Archive for October 20, 2009

New arcade opening up in Ohio: Flashback Classic Coin Ops

October 20, 2009


Arcade fans in Ohio, you have a new arcade place to look forward to checking out – if you can rent it out. Called Flashback Classic Coin Ops, the business is in the final development stages and should be opening sometime in the near future. As you can tell from the name, this will be a retro arcade although the owner will have some titles that you don’t see very often at other classic arcade businesses – electromechnical games. Not to worry, he will have a number of video titles on hand (listed in the news article are Frogger, Space Invaders, Asteroids, Centipede, Donkey Kong Jr., and Pac-Man) but among the EM games he will have include Speedway (there are a couple of EM Speedways, I am presuming that it is the one I am linking to) and Sea Raider. He also will have a number of pins to play including Captain Fantastic, KISS, Speak Easy and even a Hercules.

The way they will work is different than how most arcades function however, his place is open for party rental only. According to the news article linked below it’s : “Two hours for as many as 20 people, for a $200 total fee.” Considering how rare some of the machines he has are, I can imagine that is the reason why he doesn’t want the general public to take a shot at playing them. Despite that, it looks like a cool place and we wish Flashback the best of luck in their business.

[Via the Tauton Daily Gazette] [Flashback Classic Coin Ops Website] [Discuss on the Forums]


A few more details on BlazBlue: Continuum Shift

October 20, 2009


The details continue to trickle out on the new BlazBlue update and there is one thing that is worth noting in this as we hear from AH contributor, Aaron Auzins:

“Location testings in the Kansai and Kyushu regions of Japan:
Osaka – Oct. 24-25
Fukuoka – Oct. 31-Nov. 1

This testing will mark the first time the characters Hazama and Tsubaki Yayoi will be playable along with a new beginner mode configuration to make the gameplay easier for those not accustomed to the game.

The title will stick to using the TAITO Type X2 board and Arc System Works in currently expecting a “winter 2009″ release date.”

Emphasis is my own there. One nice thing about any fighter is that pretty much any player can walk up to it, mash the buttons and get something done but IMO “easy” modes help new players feel like the game is within their league as opposed to outside of it (until they come across an expert player of course). This won’t be the first time such modes have been used in fighters, I’m watching someone play Marvel VS. Capcom as I write this and most of the time players select the easy mode when it is offered to them.

[Via Famitsu] [Discuss on the Forums]