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Sound Off – Special Amusement Expo International ’24 Edition

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"Sound Off" with Kevin Williams
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Prepare to electrify your mind as Kevin Williams unravels the dynamic tapestry of location-based entertainment. We’re bridging the gap between the creators behind the curtain and the fervent gamers in the spotlight, dissecting the burgeoning phenomenon of in-game tournaments. Get an insider’s perspective on the significance of the latest gaming technology showcased at AEI 24, and understand why China’s booming market is a game-changer. We’ll also indulge in a bit of nostalgia, examining the modern renaissance of beloved Atari classics and the community’s passionate response to these timeless gems.

Venture behind the scenes of the amusement industry to expose the pressing challenges of player engagement and consumer relations. We’re sounding the alarm on the industry’s protectionism and the shaky ground of circulating data without the scrutiny it desperately needs. Discover the revelations from the latest trade shows, with every detail from LED-festooned products to digital gamification effects, and contemplate the ethical implications of redemption games that have parents and guardians raising their eyebrows. This is a crucial call for trade associations to foster deeper connections and shake the foundations of how the amusement industry interacts with its core audience.

Finally, we don our VR headsets to explore the shifting landscape of virtual reality experiences in the amusement sector. Will the drive for standardization smother the flames of innovation, or will the desire for unique experiences triumph? We’re also casting a spotlight on Atari’s strategic pivot from traditional distribution models, thanks to Alan Wan’s collaboration that breathes new life into vintage arcade treasures. We’re inviting our listeners to be part of the Atari comeback story, as we champion the fusion of nostalgia and contemporary play. Fasten your seatbelts for a ride through the past, present, and future of gaming, where every twist and turn is more thrilling than the last.

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The brainchild of two location-based experience enthusiasts, Christine Buhr and Brandon Willey, the LBX Collective aims to inform and educate, create opportunities to connect with industry peers, and to spur collaboration, discourse, and cross-pollination of ideas.

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