Archive for April 2007

Pro Keds Releases Arcade Series of Shoes

April 27, 2007

If you have ever glanced at your wardrobe and thought “Gee, I sure wish I could show people my love for Asteroids through my shoes!” then this is right up your alley. Of course if you never really care about what is on your shoes but you like retro arcades, then this still may be for you. Pro Keds has released the ‘Arcade Series’ line of shoes for Men, Women and Kids, hoping to cash in on the retro arcade craze that is resurging across the planet. Styles cover venerable classics such as Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Centipede, Asteroids, Super Mario Bros. (it was an arcade game, via PlayChoice) and last but not least Galaga. You can browse the selection by going to Pro Keds’ website but they do not show the collection all in one place and you have to browse around by going to the Collections section. But in case all you want to do is take a look at them, I captured a picture of every arcade-related shoe I could find on the site, to make it easy for you. (Just click on the thumbnails to see the full image)


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Big Buck Hunter's Popularity Growing

April 27, 2007

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I first discovered this game about a year and a half ago in one of my locals. I swear myself and about 3 of my friends went to no other pub and played no other games for about six month straight. Do you know why we stopped playing the game? Because they removed it from the pub! Not only did that place lose the money we where ploughing in to BBH (about £15-£20 a night) but also lost our custom to the next best thing, which was an O’Neils that had Silver Strike Bowling. My point is myself, and my friends have never been so hooked addicted obsessed with a game. We were always trying to achieve that perfect round or take down the buck far off in the distance with a precise head shot. So it’s a relief to find out that there are a whole bunch of people out there who are as thoroughly obsessed with this game as me and my buddies used to be. I say used to be because I’ve yet to find another pub with BBH in.

[via Barcade]

Mike Pantaleno wipes his hands on his jeans before he takes a bright orange gun, raises it to eye level and squints to line up a shot. It’s just before midnight on a Tuesday at Lido Bar in Brooklyn, N.Y., which means the weekly Big Buck Hunter Pro Tournament has begun. Pantaleno rocks back and forth as he vigorously reloads the barrel of his plastic weapon and, with ease and precision, takes down animated deer that dart across the screen.

“I smell a double perfect!” shouts one onlooker as Pantaleno drops the gun and raises his arms in jubilation, celebrating his performance and awaiting his score.

Pantaleno is one of the growing number of bar patrons flocking to play Big Buck Hunter Pro, a simulated hunting arcade game that allows users to shoot deer, moose, elk, rams and sheep while battling to best fellow players. Big Buck Hunter Pro, also known as BBHP, is the newest and most popular version of the Big Buck Hunter games first launched in 2001. Since its introduction last year BBHP has sold more than 7,000 units in the United States and has been ranked the most popular coin-operated game three out of the past four months by RePlay magazine.

“They’d have to come up with something pretty good to beat this game,” said Kenny Williams, who started playing BBHP at his favorite watering hole, Keegan’s Pub in Chicago. Williams thought it looked ridiculous at first, but once he played, he was addicted.

[Read on at Columbia News Service]

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Big Buck Hunter’s Popularity Growing

April 27, 2007

bbh.jpg

I first discovered this game about a year and a half ago in one of my locals. I swear myself and about 3 of my friends went to no other pub and played no other games for about six month straight. Do you know why we stopped playing the game? Because they removed it from the pub! Not only did that place lose the money we where ploughing in to BBH (about £15-£20 a night) but also lost our custom to the next best thing, which was an O’Neils that had Silver Strike Bowling. My point is myself, and my friends have never been so hooked addicted obsessed with a game. We were always trying to achieve that perfect round or take down the buck far off in the distance with a precise head shot. So it’s a relief to find out that there are a whole bunch of people out there who are as thoroughly obsessed with this game as me and my buddies used to be. I say used to be because I’ve yet to find another pub with BBH in.

[via Barcade]

Mike Pantaleno wipes his hands on his jeans before he takes a bright orange gun, raises it to eye level and squints to line up a shot. It’s just before midnight on a Tuesday at Lido Bar in Brooklyn, N.Y., which means the weekly Big Buck Hunter Pro Tournament has begun. Pantaleno rocks back and forth as he vigorously reloads the barrel of his plastic weapon and, with ease and precision, takes down animated deer that dart across the screen.

