Archive for July 18, 2009

Two events to track this weekend: EVO 2009 and Insert Coin 09

July 18, 2009

Just a reminder that there are two big arcade events happening in two different parts of the world this fine summer weekend.

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First is the expo all fighter fans look forward to, EVO 2009 in Las Vegas. So far it sounds like turnout has been exceptional to the event and thanks to reader Chris Ainsworth, here is a link to some photos of the first day.

UPDATE: Thanks to Aaron Auzins, here is a link to some live streams from the event provided by Capcom: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/evochampionship

UPDATE #2: Day 2 photos by Chris Ainsworth; also Daigo “The Beast” wins the SFIV tournament.

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Next up, Insert Coin in Northampton, UK. There is a lot of fighting goodness to get there as well but on top of that they have many other types of games. The news page for Insert Coin (which includes a Twitter feed that is being constantly updated by Kevin Williams of the Stinger Report) can be found here.

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GlobalVR debuting new racer next week – Twisted: Nitro Stunt Racing

July 18, 2009

After I got a chance to play GlobalVR’s last game, Justice League, at ASI, I asked them about what was next in their line-up of games but all they did was smile and say that they didn’t have anything to say about that yet. Well it looks like we’ll all get a look at it next week when they debut their latest game at the Distributor Gala in Chicago next week on July 24th. NSR_05Named Twisted: Nitro Stunt Racing, this game will come in 3 flavors, a “mini-motion” cabinet which features a motion seat and a 42″ LCD, a non-motion 42″ LCD version and a standard 32″ LCD version. Each version will be released at different times, with the mini-motion version coming in August and the other two coming in September.

After doing a little bit of research, it appears that the game was created by French studio Game Seed, and this will be a port of the PC version of the same game, although that was just called Nitro Stunt Racing as opposed to Twisted, so we will have to wait and see how the two differ. Either way I don’t know how well-known this game is outside of France but from what I have seen of it so far, it looks like a very fun game where you get to race along giant loops, jump off huge ramps and other jumps or race through twisting tubes. Graphically it is very sleek, quite colorful and carries a solid frame rate from the video I have seen of the arcade version. I’m not able to share that video yet although I did find a bunch of videos of the PC version of the game on Youtube, one of which I’ll post here.

Some sites with a little info on Nitro Stunt Racing

[Game Seed] [Nitro Stunt Racing Site] [GlobalVR] [Discuss on the Forums]

A look at the not-yet-opened Aussie Pinball Museum

July 18, 2009

Ah museums. Some are boring and dull, some are exciting and fun. Of course that is relative according to your interests, but for me, the museum where you can go and actually interact with displays or do something more than just stare at artifacts behind glass is the kind of museum I would visit. A pinball museum is just that kind of place and some enterprising individuals in the great land of Australia are working on bringing just that kind of place to the Gold Coast. AusPinballMusem_header

JustOneMoreGame has a post featuring the first pictures from the new museum, named the Aussie Pinball Museum which currently does not have a projected opening date as they tackle permits and game restorations. When it is complete however, they are promising to offer around 1500 machines for the public to come in and play, which will make it one of the larger museums for pinball in the world (although I am not sure if it will be the largest or not). In case you are curious to see what they have so far, check it out by clicking on the link below.

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What are the top 10 most collected arcade games?

July 18, 2009

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Ever wonder what the top 10 most collected arcade titles are? Thanks to VAPS (the Video Arcade Preservation Society), one site took a look at what the most collected titles where and compiled the list. I can’t say that anything on there is surprising, as when it comes to collecting the classics, all ten of these games show up quite frequently in both discussions about said games and in most game rooms you see/visit. Personally I don’t have any of them, although I do get close – I have Pac-Man on Namco Classics Collection Vol. 1 and I have Asteroids Deluxe, so at least I’m close in a couple of instances. Here is the list:

1. Ms. Pac-Man
2. Tempest
3. Pac-Man
4. Galaga
5. Donkey Kong
6. Centipede
7. Asteroids
8. Joust
9. Defender
10. Robotron 2084

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New game center might open in Burbank, listed as an arcade but isn't one

July 18, 2009

The following story is a great example for those of you who are looking into opening up you own entertainment business and how certain cities work hard to make potential owners jump through a lot of hoops to do what they dream of. In Burbank, CA, a man named Daniel Moss is trying to start his own gaming center which seems to work like your typical game café or center with about forty game consoles setup to play. From the story there is no indication that the owner is using any coin-operated games or even networked PCs although the business will be called GameLAN’d and his focus is to create a friendly spot for people to come in and enjoy the social side of gaming together.

