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More games from the GTI Asia China Expo 2010

September 7, 2010

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We finally have an extensive look at what went on at the GTI Asia China Expo 2010 and along with plenty of games came a few surprises. I’m still trying to find any video posted from the event online but so far no luck – if anything substantial comes along I’ll update this post. Some of the games you’ll see below: the first non-glasses stereoscopic 3D arcade game, Disney’s 3D Ping Pong; Pentavision’s DJ MAx Technika 2; Dino Survivor 4D by Belrare; a new version of Konami’s Mocap Sports; Taito’s Gaia Attack 4; Hypaa’s Mozarc; Andamiro’s Pump It Up Fiesta; a 10-player game called Ocean Spirit 2 and much more than we had seen previously.

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Belrare's Pop Moto brings motorcycle racing to the Chinese market

August 30, 2010

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While we have mentioned Belrare’s Pop Moto/Dogfight Moto before, we haven’t really seen the game in great detail. It’s trying to make it’s mark into the growing arcade motorcycle racing market, where games like Harley Davidson, Nirin, Speed Rider 2 and Super Bikes 2 are also looking to grab some attention, after the first Super Bikes made quite a splash in sales around the world in 2007.

So how will Pop Moto stand out in that crowd? Where it’s a game developed for the Chinese market that certainly gives it an advantage in the home target market but whether we will see the game elsewhere is simply a guess at this point. I’ve tried contacting Belrare about their games before to no avail so far. Back to the game, Pop Moto is motorcycle racing with a little bit of Mario Kart style fighting to go along with it – or perhaps H2Overdrive if you look carefully at the game’s HUD. The player can grab power-ups including missiles, mines, liquid nitrogen (for a boost) and shields. There are five tracks to choose from, each of which focus on creating a fantasy world to race in as opposed to real surface streets. We’re not sure of a price on this one yet but it is available already so perhaps we’ll see this one, along with several other Belrare games we’ve been discussing lately at IAAPA 2010.

Here’s a video of the game I found on Youtube. The video quality isn’t great but it offers a good idea to how it plays.

You can also see some screenshots on this page that gives a full rundown of the game.

Belrare’s Pop Moto brings motorcycle racing to the Chinese market

August 30, 2010

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While we have mentioned Belrare’s Pop Moto/Dogfight Moto before, we haven’t really seen the game in great detail. It’s trying to make it’s mark into the growing arcade motorcycle racing market, where games like Harley Davidson, Nirin, Speed Rider 2 and Super Bikes 2 are also looking to grab some attention, after the first Super Bikes made quite a splash in sales around the world in 2007.

So how will Pop Moto stand out in that crowd? Where it’s a game developed for the Chinese market that certainly gives it an advantage in the home target market but whether we will see the game elsewhere is simply a guess at this point. I’ve tried contacting Belrare about their games before to no avail so far. Back to the game, Pop Moto is motorcycle racing with a little bit of Mario Kart style fighting to go along with it – or perhaps H2Overdrive if you look carefully at the game’s HUD. The player can grab power-ups including missiles, mines, liquid nitrogen (for a boost) and shields. There are five tracks to choose from, each of which focus on creating a fantasy world to race in as opposed to real surface streets. We’re not sure of a price on this one yet but it is available already so perhaps we’ll see this one, along with several other Belrare games we’ve been discussing lately at IAAPA 2010.

Here’s a video of the game I found on Youtube. The video quality isn’t great but it offers a good idea to how it plays.

You can also see some screenshots on this page that gives a full rundown of the game.

Dino Survivor by Belrare

August 26, 2010

Today is the first day of the GTI Asia China Expo and that means more arcade games will be coming to light, especially as the Chinese arcade market has virtually exploded in recent memory (perhaps it helps that consoles are technically banned there where arcades are not). Unfortunately arcade news coming out of China can be very hit-or-miss, sometimes screenshots and video are plentiful for a game (like Crazy SpeedArcade) but most of the time it’s a miss with the only thing we get is a blurry shot of a random cabinet at a trade show or we get a thumbnail shot of a cabinet on a webpage. This will be another post of the latter as Chinese developer Belrare once again has a new product to show off but it’s nowhere to be found on their website, they haven’t responded to inquiries on their content and whether we will see it at IAAPA is completely unknown.

The new game is called Dino Survivor. It looks similar to Let’s Go Jungle or Deadstorm Pirates but this time it’s about hunting dinosaurs. One thing to help this stand out could be that it uses stereoscopic 3D which many other Chinese games have been pushing lately and it also has mounted gatling guns (ala Vulcan-M). It also appears that they may be giving this one a good push in the graphics department where terms like “normal mapping”, “dynamic ocean lighting effects”, “3D particle system”,  and others are part of this game’s visual resumé. So that gives us something to look forward to if we ever get a chance to see the game in more detail and see if it uses any of the modern techniques properly. At least the cabinet looks awesome, I like the vivid artwork it has although it could use a larger viewing window to help avoid the “den of iniquity” problem these kind of theater cabinets tend to run into.

