Posted tagged ‘Titan 4 Games’

Titan 4 Games licenses Silhouette for their first gesture-based coin-op game

February 27, 2010

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Remember Titan 4 Games? If not, I don’t blame you – we first reported that they were working on gesture-based (think Project Natal) coin-op games last October but since then we have heard nothing but silence. The website isn’t helpful either – I tried contacting them via the e-mail they have there and they never responded. So it was nice to finally hear something new about their developments today, as a press release went out detailing what the first game will be to use the technology which has been developed by Softkinetic. Titan 4 Games will release Silhouette as their first coin-op title, with it as “the first of many 3D camera games from Titan, and is a natural step in the company’s strategy.”

Now the question is, when will we see it? How much will it cost? Will they be offering games that will remain arcade exclusive (Silhouette is mentioned as being on track for an in-home release down the line, for PC and probably Project Natal)? Will they be showing off anything at an upcoming amusement trade show? I am enticed by the use of this technology in arcades, especially by getting it out there before Microsoft does with their Natal platform at the end of this year, I just hope that the information will be made available soon.

Here is Silhouette as shown at an nVidia conference. I’ll leave witty or snide remarks about how you’ll look in public doing this for the comments section. ;)

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Titan 4 Games looking to bring gesture motion sensing technology to arcades in 2010

October 16, 2009

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In a press release that was put out yesterday, the news has come along that a company called “Titan 4 Games” is now working with a company called Softkinetic to develop “next generation, gesture-based coin-operated systems.” From the sounds of it, the technology which is called “iisu” is similar to what Microsoft will be doing with their Project: Natal device as is suggested by this part of the press release:

Using a 3D depth sensing camera, Softkinetic’s iisu™ middleware analyzes the player’s movements, detects body parts and recognizes specific gestures. It also provides a complete 3D avatar animation environment so that the player controls the gameplay experience directly through his gestures.

After doing a little research on the company Titan 4 Games, I could not find out much other than the current CEO, Milind Bharvirkar is a former CEO of GlobalVR. The press release claims that the team from Titan 4 Games has developed 19 products which have been voted number 1 but I cannot find out what those products were. My guess is that they are suggesting that the people on the team have been involved in coin-op projects in the past, just not ones released by this present company or I imagine that we would have heard about T4G before now.

The press release is promising that we will begin seeing iisu enhanced coin-op games in the first half of 2010 so we will certainly keep an eye on this development. As we have mentioned many times before, this isn’t the first time the arcade industry will have dabbled in motion sensing technologies although depending on how T4G applies this, we could see some interesting games come out of this.

In regards to the technology being discussed here, I found a couple of videos that show Softkinetic’s technology in action.

[Press release @ Softkinetic.com]


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