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By Crash

3 years ago


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    #1 3 years ago

    I know, not the first place you would visit for some arcade action, but I did enjoy playing RCT while I was there with my dad (wouldn't go alone). Now it's gone. I was wondering if this is a corporate decision or just management doing this. Any ideas?


    #2 3 years ago

    The last I was at one, they also had a RCT, but it was in OK shape. Playfield needed cleaning, but everything else seemed to work just fine. I haven't been since then, but I heard it's still there, I just need to go there. The question is: how can I get in by myself without looking like a creeper?


    #3 3 years ago

    local one here had POTC


    #4 3 years ago

    My Chuck E had a TSPP that leaned left 30 degrees.

    Awesome!


    #5 3 years ago

    Our Chuck E. had a RFM a few years back.............now gone.


    #6 3 years ago

    Shrek here. good shape too.

    The_Gorilla said:

    My Chuck E had a TSPP that leaned left 30 degrees.
    Awesome!

    so stick some nickels under the leg and get to work.


    #7 3 years ago

    Got a Shrek here as well beat to hell though last time I saw it.


    #8 3 years ago

    RCT here, poor non playable shape last I heard, left flipper did not even work. I am afraid they are going away


    #9 3 years ago

    Got a POTC at the one near me. Clean and plays very well.


    #10 3 years ago

    Holy crap, RFM would've been awesome. The RCT that was there played great, the only issues were mild dirt, broken Information Kiosk trough switch, and chipped bumper cap. I'll be down there again next weekend and will report if I find anything (and add the place back to the map). Video:

    » YouTube video


    #11 3 years ago

    We have an Elvis at ours.

    Side note: I went to the movies today and attached to the theater is a huge arcade which used too have an Austin Powers, X Files and South Park. They were not there today.


    #12 3 years ago

    I'm going to be off-put if I find Shrek/Elvis/Rolling Stones/etc. down there. I won't be playing if that's the case, I just don't like the titles. Our local theater had a Ripley's the last 2 times I was there but it was turned off. Going back in March to see The Lorax. I hope to find it there and working because it actually looks like a fun game.


    #13 3 years ago

    We have a decent POTC at one and an out of order TSPP(which I tried to buy lol) at another. They typically tend to stick them in a corner, so the writing is pretty much on the wall. The only thing that bugs me is that some locations destroy them!!! When I asked an employee, they told me that any old/worn out games get shipped off..


    #14 3 years ago
    Crash said:

    I'm going to be off-put if I find Shrek/Elvis/Rolling Stones/etc. down there. I won't be playing if that's the case, I just don't like the titles. Our local theater had a Ripley's the last 2 times I was there but it was turned off. Going back in March to see The Lorax. I hope to find it there and working because it actually looks like a fun game.

    Our local theater had a Ripley's the last 2 times I was there but it was turned off.

    The power switch is under the cabinet


    #15 3 years ago

    So you're basically in the same situation as me yet you still told ME to turn the power on? (kidding, look how your quote is messed up. :P) I didn't, might get a word from the employees. Plus, whenever something blows up on one of our games the person always turns it off for us.


    #16 3 years ago

    TSPP at one local CEC, POTC at another. Found a place with a Dale Jr recently, a different chain called Incredible Pizza Co


    #17 3 years ago

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    #18 3 years ago

    johns incredible pizza co. in roseville ca. has spiderman and shrek. both clean and playable as of 3 weeks ago. dont know about the house of the rat. the 1 near me closed about 3 months ago.


    #19 3 years ago
    mrgone said:

    johns incredible pizza co. in roseville ca. has spiderman and shrek. both clean and playable as of 3 weeks ago. dont know about the house of the rat. the 1 near me closed about 3 months ago.

    That's good to know, I'll have to head up to Roseville one of these days and check it out! Thanks!


    #20 3 years ago

    We had a topic about pinball vs Chuck e cheeses some time before,
    and if I remember someone brought up the idea that when they are done with a pin it gets thrown away?
    So check the dumpster or who ever does the trash removal for C.C. for a pinball score when a game disappears all of a sudden .


    #21 3 years ago

    Nascar at ours. they just did a major shop on it and had the DMD replaced. It's fairly popular too. I doubt it's going anywhere.


