This was a slow week for news, although I was plenty busy with my new route location. Unfortunately, the technical issues there have been a bit of a time consuming headache, coupled with several games at my arcade breaking down (when it rains, it pours).

It’s the middle of January, which not only means that it’s cold outside for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, but that our friends across the pond are throwing a big amusement trade show.

Hello fellow Arcade Heroes, and welcome to another edition of newsbytes. This is a collection of quick bits ‘n bytes of news from this week that wouldn’t really warrant a full post; or I just didn’t have the time to get to them.

There are three pillars of development focus in the modern arcade industry: gun games, racing games, and redemption. While you do get titles that fall outside of those three “genre pillars,” most R&D is spent on them, given how they have a proven track record of sales.

A few weeks ago, some big news came along that Taito was testing out a new head-to-head pinball concept by the name of Space Invaders Pinball Jam. Readers were so interested in this story, that despite being published on the last week of 2018, it skyrocketed to become the #1 post published within the 12 month span.

Every time a new pinball machine is released, fans are already looking to the next game, and when we heard about The Beatles, rumors were circulating that The Munsters was next.

Continuing the solid start for 2019 in terms of new arcade machines, we’ve got an update for gamers & operators who are interested in the more compact version of Halo: Fireteam Raven.

Welcome to the year’s first Newsbytes, a collection of arcade news from around the web from the past week (or two..or today’s case). I do have a story on Halo: Fireteam Raven 2-player that was going to be published on Thursday…then Friday…now I’ll aim for Monday.

Just a quickie post here. We recently highlighted news about Taito looking to test their NESiCAxLive 2 digital download arcade network in the states, and now it has begun. This tweet from the official Round 1 account provides the locations as well as a date…we have most of this month to check it out: