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jaredr avatar 6:17 PM on 02.02.2008  (server time)
No Country for Old Arcades: Keystone II

Part Two is officially live!

The best arcade in California for competitive fighting games is an invite-only establishment
run out of some guys garage and for as awesome as Keystone II is, that is the state of the
arcade industry. When I look back on the history of the business, it makes me believe that all
the arcades need is just one game to bring it all back. In the 90's it was Street Fighter II. Ten
years later it was Dance Dance Revolution.

The annual AOU show is next month and we'll be seeing everything from playable Street
Fighter IV to the standard Bemani sequels and the return of Dodonpachi. Will any of the
games there be that one brilliant title to bring it all back? It's all extremely unlikely, but I'm
also not going to complain when I see Melty Blood: Actress Again or something new like
BlazBlue popping up select arcades.

Wii Sports was and has been enough to fling Nintendo into the position of top dog once again.
I wonder if the same would have been true if it were released in arcades. Then again, arcades
blew by the whole motion sensing nonsense years ago and no one seemed to notice.

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