Archive for July 2008

Pinball in your area

July 29, 2008

Thanks to Stern we still have a fairly decent flow of new tables being designed and manufactured. Whilst checking through my usual websites, which include other blogs, distributors and manufacturers I spotted that BHM Vending had given Sterns latest pinball tables top spot on the website. It’s nice to see this kind of thing and I hope pinball gets more of push in my neck of the woods because I can’t get enough of them. There aren’t really many round my way, I have to go up London to get my fix, which is troublesome at the moment as I’m quite busy. Christ, I haven’t even made it up to the Trocadero yet to play Sega Rally 3 (shame on me!).

How about you guys, do you have any tables in your local arcades, bowling alleys etc?

PS – I feel like I’ve asked this before, but I think it was a while ago, so it could be interesting to see if there are more tables about.

Virtua Fighter 5 R released in Japan

July 29, 2008

 

The game has been on location over the past few months but now Virtua Fighter 5 R has now been officially released in Japan.

The upgraded game has new features and new character which should be enough to garner some extra interest in the game as well as offer players two new characters to learn. Well I say two, but in fact one of them may be familiar to you. Sumo wrestler Taka-Arashi, was last  seen  in Virtua Fighter 3. The other new character is Jean Kujo, who is a specialist in Karate.

Feature wise a VF.NET service has also been added called ‘Fight Development’, where players train with their character and learn new moves during fights.

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Silver Strike Bowling Jeep Sweepstakes video

July 29, 2008

A while back I remember that we posted about a contest involving the arcade title Silver strike Bowling 2009 where they were giving away a jeep as the grand prize but I missed out on the details of how that turned out. Fortunately a video was recently posted to youtube that covers how that went down, check it out below (thanks to Incredible Technologies for pointing this out). It’s pretty crazy that she hadn’t really played Silver Strike before and made it as the grand prize winner – that’s a nice jeep too, more kudos out to IT for giving away some awesome prizes like this.

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The Big Buck Hunter Pro 2008 World Championship Tournament (Updated)

July 28, 2008

Another tournament is on the way with Big Buck Hunter, which has been made easier to do with their online version of the game (I’m still looking forward to the online upgrade to BBS). The next tournament is called the Big Buck Hunter Pro 2008 World Championship Tournament. Starting on August 8th and ending on September 7th, the tournament will sort out 5 of the best players in each region of the US (East, South, Midwest, West) and then bring them together on Oct. 18th in Chicago for a chance to win a $10,000 prize. The tournament will use the single elimination format for the regional finals and double elimination for the final itself,  using the Shootout mode in these eliminations.

I know I wouldn’t have much of a chance at this but my brother is quite the BB player so maybe he could take a crack at it. I really am enjoying these national competitions that arcade developers are running thanks to the online connectivity with certain games, it’s a great way to build up the popularity of arcades.

The original press release needed some clarification so I have added the fixed press release after the post jump.

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R-Tuned website update

July 27, 2008

Sega has updated the official Japanese website for R-Tuned: Ultimate Street Racing, adding some screenshots, a couple of short video clips and information on how the game is played. Amusingly, the cabinet lighting changes through seven colours according to what is happening on screen and the bass beat. The game features 16 courses, set in the Shibuya and Shinjuku districts of Tokyo as well as Hong Kong and New York, which have apparently been accurately reproduced. The game appears to be quite heavy on drifting and boosting and looks to have captured the sensation of speed well, but the screenshots suggest that each race is contested by just four cars. The game features a cameo from Sonic the Hedgehog, with the spiky blue bushpig appearing on the livery of a particular car.

All very good, of course, but I’m hankering after a Rambo website update. After all, we’ve been talking about it for what seems like an age now, and it’s been two months since I went and played the thing at a location test! But no, infuriatingly the site remains nothing more than a “coming soon” message. Anyhow, enough of my ranting – you should check the R-Tuned site out for yourselves, which you can do at the link below.

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SFIV & "The Battle of Destiny: Road to Evolution" Tournament in the UK

July 27, 2008

A big tournament, known as The Battle Of Destiny: Road to Evolution (the title almost sounds like something from an old rock album) recently took place in the UK, and The Stinger Report was there to scope out how things went. From The Stinger:

The UK Capital played host to what must be the largest gathering of Street Fighter IV machines seen outside of Japan.

At the ‘Battle of Destiny: Road to Evolution’ – the first organized event of its kind, held at the London Metropolitan University student halls.

The whole event organized by the Neo Empire team [Image 0162], the number one fighting games community. Established in 2005 the community has proven a strong ‘Play-Power’ community able in this case to move mountains.

