Archive for April 24, 2007

Standard Edition of Wasteland Racer 2071 available

April 24, 2007

According to the Trio-Tech website, a new standard edition of Wasteland Racer 2071 is now available. Hopefully this will carry a price tag that is a little easier for smaller arcades to swallow compared to the nice (and expensive) deluxe version. Differences include a smaller cabinet and a change from a 52″ widescreen HD monitor to a 27″ ‘high-resolution’ standard monitor. The gameplay should remain the same, which offers a good arcade style racer that is not available for any home console system. In case you are not familiar with the gameplay, race through several wasted cities or areas in the year 2071.  The brochure lists 5 tracks with 6 cars to choose from but it also refers to unlockable tracks and cars.

After a quick look at some distributor websites, it seems that this has not reached any of their sales pages yet, although distributors don’t always update their pages on a daily basis.

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Upgrade Mario Kart 1 to 2

April 24, 2007

Are you an arcade operator that put down $9000+ for Mario Kart GP 1? How would you like to upgrade to 2? Coinopexpress is offering the upgrade for an undetermined price (you must e-mail them to find out how much) and it should be assumed that soon other distributors may also start offering conversion kits. While MK1 is not terribly old, considering that MK2 should offer several enhancements and tracks to the old game, it might be worth looking into. This also may be good news for those gamers who have played and enjoyed the first game so perhaps soon they may see the sequel in an arcade near you, albeit converted from the first one to the second.

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Want to buy an FEC?

April 24, 2007

In case you are not familiar with the term FEC, it stands for Family Entertainment Center. It’s the type of place that generally offers many fun activities from mini-golf to laser tag to rides and of course arcades.

If you live in the Rocky Mountain West (moreso Colorado) then this auction may interest you as the Joyrides Family Fun Center is auctioning off everything, including some coin-op games like The Fast and Furious to House of the Dead 2 to classics like Centipede , Star Wars and Donkey Kong Jr. Just make sure your bank account can handle it first!

Link to the auction listing page

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New In The Arcades – April '07

April 24, 2007

23 Apr 2007

By Kevin Williams

 

One of the three formats of game genre that is ever-green for amusement – the driving format – benefits from the creation of a realistic driving cockpit to experience the thrills of high-speed action within. No matter how much console developers manufacturer force-feed-back steering wheels to play consumer games, they are left in the cold compared to the latest fully stocked arcade driving cockpit.

The creation of high-octane arcade driving action has seen some impressive newcomers in recent months. American developer Raw Thrills, headed by industry supreme, Eugene Jarvis, has released its third sequel of the motion picture license with The Fast and the Furious: Drift; the encapsulates the fundamentals of what makes successful arcade racing. Raw Thrills has bottled the fast, frantic and fun requirements of drivers in this market.

The developer added physicality to this list with a super-bike variant on the theme The Fast And The Furious: Super Bikes players riding a stylized bike interface. All the games in this series have super-stylized graphics and intense race and crash action; offering a compelling multi-player race experience, but also increasing the longevity of the title by a unique player password system allowing customised vehicles to be stored and reloaded by players.

The need for intense street race action, in a familiar package saw another American developer take the popular Electronic Arts driving property and licensed it for amusement application. Global VR has released onto the market Need For Speed Underground – and a update of this based on the new Carbon consumer release is expected next year. In this case the player is able not only to compete in conventional multi-player races, but also undertake a career-mode saving their progression through the ranks and car customisations – using a player VIP Card (memory cards that retain player data).

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Thank to Kevin Williams @ The Stinger Report

New In The Arcades – April ’07

April 24, 2007

23 Apr 2007

By Kevin Williams

 

One of the three formats of game genre that is ever-green for amusement – the driving format – benefits from the creation of a realistic driving cockpit to experience the thrills of high-speed action within. No matter how much console developers manufacturer force-feed-back steering wheels to play consumer games, they are left in the cold compared to the latest fully stocked arcade driving cockpit.

The creation of high-octane arcade driving action has seen some impressive newcomers in recent months. American developer Raw Thrills, headed by industry supreme, Eugene Jarvis, has released its third sequel of the motion picture license with The Fast and the Furious: Drift; the encapsulates the fundamentals of what makes successful arcade racing. Raw Thrills has bottled the fast, frantic and fun requirements of drivers in this market.

The developer added physicality to this list with a super-bike variant on the theme The Fast And The Furious: Super Bikes players riding a stylized bike interface. All the games in this series have super-stylized graphics and intense race and crash action; offering a compelling multi-player race experience, but also increasing the longevity of the title by a unique player password system allowing customised vehicles to be stored and reloaded by players.

The need for intense street race action, in a familiar package saw another American developer take the popular Electronic Arts driving property and licensed it for amusement application. Global VR has released onto the market Need For Speed Underground – and a update of this based on the new Carbon consumer release is expected next year. In this case the player is able not only to compete in conventional multi-player races, but also undertake a career-mode saving their progression through the ranks and car customisations – using a player VIP Card (memory cards that retain player data).

[Read on at Spong]    [Discuss on the Forum]

Thank to Kevin Williams @ The Stinger Report

Out and About – Wednesday Night

April 24, 2007

In what is going to become a new semi-regular posting, I thought it might be fun to take snaps of all the machines I come across on nights out. This is not to be confused with a venue review, but more of a ‘Can I get a focused picture of the games after I’ve had a few beers! Feel free to send in your snaps with a few words and I’ll post it up. Who knows, it could be fun and we may even discover a few rarities on the way!

Yates, Epsom.

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Not much going on in this bar, just the usual Golden Tee and a touch screen terminal which included quiz games like Mouse Trap, Word Up and Bullseye.

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10,000 Hits. Cheers!

April 24, 2007

Thanks to everyone who has visited, tipped and linked us, here’s to the next 10k.