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We’re going to ASI!

March 3, 2009

Just a brief note here, I have made all of the arrangements to go to ASI next week, so we’ll be out and about to take video of what’s going on and maybe do some interviews. At least this time I’ll have a better camera with me than at ASI last year (I’ll have the same one I took to AMOA) so it will be easier to see/hear everything that is going on.

I do not know if we are going to see any new product announcements at the show but we’ll keep an eye open for anything new. If you’re going, maybe I’ll run into you – I would like to get an Arcade Heroes T-shirt made up but I need some money and time to do that.

See you then!

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We're going to ASI!

March 3, 2009

Just a brief note here, I have made all of the arrangements to go to ASI next week, so we’ll be out and about to take video of what’s going on and maybe do some interviews. At least this time I’ll have a better camera with me than at ASI last year (I’ll have the same one I took to AMOA) so it will be easier to see/hear everything that is going on.

I do not know if we are going to see any new product announcements at the show but we’ll keep an eye open for anything new. If you’re going, maybe I’ll run into you – I would like to get an Arcade Heroes T-shirt made up but I need some money and time to do that.

See you then!

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“Post ASI Seminars & Spotlight show” at Betson

April 12, 2008

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If you live in or near Bensenville Illinois and you wanted to check out ASI, Betson is giving people a chance to get a taste of what their booth was like at the show with their Post ASI Seminars & Spotlight Show on April 24th. In addition to showing off some of their products they had at the show (including both versions of the new Big Buck Safari, the new online edition of Big Buck Hunter Pro, the converted version of Tokyo Drift, Super Bikes, DDR2 and more) they also will be holding a couple of seminars, one of which will discuss how BBHPro Online works. I plan on getting some more info on the new Coin-Up system by next week.

Betson also released a press release discussing their products and success at ASI, hit the post break to check it out. One interesting point that I didn’t know about was that Play Mechanix recently merged with Raw Thrills’. The two companies have been working closely together for a while now (with the exception of games like Aliens: Extermination and Deal or No Deal) so it looks like it was a natural course of action.

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"Post ASI Seminars & Spotlight show" at Betson

April 12, 2008

(Click on the image above to enlarge)

If you live in or near Bensenville Illinois and you wanted to check out ASI, Betson is giving people a chance to get a taste of what their booth was like at the show with their Post ASI Seminars & Spotlight Show on April 24th. In addition to showing off some of their products they had at the show (including both versions of the new Big Buck Safari, the new online edition of Big Buck Hunter Pro, the converted version of Tokyo Drift, Super Bikes, DDR2 and more) they also will be holding a couple of seminars, one of which will discuss how BBHPro Online works. I plan on getting some more info on the new Coin-Up system by next week.

Betson also released a press release discussing their products and success at ASI, hit the post break to check it out. One interesting point that I didn’t know about was that Play Mechanix recently merged with Raw Thrills’. The two companies have been working closely together for a while now (with the exception of games like Aliens: Extermination and Deal or No Deal) so it looks like it was a natural course of action.

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ASI 2008 News Recap

April 2, 2008

Just to help you in case you missed/overlooked anything, here is a recap of some of the news to come out of ASI this past week, either at the show or because of the show:

Betson/Raw Thrills’ releases The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift Kit – We first heard about this in the comments section on one of our recent posts and it was confirmed at ASI with several cabinets converted to Tokyo Drift. The kit can go into Crusin’ USA, Crusin’ World and SF Rush 2049 and will cost between $2200 and $2600. It includes the game board, artwork and I believe the steering wheel. Done right the cabinets look great, even brand new if the monitor is in good condition and the cabinet itself is cleaned up.

Big Buck Hunter Pro reaches 10,000 units made – 10,000 is the golden number of sales in the coin-op industry and BBHPro is the latest game to break that mark. Along with this we are also seeing the release of BBHPro Tournament Edition with several cool online features that includes Hunting Parties – the game will alert others in your hunting party about the progress of others so if one of your friends beats your score, it will send you an e-mail or text alerting you that you’ve been beat. Great idea and we should learn more soon.

