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#76 User is offline Asagoth 

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View PostBlack Squirrel, on 03 May 2018 - 03:36 PM, said:

Scan's uploading - can't be bothered to wait:

https://archive.org/...ge/n13/mode/2up

Apparently Sega ran an arcade in a Las Vegas venue known as "Grand Slam Canyon", now known as Adventuredome. I can't find any other proof it actually happened, but then again the owners weren't likely to draw attention to a back room somewhere when they had rollercoasters.

And apparently "Circus Circus Midway" is a thing and Sega ran that for a bit too. Again, can't prove it - it's not exceedingly obvious from early 90s photos, anyway.


It was located in the Luxor Casino, in Vegas ... there's probably more information ......

Edit: You've probably seen this already... regarding the Midway venue this page mentions an arcade... and if look in that photo you can see some Virtua Racing arcade cabinets... and there's also this page about Adventuredome but no mention to Sega... there's also a good amount of press releases and fact sheets here... but no mention to Sega either ... it probably happened but this proves nothing... :(
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This music video appears to have been shot in Sega Park Colindale in 2004

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Here are three press photographs taken before the opening of SegaWorld London:

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There's a bloke dressed in a bin liner. Do we know why?

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View PostAsagoth, on 03 May 2018 - 04:14 PM, said:

It was located in the Luxor Casino, in Vegas ... there's probably more information .....

I actually rode this and vaguely remember it. Though I can't give any specific details other than I remember the elevator falling a lot and some dude in a lantern hat talking to the audience a lot.

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View PostBlack Squirrel, on 29 November 2018 - 04:20 PM, said:

There's a bloke dressed in a bin liner. Do we know why?

Cashing in on the mid-90s "Borg" trend?
Amping up on the whole Cyberpunk trend of the era with something Borg-y seems like a very Western SEGA thing to do.

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Another one for the pile:

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https://www.google.c...!7i16384!8i8192

boo.

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If we're doing shops with Sega in their names, there was a "Saga Swap Shop" in Sheffield (presumably the result of poor communication between the signwriter and owner) in the early-to-mid-90s.

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Difficult to really say if it should get coverage - there is a "WORLD OF NINTENDO" sign in the window, so even though it calls itself a Sega shop... it's no more of one than Dixons or Toys R Us.


But it is Sega-related. Its existence in this form is a result of Sega releasing a successful line of products. So idk.

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The internet refuses to believe that there once big Sega venues called "Galbo".

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I can now confirm penguins were involved.



p.s. did I ever mention every piece of Sonic/Sega merchandise ever made needs documenting? Because it totally does.

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Osaka Galbo

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View PostBlack Squirrel, on 11 December 2018 - 05:06 PM, said:


p.s. did I ever mention every piece of Sonic/Sega merchandise ever made needs documenting? Because it totally does.


www.sonicgear.org has been documenting literally every piece of Sonic merchandise for years (frankly, I'm impressed that AzureBlaze is still keeping the site going). They also have archived photos, magazine scans, and information on literally anything Sonic-related, including promotional events and Sega-branded venues. It's a fun site to dig through.

Apparently, these shirts and the Sally Acorn pencil topper were originally from Sega VirtuaLandin the Luxor Las Vegas around 1995. The shirts were sold in the gift shop and the pencil topper came from some kind of prize-dispensing machine which contained a variety of Sonic themed things. It's really rare and unusual to see any Sally Acorn/SatAM related merchandise at all.

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I'm interested in obscure Sega arcade venues as well, and I know of at least one franchise that isn't on the wiki yet:


Sega [email protected] (yes, that was the legal name) was founded in Canada as a partnership between Sega GameWorks (the American arcade chain) and Playdium Entertainment Corporation. It was essentially going to be the Canadian GameWorks, with plans for over 40 locations across Canada (although only four were ever built, and only two were known to carry the Sega name). According to Digital Play: The Interaction of Technology, Culture, and Marketing;

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Two former real estate developers, Jon Hussman and Steven Warsh, started Playdium Entertainment Corporation. Hussman and Warssh came up with the Playdium idea by noticing a gap between traditional urban video game arcades and monstrous theme parks like Canada's Wonderland. The partners considered that distance and expense were the two main barriers to regular visitor participation in this kind of entertainment. Their strategy was to get repeat customers by designing a location-based entertainment centre that was affordable. But the vision needed money, a lot more than Hussman and Walsh had. So they sought investment partners. In 1993 Husssman and Warshs were put in contact with Sega's chairman, Hayao Nakayama. Sega was already building entertainment centres in Japan and saw a partnership in Playdium as another wing in North American expansion, and a strategic opportunity to spread resources and investment risk beyond the domestic environment. "The deal," explains Hussman, "was we were fifty-fifty partners. Our job was to North Americanise the concept." The initial contract called for fifteen high-tech centres to be built in major cities, from Montreal to Edmonton. Sega would put up fifty percent of the required capital -- some $82 million. Playdium would design and run the facilities, which were to be built around Sega's hottest new games.


The first, and flagship, Sega [email protected] opened in Ontario in September 1996. It was a massive, 40,000 square foot indoor entertainment complex with over 200 arcade games, simulators, and other attractions. Demo Sega Saturn consoles were available to play inside each booth at Megabyte, the venue's restaurant. This venue had over one million visitors and took in six million dollars in revenue during its first year of operations. It actually still exists and still contains a lot of Sega games, but it's just called Playdium now because Sega GameWorks left the partnership at some point.

Another Sega [email protected] location was built in downtown Toronto in 1999. I know that the Ontario venue dropped Sega from its name in 1999, but the architect who worked on the Toronto location refers to it as a Sega Playdium, despite its opening in 1999, so it's unclear when, exactly, Sega left the project.



Here's a scan of the Sega-era gameplay cards, called PlayCards:

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And a photo of the flagship location (somewhat recent, but the decor hasn't changed since 1996):

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Technically it is: Sega City - best coverage of the subject on the internet!*****

Feel free to add things - theoretically every venue should have it's own page.


I can 1-up you on the stupid names for venues + associated cards though:

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Here's a card I don't understand from Sega's short lived franchise of internet cafés - Entertainment STAGE [email protected]

"net at"

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View PostBlack Squirrel, on 11 December 2018 - 05:06 PM, said:

p.s. did I ever mention every piece of Sonic/Sega merchandise ever made needs documenting? Because it totally does.


I linked this on the Sega Retro Todo list for toys years ago:

https://myfigurecoll...egoryId=-1[]=sega&domainId=-1&noReleaseDate=0&releaseTypeId=0&ratingId=0&isCastoff=0&hasBootleg=0&tagId=0&noBarcode=0&clubId=0&isDraft=0&year=2018&month=12&acc=0&separator=0&sort=date&output=2&current=categoryId&order=asc&page=1

Edit: Huh. Well, just copy and paste the link then.
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