Archive for August 2007

Shaggy’s Weekly Review: Super Bikes by Raw Thrills

August 30, 2007

Time is hard to find these days so I find myself remembering to do a review but with little time to write a new one up. Fortunately I have this one that I had planned on sending into Hardcore Gamer Magazine but I couldn’t get the right assets as their website only offers pictures that are too blurry for a magazine article (and there is no character art available which is something they request). Either way, this lets me easily do something a little more recent for my review here. As such it follows a slightly different format from my typical online reviews and I don’t see the need to rewrite it for now.

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The Fast and The Furious: Super Bikes Review

Developer: Raw Thrills
Publisher: Raw Thrills/Betson
Players: 1-2 (linked)
Genre: Motorcycle Racing
Category: Fast AND Furious
Release Date: 3/20/2007

Arcades have always been able to provide something that is difficult or impractical to implement in a home environment – unique ways to control the game experience. Whether arcade game makers take advantage of such freedom issuperbikesmenu01.jpg another story all together but in the case of Super Bikes we finally see the return of the motorcycle controller, which was almost forgotten by time with classics like Hang-On. Players sit on a motorcycle-like shell that veers from one side to another to simulate racing on a motorcycle. While this certainly is not the first time such a device has been seen in arcades, it is good to see it back in action as there is no other way to race with these types of games.

In Super Bikes You can choose from 8 different racers, each with varying stats that may improve your chances at winning or decrease that chance depending on your skill. The characters themselves are forgettable and have nothing to do with any of the characters established by the Fast and The Furious movies. The bikes however are all licensed motorcycles that any bike guru would probably recognize in an instant. One nice touch that was seen in the previous F&F arcade release is that you can upgrade you bike with bigger engines, better tires, NOS and more. One nice touch is that the game has a keypad along with a built-in save system so you can keep track of your “tricked out bikes” without resorting to a card system.  That technology is nothing new (it was great on games like SF Rush 2049) but it is welcome. (more…)

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DDR Cosplay Fun

August 29, 2007

Now if only I lived in Rothschild, I could dig out one of my DDR costumes!

[via Barcade]

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Livewire Fun Center in Rothschild, WI is having a few DDR events worth mentioning this upcoming week. August 31st – September 1st, 7 PM until 11 PM each night, they are having a DDR Cosplay Weekend. Dress up as your favorite DDR character and you’ll be rewarded a FREE PLAY. More prizes will be awarded to the best of the group. The Official DDR Challenge starts on Thursday, September 6th from 5 PM until 10 PM. Show off your best moves on DDR SuperNOVA for prizes, such as iTunes gift cards, movie passes and other prizes for registered participants and event winners. It will be a bracket elimination-no safety bar use and the winner(s) will be based on player overall highest score. It’s nly $10 to enter.

Pre-registration required!

Livewire Fun Center 10101 Market Street, Suite D-10 Rothschild, WI 54474 (at Cedar Creek Mall – I-39 at Exit 185, adjacent to Cedar Creek Cinemas)

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BeatmaniaIIDX15 DJ Troopers Dated

August 29, 2007

The only time I ever see these machines are at shows, and even then I won’t dare play them because I end up looking completely useless next to the pro players that they always have on the Konami stands. Anyway, it’s good to hear there’s another Beatmania on the way, I can definately appreciate the joy of these games, what with my addiction to Guitar Hero!

[via Arcade Renaissance]

“Currently making the rounds with location tests across Japan and Europe, BeatmaniaIIDX15 DJ Troopers has finally been given a scheduled sale date by Konami. The latest game in the BeatmaniaIIDX series is set to be available at arcades starting in December. Konami intends on showing the game off again at the JAMMA Amusement Show based on initial reports, so we should be able to get another look at the rhythm title then. A series of YouTube! videos of the most recent location test was posted by user landolakes. One of them is posted below for convenience. Be sure to check out YouTube! if you are interested in viewing any of the others.”

