Archive for October 1, 2007

Pinball Returns! – Hardcore Gamer Magazine Issue 28 out

October 1, 2007


It is always a privilege to write for a game magazine – especially where you have some leeway in what content you choose to cover. Not only can I do arcades, but pinball machines as well. In the latest issue of Hardcore Gamer Magazine I cover Stern’s Spiderman Pinball machine marking the first time in quite a while (that I know of) that a game magazine has been willing to cover pins. They used to all the time, in fact I have an old Gamepro from about 92 where they covered Star Trek Pinball, but that was quite a while ago. I’ll try and cover pins more in the future, between arcade games. Click on the link below to check out the free download of the magazine!

[HGM 28 – Kan & Lynch – Spiderman Pinball] [Discuss on the Forum]

Make a Joust Halloween costume

October 1, 2007


It’s October and that means at the end of the month, it’s Halloween. If you want something interesting this year, here is an ‘Illusion Ostrich’ costume that would only take a little extra work to turn into a Joust costume! You’d just need a fake lance and something that mimicks knight armour and you’d be set! I’m not sure if I want to use this or don the Pac-Man head. Maybe I could do both, lol.

[Party City – Illusion Ostrich] [Discuss on the Forum]

Video – Arcade Warehouse raid, 2001

October 1, 2007

Now this is arcade heaven – video of a warehouse ‘raid’ in March 2001 by JWC, SteveW and Exidy (screen names of course – I used to correspond with JWC back in 2001 or so when he and these guys were publishing a magazine called SYZYGY, which had a lot of cool arcade coverage and related interviews). If you know anything about arcade history, you’ll notice quite a few amazing finds in this video, with some extremely rare games just sitting there, collecting dust. Hopefully these games have found good homes and weren’t thrown out as there is some great history that was there for the picking.

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The Act has been cancelled

October 1, 2007


This is a depressing bit of news. A while back AH poster Metafox revealed an incredible new game that was headed to arcades known as The Act which took the original promises of an interactive movie game and turned it into a reality(Games like Dragon’s Lair were more memorization games than real interactive ones). It was the most original game I had seen hit the arcade scene in years and it was the kind of game I would love to have at my arcade.

In taking a look at the website of The Act’s creator’s, Cecropia, I noticed quite a change in not only the look of the site, but of the content as well. Now instead of developing coin-op games such as the Act, their focus is now on creating Flash-based Personality games, similar to The Act. I e-mailed Omar Khudari, CEO of Cecropia about this and he stated that it was to Cecropia’s dismay that the Act is not being released as a coin-op product. “Sadly, “The Act” will not get distribution as a coin-operated product, because the economics just did not make sense.” He also stated that they enjoyed working with the coin-op industry and that while they won’t be working with it again”for a while” (which could leave the door open for an attempt in the future) they are currently working on their next production. We wish Cecropia the best of luck outside of the coin-op industry – hopefully they’ll able to get to a point where it can work out for them to make coin-op games, the industry could certainly use these kind of fresh ideas to make it stronger.

[Cecropia Website] [Discuss on the Forum]

Segaworld Videos

October 1, 2007

Received a DVD today with a promo video and an independent video of the corporate hospitality available at the late Segaworld Trocadero, from our contact at Sega Amusements Europe, Justin Burke. These video are absolutely golden. It scares me how a video 10 years old looks so cheesy already. My favourite bit is the Sonic that looks like it’s had it’s DNA mixed with Desperate Dan from the Beano. Also there’s an appearance from a member from the royal family, can you spot it? Enjoy!

Promo Video

Independent Video Part 1

Independent Video Part 2

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