Archive for January 16, 2007

Namco/Brent ATEI 2007 Line Up

January 16, 2007

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Exhibiting under the trademark corporate banner of ‘Bandai Namco Games’, Brent Sales and Namco Europe are planning their biggest showcase for several years at the forthcoming ATEI. The company’s stand – number 2140 on Level 1 of Earls Court 1 – is 33 per cent larger year-on-year and will feature in excess of 50 machines covering a broad spectrum of family entertainments.

Video, novelty, redemption, prize vending, simulators, coin-in/coin-out, sports themed, kiddie rides, SWP, bowling, pushers, photo booths, cranes and centrepiece attractions will all feature in what Brent/Namco is describing as its ‘most comprehensive offering of income generating games ever’.

No fewer than 11 products from six of the world’s top manufacturers will be making their global or European debut in London, spearheaded by two high profile games from Namco.

Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 is the first game for Europe that utilises the full benefits of the Bandai-Namco synergy, with key characters from the Pac-Man and Tamagotchi stables joining Nintendo’s motley crew of Mario et al in one of the world’s most well-known fun driving series. In addition to new faces, vehicles and courses, the game incorporates play-by-play in-race commentary, Namco’s novel Nam Cam player’s face integration and optional loyalty card system – and is also scheduled to be made available in single-seat format.

Another new arrival from Namco, Jumpin’ Jackpot is, in the words of Namco Europe’s incumbent Managing Director, John McKenzie: “destined to be the brightest and funkiest game at ATEI 2007”. A real showstopper at the recent IAAPA, Jumpin’ Jackpot is a completely new, high impact, sports activity themed game which has the potential to ‘take up where video dance simulators left off’.

Commenting on the Brent/Namco presence at ATEI, John McKenzie said: “Visitors to our stand will be faced with a multitude of new and very exciting games which will form the backbone of income revenue throughout 2007. In addition, we have proven AAA games in Time Crisis 4 and Super Bikes, which continue to dominate machine charts; sleeping giants such as Big Buck Hunter Pro; high volume product lines including Brent’s X-Factor Bright crane; and novel innovations like Bowl-O-Rama and the new Rollerball SWP

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Game On – I've been, I went, I played!

January 16, 2007

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So Saturday I went to the Game On Exhibition at the London Science Museum in South Kensington, and suffice to say it was awesome. You only get an hour and a half in there, which is a bit of a bummer because literally every console and cabinet had some one on it. This basically meant I had to lurk over the game I wanted to play until my fellow geek got the message. The expo starts off with old school arcade; Ms. Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Missile Command, Galaga, Pong and so on, then the rooms are split in to, not eras as you may think, but genres that the exhibitors have decided on, like; Sound, Game Families, Games Culture, Multiplayer and many others. I would hazard a guess that there must be over 200 different games there. The last area was by far the most popular as it had Guitar Hero, Table Tennis and Wii Sports on massive screens next to each other, oh and there was something called a PlayStation 3 there. They even had a 4 player Halo 2, which some dude beat me at in the last second of the game, damn Plasma Sword! Also there was a Saturn Bomberman hooked up, which was as hectic as always. Definitely recommend checking it out, although I would try go during the week as it maybe easier to play the games you want without lurking.

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Game On – I’ve been, I went, I played!

January 16, 2007

arcade11.JPG

So Saturday I went to the Game On Exhibition at the London Science Museum in South Kensington, and suffice to say it was awesome. You only get an hour and a half in there, which is a bit of a bummer because literally every console and cabinet had some one on it. This basically meant I had to lurk over the game I wanted to play until my fellow geek got the message. The expo starts off with old school arcade; Ms. Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Missile Command, Galaga, Pong and so on, then the rooms are split in to, not eras as you may think, but genres that the exhibitors have decided on, like; Sound, Game Families, Games Culture, Multiplayer and many others. I would hazard a guess that there must be over 200 different games there. The last area was by far the most popular as it had Guitar Hero, Table Tennis and Wii Sports on massive screens next to each other, oh and there was something called a PlayStation 3 there. They even had a 4 player Halo 2, which some dude beat me at in the last second of the game, damn Plasma Sword! Also there was a Saturn Bomberman hooked up, which was as hectic as always. Definitely recommend checking it out, although I would try go during the week as it maybe easier to play the games you want without lurking.

berzerk.JPGblue.JPGxevious.JPGdigdug.JPG

mariowall.JPGarcade31.JPGarcade21.JPG

man-eater.JPGpacmanwall.JPGpolyplay.JPGred.JPG

space-invaders.JPGtimeline1.JPGbrain.JPG

bustle1.JPGbustle2.JPGdome1.JPG

dome2.JPGgamewall.JPGsonicwall.JPG