Posted tagged ‘Website’

Stern Pinball revamps their website

June 9, 2010

It has been a little while since we heard that Stern had some big changes going on behind the scenes but except for a few things here and there, such as a frequently updated Youtube channel, we haven’t seen much else happening up front with the company. Last week however, they put together a major update for their website and in my opinion, it’s a better site. You can check it out by going to www.sternpinball.com. The site has more flash to it, pinball news and an improved pinball machine locator tool. They also changed a slogan at the top from “The only maker of pinball games on the planet” to “The only maker of REAL pinball machines on the planet”. Overall the site is a good step in the direction of rebranding their image but I would like to see them take it further. I saw a press release to “hype up” Ironman pinball by stating that since Ironman 2 did really well in theaters, you should check out the game. That’s fine and all but no one who went to see the movie saw it because of the pinball game and they did not find out about the pinball game by seeing the movie. Now if they were able to advertise new pinball machines before the movie that would be significant and probably a lot more effective than a press release that only really gets out to collectors, fans and trade people. I also think that would be helpful, especially where most Stern games are based upon movies.

Check out the Stern site and comment below on what you think. Good improvement, worse than before or is it pretty much the same to you?

The new Raw Thrills' Website

May 6, 2010

After a long hiatus without any updates, arcade game maker Raw Thrills’ has given their website a much needed makeover. It includes a redesign of the overall art direction of the site, a search function, and new game profiles that show off the cabinets and screenshots of each game. They also have a Facebook fan page that is occasionally updated with content, including this awesome picture of Terminator Salvation on the production line. There may not be any new announcements here but where changes like this on most arcade maker websites are uncommon, it’s worth a mention.

Visit the redesigned Raw Thrills’ website here.

The new Raw Thrills’ Website

May 6, 2010

After a long hiatus without any updates, arcade game maker Raw Thrills’ has given their website a much needed makeover. It includes a redesign of the overall art direction of the site, a search function, and new game profiles that show off the cabinets and screenshots of each game. They also have a Facebook fan page that is occasionally updated with content, including this awesome picture of Terminator Salvation on the production line. There may not be any new announcements here but where changes like this on most arcade maker websites are uncommon, it’s worth a mention.

Visit the redesigned Raw Thrills’ website here.

The Official Pac-Man website

April 6, 2010

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Bandai Namco isn’t done gearing up for the 30th anniversary of their signature character Pac-Man yet, as they have now launched two websites  (which include a countdown to that anniversary) dedicated to the iconic guy. PacMan.com can be found in both English and Japanese, with the sites differing quite a bit depending upon the language. Currently the Japanese site has a better design with more content but both cover a history of the game, let you download PC-based or mobile Pac-Man games and even provide a source for official Pac-Man gear. Hopefully the English site will soon add the historical look at the game that the Japanese site has, which covers every Pac-Man game released since it was called Puckman.

At the moment both sites feature a countdown (currently set at 45 days) for the arrival of the anniversary, where I imagine that they will then update the sites to include information on the new Pac-Man Battle Royale arcade game and perhaps some other things.

[PacMan.com - English site / Japanese Site]

Could Elevator Action: Death Parade be getting a release outside of Japan? UPDATE: Yes it will

March 30, 2010

(Thanks to Aaron Auzins for the tip)

While Taito hasn’t held a very strong presence in the arcade scene outside of Japan for the past few years, they still have been out there, getting a game out in European or US markets every now and then. I have a Chase HQ2 sitting in my arcade which was released in 2007 and we have seen their light-gun shooter Panic Museum at recent tradeshows. But as for what games they produce will make it out of Japan and into English versions, that’s usually anyone’s guess. But now, Taito has launched an English version of their arcade website and have added a couple of games to the roster that are listed as available: Chase HQ2, Panic Museum, Hopping Road and surprisingly Elevator Action: Death Parade.

We’ve heard of all of these games before, including the new light-gunified version of Elevator Action, but I was never sure if that would see an international release. They say on the site that it’s been available since January 2010 but I have not heard of a distributor in Europe or the US that is carrying the game yet. For example, Electrocoin distributes Taito products in Europe (including one title not listed on the Taito site, D1GP) but they don’t have the new EA listed. ICE is carrying Panic Museum in the US but they also don’t have EA there. So until we hear something from a distributor we’ll have to put this into the ‘maybe’ column – the Taito site also shows Half-Life 2 Arcade on their titles list and I don’t know of anyone who carries that game outside of Japan.

