Posted tagged ‘Competition’

Taito’s new Space Invaders themed game in Japan where button mashing = happiness

July 19, 2010

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While several other arcade classics have seen coin-op updates in recent times, including Sea Wolf, Elevator Action and Pac-Man, one glaring omission from the list is Taito’s Space Invaders. Taito has done plenty of SI updates for home consoles and handheld systems but for whatever reason they haven’t felt it necessary to give the original platform SI came out on some love. They still aren’t doing that although this new Space Invaders themed machine in Japan comes close. Listed as Happy Kentei, the object of the game is to see how many times you can press the “Happy Button” in ten seconds. They are even holding a national competition with the game, which will be used to to find the happiest person in Japan (I assume).

More details on Famitsu and the official Taito page for the competition.

Taito's new Space Invaders themed game in Japan where button mashing = happiness

July 19, 2010

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While several other arcade classics have seen coin-op updates in recent times, including Sea Wolf, Elevator Action and Pac-Man, one glaring omission from the list is Taito’s Space Invaders. Taito has done plenty of SI updates for home consoles and handheld systems but for whatever reason they haven’t felt it necessary to give the original platform SI came out on some love. They still aren’t doing that although this new Space Invaders themed machine in Japan comes close. Listed as Happy Kentei, the object of the game is to see how many times you can press the “Happy Button” in ten seconds. They are even holding a national competition with the game, which will be used to to find the happiest person in Japan (I assume).

More details on Famitsu and the official Taito page for the competition.

Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade wins Stride’s Save The Arcades 2 competition

June 17, 2010

And by the final tally, it wasn’t even close, with Ground Kontrol pulling in 624,871,000 total points, which were donated to them by players via the Cowbots flash game. Arcade Infinity came in second place with 371,187,900 points and Rocky’s Replay with 109,806,000 points. Congratulations to Ground Kontrol on their victory (which also lands them $25,000 in prize money so they can beef up their location further), I had seen a video online where it showed that they had a station setup just to play Cowbots and they were also on top of sending out press releases to make sure that people didn’t forget. To top it off they even held a 24 hr. “Cow-Down” to promote the end of the event and keep players donating so in the end, the strategy really paid off. If you are ever in the area of any of the arcades above I’d encourage you to visit them but I am sure that regulars for Ground Kontrol are already excitedly anticipating some of the changes that will come to the place thanks to the prize.

Now a question I have is: Is this it for Stride’s Save The Arcades campaign? They didn’t seem to really publicize this one as much as they did the first competition, where they had went as far as hiring actor Zachary Quinto to go out to a California arcade as a part of the promotion. They don’t say anything about future plans for the campaign on the webpage currently so we will have to wait and see but even if this is the end, we certainly have to appreciate the effort. The attention this has brought to arcades has been better than what we get with trade shows since individual arcade businesses have been highlighted on a national scale. Of course there is a lot more that needs to be done to curb perception that the industry is dead but this has been an excellent way in helping to dispel that myth.

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Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade wins Stride's Save The Arcades 2 competition

June 17, 2010

And by the final tally, it wasn’t even close, with Ground Kontrol pulling in 624,871,000 total points, which were donated to them by players via the Cowbots flash game. Arcade Infinity came in second place with 371,187,900 points and Rocky’s Replay with 109,806,000 points. Congratulations to Ground Kontrol on their victory (which also lands them $25,000 in prize money so they can beef up their location further), I had seen a video online where it showed that they had a station setup just to play Cowbots and they were also on top of sending out press releases to make sure that people didn’t forget. To top it off they even held a 24 hr. “Cow-Down” to promote the end of the event and keep players donating so in the end, the strategy really paid off. If you are ever in the area of any of the arcades above I’d encourage you to visit them but I am sure that regulars for Ground Kontrol are already excitedly anticipating some of the changes that will come to the place thanks to the prize.

Now a question I have is: Is this it for Stride’s Save The Arcades campaign? They didn’t seem to really publicize this one as much as they did the first competition, where they had went as far as hiring actor Zachary Quinto to go out to a California arcade as a part of the promotion. They don’t say anything about future plans for the campaign on the webpage currently so we will have to wait and see but even if this is the end, we certainly have to appreciate the effort. The attention this has brought to arcades has been better than what we get with trade shows since individual arcade businesses have been highlighted on a national scale. Of course there is a lot more that needs to be done to curb perception that the industry is dead but this has been an excellent way in helping to dispel that myth.

[Save The Arcades 2 - Stride Gum]

Reminder: Save the Arcades 2 competition ends Tuesday

June 13, 2010

Just a friendly remind here for those who want to take an active part in helping out an arcade out there – the STRIDE Gum Save the Arcades 2 competition is drawing to a close as whoever has the most points donated to them via the Cowbots flash game will win the $25,000 prize. At the moment Ground Kontrol in Oregon is in first place (in fact they are holding a big event all for the purpose of drawing attention to the competition), with Arcade Infinity in California in 2nd and Rocky’s Replay in 3rd. Any of those spots could change any moment depending upon how many points separate each business but we aren’t sure this time as the points are not being displayed publicly.

