Posted tagged ‘3D gaming’

“3D Group” ramping up the stereoscopic 3D game scene with a flood of new titles

February 23, 2010

A few days ago we talked about a new arcade title out of China that Disney was involved with called Disney 3D Ping Pong.  Since then we have heard of other games in Asia that are jumping on the stereoscopic 3D bandwagon – we knew of Metal Gear Arcade already and there was Star Predator. Kevin Williams of The Stinger Report told me of more developments happening in this area and it looks like they were revealed today.  I came across some interesting news on Coinopexpress today which involves the same company who developed Disney 3D Ping Pong called 3D Group. Today the company revealed eight new video arcade products, all of which employ a 3D stereoscopic TV as well as touch screen play. The games are fitted for ticket play and there are several genres that the series covers which you’ll see below. There is no price on these yet but Coinopexpress does state that all of these games are available for sale.

The list of games includes: Balonga – a dance style controller but you fight monsters instead of just hit dance steps. (coinopexpress link)

Chicken War -some sort of space game involving chickens.

Star Cube / Galaxy Puzzle – a puzzle game that sounds like a Rubik’s cube, but it employs the touch screen to move it around. I’d really like to see how that works out in practice with the 3D pop effect. (coinopexpress link)

Go Fishing/ Shark – this one is a 4 player game where players try to catch fish. It’s probably like Butterfly Garden which UNIS was showing off at IAAPA. (coinopexpress link)

Hit The Rats – whack-a-mole style game with the touch screen (uh oh).

Pachinko – As the name says, it’s video pachinko.

Space Zuma – it’s the popular Zuma puzzle game, set in space and with a 3D screen. (coinopexpress link)

Tricky Rabbits – some sort of game involving rabbits and treasure, the description isn’t entirely clear. (coinopexpress link)

So there you have it. 3D Group is really throwing down the proverbial 3D gauntlet but we’ll have to wait and see how well the trend catches on with other manufacturers in the industry. I’m in a wait and see mood about it – it’s hard to shake the feeling that the whole pop-out 3D thing is a gimmick as it has been in the past but technology in this area has improved quite a bit and sales of 3D movies like Avatar are nothing to sneeze at. The arcade sector does stand as a great place to introduce such technology to the masses as home consoles are really not in that position right now and even if they were, they would need the customer base to go out and buy 3D TVs which is a big ‘if’ for them to bank on. Of course it can be a big if for arcades to but where a couple of companies are trying it out, I am sure that everyone is going to take a hard look at how games like this perform. If the effect is cool and doesn’t require glasses (as some 3D TVs are supposed to do, I’ve never seen that effect in person) then it could be a great way to bring people into the arcade.

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"3D Group" ramping up the stereoscopic 3D game scene with a flood of new titles

February 23, 2010

A few days ago we talked about a new arcade title out of China that Disney was involved with called Disney 3D Ping Pong.  Since then we have heard of other games in Asia that are jumping on the stereoscopic 3D bandwagon – we knew of Metal Gear Arcade already and there was Star Predator. Kevin Williams of The Stinger Report told me of more developments happening in this area and it looks like they were revealed today.  I came across some interesting news on Coinopexpress today which involves the same company who developed Disney 3D Ping Pong called 3D Group. Today the company revealed eight new video arcade products, all of which employ a 3D stereoscopic TV as well as touch screen play. The games are fitted for ticket play and there are several genres that the series covers which you’ll see below. There is no price on these yet but Coinopexpress does state that all of these games are available for sale.

The list of games includes: Balonga – a dance style controller but you fight monsters instead of just hit dance steps. (coinopexpress link)

Chicken War -some sort of space game involving chickens.

Star Cube / Galaxy Puzzle – a puzzle game that sounds like a Rubik’s cube, but it employs the touch screen to move it around. I’d really like to see how that works out in practice with the 3D pop effect. (coinopexpress link)

Go Fishing/ Shark – this one is a 4 player game where players try to catch fish. It’s probably like Butterfly Garden which UNIS was showing off at IAAPA. (coinopexpress link)

Hit The Rats – whack-a-mole style game with the touch screen (uh oh).

