Archive for August 20, 2007

GlobalVR Updates Website – adds America's Army and NASCAR info

August 20, 2007

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GlobalVR has updated their website with a slightly new look as well as information on their new releases NASCAR Racing and America’s Army. This includes the brochures for each title and a few screenshots. Prior to this, we hadn’t seen any views of what the game action itself would look like. It is still hard to tell how America’s Army appears as the pictures are very small but there are a few shots of NASCAR up and available and it looks pretty good although as with any game it is better to judge by seeing the game in action as opposed to still shots. Some information revealed about each game from the brochures:

America’s Army:

AA has 8 game modes including: Sniping Course, Shoot House,Shotgun Training, Mover Target, Pistol Range, Point Man, Grenade Course and Indoor Shooting Range. From the brochure it appears that the game has a heavy focus on team play (somewhat like Let’s Go Jungle) and it also includes a “dynamic difficulty system” to make it easy for 1st timers and hard for return players. I’m not sure if that means that the game can tell if you suck at it really quickly or if it will allow you to register yourself and save your progress. The game does have leaderboards and seems to make it a point so perhaps the high scores will be more prominently displayed than is standard, although it is not clear how. As with any shooter, it also will have hidden bonuses to find in each stage so at the very least it looks like this game with have a good amount of replay value.

NASCAR Racing:

NASCAR features 6 recreated NASCAR tracks including Daytona, Talladega, Bristol, Phoenix, Lowe’s and Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s (a * on the brochure indicates that the Indianpolis track is available in the US version of the game only). You can choose from 12 different drivers (I won’t list them all here but the popular ones such as Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and others are there) and there are 18 other non-selectable opponents on the track. You’ll be able to do draft boosts to try and catch the lead and of course the game supports multiplayer. The force feedback is mentioned in the brochure (I assume developed by Immersion Technologies), as is a 4-speed shifter and 6 speaker audio system. Each version of the game (standard, deluxe and motion deluxe) are also mentioned, with most of the focus laying on the deluxe version (which is also pictured on the pdf).

[GlobalVR Official Website] [Discuss on the Forum]

GlobalVR Updates Website – adds America’s Army and NASCAR info

August 20, 2007

globalvrweb.jpg

GlobalVR has updated their website with a slightly new look as well as information on their new releases NASCAR Racing and America’s Army. This includes the brochures for each title and a few screenshots. Prior to this, we hadn’t seen any views of what the game action itself would look like. It is still hard to tell how America’s Army appears as the pictures are very small but there are a few shots of NASCAR up and available and it looks pretty good although as with any game it is better to judge by seeing the game in action as opposed to still shots. Some information revealed about each game from the brochures:

America’s Army:

AA has 8 game modes including: Sniping Course, Shoot House,Shotgun Training, Mover Target, Pistol Range, Point Man, Grenade Course and Indoor Shooting Range. From the brochure it appears that the game has a heavy focus on team play (somewhat like Let’s Go Jungle) and it also includes a “dynamic difficulty system” to make it easy for 1st timers and hard for return players. I’m not sure if that means that the game can tell if you suck at it really quickly or if it will allow you to register yourself and save your progress. The game does have leaderboards and seems to make it a point so perhaps the high scores will be more prominently displayed than is standard, although it is not clear how. As with any shooter, it also will have hidden bonuses to find in each stage so at the very least it looks like this game with have a good amount of replay value.

NASCAR Racing:

NASCAR features 6 recreated NASCAR tracks including Daytona, Talladega, Bristol, Phoenix, Lowe’s and Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s (a * on the brochure indicates that the Indianpolis track is available in the US version of the game only). You can choose from 12 different drivers (I won’t list them all here but the popular ones such as Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and others are there) and there are 18 other non-selectable opponents on the track. You’ll be able to do draft boosts to try and catch the lead and of course the game supports multiplayer. The force feedback is mentioned in the brochure (I assume developed by Immersion Technologies), as is a 4-speed shifter and 6 speaker audio system. Each version of the game (standard, deluxe and motion deluxe) are also mentioned, with most of the focus laying on the deluxe version (which is also pictured on the pdf).

[GlobalVR Official Website] [Discuss on the Forum]

Sega's Nintendog-Like Card Game Ride Thing

August 20, 2007

[via Kotaku]

Why try and discribe this game when Kotaku do a perfectly good & funny job of it themselves! Also Head over there for more pictures.

BRIAN ASHCRAFT writes…

SEGA’s Isshyo ni Wan-Wan (“Together With Doggy”) is a geared-for-children arcade game features a touch screen that lets players “pet” virtual dogs Nintendogs-style. What’s more, the game dispenses cards of different dogs (there are 25 breeds) that can be swipe-scanned in like SEGA’s own Mushi King. To top it off, the game is housed in a little car that rumbles and shakes once feed a coin. It’s even covered with little dogs — like you hit them or something! In short: You put in a coin, you get a card. You swipe the card, and a virtual dog appears on the screen, which you pet. The little car you are sitting in shakes and vibrates. The end. Exciting if you are four years old! Isshyo ni Wan-Wan is a SEGA marketing person’s idea of what Japanese children everywhere desire rolled into one odd machine.

[Discuss on the Forum]

Sega’s Nintendog-Like Card Game Ride Thing

August 20, 2007

[via Kotaku]

Why try and discribe this game when Kotaku do a perfectly good & funny job of it themselves! Also Head over there for more pictures.

BRIAN ASHCRAFT writes…

SEGA’s Isshyo ni Wan-Wan (“Together With Doggy”) is a geared-for-children arcade game features a touch screen that lets players “pet” virtual dogs Nintendogs-style. What’s more, the game dispenses cards of different dogs (there are 25 breeds) that can be swipe-scanned in like SEGA’s own Mushi King. To top it off, the game is housed in a little car that rumbles and shakes once feed a coin. It’s even covered with little dogs — like you hit them or something! In short: You put in a coin, you get a card. You swipe the card, and a virtual dog appears on the screen, which you pet. The little car you are sitting in shakes and vibrates. The end. Exciting if you are four years old! Isshyo ni Wan-Wan is a SEGA marketing person’s idea of what Japanese children everywhere desire rolled into one odd machine.

[Discuss on the Forum]

Help Us, Help You..

August 20, 2007

I love the arcades but I’m neither an arcade expert nor a professional writer so big thanks has to go out to go out to Shaggy & Metafox who have helped me expand the blog with a wealth of knowledge that has proved insightful and very interesting.

There is all this talk of making the public more aware of the industry, so lets start doing it, whether you tell us or any other arcade blog out there, lets remind everyone that arcades are still out there, and are still a great place to have a great time, that you can not replicate in the home, no matter how many cheap plastic steering wheels or badly calibrated light guns you have!

You can contact us via the Arcade Heroes Forum or email us at arcadeheroes@hotmail.co.uk

China Town Fair Location Video

August 20, 2007

Enough of all this negativity, lets get back to the stuff we love. Here’s the latest arcade location video from the guys at Press Start, and don’t forget to head over to thier site for a written review of the site as well.

[Discuss on the Forum]

More on the "Death of Arcades" video

August 20, 2007

There has been a lot of discussion about the “Death of Arcades” video, no where more so than on the comments page of the video itself.

[via Kevin Williams of The Stinger Report]

“The Director of the contentious ‘Arcades are Dead’ video bows to viewer pressure and answers criticism and at the same time promises a next video claiming ‘Arcades have Returned’! It is thought that pressure from the number of sites that have dropped the original video and the hard hitting criticism of factual errors and poor research has forced this U-Turn.”

[Discuss on the Forum]


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