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on: February 10, 2016, 12:05:27 PM  Top
Started by marx!, Message by AndyBurnsDDR
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Sadly there isn't anything that can be upgraded on the DDR end unless Big Al's decided to buy one of those awful US X2 cabs which I don't think they would do OR import a Japanese red, black or white cab. Which I also don't think they would do.
R1 and Dave N Busters are due for DDR 2014 White cabs on eamuse (all in english) in the late spring or early summer but we have no idea which locations will receive cabs. I doubt Big Al's would buy anything not in English so an import cab is out nor would they consider paying the fee for eamuse since it's only being used for 1 game. I am however surprised that Big Al's hasn't considered Pump Prime yet but I can see how that not being online as well would be pretty lame. Hopefully Kyle Ward can finish up this new 9 panel dance game he is working on and get an arcade into Big Al's in the coming year.
on: September 16, 2015, 07:37:46 PM  Top
Started by marx!, Message by BBH
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1 guy was wrecking doubles on Pro2

Probably Wesley (Kyrandian)

dude wearing a Pro2 shirt that was doing what I assume was PA

That was me!

another dude that let me cut him in line so I could play with my girlfriend

Probably zeppy/Iori241

Anyway good to know who you are. I don't really know if Sundays are a designated "hot time" to go play arrow smash games, I only knew that zeppy and Kyrandian were going to stop by, didn't know about the other guys. I live pretty close to Big Al's so I can usually swing by if I know something's going down.

So as of Tuesday the Pump Pro 2 machine is finally gone. There was no Infinity machine to fill that empty space yet either. I'll stop by sometime soon to see what's up
on: September 15, 2015, 06:40:31 PM  Top
Started by marx!, Message by AndyBurnsDDR
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So, who is who?  I noticed like 4 white dudes and a black guy tearing it up on both the Pump and SN2 machines on Sunday night.  There's also another guy I see regularly but wasn't there that usually tears up the Speed of Light redemption game.
i'm actually curious who all went on a sunday night?
Did one of the white guys have long hair? that would be cam.
I'm not sure who else might have been there. The only black guy I know that plays a lot is Terry. And the speed of light guy is Evan and he just got back from a month in Japan. If you guys are going on Sunday nights i'll gladly meet up. I need a good SN2 session anyway. Most of the people that I know of that play regularly in the area aren't on these forums.
on: September 15, 2015, 09:54:14 AM  Top
Started by marx!, Message by Limewirelord
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So, who is who?  I noticed like 4 white dudes and a black guy tearing it up on both the Pump and SN2 machines on Sunday night.  There's also another guy I see regularly but wasn't there that usually tears up the Speed of Light redemption game.
on: September 14, 2015, 07:37:05 PM  Top
Started by marx!, Message by BBH
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Yeah I don't really have any issues with the SN2 pads. 1P side seems fine, haven't had any problems with the left arrow or anything. I get misses on double sometimes that I'm not 100% sure are my fault, but I've seen someone far better than me FC'ing just about everything he plays on double, so...

The Pump Pro 2 hasn't gone to Vancouver yet, but I'm sure it will soon. As it stands right now, the DL arrow on the 1P side has become awful and sticks all the time. 1P side USB never works right for me, and last time I checked the 2P side USB reader was missing (??).

It should also be pointed out that they've slightly adjusted prices on all their games - for the most part, all non-redemption games are slightly cheaper. Pro 2 and SN2 are $0.95/$0.80 now, down from $1.00/$0.85. Not really much of a decrease but no point in complaining about that. A lot of redemption games went up in price but I don't really think that's an issue for most people who still read this board.
on: September 26, 2014, 02:20:00 PM  Top
Started by marx!, Message by AndyBurnsDDR
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That is correct there is no DDR at all at this location. The SuperNova 2 is at Big Al's Vancouver and I just got permission from the arcade manager to do pad work on it. It's not in the best shape atm.

Big Al's Beaverton only has Pump it Up Pro 2

Vancouver also has Pump in up Infinity on a really nice cab
and ReRave Plus

The third Big Al's location in Meridian Idaho has Pump it up Pro 2 on a less than ideal cab
A DDR SuperNova
and ReRave
on: December 15, 2011, 09:26:31 PM  Top
Started by marx!, Message by BBH
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The P1 side on Bi Gals' Supernova 2 is not very playable at all. The P2 side still has a really weak Right arrow, and I think Down has been going bad too... so yeah it's getting worse and worse.

