Archive for March 4, 2010

Space Invaders might get a movie too

March 4, 2010

A short time ago we heard that Atari was looking at bringing some of it’s classics to the silver screen and now word has it that Warner Bros. is looking to bring a big Taito classic to movie theaters – Space Invaders. There aren’t any details on it yet as it is just in the negotiating round at the moment but it is another indicator that Hollywood isn’t looking to let up on the video game to-movie translations any time soon. I am guessing that one reason why they are looking at doing classic games into movies is due to the success of classic titles in recent times via downloadable means and the general nostalgia that drives collectors to keep the fun alive behind these games. Whether this, Missile Command, Asteroids or the Joust movies we heard of ages ago will make for riveting box office numbers, is something we will have to wait and see about. With Space Invaders it can prove a challenge simply because aliens invading from space is far from new but at least they have a template to follow.

[Via Aint It Cool News]

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Disney to build a Flynn's Arcade at Tomorrow Land; new pics of Flynn's Arcade in TRON Legacy

March 4, 2010

It seems that news on the new Tron: Legacy movie is rolling out every day this week as part of a build-up to the official trailer release tomorrow and while we are not a movie blog which focuses on covering that, there has been some arcade stuff spiced throughout this.

As you can see above, the trailer tomorrow will show the protagonist wandering through his father’s old arcade, Flynn’s. It’s too bad all the games are covered, I admit to pausing the DVD on TRON to figure out what games were sitting there but with those shrouds over the games, that will make it slightly more difficult. Just for fun, what can you tell from the pic above? I can see a Pac-Man on the right but I’m at a loss at the rest – at least until the trailer comes out.

But as part of all the news here is something quite interesting – in Disney’s Tron hype build-up they are announcing everything from a trilogy of films to a TV show to the recreation of Flynn’s Arcade at their Tomorrow Land facilities. They actually plan on revamping much of the Tomorrow Land areas with Tron-stuff which is cool but I would likely spend most of the time at Flynn’s. The plans to renovate Tomorrow Land won’t be happening until 2012 so we know when to plan our trips. 🙂

UPDATE: Here is another pic from Flynn’s that was released today (click to enlarge). Looks like there is a Nintendo cab on the right. It looks like the black light isn’t on in the Tron cab. I am such a nerd.

Looks like I’m not the only one guessing at what cabs they are.

[Via io9.com] [Discuss on the forums]

Disney to build a Flynn’s Arcade at Tomorrow Land; new pics of Flynn’s Arcade in TRON Legacy

March 4, 2010

It seems that news on the new Tron: Legacy movie is rolling out every day this week as part of a build-up to the official trailer release tomorrow and while we are not a movie blog which focuses on covering that, there has been some arcade stuff spiced throughout this.

As you can see above, the trailer tomorrow will show the protagonist wandering through his father’s old arcade, Flynn’s. It’s too bad all the games are covered, I admit to pausing the DVD on TRON to figure out what games were sitting there but with those shrouds over the games, that will make it slightly more difficult. Just for fun, what can you tell from the pic above? I can see a Pac-Man on the right but I’m at a loss at the rest – at least until the trailer comes out.

But as part of all the news here is something quite interesting – in Disney’s Tron hype build-up they are announcing everything from a trilogy of films to a TV show to the recreation of Flynn’s Arcade at their Tomorrow Land facilities. They actually plan on revamping much of the Tomorrow Land areas with Tron-stuff which is cool but I would likely spend most of the time at Flynn’s. The plans to renovate Tomorrow Land won’t be happening until 2012 so we know when to plan our trips. 🙂

UPDATE: Here is another pic from Flynn’s that was released today (click to enlarge). Looks like there is a Nintendo cab on the right. It looks like the black light isn’t on in the Tron cab. I am such a nerd.

Looks like I’m not the only one guessing at what cabs they are.

[Via io9.com] [Discuss on the forums]

More Sega news: in-depth look at Club Sega; new Shining Force Cross version; more Let's Go Island

March 4, 2010

Via

As a sort of follow-up to the news from Sega about their line-up at the Amusement Expo next week, we have several pieces of news about the company that we’ll just going to lump into one convenient post.

First, Gpara.com has an in-depth look at the new Club Sega in Akihabara, replete with information and pictures. They have plenty of new Sega titles, from Tetris Giant to Shining Force Cross, Intitial D5, Border Break and Virtua Fighter 5R. They also have some older games there, including OutTriggers which is one game I’d love to play in arcades one day but I have never seen one in the US. It looks like an excellent facility and if I ever go to Japan one day, I would love to check it out.

Speaking of Shining Force Cross, Sega already has a new version of the game in the works and it be out in Japan before too long. It’s too bad the game can’t be changed for an international release as an RPG in arcades outside of Japan would be fun to have (again).

Also CoinOpToday has received more information on Let’s Go Island. You play as Ben and Norah once again who this time are captured by modern day pirates who are on an obvious quest for treasure. The game will have more stages and routes to select than Let’s Go Jungle did and it will come in three cabinet configurations(I think). According to the press release it will be “available in both non motion, motion, and the Standard 32” LCD cabinets” which could mean two non-motion versions and the motion one. In addition to this obviously going out to compete with Dead Storm Pirates(which I have heard will be the full game as opposed to a demo this time), I have read that ICE will have a standard version of Panic Museum at the show. All this and some other light-gun games we know about indicates that the Amusement Expo is going to be dominated by light-gun shooters instead of racers for a change.

Also while we’re on the topic of light-gun games, popular blog Wired has a write-up on Taito’s Music Gun Gun in Japan. As Kevin Williams who sent me the link said, “all of a sudden and Wired covers amusement!” We’ll have to wait and see if the coverage will ever venture outside of Japan however.

More Sega news: in-depth look at Club Sega; new Shining Force Cross version; more Let’s Go Island

March 4, 2010

Via

As a sort of follow-up to the news from Sega about their line-up at the Amusement Expo next week, we have several pieces of news about the company that we’ll just going to lump into one convenient post.

First, Gpara.com has an in-depth look at the new Club Sega in Akihabara, replete with information and pictures. They have plenty of new Sega titles, from Tetris Giant to Shining Force Cross, Intitial D5, Border Break and Virtua Fighter 5R. They also have some older games there, including OutTriggers which is one game I’d love to play in arcades one day but I have never seen one in the US. It looks like an excellent facility and if I ever go to Japan one day, I would love to check it out.

Speaking of Shining Force Cross, Sega already has a new version of the game in the works and it be out in Japan before too long. It’s too bad the game can’t be changed for an international release as an RPG in arcades outside of Japan would be fun to have (again).

Also CoinOpToday has received more information on Let’s Go Island. You play as Ben and Norah once again who this time are captured by modern day pirates who are on an obvious quest for treasure. The game will have more stages and routes to select than Let’s Go Jungle did and it will come in three cabinet configurations(I think). According to the press release it will be “available in both non motion, motion, and the Standard 32” LCD cabinets” which could mean two non-motion versions and the motion one. In addition to this obviously going out to compete with Dead Storm Pirates(which I have heard will be the full game as opposed to a demo this time), I have read that ICE will have a standard version of Panic Museum at the show. All this and some other light-gun games we know about indicates that the Amusement Expo is going to be dominated by light-gun shooters instead of racers for a change.

Also while we’re on the topic of light-gun games, popular blog Wired has a write-up on Taito’s Music Gun Gun in Japan. As Kevin Williams who sent me the link said, “all of a sudden and Wired covers amusement!” We’ll have to wait and see if the coverage will ever venture outside of Japan however.