Posted tagged ‘LAI Games’

National Textminator tournament now live in the UK

February 16, 2010

If you live in the UK, you’re good at texting and you want to win some prizes, then the Textminator tournament is for you. PMT Sales has reported that the tournament is now live and that the game can be found at the Hollywood Bowl in Leeds along with five other machines in the country. 50 machines are scheduled to go out to different locations in the UK over the next 30 days so finding one shouldn’t prove to be too difficult. At the moment the monthly prize is a Playstation 3 and players will also have a chance at £10,000. PMT Sales states:”Initial reaction has been fantastic with kids realizing quite quickly that their texting skills could be used to for their further education.”  More info on the tournament can be found here.

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First pics from the big arcade show in London called EAG 2010 by Kevin Williams UPDATED

January 27, 2010

Thanks to Kevin Williams of The Stinger Report, we have a first look at the European Amusement and Gaming Expo 2010. To give you an idea of some of the games you’ll see by clicking below, here’s a brief list of what’s new: Let’s Go Island (Sega); Bejeweled (?); Vulcan M (Rassen); Big Buck Hunter Pinball (Stern); Stomper DLX (TrioTech); Rok N’ Bloks (ICE); The BishiBashi (Konami); and one game that’s sure to grab us plenty of hits for the rest of eternity on the name alone, Box4Sex (don’t worry, it’s SFW – just a boxer game that dispenses condoms and such) and of course there’s more. But you’ll have to click below to find out. All the pictures are courtesy The Stinger Report; the commentary is all mine and just so you know, I wasn’t at the show. This also marks just one of our EAG related posts – more information will be forthcoming (including videos!) in the coming days so stay tuned! In fact, I already have found one video showing the games there, which you’ll find embedded below as well.

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PMT Sales now running big tournaments for Textminator across the UK

January 8, 2010

If you live in the UK and you are good at texting, then this is for you. UK distributor PMT Sales has let us know about some big competitions they are currently running on 100 Textminator arcade machines that are placed in various locations throughout the country.  What they are offering is nothing to sneeze at – random winners can win brand new mobile phones and later this year they will hold a large competition looking for the “fastest texter in the UK” with a grand prize of £10,000 (about $16,000 USD at current exchange rates). According to PMT:

We have 100 machines going out before easter and each one has a monthly unique prize. If the winner wants to he can then be entered into the final play off at the end of the year. Each machine will have its own leaderboard sent to our new website so customers can keep up to date on scores to beat

That website would be blingmobiles.com. Also from the PMT site, I noticed that they also have custom artwork for Textminator cabinets that can be tailored to a specific phone manufacturer. It’s a pretty smart use of the idea behind the game and I wonder if other companies in different territories around the world will pick up on this as well.

PMT also let us know that they are now hold exclusive distribution rights to Universal Space games, which I covered at IAAPA (Textminator was covered in that same post in case you missed it). UNIS is one company I have been watching since IAAPA as they revealed their first in-house developed game, Ultimate and of course the Cooking Mama video redemption title.

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Pics from the London Preview 2010 show

October 8, 2009

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Another arcade trade show has come along and this time we have pictures (unlike with AMOA ’09, which I still haven’t seen anything from that one). To see all of the pictures, I’ve placed them after the post break so check it out, there are a couple of new games we haven’t seen previously, like Big Hammer, Robot Football and Challenger. All pics courtesy of Kevin Williams of The Stinger Report.

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LAI Games brings Dino Duel to the US

August 29, 2009

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It looks like the arena of card-based coin-op games is beginning to heat up - first with Sega and now LAI Games is going to bring one a title over from Indonesia (the game made its debut at the Timezone there a little over a year ago) to the US that uses a similar concept. Called Dino Duel, the game dispenses cards that players can then use in the game or in a separate card game where ever they so happen to be. When you insert a coin the game will dispense a card for the player to grab. Then they scan the card in the reader and depending on what the card is it will affect the gameplay, which uses a rock/paper/scissors interface that is easy for kids to pick up on.

One distributor already has the game in-stock and for a surprisingly low price for an arcade title as well. I imagine that we’ll be seeing this at AMOA as well so now the question is, how many other manufacturers are going to jump onto the card game bandwagon now? As for a dinosaur themed game, my three year old son would absolutely go bonkers over that (as he would other such themed titles) although he’s still a little too young to get the part with the cards.

Here is one video I found of the game on Youtube. There is another, less choppy video of the game that can be found here.

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LAI Games’ Textminator appears at the AAMA Gala

August 13, 2009

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It looks like there is a still a little bit of news to discuss about in regards to the AAMA Gala, with this recent press release that was sent out by LAI Games. You might recall that way back at IAAPA last year, LAI Games introduced a very interesting and unique coin-op title called Textminator where the game puts the players”texting skills to the test”. I would still like to see how this one works out in person but according to the press release (which can be found after the post break) it is testing well and it is something different which I like to see. I am not much of a texting person myself but I know many people who are and they might find a texting game (especially one like this where you can ‘battle’ with another player) to be enticing.

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LAI Games' Textminator appears at the AAMA Gala

August 13, 2009

TextminatorStandard_for_pr2

stinger

It looks like there is a still a little bit of news to discuss about in regards to the AAMA Gala, with this recent press release that was sent out by LAI Games. You might recall that way back at IAAPA last year, LAI Games introduced a very interesting and unique coin-op title called Textminator where the game puts the players”texting skills to the test”. I would still like to see how this one works out in person but according to the press release (which can be found after the post break) it is testing well and it is something different which I like to see. I am not much of a texting person myself but I know many people who are and they might find a texting game (especially one like this where you can ‘battle’ with another player) to be enticing.

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