Archive for September 4, 2010

A little bit of arcade fever @ PAX 2010

September 4, 2010

While the Penny Arcade Expo isn’t intended to focus on arcade titles, there are a few setups there which pay homage to arcades in the form of an arcade cabinet.

These are via Gamesradar, I will update this post in case I find any front pictures of the Castle Crashers arcade machine.The worst thing about looking at these is the thought that each one would probably sell quite well in the current arcade market but none of them will be getting an actual coin-op release. But seeing the interest here that show attendees have in arcades, it would be awesome if some new, exclusive coin-ops made a showing at this PAX or a future one. At PAX East earlier this year there was a full-blown classic arcade setup for attendees, so why not bring some new stuff to the table and get the word out there?

Joystiq pulled through with a frontal shot of the Castle Crashers cabinet. It looks a little different than the prototype sketches (I expected a Darius Burst-style dual screen thing) but it’s likely they didn’t have enough time to complete the entire thing. It’s still pretty awesome however.

The new NBA Jam remake. Didn’t the original have a slightly larger control panel?

Mortal Kombat 9 once again, this time minus the Move controller. It seems that whoever made this was the only one unable or unwilling to give it some arcade controls but the double sided design is cool.

Namco releasing Deadstorm Pirates 3D(and 4D) next spring

September 4, 2010

It hasn’t been long since we heard about Namco filing for a number of patents which were involved with stereoscopic 3D technologies and now we have word about the first game which will take advantage of those patents, a stereoscopic 3D version of their shooter Deadstorm Pirates. No details beyond a spring release and the use of the 3D technology in both the non-motion and motion versions have been announced(making the latter a “4D” game) but it comes at a time where Japanese arcade manufacturers are ramping up the development of such games as a way to attract more customers into amusement facilities. Konami’s Road Fighters, which will be released this month in Japan, is also mentioned in the article and they reveal that the user can switch the 3D effect off if they wish.

As for the new Deadstorm Pirates, I hope that they take the opportunity to add more arcade-exclusive content to the game since the title is now available on the PS3.

Source: Pixus Wataru

Incredible Technologies Golden Tee Charity Drive raises over $75,000 for veterans

September 4, 2010

Salute co-founders receiving the check from the PCC

As the US celebrates Labor Day this weekend, a number of charitable events also get underway for various causes. Incredible Technologies already held their third Players Charity Championship this past weekend however and have announced the results just in time for the holiday. 72 Golden Tee players can together for a tournament and raised over $75,000 for a Chicago based organization called Salute Inc., who specializes in helping US veterans and their families. It’s the largest amount ever raised in the history of the IT Players Charity Championship and I have a feeling that there will be plenty more of these special competitions in the future. You can read all of the details in the press release below