Archive for August 17, 2008

Location test: DJ Max Technika

August 17, 2008

[Thanks to Phil Ver0 on the forums, additional info via BemaniStyle and Ruliweb]

The creators of EZ2DJ are back with something new, and it’s already on location test. Known as DJ Max Technika, this is a dual screen touch based music game with three different game modes and more. At first glance it may sound like Konami’s Jubeat but when taking a closer look it seems that the games share a number of differences. For one, DJ Max Technika is single touch but also from BemaniStyle: “The screen is split into two sections horizontally. The notes appear on one half of the screen and remain stationary, while a “timing bar” scrolls across the screen from the left side. When the bar passes a note, you tap the note itself. When the bar reaches the end of the screen, it reappears on the bottom half of the screen scrolling from the right side.” When you see how it works in the videos you can see that it’s very different from something like Jubeat.

Also from the screenshots and video from RuliWeb, the cabinet is quite attractive and the background graphics consist of animation from different anime shows that I’m not personally familiar with.  The reports on the web indicate that it’s a fun game and it certainly looks like it in addition to being something a little different so we’ll have to see how it does once it’s released.

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Arc System campaign for BlazBlue to get it into as many arcades as possible

August 17, 2008

[Thanks to Jared Rea for passing this along]

Arc System Works’ wants their new arcade fighter BlazBlue to be a success and they mean it. So much so that they are asking for players who want to play the game to send them information about a local arcade of theirs so Arc System can contact that arcade and see what can be done to get BlazBlue on that location. It sounds like a lot of work but it sure is a nice breath of fresh air when you consider that a few other companies with fighting games simply pass the fighter arcade scene off as dead so they will do nothing about it. From Jared Rea’s page, here is a quote from Arc System Works’ that is wanting to make this all happen:

I do feel some of you may not have an arcade near you, however, here’s where you guys step up and help the scene. If you have a arcade near you and you know they may not know about BlazeBlue, please let me know by sending me a PM, emailing me, send a bird out with a note, whatever it takes and I’ll personally call that arcade and I’ll work it out with them on getting a blazblue board or cabinet. This is our chance folks, to try to broaden this release beyond just the usual arcades. Granted, I can’t promise all arcades will take them, but if we don’t try, we’ll never know, right?

They are willing to do this for the US and even in South America, no word on if they’ll try it at the UK too but I think it’s great how they are trying to involve players in getting the game out there. If you have an arcade or other location friendly to coin-op games nearby where you would like to see BlazBlue, drop Aksys a line (support@aksysgames.com) with as much information about the place as possible (name, phone, e-mail, mailing address, etc.) so they can get in touch with them.

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