Whilst Arcade Blogger is all about classic arcade video games, it’s always good to go off-piste occasionally, especially when there’s an opportunity to see what’s going on in the world of arcades in the here and now. I visited the annual EAG trade show back in 2018 and wrote about it here. I did attend last year too, but was so underwhelmed by what I saw that I decided it wasn’t worth putting up on the blog. But third time lucky, a bunch of collector friends were going, and I thought I’d take an afternoon off and pop down as I was in London for the day anyway.
Visiting this year reminded me of what I wrote back in 2018 – that is, modern arcades seem to be all about licences, LED strip lights and HUGE cabinets!
Anyway – it was pretty good. There was plenty of stuff to play, and a few interesting pieces that I thought worth sharing here. So here’s the best of what I saw.
Arcade driving games never go out of fashion. What started back in the 70s with the likes of Night Driver and Sprint, has now evolved into huge, brightly coloured, multiplayer units:
VR dominated the show – clearly manufacturers are trying to push this tech out into the public.
Pinball was poorly represented this year, but I did see Gary Stern wondering about and had a quick “hello” with him. But there were a handful of newer pins on display:
A few other things of note:
There was a strict “no photography, no video” sign up, but some footage is out there. Here’s a video from the show floor:
Sega were dominant as always at the show, taking up a large footprint. Here, according to them, was the best of their products at EAG:
Someone posted a walk-though video here, which is worth a watch to give you an idea of the atmosphere. You’ll pick up some other stuff that I haven’t pictured here too:
So there you have it, another EAG show done and dusted. Some pretty interesting stuff I thought this time around.