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Looking for a DDR machine in Zurich

Anyone ever see a Dance Dance Revolution machine in Zurich, or anywhere in Switzerland?

Or any relatively modern arcade at all? I know they aren't nearly as popular as they used to be, in general, even in the US, but have they become extinct in most of Europe? I guess console technology is to blame. I didn't have any trouble finding a decent arcade in London back in 2006.

The only one I found so far was on Langstrasse, and it was full of (rubbish) games from circa 1995, Tamil gangster wannabes, and prostitutes.
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Anyone ever see a Dance Dance Revolution machine in Zurich, or anywhere in Switzerland?

Or any relatively modern arcade at all? I know they aren't nearly as popular as they used to be, in general, even in the US, but have they become extinct in most of Europe? I guess console technology is to blame. I didn't have any trouble finding a decent arcade in London back in 2006.

The only one I found so far was on Langstrasse, and it was full of (rubbish) games from circa 1995, Tamil gangster wannabes, and prostitutes.

bowling alleys, indoor kart tracks and cinemas are your best bet, arcade machines are a loss leader for most places, and as fruit machines (gambling machines) are stricktly controlled here there is no point in having the £20,000 all singing all dancing video game sitting there doing nothing (except being vandalised)

I used to own an arcade in the uk, video games make the operators nothing fruit machines and coin pushers / cranes are where you make the money.
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it was full of (rubbish) games from circa 1995, Tamil gangster wannabes, and prostitutes.
..what's wrong with that?
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Re: Looking for a DDR machine in Zurich

Just get yourself a DDR mat, availble for most consoles.

The dancing games are all moving over to the new motion control platforms now, I think new ones are out for all systems. Great fun if that's your thing, but you'll never get me doing them.
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Anyone ever see a Dance Dance Revolution machine in Zurich, or anywhere in Switzerland?

Or any relatively modern arcade at all? I know they aren't nearly as popular as they used to be, in general, even in the US, but have they become extinct in most of Europe? I guess console technology is to blame. I didn't have any trouble finding a decent arcade in London back in 2006.

The only one I found so far was on Langstrasse, and it was full of (rubbish) games from circa 1995, Tamil gangster wannabes, and prostitutes.
Have you tried China Town?

BTW, if you fancy a match in Street Fighter (1st version) and Art of Fighting, let me know.
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Have you tried China Town?

BTW, if you fancy a match in Street Fighter (1st version) and Art of Fighting, let me know.

both of which are quite a bit before '96

you can't beat the old school shoot-em-ups, R-Type, nemesis, salamader, side arms, thundercross etc as well as the Sega classic, outrun, space harrier etc happy days
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Re: Looking for a DDR machine in Zurich

you could always buy your own full machine, they are cheaper then most people expect.
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Just get yourself a DDR mat, availble for most consoles.
Don't ask me why, but I happen to have two PS2 compatible mats collecting dust in my basement... I would borrow them out for a beer.

(Yes, you guessed it: the last time we used them, our neighbours complained about the noise...)
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Re: Looking for a DDR machine in Zurich

http://www.libertygames.co.uk/store/...tion-x-arcade/

This is the good one, but a less good one seems to cost around the 7k mark
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Anyone ever see a Dance Dance Revolution machine in Zurich, or anywhere in Switzerland?

Or any relatively modern arcade at all? I know they aren't nearly as popular as they used to be, in general, even in the US, but have they become extinct in most of Europe? I guess console technology is to blame. I didn't have any trouble finding a decent arcade in London back in 2006.

The only one I found so far was on Langstrasse, and it was full of (rubbish) games from circa 1995, Tamil gangster wannabes, and prostitutes.

Dude... dancing?? that is so 2000... we have moved on to fake musical instruments, singing and playing retarded forms of sports.. get with the program noob
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http://www.libertygames.co.uk/store/...tion-x-arcade/

This is the good one, but a less good one seems to cost around the 7k mark

have a look in coin slot www.coinslot.co.uk 2nd hand ones will be quite a bit cheaper, buy direct from an arcade or operator most will deal with the public if you have cash. The various on-line shops that sell to the public usually have silly high prices, I know, I used to own the largest company selling direct to the public in the uk

Ebay is also a good place to look, never had a DDR machine so don't know what hardware they run on, most games when I got out of the business where moving over to pc hardware rather then the old custom stuff (cps2, neogeo, sony etc) so are pretty easy to fix if they go wrong.

This is also a good place for classic machines
http://www.retrokade.com/
Owner is a guy called Rav, machines are really top notch, he likes to ski as well so could easily be pursaded to deliver
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Don't ask me why, but I happen to have two PS2 compatible mats collecting dust in my basement... I would borrow them out for a beer.