Big Buck Safari released – it is official now and it costs less than $5000 with more features than BBHPro has (minus the new online version). The Deluxe version is still being worked on but was at the ASI show and I was told that an online version of BBS will eventually make it’s way to arcades.

GlobalVR to release Need For Speed: Carbon in arcades – we don’t have any details on this yet but it is clear that GVR is targeting the technical arcade racer angle.

iMOtion to release Power Boat – a little know developer in the arcade scene is pumping up their selection with a new motion-based boat racing game called Power Boat. We hope to get more information on this one soon but I did see a video of it in action and it looks good.

TouchTunes and Merit to release portable touchscreen tablet devices – bartop touch screen games are about to move into the portable territory with new devices by both TouchTunes and Merit. I saw the TouchTunes model which included a D-Pad and two buttons (which weren’t functioning on the prototype model but should be later on) and it even has a credit card reader built-in to the unit.

Namco to use Wii hardware in future arcade games and the possibility of Pac-Man CE in arcades – In my interview with Namco I discovered that they are considering using the Wii hardware to power future arcade games as a means of lowering development costs. This does not mean that they’ll use Wiimotes and most likely they will modify the hardware to make it more powerful than the home edition (a common practice by Namco). Also we could see Pac-Man CE make it to arcades at on point in time but there are no details on this other than the idea is on the table.

Andamiro releases Oh! Hammer 2 game – Andamiro has released an interestinghammer2.png coin-op game that uses soft mallets and an interactive screen with several mini-games built-in to the unit including a few head-2-head games for two players. There are 8 single player stages, 2 co-op stages and 6 versus stages. [Oh!Hammer 2 site] (Thanks to Kevin Williams for a correction on the title)

Self-redemption cabinets now available – Smart Industries has made some new cabinets that can house redemption prizes and count the tickets for customers and let them choose what they want, thus allowing for certain venues to have a redemption setup without the big desk and manpower needed to watch over it.

If I forgot to add anything, I’ll be sure to update this post.

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The Stinger Report looks at ASI 2008 (part 1)

March 29, 2008

ASI ends today and with it of course we have updates from what has happened at the show. First, here is a look at the show from The Stinger Report’s point of view, then I’ll go on in the next post or two describing my experience.

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ASI opened to a greatly reduced show floor and major departures from leading corporations as Namco and Sega see executives move on.

Sega had a vastly reduced presence with only two videos to show: RaceTV’s latest build with password, and Primeval Hunt. The latest software release for both – and that was it! Their booth was hard to find off the show floor with no large banners up for display to help attendees locate them.

Namco also had a limited video showing, with no new releases – redemption reigning kingasimain2.jpg on their booth. The operation spoke off the record with The Stinger
Report about the Tekken 6 situation (not shown) and promised an official statement at the end of the show.

Global VR was a example of good video presence, with a large network
line-up of NASCAR, and the new Blazing Angels WWII flyer all getting major coverage in the video desert of the show.

Betson / Raw Thrills another major video winner – crowds flocking to blast the wild animals of Africa on Big Buck Safari – along with the launch of the kit from DRIFT, Raw Thrills rocked the show. Betson did confirm that they were still supporting Konami with one Dance Dance SuperNova2 machine on booth hidden away to one corner.

Andamiro had their latest Pump It Up Pro, and a new screen basher game (more to come on that later).

Finally in this brief run down of the video on the show floor TrioTech had their UFO Stomper, showing off the latest of the mini-games and drawing happy crowds to the physical stomper action.

Big anticipation to the public four hour session on Saturday, rumors thick on what can be expected.

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I’m headed to ASI afterall

March 26, 2008

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Well it wasn’t looking like I was going to make it to ASI this year but as luck would have it, things have worked out in the end (pretty much at the last minute) where I’ve been able to make the ends meet for it to work. I won’t be able to go down for the entire show – I’ll miss whatever happens tomorrow but I will be there for the show on Friday and Saturday. I’ll get as many pictures and video as my camera will fit an I’ll see about an interview or two as well.

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