Archive for February 2, 2008

IgroService – game manufacturer out of Russia

February 2, 2008

The Stinger Report has pointed us to the website for IgroService, a game manufacturer out of Russia that has a few arcade games among their products which seem to primarily focus on gambling devices. It is in question as to whether their arcade titleshotdrussia.jpg are being done legally – they have a strange cabinet design that features either House of the Dead and The Last Bounty Hunter; they have a dance machine called Dance+ that seems to fit Andamiro’s design although the cabinet is otherwise a bit different than what I’ve seen for Pump It up and it’s unknown as to how the actual game is (they state on the site thotrodder.jpghat it was designed by them so it’s possible that it is an original title but we need more details); One cabinet they feature is called Hot Rodder where it states that it uses a “SONY CD Plus system, the possibility to change programs” so that might be running a PS1 in an arcade cabinet; and finally they have a motorcycle game called Lightning Speed which features some interesting looking motorcycle controllers and LCD displays but they do not state if they made the actual game or not and the image islightningspeed.jpg too small to see if it’s something original or if it’s a bootleg of some other motorcycle game. They also have a couple of redemption games, including one crane title. If we can find out more we’ll post about it – it wasn’t long ago I remember an article going around the net that featured information on some old arcade games made in Soviet Russia that no one knew about until recently so it’s no surprise to see more arcade titles out of Russia today.

[IgroService webpage(scroll down to see the arcade titles)] [Discuss on the Forum]

No Country for Old Arcades – Keystone II

February 2, 2008

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Jared Reas of Gametap continues his journey across the country to check out great arcades that most of us would otherwise never hear about. In his latest article he visits Keystone II, an invite-only arcade in San Jose, CA that sounds a lot like Fight Club in the way that it works. With many fighters and a base of hardcore players that come to compete every Friday night, this is one arcade that truly emphasizes the kind of social competitive gaming that arcades are all about. The owner even makes a point to discuss arcade maintenance, and how serious players hate having to play broken down machines at places that just don’t seem to care. It’s a great read, hit the link below for the full story.

[No Country for Old Arcades – Keystone II] [Discuss on the Forum]

New arcade in Michigan – Ganson Street Game Room

February 2, 2008

You get a little tired of hearing how dead arcades supposedly are so it’s great to point out when a new one opens. While I don’t live in Michigan, it sounds like a fun little arcade that is already looking to grow beyond it’s simple beginning. Called the Ganson Street Game Room in Jackson, MI they currently feature 16 games from Centipede to Golden Tee and Rampage and they have been open for two months already. We don’t have any pictures from this place but it sounds like they are doing well so far; maybe one of our readers will have a chance to visit it and let us know how it is.

[Via The Stinger Report via mlive.com] [Discuss on the Forum]

Senninha GP video

February 2, 2008

Thanks for poster legionaryu for pointing this out. It’s a video from the new Brazilian arcade title Senninha GP. Graphically it carries the look of a cart-style racer from the last generation of console games. Interestingly enough they released the trailer with an English translation so could this mean that they might export this to countries outside Brazil? We can only speculate at the moment but it seems like a possibility. Either way I’ll be keeping an eye out for any other new games to come from DiverBras.

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