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.

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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)

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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!

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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]


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