HOLLY HILL, Fla. (AP) — The maker of the popular Whac-a-Mole arcade game hopes its newest offering will help users smash a new target: the coronavirus pandemic.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — The World Video Game Hall of Fame inducted Bejeweled, Centipede, King’s Quest and Minecraft in a virtual ceremony Thursday that recognized their influence on the industry...
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Universal Orlando Resort along with bars, movie theaters and other entertainment venues reopened with restrictions in most of Florida on Friday as the state took another step...
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Kim Reynolds moved Tuesday to lift a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures and allow gatherings of more than 10 people to resume, as she continues to end...
Alabama’s death toll from the coronavirus climbed to at least 551 on Sunday, according to data from the state Department of Public Health.
There have been over 14,200 confirmed cases of the...
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A new Nevada law will expand the state's clean-air law that already restricts smoking to also prohibit use of vaping products and electronic cigarettes in most public places and...
SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio amusement park that will celebrate its 150th anniversary next year auctioned a collection of historical items it had amassed over the years, including an arcade game...
AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Dutch royal family and prime minister are leading an unusual outpouring of praise for the 25-year-old singer who brought the Netherlands its first victory in the Eurovision...
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — "Mortal Kombat," the blood-and-guts arcade game that triggered Congressional hearings and age-level game ratings, was inducted Thursday into the World Video Game Hall of...
WALLINGFORD, Conn. (AP) — It's 1 o'clock on a Wednesday afternoon in Wallingford, Connecticut, and about 20 children are watching a screen at the front of the room as they take turns navigating challenges and collecting virtual currency to unlock powers, outfits and pets for their characters.
Why classrooms are starting to resemble arcades
WAYNE, Neb. (AP) — Some entrepreneurs spend years looking for the perfect idea for a new business.
Then there are folks like Adam and Amy Manoucheri, who hit upon a great idea almost by accident.
To use a terrible pun, things are really popping at AquaPop, where the Manoucheris sell flavored popcorn, retro candy and craft sodas. Classic arcade video games, pinball machines and a Super Shot basketball game fill the front room of the business.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Magic 8 Ball and Uno fans can count on infinitely more fun, along with pinball players whose quarters have powered the arcade classic through the rise of gaming apps. The three make up the National Toy Hall of Fame's class of 2018, recognized Thursday for their staying power and influence.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jared Sanchez's master bedroom has the vibe of a novelty pizza restaurant for children, with an electric bill to match. It's close to $400 a month.
Lights spell out "The King" in every direction. There are 50-inch monitors, arcade machines, mint condition He-Mans. The floor is a black-and-white checkerboard.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Seven-year-old Ava Copes stood up against a crane game booth on a Thursday in July, studying the Squish toys at Central Pier and moving the claw left and right to press her luck.
To her left, stepfather Dwight Blakney slipped her dollar bills from his wallet to feed the machine.
"We didn't have anything to do today, so I said, 'Let's get in the car and go to Atlantic City,' " said Blakney, 43, of Toms River.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — South Florida's Billy Mitchell, once declared the Video Game Player of the Century, is now facing the ultimate test of his skills: salvaging his reputation.
Twin Galaxies, competitive gaming's governing body, found him guilty of cheating. On April 12, it banned Mitchell for life and removed all his high scores from their record books, including his undisputed Donkey Kong and Pac-Man records from the 1980s and 1990s.
SHARON, Pa. (AP) — Eric Thomas has an addiction.
There's no rhyme or reason to it, he said, but he's chasing the euphoria. It can hit all of a sudden, and just about anyone can get hooked.
"That's pinball," he said. "It only takes one ball."
During the last six months, Thomas' addiction has turned into a passion — and now, a business, Retro Arcade, which is located inside Vaporosity at 138 W. State St. in downtown Sharon.
CAPAC, Mich. (AP) — Teams participating in this year's FIRST Robotics competition will be taking a step back so they can make several steps forward.
