Archive for July 2008

I Am 8-bit art shows plenty of arcade love

July 31, 2008

The gaming blog Joystiq has as exclusive look at some artwork from the upcoming i am 8-bit showrunners for the i am 8-bit art gallery that will be showcasing classic game-inspired artwork in La from August 14th to September 7th. The artwork from the Joystiq gallery features a few different designs from classic arcade games as well as a drawing of famous arcade player Billy Mitchell and even something that seems to have come straight from those Way of The Rodent paper arcades (although the Way of the Rodent stuff looks better ;) ).

Check out the gallery here.

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Capcom & it's arcade business

July 31, 2008

Since I’ve been busy lately I’m a little late on this as I’ve seen it reported all over the place but Capcom has revealed it’s revenues and one thing that has people talking is the fact about their brick & mortar arcade stores in Japan not doing so well. This seems to mimic other Japanese arcades run by other gaming companies like Namco so it’s not terribly surprising to see the trend spill over to other companies yet I do have to always ask the question – are the arcade stores that are suffering the most offering games people in the area want to play? Are they advertising enough? Are there other issues that might be turning people away other than just blaming it on a ‘bad economy’? It’s always quite easy to blame on problems on a simple answer like a slowing economy or something similar but the fact of the matter is that even in terrible economies smart business people find ways to make money. The source article we’re pulling this from at Gamespot UK does mention that Capcom does hope to see things pick up in their arcades with the release of Street Fighter 4, which I’m sure will have a positive effect on their businesses where it is placed. One thing that has probably not helped Capcom’s stores is the fact that Capcom has been practically AWOL from arcade releases over the past few years until Basara X came along so perhaps as they beef up their own releases in Japan things will improve for them. Time will tell.

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Capcom & it’s arcade business

July 31, 2008

Since I’ve been busy lately I’m a little late on this as I’ve seen it reported all over the place but Capcom has revealed it’s revenues and one thing that has people talking is the fact about their brick & mortar arcade stores in Japan not doing so well. This seems to mimic other Japanese arcades run by other gaming companies like Namco so it’s not terribly surprising to see the trend spill over to other companies yet I do have to always ask the question – are the arcade stores that are suffering the most offering games people in the area want to play? Are they advertising enough? Are there other issues that might be turning people away other than just blaming it on a ‘bad economy’? It’s always quite easy to blame on problems on a simple answer like a slowing economy or something similar but the fact of the matter is that even in terrible economies smart business people find ways to make money. The source article we’re pulling this from at Gamespot UK does mention that Capcom does hope to see things pick up in their arcades with the release of Street Fighter 4, which I’m sure will have a positive effect on their businesses where it is placed. One thing that has probably not helped Capcom’s stores is the fact that Capcom has been practically AWOL from arcade releases over the past few years until Basara X came along so perhaps as they beef up their own releases in Japan things will improve for them. Time will tell.

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The Octane 120: Hey, you've got a kegger in my arcade!

July 31, 2008

As there are many arcade cabinet builders out there, anyone who makes these sort of cabinets professionally needs to do something to set themselves apart.

And in the case of this new setup by Dream Arcades coming out in September, that means integrating a kegerator inside the cabinet – with two taps (one right next to the steering wheel so you don’t have to get up and the other in the rear of a cabinet for people standing by) for pouring your ‘favorite’ beverage (anyone want to guess what that will be? I’m betting on milk! :P) it’s a party waiting to happen. Beyond that it has a high-end PC inside with 200 licensed PC titles bundled inside (no mention of MAME)  and it can also handle “PS3 racing games through the built in wheel” and has a joystick and adapters so you can play PS3, Xbox 360 or Wii games on the platform as well (if I had one I would try and hook up my Atari 2600 to the thing). Along with a projector that creates a 10-ft image and a 5.1 surround sound system it’s quite the setup although the price of $6,995 means you’ll have to save up your pennies to get one or hope that a friend does. Thet only other thing it needs is some killer side art, to be frank just a black finish is rather lame considering everything else this cabinet has.

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The Octane 120: Hey, you’ve got a kegger in my arcade!

July 31, 2008

As there are many arcade cabinet builders out there, anyone who makes these sort of cabinets professionally needs to do something to set themselves apart.

And in the case of this new setup by Dream Arcades coming out in September, that means integrating a kegerator inside the cabinet – with two taps (one right next to the steering wheel so you don’t have to get up and the other in the rear of a cabinet for people standing by) for pouring your ‘favorite’ beverage (anyone want to guess what that will be? I’m betting on milk! :P) it’s a party waiting to happen. Beyond that it has a high-end PC inside with 200 licensed PC titles bundled inside (no mention of MAME)  and it can also handle “PS3 racing games through the built in wheel” and has a joystick and adapters so you can play PS3, Xbox 360 or Wii games on the platform as well (if I had one I would try and hook up my Atari 2600 to the thing). Along with a projector that creates a 10-ft image and a 5.1 surround sound system it’s quite the setup although the price of $6,995 means you’ll have to save up your pennies to get one or hope that a friend does. Thet only other thing it needs is some killer side art, to be frank just a black finish is rather lame considering everything else this cabinet has.

[Via Gizmodo] [Discuss on the Forum]

Video Review: Oriental Legend 2

July 30, 2008

Sorry about the lack of video reviews lately, I have been busy working on the PCs at my arcade along with trying to fix a number of problems the arcades have been having (my HOTD4 has been giving me trouble which is why I haven’t done a video of it yet; I also am working on installing Street Fighter 2: Hyper Fighting but it’s having issues with the kick buttons but there is more going on to keep me stressed). But I did manage to record something on our import game, Oriental Legend 2 the other day. Since I installed the card reader it has been receiving more attention than it did before, which I find interesting as many arcade locations in the US typically shun card readers. The video would be in HD but thanks to Vimeo turning into anti-gaming morons we can’t have game videos uploaded to that site anymore so youtube for now.

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Golden Tee LIVE 2009 goes on sale Aug. 4th, shipping in September

July 30, 2008

I’ve been hearing a lot of hints floating around that there are a lot of big announcements coming from arcade companies this fall (in particular at the AMOA show) and from what I can tell without getting into many details (as I can’t at the moment since I don’t actually know many of the details), this fall is going to see some good changes along with many great games coming our way, making 2008 the best year for arcades this decade.

To start that off we have an update from Incredible Technologies regarding their flagship franchise, Golden

Golden Tee in 1989

Golden Tee in 1989

Tee. As you may know, the first Golden Tee came out in 1989 and they have been going strong ever since. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the game, IT is going to put GT2009 Live on sale next week on August 4th and the game will ship in mid-September. The new version of GT will sport some cool new features including Youtube Great Shot Replays where players can upload their shots to Youtube; customized clothing; Closest-to-the-Pin LIVE, a new tournament mode where players can win $50; the Hit List, which will bring new music to the game and will first feature the Dave Matthew’s Band; and new clubs from Callaway, Odyssey and Top Flite Equipment, considered to be the best golf club manufacturers in the world. On top of all this there are new courses as well as a player-designed course that we spoke of some time ago.

For more details, check out the press release after the break!

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