Pachinko – As the name says, it’s video pachinko.

Space Zuma – it’s the popular Zuma puzzle game, set in space and with a 3D screen. (coinopexpress link)

Tricky Rabbits – some sort of game involving rabbits and treasure, the description isn’t entirely clear. (coinopexpress link)

So there you have it. 3D Group is really throwing down the proverbial 3D gauntlet but we’ll have to wait and see how well the trend catches on with other manufacturers in the industry. I’m in a wait and see mood about it – it’s hard to shake the feeling that the whole pop-out 3D thing is a gimmick as it has been in the past but technology in this area has improved quite a bit and sales of 3D movies like Avatar are nothing to sneeze at. The arcade sector does stand as a great place to introduce such technology to the masses as home consoles are really not in that position right now and even if they were, they would need the customer base to go out and buy 3D TVs which is a big ‘if’ for them to bank on. Of course it can be a big if for arcades to but where a couple of companies are trying it out, I am sure that everyone is going to take a hard look at how games like this perform. If the effect is cool and doesn’t require glasses (as some 3D TVs are supposed to do, I’ve never seen that effect in person) then it could be a great way to bring people into the arcade.

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Three new games out of Taiwan and China: Crazy Speed Arcade and Star Predator (in stereoscopic 3D) and another DJ Max clone called Finger Musicians

February 13, 2010

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Here’s some interesting news on new arcade titles to come out of China or Taiwan. First from relative newcomer UNIS aka Universal Space is a new racing title called Crazy Speed Arcade. We don’t really know anything about this one at the moment other than the cabinet picture seen here. The graphics look pretty nice and I wonder if it’s a port of a console racer although I honestly am not up to speed on racers from that realm. The game hasn’t been placed on UNIS’s youtube channel or their website yet but if this company is carrying it already, I imagine that we’ll see it soon. UNIS does have distribution into the US and Europe and one of the things that really impressed me at IAAPA was the prices they have on the games. The only question then is how will the games hold up, to player beatings and interest. [Crazy Speed Arcade page].[Official Crazy Speed Arcade website (thanks Da FONZ)] It’s worth noting that the same site that carries this racer also has a different Sega Rally 3 cabinet than the one we discussed in the previous post and it’s called World Rally Car Edition.

Next up is an interesting title called Star Predator, not so much from the appearance of the game itself as the 3D geometry of the objects in the game looks a bit dated but because it employs stereoscopic 3D so the player needs to wear 3D glasses to play. Of course we can likely blame the highly overrated Avatar (sorry, it’s got nice CG and all but it is definitely an overrated film as there ARE better movies out there) for the current trend although this is not the first time 3D in this manner will have been employed in amusement (see Continental Circuit 3D by Taito for an example as well as the upcoming Metal Gear Arcade). The game itself features mounted guns on a large panel inside of a theater style enclosure similar to Taito’s Panic Museum deluxe and it has you shooting alien bug/monsters in large cities. I am not sure who it is that has developed the game – it is listed on ZS Dragon World International but they seem to be a distributor out of Hong Kong as opposed to a developer but if you know otherwise, please let us know. [Quite a bit more info on the Star Predator page]

Also found on the ZS Dragon World site is another DJ Max Technika clone called Finger Musician. From the description it doesn’t sound like anything different than DJ Max or even the Magic DJ game we saw at IAAPA (although that had two screens). There is no list of songs but it does state that it offers online features, both “online games” and “online game ranking[s]“. The interface from the graphic here looks similar to Magic DJ so either this is done by the same company or it’s a blatant rip off.  I am unsure as to who it is that has developed the game as it isn’t stated directly like we have with Star Predator. At the very least it shows the interest in this kind of game in Asian markets. I imagine that the PM Studios guys have to feel a little flattered as their game is being copied more an more now although I wonder if there ever will be any legal proceedings held over these clones or not. [Finger Musician Info page]

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