Archive for March 5, 2008

Rugby Air Hockey anyone?

March 5, 2008

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Missed this one at ATEi. This isn’t just your regular air hockey table with rugby themed decals. In this game of Air Hockey the puck is actually shaped like a rugby ball! Admittedly it’s only a minor tweak to this bowling alley favourite, but I bet you it makes it a hell of a lot harder to predict where the puck is going. I might actually win a game!

Perfect timing too for the Six Nations (for those of you that aren’t familiar with this, it is a rugby tournament between England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, France and Italy)

[Rugby Air Hocky – Coin-Op News]

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Another retro home arcade cabinet

March 5, 2008

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There must be the demand out there because there seems to be an endless amount of these types of cabinet being produced. I pretty sure I haven’t covered this one before, apologies if I have. Spotted this one over at Retro Thing who have a nice little theory that these things practically pay for themselves.

[Cosmic MultiGame Cabinet – Retro Thing]

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Barcade's Blazing Angels Review

March 5, 2008

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Now I gave you my impressionsof Global VR’s WWII fighter pilot game back in January, but it’s worth checking out Barcade’srecent review of the game. After all, it’s always good to read another opinion, especially seeings as I only got to play it a couple of times at ATEi.

In Blazing Angels you are a fighter pilot during WWII. Test your flying and combat skills in 6 Campaigns that include London, Africa, Pearl Harbor, Midway, Rabaul and Ardennes. You can play on easy, medium or hard difficulty. Beat a medium or hard scenario and fly the bonus level, Berlin.

The flight model is realistic yet easy to control and the 360 degree battlefield gives players a full flight model. Clearly marked targets make it easy to locate enemies, perfect for beginners or experienced players. Perform loop de leeps or turn the plane around to finish off a target. Plus you have unlimited ammo. Multiple mission objectives are given to players via text and radio.

Not only is the game play fun, but the cabinet-a WWII fighter look alike-looks amazing, plus you get to view it on a 42″ LCD HD monitor with 5.1 surround sound. The controls are realistic and a force feedback seat, make you feel like you are part of the action.

Blazing Angels is definitely worth a try.

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Barcade’s Blazing Angels Review

March 5, 2008

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Now I gave you my impressionsof Global VR’s WWII fighter pilot game back in January, but it’s worth checking out Barcade’srecent review of the game. After all, it’s always good to read another opinion, especially seeings as I only got to play it a couple of times at ATEi.

In Blazing Angels you are a fighter pilot during WWII. Test your flying and combat skills in 6 Campaigns that include London, Africa, Pearl Harbor, Midway, Rabaul and Ardennes. You can play on easy, medium or hard difficulty. Beat a medium or hard scenario and fly the bonus level, Berlin.

The flight model is realistic yet easy to control and the 360 degree battlefield gives players a full flight model. Clearly marked targets make it easy to locate enemies, perfect for beginners or experienced players. Perform loop de leeps or turn the plane around to finish off a target. Plus you have unlimited ammo. Multiple mission objectives are given to players via text and radio.

Not only is the game play fun, but the cabinet-a WWII fighter look alike-looks amazing, plus you get to view it on a 42″ LCD HD monitor with 5.1 surround sound. The controls are realistic and a force feedback seat, make you feel like you are part of the action.

Blazing Angels is definitely worth a try.

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UK Conservatives Want to Help Struggling Arcades

March 5, 2008

Now I have to admit I don’t usually vote. Frown all you want but the way I look at it is; who ever is running the country it will be run badly. That’s my reason and I’m sticking to it. However things may change if my vote can help the traditional coin-op sector, read on….

[via Clarion Gaming]

Last week Britain’s Conservative party pledged to amend the

Gambling Act to remedy the harmful effects it has had upon the arcade sector.

Tobias Ellwood MP, Conservative Shadow Minister for Culture, Media and Sport, wrote to Conservative MPs, encouraging them to back a campaign to save the UK’s traditional coin-operated gaming industry by signing an Early Day Motion (EDM 840) in support of the amendments. A statement of support was also given by Roger Gale MP, who met with BACTA CEO Leslie Mecleod-Miller to discuss ways to persuade the Government to help.

“We welcome this support from the Conservative Party. There is now significant support from all sides of the House for the campaign to save Britain’s arcades,’ said BACTA president Nick Harding.

“With cross-party support the Government can act quickly and decisively to reverse these unintended consequences of the Gambling Act. It is not a moment too soon, something has to be done urgently as businesses are going bust now.”

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The Matrix Arcade cabinet

March 5, 2008

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I could swear that I posted this a few months back when I first saw it but to my surprise it looks like I forgot to do it. Fortunately an e-mail I received from Fun Company LTD. reminded me about their system today so here it is. The Matrix Arcade is a MAMEmatrixsa.jpg cabinet that also doubles as a home entertainment center with it’s built-in jukebox software, TV Tuner and remote control support as well as a nice 32″ LCD screen. The cabinet includes 39 licensed arcade ROMs that run via MAME and a full 2 player arcade panel with all the buttons as well as joysticks you’d need (along with a trackball). You can even hook-up your game console to the cabinet. It’s fully loaded and it looks really cool on top of that. These guys even have designed new lighter weight arcade cabinets for IT games like Golden Tee and Silver Strike Bowling. Since they have the great cabinet designs and manufacturing now, they just need to design a brand new game for us to salivate over. 😉

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The Eat Me LED pegboard design project

March 5, 2008

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I just found the type of sign I would like to get for my own arcade, this programmable LED pegboard that is basically an advanced Light Bright. While the individual LEDs aren’t programmable, just the rows, there is plenty of potential to have some fun with these. At Noiseland Arcade, the writer there got this kit for his birthday from his wife and is currently working on designing an animated Pac-Man ghost design which you can see in action in the video below. The project is not 100% complete yet but once it is it will be an awesome addition to this guys personal arcade.

[Via Noiseland Arcade] [LED Pegboard kit @ EvilMadScientist.com] [Discuss on the Forum]