More details here @ the GTI site

Belrare website

Pandora’s Adventure II coming to GTI Asia China Expo next week

August 21, 2010

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Gametime International (or GTI) is busy ramping up for another Expo and when the GTI Asia China Expo 2010 gets under way on the 26th, we know of at least one game that will be there – Pandora’s Adventure II by Golden Dragon. PA2 is the follow-up game to Pandora’s Adventure which was shown this past March. Considering how the time frame between the two titles is quite small,  PA2 is an enhanced version of the first game, adding new characters, a motion-base seat and even a stereoscopic 3D display. It’s doubtful that will help much with the old polygon graphics that could be done on a console from the late 90′s (personally I would prefer 2D sprites over the old 3D stuff, if there was a choice) and they will have cabinet configurations ranging from 19″ screens to 52″ in size. The cabinet is colorful and goofy and I’m sure that it will sell for cheap.

It’s been good to see that the coin-op amusement market is quite strong in China this year, although I hope that they can improve the quality of the games sooner than later. Chinese companies seem quite willing to experiment in different game genres which is a plus but too often we also see clones or bootlegs which dampens the influence of original games from that region. Graphically the original games will need some consistency as they are all over the map, some looking great (like Crazy Speed or Golden Dragon’s own Bloody Taierzhuang) and others looking like Pandora’s Adventure or worse.

[Pandora's Adventure II @ Golden Dragon Amusements]

Pandora's Adventure II coming to GTI Asia China Expo next week

August 21, 2010

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Gametime International (or GTI) is busy ramping up for another Expo and when the GTI Asia China Expo 2010 gets under way on the 26th, we know of at least one game that will be there – Pandora’s Adventure II by Golden Dragon. PA2 is the follow-up game to Pandora’s Adventure which was shown this past March. Considering how the time frame between the two titles is quite small,  PA2 is an enhanced version of the first game, adding new characters, a motion-base seat and even a stereoscopic 3D display. It’s doubtful that will help much with the old polygon graphics that could be done on a console from the late 90′s (personally I would prefer 2D sprites over the old 3D stuff, if there was a choice) and they will have cabinet configurations ranging from 19″ screens to 52″ in size. The cabinet is colorful and goofy and I’m sure that it will sell for cheap.

It’s been good to see that the coin-op amusement market is quite strong in China this year, although I hope that they can improve the quality of the games sooner than later. Chinese companies seem quite willing to experiment in different game genres which is a plus but too often we also see clones or bootlegs which dampens the influence of original games from that region. Graphically the original games will need some consistency as they are all over the map, some looking great (like Crazy Speed or Golden Dragon’s own Bloody Taierzhuang) and others looking like Pandora’s Adventure or worse.

[Pandora's Adventure II @ Golden Dragon Amusements]

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

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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.

Weekend reads: the appeal of arcades and building your own cabinet; Dragon Punch machine breakage; China gets Audition Online; Orbatak video

July 3, 2010

I’m going to take these recent Stinger feeds and combine them into one again, as a way to save a little time.

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We’ll start off with a nice article about arcades found at Gamespy.com entitled “The Perfect Arcade, Part 1: Walking the Retro Road“. The writer gets into why arcades hold appeal and in particular the machines themselves which led him to build a cabinet of his own. Part 1 focuses on how he got to that point and beginning research on building the cabinet, some MAME talk and a little more. Part’s 2 and 3 will get into deeper details on his arcade experience so I look forward to reading that.

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Drunk man becomes enraged while playing a Boxing machine (like Dragon Punch) at his local bar and ends up having to pay $3000 for the damages which occurred. I’m surprised that we don’t come across stories like this more often too be honest. Link

Not a Stinger Newsfeed – Long Entertainment releases Audition Online in China

While Kevin had sent me a link to a story on the national online Chinese tournament for Crazy Speed Arcade, I had mentioned that a part of the Crazy Speed coverage and I didn’t feel that it was worthwhile to give it another post all on it’s own. But I may as well mention it since we’ve got another piece of news coming out of China and from the same company who makes Crazy Speed Arcade. They have yet another title ready to go, a music game called Audition Online. It’s sort of like Konami’s Jubeat, sans the cool touch screens in favor of more traditional buttons.  I could swear that I have heard of an a game called Audition before but I think it was for PCs, so this is likely the arcade debut of the title.

More info on Audition can be found here.

Also not a Stinger Newsfeed

While wandering around Youtube I came across this video of a prototype arcade game from the 90′s that I’ve never heard of by American Laser Games. Called Orbatak, it used the 3DO for it’s hardware and trackballs as the control. I can see where an idea like this holds some appeal but from the look of the game in this video I can also see where it would have needed a little more to it to hold player’s long-term interest. A few more details on it can be found here, it joins the cancelled Beavis and Butthead and Die Alien Scum games in the never-released universe of 3DO-powered arcade titles.

New tank arcade game: Total Armor

June 19, 2010

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At the moment I only have a picture to go on but what you see above is from the G2E Asia 2010 Expo which took place last week in Macau, China. A vast majority of products at the show deal with casino gaming but in the midst of all that was a new arcade title called Total Armor. It was at the Wai Lee Video Amusement Co. Ltd. booth but if you check their website they seem to be more of a distributor than a game producer (Total Armor is currently not listed) and I can’t tell who might have made the game from the logos on the marquee.  Why they picked this event as opposed to GTI last month is unknown but it looks like Namco’s Tank! Tank! Tank! has some competition, at least in the Chinese market. If we ever find out more, I’ll be sure to post an update.

[Via Timo2634's Picasa Web album]


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