    #22 3 years ago
    HELLODEADCITY said:

    We had a topic about pinball vs Chuck e cheeses some time before,
    and if I remember someone brought up the idea that when they are done with a pin it gets thrown away?
    So check the dumpster or who ever does the trash removal for C.C. for a pinball score when a game disappears all of a sudden .

    I worked there in High school. They most definitely do not throw away old games, they sell them at auction or move them to another store.


    #23 3 years ago

    You mean they actually do upkeep on these things? That's surprising.


    #24 3 years ago
    Anim8ormatt said:

    I worked there in High school. They most definitely do not throw away old games, they sell them at auction or move them to another store.

    well that's good to hear


    #25 3 years ago

    I wouldn't know... I heard the Chuck E. Cheese's around here will not allow you in unless you are with a child. I guess to keep out the Chesters.

    I might feel a little strange hanging out there anyway.


    #26 3 years ago

    Yeah. Saw the Pedo Police standing outside the bathrooms last time.


    #27 3 years ago

    There's a Nascar at the CEC near me

    http://i40.tinypic.com/2a7x3qc.png


    #28 3 years ago

    I was just at a local bowling alley last week and there wasn't even one pin in their arcade.


    #29 3 years ago

    Our local bowling alley has a Road Show. Actually plays well! The op rotates at least one pin in and out, but always only one at a time. Shrek at the Chuck E Cheese, but RawleyD already chimed in on that.


    #30 3 years ago

    I check every CEC when I travel.
    They have RCT, TSPP, Nascar or POTCs.
    The ones that don't have pins are the newer CECs.
    I do not know if any CECs will ever buy a new one again.
    I'll let know know if I get intel haha.


    #31 3 years ago

    ive read where cec policy is to destory the machines and throw them away to get them off the books


    #32 3 years ago
    Rascal_H said:

    I wouldn't know... I heard the Chuck E. Cheese's around here will not allow you in unless you are with a child. I guess to keep out the Chesters.
    I might feel a little strange hanging out there anyway.

    and that why i have my son with me!


    #33 3 years ago

    The location in Hickory Hollow has a POTC. Pretty cool game, going to put some good play on it.


    #34 3 years ago
    way2wyrd said:

    ive read where cec policy is to destory the machines and throw them away to get them off the books

    If this is true, I'll be waiting behind the local CEC, watching the dumpster..... I wonder has anyone done this?


    #35 3 years ago

    My buddy is a regional manager for CEC and he said that they will pull and place them elsewhere if its not being played. Its all about the amount of money generated per square foot of space. And no they dont throw away machines.


    #36 3 years ago

    The brand new one in Monroe, Louisiana opened in 2011 with no pins. And none since.


    #37 3 years ago

    No pins here, they went the same route as the Putt Putt Courses, redemption games for more money.....


    #38 3 years ago

    Saw a TSPP at a CeC in such bad shape, I thought about shooting it to put the thing out of its misery. It seriously looked like it just came out of the elementary school boys bathroom. Disgusting.


    #39 3 years ago

    The grand champion high score was something like 2.5 billion belonging to "Chuck E." How do the staff get a legitimate score? Just press random things with the glass off, or is it entered through the operator menu? There was a guy playing for about 25 minutes before me. He got a ticket (yes, this game actually dispensed tickets) and during that time bumped up the ticket score from 10 million to 50 million. Hm! No ticket for me.


    #40 3 years ago

    It seems like most Chuck E Cheese location have 1 pinball machine. And these are Stern's manuf from 2002 thru 2008 era (RCT, TSPP, POTC, & Shrek). I've seen a POTC at one CEC and a Shrek at another. It would be interesting to read if any pinsiders have seen any newer stern machines at any CEC's. My guess is that CEC mgmt will have at most 1 pinball machine at each location -or- none going fwd.


    #41 3 years ago
    billy1343 said:

    Saw a TSPP at a CeC in such bad shape, I thought about shooting it to put the thing out of its misery. It seriously looked like it just came out of the elementary school boys bathroom. Disgusting.

    It's a shame CEC won't give a great game like TSPP the TLC it deserves. Did you try to buy it off of them?



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