Archive for January 2008

ATEi 2008 Show Floor Video

January 31, 2008

Just a quick one, forgot I filmed this. Nothing mega exciting, but for those of you who have never been to the show heres a short video from the first floor.

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Konami ATEi 2008 Impressions

January 31, 2008

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(More photos after the break) 

Last of the big names is Konami. I have to say thier stand was a bit on the sparse side. Guitar Freaks  & Drum Mania V4 where present and attracting a lot of attention from players. Wacky Races also made an appearance on the stand, although, as I have said already this was on various stands around the show. Finally Silent Hill rounded off the rest of the big games on the Konami stand.

As you may remember I’m already familiar with two of these game from the location tests I checked out last year. For those of you who missed these posts, which included photos, videos and my impressions, why not check them out;

[Silent Hill Arcade Photos & Impressions]

[Silent Hill Arcade Videos]

[Wacky Races Photos]

[Wacky Races Impressions & Videos]

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What Have We Been Playing…..

January 31, 2008

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This post has become a bit inconsistent lately, so little time to play games these days. Although I did get to play a lot at ATEi, so I can’t complain too much.

So this is what we’ve been playing…..

Shaggy

-Warlords (Arcade)
-Commander Keen 5 (PC)
-Earth Defense Force 2017 (Xbox 360)
-Bomberman Live (XBLA)
-Undertow (XBLA)

Sara

-Heatseeker (PSP)
-Outrun 2 Coast to Coast (PSP)

Twisted

-Burnout Paradise (Xbox 360)
-Plus all the games I played at ATEi

New Street Fighter 4 Screens

January 31, 2008

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Just a quick one. Just spotted that Kotaku have some new Street Fighter 4 screens, so head over there now to check them out. Hopefully we should be seeing a lot more of the game if it’s still on course to be shown at AOU, perhaps maybe even some videos?!

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Shaggy's Weekly Review – Volfied by Taito

January 31, 2008

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Volfied by Taito

Players: 1-2

Released: 1989

Introduction

Qix was a fun, original arcade game by Taito released in 1982 where the player had to draw lines in a playfield, avoiding the Stix and Sparx that if touched would elimnate the player. Completing a line would result in the enclosed area filling up with a color and the point of the game was to fill up 75% of each board. Volfied is like an update/sequel to Qix, with a similar concept but with some enhancements that actually make it a better game including a throw away sci-fi storyline that can be read when the game begins.

Gameplay

As mentioned the way the game plays is quite similar to the classic game Qix but the differences improve the game to the point that it’s the preferable title to pick up and play. With a large playfield to cover, the play controls a ship that must draw lines through the playfield, completely connecting them to another line. Once this is done, the enclosed area fills in with a graphic different than the playfield background and the player can continue on doing this until 80% or more of the playfield is covered. While in this game just uses various weird sci-fi style backgrounds for effect, the same concept  in gameplay was used a year later in the soft-porn game Gals Panic (not by Taito though). Making the task of of covering the playfield difficult for the player is the presence of both large and small enemies that replace the Stix and Sparx from Qix. As Volfied follows a sci-fi storyline, the enemies are generally aliens of some kind that change in appearance and behavior with each level.  Smaller enemies can be killed off by enclosing them when you draw the lines, earning bonus points for each enemy destroyed. It takes a little bit of strategy to do this at times but that is part of the fun. If the enemies touch you ship or hit it with energy bolts while you’re out an about drawing things, it will weaken your shields. Once the shields hit 0, it’s game over man. But wait, there’s more!

Hit the link below to keep on reading

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Shaggy’s Weekly Review – Volfied by Taito

January 31, 2008

volfiedmarq.jpg

Volfied by Taito

Players: 1-2

Released: 1989

Introduction

Qix was a fun, original arcade game by Taito released in 1982 where the player had to draw lines in a playfield, avoiding the Stix and Sparx that if touched would elimnate the player. Completing a line would result in the enclosed area filling up with a color and the point of the game was to fill up 75% of each board. Volfied is like an update/sequel to Qix, with a similar concept but with some enhancements that actually make it a better game including a throw away sci-fi storyline that can be read when the game begins.

Gameplay

As mentioned the way the game plays is quite similar to the classic game Qix but the differences improve the game to the point that it’s the preferable title to pick up and play. With a large playfield to cover, the play controls a ship that must draw lines through the playfield, completely connecting them to another line. Once this is done, the enclosed area fills in with a graphic different than the playfield background and the player can continue on doing this until 80% or more of the playfield is covered. While in this game just uses various weird sci-fi style backgrounds for effect, the same concept  in gameplay was used a year later in the soft-porn game Gals Panic (not by Taito though). Making the task of of covering the playfield difficult for the player is the presence of both large and small enemies that replace the Stix and Sparx from Qix. As Volfied follows a sci-fi storyline, the enemies are generally aliens of some kind that change in appearance and behavior with each level.  Smaller enemies can be killed off by enclosing them when you draw the lines, earning bonus points for each enemy destroyed. It takes a little bit of strategy to do this at times but that is part of the fun. If the enemies touch you ship or hit it with energy bolts while you’re out an about drawing things, it will weaken your shields. Once the shields hit 0, it’s game over man. But wait, there’s more!

Hit the link below to keep on reading

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UK:Resistance & Eurogamer ATEi 2008 Coverage

January 30, 2008

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As always UK:R doesn’t fail to amuse when it comes to all things Sega & video games. So head over there now and check it out. Also Eurogamer paid a visit to the Earls Court show, but to be honest if your to believe everything they say I should close this blog down now because they would have you believe coin-op is dying, how original! Still it’s interesting to hear other points of view, its not all bad. Check it out if you dare.

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Sports car arcade cabinet add-ons make racers a little better

January 30, 2008

esp_daytona.jpgI noticed this the other day when I was looking into the company behind the new arcade game out of Brazil called Senninha GP – sports car “add-ons” of a sort for arcade racer cabinets by DiverBras Entretenimento. The add-ons seem to wrap around a dual arcade cabinet to enhance the look to make it seem like you’re sitting in a sports car. It’s unknown whether DiverBras would export these to anywhere outside of Brazil and whether they can be added to any cabinet or if the cabinet has to be specially designed for these add-ons. They have created them for games like The Fast and Furious, Cruisn’ USA, Cruisn’ World and a few others, click on the thumbnails after the post break to check them all out.

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Scanida Grand Arcade California – Location Review

January 30, 2008

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Here’s another location review complete with pictures, this time from the Scandia Family Fun Center. In addition to a lot of fun activities they have on hand such as mini-golf, lazertag and more, they also happen to have a large arcade with a wide variety of cool games. Ht the link below to check it out.

Click here to visit the Scandia Grand Arcade page, complete with pictures (and directions)!

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King of Kong now available on DVD

January 30, 2008

Back in December we mentioned that the highly acclaimed documentary “The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters” was up for pre-order. As of today, it’s now available for everyone to go buy and then enjoy. I have yet to see it but now I’ll finally have a chance to check it out. Now we just need to get Chasing Ghosts: Beyond the Arcade on DVD and our happiness will be complete.

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