Archive for June 6, 2007

More Pac-Man

June 6, 2007

Following up on the retirement of Pac-Man creator Toru Iwatani, heres a video of the new Pac-Man Championship Edition, that was just released on XBLA. I have to say I’m pleasantly surprised, this has to be one of the first retro remakes for a while that actually looks really good fun to play. Also here’s a snippit from Kotaku who were at the championships itself, which Namco and Microsoft just held.

While Ms. Pac-Man is one of those go-to games that I’ll still drop a quarter in today, my dot munching days are pretty much over. However, after seeing the “history making” Pac-Man Championship Edition in motion, I’m totally into this. Pac-Man is seriously back. Did we mention this is going live tomorrow on Xbox Live Arcade yet?

[via Kotaku]

Toru Iwatani was moved nearly to tears by the proceedings; it’s clear that Pac-Man really is his “greatest gift to the world,” as terrifyingly ephemeral as that seems. Kudos to Namco for promoting a new edition that keeps the basic formula intact. I was sure that Iwatani’s sending off was going to be used to launch a new platformer version of the game or something equally as inane. Instead he goes into the sunset, leaving behind a game that’s been played over 10 billion times by Namco’s estimations, a game-inspired pop theme song, and a host of licensed and unlicensed merchandise, not the least of which were the glazed doughnuts with M&Ms for eyes I used to eat on the way to school in kindergarten in Bolivar, Missouri. If nothing else, I’ll always be grateful for those, Mr. Iwatani.

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Shaggy's Weekly Review – T-Mek by Atari Games

June 6, 2007

This week I am reviewing one of my favorite arcade games of all time – T-Mek by Atari Games. While I have spent many tokens on many other games I always have enjoyed a nice round of T-Mek. In a way it’s a spiritual successor to Atari’s BattleZone, another sweet game.

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Released: 1994

Players: 1-2, simultaneous

Introduction

The Nazrac Tournament is in full swing and here is your chance to enter your Mek (a sort of battle hovercraft) and fight your way through a slew of enemies until you face Nazrac yourself.

T-Mek is an immersive 3-D arena vehicle combat game from Atari Games. By controlling your Mek you fight head-to-head with the computer or against a friend. The game is linkable but it is difficult to find an arcade that features more than one unit.

Gameplay

After you insert your coins the game asks for you to identify yourself by entering in a name. After that you can choose from up to six different Meks – 3 for beginners and 3 for more advanced players. Each one has its benefits and downfalls in categories such as speed, defense and offense which is shows you on the screen. After that you are sent to an arena to fight in; in two player mode one player gets to choose from one of the several arenas to play in, loser getting the choice if there was one. In the arena, you have to hunt down and destroy the other Meks by using your firepower – there are basic lasers and some Meks have strong weapons such as cruise missles. Cruise missles work just like the Cruise missiles in the Atari Jaguar game Iron Soldier – you manually guide them to the target. Other Meks may have an energy bolt to disable an enemy Mek temporarily and all Meks have a defensive mechanism such as a cloaking device, reflective screen or shields. You have three minutes to eliminate everyone on the board as many times as possible (they respawn) to get the highest ranking score – if you die you do get more chances to fight in the time limit but the game tracks how often you die and how often you kill and figures out your ranking.

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Shaggy’s Weekly Review – T-Mek by Atari Games

June 6, 2007

This week I am reviewing one of my favorite arcade games of all time – T-Mek by Atari Games. While I have spent many tokens on many other games I always have enjoyed a nice round of T-Mek. In a way it’s a spiritual successor to Atari’s BattleZone, another sweet game.

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t-mek.jpg

Released: 1994

Players: 1-2, simultaneous

Introduction

The Nazrac Tournament is in full swing and here is your chance to enter your Mek (a sort of battle hovercraft) and fight your way through a slew of enemies until you face Nazrac yourself.

T-Mek is an immersive 3-D arena vehicle combat game from Atari Games. By controlling your Mek you fight head-to-head with the computer or against a friend. The game is linkable but it is difficult to find an arcade that features more than one unit.

Gameplay

After you insert your coins the game asks for you to identify yourself by entering in a name. After that you can choose from up to six different Meks – 3 for beginners and 3 for more advanced players. Each one has its benefits and downfalls in categories such as speed, defense and offense which is shows you on the screen. After that you are sent to an arena to fight in; in two player mode one player gets to choose from one of the several arenas to play in, loser getting the choice if there was one. In the arena, you have to hunt down and destroy the other Meks by using your firepower – there are basic lasers and some Meks have strong weapons such as cruise missles. Cruise missles work just like the Cruise missiles in the Atari Jaguar game Iron Soldier – you manually guide them to the target. Other Meks may have an energy bolt to disable an enemy Mek temporarily and all Meks have a defensive mechanism such as a cloaking device, reflective screen or shields. You have three minutes to eliminate everyone on the board as many times as possible (they respawn) to get the highest ranking score – if you die you do get more chances to fight in the time limit but the game tracks how often you die and how often you kill and figures out your ranking.

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Tekken 6 news and a whole lot of screens

June 6, 2007

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Tekken 6 is certainly one of the more anticipated titles to be headed to arcades this year and a Japanese blog has posted a bunch of screenshots of the game and of some it’s new characters such as Miguel. Also the game is going to be at a private show being hosted by Namco in Japan on the 19th of this month, so be on the look for some news around then. In the mean time, enjoy the collection of new screenshots thanks to the aforementioned blog in Japanese. Just keep in mind, I tried opening up most of the pics in Firefox and IE and it makes you download a program to which you then can open it up in a browser to see the pic. It’s a pain in the neck but I did it all for you so you don’t have to.

[Link to Gemaga blog in Japanese with TK6 screens]

[Second link to same blog with other pics]

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Pac-Man creator retires

June 6, 2007

I feel bad for overlooking this yesterday because this is a pretty significant event. The creator of Pac-Man Toru Iwantani, retired yesterday and as you may already know, hislego-pac-man.jpg final game was bringing Pac-Man (Championship Edition) to XBLA. Pac-Man of course is one of the most recognized video game icons in history and it was Pac-Man that helped launch arcades to a level of popularity they haven’t seen since. It would have been cool if the game would have been released as an arcade game only but that’s my arcade fanboy side talking there and it coming to XBLA is fine. Either way, we’re eternally grateful for what Toru has done for the industry and we wish him well. Head on over to Kotaku to catch an emotional video of his retirement.

[Pac-Man Creator Retires w/ video @ Kotaku]

Videos of Funspot 2007

June 6, 2007

About 2 weeks ago we mentioned the Funspot 2007 event and it has come and passed. In case you were unable to attend the event (like myself), someone was nice enough to record some footage from the event and post it on youtube. This place really is one of the most amazing arcades I’ve ever seen, so many classics and other great stuff. There are quite a few videos here so I will post one here and the rest after the break. Videos by youtube user PressStartComic, website is pressstartcomic.com.

Friday Night:

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