Prior to Amusement Expo 2010, one manufacturer we were hearing a lot about was Sega as they threw a few press releases out there regarding some new products they would be showing off at the expo. I misread one press release and believed that Let’s Go Island would have a cabinet there but I was mistaken and they had the same preview cabinet seen at EAG – so no luck there. But they had plenty of other games to check out, none of them “new” in the sense that we hadn’t seen the game itself before. I was quite surprised to see a new Ghost Squad cabinet that makes use of a large LCD screen as opposed to a projector. Also the presence of the Game Gate VU was a bit larger this time and was popular. You can see it all in the video below
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We have discussed the Game Gate VU before, a coin-op kiosk that allows operators to put an Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 on location to take advantage of the library that is offered by those game consoles in an arcade environment. I saw the Game Gate VU as ASI09 and it was an interesting concept to see and according to the latest issue of the e-zine The Stinger Report, they discuss a new version of the Game Gate that will focus on driving games. This creates a problem however with EA games, in particular racing games released by GlobalVR that are based upon EA franchises such as Need For Speed. As such, those particular games which have been released by GVR would be illegal to use on the Game Gate while it appears that others would be available.
I wonder now with this coming along if we will see anymore console-to-arcade ports of racing games, I could see how this development would be potentially depressing for such efforts although that also depends on how well the GGVU sells.
Stay tuned for more information as it comes along.
We have been following the efforts of those who have been attempting to bring console gaming back into arcades (you might recall that consoles have been used before in arcades to promote a game system in particular – the Nintendo VS. or Sega’s Mega Play come to mind) and so far no one had been successful at creating a legal platform where operators could set-up a console like the Xbox 360 and go from there. The Arcade Station T2 got close but apparently had dropped the ball somewhere but now the T2 is back, redesigned and legal. In addition to the Xbox 360 it can also play Playstation 3 games now and the unit already has distributors set up in Europe and the US. As a sign of legitimacy to it, Sega Amusements Europe will be distributing the unit in Europe (except for Italy); a company called American Reload will handle it in the US and Highway Games will take care of it in Asia. More details will be forthcoming at ATEI 2009 and I imagine that this will probably see Street Fighter 4 being played at many locations since an operator could save gobs of cash on it and still charge quarters/tokens for the game without having to keep a constant eye on the thing.
Click on the image above for a full view of the flyer.