Monday, May 17, 2010

Afterburner World Championships at FunSpot XII

Just announced over at the ACAM's Facebook Page, FunSpot will play host to the first ever Afterburner World Championship! News broke that Sega would have something in store for us at this years tournament and it looks like that this is it! For this tournament players will have to submit scores on the original arcade game and on the Xbox Live Arcade port of Afterburner Climax.

Here is their announcement from Gary.

“After Burner” competition at the 12th Annual International Classic Video Game Tournament

Weirs Beach, NH, 5/17/2010 – The annual International Classic Videogame Tournament at The American Classic Arcade Museum is quickly approaching. 2010 marks the 12th year for this historic event. The tournament will take place from Thursday, June 3rd through Sunday, June 6th, 2010. Tournament hours are Thursday Noon-10pm, Friday and Saturday 10am-11pm and Sunday 10am-5pm. Admission is $40 and includes 200 game tokens and a commemorative color poster provided courtesy of The American Classic Arcade Museum. This year's tournament is sponsored in part by Mix 94.1FM, The Planet 100.1, New Country 106.9 & Gamer Soda. The first 200 registrants will receive a commemorative T-shirt and goodie bag.

In an effort to maintain a fair and balanced playing field, the annual International Classic Videogame Tournament never announces the competition games until the first day of the event. We will be making an exception to this rule for the first “World Championships of After Burner” sponsored by Sega of America.

After Burner and After Burner II were classic coin-operated video games released to arcades in 1987. The games featured a simulation of aerial military dog fighting presented from a third-person perspective. For this competition, players will need to compete on the original After Burner II coin-op videogame, and the new After Burner Climax for the Xbox360.

Gary Vincent, President of The American Classic Arcade Museum, looks forward to bringing a new element to the annual competition. “We are pleased to have the backing of Sega of America for this competition. Sega has a long & rich history in the coin-op arcade world, and many Sega games are preserved in our Museum. We are anxious to present the merging of classic and modern After Burner game play.”

Tournament attendee David Hernly, who currently holds the world record high score on the After Burner II coin-op, was thrilled with the idea of this competition. “It’s great to see classics like After Burner revived on the modern consoles. After Burner Climax is a superb sequel that is a great game on its own, yet honors the game play of the original game from the past.”

“We are excited to have After Burner Climax be a part of this event and hope that everyone will enjoy this fan-favorite arcade game with others who have grown up with this franchise,” Derrek Peel, Associate Brand Manager at Sega of America.

The American Classic Arcade Museum at Funspot has been featured in numerous magazines and has appeared in several films. Many scenes from the critically acclaimed “The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters” were filmed inside the famous arcade as were scenes from “Chasing Ghosts: Beyond the Arcade,” a documentary by Men at Work Pictures of New York. In March of 2008, Harbor House Pictures of New Rochelle, NY filmed inside the arcade museum for six straight days for their upcoming film, “Altar of the Unnamed.”

Hailed as “The Mecca of Classic Gaming” by MSNBC, The American Classic Arcade Museum at Funspot is the first 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and displaying vintage coin-operated amusements. Located on the third floor of the immense Funspot Family Entertainment Super Center, the museum celebrates the origins of the arcade industry with popular games from the past. Asteroids, Pac-Man, Centipede and Gorgar are just a few of the nearly 300 games in the classic arcade museum. The museum also contains static displays of game history and the walls feature many posters of vintage arcade games.

The Funspot Family Entertainment Super Center is located on Route 3 in Weirs Beach, NH. The facility was founded in 1952 by Bob Lawton and has been continuously operated by him and his family ever since. The 60,000 square foot center features over 500 games, 20 bowling lanes, a miniature golf course, a 400-seat Bingo hall, a restaurant, the D.A. Long Tavern, and a state of the art indoor golf center featuring six Full-Swing Golf Simulators. In June 2008, Guinness World Records named Funspot the largest arcade in the world. Funspot and The American Classic Arcade Museum are open year-round.

I have also heard for the first time in almost three years, Space Harrier is alive and kicking! Thanks go out to everybody at the ACAM and for Sega for putting this on! We'll have all the footage for you at the tournament so stay tuned!

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