Archive for December 2009

Big Buck Hunter pinball revealed

December 31, 2009

We heard about Big Buck Hunter Pro coming to pinball ages ago (in fact that is something we discussed on the most recent podcast) and finally we have a look at the game, via Pinballnews.com. The main feature of the playfield is a stag which can move diagonally across the board, which is your target to hit of course. Otherwise, you can see some ramps in the background, some orbit targets and not much else (I can’t tell if there are any drop targets there). The playfield was designed by Dennis Nordman, who is no longer with Stern. It should be interesting to see how well this does in places that also carry BBH games and whether bars will be picking up these up to compliment their BBH videos or not.

While I was hoping for something like a color display, I wasn’t honestly expecting to see one here. The playfield is obviously following a simpler pattern which Gary Stern said the company would be following post-NBA pinball.

UPDATE: I found some more information on the game at Bingovit.be including the pic below.

UPDATE: Pinballnews.com has more detailed pictures of the game from the location test.

[Via Pinballnews.com] [Discuss on the forums]

Play Belgium now open, offers an interactive look at the history of video games

December 31, 2009

There have been a couple of instances in the past where we have covered touring museums which cover the history of video games and the latest exhibition that I am aware of is Play Belgium. This is based upon the Game On exhibition which began in 2000 and has since been traveling around the world, spreading the knowledge regarding the 40+ years of video game history. Obviously where this is an exhibit about video games, they allow attendees to play the games and on top of that, there are a number of arcade games which can be played as well. The exhibit is open until April 18th, 2010 and they even reserve two days of the week just for tours from schools. I would have died and gone to heaven had my elementary or middle school taken us on a field trip to something like this. :)

Here is a video covering the tour when it was in Australia recently (which we covered earlier this year)

[Play Belgium Official Site] [Discuss on the forums]

Arcade Heroes Podcast #11 – Finishing up '09

December 31, 2009

It’s the last day of 2009 and with that, our last podcast of the year. Due to the slow down in news lately (and I have been rather busy) it was a little difficult to get a podcast done but Kevin Williams and I were able to talk for abotu an hour the other day about what has gone on in the industry since IAAPA. Some of discussion includes -

-ASCAP going after Guitar Hero Arcade

-The future of pinball

-Discussion on some of the new games coming out in the near future

-Looking back at the past ten years and looking forward to what is in store in the future.

As always, we hope you like it! And Happy New Year to everyone on top of that, have a fun and safe holiday!

Download the podcast here! (99MB; MP3)

Arcade Heroes Podcast #11 – Finishing up ’09

December 31, 2009

It’s the last day of 2009 and with that, our last podcast of the year. Due to the slow down in news lately (and I have been rather busy) it was a little difficult to get a podcast done but Kevin Williams and I were able to talk for abotu an hour the other day about what has gone on in the industry since IAAPA. Some of discussion includes -

-ASCAP going after Guitar Hero Arcade

-The future of pinball

-Discussion on some of the new games coming out in the near future

-Looking back at the past ten years and looking forward to what is in store in the future.

As always, we hope you like it! And Happy New Year to everyone on top of that, have a fun and safe holiday!

Download the podcast here! (99MB; MP3)

Looking for some arcades to buy in the San Fransisco area? Check out the TILT

December 31, 2009

So it’s not really news that a TILT location has their games on sale – every time I have visited a TILT location, they always have something on sale. But things are slow enough that I am going to mention this anyways – game blog Destructoid is highlighting some of the games that are for sale at the TILT in San Fransisco. They have some cool games that are currently available: Dark Legacy, Star Wars Trilogy, Silent Scope, Street Fighter III 3rd Strike, War: Final Assault, Dual Stacker, Marvel Vs. Capcom 2, Vapor TRX and others. Hit the link below to check it out.

[TILT games for sale - Destructoid] [Discuss on the forums]

H2Overdrive Motion version now testing at a Gameworks in Illinois

December 31, 2009

(Thanks for the tip Sam!)

Amongst the surprises at IAAPA this year was the revelation that Namco was teaming up with Tsunami and Universal Space to produce a motion based version of Specular Interactive’s H2Overdrive. I did capture the game on video but in hindsight I probably should have spent a little more time focusing on the game. Either way, if you are a fan of H2Overdrive and you also like motion arcade gaming, then this is a great match-up to play. If you didn’t get the chance to go to IAAPA but live anywhere near the Gameworks in Schaumburg, IL then you can check the game out for yourself as it is on location test for the next couple of weeks. If you do get a chance to play, let us know your thoughts about the game!

