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The Importance of a Game Room Refresh

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The initial decision to invest in an arcade is a significant one involving capital outlay, planning, and other valuable resources. Creating a successful arcade must factor in the room’s layout, the right mix of games, the selection of enticing prizes, the marketing of offerings, and many other variables. With all that work, you have created a successful arcade, but it’s vital not to underestimate the importance of developing plans for a ‘game room refresh.’ This practice will enable you to maintain and grow your game room earnings through consistent reinvestment in new games.  

Why should you refresh your game room?

Technology changes, game trends evolve, assets depreciate, and consumers want diverse entertainment experiences.

How do you decide which games to remove, when to remove them, and which to add? This starts with understanding your card system reports.

Consistent analysis of the 6-week, 3-month, 6-month, and annual trend reports helps identify game assets that may be declining in earnings, provide redundancy (too many lanes, hoops, cranes, etc.), or are just not appealing to your customer base for other reasons. At that point, sharing data with your GAD distributor rep to determine fair market value trade-in prices will help you narrow down the games to swap out. Trading in late-model games before they’ve become “old” provides a ripe time to offload an existing game and minimize the capital outlay to maintain a fresh game room.

Ask your GAD rep if the existing game can be refurbished or otherwise updated. New game graphics on the side. Replacing worn surface areas and upgrading joy sticks, buttons and other parts can refresh your investment for many more years of entertainment value.

As for new games, work with your GAD salesperson to find suitable hot releases to fill those spots. You also want to maintain your arcade’s optimal mix of video, redemption, and merchandisers. That mix will be unique to your specific location but should still follow general guidelines within the industry.

Keeping your arcade game titles updated is critical to attracting repeat customers, as the desire for a competitive and immersive experience drives many players. More manufacturers offer unique features such as virtual leaderboards and console crossover to incentivize return play. Although they may not generate as much revenue as redemption titles, video games are vital to the arcade experience.

Leasing games is also a great way to provide a built-in reminder that it is time to refresh. Many locations and operators will lease some of their game rooms for this reason.

Marketing Your Games

What is the benefit of a new game if your customer doesn’t know about it? Don’t forget about marketing. Not all locations have the budget for TV or radio advertisements. Still, card systems and loyalty programs give locations incredible marketing power to speak directly to their player base. Social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and Tik Tok are all low-cost avenues to bring awareness of new offerings to your customers. Let your customers know that a game is coming, then create excitement and promotion around its arrival.

Lastly, a new game is an excellent opportunity to rearrange your room. Simply moving some games from the front of the room to the back will make your room feel newer, even if you have only added a few new titles.

Replacing Break Rooms with Game Rooms

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Keep your company ahead of the competition by replacing a tradition break room with a game room

Modern businesses ask themselves whether employee game rooms suit their office space. Many people might dismiss the idea of employee break rooms as a frivolous perk. Still, a lounge space can be a critical part of an optimally performing office design while enhancing company culture. Employee game rooms are a staple of the world’s top companies because of their team-building effectiveness, value as recruitment tools, and serious scientific literature explaining their health benefits.

GAD can help you blend the vending machine needs with the gaming machines. Ask us how!


Employee Game Room

Who’s Ahead of the Curve?

Before we get into the benefits of employee game rooms, let’s look at some top companies that have already figured out that game rooms are great for business. Industry leaders like Google, Dropbox, Airbnb, Adobe, Intuit, Quicken Loans, and Boston Consulting Group have dedicated spaces where employees can get together in a fun environment to recharge while collaborating across departments.

It’s no coincidence that most companies above were also on the Top 100 Companies to Work For. These industry leaders understand that a business must offer the best working environment when competing for the best talent.

Game Rooms Build Strong Teams

Yes, employees who can have fun at work are more committed and have much higher levels of creativity, but companies with office games experience even more benefits. Game rooms can bring employees together who might not usually interact and improve employee morale. This interdepartmental socializing is the key to building a great corporate culture. A recent post on The Benefits Guide discusses employee engagement’s benefits. “Game rooms give your employees a place to escape the daily grind and decompress. Workplaces can be stressful. Between work stress and personal issues, your employee’s morale and productivity may suffer.”

Employees playing air hockey


The benefits of shared breaks where employees interact in a non-work context extend beyond morale. According to the Harvard Business Review, a team’s energy and engagement outside formal meetings were the most accurate predictors of productivity. This discovery was made in a series of studies across various industries, including post-op wards in hospitals, innovation teams, customer-facing teams in financial institutions, call center teams, and others.

