Archive for April 25, 2010

GlobalVR releases NASCAR Team Racing kit, cabinet versions soon to follow

April 25, 2010

First revealed to us at IAAPA, and later seen at Amusement Expo 2010, GlobalVR has released their latest update to their arcade exclusive NASCAR Racing title called NASCAR Team Racing. If you missed out on the features that this update brings to the table you can check out the post & video from Amusement Expo 2010. The most significant addition to the game of course is the online play, which will allow games connected across the US to race against each other. The online features weren’t available at the show but from what information I have received, it sounds like it will work out similar to matchmaking on something like XBL or other online services that find the best pings available and matches those players up in a lobby. The game will also feature voice chat, which can be activated by pushing a button to talk (you might recall that Taito’s yet-to-be-released racer Top Speed was also bragging about using such an option).

NTR is available in four different forms, a 32″ standard, 42″ deluxe, 42″ motion platform and a kit for converting older NASCAR’s over to the new software. At least one distributor has posted pricing for these models, with the kit coming in for less than $1600 which is surprising. The kit will be made available tomorrow and the full cabinet versions will be released on different I’m not sure how much a used NASCAR is going for at the moment but a kit at that price means it should be a no-brainer conversion. The real question is how many locations have decent enough internet available to make good use of the kit? That can certainly vary upon the area, when I first opened my place I was stuck with crappy 512k DSL for a while and when I moved the standard options could only give me dial-up. Fortunately I came across an ISP that uses antennas and we’ve been cruising online ever since. I am quite interested to see how this does in the US, while online arcades aren’t anything new, it has been a while since those features have extended beyond posting high scores to leaderboards. Online racing is going to be in play in Japan, with the aforementioned Top Speed, UNIS’s Crazy Speed and also with Konami’s upcoming Road Fighters 3D.

Of course the drawback to this is if for some reason support is ever pulled for the servers in the future, then you loose that functionality. That it unless GVR came up with a clever way to avoid that, which is unlikely. Sadly that is the story of all online games one one level or another (and something that fans of playing Halo 2 online have had heartache over recently) but I don’t think that has kept the masses from playing online.

NASCAR Team Racing’s online features will go live on June 15th.

[GlobalVR’s website] [NASCAR Team Racing @ BHMVending / Weiner Distributing]

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Weekend videos: Atari' Hercules Pinball and Taito's Ice Cold Beer

April 25, 2010

What do you do when there’s not much news to discuss? Find some videos showcasing the stranger or cooler products found in arcade days past. here are two videos from TNT Amusements, who has been restoring some rare games from the early 80’s. First is Hercules pinball, the largest commercially released pinball game ever, followed up by Taito’s Ice Cold Beer, a skill-based game for bars involving balancing a ball.

Weekend videos: Atari’ Hercules Pinball and Taito’s Ice Cold Beer

April 25, 2010

What do you do when there’s not much news to discuss? Find some videos showcasing the stranger or cooler products found in arcade days past. here are two videos from TNT Amusements, who has been restoring some rare games from the early 80’s. First is Hercules pinball, the largest commercially released pinball game ever, followed up by Taito’s Ice Cold Beer, a skill-based game for bars involving balancing a ball.

Kansas declares coin pusher redemption games as "illegal gambling devices" while state brings casinos in

April 25, 2010

(thanks for the tip Dasbacon)

And now for a great “WTH?” moment to start our week off. Arcades such as Dave & Busters and others who operate coin-pushing machines in the US state of Kansas have been forced to remove those machines from their locations as the state recently passed a law declaring such popular games as illegal gambling devices. We don’t follow redemption very often here but when it comes to games that can make tons of money for any arcade location, coin pushers are usually at the top of the list. This is also why such machines generally cost quite a bit to purchase in the first place, as they are guaranteed to make a lot of money. I personally don’t see the appeal behind them but having worked for an arcade in the past where we had several pushers, the earnings were always solid. Of course there are certain redemption games that blur the line between a gambling device and a gaming device, especially in the case of pusher that are more about luck than skill to win tickets. With that in mind I am not aware of other states where pushers are illegal.

So why are they doing this? Kansas is not well known for being an anti-gambling state (that honor actually goes to where I live in Utah and arcades here can have coin-pushers) but when you dig into the story you’ll find that while Kansas is pulling a hard line on pushers, they are opening the door for casinos to move into the state. This means it’s likely that in pandering to what casinos want, which is less of what they perceive as competition from the arcade redemption sector, they targetted these machines specifically as they are the closest to blurring that line. Quite lame really as I am sure that the casinos will be able to make their money hand over fist even if every arcade place there had nothing but pushers on location.

You can read more about it here at kmbc.com

Kansas declares coin pusher redemption games as “illegal gambling devices” while state brings casinos in

April 25, 2010

(thanks for the tip Dasbacon)

And now for a great “WTH?” moment to start our week off. Arcades such as Dave & Busters and others who operate coin-pushing machines in the US state of Kansas have been forced to remove those machines from their locations as the state recently passed a law declaring such popular games as illegal gambling devices. We don’t follow redemption very often here but when it comes to games that can make tons of money for any arcade location, coin pushers are usually at the top of the list. This is also why such machines generally cost quite a bit to purchase in the first place, as they are guaranteed to make a lot of money. I personally don’t see the appeal behind them but having worked for an arcade in the past where we had several pushers, the earnings were always solid. Of course there are certain redemption games that blur the line between a gambling device and a gaming device, especially in the case of pusher that are more about luck than skill to win tickets. With that in mind I am not aware of other states where pushers are illegal.

So why are they doing this? Kansas is not well known for being an anti-gambling state (that honor actually goes to where I live in Utah and arcades here can have coin-pushers) but when you dig into the story you’ll find that while Kansas is pulling a hard line on pushers, they are opening the door for casinos to move into the state. This means it’s likely that in pandering to what casinos want, which is less of what they perceive as competition from the arcade redemption sector, they targetted these machines specifically as they are the closest to blurring that line. Quite lame really as I am sure that the casinos will be able to make their money hand over fist even if every arcade place there had nothing but pushers on location.

You can read more about it here at kmbc.com