Welcome to the year’s first Newsbytes, a collection of arcade news from around the web from the past week (or two..or three..in 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. Sidetracking happens
High Score Girl Making Waves On Netflix
Thanks to reader Kieran May for the tip on this one. He sent me a heads-up about it before Kotaku had posted their article, but due to reasons above I wasn’t able to get to it. I also don’t currently have Netflix to watch it (yeah I know, blasphemy!!! and all that. We used to have it, but realized we weren’t watching it as much as other streaming services so consolidated down…but might have to pick it up again). Anyways, High Score Girl is an anime series with a strong focus on arcades and arcade culture of the 1990’s, with some love drama thrown into the mix. Here’s a quick review that sums up the series pretty well without getting into spoilers:

New Dark Presence Footage
It’s been a while since we’ve talked about Galloping Ghost’s in-house digitized fighter game, but recently they uploaded a number of player matches to YouTube for those interested in this upcoming 1v1 title. I haven’t heard whether or not they plan on doing a wider release for this in 2019, but it seems playable enough from the footage I watched.

ICE Founder Ralph Coppola Passes Away
There was some sad news that hit the wires this week, coming from Replay Magazine. ICE (Innovative Concepts in Entertainment) is pretty well known among redemption arcade circles, but if I throw out “bubble hockey,” then that should cover it too. ICE was founded in 1982 by Ralph Coppola with the release of the Chexx bubble/dome hockey