SegaWorld Birmingham, Tamworth, Wolverhampton

Discussion in 'General Sega Discussion' started by Black Squirrel, Nov 4, 2014.

  1. Pirate Dragon

    Pirate Dragon

    Member
    308
    14
    18
  2. Ted618

    Ted618

    Member
    142
    30
    28
    That apparent early Trocadero venue could easily have just been lost to history, but at the same time, it's odd that the only mentions of it we have are from a couple of magazines (one of which referring to it still being planned), which casts some doubt upon it. If it really was a thing, it must've been very short-lived, or some sort of brief, unpublicised location test. I'm thinking something along the lines of Sega having a small concession area in the Funland arcade under their own branding, where they tested yet to be released machines of theirs.
     
  3. Black Squirrel

    Black Squirrel

    furthermore known as the JAMs Wiki Sysop
    6,318
    558
    93
    Northumberland, UK
    wiki wild wild west
    There are a few arcade trade publications that should cast some light on location testing and the like, although Sega World Bounemouth seems to have been the default choice (between it opening and SegaWorld London, of course).
     
  4. Ted618

    Ted618

    Member
    142
    30
    28
    Another UK Sega venue that seems to have been almost entirely lost, Havant:

    https://www.britaine.co.uk/sega-uk-ltd-F120EC8071DD646

    Can't have been there for very long at all- the only other mentions of it I can find are a few Facebook posts recounting it being there.
     
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2020
  5. Hivebrain

    Hivebrain

    Administrator
    2,904
    38
    28
    53.4N, 1.5W
    HiveView
  6. Overlord

    Overlord

    Now playable in Smash Bros Ultimate Moderator
    18,299
    400
    63
    Berkshire, England
    Learning Cymraeg
    It was, yes. By sheer chance, I went to Southampton University for a look around when I was deciding what uni to apply for (Southampton ended up being my #3 choice, so I didn't go) but I DO remember seeing a Sega Park while we went shopping afterwards. Having checked my diaries this would have been on Wednesday the 19th of February 2003, next door to a local second hand games shop that I got a few bits from.

    I don't remember much about the place beyond a Sega Park logo, a fancy carpet (possibly the Sonic one UK:R put up all that time ago? I can't remember) and it not being that big - a couple of dozen machines, not a lot beyond that.
     
  7. Hivebrain

    Hivebrain

    Administrator
    2,904
    38
    28
    53.4N, 1.5W
    HiveView
  8. Overlord

    Overlord

    Now playable in Smash Bros Ultimate Moderator
    18,299
    400
    63
    Berkshire, England
    Learning Cymraeg
    Oh, derp. I saw Havant and assumed it was Southampton given the relative geographical closeness, ignore me.
     
  9. Black Squirrel

    Black Squirrel

    furthermore known as the JAMs Wiki Sysop
    6,318
    558
    93
    Northumberland, UK
    wiki wild wild west
  10. Pirate Dragon

    Pirate Dragon

    Member
    308
    14
    18
  11. Xilla

    Xilla

    Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep Member
    722
    111
    43
    A new arcade bar opened in Edinburgh on the site of what-used-to-be an arcade (LA Amusements) from the 80s through to the mid-late 2000s (when it became a William Hill), and whilst searching around for pics of the original place, I came across this Reddit thread:

    https://www.reddit.com/r/Edinburgh/comments/bw8rly/old_edinburgh_arcades_help_me_reminisce/

    Some chat of the Edinburgh SEGA World/Park going on here, it was on Shandwick Place which is basically "Princes Street before it becomes Princes Street". Truth be told, I had no idea it even existed. But I HAVE been in that arcade, after the presumed-SEGA branding had been stripped out.

    [​IMG]

    Above Streetview pic from 2008. By the time I visited (early 2000s) the video machines were housed in the "Sun Saver Tanning" place on the right (once part of the arcade), nothing much of interest at the time I visited (Just Dancing Stage, some shooters and that Club Kart machine that offered cash prizes.

    Funnily enough, LA Amusements (which wasn't too far away, on Lothian Road) had a suspiciously high amount of SEGA machines from the mid-late 90s! I wonder if they were decanted there once the branding was gone.

    (The references to "Fantasy Palace" in the above link are mistaken BTW, that's a strip club a few doors down from this place)
     
  12. Hivebrain

    Hivebrain

    Administrator
    2,904
    38
    28
    53.4N, 1.5W
    HiveView
  13. Xilla

    Xilla

    Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep Member
    722
    111
    43
    It was 2002-3 when I first visited it (and the videos were in the basement) so that would make sense - I can't recall upstairs being accessible at that time.

    The bus route into Edinburgh at that time bypassed it IIRC so that might explain why I can't remember it being a SEGA place.