Archive for February 25, 2009

Virtual On heading for XBLA

February 25, 2009

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If Sega’s Border Break news has wet the appetite for some mech action, then your in for another treat as Sega are bringing the classic  mech game; Virtual On to Xbox Live Arcade. Not any old VO, but the final release Oratorio Tangram which was the final release for the Naomi. The game is pencilled for an April release at 1200 points. Can’t wait, but one thing that does concern me is the more and more common 1200 point price tag for XBLA games. Are Microsoft gradually sneaking them up, me thinks? 

[via Kotaku via Famitsu]     [Discuss on the Forum]

Pics of "24" pinball now online

February 25, 2009

24play[Thanks to IcePagoda on the forums for the tip]

Stern’s latest pinball game, “24″ is soon going to hit the streets and with it, Pinball News has got their hands on a prototype of the game and have snapped some shots of every angle imaginable of the machine, as you might expect from them. Up close the game looks better than I thought it would based upon the blurry shot we had of the playfield beforehand – I just wonder if Stern is ever going to plan on doing a little more with their games and go as far as adding a multi-color dot matrix display or something along those lines. Of course the consideration of changing something so sacred and established as that might be blasphemy in some circles so I suppose they must tread carefully.

Click on the image above to enlarge.

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Pics of “24″ pinball now online

February 25, 2009

24play[Thanks to IcePagoda on the forums for the tip]

Stern’s latest pinball game, “24″ is soon going to hit the streets and with it, Pinball News has got their hands on a prototype of the game and have snapped some shots of every angle imaginable of the machine, as you might expect from them. Up close the game looks better than I thought it would based upon the blurry shot we had of the playfield beforehand – I just wonder if Stern is ever going to plan on doing a little more with their games and go as far as adding a multi-color dot matrix display or something along those lines. Of course the consideration of changing something so sacred and established as that might be blasphemy in some circles so I suppose they must tread carefully.

Click on the image above to enlarge.

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Arcade games owned by Michael Jackson going up on the auction block

February 25, 2009

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[Thanks to Phil on the forums for the tip]

I’m a few days late on this but it’s still newsworthy. Michael Jackson will be auctioning off his rather impressive collection of arcade games on April 24th in California, via Julien’s Auctions. They are auctioning off a lot of other non-arcade related stuff too but there is enough arcade stuff there that they get a whole day to themselves. Some notable arcade titles in there: The Sega R360, Galaxy Force, Rush 2049, Jumbo Safari, Super Street Fighter II, Crazy Taxi High Roller, The Simpsons, HipHop Mania Complete Mix 2, X-Men, Guitar Freaks, Dig Dug, Crystal Castles, Donkey Kong, Mocap Boxing, Dance Dance Revolution and much more. Strangely, he does not have an arcade copy of Moonwalker in the collection.  

There are also some pinball games to be bought, from the Simpsons Pinball Party, to Star Trek The Next Generation and Terminator 3 to the first Indiana Jones pin. He also has some kiddie rides and life-size figurines of comic book characters (including an unusual Michael Jackson as Batman figure) that will be on the auction block so overall you could easily start your own cool arcade if you picked up all of this stuff.

Check out the arcade catalog for the auction here.

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Arcade game plots in reverse

February 25, 2009

On the increasingly popular site Twitter (I did set up an account once but I haven’t really bothered to use it), some people are having a little game of writing about movie plots if you witnessed them in reverse and that same idea is arcade1being applied to video games. This includes a few arcade classics like Asteroids, Robotron 2084, Pac-Man and others. I suppose it can be fun (especially when news is slow) so if you have an idea, put it in the comments below. A couple I had off the top of my head:

Gauntlet Legends: Skorne has too many runestones cluttering up his temple so he enlists the help of four warriors to hide them while they reanimate hordes of evil monsters and level down.

House of the Dead 4: Two agents for People for the Ethical Treatment of Zombies cruise the city removing bullets from zombies’ heads so that the zombies may roam about freely exercising their desire for the consumption of brains.

SMASH TV: Two guys leave the Pleasure Dome and go on a crusade to giveaway millions of their dollars and 2600″ TVs to bat-wielding people on a national gameshow . 

Not the best but it’s a start I suppose. More reverse plots (including some of those aforementioned arcade ones) at JustOneMoreGame.com.

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Some proof that plenty of people still love arcades in Japan

February 25, 2009

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Sorry about the lack of updates for the past few days, everyone is busy and there has been little internet time as of late.

You might recall that over the past year or so, there have been reports of big arcade companies in Japan closing a bunch of arcade locations to streamline their operations. When this happens some assume that it must surely mean that everyone is content just sitting at home playing their Wii so arcades must be in decline there. Or you can consider that maybe there are other factors involved. Either way, attendance was quite high at AOU this year and as some photographic proof (and you might also notice in the videos we posted below that every game has a bunch of people around it) here is a picture of the line waiting to get into the show.

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UPDATE: AM-Net is reporting that attendance to the show was 45,160 people. It sounds like they had a nice handful of attendees there to me.
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