Archive for August 15, 2009

Heat Up Hockey adds a new dimension to air hockey

August 15, 2009

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Of all the games I have purchased for my own arcade, one of the best investments I made was in an air hockey table. While I didn’t get anything fancy, I did get something that worked and people of all ages love it. When visiting arcade shows like ASI and AMOA, you can find several vendors showing off the latest ideas in what they are doing with the idea heatuphockey2behind air hockey and I liked tables I saw by ICE and Barron Games. But I have not seen anything quite like Heat Up Hockey, which is currently being tested in Japan.

Heat Up Hockey takes the air hockey table and adds video projection onto the playfield. Graphics that are produced by the projector will interact with the puck and players will need to hit virtual targets to score points. It’s a great idea that applies concepts that I have seen before using somewhat similar setups with robots, but it seems like combining this with air hockey goes naturally and I really hope that it will see a release in markets outside of Japan. Where players already gravitate towards air hockey, throwing a video game onto that can only heighten player interest in the game.

[Via AM-Net Blog] [Discuss on the Forums]

Super Battle Opera 09 now taking place in Tokyo

August 15, 2009

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[Thanks to Aaron Auzins for the info]

Another big arcade fighter tournament is now taking place, this one the widely popular Super Battle Opera which is going on in Tokyo. Some of the games that players will be competing on include Street Fighter IV, Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion, Virtua Fighter 5R, King of Fighters XII, Tatsunoko Vs Capcom, Fate: Unlimited Codes, BlazBlue, Street Fighter III 3rd Strike and Arcana Heart 2.  Players from all over the world compete in this tournament, which has to be quite entertaining to watch. You can find out a little more about the Super Battle Opera event by going here or here.

Golden Tee 2010 coming in September

August 15, 2009

The next installment of the Golden Tee series is fast approaching, with a release of the latest title coming next month in September and Incredible Technologies is gearing up to hype the game for all it is worth – which is a good thing since not many arcade titles get a lot of hype behind them. Golden Tee 2010 will be the 21st installment of the game and in addition to improving the graphics they have also worked on the game physics, added new equipment, clothes, courses, and now they are adding a feature where you can update your status on Facebook from the game, which is a first for arcades. You might recall that last year they introduced a feature where you could upload a clip of a great shot in the game to youtube from the machine and I imagine that they will keep that feature although it is not confirmed yet.

As for the hype behind the game, here is a music video about Golden Tee by the Ira Dean band that includes a bunch of footage from GT2010. It’s been a long time since I’ve heard of a company going as far as producing a music video for a new game they are releasing, or having a band make a song about an arcade title do now I wonder what else IT will be doing to promote the game.

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