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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]

"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.

[Discuss on the forums]

“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.

[Discuss on the forums]


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