Archive for May 6, 2010

Space Paranoids now playable

May 6, 2010

The arcade game that never was really an arcade game is finally playable, as “Encom” releases Space Paranoids Online. If you are unfamiliar with Space Paranoids then there is another reason to pull out the 1982 cult classic TRON. If you are familiar with it, then it’s been a long time coming to this point although admittedly the game works differently than what we saw in the movie. As a “purist” I would have loved to have seen a spruced up version of this available as a proper arcade machine one could purchase. Still, it’s a cool little game and I’m happy that they did this as part of the viral marketing campaign for TRON Legacy which comes out later this year. They did have this setup at Comic-Con last year, I would still love to find out who has those cabs, unless they were destroyed after the show.

Anyways, here is the link to Space Paranoids Online

Also in some TRON related news, I was sent a link to a Tron Tribute soundtrack featuring 8-bit style music you can download for free by 8-bit Weapons. There is that which is perfect for a game room along with another recent Tron tribute soundtrack done by Shiryu, which can also be downloaded for free.

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Pac-Man Battle Royale coming to e3?

May 6, 2010

e3 is one of the largest annual expos to feature the latest in video game developments. They have consistently lacked one side of the game industry however and that is arcade games. I personally believe that if arcade titles were at this particular show it could go a long way towards promoting the entire industry, dissolving the idea that arcades are dead among many gamers.

Namco sent out some press invitations yesterday, inviting people who got them to a special post-e3 event on June 15th to celebrate Pac-Man’s 30th anniversary (which is officially on May 22nd).  Namco will be “revisiting the rich history” of Pac-Man at the event by offering hands-on time with a plethora of Pac-Man titles on “console, mobile, arcade and more”. Of note in the invitation is that Avi Arad, former CEO of Marvel Studios who now works for Namco Bandai as an executive adviser will be providing “insight into the worldwide premiere of his newest PAC-MAN project, following his legacy of work (X-Men, Spider-Man, Hulk, etc).” Because Pac-Man Battle Royale already made it’s premiere at Amusement Expo in March, and it’s being helmed by Kunito Komori I do not believe that this project is PMBR. I do believe however that PMBR will be at this event, giving some outside of the arcade industry their first chance to try it out. I won’t be able to make it there as I have an international trip coming up in a couple of weeks that will be using up my travel funds for a while but I am sure that there will be plenty of coverage of this event on a number of game blogs out there.

UPDATE: Speaking of Pac-Man’s 30th, GamesetWatch has a post up about official Pac-Man 30th anniversary wineglass set that goes on sale in Japan in two months. Seems to be a little excessive but I guess if you’re going to celebrate something, go all the way right?

The new Raw Thrills' Website

May 6, 2010

After a long hiatus without any updates, arcade game maker Raw Thrills’ has given their website a much needed makeover. It includes a redesign of the overall art direction of the site, a search function, and new game profiles that show off the cabinets and screenshots of each game. They also have a Facebook fan page that is occasionally updated with content, including this awesome picture of Terminator Salvation on the production line. There may not be any new announcements here but where changes like this on most arcade maker websites are uncommon, it’s worth a mention.

Visit the redesigned Raw Thrills’ website here.

The new Raw Thrills’ Website

May 6, 2010

After a long hiatus without any updates, arcade game maker Raw Thrills’ has given their website a much needed makeover. It includes a redesign of the overall art direction of the site, a search function, and new game profiles that show off the cabinets and screenshots of each game. They also have a Facebook fan page that is occasionally updated with content, including this awesome picture of Terminator Salvation on the production line. There may not be any new announcements here but where changes like this on most arcade maker websites are uncommon, it’s worth a mention.

Visit the redesigned Raw Thrills’ website here.