Archive for April 30, 2007

Dance Dance Revolution At School

April 30, 2007


Over a year ago, West Virginia announced plans to incorporate Dance Dance Revolution into the physical education curriculum in all of their 765 public schools. Today, the New York Times takes a look at their progress, with nearly all of the state’s 185 middle schools already outfitted with the obesity-battling leg-shaking simulator and the remainder of the 765 due to receive theirs by next year. While the article goes over the regular praise for exergaming— namely, getting sedentary kids off their do-nothing keisters — it’s a welcome update on one state’s ambitious plans. Huge bonus points to the first state that requires kids to play Devil May Cry with that DDR pad.

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[via Joystiq]

Arcade Flyers Archive Expands

April 30, 2007

Arcade and Pinball Flyers

The Arcade Flyers Archive now has flyers for pinball games and arcade amusement games, as well as video arcade games. They have already scanned 400 flyers for each of the new archives, with 50 to 100 new flyers to be added each month, so check back often.

The Act: an Interactive Movie on Location Test

April 30, 2007

The Act Screenshot

The Act is an attempt at revitalizing the “interactive movie” arcade game made popular by games like Dragon’s Lair and Space Ace in the 1980s. The Act attempts to do this by fixing the one problem that these games always had: direct control. Instead of using a joystick and buttons to tell the character which way to turn or what action to take, the player uses a simple knob to determine the emotions of the player character, a shy man named Edgar. For instance, to get a date with a beautiful woman, the player must use the knob to control the amount of charm Edgar emits. Turn too far to the left, and Edgar appears uninterested. Turn too far to the right, and Edgar appears too overbearing.

The Act is the first game by Cecropia. The animation for the act was provided by several ex-Disney animators. The game has been in development for over six years, and is currently on location test in several locations in the New England area. To find out what locations are showcasing the game, check out the website for The Act.

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The Act Cabinet