Archive for November 20, 2007

What Have We Been Playing This Week……

November 20, 2007

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TOO. MANY. GOOD. GAMES!

Shaggy

EDIT: Added a couple of games I forgot

-Rockin’ Bowl-a-rama (arcade)
– Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift (arcade)
-Big Buck Hunter Pro (arcade)
-The Act (Arcade)
-Warlords (Arcade)
-Carcassone (XBLA)
-Pac-Man CE (XBLA)
-Battalion Wars 2 (Nintendo Wii)

Twisted Supreme

-Sonic Rush Adventure (DS)
-Tetris (DS)
-Assassins Creed (360)
-Super Mario Galaxy (tonight! biggrin.gif ) – EDIT: WOW!
-Call of Duty 4 (360)

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Square Enix 1st-half Net Profit up 32% thanks to arcades

November 20, 2007

Software giant Square-Enix has announced that it’s net profit for April-September jumped up 32.5% and it’s not thanks so much to console games but arcade titles. As quoted by an article found on @ JCNNetwork, profit from Square-Enix games such as Final Fantasy XII dropped while it climbed up in arcades:

Despite solid sales of Final Fantasy XII software for Nitendo Co.’s <7974> Nintendo DS portable game machine, operating profit at the game business declined 3.8 pct due to falling software retail prices.

By contrast, the amusement arcade business turned around to a profit of 1,349 million yen from a loss of 328 million yen a year before, due to closures of unprofitable outlets.

Square Enix is another Japanese game company that owns a number of it’s own arcades and due to a plan similar to Capcom in restructuring it’s arcade business, it has turned a profit. Square Enix also has a few coin-op games of it’s own that it has created, including titles like Dragon Quest Swords (arcade) and most recently the popular Eternal Wheel.

[Via The Stinger Report via JCNNetwork] [Discuss on the Forum]

IKEA MAME Table

November 20, 2007

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Eat or play games? One of life’s many tough decisions. Now thanks to this creation, that problem is solved!

Unfortunately this is a one off and not for sale. 😦

[via Boing Boing]

Eric sez, “I shamelessly submit for your inspection my cocktail MAME cabinet hidden inside an IKEA dinner table. Having my own cocktail MAME cabinet has spared my liver continuing harm caused by playing Ms. Pacman in its ‘natural habitat,’ the Golden Gopher.”

This IKEA dinner table is expandable; it slides apart and more leaves can be inserted. When closed, it functions as a “dinner table” (that is, a place to pile my crap (temporarily relocated to the floor nearby)). It can be opened to reveal a sit-down MAME cabinet.

The display is a 15″ LCD I got on sale. The controls are all from Happ Controls, and they’re wired to an Ultimarc I-PAC . The surfaces are lasercut acrylic. Carpentry of varying quality holds everything to the existing table frame.

You can play any game on the MAME cabinet; some cooperate better than others on a sit-down style cabinet. I play Ms. Pacman exclusively, which hasn’t yet translated into a better score.

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