Archive for August 2, 2007

New UK Gaming Law Is Giving Preview A Boost

August 2, 2007

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[via Coin-Op News]

The new UK gaming law is giving Preview 2008 a boost. Organisers Howard & Wikberg have noted two trends at this year’s show. Existing exhibitors are moving to larger, more impressive stands and other companies are either returning or using the Preview to enter the UK marketplace for the first time.

“This year’s Preview promises to be bigger and better than ever,” says Ylva Howard. “Visitors will notice immediately that some of our exhibitors have taken much larger stands. Astra has doubled its stand space in the Champagne Suite (CH2 and 3) and downstairs in the Chablis Suite Hamayoon Amusements (NT50) has taken a stand five times the size of last year!”

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Barcade NASCAR Review

August 2, 2007

For those of you, like me, who eager for more NASCAR info then read this excellent review via Barcade

By: Julie Kaluzinski

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EA Sports NASCAR Racing, officially licensed by NASCAR is Global VR’s latest addition to their line-up.

Players choose from 12 of NASCAR’s most popular drivers and race on the most well-known NASCAR tracks. Each race will include 30 different NASCAR drivers and cars. Also, players listen to their pit boss as they zoom around the tracks at speeds of 200 MPH.

The NASCAR game has been designed with computer assisted driving to appeal to the casual players, but it has in depth levels for the seasoned players.

FEATURES:
-6 Famous NASCAR tracks-Daytona, Talladega, Lowe’s, Indianapolis, Phoenix and Bristol
-1 Night Time Track
-30 NASCAR Drivers and Cars
-Draft-Boost to Sling-Shoots Your Car Ahead of Your Opponents
-Bumper to Bumper Racing, outmaneuver aggressive opponents into the wall
-Great graphics and crashes
-Halo and Horns dependent on your driving style
-6 Speaker Audio System for Immersive 3 D Sound Effects and Realism

It comes in a standard-32″ LCD, deluxe-42″ LCD, and motion platform-57″ LCD cabinets.

Look for this game in arcades in early September. Happy driving!

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Shaggy's Weekly Review: Shinobi by Sega

August 2, 2007

This week I am reviewing a game that I have in my collection that occupies a unique cabinet sitting in my garage. I found it at a thrift store where it was actually a modified Frogger cabinet (with the coin mechs completely removed and a plexiglass panel in place and a completely different control panel that moves towards you) that had a Pyros marquee but a Shinobi board. Whoever used to own this made quite a few modifications several times but it was the first time I had a chance to play this game. Images courtesy KLOV.com minus the title screen image I took myself.

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Shinobi by Sega (1987)
Players:1-2

Introduction

Before Shinobi hit arcades, ninjas were fairly rare characters to show up in video games. After it came along however, ninjas and video games can never seem to part ways. Shinobi saw a 3D remake come along not too long ago on the Playstation 2 but it is important to remember that the recent version of the game and the original are two very different games, in part because one is in 2D and the other in 3D and the difference in perspective changes the dynamics of the gameplay quite a bit. Top that off with different storylines and you will . The story goes as follows (from klov.com): “The Ninja children of the Iga clan were kidnapped by Zeed, a syndication of evil Ninjas and outlaws. Joe Musashi, a master of Ninjutsu amd other martial arts must penetrate single-handedly into the opponent’s territory on a mission to rescue the little ones and wipe out the villains.” i.e. kill everything that gets in your way, ninja-style but without any of the messy blood splattering that permeates many ninja games these days.

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Shaggy’s Weekly Review: Shinobi by Sega

August 2, 2007

This week I am reviewing a game that I have in my collection that occupies a unique cabinet sitting in my garage. I found it at a thrift store where it was actually a modified Frogger cabinet (with the coin mechs completely removed and a plexiglass panel in place and a completely different control panel that moves towards you) that had a Pyros marquee but a Shinobi board. Whoever used to own this made quite a few modifications several times but it was the first time I had a chance to play this game. Images courtesy KLOV.com minus the title screen image I took myself.

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shinmarq.jpg

Shinobi by Sega (1987)
Players:1-2

Introduction

Before Shinobi hit arcades, ninjas were fairly rare characters to show up in video games. After it came along however, ninjas and video games can never seem to part ways. Shinobi saw a 3D remake come along not too long ago on the Playstation 2 but it is important to remember that the recent version of the game and the original are two very different games, in part because one is in 2D and the other in 3D and the difference in perspective changes the dynamics of the gameplay quite a bit. Top that off with different storylines and you will . The story goes as follows (from klov.com): “The Ninja children of the Iga clan were kidnapped by Zeed, a syndication of evil Ninjas and outlaws. Joe Musashi, a master of Ninjutsu amd other martial arts must penetrate single-handedly into the opponent’s territory on a mission to rescue the little ones and wipe out the villains.” i.e. kill everything that gets in your way, ninja-style but without any of the messy blood splattering that permeates many ninja games these days.

(more…)