Archive for May 2010

Cabinet options: standard, deluxe, Lego (?!)

May 19, 2010

This is the kind of story I always love to see, as it shows the ingenuity of arcade fans. Lego enthusiast Ben Fleskes has done some pretty cool things in the past – a multitude of train models, the USS constitution and the Millennium Falcon. But he’s come to our attention this week by doing something extremely awesome, by putting together a fully functional tabletop arcade cabinet. As you can see, the cabinet has a Pac-Man marquee and side-art, and it runs a 48-in-1 JAMMA board with many 80s classics. Check out the video below, and then check out the link for more information.

[Lego table top arcade game] [Discuss on the forums]

UK Pinball Party, August 13th-15th

May 16, 2010

If you’re in the UK and you love pinball, it can be a bit of a pain to find machines. I can only think of one in my home town! So, Thor be praised, the lovely people of UK Pinball Party have organised a wonderful festival of pinball for August 13th-15th at the Barcelo Daventry Hotel. The event boasts over 100 machines from all eras of pinball, set to freeplay for your enjoyment. Besides the games, the event has a dinner event on the 14th with Dennis Nordman, designer of tables such as White Water, Indianapolis 500 and Pirates of the Caribbean. Rounding out the event will be machines for sale, arcade video games, raffles, jukeboxes and more.

Show entry is £5 for the Friday and £10 for the Saturday and Sunday, with extra fees for events and accommodation. Event pre-registration is open now at the UK Pinball Party website.

[UK Pinball Party] [Discuss on the forums]

KOF Versus Festival previews King of Fighters XIII

May 16, 2010

Earlier this month, a large Japanese King of Fighters tournament was held, taking in classics such as KOF2002UM and KOF98. However, the big point of attraction was a special preview tournament for the upcoming King of Fighters XIII! Top players were given the chance to battle it out on the latest entry in SNK’s classic series. Check out a video of the finals below!

[Via: Versus City] [Discuss on the forums]

Kotaku, convenience and laser tag

May 16, 2010

With the continually growing popularity of home consoles, it’s often easy for the consumer gaming media to marginalise other types of gaming – be they tabletop games for the home or larger experiences, such as arcade gaming. Occasionally however, someone will speak up in defence of these other games. Recently, just such an incident cropped up involving Kotaku, whose editor Brian Crecente penned an article on the issue of convenience. This examined the relationship between the decline of laser tag and Dungeons & Dragons and the rise of Halo and Everquest, concluding that the video games are simply more convenient, and looked to the future by comparing the iPhone’s business model with that of the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP.

So far, so standard. It’s true that purchasing games for the iPhone is an easy process, given their instant availability and general low prices. But Kotaku chose to run an interesting response from Jason Bock, the director of marketing for LaserTron. It highlighted the busy laser tag location he is employed by, as well as the variance in equipment, target audiences and location quality.  The suggestion is that while laser tag is not a daily entertainment choice for many people, it is still a valid one and opinions on the whole industry should not be formed on the basis of a single location. I’m inclined to agree – just last year, a huge new venue opened up in my home town.

There is a lot here that we can relate to, as arcade enthusiasts. Blanket assertions of a “dead” industry are fairly common, but they are often based on the all-or-nothing premise that if the arcade sector is not leading the video game industry, it has nothing left to offer. Of course, the arcade clearly does not lead the video game industry and hasn’t done for some time, but to call the industry dead is to ignore the companies making good money, and the new arcades which open. Most players may not be spending every day at an arcade, but enough are still heading out to make it worthwhile for all of us involved in the industry.

[Kotaku: Video games aren't killing laser tag] [Discuss on the forums]

New trailer for GlobalVR's NASCAR Team Racing

May 15, 2010

GlobalVR has updated their website with full details on their updates to both NASCAR and Twisted. We’ve covered those details before but here is a new trailer for the game that GVR posted to the site. They also put up some screens of the game which you can see here if you are interested. The game goes online on June 15th but cabinets featuring the update are available now.

New trailer for GlobalVR’s NASCAR Team Racing

May 15, 2010

GlobalVR has updated their website with full details on their updates to both NASCAR and Twisted. We’ve covered those details before but here is a new trailer for the game that GVR posted to the site. They also put up some screens of the game which you can see here if you are interested. The game goes online on June 15th but cabinets featuring the update are available now.

