Archive for March 6, 2010

Pentavision teasing DJ Max Technika 2

March 6, 2010

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Pentavision is teasing their follow-up to their popular arcade music title DJ Max Technika with a new teaser site. The site doesn’t reveal anything about the game other than some colorful logos and a new name, DJ MAX Emotional Sense Technika 2 Crew Race. I certainly look forward to finding out more about this new game as the first one has made waves in coin-op music gaming (especially if you judge it by the number of clones that are produced using the DJ MAX concept) but as an operator I hope that the game will have a better price point than the first one did as $11k for a 1 player game is a bit difficult to swallow, no matter how cool the game is, at least for us smaller guys. More @ Ruliweb Also: teaser website

Also on another music game note, there are some videos of the new PIU Fiesta out there on Youtube. The game will be released next week when Amusement Expo hits and it seems to be sporting features that PIU fans are excited about.[Via Bemanistyle]

Peter Hirschberg's Luna City Arcade up for sale

March 6, 2010

There are a lot of cool home arcades out there but few have attracted as much attention as Peter Hirschberg’s Luna City Arcade. He has built-up one of the finest collection of vector titles I have seen and that of course includes many very rare games which happen to be quite valuable. Even though it is a home arcade Peter has opened it up many times for people to go out and play (I think by doing previously scheduled parties). But that is soon to change, with Peter posting on the KLOV forums today that he is looking to sell the home along with much of the collection for someone else to enjoy. He will be keeping several games but for the most part, this is an opportunity for someone to own one of the best home arcades out there. It’s  located in Virginia which is pretty much on the other side of the US from where I am. hopefully a good collector is able to pick this up and maintain it. It certainly will require a bit of work but for an arcade like that, it would be worth it.

[Peter Hirschberg Selling Luna City Arcade - KLOV Forums] [Luna City Arcade website]

Peter Hirschberg’s Luna City Arcade up for sale

March 6, 2010

There are a lot of cool home arcades out there but few have attracted as much attention as Peter Hirschberg’s Luna City Arcade. He has built-up one of the finest collection of vector titles I have seen and that of course includes many very rare games which happen to be quite valuable. Even though it is a home arcade Peter has opened it up many times for people to go out and play (I think by doing previously scheduled parties). But that is soon to change, with Peter posting on the KLOV forums today that he is looking to sell the home along with much of the collection for someone else to enjoy. He will be keeping several games but for the most part, this is an opportunity for someone to own one of the best home arcades out there. It’s  located in Virginia which is pretty much on the other side of the US from where I am. hopefully a good collector is able to pick this up and maintain it. It certainly will require a bit of work but for an arcade like that, it would be worth it.

[Peter Hirschberg Selling Luna City Arcade - KLOV Forums] [Luna City Arcade website]

Sega shows off the new Rambo cabinet

March 6, 2010

As I mentioned yesterday, the upcoming Amusement Expo is certainly turning out to be the place where light-gun game fans have a lot to look forward to as nearly every company which produces coin-op video will have something to show off that uses a light-gun in one form or another. Of those game makers, Sega is setting it’s sights on the competition as yesterday they issued a press release which took a shot at Deadstorm Pirates in the title and today, they have issued one regarding Rambo that takes a shot at Terminator. As we had mentioned previously, Sega has announced a new version of the Rambo cabinet that fits in between the standard 32″ version and the larger 50″ deluxe they had originally released with a new 42″ LCD cabinet (which just so happens to look a little bit like the Terminator Salvation cabinet).

There is no indication as to whether or not the software has been updated for this new version or not and it looks like it’s just a cabinet upgrade that is set to compete price wise with Terminator (the press release headline mentions it’s at an unbeatable price but the release does not say what that is). You can see the press release here and the PDF sporting the new cabinet here.

UPDATE: I was looking around distributor sites and at least one distributor, BMI Gaming is listing the 42″ game as in stock, for sale at $8275, which is a few hundred under their listing for Terminator. That puts the game around the price the 32″ version was selling for when it was new. I don’t see it listed yet on the other distributor sites I check but that price point won’t fluctuate too much. I do wonder how this will push the price of the 32″ down, but that is something we will have to wait and see on.

Article: How video arcades are adapting to modern times

March 6, 2010

For some years now, one argument has dominated the existence of coin-op arcade games in asking whether they are relevant in today’s world. Some sources say no; that arcades are dead and so unless someone ports a hugely popular title like Guitar Hero or Metal Gear over to arcades for some wacky reason, then there is no reason to waste time on them. On the other side of the fence are those of us who say yes, they still are relevant and worth noticing. Arcades have needed to adapt to changing tastes and ideas and they certainly haven’t handled that as well as they should have but they are still here and this article I am linking to today discusses how coin-op video as well as locations that host such games are adapting to current circumstances. Topics discussed are price to the player, what kind of games it takes to interest people, how older games play into the mix, and the trends which are currently affecting the industry. 

The article also discusses how many businesses are using console games to shape their business, which brings us to this mention of how Cedar Fair Amusement parks will be using the game Rock Band as a park attraction this summer (which Kevin Williams who sourced this post wants to remind us, was covered first in the Stinger Report e-newsletter). Why a business would use console games as opposed to coin-op is simple to understand – they are capitalizing on the popularity of things like the Wii, even though I’m not 100% sure if all legal questions have been ironed out with those things yet and a lack of knowledge/understanding about the current state of coin-op video games. This is changing a little bit as more coin-op games continue to grab headlines as they have in the past year but we still have some work to do. There’s no reason to limit coin-op games to just an arcade/FEC facility, in fact on reason why arcades were popular in the early 80′s was because they were installed in locations such as offices, bars, etc.

Anyways, enough of my analysis, here is the article at IAAPA.org

International Video Game Hall of Fame and Museum announced in Ottumwa, IA; Walter Day announces retirement

March 6, 2010

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If you are into competitive gaming then you have likely heard about Twin Galaxies, an organization that deals with officially recording high scores or substantial achievements in video games across the spectrum. Led for 30 years by Walter Day, they have become the place to go to when you want high score results noticed. Now the city where Twin Galaxies was founded, Ottumwa, IA, is looking to widen it’s mark in the video game world by announcing the creation of the International Video Game Hall of Fame and Museum. There will be a four day event in August where they will induct about 30-40 people into that hall. They are expecting thousands of people to attend the event on Aug. 5th-8th, which will also be supported by Twin Galaxy sponsored competitions.

On another Twin Galaxies note, the aforementioned Walter Day has announced his retirement from TG as he seeks to spend more efforts on his music career. Twin Galaxies will continue on as it has developed a strong organization to back it so no worries about that.

You can find out more about both news items above by watching this interview with Walter Day here.


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