(Yes, you guessed it: the last time we used them, our neighbours complained about the noise...)
Hehe. I'm not surprised. I appreciate the thought. Unfortunately those plastic mats aren't good beyond the intermediate level. I actually left behind a "cobalt flux" metal pad in Maui, that I paid $500 for. Even that doesn't really compare to a properly maintained arcade machine. Wish they had some in Zurich!

Sadly, as others have suggested, those Bemani games are evolving and DDR is dead probably anywhere outside Japan, Hawaii and California.
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Have you tried China Town?

BTW, if you fancy a match in Street Fighter (1st version) and Art of Fighting, let me know.
By 1st version I assume you mean SF2 and not SF1. SF1 wasn't really playable. But hell yeah, I would love to play original SF2, or any 2d SF. Very few people have ever given me a challenge in any 2d fighting game: sf, mk, ki (especially these three), most snk/neo-geo fighting game (though art of fighting i thought was weak. I liked the KOF series, and samurai showdown).

Zurich has a China Town?
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Re: Looking for a DDR machine in Zurich

http://auto.ricardo.ch/kaufen/fahrze...w/an631307800/
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This is what I would like to see in Zurich (common sight in any japanese arcade):


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By 1st version I assume you mean SF2 and not SF1. SF1 wasn't really playable. But hell yeah, I would love to play original SF2, or any 2d SF. Very few people have ever given me a challenge in any 2d fighting game: sf, mk, ki (especially these three), most snk/neo-geo fighting game (though art of fighting i thought was weak. I liked the KOF series, and samurai showdown).

Zurich has a China Town?
Yes would be SF2, whats in the name anyway. You've been hanging with the wrong crowd, I know enuff players who were tough to beat.

Im not sure, if it was Art of Fighting or King of Fighting, but something of Fighting, googled both but the screen pics and characters are not the same. Anyway that was back in 80s and 90s, now I got Soulcalibur and Dear or Alive series. Though nothing beats spending lunch money in Arcades!!

I thought every major city in the world has China Town, maybe Zurich is not a major city then?

On the topic of games, is there any league or tournaments for Hand Football (called Fussball in Canada) in CH? That was one game I was totally cool at, even used to beat guys older than me in my days. My partner went to Canada and tells me its pretty big there, they have tournaments and stuff.
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Yes would be SF2, whats in the name anyway. You've been hanging with the wrong crowd, I know enuff players who were tough to beat.

Im not sure, if it was Art of Fighting or King of Fighting, but something of Fighting, googled both but the screen pics and characters are not the same. Anyway that was back in 80s and 90s, now I got Soulcalibur and Dear or Alive series. Though nothing beats spending lunch money in Arcades!!
king of fighters included characters from all the snk neo geo fighting games, fatal fury, samurai showdown, art of fighting, etc. So it's easy to get confused between af and kof.

I dislike dead or alive and soul caliber, but not as much as i dislike tekken. I think the virtua fighter series was the only decent 3d fighter, though I was never really very good at it.

But i was a ninja at Street Fighter 2, mortal kombat 1 & 2, and killer instinct. If there are no arcades that have any of those maybe we could try playing online with an emulator, assuming the latency isn't too bad. I was also a god at doom2 (map 1!), duke3d, and quake1 and 3. Haven't really played games since then, with the exception of everquest and (i'm embarrased to admit) wow.
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king of fighters included characters from all the snk neo geo fighting games, fatal fury, samurai showdown, art of fighting, etc. So it's easy to get confused between af and kof.

I dislike dead or alive and soul caliber, but not as much as i dislike tekken. I think the virtua fighter series was the only decent 3d fighter, though I was never really very good at it.

But i was a ninja at Street Fighter 2, mortal kombat 1 & 2, and killer instinct. If there are no arcades that have any of those maybe we could try playing online with an emulator, assuming the latency isn't too bad. I was also a god at doom2 (map 1!), duke3d, and quake1 and 3. Haven't really played games since then, with the exception of everquest and (i'm embarrased to admit) wow.
I sense too much violence in you, cant be bad!

Never really played Tekken, but I can come to like it.

Thats the plan, Im gonna have a Game room in my apartment, with all the necessary gadgets and connection and then we can play online. Just that work never leaves time and energy for it. Once you start playing, you cannot stop and next thing you know is, its time to go to work!!

Dont like Doom or even Fallout, graphics are too dark and gorey for me. I like to get violent with a colourful background. Ninja Gaiden II and Conan has soem really good graphics and chics in it Waiting for God of War to be released on Xbox.
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