Archive for May 5, 2010

Taito's limited edition Space Invaders accessory

May 5, 2010

(Thanks to Aaron Auzins for the tip & press release)

Taito’s efforts to build their brand continues with their iconic Space Invaders characters and now they are releasing a limited edition silverware accessory produced by French silverware maker Christofle. It may not be an enchanted pendant which wields special powers but if you’re into accessories like this then it can make for a cool addition to your collection.

Speaking of Space Invaders I played Space Invaders Extreme on the Nintendo DS yesterday. While I hadn’t cared much for any SI game in a long time, that is one game that I would pick up in a heartbeat if I owned a DS. Of course I feel that the game would be even more awesome in an arcade form with a vertical screen (what gives Taito? You guys are still producing new arcade games but you’re strangely ignoring SI except for branding new arcade locations. Give us a Space Invaders Extreme arcade game ;) )

Anyways, back to the pendant. If you’re curious to know more about it, there is a press release attached to the post after the break.

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Taito’s limited edition Space Invaders accessory

May 5, 2010

(Thanks to Aaron Auzins for the tip & press release)

Taito’s efforts to build their brand continues with their iconic Space Invaders characters and now they are releasing a limited edition silverware accessory produced by French silverware maker Christofle. It may not be an enchanted pendant which wields special powers but if you’re into accessories like this then it can make for a cool addition to your collection.

Speaking of Space Invaders I played Space Invaders Extreme on the Nintendo DS yesterday. While I hadn’t cared much for any SI game in a long time, that is one game that I would pick up in a heartbeat if I owned a DS. Of course I feel that the game would be even more awesome in an arcade form with a vertical screen (what gives Taito? You guys are still producing new arcade games but you’re strangely ignoring SI except for branding new arcade locations. Give us a Space Invaders Extreme arcade game ;) )

Anyways, back to the pendant. If you’re curious to know more about it, there is a press release attached to the post after the break.

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See pinball wizards prove their skills at the upcoming World Pinball Championship

May 5, 2010

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The pinball festivals and competitions just keep on coming and this month it’s International Flipper Pinball Association’s turn to host a world-class tournament. They do so every year, with last year’s event taking place in London, UK and this year the championship is headed to Cokato, Minnesota USA. I’ll let some of the press release do the talking about the event:

This will be the stage when the IFPA7 World Pinball Championship showcases the best of the best from around the world in what will be a true pinball marathon; a test of wills and endurance over two and a half days of battle against the whims of that little silver ball. Can Josh Henderson of Plainfield, IL at the age of 12 (and the youngest player) meet the challenge. Or will 55- year old, Bob Matthews of Thousand Oaks, CA (the oldest competitor in the field) withstand the pressure. Will the more than 8,400 miles of travel that Sunao Kono and Tatsunori Naruke of Japan have to endure, affect the precision necessary to take the top prize. Will anyone stand in the way of possible history in the making with Bostonian Bowen Kerins attempting the unfathomable as three-peat World Champion?

With a prize package of over $14,000, including a brand new pinball machine from Stern Pinball, IFPA7 promises to be a transformative event in the ongoing remarkable history of pinball. From Japan to Germany, Denmark and the United Kingdom; from Sweden and The Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Finland, Italy and Brazil to Canada and, of course, the United States–these elite players will descend upon the state of Minnesota to claim the title of “World Pinball Champion”.

Sounds to me like it can shape up to be a battle of epic proportions – perhaps not as legendary as the battle over the Donkey Kong high score but epic nonetheless. Hit the post break for the full press release. Here is a link to the IFPA website which also includes a participants and games list.

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