Archive for May 6, 2008

Arcade update 5/5 (w/video)

May 6, 2008

Today was full of hard work for getting the arcade started. In addition to painting ceiling tiles and earning some blisters along with it, I also had to register my business through another state system (I had registered it as an LLC back in August but this was another step to get a sales tax ID) and then fill out the paper work to start the process to get a business license (which required the sales tax ID from the State and a FEIN from the Federal Government which I got some months ago), contact an electrician and he came later in the day and we discussed options to get everything ready and get some more supplies. Getting the ball rolling for the business license is a big step as I cannot legally operate my business until that is received. It also will allow me to go forward on securing the funding for my machines.

Here is a video of the inside of the future arcade, before I managed to get anything done (back on Saturday). We painted quite a bit today, thanks to the help of my wife, my brother, and my sister who came to help at different times in the day.

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Xbox 360 kiosks brought to hospitals with pre-loaded games; coin-op version next?

May 6, 2008

Ever since Microsoft revealed the term “Xbox Live Arcade” along with the concept that has included original content along with remade classic arcade titles, people have thought of bringing the Xbox 360 into the arcade. While one might wonder the value in such a thing, it’s good advertising for Microsoft, it would advertise XBLA games giving people a chance to play the full versions at the arcade, thus seeing if the game is worth it beyond the demo and it’s not bad for arcades either which would have a platform for constant new content. One notable reference was the Fragisle platform that was demonstrated to distributors but has since disappeared.

Now Microsoft has revealed a specialized Xbox 360 kiosk that has been created for children’s hospitals across the US. It is connected to a specialized version of Xbox Live that has been created specifically for the kiosks and essentially keeps the kids separate from the standard XBL network (which sometimes isn’t very kid friendly). Says the source:

The customized and hospital-friendly Xbox 360 kiosks are pre-loaded with a variety of E and E10+ rated games, Y-rated television programs, G-rated movies, as well as Xbox LIVE Headset and LIVE Vision Camera capabilities, which enable patients to communicate over a dedicated Xbox LIVE network.

There also is this: a website dedicated to the”Xbox Arcade Machine“. One needs a password to get anywhere but you have to wonder, is this the next step, say an official Xbox Arcade machine??

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