The question after this is, will STRIDE continue their campaign to help arcades that are out there? I certainly hope so as this has been a great idea on their part to really help some arcades out, even the ones who didn’t win the cash prizes get the benefit of some national attention, which usually spurs some extra local attention as well.

Visit the Save The Arcades site here.

Konami announces a DDR US championship

September 25, 2009

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DDR fans, get ready to compete. Starting tomorrow in Dallas, TX, Konami will begin holding regional competitions at different GameWorks locations around the US, which will eventually lead to a final tournament in December where we will see who is the best DDR player in the US. If you don’t live anywhere near Dallas, don’t worry as other regional qualifiers will be held as follows: October 2 – Miami, Florida; October 11 – Columbus, Ohio; October 17 – New York, NY; October 24 – Minneapolis, Minnesota; November 7 – Las Vegas, Nevada(this will miss IAAPA by just a couple of weeks); November 14 – Seattle, Washington; December 5 – Las Vegas, Nevada (National Finals).

Players will compete on a DDR SuperNova machine, with players achieving the highest scores advancing onto the next round. I do wonder how they might use these events to also promote DDR:X, if it will be promoted at all. A few more details on the tournament can be found at the official site for the tournament, ddruschampionship.com.

[Via Bemanistyle.com & News10.net] [Discuss on the Forums]

Super Battle Opera 09 now taking place in Tokyo

August 15, 2009

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[Thanks to Aaron Auzins for the info]

Another big arcade fighter tournament is now taking place, this one the widely popular Super Battle Opera which is going on in Tokyo. Some of the games that players will be competing on include Street Fighter IV, Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion, Virtua Fighter 5R, King of Fighters XII, Tatsunoko Vs Capcom, Fate: Unlimited Codes, BlazBlue, Street Fighter III 3rd Strike and Arcana Heart 2.  Players from all over the world compete in this tournament, which has to be quite entertaining to watch. You can find out a little more about the Super Battle Opera event by going here or here.

The Guitar Hero arcade CA Extreme 2009 Championship

July 16, 2009

California Extreme has come and gone once again but with it are some lucky players who participated in some of the competitions that were held at the big event. One of those tournaments was a Guitar Hero Arcade competition, sponsored by Raw Thrills and Betson Enterprises. Over 50 players competed against each other with the top 16 walking away with a prize of some sort, the grand prize being a Ultimate Guitar Hero Prize Package which included a Wii console complete with a full band kit and what the press release calls “5 Guitar Hero Arcade titles” although I assume that means console games and not full GH arcade machines. Here is a video that showcases a few parts of the competition and the press release can be found after the break.

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Fans cheer on Steve Wiebe for his latest DK high score attempt at E3

June 3, 2009

If you have seen the documentary “King of Kong” which portrays the ever lasting battle for getting the high score on a classic arcade title like Donkey Kong, then you know of the GoSteveGo_previewrivalry that exists between players when it comes to being the world record holder. In this particular case between Steve Wiebe and Billy Mitchell, people even take sides as to who they want to see win and while I have not picked a side in this particular competition (I’m probably the only arcade fan out there who has still missed out on seeing KoK), I figure that it’s become one of the more notable rivalries in recent memory and in case you had not heard, Mr. Wiebe took the stage at E3 earlier today to challenge the current high score that is held by Mr. Mitchell. I have not heard how that has come down and I am not sure how long it takes to reach this particular high score in DK but Wiebe fans are cheering him on and have even created a desktop wallpaper to show their support for his effort. I wonder now if Mitchell fans will do this as well (or take it to another level) but in case you want to cheer Wiebe on via your desktop, you can find the wallpapers at Just One More Game.

Some King of Fighters XII news

April 8, 2009

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April is the month that King Of Fighters XII finally arrives and with that there are a couple of things that are worth mentioning.

 First remember to check out the official Japanese website for the game for any updates. I know that we have mentioned the site before but the nice thing about these official sites is they start out as teasers and slowly build up from there so if you need a KOF12 fix then that is one place guaranteed to have screens of the game and more.

Second, would you like to have your own KOF12 arcade machine? I sure would and if you are good at fighters and particularly fighters in the vein of KOF, then you have a chance to win one. Evo and Iginition are teaming up to bring the first KOF12 tournament to the US. The grand prize is the aforementioned KOF12 arcade machine and the tournament will be held as a stand-alone event, separate from Evolution that is taking place in July.  The KOF12 tourney will take place at 12PM on May 30th at Element in Hollywood, CA. They will hold a 128-man single elimination tournament which you can sign up for here. They also note that the Tilt in Portland, Ore. has a KOF12 machine – I am not sure if any other locations in the US do at this time. More info on this great KOF12 tourney can be found here.

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