Archive for August 2, 2008

Arcade Mania, a new book about Japanese arcades

August 2, 2008

I have never seen many books at the store discussing video games (I don’t count game guides) and I only have a few in my collection – some development books from the early 80’s and Phoenix: The Fall and Rise of Videogames. Finding books that talk about arcades is a niche inside a niche as there are very few of them out there.

Fortunately a new book has just made it out in Japan discussing arcades called Arcade Mania. According to the author Brian Ashcraft (Kotaku’s Night Editor):

Organized as a guided tour of a typical Japanese game center, Arcade Mania is divided into nine chapters, each of which deals with a different kind of game, starting with the UFO catchers and print club machines at the entrance and continuing through rhythm games, fighting games, shooting games, retro games, gambling games, card-based games, and only-in-Japan games.

Arcade Mania isn’t a history book, but packs lots of history in it — from Post War era mechanical games to the late 70s Space Invaders craze to the modern day. Tons of players, developers and random schoolgirls were interviewed while writing the book. And tons and tons of hands-on “research” was done at Japanese arcades throughout the country. We were able to get Crecente and arcade guru Kevin Williams to pen bang up forwards, which was very cool.

I’m not sure when this will make it to international markets but I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s soon and when I get my hands on it I’ll have to write up a review about it for AH.

[Via Kotaku] [Discuss on the Forum]


Rambo back on location test in the UK

August 2, 2008


Hiroshi Fujioka demands that you play Rambo

Hiroshi Fujioka demands that you play Rambo

Thanks to an anonymous tip, we have found out that Sega’s RAMBO is back on location test in the UK in two different places. No word on if the latest test edition is any different from the previous one but I wouldn’t be surprised if there were some changes/enhancements to the game due to feedback from previous tests. If you missed out on Rambo before then it’s always good to have another chance to play the game before the final release. You can find Rambo at:

1 x DLX cabinet at Bowlplex in Cardiff
Parc Nantgarw, Caerphilly CF15 7QX
1 x DLX cabinet at Mr T’s in Blackpool
67-73 Promenade, Blackpool, FY1 5AA

We’re not sure how long the game will be at either of these locations but if anyone manages to play it let us know if the game has changed since the last test.

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