The Harvard Business Review found good communication the most critical predictor of a team’s success. Specifically, they discovered that communication mattered more than all other factors, including personality, individual intelligence, and skill combined. They found nothing creates a stronger, more effective team than positive engagement outside formal meetings. That’s how employee game rooms can help you accomplish more than standard meeting rooms.

Benefits for Employee Health and Wellness

From a business perspective, employee game rooms are enormously beneficial, but many people might not realize they also have profound health benefits. Whether it’s a newly formed team of co-workers or a group that needs a productivity boost, it seems bringing games into work is the way to go.

Studies by Brigham Young University professors found that newly formed work teams experienced a 20% increase in task productivity after playing video games together for just 45 minutes.

Use the information you’ve gathered about your employees from wellness program or employee satisfaction surveys to learn what your employees want. Consider your employees’ most significant sources of workplace stress and how this room could help alleviate those pain points.

Employee Game Room

Get Up and Move

So, the science is precise: arcade machines have profound benefits for your employees’ mental sharpness, attention, and sense of well-being, but those aren’t the only upsides of game rooms. Games like ping pong, foosball, and billiards also get your employees up and moving, which doctors say is critical to their physical health.

According to the Mayo Clinic, extended sitting, like at a desk or in front of a computer, can be surprisingly harmful. Doctors analyzed 13 studies measuring sitting time and activity levels. They found that employees who sat for longer than eight hours a day without physical activity faced a risk of dying, similar to the dangers of death observed in patients who were obese or daily smokers.

What Games Does Your Game Room Need?

Although board games and puzzles are used at some companies, they can be a bit more time-consuming. Also, with pen and paper or tabletop games, your employees don’t get the mental benefits of video arcade machines or the physical benefits of interactive games. The most popular options tend to be physically and mentally engaging games that can be played in shorter bursts, like arcade games, pool tables, ping pong tables, and foosball tables. These games can all be played in 5 to 15 minutes and match the benefits observed in the scientific literature.

Between their recruitment value, massive impact on team-building and communication, mental health benefits, and physical health preservation, it’s clear that employee game rooms are a necessary part of any company built for the future.

And, GAD carries the best-in-class vending. With updated digital menus, phone payment systems, bold graphics and integrated food/beverage options – GAD can help you create a world class employee break area.

Unlock Promotional Potential – Arcade Games with Built-In Ad Features

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Arcade games benefit businesses in many ways – bringing in extra revenue, creating a sense of community, and allowing guests to escape into a world of fun. But did you know that some games include an advertising feature? Some of these games might even be sitting in your arcade room right now.

While it may not seem like a big deal since guests playing the games are already in your establishment, having this feature can boost business and allow you to promote events, specials, and more without having the cost of printing out flyers or banners. This also allows you to do quick, pop up promotions to keep people in your place.

Promote Future Events – Theme events and tournaments based around the game you’re using to promote or get the message out about your upcoming trivia night.

Boost Your Social Media Followers – A unique way to promote your pages and entice guests to tag and share with friends & family.

Food & Drink Specials – Boost revenue in other areas by creating food & drink specials that will keep guests staying in your establishment for a longer time.

Pop Up Promotions – Pre program pop up promotions during band breaks or when you’ve noticed the night can turn slow (and people leave). This generates excitement to stay for “reverse happy hour”, “Tuesday two-fers on apps”, “Arcade Happy Hour” or “free play” on your AMI juke box.

Games With Advertising Functionality and How to Set Them Up:


To unlock the advertising feature in Big Buck HD, you must first sign up for a CoinUp account. The CoinUp website will allow you to create, edit and change advertisements on the Big Buck cabinet screen. If you have questions about how to set this up, GAD can help.

*Note: Once advertisement creation has started, do not use the browser back button if you need to go back to a previous step. Use the Back button beneath the ad creation interface.

  1. Details – Give the advertisement a name and start/end dates.
  2. Graphics – Upload the graphic(s) to display. Ensure the image(s) file adheres to the specified format and size constraints.
  3. Game Machines – Select which game units will display the advertisement. Only applicable game machines will be displayed in the list.
  4. Once you have everything set, you’ve reviewed the advertisement settings, and you are satisfied, click Submit Advertisement.


