Archive for May 2008

Poll: Would you rather play Street Fighter IV in arcades or on a console @ home?

May 27, 2008

It’s pretty straight-forward – where would you like to play Street Fighter IV? At the arcade where you can show off your mad skillz for people to gawk at or at home by yourself (or showing off online where most people will never meet you in person)? OK, I am showing my arcade bias by phrasing the question like that but I’m just pointing out the differences. The poll is below click on the choice via the text links below.

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My Arcade Update 5/26 (w/video)

May 27, 2008

Even though it was a holiday in the US today that didn’t keep me from going in and working on the arcade. This week is the final push to get everything ready and I have the city inspection coming up on Wednesday so I need everything that can be completed to be finished by tomorrow. Unfortunately I have a part-time job that requires me to be away from the area for most of the day tomorrow and the electrician is supposed to show up and finish the job they started a few weeks back and I’m expecting several machines to be delivered as well. Fortunately my brother will be there to take care of these things but I will be showing up as soon as I can to help finish up the loose ends. Anyways here is a video of the latest from The Game Grid Arcade – I may do another video tomorrow if we make the difference I expect.

You will also see the beginning of my Act conversion – I have removed BeachHead 2000 from it’s cabinet and begun work installing The Act instead. Installing the knob has been a bit of a pain as I couldn’t remove the actual knob from the central shaft as it was supposed to do. Once that is finished though the rest is a breeze. Here is the video, available in HD!

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Rambo UK location test: video, impressions

May 26, 2008

Please note that this article refers to an unfinished version of Rambo – content may substantially change before the game receives a general release!

It was only a couple of days ago that I last passed through London with the aim to try out a new Sega game, but this time it was a tip from a friend that had me on the way. A couple of days ago, a friend of mine who I shall only identify as “Overlord” kindly informed me that he’d spotted a Rambo machine in the Bowlplex at Basingstoke, and a little digging around uncovered that there was also a machine in the Cardiff Bowlplex. A short while later, and arrangements were made to meet up in Basingstoke for a thorough testing session on the game. Hit the break for the detailed rundown!

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Robot Boxing returns to Japan with "GearRobo"

May 25, 2008

I never played with a Rock ‘Em, Sock ‘Em robots game as a kid, it seemed ok but too static for my tastes. Now here is an arcade game coming out this summer in Japan that takes robotic boxing and brings it to the arcade for what I imagine and hope will be a much more dynamic experience than Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots was.

The game is GearRobo (maybe, the translator says GIAROBO but the website shows a number of gears all over the place so we’ll assume GearRobo) and is by Metro Corporation. It looks like your character takes seat inside a robot (so maybe it’s really mech-boxing) that then jumps into a boxing ring to beat the living daylights out of your opponent. From the control panel it looks as though there is nothing to control the movement of your robot but obviously you control the punches. There are two large buttons on the panel, which are probably for your left and right fists. The game also dispenses some sort of collectable card at the bottom, shaped like a gear with a character from the game on it. There is probably more to the game but my limited Japanese fails me at figuring out what it is – I would add some foot pedals to the game for some movement but that’s just me. This is one of the many games that will probably only see a release in Asia but either way it looks fun.

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Robot Boxing returns to Japan with “GearRobo”

May 25, 2008

I never played with a Rock ‘Em, Sock ‘Em robots game as a kid, it seemed ok but too static for my tastes. Now here is an arcade game coming out this summer in Japan that takes robotic boxing and brings it to the arcade for what I imagine and hope will be a much more dynamic experience than Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots was.

The game is GearRobo (maybe, the translator says GIAROBO but the website shows a number of gears all over the place so we’ll assume GearRobo) and is by Metro Corporation. It looks like your character takes seat inside a robot (so maybe it’s really mech-boxing) that then jumps into a boxing ring to beat the living daylights out of your opponent. From the control panel it looks as though there is nothing to control the movement of your robot but obviously you control the punches. There are two large buttons on the panel, which are probably for your left and right fists. The game also dispenses some sort of collectable card at the bottom, shaped like a gear with a character from the game on it. There is probably more to the game but my limited Japanese fails me at figuring out what it is – I would add some foot pedals to the game for some movement but that’s just me. This is one of the many games that will probably only see a release in Asia but either way it looks fun.

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A New JVS multicabinet – the GBalance

May 24, 2008

I wish we would see more cabinets (that aren’t for MAME projects) being sold in the US. Perhaps I’m out of the loop on the subject of cabinets and I can’t speak for abroad but here it would be nice. I have a number of JAMMA kits laying around and I have needed to find any old, slightly worn cabinet I can to get them into when it would be better to get a new cabinet that affordable but nice. Take for instance the new JVS multicab called the GBalance – it’s sleek, sports a high-res 32″ 16:9 monitor and can house TypeX, Lindbergh and of course JAMMA kits inside. It even features an upconverter for JAMMA, which I assume means that it will upconvert the resolution of your old games to sweet, sweet HD. It’s basically the modern JAMMA cabinet that can sport other boards. I don’t know the price on these yet but it is tempting to want to import these a few of these for my own purposes.

[Via AM-NET’s Blog Via The Stinger Report] [Discuss on the Forum]

Need For Speed Carbon kit & video

May 24, 2008

I logged onto youtube tonight and I checked my subscriptions and to my surprise a video of the upcoming Need For Speed Carbon Arcade was on there, by Birmingham Vending. They have been posting a number of arcade videos to youtube recently (including one for Desert Gunner that I hadn’t seen before) and just a few hours ago posted one about the NFS: Carbon game that we had reported about some time ago. Like fighters this is also the year of the racer, as it seems that every company will have a couple in store for us as the year goes on. One interesting piece of news is that GlobalVR will be releasing NFS: Carbon only as a kit that can go into any Need For Speed cabinet (GlobalVR has released a few already, including Underground). Also of interest is the mention of a card system for the game, they say it is recommended but not required. Card systems are very scarce on US made games but it looks like GVR is taking a note from games that do use these systems. Here is the video, it looks like it won’t be too much longer before this game will be hitting the streets.

Also I just checked GVR’s website to see if there is any mention of the game and it looks like they have updated the site with screens and the information that BHM used in the description of the video. It’s interesting to see that this is solely an upgrade kit, I hadn’t expected that but it is a nice surprise. Now I wonder if I can find any NFS cabinets for cheap…

More pics at GlobalVR’s website. I haven’t played the console version of the game before so someone else will have to tell me about how it plays. I do hope that the next game to come from GVR won’t be based on a console game though, of course the strategy has paid off for them so far (heck, even I’m getting Blazing Angels Arcade) but it would be nice to see some more original content coming along that can’t be found on a console (of course the same goes for a few other companies but that doesn’t mean that I’m not against these new games).

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