Archive for September 17, 2009

Round-up from the JAMMA show (updated)

September 17, 2009

Since I don’t have the opportunity to visit the JAMMA show in Japan, we have to rely on what other sites are showing us in regards to what is going on over there. Thanks to several Japanese game websites, here is a run down of what has been going on at JAMMA.

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Sega launches a Giant Tetris website.

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More direct screenshots from Famitsu.

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Namco also has launched a teaser site for Tank! Tank! Tank! in Japanese. (Image above via Gpara)

While nothing has been shown on Arcana Heart 3, two teaser pics on the Examu blog seem to indicate that AH3 may in fact be a 3D fighter. (see the Upatsu scoop post on this link)

Just so I don’t overwhelm the front page with a long post with all of these big images, you can see more by hitting the link below. And to entice you further here’s what you get: Shots of Namco’s new pirate-themed light-gun title; a card-game from Namco; H2Overdrive in Japan; Shining Force Cross and more Giant Tetris; Project Cerebus; two new and unique games from Taito; Cyber Diver, KOF Sky Stage and more. UPDATE: Pics added for Tetris: The Grand Master 4, Speed Rider, Heat Up Hockey and others via Game Watch (which was found via AM Net)

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More articles on the perceived state of the arcade industry

September 17, 2009

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It’s been a slow couple of days for arcade news but amongst the slowdown there are a few articles worth noting that deal with the “arcades are dead” consensus. As you know I personally reject this notion, especially as I have seen a big uptick in earnings by simply moving my location. It’s already at the point where Saturdays and Sundays are packed at my new place almost around the clock so just that right there shows me that locally there is no lack of interest in arcade gaming – the other thing I like to point to is the number of games that we are seeing released these days, which is steadily increasing since the middle part of this decade.  But to be honest it is getting tiresome having to deal with this all of the time so I wonder if it’s really worth the effort to post about it in the first place.

The first link is rather pessimistic and it comes from Gameroom Magazine’s website. I understand the point behind the diminished influence that arcades hold in the culture at large but have a little more optimism guys! This is dealing with an article that was run in regards to the Game Galaxy Arcade in Nashville where some industry data is discussed in comparing 2007 to 1982. Granted, when you look at that data it can be a downer but that doesn’t mean that arcades are on the brink of total extinction. Have we mentioned that there are a couple of big arcade industry trade shows happening in the next few months where a lot of new products are making their debut? It’s not like all of these games are going to bars.

The next column is on a slightly different subject although the headline makes it sound like arcades have been dead and buried for a while and will never see the light of day again in the form of coin-op. The article is by Susan Arendt at The Escapist Magazine where she looks at the uptick of classic arcade ports coming to services like Xbox Live Arcade and in particular the iPhone App Store. Now the article doesn’t really touch on this uptick benefiting actual arcades since the premise is that there aren’t any around anymore – it is more  about an increase in “arcade style” games. Of course I would love to see more “arcade style” games in the actual arcade where something new can be tried that doesn’t need a light-gun or a wheel to accomplish such things and we are seeing a few examples of that, like with Get Outta My Face!  and a few other games coming along.

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Arcade-in-a-box Tournament Center opens in Tuscon, AZ

September 17, 2009

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If you are looking to open up an entertainment business, whether it is an arcade or something similar, one modern twist on the coin-op arcade center model is to open a place where people can come and play console games, without the need of coin-operated mechanisms to control the way a game is played. These seem to be gaining some popularity as we have reported on such places in the past although one thing I have wanted to find out is how well such places do after the grand opening, which is not something we see reported frequently.

Either way, a new gaming center following this model has recently opened in Tuscon Arizona called Arcade-in-a-box Tournament Center where they let people play from a variety of games on all of the consoles that are available on the market at this time. They charge an hourly rate which is tracked by a customer card system and for fighting fans they also provide custom arcade-style sticks on which to play. Then even have two arcade cabinets which run emulators for access to many classic arcade titles and to top it all off they hold weekly tournaments (with prizes to win of course). More info can be found on their website and in the press release you’ll find after the break.

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Raw Thrills'/Play Mechanix unveil Big Buck Hunter: Open Season

September 17, 2009

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While a vast majority of news about new arcade titles has been coming out of Japan lately, AMOA is almost here and that means some game news from outside Japan for a change. This is regarding a software upgrade for one of the biggest arcade hits in recent memory, Big Buck Hunter that will be subtitled “Open Season”. According to the press release by Betson, “…[Big Buck Hunter: Open Season] delivers an astounding 60% more content over the original video shooter. The upgrade includes a wide variety of enhancements and additions Open Season 27 Render_smallover the original version.  Three new animals with 9 new treks giving hunters a total of 8 animals and 24 trek options to choose from. With 45 new picturesque sites to hunt new animals such as Mountain Goat, Mule Deer, and Bison, the total number of hunting sites in Big Buck Hunter Pro Open Season clocks in at a staggering 120. Nine new bonus rounds were also added to this upgrade for a grand total of 24. Play Mechanix even added another 24 new critters to Big Buck Hunter Pro Open Season to enhance the hunting challenge. Last and certainly not least, 2 new full motion big buck girls have been added to this newest edition.”

With all of that the game will be offered in a total of four configurations: a 27″ standard and a 42″ LCD deluxe cabinet and then there will be two different kit options. The game is online enabled to take advantage of RT’s CoinUp network and the game will be shown off at AMOA. For more info on BBH: Open Season, click the link below for the full press release. [Raw Thrills website] [Play Mechanix website] [Discuss on the Forums]

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Raw Thrills’/Play Mechanix unveil Big Buck Hunter: Open Season

September 17, 2009

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While a vast majority of news about new arcade titles has been coming out of Japan lately, AMOA is almost here and that means some game news from outside Japan for a change. This is regarding a software upgrade for one of the biggest arcade hits in recent memory, Big Buck Hunter that will be subtitled “Open Season”. According to the press release by Betson, “…[Big Buck Hunter: Open Season] delivers an astounding 60% more content over the original video shooter. The upgrade includes a wide variety of enhancements and additions Open Season 27 Render_smallover the original version.  Three new animals with 9 new treks giving hunters a total of 8 animals and 24 trek options to choose from. With 45 new picturesque sites to hunt new animals such as Mountain Goat, Mule Deer, and Bison, the total number of hunting sites in Big Buck Hunter Pro Open Season clocks in at a staggering 120. Nine new bonus rounds were also added to this upgrade for a grand total of 24. Play Mechanix even added another 24 new critters to Big Buck Hunter Pro Open Season to enhance the hunting challenge. Last and certainly not least, 2 new full motion big buck girls have been added to this newest edition.”

With all of that the game will be offered in a total of four configurations: a 27″ standard and a 42″ LCD deluxe cabinet and then there will be two different kit options. The game is online enabled to take advantage of RT’s CoinUp network and the game will be shown off at AMOA. For more info on BBH: Open Season, click the link below for the full press release. [Raw Thrills website] [Play Mechanix website] [Discuss on the Forums]

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