Archive for June 2008

New arcade coming to Austin, TX – "Arcade UFO"

June 30, 2008

It seems that I’m not the only ‘crazy’ person who is opening up an arcade out there – a new arcade is in the works in Austin Texas that is also looking to provide an authentically hardcore arcade gaming experience to players and it is called “ArcadeUFO”. The new business is being put together by former employees of the defunct Einstien’s Arcade which shut down earlier this year as the owner decided to move on.

It’s always great to see solid arcade fans setting up an arcade of their own and looking at their game selection, they definently have a good roster of games to choose from, including Tekken 6, Arcana Heart 2, Initial D4, Time Crisis 4, DoDonPachi, Metal Slug 6, Donkey Kong, Ms. Pac-Man & more. They are still working on the space and it should be open soon so if you live in the area, check out their website for more.

[ArcadeUFO website] [Discuss on the Forum]

New arcade coming to Austin, TX – “Arcade UFO”

June 30, 2008

It seems that I’m not the only ‘crazy’ person who is opening up an arcade out there – a new arcade is in the works in Austin Texas that is also looking to provide an authentically hardcore arcade gaming experience to players and it is called “ArcadeUFO”. The new business is being put together by former employees of the defunct Einstien’s Arcade which shut down earlier this year as the owner decided to move on.

It’s always great to see solid arcade fans setting up an arcade of their own and looking at their game selection, they definently have a good roster of games to choose from, including Tekken 6, Arcana Heart 2, Initial D4, Time Crisis 4, DoDonPachi, Metal Slug 6, Donkey Kong, Ms. Pac-Man & more. They are still working on the space and it should be open soon so if you live in the area, check out their website for more.

[ArcadeUFO website] [Discuss on the Forum]

Looking for an arcade near you? Try Arcade Finder

June 30, 2008

[Via Arcade Renaissance]

Many have tried, few have succeeded when it comes to creating websites that keep track of locations where you can find arcade titles. I know I’ve thought of doing it before but I’ve never had the time/resources/etc to do it right. But there is a new website called Arcade Finder that looks like it will finally get this going right by offering an open source system that will list the arcade locations, what games they have on site, their addresses and even a map on how to get there from your location via Google Maps. Since the site is brand new it only has 30 locations at the moment but it’s a nice start and as long as it is continuously updated (which is always a problem with these arcade sites – they get going and then are given up on as they are a one-man show) then it will be an awesome resource to use. They do emphasize that they are for finding classic arcades though so I hope that they would be open to the idea of listing arcades that have new games as well as old ones.

[Arcade Finder] [Discuss on the Forum]

Nanotech has a distributor, so what's next?

June 30, 2008

We’ve had a few posts recently on a new company that is joining the coin-op scene and once again they have another press release to share with the world. After revealing the licensing of Gottlieb pinball tables for their new MultiPin system, Nanotech is announcing that they have partnered up with Too Fun Inc., a distributor based in Dallas Texas that will carry their products

worldwide. So in case you were excited about seeing their new MultiPin with it’s recreated Gottlieb tables then you soon may find one. According to the release the product is ready to go now so I assume that within a few months we should have a good idea of how well this system will do and if it will leave UltraPin in the dust or not. At the very least it’s an important step for them as a coin-op company without a distributor is a little like a boat without water unless they are willing to undertake that particular challenge by themselves.

The release does indicate that there is more going on with Nanotech in relation to coin-op products so now we will wait and see if it’s another video pinball type table or a video arcade game. Hopefully if it is arcade-related, it isn’t another MAME-style system that will do for arcades what they are doing for pinball as in the past I have seen new startups do something like an official MAME machine and then don’t go anywhere beyond that. Don’t get me wrong, something like Arcade Legends is nice and all but we’ve seen it already and it would be nice to see a new company try out something other than a MAME type system for a change. At least Nanotech has started with a video pinball system which looks to be different enough and their business model of designing the technology and games and licensing them for a different company to manufacture is interesting as well so we’ll keep on waiting to see what’s next from them, with high hopes.

Hit the post break for the press release

[Nanotech Entertainment] [Discuss on the Forum]

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Nanotech has a distributor, so what’s next?

June 30, 2008

We’ve had a few posts recently on a new company that is joining the coin-op scene and once again they have another press release to share with the world. After revealing the licensing of Gottlieb pinball tables for their new MultiPin system, Nanotech is announcing that they have partnered up with Too Fun Inc., a distributor based in Dallas Texas that will carry their products

worldwide. So in case you were excited about seeing their new MultiPin with it’s recreated Gottlieb tables then you soon may find one. According to the release the product is ready to go now so I assume that within a few months we should have a good idea of how well this system will do and if it will leave UltraPin in the dust or not. At the very least it’s an important step for them as a coin-op company without a distributor is a little like a boat without water unless they are willing to undertake that particular challenge by themselves.

