Archive for June 19, 2007

Location Review – Time City – Somewhere In Rome

June 19, 2007

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While I was over in Rome for the weekend I found out about this Arcade that was about 15 minutes from the airport. It looked fairly new and had a good selection of new games with a couple of semi-ish old ones to boot.

The older machines there were King of Route 66, the deluxe version, which is great fun to play with a mate because they can ride shotgun and honk the horn, do the boosts and wipe the windows. It may sound lame, but I think it’s a neat feature. The other older game was Club Karts Deluxe which is a very different racing game compared to your Outruns and Fast and the Furious’.

As I mentioned in my previous post, this arcade had two pinball tables, Sopranos and another which I fail to remember the name of. I took full advantage of this rare opportunity and spent most of my money on these two tables. Loved it and reminded me of how much I miss playing pinball tables.

Some of the newer games available to play were Ghost Squad, which is one of my favourite shooters, and Outrun 2 SP which for me is one racing I always come back to. Also at this site were about a dozen cranes, a whole bunch of pushers and redemption pieces, as well as pool tables, a bowling alley and about ten PhotoPlay’s which I understand are a lot bigger over in the rest of Europe.

Overall this arcade was a great find, all but one machine was operational, and everything was nicely space out and not crammed in like other arcades I’ve been to. I highly recommend it if you ever happen to be in Rome.

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Almost forgot, there was a row of Niomi rip off cabs that had the following games;

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Tekken 3, Virtua Sticker 2, Metal Slug 4, Beach Spikers and a Retro Collection that include classics like Bubble Bobble and Space Invaders

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Location Review – Heathrow Airport Teminal 2 – Game Grid

June 19, 2007

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Now there’s nothing better than finding some old, not necessarily Pac-Man or DK old, arcade games tucked away were you least expect to find them. Well that’s precisely what happened to me. It’s just a shame some of the machines were busted. Still  I can’t complain, I got to play one game I had never come across before, Jambo Safari, which was pretty cool and a very old favourite, Scud Race, who many may argues is not the best arcade racer, but for me brings back good memories. Other delights in this arcade, that seemed to be stuck in 1997, were Crusin’ USA, Lost World, Terabits and TC2.

Unfortunately there were quite a few machines out of action including Silent Scope, Alpine Racer 2 and Vortex V3. Also there was a Pinball table, and if any of you remember I’ve been complaining that I never see them about, so of course it was sods law it was out of order. Don’t feel bad for me though because my reason for being at the airport was because I was on my way to Rome, where I happened to find an arcade that had TWO pinball tables.

This magical adventure will follow shortly.

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Dock Ringo, past AMOA president passes away

June 19, 2007

From Inside Coin-Op:

It is with a heavy heart that we report the passing of Dock Ringo, AMOA Past-President (1984.) Dock passed quietly this morning at approximately 4:00 am, according to his wife, Betty Ringo.

This news will undoubtedly come as a shock to the many in this industry who knew, loved, and respected Dock. He was a fighter. Tough, fair, a true southern gentleman. Dock loved this industry… and he fought for this industry. We, all of us, owe him much.

Church services will be held at 1:00pm Tuesday, June 19th at First United Methodist Church, 301 N.E. 1st St., Mineral Wells, TX.

Funeral arrangements will be handled by White’s Funeral Home, 101 N.E. 4th Ave., Mineral Wells, TX 76067. The funeral phone number is: 800.300.3812.

So today, think of Dock, and bow your heads. For today the coin-op industry has lost one of its own. Today the industry has lost a giant.

I could not find a picture of Mr. Ringo, but we at Arcade Heroes wish to thank him for his service and pass along our condolences to his family. Rest in peace Dock.

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News from Namco Bandai AC – Tekken 6, MotoGP shown

June 19, 2007

Some news is slowly trickling out of Namco Bandai Games today about games that will hit the arcades sometime this year. Expect this post to update as we find more out.

Thanks to Kevin Williams and AM-NET for the information.

