Archive for August 20, 2010

Konami testing Space Agent in Japan, a new shooter that uses Augmented Reality

August 20, 2010

Konami's promotional hand fan for Space Agent

The Am-Net Blog has pictures of the marketing materials for a new Konami light-gun game testing in Japan called Space Agent. Not much is known about the new game at this point but what is clear is that it uses a mostly enclosed cabinet, it has e-Amusement features and mounted guns which add an element of “Augmented Reality” to the game. On top of the guns is a screen that has something to do with that AR feature, most likely in finding enemies. In that way it’s actually like Silent Scope but we’ll have to wait and see how similar it might be to SS.  The cabinet does look cool as do the guns but they could always tweak the design before the final release.

Space Agent is currently testing at the ROUND Store in Yokohama Nishiguchi, right next to the Terminator Salvation game there judging by the picture to the right here. It’s too bad AM-Net can’t take any pictures or video of the cabinet directly (Konami is usually pretty harsh on photos at loctests, although occasionally they let up on it or people manage to sneak it) but if we’re lucky someone will post some of that soon.

UPDATED: Japanese site Small Room Aries has posted details about the game from the location test. The level provided has you defending New York City from alien attack and it appears that there is a special mode for the cameras mounted on the guns. They mention that the game will often switch into this mode, probably as the aliens are hiding and you have to uncover them.  The guns have two firing features, a regular shot and a pump shot,  and instead of reloading you have to watch an overheat meter. Even though it’s fairly large, I like the cabinet design. While it’s one of those that could become an infamous “den of iniquity” cabinet due to the enclosure, it’s very eye-catching.

The Mini-Arcade Alarm Clock by Lazybone

August 20, 2010

I have rare use for alarm clocks as between light sleeping and a 1 year old baby at home, I am always awake earlier than I would like. But for those times where I absolutely have to be up, this mini-arcade-cabinet alarm clock would be much cooler than my lame cell phone.

Designed by Lazybone, a UK-based gadget maker, the Arcade Alarm Clock sells for £13.99 (about $22USD). You set the clock using the small joysticks and to wake you up it uses “retro sounds” to get the job done.

Sources: GameSetWatch > TechnaBob > Internet Siao

Yoony's Vulcan 4D blasts it's way to arcades

August 20, 2010

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Korean-based game maker Yoony Electronic’s amazed us with their massive Vulcan-M chain-gun coin-op game and they already have a sequel of sorts ready to go for the arcade market. Vulcan 4D retains the head-turning aspect of a rotating chain-gun for the controller but they’ve downgraded it from it’s smoke-spewing, shell ejecting big brother. Vulcan 4D makes use of a 3D pop-out effect that the player needs 3D glasses for, although you can’t see the 3D blur in the video below. I noticed the same thing when seeing pictures of another 3D projection game called Star Predator.

Other differences from Vulcan-M include a smaller cabinet and new software. Instead of a WW2-esque fixed turret shooter, now you traverse through caves and jungles shooting down hoards of bugs, bats, spiders, dinosaurs and pterosaurs. The game is no Primeval Hunt though as they all just come straight at you, if they get to close and attack then you can take damage. Graphically it’s nothing to write home about,  letting the chaingun and the 3D effect make up for appearances. Like Yoony’s other offerings, Vulcan 4D should be widely available internationally but the price point is unknown at this point.

Yoony also has a shooting gallery game called Carnival Land: Shooting Game but the software needs a bit of work. There is nothing wrong with simple games but they should require an actual challenge to be compelling.

Yoony’s Vulcan 4D blasts it’s way to arcades

August 20, 2010

Newsfeed 905 via

Korean-based game maker Yoony Electronic’s amazed us with their massive Vulcan-M chain-gun coin-op game and they already have a sequel of sorts ready to go for the arcade market. Vulcan 4D retains the head-turning aspect of a rotating chain-gun for the controller but they’ve downgraded it from it’s smoke-spewing, shell ejecting big brother. Vulcan 4D makes use of a 3D pop-out effect that the player needs 3D glasses for, although you can’t see the 3D blur in the video below. I noticed the same thing when seeing pictures of another 3D projection game called Star Predator.

Other differences from Vulcan-M include a smaller cabinet and new software. Instead of a WW2-esque fixed turret shooter, now you traverse through caves and jungles shooting down hoards of bugs, bats, spiders, dinosaurs and pterosaurs. The game is no Primeval Hunt though as they all just come straight at you, if they get to close and attack then you can take damage. Graphically it’s nothing to write home about,  letting the chaingun and the 3D effect make up for appearances. Like Yoony’s other offerings, Vulcan 4D should be widely available internationally but the price point is unknown at this point.

Yoony also has a shooting gallery game called Carnival Land: Shooting Game but the software needs a bit of work. There is nothing wrong with simple games but they should require an actual challenge to be compelling.


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