Archive for April 13, 2010

Arcade Propaganda posters and 8-bit chiptune music for the arcade or gameroom

April 13, 2010

The key to making a good gameroom or arcade is partially about the games you have and partially about the ambient of the room itself.Here are a couple of things that can help you make that room a bit more awesome.

First up are these arcade propaganda-style posters, which feature Joust, Donkey Kong, Frogger and Dig Dug stylized like many political or wartime propaganda posters of old, as a way to ‘inspire’ young players to action. Pretty amusing and would look great sitting above the respective games that they represent. [Via GameSetWatch]

Next is for the audible ambient, an album of 8-bit “Chiptune”-style music by video game designer Rob Howard. Chiptune refers to the music being created with mostly emulated sounds from the NES. The music is original content inspired by a number of 8-bit video games in the past, which include a few arcade games in there too. I put a sample below and you can find out more about the album here. (Thanks to Rob himself for contacting us about this)

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Getting a closer look at the somewhat new Crazy Climber

April 13, 2010

If we hop on the way-back-machine and check out an post here on AH from May 2007 then you’ll find that a new Crazy Climber game had been announced for arcades in Japan. After that announcement however, we heard nothing else about the game, expect for a port to the Wii in 2008.

It seems that last year IGS picked the arcade title up and just so happens to be distributing the game through whatever channels support them (strangely enough, except for one import company, I don’t really know who officially supports IGS – perhaps one of you could kindly fill me in on that). They kept the controls the same as what we saw in 2007,  which are a pair of vertically set gears you spin down on to climb. As far as the game itself goes, I just so happened to find a video of the IGS version in action. IGS has an English teaser site about the game,where if you look closely you can see that there is an English version of the game, I don’t know if it’s a simple menu selection in the service menus or something else. I’d certainly appreciate that sort of feature on Oriental Legend 2.

Judging from the video it looks like fun. Combine that with the original controls and you have a game that stands out from others in the market right now.

[IGS Crazy Climber website– English]