Archive for April 2009

A couple of new flyers: DDRX, DJ Max Technika and Putt Championship Edition

April 30, 2009

I dropped by my local distributor yesterday and as I was browsing their collection of flyers, I noticed that they had some new ones in stock. I grabbed a few and decided to scan them in, so in case you are curious, click on the thumbnails below to enjoy.

First off DDR:X. I didn’t realize that the game had an SD card port at ASI so I didn’t look into it but the flyer explains that it allows players to edit the step list at home and bring it to the arcade. I also forgot that this will use Konami’s e-Amusement system for online stats.

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Then DJ Max Technicka. This was the nicest of the flyers as it was double-sided and it was card stock instead of glossy paper. This flyer also mentions DJMT’s online features, which was one thing at the show that they were quite excited about.

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Putt Championship Edition. As an augmented reality game, this one is fun although I didn’t get a lot of time to play it at ASI.

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Speaking of ASI, I have a few more videos that will be posted soon, I really apologize that it has taken so long to get to them but they should be ready soon.

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Stinger News: Game Game VU to soon come in a driver edition

April 30, 2009

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We have discussed the Game Gate VU before, a coin-op kiosk that allows operators to put an Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 on location to take advantage of the library that is offered by those game consoles in an arcade environment. I saw the Game Gate VU as ASI09 and it was an interesting concept to see and according to the latest issue of the e-zine The Stinger Report, they discuss a new version of the Game Gate that will focus on driving games. This creates a problem however with EA games, in particular racing games released by GlobalVR that are based upon EA franchises such as Need For Speed. As such, those particular games which have been released by GVR would be illegal to use on the Game Gate while it appears that others would be available.

I wonder now with this coming along if we will see anymore console-to-arcade ports of racing games, I could see how this development would be potentially depressing for such efforts although that also depends on how well the GGVU sells.

Stay tuned for more information as it comes along.

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Another visit to FunSpot by someone else

April 30, 2009

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One day I swear that I will visit FunSpot in New Hampshire. One day. But that is not today – today we have a story from someone else taking a tour of the place, in this case the guys from the gaming blog Joystiq. When it comes to new arcades they don’t seem to give them any props (usually by towing the “Arcades are dead” line) but with this they appear to be pretty excited. Click on the link below to check out their adventure at FunSpot.

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A look at NBA Pinball

April 30, 2009

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I’ve been sitting on this for a few days in an attempt to find out more but as Stern’s latest pinball game approaches it’s manufacturing period, it looks as though what I had heard to be correct. This is not the first NBA-based pinball game to ever come to the market and in looking at the design of this latest game, all I can say is that it’s very disappointing. The reason? If you take a look at the new NBA Pinball and compare it to the old Sega pinball Space Jam – well, you’ll see what I mean. The games are very similar, with a few minor changes, such as a centrifuge style device in the center on the new one. Now call me crazy but is there any reason to be excited about new pinball games being simple re-hashes of old ones?   Of course if this is what people really want then I suppose I can’t blame Stern for not trying to do something interesting anymore. It is true that many people who see this now have probably not seen the old Space Jam game but I still find it rather lame that this is the path taken for a pinball game in 2009.

To see what I am talking about, compare the two images below. Click to enlarge.

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That all being said, if the minor changes make it more fun than Space Jam then I suppose that could be a good thing. I also have seen one distributor carrying this game for a lower price than other new Stern games.

If you would like to see more, The Pinball Blog and ToddIsBored.com have more from a location test of the new game.

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New redemption – Free Fallin

April 30, 2009

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I remember seeing this briefly at ATEI and having a little play on it. It’s defiantly one of this addictive one more go, I can do better, types games which always make a great redemption piece. Free Fallin is a gravity defying test of hand-to-eye co-ordination, asking players to stop a ball in mid-descent amongst a chute of ticket values following its cascading fall though a pinboard at the top of the playfield. Hitting the midway marker wins you the bonus jackpot.  The game comes in 2 sizes; a 2 1/2 metre standard and a 3 1/2 metre deluxe

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ATEI to move back to ground floor for 2010

April 30, 2009

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Clarion have confirmed that the ATEI will move back down to the ground floor of Earls Court for next years amusements show. The ATEI will occupy the right-hand side of Earls Court 1, with the soft gaming, remote gaming, lotteries and betting components of the International Gaming Expo taking the left and central areas of Earls Court 1 and the whole of Earls Court 2.  Which begs the question is the top floor being used at all and does this mean that there will be a bit of down sizing taking place of exhibitors? Will we also see more exhibitors move to the alternative show that took place for the 1st time this year? Time will tell.  

The 66th annual show will take place on 26-28 January 2010

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Steve Wiebe sets world record score for Donkey Kong Jr., eyes Donkey Kong next

April 28, 2009

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Many people have seen the documentary “The King of Kong” which delves into the world of high-score record setting on classic arcade games and the center of that story revolves around Steve Wiebe. We have mentioned him before and even after that documentary, he continues to make headlines with his awesome gaming skills, this time on Donkey Kong Jr. The first world record on Jr. was set back in 1983 by Billy Mitchell (who still holds the record on the original DK and he holds records on several other games) who was topped 25 years later by Ike Hall only some months ago. Now Mr. Wiebe has toppled that record by 106,800 points with his score of 1,139,800 and it just so happens that he is going to take another shot at the Donkey Kong score at this year’s E3 event.

I think it’s great that the attempt to set the world record on a classic game can still generate excitement for people, especially in this day and age where many video games have completely dumped the score system in favor of the “cinematic experience”. Arcades haven’t dumped it of course and I hope that the never do, without a high score board it makes it difficult to call a game an “arcade”.

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Initial D5 gets a new trailer

April 23, 2009

Initial D5 is still on it’s way and it’s looking better and better with every new video. I’m not sure what ID5 is running on, it could be some version of Lindbergh but I have not yet seen a Lindbergh game with graphics this good (even R-Tuned, which is certainly the best one so far). I know that ID4 was released in the States and while I have not seen it at many arcades I have had people come in and ask for it. I’m sure that the fans will be lining up for ID5 as well.I recommend watching this in high quality by going straight to the video’s page.

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Wall Street Fighter IV

April 23, 2009

[Thanks for the link Paul]

It’s a little cheesy but it’s been a  little while since I had seen these fighter mock-ups between two people with a video game appearance. This one is about the state of the US economy and who is kicking who’s butt. Of course it’s a very simplified view of everything that has gone on and it’s a bit cheesy but it’s good for a laugh.

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Converting a motorcycle shop into an arcade

April 23, 2009

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When it comes to opening up your own dream arcade, there are always a number of ways to go about it although if you wish to convert an existing business that you own into that arcade, there are a few obstacles you’ll need to overcome, especially where the city you live in may be concerned. As I have mentioned before, every city is going to be different since they all have different laws and codes that need to be followed (and some cities are stricter than others). In the case of Carlos Martinez of Benton, MI, he wants to convert his motorcycle shop into an arcade and is facing just this problem where the city will require some changes to be made to the location to work as an arcade. I can see where increasing the parking lot size can be a problem (that is actually a requirement in the city where my arcade is currently located, there have to be so many parking spaces for the size of the space) but I don’t know how troublesome the other improvements will be for the owner to undertake. Either way, I hope that he can fulfill his dream soon, if the picture supplied with the story (seen above) is from his place then he has some very interesting classics on hand, including four Computer Space machines (!). For more check out the link below.

BTW – This is the 400th newsfeed we have received from The Stinger Report. Our thanks go out to them for their hard work and the news they bring!

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