Posted tagged ‘bootlegs’

More Guitar Hero cabinets from Brazil

August 12, 2010

During my recent trip to Brazil I came across a number of Guitar Hero cabinets, produced by Brazilian game distributor Diverbras. I also came across a Rock Band 2 cabinet and a couple of different Street Fighter IV setups. None of them are authorized by the parent companies but those companies haven’t seemed compelled to take an issue with these creations and that of course is leaving the door open for others to try the same thing. Enter Master Play, another Brazilian distribution company and cabinet builder, who has a couple of Guitar Hero cabinets of their own to offer. They also have produced cabinets for a soccer game called Arena Gol, but the site doesn’t show the actual game and whether it’s based upon their own software or someone else’s.  I have a hunch that they produced some cabinets that I came across when at a mall there, as I found some unique JAMMA cabinets that had 32″ LCDs and were plastered with artwork that seems to fit the Master Play style.

I hope that eventually these companies can layoff of producing such bootlegs and come up with their own software or get a Brazilian software company to produce something for them. Or just stick to building stylish JAMMA cabinets.

[Master Play website]

Sky Troopers: Air Strike’s Chinese clone

August 9, 2010

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There was a time when clones or bootlegs in the arcade industry were very common. They still are out there to some degree and today we have a shining example of a blatant rip-off. If you take a look on this Chinese game distribution website, there’s a new game on that page which the translator calls Air Raid 2010 but the cabinet says Sky Troopers 2010. It’s a vertically scrolling helicopter game with a yoke controller, a motion base and it oddly has an infrared sensor net around the monitor that you only see on LCD light-gun games. There appear to be two cabinet designs for this as on the same webpage that shows the image above has some live pictures of a different cabinet under the same name. As you look at these other pictures, Sky Troopers looks like an exact replica of Tsunami’s Air Strike(2002), perhaps with some enhancements to the graphics for the monitor in use. I’m sure that Tsunami might be interested to know about this clone – at least the creators of Sky Troopers went to the length to create a new controller for the game but that still doesn’t change the actual game to avoid possible legal issues in doing such a thing since the software itself appears to have not been changed.

It’s too bad really as a new helicopter game with a yoke controller like the one seen above could be exciting.

Sky Troopers: Air Strike's Chinese clone

August 9, 2010

Newsfeed 898 via

There was a time when clones or bootlegs in the arcade industry were very common. They still are out there to some degree and today we have a shining example of a blatant rip-off. If you take a look on this Chinese game distribution website, there’s a new game on that page which the translator calls Air Raid 2010 but the cabinet says Sky Troopers 2010. It’s a vertically scrolling helicopter game with a yoke controller, a motion base and it oddly has an infrared sensor net around the monitor that you only see on LCD light-gun games. There appear to be two cabinet designs for this as on the same webpage that shows the image above has some live pictures of a different cabinet under the same name. As you look at these other pictures, Sky Troopers looks like an exact replica of Tsunami’s Air Strike(2002), perhaps with some enhancements to the graphics for the monitor in use. I’m sure that Tsunami might be interested to know about this clone – at least the creators of Sky Troopers went to the length to create a new controller for the game but that still doesn’t change the actual game to avoid possible legal issues in doing such a thing since the software itself appears to have not been changed.

It’s too bad really as a new helicopter game with a yoke controller like the one seen above could be exciting.


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