Archive for February 16, 2010

More shooters from China – 'Four Guns' and 'Terrorist Action'

February 16, 2010

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You have probably noticed that we are having an influx of news from Chinese, Tawainese and Korean coin-op firms lately and I am told that there is a reason behind the build-up although at the moment I am not entirely sure why. Either way we will always keep you posted here about what is going on with these developments.

Here we have Four Guns and Terrorist Action by KN&U Electronics. We don’t know much about either title beyond the pictures but as you can see from Four Guns, it’s just that – four machine guns mounted together on one cabinet. Since they are together that makes it a 1 player game (too bad they didn’t try for a 4p shooter, like Konami’s Warzaid which still shows up on earning lists in magazines like Replay) with an unusual setup. The games however are nothing new, in fact we’ve seen them in arcades before on GlobalVR’s V3 Vortek hardware, with Blockade and Desert Gunner. I assume that outside of China this could create a problem but it’s likely that inside China that GVR doesn’t have the rights to the games there. Who knows however, perhaps GVR will be looking into this just in case.

In Terrorist Action, it looks like a Target: Terror clone although it’s hard to say so without seeing more about the game. The cabinet has two uzi-like guns that connect to the cabinet with a cable and the large cabinet sports a 38″ CRT. The product description states: “Machine featured a total of nine games to choose scenes, scenes of shock, dynamic shooting, exciting, imitating the fight against terrorism, so you really experience the smoke filled the air, guns poured Tanyu real scenes.” It’s been a while since I played Target: Terror so I’m not sure if that sounds close to it or not so we will have to wait to find out more.

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More shooters from China – ‘Four Guns’ and ‘Terrorist Action’

February 16, 2010

Via

You have probably noticed that we are having an influx of news from Chinese, Tawainese and Korean coin-op firms lately and I am told that there is a reason behind the build-up although at the moment I am not entirely sure why. Either way we will always keep you posted here about what is going on with these developments.

Here we have Four Guns and Terrorist Action by KN&U Electronics. We don’t know much about either title beyond the pictures but as you can see from Four Guns, it’s just that – four machine guns mounted together on one cabinet. Since they are together that makes it a 1 player game (too bad they didn’t try for a 4p shooter, like Konami’s Warzaid which still shows up on earning lists in magazines like Replay) with an unusual setup. The games however are nothing new, in fact we’ve seen them in arcades before on GlobalVR’s V3 Vortek hardware, with Blockade and Desert Gunner. I assume that outside of China this could create a problem but it’s likely that inside China that GVR doesn’t have the rights to the games there. Who knows however, perhaps GVR will be looking into this just in case.

In Terrorist Action, it looks like a Target: Terror clone although it’s hard to say so without seeing more about the game. The cabinet has two uzi-like guns that connect to the cabinet with a cable and the large cabinet sports a 38″ CRT. The product description states: “Machine featured a total of nine games to choose scenes, scenes of shock, dynamic shooting, exciting, imitating the fight against terrorism, so you really experience the smoke filled the air, guns poured Tanyu real scenes.” It’s been a while since I played Target: Terror so I’m not sure if that sounds close to it or not so we will have to wait to find out more.

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Disney Interactive releases 3D Ping Pong in China

February 16, 2010

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Now here is something a little different, especially coming from Disney called Disney 3D Ping Pong. By jumping into the 3D craze with both feet first, not only is Disney going to be embracing 3D in several movies this year, including the arcade-related TRON Legacy but now they are going 3D in the gaming realm as well. And not just any games, but arcade titles. This unit features a 3D monitor that is able to produce a 3D effect without the use of glasses (these have been around for a little while now in the PC market) and features motion capturing controls for a very unique gaming experience. According to the press release: “It is a pioneers in healthy arcade game stations and an innovation in China’s arcade game history.” It is currently listed as being for sale in China, Hong Kong, Macau and  Taiwan and also according to the press release, the team who developed this will be creating other titles employing similar technology so we will have to keep an eye on them.

I find it very interesting that Disney is involved here – as you might recall they had a Space Paranoids arcade title at Comic Con last year although that was only created for that event. I would really like to see Disney use Space Paranoids arcade in a promotion for the new TRON movie at arcades around the country so seeing that they are involved in game development in China is a trend worth watching. I also am curious to see how the 3D trend in gaming is going to turn out. As I mentioned recently, it has been done in arcades before and in recent times companies like nVidia has been promoting the technology in PC gaming. Add the success of 3D movies like Avatar (which is already causing movie studios to promote 3D even more than they were going to) and it’s something that will carry some steam with it for a while but I do wonder if it will be a gimmick again.

For more on Disney 3D Ping Pong see the Press Release

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SNK Neo Geo 20th anniversary T-shirt

February 16, 2010

If you’re familiar with Japanese video game merchandise, you might well have heard of the clothing company Mars16. They’ve been responsible for some very tasty Sega AGES 2500 tie-in stuff in the past, and lately they’ve started doing some SNK T-shirts too. While the previous two have focused on the company’s iconic fighting series Samurai Spirits and The King of Fighters, the third SNK-related design celebrates the 20th anniversary of the legendary Neo Geo MVS hardware. The front shows an MVS cabinet, while the back appears to list every game from the machine’s debut in 1990 to the final release, Samuarai Spirits Zero Special in 2004. As with much of Mars16’s work, this is lovely, stylish stuff. It’s also a pain to get hold of if you’re not in Japan, so you might want to collar a friend with a Japanese address and get them to take a delivery!

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National Textminator tournament now live in the UK

February 16, 2010

If you live in the UK, you’re good at texting and you want to win some prizes, then the Textminator tournament is for you. PMT Sales has reported that the tournament is now live and that the game can be found at the Hollywood Bowl in Leeds along with five other machines in the country. 50 machines are scheduled to go out to different locations in the UK over the next 30 days so finding one shouldn’t prove to be too difficult. At the moment the monthly prize is a Playstation 3 and players will also have a chance at £10,000. PMT Sales states:”Initial reaction has been fantastic with kids realizing quite quickly that their texting skills could be used to for their further education.”  More info on the tournament can be found here.

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Shooting Match by Yoony Electronics

February 16, 2010

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South Korea is really starting to belt out the military style shooting games, as you can see here with the new Shooting Match by Yoony Electronics. We weren’t sent much information about this and I can’t find a website for Yoony at the moment but it looks like it’s another airsoft shooter or something like that, possibly a shooting gallery style game with the realistic looking machine gun. According to the information we did receive, the game is “making good money” and is available now, if I can dig up more I will be sure to update this post.

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Arcade Belguim's EAG 2010 report

February 16, 2010

Captain Kirk's cardboard cut-out looks on over the show.

(Thanks Nomax!)

Arcade Belguim has just posted an extensive report on the recent EAG show in London replete with 180 pictures from the event. There are a few things you’ll see here that weren’t in our initial reports(including a lot of redemption) so hop on over to check it out. They have some really nice shots of the games directly, without any screen glare which is also quite nice.

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