Posted tagged ‘video pinball’

Nanotech adds three more boards to it's MultiPin system

July 9, 2008

It looks like Nanotech wasn’t satisfied with adding just Gottlieb tables to their new video pinball game called MultiPin, they now have worked out a deal with Blindmankind pinball to add their tables to the system as well. I wasn’t really familiar with them so with some checking I see that they have the three games mentioned in the press release on their website for download to play on your PC but I imagine that the versions used in MultiPin will be modified from the PC version to show just the table as opposed to the surroundings, as you can see in the video below I found of Road Girls. At the very least playing these tables on a MultiPin system would feel more realistic than on your PC I would imagine. For the press release hit the break.

(Video posted by TheRadik)

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Nanotech adds three more boards to it’s MultiPin system

July 9, 2008

It looks like Nanotech wasn’t satisfied with adding just Gottlieb tables to their new video pinball game called MultiPin, they now have worked out a deal with Blindmankind pinball to add their tables to the system as well. I wasn’t really familiar with them so with some checking I see that they have the three games mentioned in the press release on their website for download to play on your PC but I imagine that the versions used in MultiPin will be modified from the PC version to show just the table as opposed to the surroundings, as you can see in the video below I found of Road Girls. At the very least playing these tables on a MultiPin system would feel more realistic than on your PC I would imagine. For the press release hit the break.

(Video posted by TheRadik)

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Gottlieb ‘virtually’ returns to pinball through Nanotech Entertainment

June 27, 2008

Among the old pinball manufacturers one name that enthusiasts will easily recall is that of Gottlieb. Gottlieb got started in 1927 making early pinballs and created many different kinds of tables all the way up to their last release, Barb Wire in 1996. Some may also recall that they made video games for a while as well, the most famous of which is Q*Bert although they did produce a couple of others that I particularly enjoyed (such as Krull and Reactor).

Now classic Gottlieb tables are on their way back in virtual form due to an agreement that newcomer Nanotech Entertainment made with the existing Gottlieb Development LLC (personally I had no idea that they were still around). The pinball tables are being recreated for Nanotech’s Multipin video based pinball machine which states that it uses a special engine to recreate the feel of bumping and nudging a table to move the ball around accurately. According to the company website they have two flavors of the MultiPin machine, with the much more expensive MultiPin Gold table suggesting that it will be the one to support more classic tables (Gottlieb isn’t mentioned specifically but I doubt that they would go to all of this trouble to release these tables on a limited edition unit). Pictured is the standard unit, the Gold one has a different color layout.

Hit the post break for the full press release but what are your thoughts on this? Are these video pinball tables a good thing or a bad thing for pinball in your view? Since I have not had a chance to play one yet I won’t pass judgment on it as would like to see how the motion engine works first.

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Gottlieb 'virtually' returns to pinball through Nanotech Entertainment

June 27, 2008

Among the old pinball manufacturers one name that enthusiasts will easily recall is that of Gottlieb. Gottlieb got started in 1927 making early pinballs and created many different kinds of tables all the way up to their last release, Barb Wire in 1996. Some may also recall that they made video games for a while as well, the most famous of which is Q*Bert although they did produce a couple of others that I particularly enjoyed (such as Krull and Reactor).

Now classic Gottlieb tables are on their way back in virtual form due to an agreement that newcomer Nanotech Entertainment made with the existing Gottlieb Development LLC (personally I had no idea that they were still around). The pinball tables are being recreated for Nanotech’s Multipin video based pinball machine which states that it uses a special engine to recreate the feel of bumping and nudging a table to move the ball around accurately. According to the company website they have two flavors of the MultiPin machine, with the much more expensive MultiPin Gold table suggesting that it will be the one to support more classic tables (Gottlieb isn’t mentioned specifically but I doubt that they would go to all of this trouble to release these tables on a limited edition unit). Pictured is the standard unit, the Gold one has a different color layout.

Hit the post break for the full press release but what are your thoughts on this? Are these video pinball tables a good thing or a bad thing for pinball in your view? Since I have not had a chance to play one yet I won’t pass judgment on it as would like to see how the motion engine works first.

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Immersion Copr. invests into new startup called NanoTech Entertainment

June 18, 2008

You might be wondering why I am bringing this up as the names of these companies don’t sound familiar, but it is arcade related. Some time ago a company called Immersion Corporation signed an agreement with GlobalVR to put their force feedback technology into games like NASCAR and Blazing Angels. From what I have experienced in those games, the technology is pretty good and it’s one thing that helps set Blazing Angels apart in the arcade. Now Immersion has invested into a new company that is working on arcade-related products called NanoTech Entertainment and we will be keeping an eye open on this development to see what will come out of it for arcades. In taking a look at the NanoTech site they have some PC perhipherals that work to emualte arcade controls, including a pinball controller which is new to me. They also have created a digital pinball table called MultiPin (pictured to the right) and according to the press release this investment will lead to “future products that include innovative technologies for the arcade, PC, and console gaming platforms.”

and

““Beyond the investment, we intend to feature Immersion’s force feedback technology in our upcoming consumer and coin-op products.”

(my emphasis added).

That last part doesn’t sound like a PC add-on but whether or not they will be creating a brand new arcade game is anyone’s guess at the moment but it is good to point it out now and see where it goes from here in case they do. New startups to the arcade industry are always welcome and I hope we will see more soon. Hit the post break for the press release.

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TAB Austria’s Virtual Pinball

November 13, 2007

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First there was Ultrapin by GlobalVR and now a company called TAB Austria has created their own electronic pinball game called “Virtual Pinball” and at least one distributor in the US has picked it up, BMI Gaming. It’s specs include a 42″ plasma screen (admittedly I’d like to see how these hold up under arcade stress in this format), shock sensors including tilt sensors and vibration feedback. The game can receive new game updates online or “via hard disk” (perhaps an SD card? I can’t imagine them selling actual hard drives to plug into it) but comes with 6 preinstalled games, 3 of which are video pinball games(it appears they are not based on real pin tables if Space Captain is any indication), 2 are “video action games” and 1 a “video strategy game”. If you look closely you can see that the cabinet comes with a trackball to that must be used for those titles. According to the page it has a pretty good ROI, paying itself off in about 10 months.

One thing I can see about being a problem is that the hardware design differs from a typical pin so hardcore pin fans may turn away from it but also with it’s different design is always the possibility of bringing new players to the idea pf pinball.

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TAB Austria's Virtual Pinball

November 13, 2007

virtualpinball.jpg

First there was Ultrapin by GlobalVR and now a company called TAB Austria has created their own electronic pinball game called “Virtual Pinball” and at least one distributor in the US has picked it up, BMI Gaming. It’s specs include a 42″ plasma screen (admittedly I’d like to see how these hold up under arcade stress in this format), shock sensors including tilt sensors and vibration feedback. The game can receive new game updates online or “via hard disk” (perhaps an SD card? I can’t imagine them selling actual hard drives to plug into it) but comes with 6 preinstalled games, 3 of which are video pinball games(it appears they are not based on real pin tables if Space Captain is any indication), 2 are “video action games” and 1 a “video strategy game”. If you look closely you can see that the cabinet comes with a trackball to that must be used for those titles. According to the page it has a pretty good ROI, paying itself off in about 10 months.

One thing I can see about being a problem is that the hardware design differs from a typical pin so hardcore pin fans may turn away from it but also with it’s different design is always the possibility of bringing new players to the idea pf pinball.

[TAB Austria's games via BMI Gaming] [Discuss on the Forum]


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