Archive for June 10, 2007

Classic Videogame and Pinball Championships

June 10, 2007

[via RetroBlast]

This week in Laconia, NH over at Funspot, the Classic Videogame and Pinball Championships are taking place. Approximately 90 gamers are expected to gather at what’s being billed the world’s largest still functioning 80’s arcade setting. Ralph Baer, the father of classic video gaming, will be one of the highlights at the 9th annual event making an appearance on Sunday between 3 and 6 p.m. So if you happen to be in the area, it sounds like a good time to be had by all, and the opportunity to relive your childhood in a setting reminiscent of what you would spend Friday afternoons after class going to. It was after class right? No playing hookie or anything. We were all model citizens back then, I know.

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Space Invaders Pinball Mobile Not So Good

June 10, 2007


IGN recently reviewed a Space Invaders Pinball game for mobile phones, and it turns out it’s not so good. Let’s be honest here, why did they review it in the first place, who was actually thinking that a mash up of pinball and space invaders on a mobile would actualy be any good. read on, if you dare……

[via IGN] 

Space Invaders Pinball uses the iconic arcade game that started a yen coin shortage in Japan as a springboard for a mobile riff on classic silver ball. Rather than just cut-and-paste the aliens on a basic pinball table, Taito fills the screen with moving targets superimposed over a cosmic background — much like the original coin-op. The result is actually a visually compelling game that, at first blush, should please both pinball and Space Invaders fans.

Unfortunately, the game is undone by wonky physics that turn Space Invaders Pinball almost into a game of chance than of skill. Video pinball is always clipped because it’s awfully hard to replicate the real-world physics of an actual table, but in this mobile game, the divide is just too vast. You rarely know exactly where the ball is going to go, reducing the game to something of a button-masher. Just jam on the flippers when the ball closes in on the bottom of the screen and hope for the best.

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Countdown to Hot Games Show 2007

June 10, 2007

[via Highway Games] 

It is now less than 100 days until Hot Games Show 2007 gets underway. The event will take place from 7-9 of September at the Taipei World Trade Center, Taiwan, and will be a high quality event on the international exhibition calendar. Hot Games Show 2007 will cover a range of innovative gaming and amusement machines, including the latest products from a variety of operators.

After a very successful showing last year, the organiser promises that this year’s event will be bigger and better, with more visitors and exhibitors expected. More than 5000 visitors from across the globe have already confirmed their participation, with Hot Games Show 2007 promising to provide excellent business opportunities for buyers and sellers alike. Can you afford not to be there?

For more information and registration, please visit

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