Belgians will vote on May 26. As you probably know, the use of arcade machines is subject to a tax in the form of a sticker called "tax on automatic amusement devices". This tax is to be paid in addition to the VAT paid at the time of purchase of the machine and to the revenue tax on the income generated by the machine if it is equipped with a coin mechanism. At the time of eSports, Retro-gaming and smartphones, this tax is no longer necessary. Especially since the arcades of the time have become mini-casinos, the bars have replaced arcade machines with bingos and eSports bars are equipped with home consoles. Today, this tax hits only small operators and enthusiasts. This anachronistic tax has been abolished in France in 2015 and in Flanders this year. In Belgium, the Region of Brussels and Wallonia are the only remaining places where the tax is not only still applicable but is also increased each year. It has been a long time since we denounce the unfairness of this imposition which will ultimately lead to the total disappearance of arcade games in public spaces in the south of the country. We had already tried to change things without success during the last elections. This time, we are determined to seize the opportunity to abolish this tax. One week before the elections, we sent a letter to all the political parties that ran in the regional elections in Brussels and Wallonia to ask for their position on the issue and if they were for a removal of the tax on arcade video games, air-hockeys and pinball machines. Agir, Nation and B.U.B. were the first to answer us, Défi, the PS and Ecolo promised to come back to us. All answers will be published in full and in chronological order of their reception on this page: "The position of political parties on the abolition of the tax on arcade games". This is the opportunity to save arcade games, think about it! Your vote will have an impact on your passion. Of course, we will monitor the progress of this issue closely and other actions will be taken to ensure that these promises do not fall into oblivion. You can already read the first answers on this page.
An upgrade of FOOTISTA is available today: WCCF FOOTISTA 2019 2nd edition. New players cards are added such as Sergio Ramos, Lorenzo Insigne, Gianluigi Buffon, Christiano Ronaldo,... The range of team creation is expanded. And the WCCF transfer card version is expanded: cards from WCCF 2015-2016 and WCCF 2016-2017 can now be transferred.
Blazblue Cross Tag Battle is out in Japan today. This is the first game that is available both on Taito's NesicaxLive2 and Sega's All.Net P-ras MULTIi Ver.3.0. This is an adaptation of the home version of Blazblue Cross Tag Battle released in 2018. Popular characters from the Blazbue series, Persona 4 The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena, UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH and RWBY (an American anime-style web series) are gathered together in tag battles. 4 new characters are available: Naoto Kurogane and Teddie from Persona 4 The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena, Seth from UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH and Aino Heart from Arcana Heart.
Quiz Magic Academy Xross Voyage is out today. In the lastest title from Konami's Quiz Magic Academy series you can play a quiz match with another store online. In addition to the cooperative play mode already existing, four types of quiz forms are added: one-way quiz, cooperation question multiple answer quiz, cooperation line close quiz and cooperation group division quiz. Quiz Magic Academy Xross Voyage returns to the orgins of the Academy with the original world and BGM. Quiz Magic Academy Xross Voyage is compatible with the PC and smartphone version.
Sega's ALL.Net P-ras MULTI Version 3 starts operation today. After about 7 years of exploitation, the old ALL.Net P-ras MULTI cabinets are replaced by a brand new one offering new features such as a touch screen compatible 32-inch FULL HD monitor, a store-to-store communication match function, a panel with 8 buttons, an USB game pad compatible port, an USB charging port and electronic money compatible Aime card reader. Two games are available for the moment: Puyo Puyo eSports Arcade and GUILTY GEAR Xrd REV 2 APM3 Edition. Puyo Puyo eSports Arcade is playable up to 4 players. It's based on the home version and features a local tournament mode, online competition and 24 playable characters. Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 is the same version that on the P-ras MULTI Version 2 but now it's supports online battles between stores and is compatible with home-use controllers. The next game available will be Blazblue Cross Tag Battle on April 24.
To celebrate the 20 years of DanceDanceRevolution, Konami has seen great by releasing an impressive new version of cabinet since it is entirely gilded! This new version is called DanceDanceRevolution A20 and features gold LEDs and a 55 "screen. The list of available titles is impressive and collaborations are planned. A first collaboration with the virtual singer KIZUNA AI already begins with the release of the game.
Bandai Namco releases Sword Art Online Arcade: Deep Explorer today. This game is an exploration action RPG that supports up to three players in online co-op. Sword Art Online is a famous light novel adapted to several mangas and animes. The action takes place in virtual games in the Seed network and the main character is a young man named Kirito. In Sword Art Online Arcade: Deep Explorer, a mysterious space suddenly appeared in the Seed network, known as "Unknown". Players challenge a new adventure with Kirito and his friends and encounter a new brand new heroine named Rico (voice by Higashiyama Nao). Sword Art Online Arcade: Deep Explorer features two terminals (ViSTer): ViSTer station to play the game and ViSTer terminal to purchase profile card and ressources cards (items). On the ViSTer station, players control 3 characters to challenge different quests (defeat monsters and explore dungeons) from the mysterious space Unknown. They use a stick to move the characters and perform actions such as steps and guards with the L1 and L2 buttons. To activate various skills, players can touch the skill panel at the bottom right of the screen. At the start of the game, the skill level is 0 and it rises by defeatig enemies and succeeding missions. The upper left numerical value displayed on the screen is the "activity limit", and when it reaches 0, the quest fails. It decreases over time but also when the character's HP goes to 0 (the character ressurects anyway). At the end of a mission, the characters gain experience and can level up.
The arcade version of Street Fighter V Arcade Edition is finally out in Japan today. Street Fighter V Type Arcade is released on Taito Type X4 platform. This version is based onf the home version "VER 4.021" and includes all the characters available. For the first time in the series, players can use their own home controller to play the game and the arcade panel features 8 buttons instead of 6. Players can assign various settings to these two extra buttons such as simultaneous pressing buttons. In addition, by linking their home account and their Fighter's ID (player account) on the mobile site, players can use costumes and colors from the home version in the arcade version. Two game modes are available: Arcade Mode and Training mode and before starting a game play, player can choose 4 type of games: Beginner (without battle against other players), In-store priority, In-store match and National match.
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