Posted tagged ‘hardware’

What games are best enjoyed in the arcade?

September 7, 2009

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So the headline here is sort of a rhetorical question – we all know what works best in arcades and what doesn’t, but we may as well discuss the subject thanks to this link that the Stinger Report sent along to us. The article starts out with the seemingly obligatory shot at arcades being dead, etc. etc. but then goes onto talk about why fighters, shooters and DDR are all better at the arcade then they are at home. I don’t think we can find anything to disagree with on those types of games as there is a good reason as to why those types of games (& racers) are almost exclusively produced by arcade companies year after year. tank-02l

Granted I personally feel that there are other kinds of games that can work better in arcades and I have written about such games before when I did my Missing in Action articles a while back. For starters anything that involves the player controlling a gigantic war vehicle such as tanks, planes or mechs takes the top prize when it comes to arcades and if you don’t believe me then I suggest you find a T-Mek arcade machine and give that a go. Also games like Blazing Angels or the upcoming Tank! Tank! Tank! show off why these games are more enjoyable in the arcade than at home.

Related to fighters are brawlers or scrolling fighters if you prefer. These games have always been specially tailored to coin-op format and while I do occasionally enjoy playing these at home, it’s just better in the arcade, especially when you are joined by a couple of friends and the need to stay alive so you save your quarters as much as possible heightens the excitement behind the play.

I would also throw pinball in there because of video pinball titles that are still being made for modern consoles today – nothing beats actual pinball and that’s one reason why I am glad to have a couple of pins sitting in my arcade. It doesn’t matter how nice the home video pinball game may be, it will never hold a candle to what a real machine can do which gives players that unique “pinball feel”.

Exergaming has the potential to be done better in arcades and obviously DDR plays the biggest role behind that but I think that the envelope could be pushed further than that as long as the right ideas are put into place. Speaking of DDR, Kevin also sent us a link detailing two DDR Enthusiasts in Idaho who use the game to get their workout while having fun.

For someone elses take on what can be done better in arcades, click here.

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Behind the scenes at Sega

May 31, 2008

R reader!While I was at the Sega Rally 3 launch last week, I got to see a little bit of what goes on at Sega Amusements Europe. It is a fun place! The developers from the former Sega Racing Studio turned up for a look at the finished product, but some members were also addicted to another machine – the UFO Catcher in the corner! They got quite good at it and managed to win quite a few times, which was impressive given the bulky nature of the prizes in the machine. As well as playing Sega Rally 3 against them, I took on the testing team (who are scarily good at the game). One particular tester known as “The Stig” also got to witness me making a real hash of things on the PS3 version of Sega Rally, and asked me the question of the day – “do you read UK:Resistance?”, which is one of those questions you’re always afraid to face in public.

Speaking of UK:R, one of my missions for the day was to locate the Sonic statue that Zorg made infamous. As you can see, the quest was successful! The building also contains many other items of interest for those of us raised on the Master System and Mega Drive. The warehouse is full of spares for games going right back to the early 1990s – I noticed things for the 1992 games Virtua Racing and Stadium Cross, but the collection extends through to the present day fairly comprehensively. I must admit to geeking out a bit when I saw the Spikeout marquee pictured below, and Scud Race is still a gem (which still isn’t available on home consoles). Meanwhile, the workshop contains various fun things, including the prototype “Super Challenge” cabinet from the Sega Rally 3 location tests and a disassembled 1995 Sega Rally cabinet, as well as various modern machines such as 2 Spicy and Virtua Tennis 3.

Have a peek at some pictures I gathered on my trip:

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A visit to a warehouse loaded with games

April 30, 2008

As I mentioned just a few posts ago, I had the chance to go and check out a warehouse full of games today. I am kicking myself however as I forgot to bring my camera along for images/video. So I’ll just have to describe what I saw and when I get to go back hopefully I’ll remember the camera and they will allow me to film it.

Of course with the way everything was setup there it might not have worked out too well recording video as I have never been in a warehouse with so many games. And not only did they have a lot of games, there was very little space between them so I had to do a lot of climbing over things and standing on games to get to the back. Good thing I’m skinny.

When I first arrived I was walked to the back through their main workspace that also had many games laying around although most of those were being worked on and weren’t up for grabs AFAIK. They had some rare pins there, including two Medieval Madness pins and a Revenge From Mars. I saw a couple of Crisis Zones, two Dark Legacy cabs, several Artic Thunder cabs, a Wangan Midnight cab, Ballistic (by TrioTech) Wild Ride by Sega (which I had never heard of before), a Maze of Kings and an SF Alpha, just to name a few.

Arriving in the back I got to see what I was up against – about 8 rows of games stacked back to back along with other cabinets sprawled about. Keep in mind most of these games have a problem of some kind whether it was missing the board, dead monitor, busted controls, etc. Among the many games I looked at I saw a couple of Area 51′s and a Site 4 cabinet; a Time Crisis 2 cab w/o the guns; a Revolution X, a SF Rush 2049 w/o the board, several Crusin’ games including USA, World and Exotica; a Virtua On; a Konami punching game that used motion-capturing boxing gloves but it was different from MoCap Boxing – it instead had physical targets to punch called Fighting Mania: Fist of the North Star (thanks Paul); and this was only on 1 row. Hit the post break for more!

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Seen on eBay – Star Trek Arcade’s Bridge Chair

April 25, 2008

A long time ago on Arcade Heroes we had weekly updates on interesting arcade-related stuff on eBay but we obviously haven’t been keeping up on that very well. But I just had to mention this – being both a fan of arcades and Star Trek, it was too good to pass up. I grew up watching Star Trek: TNG and honestly I like every single series (even Enterprise). To be honest Star Trek generally doesn’t bode too well when it comes to video games although the few arcade titles to be based on the original series were excellent, especially the vector Star Trek game by Sega. In addition to some upright ST cabinets, Sega also produced a few cockpit versions of the game which used this awesome bridge chair and it so happens that someone on eBay is selling just that – the chair with no game attached. If you need a bridge chair, this one costs much less than the Enterprise-E bridge chair that sold for roughly $52,000 a while back at that big auction in New York. Personally I’d rather get this with the arcade game too, but it’s still cool by itself.

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Seen on eBay – Star Trek Arcade's Bridge Chair

April 25, 2008

A long time ago on Arcade Heroes we had weekly updates on interesting arcade-related stuff on eBay but we obviously haven’t been keeping up on that very well. But I just had to mention this – being both a fan of arcades and Star Trek, it was too good to pass up. I grew up watching Star Trek: TNG and honestly I like every single series (even Enterprise). To be honest Star Trek generally doesn’t bode too well when it comes to video games although the few arcade titles to be based on the original series were excellent, especially the vector Star Trek game by Sega. In addition to some upright ST cabinets, Sega also produced a few cockpit versions of the game which used this awesome bridge chair and it so happens that someone on eBay is selling just that – the chair with no game attached. If you need a bridge chair, this one costs much less than the Enterprise-E bridge chair that sold for roughly $52,000 a while back at that big auction in New York. Personally I’d rather get this with the arcade game too, but it’s still cool by itself.

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