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New Disney 3D Ping Pong cabinet pushes “No 3D glasses required” aspect

April 15, 2010

If you have been following gaming news since last December, then you know that stereoscopic 3D gaming is starting to gain some steam. If you have been following us since February, then you also know that stereoscopic 3D arcade games are on their way from China. The most prominent of those games would most certainly be the new Disney 3D Ping Pong, which we first covered two months ago. Now more details have been unveiled about this official Disney game, which not only include a new shot of the cabinet(I am amused that they don’t have a happy Mickey and Donald facing each other off on the marquee), but also of details on how the game works. According to CoinOpExpress:

Disney 3D Ping Pong arcade machine is a latest type table tennis game with 21 inch LCD screen, it adopted the most advanced 3D effect technology and the player not require to wear special glasses but can “see” the amusing 3D pictures.

There are 3 famous Disney characters on this game: Micky Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, the player complete with those classic characters, higher scores player reward a certain amount’s ticket.

Game speed, score system, ticket output and credit amount can be setup by operator. Total three difficulty level on this game: Easy, Normal, Difficulty; also 2 scores system: 6 scores and 12 scores.

When player score more than Disney characters, the player win redemption tickets. This table tennis game suitable for adult and kids to play together.

Emphasis was mine there. There has been an awful lot of hype out there about the new Nintendo 3DS handheld console “introducing” 3D gaming sans glasses to the video game market but here is a case of the technology becoming public in arcades before it reaches home. This Disney game isn’t the only game to employ this tech in arcades as this same company has produced some other titles that are already available for ordering on Coinopexpress. A couple of those employ 3D touch screens as well(such as Star Puzzle), which has to be quite the effect. Disney 3D Ping Pong is listed for release on May 20th, 2010.

I’d love to see this technology in person to know how effective it is in an arcade environment. The only way I see the whole 3D fad staying on as mainstream way of rendering things is to use screens which don’t require 3D glasses (especially those stupidly expensive “active shutter” systems) and provide a good viewing angle so as long as 3D Group’s technology has achieved those two points I think they will have a good foothold in the industry.I don’t think it’d be great if every new arcade game came in stereoscopic 3D but if there was an option for some to come like that, it could prove to be a useful way to make use of this technology.

UPDATE: I just caught this while prowling around the 3D Group website, looks like there was a press event back in March about this game that we missed (probably because it was around Amusement Expo time).From the pic below, it looks like they might have two versions of this cabinet, a single-screen and a dual-screen version. The screenshots provided fortunately are not in the nauseating stereoscopic 3D view. Here’s the translated press release.

UPDATE#2: CoinopExpress has added some pics of the actual cabinet as opposed to the rendered one above.

[Disney's 3D Ping Pong - CoinOpExpress] [3D Group  website]

New Disney 3D Ping Pong cabinet pushes "No 3D glasses required" aspect

April 15, 2010

If you have been following gaming news since last December, then you know that stereoscopic 3D gaming is starting to gain some steam. If you have been following us since February, then you also know that stereoscopic 3D arcade games are on their way from China. The most prominent of those games would most certainly be the new Disney 3D Ping Pong, which we first covered two months ago. Now more details have been unveiled about this official Disney game, which not only include a new shot of the cabinet(I am amused that they don’t have a happy Mickey and Donald facing each other off on the marquee), but also of details on how the game works. According to CoinOpExpress:

Disney 3D Ping Pong arcade machine is a latest type table tennis game with 21 inch LCD screen, it adopted the most advanced 3D effect technology and the player not require to wear special glasses but can “see” the amusing 3D pictures.

There are 3 famous Disney characters on this game: Micky Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, the player complete with those classic characters, higher scores player reward a certain amount’s ticket.

Game speed, score system, ticket output and credit amount can be setup by operator. Total three difficulty level on this game: Easy, Normal, Difficulty; also 2 scores system: 6 scores and 12 scores.

When player score more than Disney characters, the player win redemption tickets. This table tennis game suitable for adult and kids to play together.