“I smell a double perfect!” shouts one onlooker as Pantaleno drops the gun and raises his arms in jubilation, celebrating his performance and awaiting his score.

Pantaleno is one of the growing number of bar patrons flocking to play Big Buck Hunter Pro, a simulated hunting arcade game that allows users to shoot deer, moose, elk, rams and sheep while battling to best fellow players. Big Buck Hunter Pro, also known as BBHP, is the newest and most popular version of the Big Buck Hunter games first launched in 2001. Since its introduction last year BBHP has sold more than 7,000 units in the United States and has been ranked the most popular coin-operated game three out of the past four months by RePlay magazine.

“They’d have to come up with something pretty good to beat this game,” said Kenny Williams, who started playing BBHP at his favorite watering hole, Keegan’s Pub in Chicago. Williams thought it looked ridiculous at first, but once he played, he was addicted.

[Read on at Columbia News Service]

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Ebay Listing of the Week

April 27, 2007

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Tempest

Originally released in 1980 by Atari, this shooter involves you travelling around the edge of a 3-dimensional tunnel. Instead of using a joystick you controlled the ship with a roller ball.

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The cabinet is in good condition, and from the screen shots you can see it working. Shame I can’t afford it really!

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Game of the Week

April 27, 2007

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Pac-Land 

This edition of Game of the Week I have chosen another game that I used to spend alot of my pocket money on.

Looking back at it now, it’s not the greatest game in the world, and I’m sure there were alot of other great games that I could have been playing if only I had looked around the arcade. But saying that, I enjoyed it and that’s all that matters!

                                          

 

In this game Pac-Man has arms and legs, unlike the Pac-Man we are all used to, and is able to run, guess he got tired of rolling/hovering/floating (or how ever he got around).  

It features the classic layout, run from left to right, avoiding the bad guys and getting to the end of the level. GENIUS!!!

Strobing Marquees in the Gameroom

April 26, 2007

I guess this will be our ‘time waster’ for the week. Here is a video on YouTube that shows an arcade collectors game room where he has set up 36 marquees around the room along with a light-strobing effect that is pretty cool to watch. In addition to that he has some pretty cool classics in there, making for a very cool game room.

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Show Us Your Collection

April 26, 2007

Do have at least one arcade or pinball machine in your home? Then show us what you’ve got! We’re interested in seeing what collections you the viewers have so sign up on the forum and show off!

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DreamAuthentics Katana: Mini Arcade

April 26, 2007

DreamAuthentics Katana

Do you want to have the arcade experience in your home, but don’t have the room for a full-sized cabinet? The DreamAuthentics Katana has a built in 17-inch flat display and classic joystick/button controls. It is built around built around a Windows PC with DreamAuthentics’ proprietary software package that includes over 200 arcade classics like Dig Dug and 1942 as well as titles from the Atari 2600. There’s also a jukebox application that mimics the look and flavor of the type you’d find in your neighborhood pub, controlled by authentic buttons on the front.

The Katanas will be available starting in May for $2,495 each. They will also offer personal customization for customers willing to pay a little bit extra.

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Tokyo Visited, But Not By Me!

April 26, 2007

A friend of mine went on holiday to Japan a while back and he just sent me the photo’s because he thought I’d be interested in the arcade related pictures, which I am obviously. I can’t really tell you much about them seeing as I wasn’t there but you will notice the appearance of Half-Life which I’ve only ever seen once over here and I think that was on test. Enjoy the pictures and hopefully one day I will go there and I can do some sort of round up or guide to the arcades in Tokyo.

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Welcome MetaFox

April 26, 2007

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I’d like to welcome our newest writer MetaFox to the site. MetaFox is also the creator of the latest and greatest arcade information database ‘Arcade Addict’ which will become the most comprehensive arcade resource available on the net, including Arcade Videos, Pinball Tables, Redemption pieces and much much more. I’m looking forward to what MetaFox will bring to the site, as he has a far better knowledge on area’s such as pinball and redemption than myself. Which reminds me, I have not played pinball for ages and really need to find a location that has a table.