Archive for August 28, 2008

Man assaulted over high score on arcade game

August 28, 2008

Sometimes people need to learn how to chill out, as is the case with this story out of Lancashire, UK. Here’s the story from This Is Lancashire:

TWO thugs brutally attacked a young man in a nightclub — because he beat their arcade game score.

Gareth Fitzsimmons had been using a games machine on which players pay £1 to thump a punch bag three times.

But when he beat the score set by two men nearby they set on him.

Mr Fitzsimmons, aged 22, from Great Lever, suffered a shattered jaw after being repeatedly kicked in the head.

That game would be Dragon Punch, or one of it’s clones, a game where you pull a punching bag down and hit it as hard as you can. The harder the hit, the higher the score. It’s a game that earns ridiculously well and it can be found in many locations all over the world but unfortunately I’m sure that anti-gaming heads will use this one example of a violent act occuring with a video game involved while ignoring the fact that these kind of games are played hundreds of times every day without such incidents following them up. Victim picture on the right

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The Stinger Report's Crystal ball returns – top ten anticipated games of 2008/09

August 28, 2008

About a year ago we had a glimpse into The Stinger Report’s uber crystal ball about future releases and now it’s back to give you their Top Ten Most Anticipated International Arcade Releases for 2008/09. Personally you might have some other releases you are anticipating more but it’s safe to say that there are a number of people looking forward to all of the following releases. And here they are:

Top Ten Most Anticipated International Arcade Releases 2008/09

10. Maximum Tune 3 DX’ (Namco Bandai Games)

9. DJ Max Technika(Andamiro)

8. 2009 Golden Tee LIVE (Incredible Technologies)

7. Dance Dance Revolution X(Konami Digital Entertainment)

6. BlazBlue (ARC System Works / Aksys Games)

5. ‘JUBEAT (Konami Digital Entertainment)

4. GTI Club – Super Mini Festa(Konami Digital Entertainment)

3. Castlevania: The Arcade(Konami Digital Entertainment)

2. Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion (Namco Bandai Games)

1. ‘Street Fighter IV(Capcom)

No surprises about SFIV right? I hadn’t heard of a new TKN6 update and would love to see more about CastleVania.

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The Stinger Report’s Crystal ball returns – top ten anticipated games of 2008/09

August 28, 2008

About a year ago we had a glimpse into The Stinger Report’s uber crystal ball about future releases and now it’s back to give you their Top Ten Most Anticipated International Arcade Releases for 2008/09. Personally you might have some other releases you are anticipating more but it’s safe to say that there are a number of people looking forward to all of the following releases. And here they are:

Top Ten Most Anticipated International Arcade Releases 2008/09

10. Maximum Tune 3 DX’ (Namco Bandai Games)

9. DJ Max Technika(Andamiro)

8. 2009 Golden Tee LIVE (Incredible Technologies)

7. Dance Dance Revolution X(Konami Digital Entertainment)

6. BlazBlue (ARC System Works / Aksys Games)

5. ‘JUBEAT (Konami Digital Entertainment)

4. GTI Club – Super Mini Festa(Konami Digital Entertainment)

3. Castlevania: The Arcade(Konami Digital Entertainment)

2. Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion (Namco Bandai Games)

1. ‘Street Fighter IV(Capcom)

No surprises about SFIV right? I hadn’t heard of a new TKN6 update and would love to see more about CastleVania.

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The Xbox 360 Arcade Station T2 is legit UPDATED with Microsoft's response

August 28, 2008

We’ve been looking at the T2 Arcade Station for a while now, it turns an Xbox 360 into a coin-operated device and while there have been questions about it’s legality that had gone unanswered, the company who created the system, Quasimoto Interactive Inc now says that they have obtained authorization from Microsoft Corp. to go ahead with the product. While MS has yet to release a press release about it, my sources are saying that one will be out soon and they are confirming that this is indeed a legitimately licensed product.

It should be interesting to see what kind of effect this will have in arcades, while it’s true that the 360 install base is fairly large there is the social arcade appeal and the fact that players could get a chance to play the full versions of certain games like this before buying them.

UPDATE: I have received an update from Microsoft and here is what they have to say about it: Microsoft does not support or endorse such a product. We suggest you direct any questions to Quasimoto Interactive.

Also on the page for the XBOX Arcade Machine it says at the bottom ” This Web site is not endorsed, sponsored or affiliated with Microsoft, xbox or any other affliates or business partners.”

So are we back at square one again?

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The Xbox 360 Arcade Station T2 is legit UPDATED with Microsoft’s response

August 28, 2008

We’ve been looking at the T2 Arcade Station for a while now, it turns an Xbox 360 into a coin-operated device and while there have been questions about it’s legality that had gone unanswered, the company who created the system, Quasimoto Interactive Inc now says that they have obtained authorization from Microsoft Corp. to go ahead with the product. While MS has yet to release a press release about it, my sources are saying that one will be out soon and they are confirming that this is indeed a legitimately licensed product.

It should be interesting to see what kind of effect this will have in arcades, while it’s true that the 360 install base is fairly large there is the social arcade appeal and the fact that players could get a chance to play the full versions of certain games like this before buying them.

UPDATE: I have received an update from Microsoft and here is what they have to say about it: Microsoft does not support or endorse such a product. We suggest you direct any questions to Quasimoto Interactive.

Also on the page for the XBOX Arcade Machine it says at the bottom ” This Web site is not endorsed, sponsored or affiliated with Microsoft, xbox or any other affliates or business partners.”

So are we back at square one again?

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