January 17, 1990 |
Just last year, psychologists were raising their fists over the increase of violence in video arcade games. Now, doctors who are trying to reduce teen-age smoking are outraged about signs advertising Marlboro cigarettes and Budweiser beer appearing in children's video arcade games. One game, Super Monaco GP - one of the most popular arcade games at the 49th Street Galleria at Franklin Mills Mall - includes buildings in which all of the windows have been replaced by the Marlboro logo.
November 30, 1992 |
The sharp, jingling sound of coins clatters down the hallway, enticing visitors around the corner, where they are greeted by a dizzying twinkling of lights. Looking and sounding like Atlantic City, but with some key differences - video arcade games instead of slot machines, and pool tables in place of craps tables - Maple Shade's brand new youth recreation center has become an instant hit. The center, on the second floor of the new municipal building, has been open just three weeks, but already more than 600 youngsters have signed up for the free photo ID card it takes to get in. "You need to give the kids something to do, to keep them busy," said Howard Gwynne, the township's recreation director.
August 15, 1991 |
As the November opening approaches for South Jersey's first Chuck E. Cheese restaurant in Deptford, one wonders how Al Belmont of Turnersville can run a competing restaurant named Captain Good Times. Because the times may turn sour very soon. Belmont, 45, who owns and operates the Captain Good Times Party Center in Turnersville's Whitman Plaza, said his business might be ruined when the corporate-backed and very popular Chuck E. Cheese Pizza Time Theater moved into the Deptford Court shopping center - a 10-minute drive away.
November 25, 1990 |
The Malvern Borough Council has approved a two-year contract with the borough police department. The approval was granted with a 6-0 vote at a council meeting Tuesday. Councilman L. Clifford Lewis was absent. The contract, effective Jan. 1, contains an annual salary increase of 6 percent for full-time officers. The average salary of borough officers is $30,480; it will be $32,310 next year and $34,250 in 1992. Also at the meeting, the council voted 6-0 in favor of a motion to amend a borough ordinance concerning electronic amusement devices or arcade games.
August 1, 1991 |
The firm that owns Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza Time Theater, a nationwide chain of family entertainment centers, has promised to change the way it awards arcade prizes to comply with New Jersey gambling laws. Officials from ShowBiz Pizza Time Inc., the Dallas-based firm that hopes to open a Chuck E. Cheese in Deptford, made the decision recently after the state attorney general and the Amusement Games Control Commission advised that it would be illegal to award redeemable coupons based on the player's performance on arcade games.
April 11, 2011 |
Jaime is a friendly, intelligent 12-year-old with a great sense of humor. He is already thinking about his future, and his goal is to be a firefighter. In the meantime, Jaime is involved in a variety of pastimes. An athletic youngster, he enjoys being active and playing football and kickball. When he is indoors, Jaime can frequently be found testing his skills at video games. He gets along well with adults and his peers and is easily engaged in conversation, especially when the topic is sports or video games.
March 15, 1999 |
Todd Tuckey never imagined that after two decades of selling commercial-size arcade games for home use, his TNT Amusements would still be going strong, especially with the proliferation of home-computer games. But thanks to nostalgia and the strong economy, things have rarely been better. Plenty of people have been coming into his Southampton showroom and plunking down between $300 and $4,000 for a standard game, or up to $10,000 for a used race-car simulator, such as Daytona U.S.A.
January 29, 1991 |
If you're waiting for something with a name like Gulf War or Saddam Slayer to reach the home video-game market or the video arcade any time soon, don't hold your breath. The top four manufacturers of video and arcade games - Nintendo, Sega, Atari and NEC - say they have no plans to capitalize on the war in the Persian Gulf by introducing Desert Storm games. "I don't think it's in good taste, personally," says Ken Wirt, vice president of home entertainment for NEC Technologies Inc. "Besides, it takes anywhere from nine to 12 months to develop a good video game.
November 13, 1987 |
The hope that someone will love him shines in Ladel's eyes. He wants to come home from school and show his mom and dad the spelling papers marked 100. He wants to hear their praise because he hasn't gotten less than a 96 in spelling since school started. He'll show them how he takes off his good clothes and hangs them up, puts on play clothes. And any jobs that are lined up, he'll do right away, no complaints. Ladel, 12, who has an average IQ and is in good health, lives in a residential center with 20 other boys.
July 13, 1994 |
In hell, we are told, searing pain assaults each of our human senses. Panic and chaos engulf us. The screams, the din are unimaginable. And it is all presided over by an evil beast. A giant rat, perhaps? In short, it is exactly like a visit to Chuck E. Cheese. Chuck E. Cheese is so popular that it has inspired copycats like Sahara Sam's, WOW and Discovery Zone. That says something about the stubborn urge of parents to bridge the cultural gulf between themselves and young children.