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]


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