Archive for January 22, 2009

New boat racing game by Raw Thrills' and the Hydro Thunder team to be at ATEI (UPDATED w/ SCREENS & CONTROL INFO)

January 22, 2009

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Raw Thrills’ has revealed to us a brand new racing game that will be shown at ATEI next week that is tentatively called “H2Overdrive” (which is not based upon the PS2 game of the same name). In news that should be music to the ears of Hydro Thunder fans, Raw Thrills’ has brought together the original team that created Hydro Thunder to give us this new game, which will feature many of the things players loved about that game (such as the huge drops and many shortcuts) but add some new aspects to it as well (which they couldn’t say much about at this time).

The cabinet to be shown features a 42″  LCD HD screen, pulsing LED lights and the game itself looks “amazing”. We’ll have more on this when ATEI rolls around in a few days!

UPDATE: We just received the first screenshots of H2Overdrive from Raw Thrills’. Many thanks to them for sending us these pics. Now just imagine the game running at 60 fps on a 42″ screen and we have a good idea of what it will look like in person 😉

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UPDATE #2: I asked Andrew Eloff at Raw Thrills’ about the throttle control on H2Overdrive and he has confirmed that the new game does indeed use the Hydro Throttle like what was used in the original game but it has been “upgraded to be more reliable PLUS with cool new features!”. He also tells us that “The whole cabinet is a radical departure from the original Hydro…This cabinet is brand new from the ground up.”

More reason to rejoice!

As a side note, we have added H2Overdrive to our Master Release List for 2009.

UPDATE #3 (6/4/09) – I have done an interview with Steve Ranck of Specular Interactive where we discuss the game along with a ton of new details on what will make this game stand out not only from Hydro Thunder but from other arcade titles as well. Check it out here.

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New boat racing game by Raw Thrills’ and the Hydro Thunder team to be at ATEI (UPDATED w/ SCREENS & CONTROL INFO)

January 22, 2009

boat2

(Click on any image to enlarge it)

ateilogo

Raw Thrills’ has revealed to us a brand new racing game that will be shown at ATEI next week that is tentatively called “H2Overdrive” (which is not based upon the PS2 game of the same name). In news that should be music to the ears of Hydro Thunder fans, Raw Thrills’ has brought together the original team that created Hydro Thunder to give us this new game, which will feature many of the things players loved about that game (such as the huge drops and many shortcuts) but add some new aspects to it as well (which they couldn’t say much about at this time).

The cabinet to be shown features a 42″  LCD HD screen, pulsing LED lights and the game itself looks “amazing”. We’ll have more on this when ATEI rolls around in a few days!

UPDATE: We just received the first screenshots of H2Overdrive from Raw Thrills’. Many thanks to them for sending us these pics. Now just imagine the game running at 60 fps on a 42″ screen and we have a good idea of what it will look like in person 😉

boat1 boat3 boat4

UPDATE #2: I asked Andrew Eloff at Raw Thrills’ about the throttle control on H2Overdrive and he has confirmed that the new game does indeed use the Hydro Throttle like what was used in the original game but it has been “upgraded to be more reliable PLUS with cool new features!”. He also tells us that “The whole cabinet is a radical departure from the original Hydro…This cabinet is brand new from the ground up.”

More reason to rejoice!

As a side note, we have added H2Overdrive to our Master Release List for 2009.

UPDATE #3 (6/4/09) – I have done an interview with Steve Ranck of Specular Interactive where we discuss the game along with a ton of new details on what will make this game stand out not only from Hydro Thunder but from other arcade titles as well. Check it out here.

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The SuperAuctions arcade calendar from now until June 2009

January 22, 2009

sauctionsIf you are an arcade collector or wish to start on that collection of yours, then one great place to go is to a SuperAuction, which are held at various locations all over the US throughout the year. If you are curious to know if one will be coming to your area anytime from now until June of this year, you can check out the SuperAuctions Amusement calendar page. There they detail upcoming events, listing times, places and even the kinds of games you can expect to find there. From arcade to redemption to pinball titles, it seems like they always have something worth grabbing at these auctions.In fact there is on happening next week where they are selling over 500 items in Tennessee, which is too far for me but should definently prove worthwhile to those who can make it.

(thanks ti Eric Wang for pointing this out)

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Konami Europe embraces Electrocoin for distribution in Europe, Mid-East, Russia

January 22, 2009

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As part of Konami’s comeback strategy, they have partnered up with distributor Electrocoin to handle their distribution and after sales needs in Europe, the Mid-East and Russia. In the press release they mention the names of a few games which Electrocoin will be distributing for them, including Guitar Hero Arcade, DDR: X and GTI Club Supermini Festa. There’s not much information beyond that (you can read the press release after the jump) but in case this affect any of you out there and you’ll be at ATEI next week, you can also find out more by visiting the Konami booth at the show.

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Upcoming Annual "Classic Arcade Gaming.com Tournament" to include classic game champions, King of Kong co-stars

January 22, 2009

lifearcadeDetails have been released on the upcoming Classic Arcade Gaming (dot com) Tournament, which is held on an annual basis and it sounds like it is going to be quite the competition for skilled classic game players who can make the trip. In fact, a number of arcade world record holders are going to be there, which promises to make this a very entertaining competition to behold. A few of the people signed up were in the arcade documentary The King Of Kong, although Steve Wiebe or Billy Mitchell are not part of the line-up yet. The event is to be held at Richie Knuckles’ Arcade in Flemington, NJ, they are charging a $40 fee for adults and $30 for those under 13 which covers the three day event where all of the games (more than 40 classic games total) will be set to free play. It appears that they are discouraging paying at the door and want people to pay beforehand, but you can read about the rules on that at the link below. Players will be able to compete on a total of 29 games (also listed at the website below)  and the event begins on Friday March 13th and goes until Sunday March 15th. Good luck to those who participate!

Also, you can check out a press release about the event by clicking on the post break below

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Upcoming Annual “Classic Arcade Gaming.com Tournament” to include classic game champions, King of Kong co-stars

January 22, 2009

lifearcadeDetails have been released on the upcoming Classic Arcade Gaming (dot com) Tournament, which is held on an annual basis and it sounds like it is going to be quite the competition for skilled classic game players who can make the trip. In fact, a number of arcade world record holders are going to be there, which promises to make this a very entertaining competition to behold. A few of the people signed up were in the arcade documentary The King Of Kong, although Steve Wiebe or Billy Mitchell are not part of the line-up yet. The event is to be held at Richie Knuckles’ Arcade in Flemington, NJ, they are charging a $40 fee for adults and $30 for those under 13 which covers the three day event where all of the games (more than 40 classic games total) will be set to free play. It appears that they are discouraging paying at the door and want people to pay beforehand, but you can read about the rules on that at the link below. Players will be able to compete on a total of 29 games (also listed at the website below)  and the event begins on Friday March 13th and goes until Sunday March 15th. Good luck to those who participate!

Also, you can check out a press release about the event by clicking on the post break below

[Annual ClassicArcadeGaming.com site and info] [Discuss on the Forum]

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