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Article: The Player — Japanese Queuing for Arcade!

August 16, 2010

Kevin Williams of The Stinger Report has penned a new article just for us and this one takes a look at the growing interest in the amusement sector in Japan, despite the doom and gloom that had been shopped around a couple of years ago when some companies had begun closing some locations there. Entitled “The Player — Japanese Queuing for Arcade!”, it takes a look at games that are getting players to stand in line, sometimes for an hour or more, to have their chance to try out the latest arcade titles. Click the link below to continue


Links for the weekend: New test for Metal Gear, Arcade Propaganda Posters + more

July 31, 2010

I am needing to catch up on some newsfeeds from the Stinger and in the interest of time I will combine what I can into one post.

Before that though AM.Net has some good links this morning, first with Famitsu’s pics from the most recent location test on Konami’s Metal Gear Arcade. They have modified the cabinets to include a set of 3D glasses on the back of the chair (like they did with Roadfighters 3D) so that someone standing by can see the effect as well. This version of the game had seven playable missions along with team play.

Also Game Watch has a report on the Pengo test by Sega. It sounds like the game really shines when there are eight people involved but it can hold it’s own as a one player game since it still follows the familiar Pengo formula of kicking ice blocks around to smash your enemies. What are your thoughts on them splitting the eight players up among four cabinets though? Would it be less feasible to build something like this?

Now for the Stinger feeds. Newsfeed 887 : Mount Rainier Man Sees Art in Restoring Old Arcade Games. In classic arcade fan circles there are a couple of different categories – those who collect, those who MAME, and those who restore. That many not be completely definitive but it’s close enough and this article discusses the latter of the three as they interview Joe Brewer, a man who began restoring cabinets after picking up a Ms. Pac-Man machine and has been restoring old games ever since.

Newsfeed 888: Arcade Propaganda Posters Calendar. I still want to pick up some of those great arcade game propaganda posters for my arcade but so are many other things on my to-do list. The artist behind the posters has complied his work into a calendar so you can enjoy a different one on a monthly basis, at least until 2011 is over.

UPDATE: I almost forgot to add that Sega’s latest earnings report has their amusement division up 24% over last year and making a profit. You can see info on that starting with page 5 of this report.

Update on Metal Gear Arcade from the Japanese location test

July 10, 2010

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We have a few new details on Konami’s Metal Gear Arcade, which we reported just a couple of days ago would be getting a location test this week. The most significant change to the game since it was last seen would be the option that dictates how the player moves their perspective around. You can pick from either the glasses or the gun, with it working out similarly to first-person titles on the Wii, where the view begins to move once the reticule passes a certain, preset boundary. Stages change after a certain amount of time passes and when a player unlocks new ranks they can play on new stages.  Small Room Aries has scans of the pamphlets explaining how the game works out in greater detail (in Japanese) and we also have a couple of short videos from the location test below.

We’re still not quite sure when this may get a test outside of Japan (as it was originally announced to be a worldwide release) but I have heard of the possibility of the game showing up at IAAPA in November. Of course with as complex as this looks and as expensive as it will likely be that makes it harder to sell but at the same time I’d like to see it do well as it’s unique amongst other titles out there right now.

Metal Gear Arcade location testing in Japan next week

July 4, 2010

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We haven’t heard much about Konami’s Metal Gear Arcade since AOU2010 but next week players in Tokyo, Japan will have a chance to play the game as it’s on location test. From the official page for the game it appears that there are some changes made to the game since AOU – namely cabinet aesthetics and the 3D glasses are less bulky. It’s hard to say how much the game itself will have changed (the small screenshots on the site look sleek at least).

It should also be noted that Konami has been testing out another stereoscopic 3D game, RoadFighters, extensively as of late and there are two more tests planned for next week. I imagine that once MGA starts getting as many location tests as Roadfighters then it won’t be far off from a release.

[Metal Gear Arcade page @]

More Metal Gear Arcade action

February 23, 2010


Here’s another in-depth video of how Metal Gear Arcade works via the last one we’ll link to for a while unless something drastic and different comes along). I can see where this will take some getting used to with the head controls working the way that they do but with some extra tuning to go into the game, it’s best to withhold judgement on how that will work out in practice. Still, it’s great to see the attention that MGA is bringing to arcades, I just hope it spills over to some other games that are out there too, but my hopes are probably too high there.

AOU round-up for today, with videos!

February 20, 2010

Here’s a rundown of the AOU news and info for today, complete with videos.


Metal Gear Arcade in action.The videos below by Gigazine show how the glasses work.

The new Melty Blood. I hadn’t seen much on this series before, visually it looks like Arcana Heart (although the it’s probably the other way around if Melty Blood came along first)

Project Diva Arcade. This runs on Ringedge BTW.

Gundam VS.

Gigazine also has a bunch of write-ups discussing the show, which you can check out here.

