Posted tagged ‘Simulators’

BRD’s Full Car Motion Simulator that we’ll probably never get to play

August 27, 2010

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I wasn’t sure about running this story as in the description they state that this simulator is made for race drivers and thus not for amusement parks but that might not stop an amusement facility with a lot of extra cash on-hand from getting one, so we’ll take a quick look at this. The simulator in question is by Ball Racing Developments Ltd. or BRD for short. They have developed a new Forumla 1 racing simulator using “Simulator control technology that has been designed by racing drivers for racing drivers [and the] most realistic motion cues for professional racing drivers.” I’m not going to list all of the features it has here as you can just as easily read about it on the website for the machine but it’s worth noting that this simulator tries to reproduce the experience down to creating smoke from the tires. At least the chances of you getting to play this are slightly higher than that Ferrari simulator on the back of a huge robot arm but not by much.

BRD's Full Car Motion Simulator that we'll probably never get to play

August 27, 2010

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I wasn’t sure about running this story as in the description they state that this simulator is made for race drivers and thus not for amusement parks but that might not stop an amusement facility with a lot of extra cash on-hand from getting one, so we’ll take a quick look at this. The simulator in question is by Ball Racing Developments Ltd. or BRD for short. They have developed a new Forumla 1 racing simulator using “Simulator control technology that has been designed by racing drivers for racing drivers [and the] most realistic motion cues for professional racing drivers.” I’m not going to list all of the features it has here as you can just as easily read about it on the website for the machine but it’s worth noting that this simulator tries to reproduce the experience down to creating smoke from the tires. At least the chances of you getting to play this are slightly higher than that Ferrari simulator on the back of a huge robot arm but not by much.

The most impractical, yet cool Ferrari simulator of the day

August 12, 2010

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We’ve seen a number of racing simulators come onto the scene lately but none of them can make the claim that this one has. It’s controlled by a gigantic robotic arm. You aren’t going to be seeing this at an amusement park any time soon as it’s a project put together by the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Germany but sometimes it’s the possibilities that count.

[Source: Asia.Cnet.com]

Capcom's Sengoku Basara – the amusement park attraction

July 19, 2010

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Back in 2005 Capcom released a new game for the Playstation 2 called Sengoku Basara. Five years and well over a million sales later they are preparing to release the 3rd installment of the series and as part of the fifth anniversary of the game’s release, they already have an amusement park attraction to go along with it. Located at the Fuji-Q Highland park, the new attraction has you wandering through an ancient Japanese castle, collecting BASARA cards that you insert into certain devices placed throughout the complex as you play some sort of game and near the end, one gets a chance to play Sengoku Basara on a large projected screen with motion-controls. According to the translation @ Game Watch:

Will play the final round, which it will be cut with a sword and a giant video screen. First, kill the fireball as a practice stage.  The fireball on screen, “Zan” as someone called Mark, swing the sword away at it.  Nobunaga military confrontation with the practice followed by the stage.  I cut the first 100 and first stage. Continuously appear on Nobunaga army soldiers invaded from the front, “Slasher” will cut down the mark. There is also an element of Whack Even though, as I can not kill easily.  However, the number must defeat is not so much GANBAROU never give up.

While it’s slightly difficult to understand what all of that means, I imagine it’s something similar to the arcade title Mazan, but with a huge screen.

Full details can be found at Game Watch.

Capcom’s Sengoku Basara – the amusement park attraction

July 19, 2010

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Back in 2005 Capcom released a new game for the Playstation 2 called Sengoku Basara. Five years and well over a million sales later they are preparing to release the 3rd installment of the series and as part of the fifth anniversary of the game’s release, they already have an amusement park attraction to go along with it. Located at the Fuji-Q Highland park, the new attraction has you wandering through an ancient Japanese castle, collecting BASARA cards that you insert into certain devices placed throughout the complex as you play some sort of game and near the end, one gets a chance to play Sengoku Basara on a large projected screen with motion-controls. According to the translation @ Game Watch:

Will play the final round, which it will be cut with a sword and a giant video screen. First, kill the fireball as a practice stage.  The fireball on screen, “Zan” as someone called Mark, swing the sword away at it.  Nobunaga military confrontation with the practice followed by the stage.  I cut the first 100 and first stage. Continuously appear on Nobunaga army soldiers invaded from the front, “Slasher” will cut down the mark. There is also an element of Whack Even though, as I can not kill easily.  However, the number must defeat is not so much GANBAROU never give up.

While it’s slightly difficult to understand what all of that means, I imagine it’s something similar to the arcade title Mazan, but with a huge screen.

Full details can be found at Game Watch.

Experience a top-of-the-line race simulator at the Weston–Super–Mare Grand Pier, UK

July 17, 2010

Cruden's system as seen at IAAPA 2009

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If you aren’t happy with the driving experience that a run o’ the mill arcade driver gives you then there are companies which address that, with crazy setups like we see by Cruden. They had one of these at IAAPA, which I only watched from the sidelines, but it was quite impressive. Little did I realize that these setups are used by both professional drivers and engineers for virtual training but where it was being shown at IAAPA, obviously the company had a desire to move the simulator into the amusement sector. Now they have accomplished just that, with at least at one location in the UK known as the Weston–Super–Mare Grand Pier installing two units to play. The units are known as the Hexatech 3CTR interactive race simulator and this is the first installation of such machines for use by the public. The article that Kevin sent us doesn’t mention what the price will be to play one of these (if you are in the area it’s probably best to save up, just in case). It is also mentioned that to keep things fresh, there are a variety of options on the table for the pier to add extras to the simulators, from “fitting car bodywork or mounting actual vehicles to a motion platform”; as well as upgrades to the software for different kinds of cars and tracks.