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'Joust' coming to the big screen and comic books

August 28, 2007

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[Via Gamedaily BIZ]

Not long ago I was reading about upcoming movies for 2008 and the rest of 2007 on imdb and I noticed a disturbing trend of video game based movies that are in the works.  I still haven’t seen a movie based on a game that did not deserve the riffing treatment from Mystery Science Theater 3000 (one of my favorite shows BTW). It seems that Hollywood studios want to turn every popular franchise into a movie in the hopes of cashing in and now they are going to do it to the arcade classic Joust.

First I can’t help but wonder why now? I also wonder why they chose Joust of all the classic games to make a movie. Sinistar probably would be easier to work with but it doesn’t matter as that would probably suck anyways. Games should stay as games, not turned into B-movies. According to the producer, the movie will take place in Las Vegas, 25 years in the future where the city is suspended in mid-air.  Now we all know that movies featuring cities in the air means cinematic gold, especially when they hype it as being “Gladiator meets Mad Max”. Of course how they will work lava showing up in Las Vegas remains to be seen (in case you are not aware, Las Vegas had nothing to do with the original game) They even go as far as mentioning the success of Transformers, which somehow translates into a great market for Joust as apparently all those young kids who loved Transformers just can’t wait to see guys getting knocked of flying ostriches.   Either way they are set for releasing this next June, along with a new comic book series based on the game by Dark Horse Comics. We now wait with baited breath to see how Hollywood is going to ruin the memory of this beloved game franchise.

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‘Joust’ coming to the big screen and comic books

August 28, 2007

joustmarq.jpg

[Via Gamedaily BIZ]

Not long ago I was reading about upcoming movies for 2008 and the rest of 2007 on imdb and I noticed a disturbing trend of video game based movies that are in the works.  I still haven’t seen a movie based on a game that did not deserve the riffing treatment from Mystery Science Theater 3000 (one of my favorite shows BTW). It seems that Hollywood studios want to turn every popular franchise into a movie in the hopes of cashing in and now they are going to do it to the arcade classic Joust.

First I can’t help but wonder why now? I also wonder why they chose Joust of all the classic games to make a movie. Sinistar probably would be easier to work with but it doesn’t matter as that would probably suck anyways. Games should stay as games, not turned into B-movies. According to the producer, the movie will take place in Las Vegas, 25 years in the future where the city is suspended in mid-air.  Now we all know that movies featuring cities in the air means cinematic gold, especially when they hype it as being “Gladiator meets Mad Max”. Of course how they will work lava showing up in Las Vegas remains to be seen (in case you are not aware, Las Vegas had nothing to do with the original game) They even go as far as mentioning the success of Transformers, which somehow translates into a great market for Joust as apparently all those young kids who loved Transformers just can’t wait to see guys getting knocked of flying ostriches.   Either way they are set for releasing this next June, along with a new comic book series based on the game by Dark Horse Comics. We now wait with baited breath to see how Hollywood is going to ruin the memory of this beloved game franchise.

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Raw Thrills issues service update for machines due to potential hazard

August 28, 2007

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[Via Coinoptoday.com]

Fresh on the heels of the recent recall in Japan of Atlus’ Arm Spirit comes an announcement from Raw Thrills about a “service update” for their Fast and Furious, Super Bikes and Tokyo Drift games due to a small number of them failing due to a faulty I/O board. Apparently the failure has the potential to cause a fire hazard but fortunately Raw Thrills has already developed a safety harness that can be installed in a few minutes that corrects the problem. This is not a recall so operators can rest easy on that account although if they own one of these machines, they will want to contact Betson about it.

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Token Sign Project

August 27, 2007

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I found this on a blog called NoiseLandArcade. They talk about arcades on occasio among other things but in a post today he put up an interesting token sign that he designed based upon a hand-painted sign he tried to find on eBay. It’s a pretty classic design, this looks like something you’d see in an 80’s arcade. The blogster has made it available for download, it certainly looks like a nice addition to your game room if you have one.

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