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Global VR ATEi 2008 Impressions

January 27, 2008

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Global VR have impressed me of late. Not just because they appear to be emerging as one of the big amusements videogame developers, not just because of the variety of games that they have in thier stable now, but because of the price they are releasing thier games at. What ever the industry, there is nothing better than some one coming in and mixing it up with the established companies. A lot of this has to do with deals they have in place with EA and Ubisoft, arguably two of the biggest consumer video game developers around. This allows them access to a huge variety of consumer games that are ripe of arcade conversion.

Now to the games on show at ATEi 2008. Probably the biggest showing on the stand hand to be the debut of Blazing Angels, a console conversion of an early 360 title. Now I haven’t played the console game, and whether or not this will hinder or help my judgement of the arcade game I don’t know, but here’s my opinion anyway.

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Global VR’s ATEi 2008 Videos: Blazing Angels, Nascar & Americas Army

January 23, 2008

So after a hectic day at the ATEi yesterday I am now faced with the daunting task of sorting through 5gb worth of photos and videos. I decided the best thing to put up first would be the videos, because I figure that’s what all you guys want to see right? Once all the videos are up I will do some individuals posts on each of the main stands with photos to boot. Just bare with me while I work my way through it all.

And in case you were wondering, the show was awesome, so many great games and so much to tell. Stay tuned! First up we have videos of Global VR’s latest offerings….

Blazing Angels 

Nascar

Americas Army

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Global VR's ATEi 2008 Videos: Blazing Angels, Nascar & Americas Army

January 23, 2008

So after a hectic day at the ATEi yesterday I am now faced with the daunting task of sorting through 5gb worth of photos and videos. I decided the best thing to put up first would be the videos, because I figure that’s what all you guys want to see right? Once all the videos are up I will do some individuals posts on each of the main stands with photos to boot. Just bare with me while I work my way through it all.

And in case you were wondering, the show was awesome, so many great games and so much to tell. Stay tuned! First up we have videos of Global VR’s latest offerings….

Blazing Angels 

Nascar

Americas Army

[Discuss on the Forum]

GlobalVR releases America’s Army as a JAMMA kit

January 19, 2008

GlobalVR has released a conversion kit for America’s Army that will work in any JAMMA cabinet in response to operator and distributor requests. According to them, more conversion kits are needed to help rejuvenate the coin-op market. I think that is only part of the process of rejuvenating as lower prices all around and some more original content will do just as much to help in that regard but it is true that conversion kits make it easier to get some extra life from an older cabinet. No price was given for the kit, but it will come with the following: the PC, game software and dongle, two guns, I/O board, cabinet artwork and the product installation manual. Hit the post break for the full press release.

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GlobalVR releases America's Army as a JAMMA kit

January 19, 2008

GlobalVR has released a conversion kit for America’s Army that will work in any JAMMA cabinet in response to operator and distributor requests. According to them, more conversion kits are needed to help rejuvenate the coin-op market. I think that is only part of the process of rejuvenating as lower prices all around and some more original content will do just as much to help in that regard but it is true that conversion kits make it easier to get some extra life from an older cabinet. No price was given for the kit, but it will come with the following: the PC, game software and dongle, two guns, I/O board, cabinet artwork and the product installation manual. Hit the post break for the full press release.

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HardCore Gamer Issue 30 out

December 1, 2007

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The latest edition of HardCore Gamer is out and the arcade entry this month is America’s Army. Of course it has plenty of other excellent console related reviews which are good as well but it’s always good to point out where arcades get recognition. Next month expect to see a NASCAR review. Also mentioned in this issue is the arcade version of Time Crisis 4 which you may have heard is headed to the PS3. What would you like to see in a future issue of HGM?

BTW I caught a mention of arcades in the latest issue of Gameinformer (the one with Ghostbusters on the cover) and as usual they did little research on the subject so it ends up being something negative – to the point of making it sound as though arcades are totally dead and that there are no new releases coming out. Funny, I imagine that all the people that recently attended IAAPA may have something to say about that. But maybe I’m expecting too much from a ‘big’ magazine like GI, I mean it’s just so darned hard to research what’s going on in arcades when you’ve got plenty overhyped console games to write reviews about that your advertisers are paying for.

