Archive for December 18, 2007

An unexpected surprise in Sunday's paper

December 18, 2007

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While I don’t bother getting a newspaper at home (I have the internet so not much of a need) my parents do and when I stopped by their home as I usually do on Sunday’s, they showed me something in the Sunday ads that took me by surprise. It was a flyer from my local arcade distributor, Mountain Coin-Op. This is the first time I’ve ever seen anything arcade related displayed like this so it was cool to see them doing a little advertising. The only arcade in my area that seems to do any advertising by means like this is Chuck E. Cheeses but they only mention tokens, they don’t mention arcade games or even display pictures of them. While this isn’t the best ad you’ll ever see for something arcade related, at the very least it’s getting some exposure of an arcade company where people might go in looking for something to put in the game room and they will notice a lot of new arcade and pinball games on the show room floor.

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An unexpected surprise in Sunday’s paper

December 18, 2007

mountainfly.png

(Click to enlarge)

While I don’t bother getting a newspaper at home (I have the internet so not much of a need) my parents do and when I stopped by their home as I usually do on Sunday’s, they showed me something in the Sunday ads that took me by surprise. It was a flyer from my local arcade distributor, Mountain Coin-Op. This is the first time I’ve ever seen anything arcade related displayed like this so it was cool to see them doing a little advertising. The only arcade in my area that seems to do any advertising by means like this is Chuck E. Cheeses but they only mention tokens, they don’t mention arcade games or even display pictures of them. While this isn’t the best ad you’ll ever see for something arcade related, at the very least it’s getting some exposure of an arcade company where people might go in looking for something to put in the game room and they will notice a lot of new arcade and pinball games on the show room floor.

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Tempest heads to XBLA

December 18, 2007

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As you may already know, I hold a soft spot for anything Atari so when I see some updates of their awesome arcade classics, I find it hard to resist mentioning it. This week Tempest is headed to XBLA and once again I am excited about this. Tempest was a breakthrough color vector game that is always highly sought after in collectors circles. On top of that, it has seen some excellent updates over the years, including the masterful Tempest 2000 for the Atari Jaguar (one of several reasons to own a Jaguar – many say this game alone makes the console worth it) and Tempest 3000 for the NUON. While Space Giraffe for XBLA was sort of an update to Tempest, the games are a little bit different and now we can see another vision of this excellent shooter. It will only be 400 points too so that makes it easier to grab this one.

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A family in Rapid City, SD opens a NASCAR themed arcade

December 18, 2007

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(Photo credit: Dick Kettlewell of the Rapid City Journal)

I came across this new article today detailing the opening of a new arcade in Rapid City South Dakota USA that discusses a family switching from a retail cell phone business to an arcade. It will be an FEC (called the Heartland Arcade) but it sounds like it will be pretty good and will include pool tables, 70 arcade games, a food court, a NASCAR memoriblia store and on top of it all, a NASCAR simulator that features 4 NASCAR vehicles that are 80% the size of the real thing hooked up to a game that is apparently different than the one released by GlobalVR. It sounds like a “NASCAR Special”, somewhat similar to Sega’s special games that feature a large cabinet (this sounds like Outrun 2 Super Deluxe). It appears that they have these at The Mall of America and a few other venues (about 10 thanks to The Stinger Report for that info). Here’s the details of the game from the news article:

From behind the wheel, you have a 135-degree view of the racetrack projected onto three screens. You also have a gear shifter, gas pedal, brake pedal and a small monitor.

Each of the four cars is mounted on a hydraulic system, so when another virtual driver bumps your car, it shakes and shudders as if it were really hit.

It sounds pretty cool and if any of you get a chance to drop by there when it opened, let us know about it.

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