Space Invaders Frenzy and World’s Largest Pac-Man have an advertising feature that can be played during the game’s attract mode.  To use this feature correctly, please take note of the following steps and recommendations:

  1. On your personal computer or laptop, upload 1 to 3 images via a USB drive that you would eventually like to have displayed on your Space Invaders screen.  Image files should be TGA, .PNG, or .JPG format type.
    After you have your images picked out, sized, and uploaded onto your USB flash drive, you are now ready to upload the images into Space Invaders Frenzy.
    ***Important*** Make sure your flash drive is inserted when the game is in attract mode.  Do not insert the drive when the game is during boot-up or when it is in the test menu.
  2. Open the coin door and find the service bracket that has the test menu and service buttons.  You will find a USB slot on this bracket to insert your flash drive.
    Once your USB flash drive is inserted into the USB slot on the service control panel, you can then press the TEST button to access the main menu.
  3. Select ADVERTISING from the main menu to access the upload feature.  You can select an ad slot for your image from this menu.
    After you are in the AD SLOT MENU, you can select LOAD IMAGE, which generates a list of the file names of the image files that are on your USB drive. Navigate to the file name you would like to upload and select it.
  4. When you select the image you would like to upload; you will be presented with a preview of the image, which you can accept or decline.  If you accept the image, you will be taken back to “AD SLOT MENU,” allowing you to load a different image, adjust the ad brightness, preview the image again, clear your image or exit the menu.


Namco’s Pac-Man Battle Royale Chompionship offers an advertising feature on the Deluxe cabinet. Follow the steps below to start advertising on your Deluxe Chompionship machine.

Images should be RGB color model and no bigger than 1280 x 720 pixels. Extra space will be black if the aspect ratio of the loaded image isn’t the same as 1280 x 720. The files must be JPEGs and the file name must end in “.jpg”.

If you have questions how to program your Pac Man Battle Royale that you purchased at GAD, give us a call. We are happy to help you with training and support documentation.


The Skee-Ball marquee is equipped with Bluetooth connectivity for use by the business owner. Use with the Bay Tek GO app, available for download on iOS and Android. This feature allows locations to program the scrolling marquees of each game to customized messages, such as birthday announcements and daily specials.

The N17 menu does not effectively change Bluetooth settings but shows scrolling messages and the status of the app settings if it has been used previously.




If you have an AMI Jukebox (and if not, GAD can help you get one), they are all compatible with the AMI Ad Manager Tool, which is a promotional tool that transforms your AMI products into robust digital signage systems. You can create, edit, and schedule ads from the palm of your hand using AMI’s Co-Pilot app, or from a computer.

If you’re not tech-savvy, the Manager Tool features over a thousand pre-made templates to choose from and an easy-to-use interface, taking just minutes for business owners or designated staff to build ads. GAD can help train you on how to use the Manager Tool features.

With over a thousand pre-made templates to choose from and an easy-to-use interface, it takes just minutes for installers, business owners, or designated staff to build ads.

InterGame: On the flip side

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InterGame is a magazine for pinball and arcade operators. If you are in the business as an operator or selling our games and pinball to operators, this is an interesting read.

In the February edition there is a really interesting article on pinball. “Flip or Tilt? A look at pinball’s enduring popularity.”

Perfect Game Room Ideas for 2022

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There’s a reason why pinball, arcade games and pool tables are popular. No matter our age, we just want to have fun at the end of the day (or all day and all night long). And reallocating space, for having your very own game room is, well, a game-changer.

It’s important to create a game room that surpasses everything your family expects!

First, decide on what space to transform. Unfinished basement? Unused attic? Garage? Maybe a shed that begs for a new life?

Design your space. Take into account lounge spaces, music, and kitchen/bar. Add fun elements like an indoor swing, slide or climbing wall. Create a gym area. Consider painting a wall with chalkboard paint. Add TV’s on the walls. Make sure to add extra comfortable seating for game console play, movie watching or cheering for your favorite team.

Then, look to GAD for your home game room equipment. GAD carries pinball, pool, foosball, shuffleboard, Golden Tee, and arcade games. Commercial and residential game versions and all for sale to the public.

New for home game rooms 2022:

  • Pac Man Air Hockey
  • Stern Pinball newest Cornerstone or select any of the incredible Stern pinball line
  • American’s newest Legends of Valhalla or (our favorite) Hot Wheels
  • Golden Tee Home Edition
  • Galaxy Fire Darts

GAD has warehouses with games in Omaha, KC and Des Moines. With many games, pool and pinball in stock, GAD is ready to give you quotes and arrange pick up or delivery.

Pinball and Games In Stock

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GAD’s inventory changes daily but we always have amazing games and pinball coming in for home or commercial use.