What would your thoughts on the new Elevator Action getting an international release? I haven’t played it myself and I do wonder how the concept behind the game translates over to a light-gun fare(the original EA titles were side-view vertical scrollers, my favorite being Elevator Action Returns) but I like the usage of the elevator doors in front of the screen. If you missed out on coverage of Elevator Action: Death Parade, here’s a trailer below and here is an article we ran on the game last March.

Also if you are interested in checking out Taito’s new site, click here. They also have a Twitter account where they have been updating it with generous amounts of information on the past history of the company, which includes details and pictures on games as they were in development as well as new things that the company is working on.

UPDATE: I tweeted to Taito asking about the availability of the game in the US and here is their reply: “Death Parade is an arcade-only release, but if overseas arcades want to carry it we’re happy to work with them!” I just sent another tweet asking how that works and I’ll share it with you here as well.

UPDATE 2: Taito replied: “Please contact us at globalsupport@taito.co.jp and we’ll put you in touch with the right people!” So any operators out there, if you’re interested in getting a hold of this game, that’s the place to go to. I would love to really see this in action and I am quite curious to know how it would do in the US.

An Arcade Heroes Persona for Firefox

December 18, 2009

If you’re a Firefox user, this might be of interest to you, otherwise, nothing to see here!

I have designed a simple “Persona” for Arcade Heroes that can be used in Firefox browsers. You can go here to get it and it should look similar to what you see above. When I find the time I will perhaps design more, in case anyone cares. I will be doing so for my arcade as well – since Firefox Personas can also be used to build brand awareness for free, it’s a nice little way for individual arcade businesses to spread the word simply.

[Discuss on the Forums]

Take a stroll through the virtual Pac-Man museum

June 13, 2009

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Not many video games have enough material created around them to garner the attention needed for a museum type display but Pac Man certainly has and that has led to the creation of an online Pac-Man museum. The site is not endorsed by Namco but if anyone would ever put an actual Pac-Man exhibit to go to, the person who runs this site would be the one to talk to about it. They look at the many Pac-Man collectibles that you can find out there, cover the game’s history and provide a great source for buying everything Pac-Man related. check it out at the link below.

[Pac-Man Museum] [Discuss on the Forums]

Initial D5 website updated

January 21, 2009

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Sega Japan has updated the site for Initial D5 to include more info, screenshots and a promotional movie. It’s unclear exactly what is all new here (I am sure that hardcore fans of the game already know) but there is a new mode that involves online play that will only be used for a limited time and a new course for players to enjoy. The game certainly looks good for a Lindbergh powered game (I guess they still are holding off on using Europa for more than SR3) and hopefully we’ll find out soon when this will see a wider release.  

[Initial D5 Japanese site] [Discuss on the Forum]

Konami Japan launches DDR:X website

December 18, 2008

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The next installment of DDR is coming soon to arcades and with it, websites promoting the game. Konami Japan has upgraded it’s DDR:X site from the teaser with a little bit more info (in Japanese) on the game. There really isn’t much to look at right now but they still have several sections to unlock which I am sure will include more tiny screenshots. :) I believe that we will see more of DDR:X at ATEI and who knows, maybe even AMOA/ASI.

Hit the link below to check it out.

[DDR:X Japan site] [Discuss on the Forum]

Win a copy of Arcade Mania by creating your own Kotaku Arcade

December 11, 2008

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Gaming blog site Kotaku is running a contest to see what users can come up with the best arcade diorama (made up of paper, toys, etc.) of a ‘Kotaku Arcade’. The prize – a copy of the new book, Arcade Mania (click here for details on that in case you missed it).Once you make it, take a picture and send it to kotakucontestATgmailDOTcom and they’ll pick out the top three as the winners. The dioramas have to say “Kotaku” and “Arcade Mania” somewhere on them.

I actually have some paper arcades already laying around so this would be a cinch to put together but I’m already supposed to be getting Arcade Mania in the mail sometime. If any of you send one in, send us a pic to so we can see your handiwork. :)

[Arcade Mania Contest: The KotakuKade] [Discuss on the Forum]


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