[Via Highway Games] [Cruden.com]

Army Experience Center in Philadelphia to close

June 22, 2010

The simulators at the Army Experience Center (from their website)

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It was only a year and a half ago when we reported on the US Army’s new Army Experience Center, an interactive setup that sought to bring a new twist to how the US Army is branding itself for the 21st century. It’s been announced that the center will now close after two years of operation, with the idea having been declared a “success” for what they were trying to do. In addition to a large LAN center area they also featured a number of high-end simulators to try and give visitors a “unique insight into the life of a soldier.”

The Army is still looking at taking the concept to other areas of the US so this won’t be the last time we’ll be hearing about the idea. I wonder if the price tag could be a factor here however as this one was a $12 million project (which of course is a steal compared to many other US government projects) and who knows if that might delay other centers from opening.

[Via Philly.com]

Mutant Alert: Interactive theater game for 16-players

June 20, 2010

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When it comes to grabbing some attention in the out-of-home-entertainment industry, one way to do it is use the “Galaxian 3” model. While such large-format games only work in certain locations, they do prove to be top-earners, providing a fun and unique experience to players. Galaxian 3 itself is a bit old now but we have seen a few setups in recent times that follow a similar format, such as Trans-Force, which is produced by a Russian company of the same name. We also have had Sega’s Special theater series of games that they developed for games like House of the Dead 4 and Let’s Go Jungle.  Today’s “interactive theater” game comes from China called Mutant Alert. Developed by Zhongshan Golden Horse Amusement Co. Ltd., they state:

“Mutant Alert is our latest developed multi-person interactive shooting game. With its extra-size screen, high definition picture, as well as 16 two-dimension moving seats and real time interaction, the game offers multisensory excitement for players. Mutant Alert brings you not only the excitement of common shooting games, but also the interactive factor of dynamic cinema, leading you to the magic world of virtual reality.”

The webpage where the game is listed also mentions pneumatic systems in use, likely in the seats, and some sort of air blowing system like we saw in Sega’s House of the Dead 4 Special game where it blew air on to players to simulate zombie breath.

More details on the Golden Horse Amusements website.

New I-WAY racing simulator arcade in France

June 14, 2010

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If you love racing simulators and you ever happen to be passing through Lyons, France (or if you live nearby) then a new business that recently opened it’s doors there will certainly hold appear for you. Called I-WAY, the pace has be under construction for the past four years and offers more than racing simulators although the simulators are the primary attraction for spending your hard earned cash there. With 18 6-axis simulators built around full-sized “Formula 1, rally/touring and endurance race cars” you will be spending quite a bit a of cash for the experience, with a single race starting at a mere €60 (or about $73.25USD; I am being facetious when I say “mere” here). You can also get a racing package with ten races for ‘only’ €630, so save up before you head in. At the very least with the quality of simulators that they appear to have, you know that you are going to get a high quality experience out the it.

[Via OhGizmo!]

Let's talk some virtual golf

April 10, 2010

Sega's Go Go Golf

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When Kevin (Stinger Report) sent me this particular link, I wasn’t really sure how to best approach but as it’s a pretty slow news day, I figured I’d take a crack at it anyways. That and the Masters is taking place and there is plenty of talk revolving around that mostly due to Tiger Woods’ involvement so let’s talk some golf.

Or more specifically golf simulators, which have been covered on this site to some degree before. This recent article which popped up on G4TV talks about some high-end golf simulators and how they have developed over time but it seems to miss the point – while there certainly are some individuals who could be prone to picking up something like this for themselves, golf simulators like the one discussed in the article have plenty of application in out-of-home entertainment venues. One such venue which is known to feature golf simulation is Dave And Busters; I have heard of some other FEC’s which also feature either a golf or some other sports simulator; as pictured above, Sega produced Go Go Golf for entertainment venues a while back; there also is a company called Visual Sports which has a simulator setup which has a version of their equipment which is specifically tailored to coin-op, Visual Sports. These also can be great for stores which sell golf equipment, as the simulator lets the customer try out the equipment in a virtual environment before they buy. And of course if you want to downsize from there we have system’s like Golden Tee, Power Putt, Putt: Championship Golf and X-Putt which do allow people to experience a virtual golf experience without plunking down thousands of dollars to do so.

The writer states:”more specialized golf simulators and games have been been developing almost in a separate universe from mass-appeal video games since at least the 1980s”. Which is true but why would they develop in a separate “universe” from mainstream games? Because certain media outlets choose to ignore them because they can’t be bought at a local retailer. I can understand the lack of appeal in covering simulators on a daily basis but there are plenty of perfectly good golf games which are routinely ignored in the same manner as their larger simulator cousins, simply because they are coin-op. Just because you can’t find these games on the Wii doesn’t change the fact that they are big business (especially Golden Tee) and have contributed to gaming in their own way.

You can see an example of what I am talking about this in the article as they link to a video called “X-Play’s Top Five Golf Games.” They pick five golf games and talk about how influential they are, all while acting like Golden Tee doesn’t exist. And whether you like GT or not, you cannot ignore the fact that it literally has millions of fans who have been playing it for 21 years. GT is consistently one of the top-selling coin-op games out there, making far more money for the company who produced it (Incredible Technologies) and subsequent locations who host the game than any of their top five picks could ever hope to make for their respective publishers. But to wrap it up, no one can make the point more forceful than IT themselves, who has already taken on that segment of gamers who ignore/mock/misunderstand the influence of GT in the past.

Aside from that what are your own thoughts on virtual golf simulators?


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