Archive for November 8, 2008

DJ Max Technica coming to the US

November 8, 2008


(Thanks to Phil on the forums for the tip!)

We first talked about DJ MAx Technica a few months ago but we had not heard anything about it since so I wasn’t sure what was going on with the game. But surprisingly, game blog site Joystiq (not well known for their arcade coverage, so much that they muse about American arcades being dead, like we haven’t heard that one before) got the scoop on DJ Max Technica coming to the States by a company called PM Studios and it’s coming next month. This might be their response to Konami bringing uBeat to the States since both games share the similarity of providing a bemani experience controlled with touching a screen. The US version is supposed to support internet connectivity (leaderboards) and even IC cards which is a plus and soon they will reveal some location tests for the US version within the next few days.

I’m glad to see another gaming blog (Kotaku is usually good about posting arcade stuff) that generally focuses on consoles covering this information but they really need to get with the times as there is this ‘little’ event called IAAPA in the next few weeks where quite a handful of new arcade titles are going to be showing up and perhaps if more game news outlets started covering arcades again, these things wouldn’t be such a surprise. That and it doesn’t help those of us actually running an arcade in the US for media people to constantly beat the “arcades are dead” drum, like that is supposed to help us increase sales somehow.  I’m just saying…

[DJ Max Technica coming to the US – Joystiq] [Discuss on the Forum]


9 year old drives familiy car after some practice on an arcade racer

November 8, 2008


Are racers more realistic in the arcade than at home? Usually, thanks to the built in steering wheels and kidcarpedals that are far more realistic and less clumsy to handle then you generally see with home setups. But any of us that drives a vehicle and plays arcade racers can confidently say that playing a game is quite a way off from the real thing. That didn’t stop a 9 year old boy from taking his family car for a spin after “watching dad and playing at the video arcade”. Fortunately the boy wasn’t hurt and he didn’t hurt anyone else, which is quite a feat considering that his height didn’t give him any advantage in driving. Strangely, the police warned the parents to “look after their car more carefully in the future” (emphasis mine) – I would think that they would say that about the kid since it’s not like it was the car that decided to take the boy for a spin!

This did make me think about my own son though – he is two and he absolutely loves cars and he especially enjoys arcade racers. Every time I bring him to the store, he wants to play our Tokyo Drift racer and makes me throw in a couple of dozen credits so he can race. He also gets mad if he sees someone else sit down to play the game when he isn’t playing and has even thrown a fit or two when someone is playing “his game.” It’s a hoot but I know it will be fun making sure that he understands that he can’t take the wheel until he is old enough to drive.

[Via Mainichi Daily News] [Discuss on the Forum]