Archive for May 18, 2007

Another Cool Home Arcade Cocktail Cabinet

May 18, 2007

For those of you out there with the urge for that retro arcade experience in your home here’s another ideal option for those of you with the money to buy one. Let’s be honest, we would all love to have half a dozen arcade machines dotted around the house, but the other half just ain’t going to put up with it. The solutions… a cocktail cabinet, it make a perfect coffee table. Just so long as no one puts anything on it of course!

The Lizard Lounge Retro Table is a totally authentic reproduction of the original tabletop arcade games that were present in every self-respecting pub and club in the 1980s. Officially known as ‘cocktail’ cabinets, the games achieved cult status with classic titles like ‘Space Invaders’, ‘Donkey Kong’ and ‘Track & Field’, played face to face across the table rather than upright in the usual arcade style.

Few of the original tables have survived to the present day – most were destroyed or scavenged for spares as newer games were developed – but there is still a massive following for the consoles and the original games.”

Hit the link above to find out more.

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Namco Museum Remix for Wii

May 18, 2007

 

Now some people may see this as an absolute travesty and some may look forward to the new look of these classic remixes. Either way it’s got to be worth checking out, especially seeing as they are on the Wii. So hopefully we will see some interesting uses of the Wii’s unique controls. Here’s a rundown via IGN of the games included in this Namco Remix.

  • Pac’n Roll Remix: Pac-Man will roll his way to victory instead of chomping his way through. Players navigate Pac-Man by rolling him through worlds where he will face deadly obstacles, roll-up classic pac pellets and use awesome power-ups.
  • Galaga Remix: With Galaga invaders arriving from the far reaches of space, players must try to shoot down the invading forces and save Pac-Man from ultimate destruction. With up to four-players able to challenge the oncoming invaders, and scores being tallied for each player, wiping out an alien species has never been so much fun.
  • Pac-Motos Remix: The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to knocking your opponents off a series of unique and colorful stages all while using the Wii controller to move, dash and power-up your Pac-Man. Players engage in a small arena where the goal is to knock opponents off while grabbing power-ups and navigating through challenging environments.
  • Rally-X Remix: With up to four players capable of taking the screen at once, this classic Namco title is brought new life with slick graphics, power-ups and a new intuitive control scheme using the Wii remote to steer.
  • Gator Panic® Remix: Gators pose a serious problem and Pac-Man is here to solve it. Players use Pac-Man to whack at emerging gators that appear on screen. The player with the most gator whacks at the end of a match wins.
  • Many of the offerings will support a multiplayer mode.

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    An Interview With An Arcade Legend

    May 18, 2007

    Got a great tip today from The Stinger Report. Gamasutra have recently interviewed the gaming legend Eugene Jarvis. This is the guy who created Defender, Robotron (and accompanying two-joystick control system), NARC, and the Cruis’nseries. Also he has recently joined Raw Thrills and his first game with them was the controversial Target: Terror. Head over there now for the full interview.

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    Pinball Club Brazil

    May 18, 2007

    Here is something interesting I found – a site for pinball enthusiasts in Brazil. These guys absolutely love pinball and have two clubs, one in Rio De Janeiro and the other in São Paulo.  The site is loaded with information and pictures regarding pinball but it’s all in Portuguese. On top of all this they hold regular tournaments complete with brazilian-style barbecues. So if you love pinball and ever go through Brazil, look these guys up. Here are a couple of videos that show off the Rio location. You might see some pins you enjoy, they have a lot of classics.

    Part I

    Part II

    [Pinball Clube Brasil website]

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    Silent Hill Arcade Japanese release date and price

    May 18, 2007

    A price and release date for the Japanese version of  Silent Hill Arcade in Japan has been unveiled: August 2007 for a price of ¥1,780,000 (roughly 14,675 USD). No new information on a release outside of Japan is currently available, so it looks like we’ll all be waiting quite a while before we can try this out. Just the price alone will delay this from showing up in arcade near you, unless of course it’s a big one with lots of money to burn.

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