Hello everyone, and welcome to another fine edition of Newsbytes. Today will be a little focused on items from Bowl Expo, where I’ll alert you that I’m feeling a little more critical today than usual, but I do try and keep things as balanced as possible.
Bowl Expo 2019
Since I live relatively close to Las Vegas (by plane), I went down to the city to attend the International Bowl Expo. To be honest, there really wasn’t much to see after Amusement Expo 2019 (AEI19) that was also in Vegas, as manufacturers didn’t bring any new-new video pieces along like they had last year. That said, there were production models of prototypes seen at AEI19, and I finally took the time to visit the world famous Pinball Hall of Fame. I had never made the time to go there previously, but I really should have, and will in subsequent visits. The only problem is that none of the amusement trade shows next year are going to Vegas, so it might be a while.
Before I share videos of the games that were at Bowl Expo, I should note that there was an area where several different companies had come together to show off their currently selling titles. Among the pieces that I’d seen at IAAPA and AEI, Bandai Namco was there with a new collaboration piece between them an Andamiro called Red Zone Rush. It’s like a cross between two redemption games in their past – DC Superheroes and Goal Line Rush. It is disappointing though that the company seems to have completely written off video games though, with the only new stuff we’re seeing from them now is redemption and VR games that only a few get to play at an FEC here and there. It’s a far cry from just a