GAD represents most of the premier pinball and game manufacturers in the US. Consider Stern Pinball, American Pinball, Jersey Jack and Chicago Gaming. Add a Galaxy 3 Fire digital dart game from Arachnid. Check out our Crane games for commercial use. And, we have a wide range of commercial games like shuffle board, Classicade cocktail game tables, and other hot games like Jet Pong.

At GAD, we give you a complete price quote so there are no surprises. GAD will schedule pick-up or help you arrange pick up. And, our service department will support your set up.

GAD Seriously Knows Games – And GAD Has Lots of Games Coming In

GAD Seriously Knows Games – And GAD Has Lots of Games Coming In 940 788 GAD Vending

GAD Knows Games

What kind of games are you looking for? GAD probably has it – and we stock games of all kinds and the parts to keep them in top working order.

Here’s a bit of a list of the games we stock and/or can order:

  • Golden Tee  – various versions
  • Pinball from multiple manufacturers
  • Commercial pool tables
  • Foosball tables
  • Digital darts
  • Shuffleboard
  • Claw (Crane) Game Machines
  • Jet Pong

And, to go with your commercial game room or arcade, GAD is a dealer of ATM machines, change machines and vending equipment. Plus we sell and install digital AMI music systems and commercial speakers. Don’t let your work entry be dull.

All of our equipment we sell and service is within authorized dealer agreements. We have parts available to the public to buy – and we’ll ship to you. Plus GAD has a service department that can fix whatever equipment you need. GAD warehouses are located in Kansas City, Des Moines and Omaha.

If its for your home game room, breakroom, entry or your business game room, give GAD a call because GAD knows Games.

Games. Games. Games. For Home, Office or Commercial Business – GAD Knows Games

Games. Games. Games. For Home, Office or Commercial Business – GAD Knows Games 940 788 GAD Vending

GAD Knows Games

What kind of games are you looking for? GAD probably has it – and we stock games and parts.

Here’s a bit of a list:

  • Golden Tee
  • Commercial pool tables
  • Foosball tables
  • Digital darts
  • Shuffleboard
  • Pinball
  • Claw (Crane) Game Machines
  • Jet Pong

And, to go with your commercial game room or arcade, GAD is a dealer of ATM machines, change machines and vending equipment.

All of our equipment we sell is within authorized dealer agreements. We have parts available to the public to buy – and we’ll ship to you. Plus GAD has a service department that can fix whatever equipment you need.

If its for your home game room or your business game room, give GAD a call because GAD knows Games.

Road Trip? Midwest Gaming Classic This Weekend.

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The Midwest Gaming Classic is a trade show featuring 150,000+ square feet of retro and modern home video game consoles, pinball machines, arcade video games, computers, table top gaming, crane games, collectible card games, air hockey, and that’s just the start. Held in Milwaukee, WI this is the closest show to see all the various gaming equipment, play the pinball, and be hands on for your new games.

The Midwest Gaming Classic is about celebrating gaming, trying new things, learning about the gaming hobby, about meeting others who share the love of gaming, and having fun doing it!

No matter if you have one console and a handful of games or thousands of games in every room of your house, you’ll find something to celebrate with us!

Quick road trip this weekend – 4/29 – 5/1/2022.

GAD Knows Pinball (And How to Stock!)

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GAD has been a long time stocking dealer of pinball, games and vending equipment. In a time with supply line issues, shortage of chips and other parts, GAD has been writing strong orders to keep our inventory flowing.

For everything. We have games, Golden Tee, Claw Machines, ATM’s, digital music and vending machines in stock or coming in. We also have a large inventory of parts across our three offices.

But this does not apply to every pinball title. If you are looking for a certain pinball, call us. We are happy to tell you what we have, what we expect to have and how much. GAD believes in firm quotes prior to the sale.

Here’s just an idea of what we have in our games department. We have lots more on order without firm delivery scheduled yet:

On Hand

  1. Guns N’ Roses LE (Jersey Jack)
  2. Houdini (American Pinball)
  3. Hotwheels (American Pinball)
  4. Star Wars Comic Art Pin (Stern)
  5. Led Zeppelin Pro (Stern)
  6. Iron Maiden Premium (Stern)
  7. Golden Tee Home Edition
  8. Galaxy 3 Fire Darts
  9. Multicades Upright and Cocktail

Due before Dec 1

  1. Star Wars Pin (Stern)
  2. Jurassic Park Pin (Stern)
  3. Mandalorain Pro (Stern)
  4. Godzilla Pro (Stern)