Archive for June 8, 2010

"Vulcan-X" looks to steal Vulcan-M's thunder

June 8, 2010

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It wasn’t too long ago that we first heard about Vulcan-M, a new light-gun title by Korean company Rassen. It already has a competitor with Vulcan-X by ChinaAmuse. Like Vulcan-M the game has a large cabinet and chaingun style light-guns although instead of one gun, Vulcan-X has two. The product description mentions “live-fire shooting” so it sounds like they have tried to imitate the Vulcan-M experience as much as possible (you might recall that Vulcan M had a rotating gun barrel, a shell-loading and ejecting system and even smoke that spews from the barrel).  I haven’t found of videos of this in action yet and all we have is the graphic above (which might be using another game for the shots there – looks like a 3D side-scroller like the new Bionic Commando) so we’ll have to wait to hear more.

Also from the same page showing off Vulcan X there a couple of other new games by this company, including a nice looking  cartoony game with wolves and sheep and a card game called the Lord of Pets.

You can see it all here @ Chinaamuse.com.

“Vulcan-X” looks to steal Vulcan-M’s thunder

June 8, 2010

Via

It wasn’t too long ago that we first heard about Vulcan-M, a new light-gun title by Korean company Rassen. It already has a competitor with Vulcan-X by ChinaAmuse. Like Vulcan-M the game has a large cabinet and chaingun style light-guns although instead of one gun, Vulcan-X has two. The product description mentions “live-fire shooting” so it sounds like they have tried to imitate the Vulcan-M experience as much as possible (you might recall that Vulcan M had a rotating gun barrel, a shell-loading and ejecting system and even smoke that spews from the barrel).  I haven’t found of videos of this in action yet and all we have is the graphic above (which might be using another game for the shots there – looks like a 3D side-scroller like the new Bionic Commando) so we’ll have to wait to hear more.

Also from the same page showing off Vulcan X there a couple of other new games by this company, including a nice looking  cartoony game with wolves and sheep and a card game called the Lord of Pets.

You can see it all here @ Chinaamuse.com.

Rock Band Live goes to Kings Island

June 8, 2010

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If you have plans to go to Kings Island Amusement Park in Ohio this summer then they have a new amusement attraction there to cater to rock music fans as well as game players. Rock Band Live takes the home game concept to a simulator level that is sure to show up in many other venues beyond Kings Island who are looking to offer a unique interactive experience in their park. Here is a video of the setup below.

Speaking of Rock Band in an amusement setting, one of the surprising things I came across while checking out some arcades in Brazil was an arcade version of the game. It wasn’t legal of course and did not feature the drums but it was in an arcade cabinet. I did capture some video of it while walking around a place but they made me stop filming so I have been debating as to whether I should upload it or not. I’m guessing they asked me not to as they had a couple of games like that – Rock Band Arcade, Guitar Hero III arcade and Street Fighter IV with a two-players-on-one-cabinet setup which was probably running a console version. Of course Rock Band Live is being done legally (although I do wonder if there will be any ASCAP trouble here or if that has been taken care of already) and it’s setup as a simulator/show and not an arcade game.

State budget woes takes aim at coin-op devices in Oklahoma

June 8, 2010

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While I have been out of the news loop I am normally accustomed to for the past couple of weeks, one thing I have still heard of is the continued troubles around the world involving debt and states/countries having spent an awful lot of money they never had in the first place. Some may blame it on the lousy economy as a reason for shortfalls but I don’t buy it when I read about the many and usually absurd pet projects a state can spend money on. This leads us to Oklahoma, whose budget woes has lead them to a new target for gouging – coin-operated machines. The way it works is in licensing the machines in the state so they can be operated legally. Many places do this – sometimes it’s a state, sometimes it’s a city. Where I live it is city based, which actually led me to pick where I wanted to do business as going to a city where they charge a yearly fee per machine means that it is more expensive to do business there. Even if the city which does this might lead to better sales for certain demographic reasons, higher costs also means much higher risk for new start-ups.

Getting back to Oklahoma, they require decals on every coin-op machine on a location which needs to be renewed yearly. Under the new law, new decals would go up in price by 300% and using the business in the story as an example, Cactus Jack’s, their costs on licensing alone would go up from $17,500 a year to $52,500. Obviously the lawmakers look at that and think that it’s an easy cash cow as though the increase they are passing will not result in either a business dramatically reducing the number of machines they have on location or in shutting down altogether (which then leads to decreased revenues in the area where they were sought for in the first place). If you think of a route operation (where the business owner places machines in a small area in a grocery store, mall, etc) they have to not only cover costs of the product which needs to be restocked often, they have to cover some rent on the space used, electricity, and maintainence, they also will have higher costs on this end, which will force the price to be raised, which can easily lead to lower sales. Where many landlords already require a certain amount to be made to maintain the machines in a location, the new law already has many small business owners looking at closing up shop.

Watch the video on the linked page to get the full rundown. One part that really gets me is where the journalist asked the senator who came up with this law why a 300% increase and he had no answer (i.e. it probably just sounded like a good number, why bother actually doing any research or taking any thought into the negative effects here?).

Via KFOR News

The latest update to Virtua Fighter 5 in motion

June 8, 2010

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While many companies in Japan continue to pump out new fighters or updates to games already in their line-up, Sega isn’t far behind. With Virtua Fighter 5, Sega maintains at least one game on the list of high profile fighters. The latest update, Virtua Figher 5R Final Showdown or VF5RFS for short, continues to tweak the VF5 formula for fans although I admit that I am not familiar enough with how VF5 plays to tell you what it is that this will add beyond some of the mentioned features of special costumes (which doesn’t affect anything other than aesthetics). This is an update for arcades and while I know of this being available internationally there is no word on how available this update will be to arcades who own the game outside of Japan, in part due to the usage of ALL.NET. The game continues to look quite good, which is a great way to draw in new players although I know that some fans in the realm of fighters have their preferences for one particular game over another no matter what new features is thrown at it

Voltei!

June 8, 2010

I am back from my three week trip, and now that it’s over I feel more at liberty to discuss it. I apologize again for not offering a warning of some kind but that’s because I had thought that I would have had better and more frequent internet access to avoid any long periods without updates. That obviously didn’t take place but either way, I am home now so it’s time to play even more catch up on top of what I managed to do while gone.

For the curious I was on vacation in Brazil, which is where my wife is from so we visited with family. I took my four year old son and one year old daughter along and that was an adventure in and of itself. Except for all of us going through a cold for the past week, it was a lot of fun and of course, I didn’t miss out on the opportunity to check out some arcades while I was there. I will dedicate a post to that later, along with videos once I find the time.

For the moment I’m going to post a few more links that Kevin Williams sent along and then things will be back on track.

The IDonkey IPhone Kit (Waylou.com) – Another mini-arcade cabinet DIY project, this time using an IPhone

Atlus developing Inazuma Eleven soccer arcade game (Siliconera.com) – When soccer and card battle gaming commit to each other, this is what their offspring will look like.

Project Natal demo glimpse ( Engadget.com) – Kevin added the note to this “And so it begins -questions about the suitability of gesture recognition
gaming in the home, and suggestions that it is better in dedicated locations… arcades!?” He will have to elaborate on where he heard those suggestions but I certainly continue to wonder if Titan4Games will pull anything off this year as promised or if it’s just vaporware. The clock is certainly ticking…

Star World Amusements keeping classic games alive (mlive.com) – Not singlehandedly mind you but if it wasn’t for dedicated and talented techs to keep working on the old classics, it certainly would make it tougher to find such working classics in their proper format.

Those are the quickies, stay tuned for more lengthy content.