Posted tagged ‘Arcade Games’

Namco's Tank! Tank! Tank! update adds new enemies, NamCam avatars

July 20, 2010

Namco America has announced a new software update for Tank! Tank! Tank!, and with it comes new content that gives players more to look for when they play the game.

The update will give the game the software update which we first saw at Amusement Expo 2010. This includes the Bee-Bots(pictured above) and Octo-Giant enemies which rotate out the Arachnos spiders and the Red Dragon on a monthly basis, to keep the game fresh.  They also have added a number of new photo frame avatars to the game, including a “cowboy hat, black samurai helmet, prisoner uniform, and a tiger mask”. Probably the best news for operators who have a T!T!T! cabinet is that the update is free, details on how to get an update are in the press release below.

It’s always nice to see arcade games receive updates that do more than bug fixes by adding extra content. While we haven’t heard of any additional updates to the game beyond this that doesn’t mean that they should be ruled out.

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Namco’s Tank! Tank! Tank! update adds new enemies, NamCam avatars

July 20, 2010

Namco America has announced a new software update for Tank! Tank! Tank!, and with it comes new content that gives players more to look for when they play the game.

The update will give the game the software update which we first saw at Amusement Expo 2010. This includes the Bee-Bots(pictured above) and Octo-Giant enemies which rotate out the Arachnos spiders and the Red Dragon on a monthly basis, to keep the game fresh.  They also have added a number of new photo frame avatars to the game, including a “cowboy hat, black samurai helmet, prisoner uniform, and a tiger mask”. Probably the best news for operators who have a T!T!T! cabinet is that the update is free, details on how to get an update are in the press release below.

It’s always nice to see arcade games receive updates that do more than bug fixes by adding extra content. While we haven’t heard of any additional updates to the game beyond this that doesn’t mean that they should be ruled out.

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New video game exhibit opening at the Strong National Museum of Play in November

June 19, 2010

From the ICHEG storeroom (Photo: Christopher Wahl)

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We have covered the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, NY before. They are certainly a kind of museum gamers can get behind as they are home to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games. Their store house holds over 20,000 gaming items, including arcades in huge numbers, spanning from Computer Space to at least Guitar Hero Arcade. The museum has been home to arcade-related exhibits before, including the Videotopia exhibit last year. Also when they aren’t running specific arcade exhibits, they have playable games on hand that you can check out as part of the overall experience. According to a new piece on Wired.com, it looks like they will have another exhibit to feature arcade games (among others) as they are currently working on a project to assemble the best gaming has had to offer (which naturally should include more than a few coin-ops). Beyond that details are still scant but I am certain that we will find out more around November.

[Via Wired.com] [International Center for the History of Electronic Games website]

New trailer for GlobalVR's NASCAR Team Racing

May 15, 2010

GlobalVR has updated their website with full details on their updates to both NASCAR and Twisted. We’ve covered those details before but here is a new trailer for the game that GVR posted to the site. They also put up some screens of the game which you can see here if you are interested. The game goes online on June 15th but cabinets featuring the update are available now.

New trailer for GlobalVR’s NASCAR Team Racing

May 15, 2010

GlobalVR has updated their website with full details on their updates to both NASCAR and Twisted. We’ve covered those details before but here is a new trailer for the game that GVR posted to the site. They also put up some screens of the game which you can see here if you are interested. The game goes online on June 15th but cabinets featuring the update are available now.

Disney's 3D Ping Pong as seen at GTI Expo + a few more GTI pics

May 15, 2010

I know you are possibly sick of hearing about GTI by now but new things are trickling out that are noteworthy enough, so let’s get on with it! Thanks to Joe for the link to this collection of photos by David Liu. I’ll start out with commenting on the photo above – Disney’s 3D Ping Pong. We’ve talked about it before – it’s an official Disney product and it uses stereoscopic 3D TV’s that don’t need glasses. Interesting how on film the images are very dark. This one is supposed to be available next Thursday, should be interesting to see how it’s received. With Disney dabbling not only into 3D like this in the gaming world but also the coin-op arcade sector, could we possibly see a Tron arcade game coming out along with the movie? That might be a long shot but if they are serious about coin-op with this game then why not?

There are a few more pics from GTI, hit the break to check them out.

