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June 20, 2010, 11:19:48 PM - ORIGINAL POST -

Hey guys! I'm going up to Vancouver to play some Bemani with some Canadian people on July 2nd. For those of you not aware, Vancouver has an amazing amount of arcade Bemani.

At CHQ, there's:
Pop'n Music 17
Jubeat Ripples
Taiko no Tatsujin 12
ITG2 (hacked)
and some other stuff as well.

At e-spot, there's:
Pop'n Music 15
IIDX 15 (maybe)
some 5 key Beatmania
and a bunch of other things!

There's also GFDMV7 at Parker Place and GFDMV6 at Rush.

Anyway, my car is already full as TWF is coming with me. The only other person confirmed so far is Defiled (Ahmet). If you want to drive up, feel free!

10am - I'm leaving Seattle with TWF.
1pm - Arrive at CHQ (or maybe another place?)
4:30pm - Go to some other arcade? Or stay at CHQ? You decide!
7pm - Dinner (location TBD)
8pm - Back to Seattle!

List of confirmed people:
-checkrox/Checky (from Canada!)

Post if you're interested!
Read July 01, 2010, 12:01:23 AM #1

Hmm, oh you're only going for the day? Yeah I gotta work on Friday so I couldn't go.  That's good, I feel a lot better about not going now; I would have intended to be there the whole weekend (crash with my buds in BC).  I felt pretty guilty at first.
Read July 03, 2010, 02:29:08 AM #2

I'm just wanting to know what the condition of the games are like at E-Spot and CHQ. I'm planning on taking a trip up north next month for my birthday and want to hit some good arcade spots. So any tips?
Read July 03, 2010, 12:21:14 PM #3

Okay, I didn't go to CHQ because Checky who is a 1500SP player of GuitarFreaks up there told me that everything is in poor condition currently. However, I did go to e-spot for about 6 hours or so, so I can let you know those conditions.

GFV7 ($1/4 songs, long ver. is 2 songs): No working effector knobs, doesn't matter. Sort with R-G-B-pick. Buttons have the springs taken out so they are really easy to push which is quite awesome, more arcades should do that. Volume is awesome. It's probably a better bet to play on the 2P side though because there's exposed wiring under the effector knob on the 1P side and if you accidentally hit it you could mess things up.
Drummania V7 ($1/4 songs, long ver. is 2 songs): Works great. Volume is good, pads are good (Checky claimed the red tom was acting up, but I didn't notice it).
Pop'n Music 15 ADVENTURE! ($1/4 songs): Buttons all work great. Machine volume is pretty decent, plus if you ask at the counter they could probably turn it up for you if you wanted.
Drummania V6 ($1/4 songs, long ver. is 1 song): Drum pads are alright. The pedal is hardly connected to the machine but it works fine. Volume is pretty decent.
GF V6: Didn't play this!
IIDX Distorted: Buttons were fine, the monitor lags a bit and the game stutters but overall it's okay. The turntables appear to be new and they work great.
IIDX DJ Troopers: Brilliant. Volume is great, there's a huge fan next to it, keys are great, turntable is fine, and the monitor is a lagless official Konami CRT. Great machine. I almost passed Scripted Connection A mix [a], but the arcade turntable spacing confused me.
Taiko no Tatsujin 12. Left side is "decent" according to TWF, right side is "fine".
Beatmania Complete Mix 2: Works fine, but it looks disgusting because the keys all have cigarette burns and whatnot on them. Monitor looks really crisp though!
Dodonpachi Daioujou: Works great. Sticks are nice and the buttons are fine too. Cheesy
DDR Supernova 2: I didn't play this trip, but it's usually in pretty good condition. It's actually a Japanese upgraded Extreme, which is kind of interesting.

Also, there is a small Asian mall really near e-spot called Parker Place. Some good Chinese food there, and they happen to have a really tiny arcade called Game 828 which contains a few purikura booths, Battle Gear 4 Tuned (online connected), Maximum Tune 3DX+, and...GuitarFreaks and Drummania V7! Their machines are both set at $1 for 4 songs with long versions only counting as one stage. The volumes are great, and the Drummania works brilliantly but the pedal has the same issue as Acme's machine: when you let of it, it makes a big "CLUNK!" noise. Kind of distracting, but it's a neat place nonetheless.

GFDMV7 is pretty fun. The new V7 songs aren't necessarily that great (except for the new Thomas Howard Lichtenstein song and the Extra/Encore stages), but there's still a ton of great stuff from V6 and below.

Anyway, I went up with defiled and TWF and it was a great time! I'll post next time I'm going, as it would be cool to get a really big group get-together planned to remind ourselves of the old days when people actually played GFDM!
Read July 03, 2010, 12:27:09 PM #4

Yeah, glad you went to e-spot.  Sharibetsu I would totally say e-spot is the best place for bemani in the area.  I know some like CHQ better because it is at the metrotown mall and more people/crowds there, but the machines are all competing with each other for space and volume there, and as Kev mentioned apparently aren't in good upkeep at the moment.

Also, better restaurants in the e-spot area. =)
Read July 06, 2010, 10:05:10 PM #5

Thanks for the posts guys! I'm glad e-spot's in better shape since I won't have to drive so far. But that means I can save time just by staying in Richmond. I saw the first post and thought to myself "I'm not doing anything this summer I could pull this off as well!". Glad you guys headed up there otherwise I would never have had the idea to go. Oh well I better start practicing up on my IIDX. It's going to be a pain to get used to the AC turntable spacing. I don't think I'll even try to play on DistorteD since there really isn't anything that I really want to do on that.

Edit: I forgot to ask but what is the condition of Jubeat like? I want to play that pretty badly even if it is in "bad shape" but considering the control methods it would have to be literally broken for it to not work right? I know it was said that the games are in bad shape but surely one of the Bemani games work. Right?

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