Archive for December 2007

Happy New Year Everyone

December 31, 2007

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As this will probably be the last post here at Arcade Heroes for 2007, now is a good time to wish all of you a Happy New Year. 2007 was pretty good, it certainly was for the site and I’m glad I could be a part of it. 2008 is going to be a great time for arcades, mark my words. Personally I can’t be more ecstatic because I will finally be running my own arcade (which has taken way too long to get started) but also there are going to be a lot of awesome games coming to arcades this 2008. We’re seeing a return of fighters to the scene with Tekken 6, Virtua Fighter 5 and Street Fighter IV and while we can expect more games such as racers and light gun titles, I can’t help but wonder what really new surprises are in store for us.

For a retrospective, just a few well-known or popular arcade games from past years that end with the number 8 (in no particular order and if I missed your favorite game, apologies in advance):

1978: Taito Space Invaders, Atari Football, Atari Video Pinball, and VectorBeam’s Speed Freak

1988: Atari’s Vindicator’s, Tetris (Atari or Sega), Tecmo’s Ninja Gaiden, William’s NARC, Capcom’s Ghouls ‘N Ghosts, Taito Chase H.Q, Taito’s Operation Thunderbolt, Fabtek’s Cabal

1998: Atari Games’ Area 51: Site 4, Atari Games’ Gauntlet Legends, Konami’s Beatmania, Konami’s Guitar Freaks, Sega’s House of Dead 2, Sega’s Star Wars Arcade Trilogy, Sega’s Bass Fishing, SNK’s King of Fighters 98, Capcom’s Marvel VS Capcom, Capcom’s Street Fighter Alpha 3, Midway’s NFL Blitz 99, Namco’s Time Crisis II, Namco’s SoulCalibur, Incredible Technologies Golden Tee ’98, Treasure’s Radiant Silvergun.

2008: Remains to be seen. But all I can think of for the coming year are the immortal words of Duke Nukem: “Let’s Rock!”

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King of Kong DVD pre-order available

December 31, 2007

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I caught that Amazon has now listed a pre-order for the King of Kong Documentary DVD. For those that don’t know, The King of Kong documented some arcade players in their quest for the highest score at games like Donkey Kong. Now this movie has not come around without some complaints, with some saying that Billy Mitchell is portrayed as a villain but as I have not had a chance to see this yet I can’t comment on that. The DVD will be available on the 29th of January. Now if we could see a few of the other arcade-related documentaries like Chasing Ghosts on DVD too, that would be nice.

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Arcade Heroes Battle of the Week (12/31-1/6): Fast and Furious Drift VS NASCAR

December 31, 2007

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Last week’s Battle: DDR Vs Pump It Up! – DDR won by 1 vote (with 5 votes cast total).

This week I figured let’s see how you feel about some newer titles. Racers and arcades are like peanut butter and jam so why not pit some newer titles Raw Thrill’s F&F Drift VS GlobalVR’s NASCAR. Start your engines and vote!

Click here to vote for your favored game: Fast and Furious Drift or NASCAR! Voting closes next Sunday.

EDIT: I apologize, the link was pointing to the last survey, it’s fixed now.

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Industry Vet Jim Wallin passes away

December 31, 2007

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[Via CoinOPToday.com]

This is some sad news coming from GlobalVR today that one of their employees, Jim Wallin has passed away. He was a true industry vet, beginning his work in the arcade business with Atari in 1979 where he stayed until 1990 (when it was Atari Games). He also has been working at GlobalVR for the past 5 years as their purchasing manager. He is survived by “his companion Louise, Alberto, to whom he was a father figure, a sister and brother-in-law and family, as well as the many friends he has made throughout the course of his life.”

Our condolences to his family and friends and thanks to Jim for all his work in the industry.

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The Krow's Nest Operating 6 Ball Bowling Machines

December 29, 2007

This is something I have been pondering for some time. There is a local arcade near me called the Krow’s nest, and they are operating 6 of the large, ball bowling machines. This arcade is a combination kids family fun center and arcade. Yes you heard me, 6 of them. These are not the small puck bowlers either, these are the real ones made in the 1960’s or 70’s and are played with a ball similar to a skee ball. I really don’t know much about bowling machines like these, but I know its extremely unusual to find even one operating in an arcade in this day and age, and that its quite an undertaking to restore even one of these machines to working condition. I have been going to arcades since the 1980’s and I have never seen even one of these machines in an arcade, until now that is.

I have not spoken to anyone at the arcade about these machines, but there is an obvious obsession with bowling machines going on here. You all know the story, it started with one machine, and now there are 6. I am unsure if all 6 are operational, but they are definitely there. I am curious about how far they are going to take this obsession, if there are 6 now, how many will there be in the future?

I took these pictures back when they had 2-3 machines and were just bringing more in. Click the links below to view the pictures.

Bowling Machines at Krow’s Nest

Restoring a Bowling Machine

Here is a link to the web page of The Krow’s Nest Arcade, in case anyone is wondering where it is.

The Krows Nest

The Krow’s Nest Operating 6 Ball Bowling Machines

December 29, 2007

This is something I have been pondering for some time. There is a local arcade near me called the Krow’s nest, and they are operating 6 of the large, ball bowling machines. This arcade is a combination kids family fun center and arcade. Yes you heard me, 6 of them. These are not the small puck bowlers either, these are the real ones made in the 1960’s or 70’s and are played with a ball similar to a skee ball. I really don’t know much about bowling machines like these, but I know its extremely unusual to find even one operating in an arcade in this day and age, and that its quite an undertaking to restore even one of these machines to working condition. I have been going to arcades since the 1980’s and I have never seen even one of these machines in an arcade, until now that is.

I have not spoken to anyone at the arcade about these machines, but there is an obvious obsession with bowling machines going on here. You all know the story, it started with one machine, and now there are 6. I am unsure if all 6 are operational, but they are definitely there. I am curious about how far they are going to take this obsession, if there are 6 now, how many will there be in the future?

I took these pictures back when they had 2-3 machines and were just bringing more in. Click the links below to view the pictures.

Bowling Machines at Krow’s Nest

Restoring a Bowling Machine

Here is a link to the web page of The Krow’s Nest Arcade, in case anyone is wondering where it is.

The Krows Nest

Street Fighter 4 gameplay video

December 29, 2007

Via 1up, from the lucky guys who got to go and play the new SFIV. It’s good to see an arcde game getting such a high profile look at it but that’s probably because they care more about the console versions than the arcade version itself. The video is about twenty minutes long and there is plenty of SFIV gameplay to see (in between their commentary which is hit or miss). One nice thing we catch is they are trying to make it easy for anyone to play instead of just SF experts. Video posted by youtube user kyroed.

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