The challenge is based on classic arcade video games such as Donkey Kong. Teams will be required to build robots that can pick up and stack power cubes.
"It's very doable," said Janet Antilla, who coaches the Capac High School Metal and Soul team with her husband, John Antilla, and the help of three of the four Antilla children.
ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill. (AP) — The old-school arcade game of pinball is resurging in popularity.
Interest has skyrocketed over the last decade or so, with the number of players and competitions growing worldwide, according to the International Flipper Pinball Association. There were 500 players in 50 competitions worldwide in 2006, according to the IFPA. In 2017, there were nearly 4,500 competitions and more than 55,000 players.
Tilt! Old-School Pinball Finds New Fans
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A group of bicyclists is riding from Detroit to Traverse City to raise money for cancer prevention.
The 17 riders are expected to complete the 328-mile trip to the Cowell Family Cancer Center in Traverse City sometime Sunday. They left the Fisher Building Arcade Friday afternoon.
So far, they have raised about $75,000 to help support the Next Generation Choices Foundation which focuses on education, policy and legislative measures aimed at aiding cancer prevention.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A personal finance website is ranking a Florida city as the nation's best place for video gamers.
WalletHub said last week that Orlando's number of video game stores per-capita and its number of arcades helped push it to the top of the list for the 100 largest cities in the nation.
Other cities in the top 5 rankings were Seattle, Austin, New York and Atlanta.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Spinning that little track ball on video golf is all about the thumbs and wrists, so it's not a shock that Andy Haas has developed a touch of carpel tunnel syndrome from doing it all these years.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Robby Lakeman's claim to fame can be traced back to a storied New Hampshire institution.
"By luck my grandparents lived near Funspot, and they used to take me there when I was a kid," said Lakeman, a 2005 graduate of Concord High School, looking back on how his skill playing the arcade game "Donkey Kong" put him in the Guinness Book of World Records and made him star of a documentary film hosted by RedBull TV.
BLOOMFIELD, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey couple celebrating their 20th anniversary plans to renew their vows in a place many New Jersey residents enjoy — a local bagel store they've visited every day for the past 20 years.
Joanne and Dennis Nadzan say they got the idea from seeing a sister-in-law renew her vows at an Asbury Park arcade that was special to her.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — If your formative years were spent dumping quarters into arcade video games, Attack Barcadium on the Public Square is sure to take you down memory lane.
But there's a twist to this old-school entertainment venue that combines nostalgia of childhood with the enjoyment of adulthood libations. Yes, you can buy beer — 21 and older, of course — and concession stand fare while you play some of your favorite video games, and a few you've probably never played.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — The World Video Game Hall of Fame's 2017 finalists span decades and electronic platforms, from the 1981 arcade classic "Donkey Kong" that launched Mario's plumbing career to the 2006 living room hit "Wii Sports," that made gamers out of grandparents.
AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. (AP) — The Kalispel Tribe is plannning a $20 million expansion of its Northern Quest Resort and Casino to draw in more families.
On Wednesday, the tribe announced a 40,000-square-foot addition in Airway Heights that will include child-care facilities, a youth arcade with nonviolent games, restaurants and retail space. Expansion plans also call for construction of an upscale RV park.
Virtual reality, what's up with that? If you are curious about this highly buzzed high-tech form of entertainment but don't feel like plunking down $1,000 or more on sophisticated hardware, just visit one of a slew of amusement-park-type rides popping up around the world.
These experiences let you shoot aliens while riding a real-life roller coaster , cook a meal with a Japanese heartthrob or cozy up to players and cheerleaders at a baseball game.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina has banned some sex offenders from places children gather while a similar state law from 2009 remains under federal review.
Gov. Pat McCrory signed a bill Thursday that would prohibit sex offenders who have been identified as threats to minors from places like arcades, parks, libraries and the State Fairgrounds during the fair. It takes effect in September.
The state's 2009 law banning sex offenders from places where children...