Posted tagged ‘motion-based games’

Storm-G, Sega's latest amusement attraction game ride

February 17, 2009

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If there is one thing Sega loves, it’s making arcade titles that are also amusement rides in and of themselves. They are continuing this trend with their latest offering called Storm-G, a bobsleding game “of the future” where you can reach high speeds and the seat can spin around in 360° on one axis. The unit uses two joysticks and can apparently can seat two people in one unit, which are labelled as “SG-360″, probably a homage of sorts to the old R360. The in-game graphics look excellent and while there is no indication of it, I wonder if this will be one of the first games to use the new Ringwide or Ringedge hardware (whichever it is supposed to be called).

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8 of these will be installed at Sega’s Joypolis in Tokyo, and I imagine it will be made available to other amusement parks down the line.

[Via Gpara] [Discuss on the Forums]

Storm-G, Sega’s latest amusement attraction game ride

February 17, 2009

storm-g

stinger11

If there is one thing Sega loves, it’s making arcade titles that are also amusement rides in and of themselves. They are continuing this trend with their latest offering called Storm-G, a bobsleding game “of the future” where you can reach high speeds and the seat can spin around in 360° on one axis. The unit uses two joysticks and can apparently can seat two people in one unit, which are labelled as “SG-360″, probably a homage of sorts to the old R360. The in-game graphics look excellent and while there is no indication of it, I wonder if this will be one of the first games to use the new Ringwide or Ringedge hardware (whichever it is supposed to be called).

click to enlarge

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8 of these will be installed at Sega’s Joypolis in Tokyo, and I imagine it will be made available to other amusement parks down the line.

[Via Gpara] [Discuss on the Forums]

The Apex Racing Simulator by SimCraft

December 15, 2008

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Arcades have always been great at presenting simulators to the public and when it comes to racing simulators, they really hit the spot. Even at IAAPA this year we saw several simulation style games with movement, multiple or huge screens and more. I used to be able to enjoy these kinds of games to a degree but after developing Meniere’s disease a little while ago, I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to try one out again, which stinks but such is life.

Here is a look at a new racing simulator called the Apex SC830 which promises full pitch, yaw and rolling capabilities in a relatively small package. Like many other racing sim setups like this it features three screens (which is another one of those things arcades started doing a long time ago with games like Atari’s TX-1 or the more recent Ferrari F355 Challenge Deluxe by Sega). It appears to work with any PC/console although it doesn’t say it outright but where this was made to train professional racers I imagine that it would have those sort of hookups. If it worked with any console then the first thing I would like to see someone try is Enduro on the Atari 2600 but my hopes aren’t very high that it would work with that. SimCraft, the creators of this machine, will be at CES in January so I imagine that if anyone in the amusement sector is interested in one of these that that is a good place to check it out.

[Simcraft - Apex SC830 page] [Discuss on the Forum]

New game: Power Boat by IMOtion! (w/ video and 1st pics)

May 21, 2008

Today we’re doing pretty well, first the Nicktoon racing game and now Power Boat by IMOtion. Of course Power Boat is one game that we have discussed before – I saw a video of the game in action on a very tiny screen at ASI but I wasn’t able to find out much more on the game until recently. We saw the game at the GTI 2008 expo last week where it has gone under a heavy revision from what you will see here, which includes the cabinet and from what I know, the gameplay as well (they have been working on fine tuning it and making the game more fast paced. You will notice from the video that the game features power-ups and pretty good graphics, hopefully it shows through in this Vimeo video. The game has 10 different boats to choose from and courses in Russia, Greece and the Carribean Sea.

I should just reiterate again in case you didn’t want to read all of the above THIS IS AN EARLIER VERSION OF THE GAME AND THE FINAL VERSION WILL BE A LITTLE DIFFERENT. The first part shows the early gameplay (and you’ll notice the choppy framerate which I have been told should be fixed in the final version) and then shows the motion features in a prototype cabinet (that looks to have been scrapped from last weeks pics). Fortunately I may be able to see the game in action soon, when I do I’ll be sure to take plenty of video of it then. Be sure to watch it in full screen.

If that doesn’t satisfy you, a larger AVI version can be found through this link. Be warned, it’s about 175MB in size.

UPDATE: First direct, high-rez screenshots of Power Boat! (Click on the thumbnails to view full size)

[IMOtion website] [Discuss on the Forum]

Go Go Golf from Sega – junk the Wiimote, play with a real club!

April 9, 2008

I remember not too long ago when Bill Gates was asked about the motion-sensing controls of the Wii he mentioned that he saw the day when you could do something like pick up a real tennis racket and use that for your controller. Well now you can with a real gold club and golf balls with Sega’s Go Go Golf, a new coin-op golf simulator. (OK before I get too far along, I know that someone else had already has created a golf simulator that uses real clubs and golf balls, I’ll have to find the link – so no, Sega is not the first in this regard but they might be for a coin-operated setting). By using a series of sensors, the game detects the angle and velocity of the ball and translates that into the virtual world that you see on the screen. In addition to standard golf long-driving practice mode, it also features several mini-game modes where the player tries to break different targets using the ball including floating colored panels, colored balloons, bingo and more. Graphically it looks pretty slick and this will obviously appeal to many venues beyond arcades and FECs including gyms and other health clubs, golf shops, etc.

As always we don’t know if this will have an international release but with as popular as golf is worldwide, I’d say that it’s a safe bet to say that we could see this one being made available outside of Japan.

[Via ITMedia and DengekiOnline] [Discuss on the Forum]


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