Archive for September 2, 2010

Disney offers up a look at ElecTRONica

September 2, 2010

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In March of this year Disney revealed that they would be recreating Flynn’s Arcade in the Tomorrowland part of their parks and today they offered up some concept art of what the area will look like. It will actually feature more than just Flynn’s, as they will be transforming the Hollywood Pictures Backlot into ElecTRONica, a TRON themed area that’s about gaming, dancing, live entertainment and experiencing the world of Tron (the dance thing probably helps explain the parts of the trailers where we see some sort of club setting). Flynn’s will be a part of this but we will have to wait and see what kind of game selection they will have on-hand – it will likely be similar to the Flynn’s setup they had going at Comic-Con although if they could recreate Flynn’s exactly as it was seen in the original movie, then that would be a feat worth checking out all by itself. This will be taking place only at the Disney California Adventure Park, and only on weekends this fall, with exceptions taking place during the weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas, as a lead-in to the release of the movie. If anyone doubted that Disney is serious about TRON as a franchise before, then there’s little room for such doubts now.

While I’ve not had any plans to visit Disneyland in California anytime soon, admittedly they are making it incredibly tempting to make such plans.

full details can be found at the Disney Parks blog.

Paperboy concept art and an MK9 arcade cabinet

September 2, 2010

The two subjects of our headline have nothing to do with each other except that I found them both on the KLOV forums today. Yes, it’s a slow news day. So here goes a post combining Paperboy and Mortal Kombat into one (hey, there’s a new concept, Paper Kombat)

First is some concept art for a few classic Atari titles. See how they created the sprites for Paperboy, along with some Agent X artwork and a sweet poster for Atari’s Arabian arcade game here on this Flickr photo feed. These were all taken by Scott, who runs

Some of the concept artwork

Following on the heels of that is something that should be in arcades but it won’t be except for fan-made efforts – the new Mortal Kombat 9 in an arcade cabinet of sorts. It’s not a complete cabinet, lacking proper arcade controls as it is a kiosk display for some event, with the game running on a PS3 (no, the game does not have MOVE support;too bad they didn’t take the approach that the Castle Crashers guys have). Still, seeing how the last time we had a Mortal Kombat released to arcades was with MK4, one longs for a chance that perhaps they would give the series some real arcade love once again, like Capcom has at least done with Street Fighter.   This picture was found here and brought up by KLOV user Tighe

FTC subpoenas Chuck E. Cheese again for marketing food to kids

September 2, 2010

Chuck E. Cheese is back in the news but this time it has nothing to do with how adults handle themselves at some CEC locations but with how the company does it marketing. The US Federal Trade Commission has sent subpoenas to 48 companies in regards to how they market to kids and once again the arcade/food chain Chuck E. Cheese is among those in their sights. At the moment there isn’t anything that can really be done to the companies in a legal manner but the FTC is trying as hard as it can to limit advertising to children, giving them “special protection” beyond the laws on the books that already prohibit advertising certain substances to them.  As a father of two young children I can understand the desire to limit the exposure of certain products to kids but I also understand concepts like educating your kids, talking to them and being able to say no if they want something bad for them. It’s really not that difficult. If my kid wanted to go to CEC where a “kid can be a kid” because of an ad he saw then I would have no problem with that as I have no problem with CEC. If some other parent has an issue then they have a choice to not take their kids there and go somewhere else. What a mind-grenade!

Here’s one of those ads that makes the suits at the FTC frown – I’d really like to know how any bureaucrat who finds this sort of stuff bad for kids expects CEC to stay in business by not marketing to their target market. It’s a business made for kids to have fun and have some pizza while doing it. Last I checked, neither pizza nor fun is illegal in the US and I fail to see anything taking advantage of children in any of CEC’s ads to warrant a subpoena – we’re not talking even in the same category as cigarettes or booze here.

Here’s one that’s been on PBS, as CEC sponsors PBS Kids on a regular basis. They have another ad like this(but I can’t find an example online) where it doesn’t even show food or arcades, just tells kids to get outside and play. Oh the humanity! /sarc

Source: Advertising Age