Bespoke Arcades

Month: May 2011

Bespoke Arcades at the MCM Expo – London Excel

Hi guys! Just a quick one this week to tell you about what we have in store for this bank holiday weekend…

london mcm comic expo 2011 logoOur friends at Gamespot – the online videogame magazine – are borrowing 3 of our Apex and Evo arcade cabinets for their stall at the 2011 MCM Expo. For those of you who haven’t heard about this event, the MCM is a comic convention on an epic scale. This year it is being held at the Excel Centre in the heart of London’s Docklands.

Our arcade machines are sure to be extremely popular as always, and with incredible games such as Super Streetfighter 4 and the new Virtua Tennis available to play for free; we’re sure to be swamped all weekend! We shall be there ourselves from 2pm on Saturday and Sunday to soak up the atmosphere and answer any questions you might have.

This is the 2nd time in as many months that we have done an event with Gamespot following a spectacular party in Central London which they threw on 6th April to celebrate their 5th Birthday. On that occasion we had an amazing night, providing arcade machines for the party-goers which led to some epic battles between companies and individuals alike.

Its guaranteed to be lots of fun and we really hope to see you down there, but whatever happens we wish you a great long weekend and as always…..

Happy Gaming!!

Introducing: The iPod Special Edition

Evo Arcade Machine - ipod Edition - White finish, Blue Trim
Bespoke Arcades is immensely proud to announce a world-first in arcade gaming! From this Spring, Media and Elite versions of all our arcade machines come with the option of a very special custom upgrade – full iPod/iPhone compatibility!!

This Spring we’re officially launching the iPod / iPhone compatible upgrade for our cabinets (available on all Media and Elite Editions). Once your iPhone or iPod is docked in our bespoke illuminated dock – it’s available for use with all the functionality at your fingertips. As far as we know, this is a world first! We are the only arcade machine manufacturer who offers this custom upgrade on their existing arcade cabinets.

Using iTunes is a breeze, all of your media will be continually updated and managed via iTunes’ fantastic software. Now that your Bespoke Arcades machine is transformed into your own personal media station, you can navigate through your iTunes library from your armchair via the supplied Apple remote.
We supply a full set of docking stations so you can interchange your devices and are not limited to using just one Apple product. Select a movie to watch or look at all your pictures on an amazing HD screen. You can even broadcast your library across your home network for the whole family to enjoy whilst your iPhone or iPod is charging.

Your iPhone or iPod can also be used as your own palm sized trackpad and keyboard thanks to the amazing Free-To-Air mouse app. This and many other free apps such as an app to get cover art are at your fingertips now that you can use the App store.

Here at Bespoke Arcades, we pride ourselves on being at the forefront of technological advances and style. All of our arcade machines can be fully customised to include a vast range of options. The picture above (click on it to view full size) is an example of an Evo Media arcade cabinet which we built for a client who wanted his machine to match the rest of his Apple products – just one of a huge amount of ideas which we have for you here at Bespoke Arcades.

Windows Media Center is also pre-installed for that extra multimedia touch, watch TV via your internet connection, listen to radio and so much more. The only thing our arcade doesn’t do is make you a coffee (but we’re working on it ;))

For further information on this or any of our other products, please do not hesitate to contact us via our contact form, or phone us anytime on +44(0)207 935 9005. Happy Gaming!

Commission for Warner Brothers – Mortal Kombat 9

Warner Brothers Stall @ Gadget Show Live 2011

Mortal Kombat 9 was officially launched on both Sony PlayStation 3 and XBox 360 on April 19 2011 in the US and Canada, with the European launch coming 2 days later.

Record sales have been credited for the spike in April console sales on both platforms worldwide, with the game having been extensively advertised on TV channels such as ESPN and SKY on both sides of the pond.  There has also been a big ad campaign running on YouTube.

Now that the dust has settled on the 2011 Gadget Show Live exhibition, we thought that we’d give you some more information about our incredible Mortal Kombat IX arcade machines:

Mortal Kombat IX @ Gadget Show Live 2011

Bespoke Arcades was originally commissioned by Warner Brothers to create a series of arcade machines capable of fully demonstrating MKIX in all its glory. A tall order, but a challenge that we were more than up to! Having previously worked on a commission for NASA to build specialist 3-D imagery cabinets, we were confident that we could do the game justice.

After careful planning and consultation, we decided to modify our top-of-the-range Evo arcade cabinets to run the game through a Sony PlayStation 3. Three months prior to the global launch, Warner Brothers supplied us with top-secret watermarked BETA development versions of the game, along with the artwork needed for our exclusive creations.

The finished arcade machines were delivered on time to Warner Brothers who were extremely happy with the end result and set about touring them as a promotional tool for the launch.
Mortal Kombat 9 @ Gadget Show Live 2011
Over the following month, our custom-made arcade machines visited numerous games shops the length and breadth of the UK and several other European countries including Germany, France and Spain. Warner Brothers also launched a competition to find the best player in each country.

After over a month of touring shops across the UK and Europe and visiting trade shows across Europe and beyond, all of our exclusive Mortal Kombat IX arcade machines were brought to the 2011 Gadget Show Live where the UK regional competition winners and European national champions competed for the title of European champion. Top prize was one of the limited edition machines.

Mortal Kombat 9 machines on display

All of our machines were still in perfect working order after all this travel, hundreds of hours of game time by thousands of different gamers, competitions and five days being used at the Gadget Show by all-comers. This in itself is a testament to the reliability of our arcade machines and a huge advert for the build quality which Bespoke Arcades is internationally renowned for.

We have compiled a video of the machines being used at the 2011 Gadget Show Live for you to get an idea of quite how amazing the end result is – special thanks for the footage goes to UK Retro Gamer, HeavenMedia and UK-Gamer:

Video footage from the Gadget Show Live 2011

If you are interested in acquiring one of these incredible limited edition Mortal Kombat IX compatible arcade machines, or your marketing strategy requires your own bespoke branded arcade cabinet then please do not hesitate to contact us directly.