Disney's 3D Ping Pong as seen at GTI Expo + a few more GTI pics

May 15, 2010

I know you are possibly sick of hearing about GTI by now but new things are trickling out that are noteworthy enough, so let’s get on with it! Thanks to Joe for the link to this collection of photos by David Liu. I’ll start out with commenting on the photo above – Disney’s 3D Ping Pong. We’ve talked about it before – it’s an official Disney product and it uses stereoscopic 3D TV’s that don’t need glasses. Interesting how on film the images are very dark. This one is supposed to be available next Thursday, should be interesting to see how it’s received. With Disney dabbling not only into 3D like this in the gaming world but also the coin-op arcade sector, could we possibly see a Tron arcade game coming out along with the movie? That might be a long shot but if they are serious about coin-op with this game then why not?

There are a few more pics from GTI, hit the break to check them out.

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Disney’s 3D Ping Pong as seen at GTI Expo + a few more GTI pics

May 15, 2010

I know you are possibly sick of hearing about GTI by now but new things are trickling out that are noteworthy enough, so let’s get on with it! Thanks to Joe for the link to this collection of photos by David Liu. I’ll start out with commenting on the photo above – Disney’s 3D Ping Pong. We’ve talked about it before – it’s an official Disney product and it uses stereoscopic 3D TV’s that don’t need glasses. Interesting how on film the images are very dark. This one is supposed to be available next Thursday, should be interesting to see how it’s received. With Disney dabbling not only into 3D like this in the gaming world but also the coin-op arcade sector, could we possibly see a Tron arcade game coming out along with the movie? That might be a long shot but if they are serious about coin-op with this game then why not?

There are a few more pics from GTI, hit the break to check them out.

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Arcade Heroes Podcast #14 : Arcade shows, game news and more with Kevin Williams

May 15, 2010

We haven’t forgot about the podcast although I admit to slacking on it lately. It didn’t help that we had to start over on this one due to the program I was using to record it being shutdown by someone else towards the end of our attempt and the recording being lost. But we tried it again and here we have Podcast #14. At this point, Kevin and I will do a podcast about once a month, unless there is so much news out that it warrants two.

This time we discuss:

-DEAL and GTI 2010 shows along with the 3D gaming trend that is starting to poke it’s head out there

-Gameworks update as it appears that the Reuters article got it wrong and Gameworks is doing a lousy job at message control (I.e. – several Gameworks locations to remain open)

-Other arcade openings around the world and company earnings discussion

-Talk about upcoming fighters, developments in music gaming, other new game releases

-And a little more

You can download the podcast here (163MB; MP3 file)

Video: Terminator Salvation Arcade

May 14, 2010

Since we have a lot of searches coming in over Terminator I figure I may as well share the videos I took of the game yesterday. As these are the first videos I have taken of the game while not being at a show (so no “jet engine” roar to worry about) I could spend some more time with the game. I’d love to be able to do the same with many other games I’ve seen at shows but so far I haven’t had any luck in that regard(best chance I’ll have is if my local distributor gets a new game on their show floor and I happen to have my camera with me when a new title is there). It helps that this is at my arcade, I was able to find a way to obtain one and in case anyone is curious to know how it’s been doing at a smaller, arcade-only location, it has done about $300 in the first week and I look forward to seeing how this does over this weekend since there is no holiday to compete with. I have placed the game online, so if you get a score high enough to get in the top 100 around the world, your initials along with the location are shown for all to see. There is even a location in the UK which has it, so CoinUp has expanded outside the US.One thing I forgot to mention in the videos is I am not sure if it was an intentional joke in the game or not but for some reason there are a few characters you watch get killed by the Terminators and then they show up in another chapter only to be mowed down again. I haven’t found any secrets in the game so far, come to think of it we should do some research into secrets and cheats for modern games as it doesn’t seem like those have been documented on many arcade games in the past few years. Anyways, onto the videos.

Part 1 (click here for the 1080p quality link)

Part 2 (click here for the 1080p quality link)


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