Archive for June 23, 2009

The Museum of Soviet Arcade machines

June 23, 2009

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A long while back, I recall a story showing up on the blogs where someone had come across several arcade games that had been made in the Soviet Union back in the late 70’s/early 80’s. As these were developed behind the Iron Curtain, knowledge about these titles didn’t spread very far but it’s interesting to see how the explosive growth of arcade gaming at the time affected even the USSR. From the looks of it the graphical capabilities of these machines seem to be on par with some early Atari 2600 games and the games themselves seemed to borrow from elements found in many western games although they did not seem to many produce bootlegs of titles that we all know so well, except for one title that looks a lot like Midway’s Sea Raider (1969). Apparently these games were made in secret military factories and have mostly been forgotten even in Russia but one group is collecting and restoring the machines, where you can know see them via the online Musuem of Soviet Arcade machines. You can even play the games in Flash on the site in case you are curious to see how they play. For more, visit the links below.

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If Danger Zone were made today

June 23, 2009

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If we take a trip on the wayback machine to 1986, the industry crash has begun to pass and while it hurt arcades, companies were still churning out a lot of games and sometimes those games broke new ground either via controls, gameplay or graphics. Cinematronics created such a game known as Danger Zone, which featured it’s monitor on a swivel where the image in-game was tracked with the movement of the monitor. Many have since forgot about this game but with a video that just popped up on youtube where a guy modified some model gun with an LCD monitor and a tracking unit so it would serve as a type of mouse controller for use on the PC. This also reminds me of the concept used in Namco’s Gunmen Wars which featured a kind of motion-tracked gun, although what you’ll see in the video below allows for greater movement around the room.

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New vid of Demon Bride and the Demon Bride Tour

June 23, 2009

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The upcoming 2D fighter Demon Bride is starting to ramp up the hype machine in Japan, which will include a tour of the game around the country through various cities next month. With the tour they will also be holding a number of tournaments where some cool “limited edition” prizes will be given away, perhaps models of different game characters that seem to be popular. Here is a video that was recently posted to the Demon Bride site that has to do with hyping the game up and while it’s all in Japanese at least you can see more of this game in action.

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