120. Nine new bonus rounds were also added to this upgrade for a grand total of 24. Play Mechanix even added another 24 new critters to Big Buck Hunter Pro Open Season to enhance the hunting challenge. Last, but certainly not least, 2 new full motion Big Buck Girls have been added to this newest edition. That is a lot of content!

“I can’t recall a standard video game upgrade that offers so much new content in one upgrade,” said Tony Maniscalco, National Sales Manager Betson Proprietary Products. “If that’s not enough, operators who connect to the CoinUp Service will get even more content at no charge!”

Betson and its Raw Thrills/Play Mechanix Distributor Network will have a lot of ammunition this fall with Big Buck Hunter Pro Open Season, as the game will be offered in four different configurations. A dedicated 42” LCD Deluxe and a 27” Standard model will lead the product line. Two kit options are also available. A full conversion kit complete with a Dell PC and two rifles will turn any tired old gun game into a proven earner. For the supporters of the Big Buck Hunter Pro, a simple and inexpensive software upgrade is being offered in appreciation of their loyalty. All four configurations will be released simultaneously for fall placement.