One thing that strikes me as burdensome however are all of the hoops he has to jump through because the business is considered an arcade. This shows how much of a pain in the butt it is to open an arcade in Burbank – not only do you need approval from several parts of the city government (which seems to be common in many areas) but every single game has to be visible from the entrance – a difficult proposition for some locations to pull off. A rigorous ID system will be employed by the owner for people who come in and the hours of operation need to satisfy the city as well but the owner has to provide room to store up to 24 bicycles. The story does not mention any fees the owner also has to face just to get started, but they are likely to be in place.Either way, we wish good luck to GameLAN’d, even though they don’t fit into the traditional arcade setting that we champion here, although they may as well through a couple of coin-operated games in there since they are classified as an arcade anyways. 🙂

This makes me grateful that the city where my arcade is located in has very few rules in place regarding arcades – all I had to do was pick a location where there was enough available parking which is easily covered by being in a mall. But I didn’t have to go before a city council and beg for their holy permission to do what I planned and bow before their whims in case they didn’t like it. I understand there are reasons why all cities have certain rules for different types of businesses but it seems like arcades are easy targets for city governments to clamp down on (and you might wonder why arcades are not as common in the US as they used to be). So let this be a good reminder to check with your city as to what their requirements will be towards opening an arcade before you get too far into the process – otherwise you might have to make a lot of changes to achieve what you want after you have already spent some time and effort putting something else together.

[Via the Burbank Leader] [Discuss on the Forums]

New game center might open in Burbank, listed as an arcade but isn’t one

July 18, 2009

The following story is a great example for those of you who are looking into opening up you own entertainment business and how certain cities work hard to make potential owners jump through a lot of hoops to do what they dream of. In Burbank, CA, a man named Daniel Moss is trying to start his own gaming center which seems to work like your typical game café or center with about forty game consoles setup to play. From the story there is no indication that the owner is using any coin-operated games or even networked PCs although the business will be called GameLAN’d and his focus is to create a friendly spot for people to come in and enjoy the social side of gaming together.

One thing that strikes me as burdensome however are all of the hoops he has to jump through because the business is considered an arcade. This shows how much of a pain in the butt it is to open an arcade in Burbank – not only do you need approval from several parts of the city government (which seems to be common in many areas) but every single game has to be visible from the entrance – a difficult proposition for some locations to pull off. A rigorous ID system will be employed by the owner for people who come in and the hours of operation need to satisfy the city as well but the owner has to provide room to store up to 24 bicycles. The story does not mention any fees the owner also has to face just to get started, but they are likely to be in place.Either way, we wish good luck to GameLAN’d, even though they don’t fit into the traditional arcade setting that we champion here, although they may as well through a couple of coin-operated games in there since they are classified as an arcade anyways. 🙂

This makes me grateful that the city where my arcade is located in has very few rules in place regarding arcades – all I had to do was pick a location where there was enough available parking which is easily covered by being in a mall. But I didn’t have to go before a city council and beg for their holy permission to do what I planned and bow before their whims in case they didn’t like it. I understand there are reasons why all cities have certain rules for different types of businesses but it seems like arcades are easy targets for city governments to clamp down on (and you might wonder why arcades are not as common in the US as they used to be). So let this be a good reminder to check with your city as to what their requirements will be towards opening an arcade before you get too far into the process – otherwise you might have to make a lot of changes to achieve what you want after you have already spent some time and effort putting something else together.

[Via the Burbank Leader] [Discuss on the Forums]