Archive for July 8, 2010

The DIY Mini-Daytona USA cabinet

July 8, 2010

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Today the wonderful world of DIY projects gives us a mini-cabinet based upon a standup Daytona USA cabinet. By running an emulator, the creator of this cabinet can not only play some Daytona USA but also Outrun and some other racers. I can’t say I care for the little wheel, which is a grip taken from an RC remote but where he got the software to recognize that (as well as the made from gate hinges and leaf switches pedals) you have to give him some credit for that. Here’s a video showing the project in all of it’s glory. You can also find out more here at the RetroVicio forums.

Any bets on whether anyone will try such a thing based upon the Sega Racing Classic cabinet?

[Originally brought to light by Hack A Day]

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Sega releases "Let's Go Kids Elephant Bus" in Japan

July 8, 2010

Of all the current arcade game manufacturers, no one is more at the forefront of creating kids video titles than Sega is. That’s not to say that others aren’t trying but we are seeing video games which cater to kids come along from Sega more than others. They have a new Transformers game, several card based games, and a dual racer (Patrol Chaser) and dual light-gun game (Battle Police) which can link together. They have another game to add to that line-up now, with the release of Let’s Go Kids: Elephant Bus. This new game allows for one child and one adult to sit down and play a 2-4 minute game where they pick up both animals and people as they drive a bus route on different selectable courses. The game also features “road safety events” which pop up where it is used to teach a traffic rule. Combined with a vibrating seat (probably similar to what Sega used in the dual HUMMER Extreme motion cabinet but toned down) and it makes for a unique game, especially where it has been made with adults in mind to so they can sit down and play a game with their kid. Like all of the games mentioned above however, it’s doubtful that you will see this outside of Japan although the lack of a card system certainly makes it easier to move into other markets.

[Official Let’s Go Kids Elephant Bus page via AM.Net]

Sega releases “Let’s Go Kids Elephant Bus” in Japan

July 8, 2010

Of all the current arcade game manufacturers, no one is more at the forefront of creating kids video titles than Sega is. That’s not to say that others aren’t trying but we are seeing video games which cater to kids come along from Sega more than others. They have a new Transformers game, several card based games, and a dual racer (Patrol Chaser) and dual light-gun game (Battle Police) which can link together. They have another game to add to that line-up now, with the release of Let’s Go Kids: Elephant Bus. This new game allows for one child and one adult to sit down and play a 2-4 minute game where they pick up both animals and people as they drive a bus route on different selectable courses. The game also features “road safety events” which pop up where it is used to teach a traffic rule. Combined with a vibrating seat (probably similar to what Sega used in the dual HUMMER Extreme motion cabinet but toned down) and it makes for a unique game, especially where it has been made with adults in mind to so they can sit down and play a game with their kid. Like all of the games mentioned above however, it’s doubtful that you will see this outside of Japan although the lack of a card system certainly makes it easier to move into other markets.

[Official Let’s Go Kids Elephant Bus page via AM.Net]

The arcade presence at the "It's All Fun and Games" exhibition in Bradford, UK

July 8, 2010

The National Media Museum in Bradford, UK has a relatively new exhibit on display known as The Games Lounge. As the name implies, it is an exhibit which features video games which in addition to the Tetris-shaped furniture, has a number of arcade titles on display. Arcade Heroes contributor Kieranmay was there with his camera to give us an in-depth look at the exhibit, which you can check out below. You can also visit the museum’s website here.

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The arcade presence at the “It’s All Fun and Games” exhibition in Bradford, UK

July 8, 2010

The National Media Museum in Bradford, UK has a relatively new exhibit on display known as The Games Lounge. As the name implies, it is an exhibit which features video games which in addition to the Tetris-shaped furniture, has a number of arcade titles on display. Arcade Heroes contributor Kieranmay was there with his camera to give us an in-depth look at the exhibit, which you can check out below. You can also visit the museum’s website here.

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