Archive for April 11, 2008

It's fun to ignore facts (or how not to mention SFIV arcade in the US if you write for a game mag)

April 11, 2008

To readers of this site, it’s no news that Capcom is looking to bring Street Fighter IV to the US. But this established fact seems to evade the mainstream gaming media, in particular GameInformer. In their latest issue (#181) they have a preview of Street Fighter IV and in it they do mention the Japanese arcade version of the game but otherwise list the game as “TBA” or To Be Announced in regards to what platforms it will show up on, completely ignoring the fact that the game has been announced for US arcades (an explanation for which is in the comments below). All they say about the eventual release is the following:

Speaking of quasi-guarantees, you can pretty much count on Street Fighter IV appearing on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 despite Capcom’s silence on the home console front

Of course one thing that is guaranteed is that it will see a release in US arcades but in reading the GI article you would have no idea of that tiny yet important fact. It is not entirely surprising to see this sort of treatment since we have heard from sources that various print media have it in for the arcade scene and that the mags would try and report about SFIV without mentioning the arcade version if possible. So here is the evidence of that fact and we’re happy to point it out and do the job that the print media should be doing in the first place.

UPDATE: I do need to make a correction here – it appears that the guarantee I mentioned is not a guarantee at all about the US version of Capcom as it seems that a distributor has not been found for the game in the US yet. That does not mean that the game is off the table as far as a US release goes so I stand by the fact that I think that the possibility of a US arcade release should have been mentioned in addition to the console versions (which also seem to have not been 100% confirmed either but were mentioned anyways). So I apologize for jumping the gun on my assumptions.

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It’s fun to ignore facts (or how not to mention SFIV arcade in the US if you write for a game mag)

April 11, 2008

To readers of this site, it’s no news that Capcom is looking to bring Street Fighter IV to the US. But this established fact seems to evade the mainstream gaming media, in particular GameInformer. In their latest issue (#181) they have a preview of Street Fighter IV and in it they do mention the Japanese arcade version of the game but otherwise list the game as “TBA” or To Be Announced in regards to what platforms it will show up on, completely ignoring the fact that the game has been announced for US arcades (an explanation for which is in the comments below). All they say about the eventual release is the following:

Speaking of quasi-guarantees, you can pretty much count on Street Fighter IV appearing on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 despite Capcom’s silence on the home console front

Of course one thing that is guaranteed is that it will see a release in US arcades but in reading the GI article you would have no idea of that tiny yet important fact. It is not entirely surprising to see this sort of treatment since we have heard from sources that various print media have it in for the arcade scene and that the mags would try and report about SFIV without mentioning the arcade version if possible. So here is the evidence of that fact and we’re happy to point it out and do the job that the print media should be doing in the first place.

UPDATE: I do need to make a correction here – it appears that the guarantee I mentioned is not a guarantee at all about the US version of Capcom as it seems that a distributor has not been found for the game in the US yet. That does not mean that the game is off the table as far as a US release goes so I stand by the fact that I think that the possibility of a US arcade release should have been mentioned in addition to the console versions (which also seem to have not been 100% confirmed either but were mentioned anyways). So I apologize for jumping the gun on my assumptions.

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Hundreds attend the public opening of ASI

April 11, 2008

One new aspect of this year’s ASI convention was that they opened the show up on the last day of the event to the public. While I wasn’t there on the Saturday when this happened, this press release I received from the AAMA says that it was a success overall with a few hundred people coming along to check out the games and items that the 140 exhibitors had to offer. It also goes on to discuss how the Coin-Op Olympics went, which I was curious to find out more about. One thing that I kick myself for missing out on was forgetting to buy a ticket for the prize raffle that they had going on – they had a NASCAR Deluxe up for grabs that would have been cool to win. Anyways, hit the post break for the full press release

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