Archive for November 2007

Edge Arcade Reviews Nov. 1998

November 30, 2007

For those of you that remember, a few weeks back I posted up some scans of an Edge arcade article from way back in 1998. Also something I notice was that way back then Edge used to do arcade reviews (how times have changed). So as promised here is the first, of many, of thier arcade reviews. First up are reviews of Dirt Devils, Tetris & Ocean Hunter. Also in this issue was a round up of JAMMA ’98. Enjoy.

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Apologies for the quality but I couldn’t post up the 15MB plus scans as they would take a month of Sunday’s to load.

Don’t forget to check out Edge’s website, let me know if there’s any arcade news on there.

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Atari's Laserdisc Malibu Grand Prix

November 30, 2007

I stumbled across this on Digital Press and would love to know more about it. Below are links to test footage for Atari’s never-released laserdisc driving game, shown here in 3 parts. Filmed at Malibu Grand Prix in Redwood City, there’s not much to see as far as gameplay but it does contain some behind-the-scenes footage of Atari’s lab. I have searched high and low for some more info on this unreleased laserdisc game but so far nothing. So for the moment hit the links below to see these videos on You Tube. For some reason the ability to embed the videos has been removed, what the hells that about!

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Video 2

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Video 3

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Atari’s Laserdisc Malibu Grand Prix

November 30, 2007

I stumbled across this on Digital Press and would love to know more about it. Below are links to test footage for Atari’s never-released laserdisc driving game, shown here in 3 parts. Filmed at Malibu Grand Prix in Redwood City, there’s not much to see as far as gameplay but it does contain some behind-the-scenes footage of Atari’s lab. I have searched high and low for some more info on this unreleased laserdisc game but so far nothing. So for the moment hit the links below to see these videos on You Tube. For some reason the ability to embed the videos has been removed, what the hells that about!

Video 1                                                                         

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Video 2

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Video 3

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Wheel of Fortune on location

November 30, 2007

Thanks to tipster IcePagoda for pointing out this video of Stern’s newest pin, Wheel of Fortune on location. It looks like a lot of fun as you may expect to experience from Stern. Video produced by Web Wide Video.

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SlamBots in action

November 30, 2007

When I caught the news about a product called SlamBots on the latest Stinger Report, I was intrigued. I have personally thought about the application of robotics in coin-op games before but this is the first time I had heard of someone actually trying such an idea. To my astonishment, SlamBots (which made an appearance at this year’s IAAPA 07 event) has actually been available as a coin-op title for more than a year already although I have not found it on any distributor sites yet. Here is a video of the game in action by the company, posted to Youtube. Perhaps by them showing the game at IAAPA again (it washown at last years IAAPA as well, according to the website) it will garner more attention. The sites description of the game is fairly simple:

The goal of SlamBot is simple- SLAM your robot into the targets when they light up! Play solo or head-to-head! SlamBot can be enjoyed by up to 4 players simultaneously (or more on custom systems).

Players can earn points for slamming targets (playing offense) or they can prevent their opponents from scoring by bashing into their robot (playing defense).

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Mini Rider 2 Video

November 30, 2007

Thought I’d do my usual check through all the arcade manufactures websites. New to Sega Amusements Europe’s we have a Mini Rider 2 promo video. As most of you would have read already from IAAPA reports, this ride was shown at the American trade show. Hit the link below to check out the video.

[Mini Rider 2 Video]

Now let’s see if there’s anything new on other manufactures sites, stay tuned…….

Edit: Nope nothing else new, don’t forget if you spot any great news that you want share with us, use the link in the top right to contact us.

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Sega's Disney Dancing Card Game

November 29, 2007

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What do you get if you cross one of Sega’s kids games, Disney and a dance mat.

Well one of the above of course.

I don’t know how well the kids games did over here and in America. But let’s be honest, how can this fail. It has the Disney IP and a dance mat for good measure, plus collectible cards by the looks of it. Granted dance mat games aren’t the latest craze, but hey, this could be good fun for the little ones.

I don’t normally take an interest in these kinds of games, but this one I will keep a look out for. I’ll be interested to see how the gameplays works. I guess It’ll be similar to Love & Berry.

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Sega’s Disney Dancing Card Game

November 29, 2007

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What do you get if you cross one of Sega’s kids games, Disney and a dance mat.

Well one of the above of course.

