Archive for December 31, 2007

Happy New Year Everyone

December 31, 2007

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As this will probably be the last post here at Arcade Heroes for 2007, now is a good time to wish all of you a Happy New Year. 2007 was pretty good, it certainly was for the site and I’m glad I could be a part of it. 2008 is going to be a great time for arcades, mark my words. Personally I can’t be more ecstatic because I will finally be running my own arcade (which has taken way too long to get started) but also there are going to be a lot of awesome games coming to arcades this 2008. We’re seeing a return of fighters to the scene with Tekken 6, Virtua Fighter 5 and Street Fighter IV and while we can expect more games such as racers and light gun titles, I can’t help but wonder what really new surprises are in store for us.

For a retrospective, just a few well-known or popular arcade games from past years that end with the number 8 (in no particular order and if I missed your favorite game, apologies in advance):

1978: Taito Space Invaders, Atari Football, Atari Video Pinball, and VectorBeam’s Speed Freak

1988: Atari’s Vindicator’s, Tetris (Atari or Sega), Tecmo’s Ninja Gaiden, William’s NARC, Capcom’s Ghouls ‘N Ghosts, Taito Chase H.Q, Taito’s Operation Thunderbolt, Fabtek’s Cabal

1998: Atari Games’ Area 51: Site 4, Atari Games’ Gauntlet Legends, Konami’s Beatmania, Konami’s Guitar Freaks, Sega’s House of Dead 2, Sega’s Star Wars Arcade Trilogy, Sega’s Bass Fishing, SNK’s King of Fighters 98, Capcom’s Marvel VS Capcom, Capcom’s Street Fighter Alpha 3, Midway’s NFL Blitz 99, Namco’s Time Crisis II, Namco’s SoulCalibur, Incredible Technologies Golden Tee ’98, Treasure’s Radiant Silvergun.

2008: Remains to be seen. But all I can think of for the coming year are the immortal words of Duke Nukem: “Let’s Rock!”

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King of Kong DVD pre-order available

December 31, 2007

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I caught that Amazon has now listed a pre-order for the King of Kong Documentary DVD. For those that don’t know, The King of Kong documented some arcade players in their quest for the highest score at games like Donkey Kong. Now this movie has not come around without some complaints, with some saying that Billy Mitchell is portrayed as a villain but as I have not had a chance to see this yet I can’t comment on that. The DVD will be available on the 29th of January. Now if we could see a few of the other arcade-related documentaries like Chasing Ghosts on DVD too, that would be nice.

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Arcade Heroes Battle of the Week (12/31-1/6): Fast and Furious Drift VS NASCAR

December 31, 2007

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Last week’s Battle: DDR Vs Pump It Up! – DDR won by 1 vote (with 5 votes cast total).

This week I figured let’s see how you feel about some newer titles. Racers and arcades are like peanut butter and jam so why not pit some newer titles Raw Thrill’s F&F Drift VS GlobalVR’s NASCAR. Start your engines and vote!

Click here to vote for your favored game: Fast and Furious Drift or NASCAR! Voting closes next Sunday.

EDIT: I apologize, the link was pointing to the last survey, it’s fixed now.

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Industry Vet Jim Wallin passes away

December 31, 2007

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[Via CoinOPToday.com]

This is some sad news coming from GlobalVR today that one of their employees, Jim Wallin has passed away. He was a true industry vet, beginning his work in the arcade business with Atari in 1979 where he stayed until 1990 (when it was Atari Games). He also has been working at GlobalVR for the past 5 years as their purchasing manager. He is survived by “his companion Louise, Alberto, to whom he was a father figure, a sister and brother-in-law and family, as well as the many friends he has made throughout the course of his life.”

Our condolences to his family and friends and thanks to Jim for all his work in the industry.

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