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SegaWorld Birmingham, Tamworth, Wolverhampton

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Posted 08 November 2014 - 06:44 PM

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Glasgow would have been:

Hollywood Bowl
Cranston Street
Finnieston
Glasgow.

The alley was later rebranded as AMF who operated it until 2006 when they relocated to Springfield Quay (taking over another bowling alley in the process). The building has since been demolished and is now a car park for the SkyPark development on Elliot Street.

The AMF Bowling at Springfield Quay has since reverted to the Hollywood Bowl name, another Hollywood also exists in Coatbridge.

The Sega branding would have been in 1993, possibly gone by 1995.

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Posted 09 November 2014 - 09:45 AM

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Sega World Birmingham, Sega Park Glasgow, Sega Park Harlow.

I've only learnt very recently that street view has the option to change dates, to when the vans last went around. Shame this service wasn't around ten years ago.
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Posted 09 November 2014 - 11:59 AM

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Came across this by accident

http://freespace.vir...ian_curtis.html

This is the bloke who apparently created the artwork for a good chunk of these venues. Apparently he did 14 across the UK and France.

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I think we have pages for all the Sega Parks in the UK now. It turns out there were 11 of them, 4 of which were in London.

There's an unknown number in Spain and Portugal as well. Apparently this man started some of them:

http://es.linkedin.c...eorgepaultaylor

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Did we get this one?

https://www.google.c...ftw!2e0!6m1!1e1

7 Great Queen Street, Holborn, London. This too appears to have become a Leisure Exchange, now it's a corner shop. The sign was taken down sometime betwen October 2008 and June 2012 according to Street View.

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Spanish addresses that didn't lead me to empty fields:

- Jeréz de la Frontera, E 11407, Cádiz

- Centro de Ocio, ZigZag Murcia, E

- San Fernando Plaza Centro Comercial y de Ocio, San Fernando, Cádiz (this was signposted up until at least 2012)

- Julio Iglesias, 29660 Marbella Andalusia

Formatting might be a bit off - I can't claim to understand how addresses in Spain work.


They were mostly in shopping centres which means no Street View. I can't wait for photos to be posted because of course, that will totally happen.

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Posted 12 November 2014 - 11:33 AM

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Sega Cities in the US

- 31 Fortune Dr, Irvine, California 92618 - this became a GameWorks in 1997.

- Park Meadows Mall, Douglas County, Colorado

- Golden Ring Mall, Baltimore, Maryland (there might have been a Sega Time-Out here too)

- San Jose Pavilions, San Jose, California (it's an hp Pavilion now - don't know what it was then)

- Cottonwood Mall, Albuquerque, New Mexico (opened 1997-03-28?)

- Circle Centre, Indianapolis (later GameWorks until 2010)

- Lakeline Mall, Cedar Park, Texas

and one in Canada:

- 99 Rathburn Rd W Mississauga, ON L5B 4C1, Canada - now just called The Palladium

Apparently they were going to make 40 or so in Canada while the US versions were being turned into GameWorks-es.

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Maybe the US venues will be easier to find photos for. Also, video. Videoing birthdays and whatnot is apparently more popular in America, even as far back as the 90s.

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Well if nothing else there's exciting footage of a sign.

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Super ultra mega points go to whoever can solve this mystery:

http://books.google....epage&q&f=false

In July 1968 Sega opened the "Golden Center Game Corner" in Yokohama (although the sign outside just says "ゴールデン センター" or "Golden Center"). I don't know where that is/was - do they still own it under a different name? Bonus super ultra mega points if you can find the Osaka branch - it might be the first Sega arcade!

EDIT: some points lost because I found the building:
https://www.google.c...9eQ!2e0!6m1!1e1

apparently it used to literally be painted gold.
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I can confirm that in 1994 and 1995 at the very least, Sega were running "Sega Park"s in Japan. They were probably re-branded, but that was the name of choice back then.


So if you're wondering why they set up a bunch of Sega Parks in the UK when they quite clearly weren't parks, that'll be the reason - copying the Japanese naming scheme.

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Bonus undocumented Joypolis parks, never before seen in English!

Kyoto Joypolis

Shinjuku Joypolis

Fukuoka Joypolis

Niigata Joypolis

There's also a thing called "Sega World Galbo" which is older than all of these but bigger than your average Japanese arcade. a.k.a. it had an AS-1 machine which usually means it's significant. It warrants more investigation... by someone not me hopefully.


As for France, I found this coin a while back and couldn't understand where it came from:
http://segaretro.org...Token_Heads.jpg
http://segaretro.org...Token_Tails.jpg

turns out it's from this shopping complex in Paris
https://www.google.c...m1!1e1?hl=en-GB
"Micromania Centre Sega" or words to that effect. Given that none of these places exist anymore I think we're doing rather well.

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Sega Zone Catford

Very little info on this one, not even an exact address. If I had to guess, I'd say 116-118 Rushey Green, simply because there's a Quicksilver there now and some old business listings say "Saga" was at that address.

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Posted 23 November 2014 - 08:32 AM

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JAPAN

Hi-Tech Land Sega | Sega World (Japan) | Sega Arena | Club Sega | everything else


I've got photos for most of the venues I know about (those that are missing are closed venues - the list of open ones is complete). I don't know how to correctly format Japanese addresses though. Also I have no idea what the differences between the types of arcade are other than they were opened at different time periods. And names might be wrong... and photos might be wrong... and basically what I want is someone to double check what I'm doing.

100+ pages on this subject need to be made. Any takers?

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Posted 28 November 2014 - 02:23 PM

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The first Sega World. Maybe. idk I've been doing the Japanese stuff by myself for the most part.

While I'm still confident Sega ran arcades during the 70s and 80s... I can't find photographic evidence (though there's stuff for the late 1960s). This is therefore the earliest example of a "modern" Sega arcade with video games in it I can find.

http://blogs.yahoo.c...4/56823558.html

In 1989 a "Sega World" opened as part of a complex known as "Tokyo Roof", which no longer exists and I don't know much about it. It had a pretty big feature, Sega Super Circuit:
https://www.youtube....h?v=XqexeuTP0K0
Basically they stripped out some OutRun cabinets, shoved some CCD cameras (digital!) onto some radio controlled cars and linked them all up to create first-person miniature car racing. Supposedly this was first shown in 1987 (at Yume Kouba 87? Koujou 87? *) but it was 1989 where it got a permanent home. It may have been moved to one of the Joypolis-es in the mid-90s - you'll not find this thing today.

This flyer seems to suggest there was an R360 cabinet there too. And G-LOC is a 1990 release so that suggests this place stuck around for a few months at least.



*BRAIN MELT TIME: this event got its own famicom game where its mascots were the main characters: Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic!.

(Super Mario Bros. 2)

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