Last Friday, Senior Vice President Kevin Bachus of Dave and Buster’s had a Reddit AMA (ask me anything) with fans of the community. As he stated, he was a bit nervous doing an AMA since checking out the subreddit, he didn’t want to disrupt anything the community has been discussing all because he was actively looking on.
The AMA got off to a great start with one top voted question asking how well Pump it Up and and DanceDanceRevolution stacked up against other arcade games in terms of amount played. The response? “Not that great, honestly. Pump It Up does well but is far from stacking up as one of our most popular games. We will be testing DDR 2015 shortly here in the US and if it does well I would consider adding it alongside PIU.” This response took the community by storm and can certainly admit that nobody expected something like this to happen.
Not that great, honestly. Pump It Up does well but is far from stacking up as one of our most popular games. We will be testing DDR 2015 shortly here in the US and if it does well I would consider adding it alongside PIU.
Kevin says a location test for DanceDanceRevolution 2015 will be coming up in a few weeks then later confirms it will be hooked up to official eAmusement network. If the location test is a success, and pans out well, machines will be added to locations in the future. The location test is being held in Southern California in a few weeks and Kevin states he is working directly with Konami with this test. This quickly spread and got the community largely joining in on the AMA. Kevin knew more than most Senior Vice Presidents would about music games, and I think that took everyone by surprise. Kevin has been actively talking with Konami about bringing over SOUND VOLTEX to test since music licensing isn’t that big of an issue, but has yet to follow up with Konami about it. Kevin talked to Konami about the possibility of bringing Jubeat over from time to time, but music licensing for the West is a bit of an issue.
Reddit user Plasmapie asks if there is any way for beatmaniaIIDX to join the ranks at the company’s chain. Kevin responds that the company will test it, and if it performs well, it will be added. Tons of fans joined in on the discussion and Kevin openly states that he was aware of their impressive presence. Could this be the positive push needed for the fans?
Kevin discusses eAmusement a bit more and hopefully wants to connect Power Cards linked with eAmusement and Namco Bandai’s Banapassport, but believes it would be incredibly difficult to pull off. He later adds that when an eAmuse machine is hooked up within Dave and Buster’s, he’d be interested in selling cards at locations.
You can check out the whole AMA here for further discussion and check back soon as we bring you more information live from the location test!