At this point I don't think there's any really "good" DDR machine in the Portland area at all any more. Maybe one of the Century Theaters has a decent Supernova 1, but because they seem to always require buying a ticket just to get into the arcade, it's not so easy to check up on the condition or if you just feel like playing some DDR. Oh, and there's the DDR X2 at John's Incredible Pizza, the pads were good last time I was there but that always costs $9+ to get into as well.

The Pump Pro 2 at Big Al's still works perfectly, though!
on: November 08, 2010, 11:10:49 AM  Top
Started by marx!, Message by marx!
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I just received a reply from the arcade manager this morning.
Good Morning Karl,

I sincerely apologize for this mistake. Wednesday we switched the game to free play for anyone registered in the Pump It Up Pro 2 tournament. However, when switching it back, someone accidently chose the incorrect price. I’ve switched it back to our regular price of $1.25. Thank you for letting me aware of this.

So all seems to be fixed now, yay!
on: September 16, 2010, 09:19:21 AM  Top
Started by marx!, Message by RandRord
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I am new to 5 panel, so I can't judge against other pump machines, but this machine feels extremely nice.  Anything short of superb is clearly my own fault (it's a new machine, so I would hope so); the screen is beautiful and the sound is audible, besides the occasional noise from the roller coaster simulator.  This is what will be bringing me back into dance games.  I'll be setting up a USB thumb drive for the next time and try it out, but from what I saw last night others seem to be using it fine.

The same cannot be said about the Supernova 2 machine.  Like others are saying, the up arrow on P1 is very weak.  I checked the sensors by pushing on each edge of the arrows and the bottom sensor (which, to me, is the most important one) of the up arrow is completely non-functional; it seems that it will only trigger if you press hard enough to trigger the other sensors.  The other arrows seem to function, but all the arrows on the pad sometimes fail with light taps.  P2 seems to have functional sensors, but they also seem like they require a bit more force than they should and I have a lot of problems with dropped holds.  It certainly feels much worse than the Extreme machine at GK or the ITG 2 machine at Tilt (which aren't exactly top quality).  At the moment, it's hardly worth it when it's 50% off; however, it sounds like they might be getting an ITG2 machine (anyone know anything about this?) which, in my opinion, would be totally sufficient for most players' 4 panel needs.
on: August 13, 2010, 02:22:35 AM  Top
Started by marx!, Message by BBH
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alright so

this place has Pump It Up Pro 2. brand new cab, just arrived there a couple days before the sneak peek event.

Problem - There was this constant horrible screen stuttering. I'm not sure what causes it but it was apparently a known issue but the game was rushed out. BOO (Kristina) said there is already a patch for this and she had it on her USB stick, but they couldn't apply it yet. (maybe because the USB slots also didn't seem to be working? Although I only tried the 1P side... maybe it didn't like my old USB stick but it worked fine with the Pro 1 cab in Vancouver...)

They also have a DDR Supernova 2. Upgrade cab. We got the machine unlocked up to level 6, just need the MAX unlock in as we didn't have the code. The 1P Up arrow is really weak, schlagwerk said the 2P side is fine.

Don't know prices for these games yet obviously because it was free play. It's likely they'll match the Vancouver prices of $1.10 for 3 songs on both cabs.

The rest of the arcade has a lot of the same games as the Vancouver location. Notable things are Guitar Hero Arcade, Deadstorm Pirates, 4-player Tank! Tank! Tank!, 2-player H2Overdrive, Terminator Salvation, Mocap Boxing, Time Crisis 4 (in awful condition), Mario Kart GP, Iron Man pinball, Donkey Kong 3-in-1 and Galaga/Ms. Pacman, etc. And lots and lots and lots and lots of redemption games.

Overall this makes me really excited to get back into dance games despite my lack of stamina, assuming they will in fact have some half-price nights. Getting to Vancouver on a Wednesday night isn't really worth the trouble for me, but this is like 15 minutes away from me.
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