SANTA CRUZ, CA (March 8, 2006) The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Arcade is one of the top video game arcades in the country, according to the March 2006 issue of Giant, a national monthly entertainment magazine. The magazine named the top five arcades in the country, with the Boardwalk Casino Arcade leading the list. The Boardwalk Arcade received top billing for its 300 plus arcade games including Dance Dance Revolution and SkyTarget Flight Simulator. Giant magazine also noted "the Classic Corner is a good place to check out Space Invaders and Centipede while your stomach settles after a ride on the rickety Giant Dipper roller coaster." "We're really pleased to be recognized for providing a great experience for arcade game fans," said Omid Aminifard, director of arcades and attractions. " We work hard to keep up with the latest and most popular arcades games, while also maintaining the older classics." The other arcades on Giant's Top 5 list include Barcade in Brooklyn, NY; Ground Kontrol in Portland, OR; Riptide Arcade on Pier 39 in San Francisco; and Japan Arcade in Los Angeles. One of the Boardwalk Arcades' most popular games, Dance Dance Revolution has recently received national attention because of the potential health benefits of active video games dubbed "exertainment." Dance Dance Revolution requires players to dance in time to the beat of a song, hitting squares on a special floor pad. Earlier this month West Virginia announced that 765 schools in their state will be using Dance Dance Revolution in their middle-school physical education and health class in an effort to fight childhood obesity. Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) is just one of many active video games in the Boardwalk Casino Arcade, others include In the Groove, Percussion Master, Drumscape, Top Skater, Alpine Racer, World Kicks and Pump it Up. Other opportunities to work up a sweat include laser tag, ping-pong, air hockey, foosball, and miniature golf. The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Casino Arcade is open every day of the year, except December 25th.
About the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is the most popular seaside amusement park on the west coast. Located at 400 Beach Street in Santa Cruz, the park features rides, games, restaurants, and free summer beach concerts. For further information please visit www.beachboardwalk.com or call 831-426-7433.