I don’t know how well the kids games did over here and in America. But let’s be honest, how can this fail. It has the Disney IP and a dance mat for good measure, plus collectible cards by the looks of it. Granted dance mat games aren’t the latest craze, but hey, this could be good fun for the little ones.

I don’t normally take an interest in these kinds of games, but this one I will keep a look out for. I’ll be interested to see how the gameplays works. I guess It’ll be similar to Love & Berry.

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The Stinger Report #599 – IAAPA 07 coverage part I

November 29, 2007

The Stinger Report has released the first part of their IAAPA coverage and it is loaded with information pertaining to arcades and what the future holds for our industry. Certainly this is shaping up to be the best year we’ll see in amusement this decade. The report itself is quite long so I’ll work on slimming it down to something managable for this post.

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Sega Amusement USA – Had two booths, demonstrated Primeval Hunt (90% complete), Sega RaceTV (80% complete), 2 Initial D4 cabinets, and two of Sega’s mid-sized attractions OutRun 2 Special Attraction and Let’s Go Jungle Special. For Redemption they had UFO Catcher, their plush line and Pirate’s Revenge, a new game developed by a developer called TecWay along with IGS. Edit:‘Pirates Revenge’ is developed by IGS and distributed by Universal Space (UNIS) [no word why TecWay had it on their booth!!?] TecWay also was demonstrating a redemption game targeted towards kids called Ghost Hunter. They also showed a BeMani game called Drummer Championship, a game called Revenger a game that had players pounding cartoon characters with a mallet to corresponding clues.

GlobalVR – Demonstrated some of their latest releases including a linked NASCAR, America’s Army and Aliens: Extermination. Otherwise they did not show anything new but attracted large crowds.

IMON – demonstrated a new version of their Panzer Elite Tank title running on the motion based iGO hardware that includes network support and an external screen so people passing by could see what is going on. This version is already available from some distributors.

SimuLine – the creators of Sega’s Cycraft showed of MiniRide 2, which runs a series of special motion ride films based on the unique hanging motion system. They also announced the development of another simulator title called Race Car of Tomorrow: Today.

Incredible Technologies – no new games shown, their standard titles were shown as well as a new cabinet style.

Merit Entertainment – The makers of popular touch screen coin-op games demonstrated their new Firefly platform which is based on Tablet PC technology.

Namco America – Demonstrated their highly anticipated fighter, Tekken 6. Namco is testing the waters with the game in the US, which uses a HDD, IC Cards and the same style cabinet as seen in Japan (a sitdown cabinet with an HD monitor). It remains to be seen how the expensive hardware will do in arcades, especially if the PS3 version comes out soon afterwards. In addition to this Namco showed off their titles that are currently on the market including Maximum Tune 3, Mario Kart GP 2, Pac-Man 25th Anniversary and Taito’s Chase HQ 2. They also are working on a redemption title called Family Bowl 2.

AndaMiro – Showed off DDR’s major competitive title, Pump It Up NX2: Next Xenesis.

Trio Tech Amusement – demonstrated the very popular UFO Stomper that we at AH have show in a few posts. It uses two projectors mounted in the roof of the system. TrioTech is working on other titles to play on the platform.

Betson: Showed off the latest version of Big Buck Hunter Pro that includes innovative online play via the ‘Coin-Up’ system.

Finally according to the Stinger Report:

“Most of the interesting products on the show floor came from major (long-established) amusement manufacturers. However, two notable new developments from start-up developers proved a pleasant surprise, proving there is still interest in new concepts:

SlamBots – Two-Player coin-operated robot combat game, using technology familiar from the redemption car driving market, this new concept builds on an interest for robots in amusement.

Aerr-Ball – Best described as an air based foosball style game, the innovative design and compelling game experience will prove to be a big hit for the first manufacturer that licenses the hardware.”

We’ll see if we can get some pictures of some of the more interesting games mentioned. Hit the post break for the full Stinger Report.

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1984 arcade Holiday Food Drive Party

November 29, 2007

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Not long ago we posted a video about the 1984 arcade in Springfield Missouri, one of the few arcades out there that shuns newer titles and instead features only classic arcade titles to play. I came across word that they are going to be running a holiday food drive to help out needy families next week. The way the arcade works is they only charge a $5 admission fee and all the games are set on free play. On December 5th, all proceeds that day will be donated to Ozarks Food Harvest, a food bank in the area. It’s a great cause being done by an arcade that I’d love to visit one day so if you’re in the area around Dec. 5th, help out by having some fun.

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