The release does indicate that there is more going on with Nanotech in relation to coin-op products so now we will wait and see if it’s another video pinball type table or a video arcade game. Hopefully if it is arcade-related, it isn’t another MAME-style system that will do for arcades what they are doing for pinball as in the past I have seen new startups do something like an official MAME machine and then don’t go anywhere beyond that. Don’t get me wrong, something like Arcade Legends is nice and all but we’ve seen it already and it would be nice to see a new company try out something other than a MAME type system for a change. At least Nanotech has started with a video pinball system which looks to be different enough and their business model of designing the technology and games and licensing them for a different company to manufacture is interesting as well so we’ll keep on waiting to see what’s next from them, with high hopes.

Hit the post break for the press release

[Nanotech Entertainment] [Discuss on the Forum]

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Haunted Ms. Pac-Man machine returns to Craigslist

June 30, 2008

[Thanks to reader Adam for the tip!, image via random search on flickr]

I’m not sure how many times this has shown up on a classifieds website before but once again the haunted Ms. Pac-Man arcade machine is up for grabs on Craigslist Boston. There is no witty commentary to go along with it, just that the machine is haunted and the seller wants it out of their house by tonight so someone else can pick it up and see if there really is a ghost (well, four ghosts to be precise) in the machine or not. At least it’s a free game but chances are that it’s pretty beat up but it’s hard to say since there is no picture provided by the seller. I always hate that, especially in this time where practically everything mobile and electronic has a camera built into it.

So, who wants to bet how long it will be before we see this again? I have my doubts about it, even if it’s the same machine but we’ll have to wait and see. If it’s really that evil I imagine that someone would just burn it (like a witch, har har) or shred it or something to ‘finish her’. I am surprised that no one has found those Berzerk machines that killed players off and is auctioning them, of course proving such a thing (that it was the official Machine of Death) would be next to impossible to do (although two Berzerk players did die in separate incidents when playing the game).

[Haunted Ms. Pac-Man on Craigslist] [Discuss on the Forum]

Video Review: Indiana Jones Pinball by Stern

June 30, 2008

Here’s another one, let me know if you like these video reviews or not and whether I should post them all here. I uploaded it to youtube first but was disappointed in the quality so I’ve also uploaded the video to Vimeo so it can be seen in it’s HD glory (or as close as internet HD gets in this case).

I do hope that Stern makes an update to Indy soon that includes actual scenes and quotes from Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. This is the only thing I can find disappointing about the game – either Spielberg didn’t want to give them scenes from the movie or they didn’t ask for it, I’m inclined to think that it’s the former. But now that the movie is out and the game can be updated via USB, I don’t see why it can’t be fixed.

The only thing I forgot to show is what happens when you tilt the board, it’s pretty funny. Next up I’ll be doing Shrek Pinball and Blazing Angels, hopefully I will get those done tomorrow.

If your browser doesn’t support video from Vimeo, hit the post break after the jump for the youtube version.

[Discuss on the Forum]

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Video Review: Big Buck Safari by Raw Thrills'

June 28, 2008

It’s been a while since I was able to sit down and write a review for a game but now with my arcade open I am going to go along and make video reviews of each game. As such I’ll be mentioning my arcade in each one (I need to get my name out, hopefully these get watched locally) but you get to see the game in action. If I find the time I’ll upload these to Vimeo as well so they can be seen in better quality but youtube has more viewers so I’ll be going with that for the moment.

A few things I forgot to/didn’t get to show in the video: Big Buck girls and bonus games, which are fun mini games that you play after each round.

[Discuss on the Forum]

Video Review: Big Buck Safari by Raw Thrills’

June 28, 2008

It’s been a while since I was able to sit down and write a review for a game but now with my arcade open I am going to go along and make video reviews of each game. As such I’ll be mentioning my arcade in each one (I need to get my name out, hopefully these get watched locally) but you get to see the game in action. If I find the time I’ll upload these to Vimeo as well so they can be seen in better quality but youtube has more viewers so I’ll be going with that for the moment.

A few things I forgot to/didn’t get to show in the video: Big Buck girls and bonus games, which are fun mini games that you play after each round.

[Discuss on the Forum]

R-Tuned Ultimate Street Racing by Sega

June 27, 2008

(click on the image to enlarge it, via Aries Small Rooms)

First there was Tokyo Drift, then Need For Speed Carbon and now Sega is throwing it’s hat into the street racing arena with another new racing game called R-Tuned Ultimate Street Racing. There is very little information on the game at the moment other than a teaser site announcing it’s location test in Japan which starts today and goes until the 29th. The game is developed by AM2 and runs on the Lindbergh hardware and it uses a modified RaceTV cabinet. There is a teaser site up for the game that you can visit by clicking below and one site already has had a look at the game where they report that the game employs a save card system and even has drifting in it. I think this makes 12 racers I know of coming to arcades in some form but we’re putting together a master list of arcade releases in the forum and so it might end up being more once we have it all written down.

[R-Tuned Official Website via AM-Net] [Discuss on the Forum]


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