Archive for May 17, 2007

SPoNG's May 2007 arcade report – Motion based and Bemani games

May 17, 2007

Kevin Williams at SPoNG.com has posted an article discussing the importance of Konami’s Bemani and motion capture (MoCap) games and their effect on the game console industry with the likes of the Nintendo Wii and Sony Playstation 3. It’s pretty interesting stuff and it shows once again how vital the arcade industry has been in affecting ideas in the larger game console arena. Sadly many people seem to forget all the innovations that arcade industry makes to gaming overall. Kevin Williams also is the editor of The Stringer Report.

[Arcade Report – May 2007 by Kevin Williams]

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SPoNG’s May 2007 arcade report – Motion based and Bemani games

May 17, 2007

Kevin Williams at SPoNG.com has posted an article discussing the importance of Konami’s Bemani and motion capture (MoCap) games and their effect on the game console industry with the likes of the Nintendo Wii and Sony Playstation 3. It’s pretty interesting stuff and it shows once again how vital the arcade industry has been in affecting ideas in the larger game console arena. Sadly many people seem to forget all the innovations that arcade industry makes to gaming overall. Kevin Williams also is the editor of The Stringer Report.

[Arcade Report – May 2007 by Kevin Williams]

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Mini Skee Ball

May 17, 2007

Spotted this little gem over at RetroThing. I have to agree with them, I too love anything that has been miniaturised. I just looks so cute and cool, and for those of us with out room for our very own Skee Ball in the home (which is most of us really), this is ideal!

[via RetroThing]

 Skeeball_01“I’ve always liked mini versions of arcade gear, so here’s a mini Skee Ball setup from Cadaco.  Cadaco is still around, manufacturing magic sets (designed by magician Marshall Brodien, no less…) and games.  There isn’t a year imprinted on this toy, but I’m guessing it could anywhere from the 60’s – 80’s.  I recall lots of cheap-ish toys being revved up via day-glo colors from time to time.

It works pretty well.  You don’t roll the ball yourself, instead you test your aim using a spring-loaded cannon to shoot the ball at the target.  I must be a Skee Ball whiz these days – at least when playing such a tiny version.  Now that I’m an adult this game seems a bit easier than I recall.  Ah, growing older and increased skill at baby sized carnival games sure can be bittersweet.” Read on……

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Official KOF MI Reg A site open; also price announced

May 17, 2007

SNK Playmore has opened up an official website for the upcoming KOF Maximum Impact Reg. A (the full title must be quicker to say in Japanese). It’s mainly in Japanese and there isn’t much there yet except for some bios on Ash and Mary and links to a blog or two. Looks like screenshots and videos will be available before too long though. Also AM-NET lists a price for the title, 298,000 Yen, which is about $2468 at current rates.

[Via Arcade Renaissance]

[Official King of Fighters Maximum Impact Regulation A website]

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Donkey Kong wants you to JUMP! MAMEJUMP!

May 17, 2007

This is the funniest thing I have come across in a while. Donkey Kong sings to Van Halen’s Jump while you see a plethora of arcade games that involve jumping (as well as plenty of classics that don’t). And it’s safe for work so jump in!

[MAME Jump Shockwave Flash video]

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Arcade Card Battlers For The Home?

May 17, 2007

Kotaku ran a post about about the Dragon Quest Video and brought up a good point about weather or not the technology of the PS3 Eye could be used to support a home version of the Dragon Quest Arcade game. To add to this I would say that Sega’s card games and Taito’s Kings of the Jurassiccould be supported in this way too. Seeing as they use bar-codes the Ps3 camera could read these and then you could play the arcade game at home but with special effects like in Eye Of Judgement (see below). 

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They have already done some of these games on the Nintendo DS……

The Kotaku Post……

“The new Dragon Quest arcadegame from Square-Enix isn’t likely to see much exposure, if any, outside of Japanese arcades as the card-based gaming scene is strongest there. But this trailer, overly dramatic though it may be, makes it look just thrilling to play. With the card-buying revenue stream surely to make greedy executives drool with profit hunger worldwide, I wouldn’t be surprised to the see home-based card readers make their way onto store shelves over the next few years.

What do you think? Would a card-reader for the Wiior EyeToy-based game like Eye of Judgment for the PLAYSTATION 3 catch on?”

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KLOV – Gift Shop

May 17, 2007

KLOV

While looking at the KLOV website a stumbled across the link to their new gift shop.

So now not only can you visit the site for coin-op video game information, you can now support them by walking around in their new t-shirt (available in different colours).

 If a t-shirt is not your cup of tea, you can always buy one of their shiny new mugs (that was bad I know).

Other products available are coasters, mouse mats, teddy bears, hats, bags and even an apron, orders can be shipped internationally too so everyone can enjoy the KLOV branded range.

Check it out here [KLOV Gift Shop]