Here is a link to the Japanese flyer for Terminator Salvation, via AM-Net.

Here’s a Game Watch article detailing a few more things, with pics of people playing Metal GearArcade, Gaia Attack 4 and Terminator.

Here’s Famitsu’s look at the show, they have pics of Jubeat Knit and more Konami stuff. I wonder if media outside Japan will at least note the game which will be available outside of Japan, like Terminator, Tank! Tank! Tank! and Dead Storm Pirates but my hopes aren’t very high on that.

AOU news – Metal Gear Arcade trailer, new VF5 and more

February 19, 2010

News is starting to pour out of AOU 2010 in Japan and here’s a quick rundown of what we’re getting.

First, Konami has shown a trailer for Metal Gear Arcade, along with new screen shots and close-ups of the unique light-guns employed in the game. They feature several buttons and a thumbstick, you can see the full trailer here(What I posted above has a few things cut out of it). From the trailer it looks pretty intense and it will stand out from other arcade titles by it’s sheer nature, let alone the MG license. I haven’t played the counterpart console game but with the unique interface and the 3D pop-out effect, I’m sure that won’t be an issue for most players to come out and see the game. As a reminder this was announced as a worldwide release but we’ll have to wait and see how Konami will handle distribution of this outside of Japan. If the game is a hit (which will also depend upon the price) I wonder if similar games including first-person shooters could see a comeback of sorts in the arcade (I wouldn’t put it past Activision to think of a Call of Duty arcade, would you?)

Konami also has revealed a new horse racing game called GI-Turf TV. IT looks pretty interesting and it’s a huge setup. You can see more here.

Sega has announced a new version of Virtua Fighter 5R for arcades called Virtua Fighter 5R Final Showdown. They have also released a trailer for the game which you can download here.

The official site for the new Gundam VS. arcade game has also been updated with new information about this game. Of the three games mentioned in this post, I’d say that Gundam is the least likely one you’ll see outside of Japan. You can visit that site here.

Also, AM-Net has pictures of an SD version of Razing Storm, next to Terminator Salvation (which will be released in the summer in Japan). No word on the price difference of Razing Storm standard yet.

Metal Gear Arcade will be at AOU 2010

February 18, 2010


We have been wondering what happened to konami’s Metal Gear Arcade – it turned heads when it was announced at the console game heavy e3 last year but after that the game suddenly disappeared. Game Watch is reporting that the game is finally coming out of hiding and in addition to a cabinet redesign, we also have the first look at the glasses that the game will use, which have been revealed to work out differently than initially expected. According to Game Watch: “3D Systems uses a TV, which delivers the depth of three-dimensional gaming experience.  Also, scroll the screen by moving the eyes, and determined the direction and the enemy attacks “Head Controller” has been adopted.” Which sounds like they are using a 3D TV and the glasses will work as a sort of mouse (which reminds me of the old Atari Mindlink but with interesting modern technology that senses eye movement instead of eyebrow muscle movement) that also includes a mic for voice chat. It’s a cool system that changes up the game although I wonder how they will hold up under a beating that they would likely get in some arcades, especially that camera on the side which looks like it’s begging to be snapped in half by certain kids.

We’ll certainly be keeping an eye out for more on this one next week.

UPDATE: Here is a website for MGA, it will be updated soon with a video of the arcade game in action. You also can see that they have added a new control interface to the game than what was seen previously, including what looks to be a light-gun and another color control panel in the center. It looks like they are trying out several new ideas to entice people to try this out, setting it apart quite a bit from the home Metal Gear version, the only feeling I have is that it’s probably going to cost an arm and a leg to obtain.

[Via Game Watch] [Discuss on the forums]

The Stinger Report's gaze into the crystal ball for 2010 (updated)

January 5, 2010

As 2010 in finally upon us, it’s a good time to take a look further into trends we can expect to see throughout the rest of the year. Thanks to Kevin Williams of The Stinger Report for bringing us this look!

- ‘Crystal Ball Gazing on “Digital Out-of-Home Entertainment” Trends 2010’

It is that time of the New Year when our free trade e-Newsletter (The Stinger Report)– likes to ponder some of the issues that will impact the international amusement  industry – and this year we thought we would give Arcade Heroes a sneak peak at our observations:

The Stinger Report’s gaze into the crystal ball for 2010 (updated)

January 5, 2010

As 2010 in finally upon us, it’s a good time to take a look further into trends we can expect to see throughout the rest of the year. Thanks to Kevin Williams of The Stinger Report for bringing us this look!

- ‘Crystal Ball Gazing on “Digital Out-of-Home Entertainment” Trends 2010’

It is that time of the New Year when our free trade e-Newsletter (The Stinger Report)– likes to ponder some of the issues that will impact the international amusement  industry – and this year we thought we would give Arcade Heroes a sneak peak at our observations:


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