[Discuss on the forums]

An arcade themed after the backstreets of China

December 30, 2009

Like arcade cabinets themselves, sometimes the arcades where you play the games can be a work of art too. Take this Japanese arcade in Kawasaki which features eight stories of arcade goodness for those ages 18+ up. It’s entire theme is based off of “the backstreets of China” and reportedly feels much like walking into a place you would see in the game Silent Hill.

I am pretty sure that the theme alone would attract gamers of all kinds to this place but the sheer size of it is also something to behold. In my own dreams/plans for my arcade of the future I have hoped to evolve into something that would take up two stories but eight? Wow.

UPDATE: My bad – thanks to Sgt. Wafer in the comments for this. I had completely forgot that we had reported on this well over a year ago.

http://arcadeheroes.com/2008/10/17/kawasaki-warehouse-location-report-japan/

[Via Kotaku / Gamernook] [Discuss on the Forums]

The Atari flight yoke controller returns

December 29, 2009

One of those things that I hate to admit is that I have never had the pleasure of playing the original Atari Star Wars on the original hardware. Only once did I ever come across one of these at an arcade growing up and when I did the unit wasn’t working (fortunately they had a BattleZone that was in great condition that I played way too much). For those who have played the game mentioned here then you know that one of the cool things about it are the controls. Atari made what was called the “flight yoke controller” which was similar to a controller they had used in previous games like Starship 1.  A few games have used similar controls since but it has been quite a while since a yoke controller of any kind in arcades and to be honest I think it’s a shame that we haven’t as it’s one of those things that you don’t get the same feel for at home.

Anyways, this post isn’t about a new game that is going to use a yoke but about the reconstruction of the old Atari yoke used in the Star Wars arcade game. From the looks of it, the makers of this device, RAM Controls put a lot of effort into recreating the yoke perfectly and they are now selling them so you can replace an old worn out yoke on your home Star Wars machine (I guess I should ask – how many operators out there still have one of these on location? Anyone?). You can get a completed yoke controller for $260 or they also offer a number of options to rebuild one for less than that. Hit the link below for more on how this came to be.

Quick update: While looking around the RAM Controls site I noticed that they have parts for rebuilding other hard-to-find Atari controllers, like the hall effect stick on I, Robot or Major Havoc controls. Pretty cool stuff.

[Star Wars Flight Yoke Controller Rebuilt - RAM Controls] [Discuss on the Forums]

The making of a homebrew pinball machine + new iPhone pinball app

December 24, 2009

While homebrew video games are a dime a dozen these days, homebrew pinball machines are quite rare as there are more people out there willing to make their own video game than their own pinball game. Making a fun and playable pinball machine is not an easy endeavor – I am not claiming that a homebrew video game is either but even though I ama bigger fan of video games than pinball, I find homebrew pinball machines to be a cooler item. I actually have thought about designing my own pinball machine for fun, I’ve even drawn out the playfield, created some rule sets and planned out some unique things I haven’t seen in pinball games before. But that is much easier said than done as you have to get the physics right, the electronics to work properly and I just lack those things known as time and money to start putting something together.

Fortunately for us, there are people out there who are working on some homebrew pinball machines of their own and are documenting the process. In particular I am finding these recent videos by Jeri Ellsworth to be worth the time to watch as she goes over her pinball design on a daily basis. She is taking a number of parts from older pinball machines and throwing them together to create something unique (kind of like a kitbash with models). Here are three videos from her progress so far, I for one am looking forward to seeing the final product!

Also this might be of interest to pinball fans out there – there is a new app for the iPhone called Pinball Wizard, designed by the guy who made real pinball machines like Theater of Magic, Arabian Knights and Cirqus Voltaire. If you have an iPhone, this is worth checking out (thanks to Andrew for tipping me off on this one!)

Remember the polls! 1 week left to vote!

December 24, 2009

This is just a friendly reminder to vote in our Game of the Year and Decade polls for your pick of the arcade titles that left the best impression upon you. The polls this year have been more popular than in previous years, my thanks to everyone who has participated. Whichever games have the most votes by the end of Dec. 31st will be declared the winners.

Current leaders – Decade game – H2Overdrive; GOTY2009 – DJ Max Technika ; Pinball GOTY – Lord of the Rings Limited Edition

Game of the Decade poll

Game of the Year 2009 Poll

Pinball Game of the Year Poll


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