Archive for September 22, 2009

New documentary on pinball debuting next week – 'Special When Lit'

September 22, 2009

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A couple of years ago I had the opportunity of reviewing a documentary film about pinball called “Tilt: The Battle to Save Pinball”. I enjoyed it, in part because at the time I knew very little about pinball history or what kind of work went into creating one game. Now another documentary is about to make it’s debut with pinball as the primary subject and it looks like it will also be a winner. Called “Special When Lit”, the focus behind this film is not just about the game itself but also behind the fans who are keeping it alive. The filmmakers visited a plethora of different pinball shows and tournaments where they interviewed fans, collectors and pinball designers to get the proper feel for what it is all about. The film will debut next week at the Raindance Film Festival in London and from there it will make the rounds at different international film festivals (if it shows up at Sundance perhaps I could get a chance to see it, weather, time and money permitting) before it is hopefully picked up for distribution on DVD/Blu-Ray.

For more info, check out the links below.

[Special When Lit Official site] [Pinball News article] [Discuss on the Forums]

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New documentary on pinball debuting next week – ‘Special When Lit’

September 22, 2009

specialwhenlit3

A couple of years ago I had the opportunity of reviewing a documentary film about pinball called “Tilt: The Battle to Save Pinball”. I enjoyed it, in part because at the time I knew very little about pinball history or what kind of work went into creating one game. Now another documentary is about to make it’s debut with pinball as the primary subject and it looks like it will also be a winner. Called “Special When Lit”, the focus behind this film is not just about the game itself but also behind the fans who are keeping it alive. The filmmakers visited a plethora of different pinball shows and tournaments where they interviewed fans, collectors and pinball designers to get the proper feel for what it is all about. The film will debut next week at the Raindance Film Festival in London and from there it will make the rounds at different international film festivals (if it shows up at Sundance perhaps I could get a chance to see it, weather, time and money permitting) before it is hopefully picked up for distribution on DVD/Blu-Ray.

For more info, check out the links below.

[Special When Lit Official site] [Pinball News article] [Discuss on the Forums]

Videos of Konami's GuitarFreaks v6 and DrumMania V6 in action

September 22, 2009

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Tis the season for game shows in Japan and while the Tokyo Game Show does not focus primarily upon arcades like JAMMA did, we still get the chance to see some of the journalists who flock to TGS check out some of the great Japanese arcades in Akihabara. One guy from G4TV made a stop at the Taito Station there and captured some video of Half-Life 2 Arcade, Taiko Drum Master,  Beatmania IIDX 16 Empress and even Konami’s DrumMania V6 Blazing and GuitarFreaks V6 Blazing. Unfortuantely I can’t embed the videos on the site here so follow the link below to witness some arcade goodness from Taito Station.

[Pre-TGS Arcade Trip – G4TV] [Discuss on the Forums]

Videos of Konami’s GuitarFreaks v6 and DrumMania V6 in action

September 22, 2009

gfv6

Tis the season for game shows in Japan and while the Tokyo Game Show does not focus primarily upon arcades like JAMMA did, we still get the chance to see some of the journalists who flock to TGS check out some of the great Japanese arcades in Akihabara. One guy from G4TV made a stop at the Taito Station there and captured some video of Half-Life 2 Arcade, Taiko Drum Master,  Beatmania IIDX 16 Empress and even Konami’s DrumMania V6 Blazing and GuitarFreaks V6 Blazing. Unfortuantely I can’t embed the videos on the site here so follow the link below to witness some arcade goodness from Taito Station.

[Pre-TGS Arcade Trip – G4TV] [Discuss on the Forums]

French player group working to build a classic game museum

September 22, 2009

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With nostalgia for classic games stronger than ever, what better way to satisfy the need to play such games than with a museum built in their honor? In France, a group of gamers are working to do just that, as they go through the hoops to build a retro gaming museum in that country. Now that games have nearly 40 years of history behind them it certainly makes it easy to cater to players who feel such nostalgia and you can bet that arcades will play a role in that mix. The effort is still in it’s infancy so it will be a while before it will come to fruition but we are eager to see what they will put together for such a museum.

More details can be found at the link below

[Via AFP] [Discuss on the Forums]

Video interview with Fukio "MTJ" Mitsuji

September 22, 2009

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You’ll have to chalk this up to “better late than never” but last year on Dec. 11th 2008 Fukio Mitsuji passed away.  He created some very memorable arcade titles at Taito so it’s good to watch this interview and see where he got his inspiration from as well as his thoughts on game design. You probably know his work in titles like Bubble Bobble, Rainbow Islands, Volified and others. I personally enjoy Volified quite a bit and I like Bubble Bobble except for that insidious music that gets stuck in your head after you play.

RIP Mr. Mitsuji

[Discuss on the Forums]

Video interview with Fukio “MTJ” Mitsuji

September 22, 2009

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You’ll have to chalk this up to “better late than never” but last year on Dec. 11th 2008 Fukio Mitsuji passed away.  He created some very memorable arcade titles at Taito so it’s good to watch this interview and see where he got his inspiration from as well as his thoughts on game design. You probably know his work in titles like Bubble Bobble, Rainbow Islands, Volified and others. I personally enjoy Volified quite a bit and I like Bubble Bobble except for that insidious music that gets stuck in your head after you play.

RIP Mr. Mitsuji

[Discuss on the Forums]