Archive for December 7, 2007

The Lord of Vermilion – new 'Squenix' arcade game creates lines in Japan

December 7, 2007

SquareEnixs’ new coin-op game The Lord of Vermilion began it’s testing phase in Japan today and as seen on Game Watch, it’s already a smashing success. A line of peoplelov01.gif eager to play the new game was seen coming out of the arcade where the game is testing and going around the block. We had a post about the Lord of Vermilion a couple of weeks ago with some details on the game and thanks to a link from the Stinger Report we have more pictures of the game in action. I also managed to find a video of the game on youtube. I now wonder how this will pan out overseas – Sega is testing one card based game in the States and if it does well I could imagine seeing other companies taking notice and bringing their card games to venues outside of Japan as well. You can click on the images below to get a better look at the cabinet and the game – I really like the trackball they used, it almost looks like a mystical orb. Pictures via Game Watch.

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(Video posted by Youtube user Demondesign]

[Official Lord of Vermilion site] [Discuss on the Forum]

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The Lord of Vermilion – new ‘Squenix’ arcade game creates lines in Japan

December 7, 2007

SquareEnixs’ new coin-op game The Lord of Vermilion began it’s testing phase in Japan today and as seen on Game Watch, it’s already a smashing success. A line of peoplelov01.gif eager to play the new game was seen coming out of the arcade where the game is testing and going around the block. We had a post about the Lord of Vermilion a couple of weeks ago with some details on the game and thanks to a link from the Stinger Report we have more pictures of the game in action. I also managed to find a video of the game on youtube. I now wonder how this will pan out overseas – Sega is testing one card based game in the States and if it does well I could imagine seeing other companies taking notice and bringing their card games to venues outside of Japan as well. You can click on the images below to get a better look at the cabinet and the game – I really like the trackball they used, it almost looks like a mystical orb. Pictures via Game Watch.

lov03.jpg lov05.jpg lovtrack.jpg lov09.jpg lov10.jpg lov11.jpg lov12.jpg lov13.jpg lov21.jpg lov17.jpg

(Video posted by Youtube user Demondesign]

[Official Lord of Vermilion site] [Discuss on the Forum]

The Exidy Vertigo Simulator

December 7, 2007

This post will be part of my efforts to inform the public about some vintage simulators that are relatively unknown. There is some debate over which motion simulator was actually the first one ever produced for the video arcade for use by the general public so I will cover a few of them that I know of that were made around the same period. Its no surprise that there is debate over this matter as there were quite a few small companies trying to produce something for the arcade scene that was new and different to help arcades recover after the big arcade crash.

The first one I would like to talk about is the Vertigo, made by Exidy in 1984. Most people don’t know that Exidy, manufacturer of games like Mouse Trap and Death Race, actually produced a full-sized simulator at one point. There is little known about this rare game, and I have not heard of an instance of this game existing today in the full-motion cabinet. These games were mostly placed on test location in the Southern California area, so if you lived around there during the mid 80’s, you may have encountered an Exidy Vertigo in an arcade. I know a person who trashed about 20 of these Vertigo machines in the 80s (ouch!), so there must have been at least around 20-30 of them produced, maybe a few more. Like most early simulators, they were around for a short period of time then disappeared due to failure of the machine or low earnings. The gameplay was a sort of a flying game with vector graphics.

If you have played or remember the Exidy Vertigo, feel free to leave your comments.

Also here is a picture and a link that gives more information about this rare, elusive game.

Exidy Vertigo at Trade Show

[Arcade Flyer Archive]    [Discuss on the Forum]

Two More Street Fighter 4 Screens

December 7, 2007

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[via Blogeek, via Arcade Renaissance]

Looks like these two screens and the information that was released by Bloggeek have got them into some trouble as thier site has been shutdown.

I’m presuming the screens are genuine, but perhaps the information that was released was not (or a certain publication may have had an exclusivity on the news). The info included the frame rate of the game, possible platforms, the style of the counter system and the possibility of online play.

So I think it’s wise not to speculate to much on this information until it is officially confirmed, so for now you can just look at the above screensshots to wet your appetite.

[Discuss on the Forum]

A couple of shots on Criminal Action/Action Detective

December 7, 2007

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Coming across information on Konami’s new motion-controlled arcade title known as either “Action Detective” or “Criminal Action” has been a little difficult since we firstactiondetect1.jpg heard about it a couple of months ago. Finally I have encountered two shots taken from location testing, via Japanese blog d.hatena. It’s not much but it’s better than the thumbnails we’ve seen up until now.  Also according to the site, the controls need some work, but they have until April (which is the release date set for this game) to fix that up. Graphically it’s still a little hard to tell how it looks overall (we’ll need to see it in motion) but this gives us an OK idea at least.

[Via d.hatena blog] [Discuss on the Forum]

Spain's Pac-Man Christmas tree

December 7, 2007

This is probably the best Christmas tree ever – a Pac-Man Christmas tree in Madridpac-man_chrmas_tree.jpg Spain and on top of it all, this tree is animated (although it’s not fully animated to the point where it actually plays a game). I’m not sure if anyone has done something like this before (probably) but either way the most iconic arcade character of all time continues delighting people through many different methods. If you happen to be in Spain this holiday season, the tree can be seen in downtown Madrid at Nuevos Ministerios. Enjoy!

[Via Technabob & The Stinger Report] [Discuss on the Forum]

Spain’s Pac-Man Christmas tree

December 7, 2007

This is probably the best Christmas tree ever – a Pac-Man Christmas tree in Madridpac-man_chrmas_tree.jpg Spain and on top of it all, this tree is animated (although it’s not fully animated to the point where it actually plays a game). I’m not sure if anyone has done something like this before (probably) but either way the most iconic arcade character of all time continues delighting people through many different methods. If you happen to be in Spain this holiday season, the tree can be seen in downtown Madrid at Nuevos Ministerios. Enjoy!

[Via Technabob & The Stinger Report] [Discuss on the Forum]