Emphasis was mine there. There has been an awful lot of hype out there about the new Nintendo 3DS handheld console “introducing” 3D gaming sans glasses to the video game market but here is a case of the technology becoming public in arcades before it reaches home. This Disney game isn’t the only game to employ this tech in arcades as this same company has produced some other titles that are already available for ordering on Coinopexpress. A couple of those employ 3D touch screens as well(such as Star Puzzle), which has to be quite the effect. Disney 3D Ping Pong is listed for release on May 20th, 2010.

I’d love to see this technology in person to know how effective it is in an arcade environment. The only way I see the whole 3D fad staying on as mainstream way of rendering things is to use screens which don’t require 3D glasses (especially those stupidly expensive “active shutter” systems) and provide a good viewing angle so as long as 3D Group’s technology has achieved those two points I think they will have a good foothold in the industry.I don’t think it’d be great if every new arcade game came in stereoscopic 3D but if there was an option for some to come like that, it could prove to be a useful way to make use of this technology.

UPDATE: I just caught this while prowling around the 3D Group website, looks like there was a press event back in March about this game that we missed (probably because it was around Amusement Expo time).From the pic below, it looks like they might have two versions of this cabinet, a single-screen and a dual-screen version. The screenshots provided fortunately are not in the nauseating stereoscopic 3D view. Here’s the translated press release.

UPDATE#2: CoinopExpress has added some pics of the actual cabinet as opposed to the rendered one above.

[Disney's 3D Ping Pong - CoinOpExpress] [3D Group  website]

Disney Quest Arcade closing in 2008

December 9, 2007

Many sources are reporting that Disney Quest will be closing in early 2008. If you have not heard of Disney Quest, it is a big arcade at Disney with lots of classics games and simulators. The arcade has an admission rate, I think it’s somewhere between $30 and $40, and all the games are set on free play. Redemption games cost money to play beyond the normal admission rates, but simulators are also included in the admission price. The admission price covers all-day admission to the park just like a normal theme park, and I believe you can also purchase a pass to Disney Quest in combination with other Disney resort packages.

I think this is a pretty good value, some simulators can be very expensive to play by themselves so being able to play everything limitlessly for a whole day is quite awesome. They have Max Flight coaster simulators where you can design your own roller coaster and then ride it, as well Disney-themed simulation rides such as Aladdin’s Magic Carpet. This arcade is well known for hosting a wide variety of actual, working classic arcade games, so it will be a real shame to see it go. I have heard very good things about their selection of games and the condition they are kept in, even though the games are on free play. In addition to the selection of classic games and simulators they also feature newer games like Dance Dance Revolution.

Not enough promotion of the park with other resort packages, few to no new major simulation attractions and flat attendance rates are cited as the reasons for the imminent closing this park/arcade. If you want to visit this arcade I would suggest going soon before it goes belly up. Some sources say that Disney Quest will be replaced with an ESPN Zone arcade. We will have to wait and see what will happen with that.

On another note I have a Disney Quest backpack that I picked up at a garage sale. I guess I will be holding onto it for some time to see if it becomes valuable.

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Sega's Disney Dancing Card Game

November 29, 2007

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What do you get if you cross one of Sega’s kids games, Disney and a dance mat.

Well one of the above of course.

I don’t know how well the kids games did over here and in America. But let’s be honest, how can this fail. It has the Disney IP and a dance mat for good measure, plus collectible cards by the looks of it. Granted dance mat games aren’t the latest craze, but hey, this could be good fun for the little ones.

I don’t normally take an interest in these kinds of games, but this one I will keep a look out for. I’ll be interested to see how the gameplays works. I guess It’ll be similar to Love & Berry.

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Sega’s Disney Dancing Card Game

November 29, 2007

21305_n20071129_06_magical_01.jpg

What do you get if you cross one of Sega’s kids games, Disney and a dance mat.

Well one of the above of course.

I don’t know how well the kids games did over here and in America. But let’s be honest, how can this fail. It has the Disney IP and a dance mat for good measure, plus collectible cards by the looks of it. Granted dance mat games aren’t the latest craze, but hey, this could be good fun for the little ones.

I don’t normally take an interest in these kinds of games, but this one I will keep a look out for. I’ll be interested to see how the gameplays works. I guess It’ll be similar to Love & Berry.

stinger1.jpg

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