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Disney’s 3D Ping Pong as seen at GTI Expo + a few more GTI pics

May 15, 2010

I know you are possibly sick of hearing about GTI by now but new things are trickling out that are noteworthy enough, so let’s get on with it! Thanks to Joe for the link to this collection of photos by David Liu. I’ll start out with commenting on the photo above – Disney’s 3D Ping Pong. We’ve talked about it before – it’s an official Disney product and it uses stereoscopic 3D TV’s that don’t need glasses. Interesting how on film the images are very dark. This one is supposed to be available next Thursday, should be interesting to see how it’s received. With Disney dabbling not only into 3D like this in the gaming world but also the coin-op arcade sector, could we possibly see a Tron arcade game coming out along with the movie? That might be a long shot but if they are serious about coin-op with this game then why not?

There are a few more pics from GTI, hit the break to check them out.

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Arcade Heroes Podcast #14 : Arcade shows, game news and more with Kevin Williams

May 15, 2010

We haven’t forgot about the podcast although I admit to slacking on it lately. It didn’t help that we had to start over on this one due to the program I was using to record it being shutdown by someone else towards the end of our attempt and the recording being lost. But we tried it again and here we have Podcast #14. At this point, Kevin and I will do a podcast about once a month, unless there is so much news out that it warrants two.

This time we discuss:

-DEAL and GTI 2010 shows along with the 3D gaming trend that is starting to poke it’s head out there

-Gameworks update as it appears that the Reuters article got it wrong and Gameworks is doing a lousy job at message control (I.e. – several Gameworks locations to remain open)

-Other arcade openings around the world and company earnings discussion

-Talk about upcoming fighters, developments in music gaming, other new game releases

-And a little more

You can download the podcast here (163MB; MP3 file)

Video: Terminator Salvation Arcade

May 14, 2010

Since we have a lot of searches coming in over Terminator I figure I may as well share the videos I took of the game yesterday. As these are the first videos I have taken of the game while not being at a show (so no “jet engine” roar to worry about) I could spend some more time with the game. I’d love to be able to do the same with many other games I’ve seen at shows but so far I haven’t had any luck in that regard(best chance I’ll have is if my local distributor gets a new game on their show floor and I happen to have my camera with me when a new title is there). It helps that this is at my arcade, I was able to find a way to obtain one and in case anyone is curious to know how it’s been doing at a smaller, arcade-only location, it has done about $300 in the first week and I look forward to seeing how this does over this weekend since there is no holiday to compete with. I have placed the game online, so if you get a score high enough to get in the top 100 around the world, your initials along with the location are shown for all to see. There is even a location in the UK which has it, so CoinUp has expanded outside the US.One thing I forgot to mention in the videos is I am not sure if it was an intentional joke in the game or not but for some reason there are a few characters you watch get killed by the Terminators and then they show up in another chapter only to be mowed down again. I haven’t found any secrets in the game so far, come to think of it we should do some research into secrets and cheats for modern games as it doesn’t seem like those have been documented on many arcade games in the past few years. Anyways, onto the videos.

Part 1 (click here for the 1080p quality link)

Part 2 (click here for the 1080p quality link)

The Raiden V game that isn’t Raiden V

May 12, 2010

I enjoy a good space combat game but they are hard to find these days. Such games used to dominate the arcade scene but they have all but died out in recent years. So my interest piqued when I caught a glimpse of an unidentified space game seen at the recent GTI Asia Taipei Expo and I asked the user who posted the video about that particular title to discover what it was all about.

Turns out it is a space combat game called Thunder 5 by Gauss Enterprises. They focus primarily on creating gambling games but this one looks to have taken a slightly different direction than their usual content. You can see from the graphics that the game is certainly nothing special to look at, as though it could have come out in the late 80’s to a lukewarm reception. Unfortunately the makers of the game have decided to rip-off a couple of different properties to try and make the game interesting, including Star Trek : Deep Space Nine (which is seen in some of the artwork on the game cabinet as well as in some in-game backgrounds) and the Raiden series by MOSS. In fact they list the name “Raiden V” in the title of the video. Some of the cabinet designs seen on their page also use the 3D models of the Raiden spacecraft. I’m not an expert in legal matters but I’m pretty sure that it’s a bad idea to infringe on these properties  but that won’t stop some people from trying.

Here’s a video of the game in action. It supports up to six players depending upon the cabinet configuration. As a one player title it looks rather boring as you control a reticule and can shoot down slow moving spacecraft that traverse across the screen. As a four or six player game I could see it as being somewhat exciting as you compete for a high score although admittedly it would be more interesting if you were controlling a space craft on the playfield.

Thunder 5 @ Gauss Enterprises


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