Archive for November 13, 2007

Play Mechanix still looking for new blood, seeks attention of former EA Chicago employees

November 13, 2007

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If you keep up with console news at all then you have probably heard that EA recently shut down their Chicago studio leaving a lot of coders and game designers in the dust. A number of developers are putting out wanted ads suggesting that employees of the former studio check them out and arcade game developer Play Mechanix is among them. Play Mechanix has developed some heavy hitters for the arcade sector recently, including Big Buck Hunter, Aliens Extermination and Deal or No Deal. So if you are a former employee of the EA Chicago studio or you know one, check out Play Mechanix; a list of available jobs can be found by hitting the link below.

[Play Mechanix Jobs] [Discuss on the Forum]

TAB Austria's Virtual Pinball

November 13, 2007

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First there was Ultrapin by GlobalVR and now a company called TAB Austria has created their own electronic pinball game called “Virtual Pinball” and at least one distributor in the US has picked it up, BMI Gaming. It’s specs include a 42″ plasma screen (admittedly I’d like to see how these hold up under arcade stress in this format), shock sensors including tilt sensors and vibration feedback. The game can receive new game updates online or “via hard disk” (perhaps an SD card? I can’t imagine them selling actual hard drives to plug into it) but comes with 6 preinstalled games, 3 of which are video pinball games(it appears they are not based on real pin tables if Space Captain is any indication), 2 are “video action games” and 1 a “video strategy game”. If you look closely you can see that the cabinet comes with a trackball to that must be used for those titles. According to the page it has a pretty good ROI, paying itself off in about 10 months.

One thing I can see about being a problem is that the hardware design differs from a typical pin so hardcore pin fans may turn away from it but also with it’s different design is always the possibility of bringing new players to the idea pf pinball.

[TAB Austria's games via BMI Gaming] [Discuss on the Forum]

TAB Austria’s Virtual Pinball

November 13, 2007

virtualpinball.jpg

First there was Ultrapin by GlobalVR and now a company called TAB Austria has created their own electronic pinball game called “Virtual Pinball” and at least one distributor in the US has picked it up, BMI Gaming. It’s specs include a 42″ plasma screen (admittedly I’d like to see how these hold up under arcade stress in this format), shock sensors including tilt sensors and vibration feedback. The game can receive new game updates online or “via hard disk” (perhaps an SD card? I can’t imagine them selling actual hard drives to plug into it) but comes with 6 preinstalled games, 3 of which are video pinball games(it appears they are not based on real pin tables if Space Captain is any indication), 2 are “video action games” and 1 a “video strategy game”. If you look closely you can see that the cabinet comes with a trackball to that must be used for those titles. According to the page it has a pretty good ROI, paying itself off in about 10 months.

One thing I can see about being a problem is that the hardware design differs from a typical pin so hardcore pin fans may turn away from it but also with it’s different design is always the possibility of bringing new players to the idea pf pinball.

[TAB Austria's games via BMI Gaming] [Discuss on the Forum]


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