Archive for February 10, 2009

Review: War Final Assault by Atari Games

February 10, 2009

I know that I posted a review not that long ago (of another Atari title, Asteroids Deluxe) but I haven’t had a lot of time to spend on researching news but I did have time to make a video of the latest game that I picked up, one of my favorites War: Final Assault. I’ve heard that this game didn’t do terribly well back in the day which sort of eludes me because I’ve always loved it and when I’ve seen them linked I see them get quite a bit of play. Now I have a soft spot for it probably because when it comes to PC gaming, I enjoy first-person shooters and so having an arcade FPS is a treat I suppose. I know that there is another FPS out there made just for arcades by Sega called Outriggers but sadly I have never had the pleasure of playing that one because I have never even seen one at the arcade (yes I know I could get it for the DreamCast but thenI miss the arcade experience 🙂 ) here. Also The Grid might count but I’ve only seen that played in 3rd person. Either way, here is a video below of War I apologize if it’s hard to hear what I say as I was standing too far from the mic but I think that you’ll get the idea in case you haven’t seen this game before. Also there is an HD version of it here.

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Insert Coin 2009 – UK public arcade expo launches!

February 10, 2009

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It’s a great day for arcade gamers in the UK, as the Insert Coin 2009 expo has been announced! The show will run on July 18th and 19th at the Northampton Saints Conference CentreThe difference between Insert Coin and other arcade exhibitions is that the event is open to the public, with a great deal for any enthusiast to enjoy. The show will contain over 100 video games and pinball machines set to freeplay, including some that are extremely hard to find in the region, such as the hot fighting game Street Fighter IV, Cave’s new shoot-’em-up Death Smiles, and the cult Japanese fighter Melty Blood: Act Cadenza ver.B2. Additionally, nine tournaments will be running throughout the weekend taking in various genres and offering prizes for extreme displays of skill.

As well as being able to play games, enthusiasts will be able to bring and buy arcade PCBs and parts, attend tech talks and order games and cabinets from suppliers attending the show. Of course, if you’re lacking the kind of room or cash to make your dream arcade at home there will be arcade T-shirts and posters for sale too. Finally, if you’re feeling lucky there will be a raffle for two candy cabinets imported from Japan, an excellent prize for any fan of arcade games.

Tickets are available now and cost £10 for an under-16s weekend ticket, £15 for an adult day ticket or £23 for an adult weekend ticket. If you are interested in attending or exhibiting, visit the Insert Coin 2009 website (link below). Expect more news about the event in the weeks and months ahead, which we’ll be bringing to you right up until we hit the show floor. Until then, hit the post break in order to read the full press release!

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Exercise-based arcade opens in Rockford, IL

February 10, 2009

Video games often come under fire from health police for being a sedentary activity, most recently in a UK television advert for a government backed health campaign which caused a bit of controversy. However, this is something that the Gymnastic Academy of Rockford hopes to combat by opening the new XRCADE. The arcade is full of games which require physical activity to play, such as dancing games and motorised climbing walls. It’s always nice to see attempts to relate fitness to kids on their own level!

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Tokyo Game Action closes

February 10, 2009

bigtgaIt’s always sad to see an arcade closing, but this one is particularly heartbreaking. Tokyo Game Action of Wichendon, MA has been forced to shut down with immediate effect, with a liquidation sale to be held in May in order to secure as much cash for the creditors as possible. The arcade opened in 2003, but has had problems operating for roughly two months due to constant flooding, causing a massive shortfall of income while bills have been mounting.

The worst part of all this is that it has happened to a genuinely nice team trying very hard to offer a great experience to players. The arcade was an archetype for modern amusement operations – it was community driven, willing to buy new games and experiment with different payment models, and offered a range of services beyond arcade games, such as a bowling alley and unique food service serving Japanese and American dishes.

Keep an eye on the Tokyo Game Action website for details of the liquidation sale, as maximum revenue is required to help keep a roof over the heads of the team (sadly, this is no exaggeration). We at Arcade Heroes wish you guys the best of luck in the future.

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