Beyond the showing of the SFIV machines, a large number of console machines were in operation playing the latest and greatest fighting games. This major tournament was held linked with a number of championship play offs, with the winner sent to the EVO2008 Championship series in Las Vegas

The main event for The Stinger however was the appearance of the Street Fighter machines. The event supported by Capcom Europe, and by their PR Manager Leo Tan [Image 313]. To date only a small band of UK media had seen two SFIV machines that had been based in a locked room at Capcom’s London HQ – now the players had their chance.

For the first time for the UK playing public six Street Fighter IV cabinets where placed on free-play for a hoard of eager fingers. Hot-off the boat the ‘Vewlix’ cabinets running the Taito Type-X² architecture were installed by the Neo Empire team.

The machines were not equipped with the IC Card feature, and obviously not connected on the NESYS infrastructure, but this still represented the largest placement of SFIV machines outside of Japan.

On average cues of over 20 eager players filled the hall where they were located and grew as the day continued. As this report is filed the two day Battle of Destiny event is continuing – visited on a steamy Saturday in London, it is expected that the Sunday opening is breaking all records on attendance.

This was a major event, with players rushing to re-join the cue once played. The games were limited to only three bouts as winner, players having to be prized off the cabinets. Copious amounts of video was being taken soon to fill the web, and all of the aspects of this latest game code build will soon make the UK gamers the most up-to-date on the game.

These six machines are expected to be given another airing in the European player scene, but at the moment there is no plan for a proper ROI test in a arcade (though the Stinger can reveal that heated communication with possible distributors was still ongoing) – the hardware being shown more as a marketing tool for the coming consumer release than as a serious amusement opportunity.

For some of that video, check this out (by user Smoothyworld):

It’s great to hear that the tournament was a success and that it provided an opportunity for players to get their hands on the game instead of just the press. Still, as The Stinger discusses in the last paragraph it appears that the arcade units continue to be used more for a marketing tool for the console versions rather than for the arcade version itself, and that is a shame that we’re not going to quickly forget.

[The Stinger Report] [Discuss on the Forum]

SFIV & “The Battle of Destiny: Road to Evolution” Tournament in the UK

July 27, 2008

A big tournament, known as The Battle Of Destiny: Road to Evolution (the title almost sounds like something from an old rock album) recently took place in the UK, and The Stinger Report was there to scope out how things went. From The Stinger:

The UK Capital played host to what must be the largest gathering of Street Fighter IV machines seen outside of Japan.

At the ‘Battle of Destiny: Road to Evolution’ – the first organized event of its kind, held at the London Metropolitan University student halls.

The whole event organized by the Neo Empire team [Image 0162], the number one fighting games community. Established in 2005 the community has proven a strong ‘Play-Power’ community able in this case to move mountains.

Beyond the showing of the SFIV machines, a large number of console machines were in operation playing the latest and greatest fighting games. This major tournament was held linked with a number of championship play offs, with the winner sent to the EVO2008 Championship series in Las Vegas

The main event for The Stinger however was the appearance of the Street Fighter machines. The event supported by Capcom Europe, and by their PR Manager Leo Tan [Image 313]. To date only a small band of UK media had seen two SFIV machines that had been based in a locked room at Capcom’s London HQ – now the players had their chance.

For the first time for the UK playing public six Street Fighter IV cabinets where placed on free-play for a hoard of eager fingers. Hot-off the boat the ‘Vewlix’ cabinets running the Taito Type-X² architecture were installed by the Neo Empire team.

The machines were not equipped with the IC Card feature, and obviously not connected on the NESYS infrastructure, but this still represented the largest placement of SFIV machines outside of Japan.

On average cues of over 20 eager players filled the hall where they were located and grew as the day continued. As this report is filed the two day Battle of Destiny event is continuing – visited on a steamy Saturday in London, it is expected that the Sunday opening is breaking all records on attendance.

This was a major event, with players rushing to re-join the cue once played. The games were limited to only three bouts as winner, players having to be prized off the cabinets. Copious amounts of video was being taken soon to fill the web, and all of the aspects of this latest game code build will soon make the UK gamers the most up-to-date on the game.

These six machines are expected to be given another airing in the European player scene, but at the moment there is no plan for a proper ROI test in a arcade (though the Stinger can reveal that heated communication with possible distributors was still ongoing) – the hardware being shown more as a marketing tool for the coming consumer release than as a serious amusement opportunity.

For some of that video, check this out (by user Smoothyworld):

It’s great to hear that the tournament was a success and that it provided an opportunity for players to get their hands on the game instead of just the press. Still, as The Stinger discusses in the last paragraph it appears that the arcade units continue to be used more for a marketing tool for the console versions rather than for the arcade version itself, and that is a shame that we’re not going to quickly forget.

[The Stinger Report] [Discuss on the Forum]