Archive for January 20, 2010

A closer look at Trans-Force 5D interactive theater

January 20, 2010

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While this isn’t the first time that we have mentioned the Russian made Trans-Force Interactive Theater before, the link that Kevin sent along to me for this includes a video of the first in-depth look at the game which I have seen. Trans-Force was actually at IAAPA but I didn’t venture inside as my head usually doesn’t get along well in motion-based rides any more. In case you haven’t read about this game before, it’s what they are now calling a “5D interactive attraction” which I assume means that it uses the same stuff you get with those 4D theaters which combine motion and 3D imagery along with actually playing a game (thus making it 5D). For those of you who have been around for a while, this should remind you of those gigantic Galaxian 3 games from the 90’s but in a compact size and up-to-date technology. From the looks of it in the incredibly cheesy promo video, the graphics are pretty nice (sans a frame rate drop here and there) and they even throw in some “edutainment” for the kids here and there. Overall I like the idea behind this, with a focus on co-op play in a unique setting.

You can check the video out below, but don’t say that I didn’t warn you – the narration will either make you cringe or laugh.

This is available for purchase already BTW but I do not know how much they are asking for it.

[Trans-Force Official Website (English)] [Discuss on the forums]

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The "Next Generation World Hobby Fair" Winter show in Japan shows off more games catering to kids UPDATED w/ Transformers card game

January 20, 2010

As AH contributor Kevin Williams pointed out in his recent crystal ball look into 2010, KidTainment will grow to play a larger role in the arcade industry and in Japan, several companies are already showing off products that will fill in that niche. Translated as “Generation Warudohobifea” (any of you who can translate Japanese feel free to correct that if need be), the show seems to be about products that cater to kids and video games were in full force there.

How prevalent a lot of these games will be outside of Japan remains to be seen but there are a few games we can take a look at here, most notably from Namco and Sega. First off, Namco is targeting Tank! Tank! Tank! towards kids, which makes sense – it really has appeal to everyone. Their Bandai side also showed off their card-based coin-op game DataCardDass (which involves some Power Ranger-like characters and seems to be aimed more at boys) and a Tamagotchi card game for girls, which also includes some sort of phone device as a main part of the panel.

Sega has a couple of card games in their line-up to compete, including  War Gettenka History, which seems to be a card-based game with a little Dynasty Warriors-esque story behind it; a new game that has something to do with battling insects which also involves cards and a touch screen (the cabinet is similar to Sega Card Gen, it’s what is pictured above) and the title is translating as “If Mushikingubatoru insect guts!” – whatever that is really supposed to mean, I have no idea but I imagine that it probably sounds awesome to boys in Japan. Sega also was showing off a game for girls called Lil Puritsu Riyu Bipuruhime Chen!, which also uses a dual screen setup like the insect guts game but otherwise there aren’t many details on this one.

What are your thoughts on the growing surge (at least in Japan) towards KidTainment? I kind of already see redemption as KidTainment and we’re seeing a growing trend to use video games in the redemption sector; we also have games like Cooking Mama Arcade and Dino Duel available in various territories outside of Japan. How many more games will we see cater just to kids by the end of the year?

UPDATE: While poking around AM-Net.jp, I saw that Sega announced today plans for a Transformers based card-coin-op game which will be released this summer. Details can be found here and here.

2nd update: Thanks to Aaron Auzins for correcting a couple of things on the post.

[Via Game Watch] [Discuss on the forums]

The “Next Generation World Hobby Fair” Winter show in Japan shows off more games catering to kids UPDATED w/ Transformers card game

January 20, 2010

As AH contributor Kevin Williams pointed out in his recent crystal ball look into 2010, KidTainment will grow to play a larger role in the arcade industry and in Japan, several companies are already showing off products that will fill in that niche. Translated as “Generation Warudohobifea” (any of you who can translate Japanese feel free to correct that if need be), the show seems to be about products that cater to kids and video games were in full force there.

How prevalent a lot of these games will be outside of Japan remains to be seen but there are a few games we can take a look at here, most notably from Namco and Sega. First off, Namco is targeting Tank! Tank! Tank! towards kids, which makes sense – it really has appeal to everyone. Their Bandai side also showed off their card-based coin-op game DataCardDass (which involves some Power Ranger-like characters and seems to be aimed more at boys) and a Tamagotchi card game for girls, which also includes some sort of phone device as a main part of the panel.

Sega has a couple of card games in their line-up to compete, including  War Gettenka History, which seems to be a card-based game with a little Dynasty Warriors-esque story behind it; a new game that has something to do with battling insects which also involves cards and a touch screen (the cabinet is similar to Sega Card Gen, it’s what is pictured above) and the title is translating as “If Mushikingubatoru insect guts!” – whatever that is really supposed to mean, I have no idea but I imagine that it probably sounds awesome to boys in Japan. Sega also was showing off a game for girls called Lil Puritsu Riyu Bipuruhime Chen!, which also uses a dual screen setup like the insect guts game but otherwise there aren’t many details on this one.

What are your thoughts on the growing surge (at least in Japan) towards KidTainment? I kind of already see redemption as KidTainment and we’re seeing a growing trend to use video games in the redemption sector; we also have games like Cooking Mama Arcade and Dino Duel available in various territories outside of Japan. How many more games will we see cater just to kids by the end of the year?

UPDATE: While poking around AM-Net.jp, I saw that Sega announced today plans for a Transformers based card-coin-op game which will be released this summer. Details can be found here and here.

2nd update: Thanks to Aaron Auzins for correcting a couple of things on the post.

[Via Game Watch] [Discuss on the forums]

Popular Japanese voice actor Yoshio Nagahori found dead

January 20, 2010

A popular voice actor who has an impressive resume, voicing a number of characters in anime programs like Dragonball Z, Cowboy Bebop, Pokemon and many others as well as characters in some popular arcade titles such as Tekken, Dead or Alive, Soulcalibur was found dead on Sunday. Yoshio Nagahori whose screen name was Daisuke Gouri apparently committed suicide with a sharp object and he was found in the street, arm bleeding and collapsed. His final will was also found nearby, he was 57.

I have always found it a little strange how prevalent suicide is in Japan to the point where it is considered an “epidemic” so I won’t bother to comment on it further. RIP Mr. Nagahori.

[Via Kotaku] [Discuss on the forums]