First off is a new title, MotoGP AC (Click to enlarge)

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I wonder if this is in response to Raw Thrill’s Super Bikes or not? Either way it’s been a while since Namco put out a motorcycle racing game in arcades and the interesting news about this is that it apparently is only for sale outside of Japan, which is an unusual move for Namco.

Tekken 6 being exhibited!

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This is pretty self-explanatory. You can see the cabinet to the right that has a large 42″ monitor that shows the match to the entire crowd. It also looks like the control panel for the game itself is mroe detailed than in the picture posted yesterday. It’s interesting how fighter games are gravitating towards giving each player their own screen. I think it would be more interesting if the cabinet were setup like one of these old competition cabs, and I’m sure the operators can set it up that way if they wish.

Wangan Midnight 3 was also shown off at the event but so far I have not received any pictures of it other than a tiny thumbnail. The cabinet looks just like the Mario Kart Arcade cab, but it is painted red and black instead of red and blue.

[Thanks to Kevin Williams of The Stringer Report]

[Thanks to AM-NET.JP]

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The Art of Play – Pinball Games as Art

June 19, 2007

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Kevin Williams from The Stinger Report sent us an interesting press release from Stern about an interactive exhibit in downtown Chicago covering Chicago-produced entertainment products. Gary Stern and Marc Schoenberg of Stern Pinball, Inc. attended the opening of the interactive exhibit, “Art of Play”. The exhibit features the SPIDER-MAN™ and FAMILY GUY™ pinball machines along with other entertainment products made in Chicago. Put on by the City of Chicago Tourism Board, this summer long interactive exhibit occupies the whole first floor of 72 E. Randolph Street in downtown Chicago (corner of Randolph and Michigan Ave. at Millennium Park). The exhibit runs from June 1 through September 30.

The pinball machines at the exhibit are set on free play so as to allow visitors from all over the world to experience Stern’s SPIDER-MAN™ and FAMILY GUY™ pinball machines at their fullest. The show also educates visitors on the history of pinball in Chicago through billboards of older pinball machines, including games by Genco, Chicago Gaming, Gottlieb, and Bally.

“Art of Play” coincides with over 150 events that feature toys, games, and the spirit of play all over the Chicagoland area. “Art of Play” also offers Chicagoans and visitors of all ages a series of interactive performances, demonstrations, and workshops throughout the city.

[The Art of Play Official Website]

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First look at Tekken 6's arcade cabinet

June 19, 2007

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Thanks to Kevin Williams of the Stinger Report we have obtained an image of the Tekken 6 cabinet. Anyone notice any similarties to another certain fighting game released by Sega in Japan? VF5 anyone?

I’m happy to see them pointing out that this is a game displayed in HD. It’s only 720p but that’s OK. It’s obvious that it should be considering that it is powered by a Playstation 3 but it’s sad to say that there are still new arcade games coming out today that aren’t in HD and personally I feel that the arcades should have been pushing HD before any game console did. Staying ahead of the curve is what arcade should be about. It will ‘only’ run for $36,000 and should be released in Nov. 2007.

(Thanks again to Kevin Williams of The Stinger Report)

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First look at Tekken 6’s arcade cabinet

June 19, 2007

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(Click on the image above to see it full-res)

Thanks to Kevin Williams of the Stinger Report we have obtained an image of the Tekken 6 cabinet. Anyone notice any similarties to another certain fighting game released by Sega in Japan? VF5 anyone?

I’m happy to see them pointing out that this is a game displayed in HD. It’s only 720p but that’s OK. It’s obvious that it should be considering that it is powered by a Playstation 3 but it’s sad to say that there are still new arcade games coming out today that aren’t in HD and personally I feel that the arcades should have been pushing HD before any game console did. Staying ahead of the curve is what arcade should be about. It will ‘only’ run for $36,000 and should be released in Nov. 2007.

(Thanks again to Kevin Williams of The Stinger Report)

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