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London Preview 08 Part 3 – Stinger looks at GlobalVR, Taito and IT

October 12, 2007

For our final piece of coverage on the London 08 preview (again thanks to The Stinger Report for the news and pictures), we look at what GlobalVR, Taito and IT had to show off at the event.

GlobalVR – GVR was represented by their European distributor Cosmic Video Amusement. Here was a first look at GVR’s EA NASCAR Racing. The deluxe cabinet was at the show and provided “intense and compelling graphics and action.” Nascar will go on test in the UK soon, with special featuers such as “drafting”, making for a great two-player racing title.

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America’s Army was also available, we posted impressions on the game recently and Stinger reports that the game provides a “unique experience that could be placed in bars as well as conventional amusement locations.”

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Aliens : Extermination Deluxe and Paradise Lost were also at the show and both games have proved to be popular games in the market. With recent price reductions on all GVR games, the company has caused a stir in the amusement industry .

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Taito -Being represented by distributor Electrocoin, Taito was represented on the floor with their latest racer, Chase HQ 2. For the first time the deluxe cabinet was shown, along with two other versions of the game. It looks great and offers something a little different as well.

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Incredible Technologies – Electrocoin alsohad some games on hand from IT, including Silver Strike Bowling , Golden Tee Live 2008 and the aptly named ‘Bags‘ game.

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Also from the Stinger:

The event boded well for ATEI in January, though there is expected to be some more big surprise with Tekken 6, a brand new racing game and a selection of hardcore titles from Konami (absent from Preview this year). For more detail on what was at Preview we would recommend reading our The Stinger Report coverage at the end of the month.

We’ll be sure to cover that as well.

Our thoughts – It looks like 2008 is shaping up to be a good year for arcades as well although it is concerning about the genre crowding that is occurring. Games like Primeval Hunt look like a good start (as was 2Spicy, which seems as though it won’t appear here in the States), as does that Panzer Simulator game. But for the industry to continue its stride and to become more competitive against the console market, we’ll need more new ideas of experiences that just aren’t as fun at home – while maintaining reasonable prices of course. Thanks again to The Stinger Report for the coverage.

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Impressions on America's Army

October 8, 2007

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I just returned from my local distributor and upon visiting their location I had a chance to give America’s Army a round. Since I am considering picking this game up for my arcade in a couple of weeks, I figured it would be useful to “try before I buy”. Not only that I was curious about this game to see how it played.

The game cabinet will be perfect for street operators – it has a small footprint but the overall design is attractive with a large marquee and good side art. The price is attractive as well, coming in at under $4000. The guns are green and felt sturdy although the recoil was pretty light. Perhaps that can be adjusted by the operator (heavy recoil guns in arcades always seem to burn out quickly). America’s Army is fun and reminds me of Area 51: Site 4 with the various stages of shooting activities the player(s) can participate in. Before each event starts, the Drill Sargent fills you in on what the objectives are and what you need to do (although the instructions can be skipped by hitting Start). I was able to try out most of the exercises, minus the Sniper Course. I first played the Point Man course and failed initially so I decided to try out some of the other events. The Shoot House was  pretty fun although I expected it to last a little longer than it did. Shotgun Training was a blast as well as a good challenge; Mover Target was probably the most challenging of the bunch that I played as you have to avoid hitting civilian cardboard targets as the enemy target paces along a track. I didn’t get a good chance to try out theaa_screen06.jpg Grenade Course as someone at the store began talking to me about my arcade although I noticed that it worked out a lot like the grenade launcher in Aliens: Extermination minus the fact that you have a longer distance to worry about.

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Impressions on America’s Army

October 8, 2007

aa_main_banner.jpg

I just returned from my local distributor and upon visiting their location I had a chance to give America’s Army a round. Since I am considering picking this game up for my arcade in a couple of weeks, I figured it would be useful to “try before I buy”. Not only that I was curious about this game to see how it played.

The game cabinet will be perfect for street operators – it has a small footprint but the overall design is attractive with a large marquee and good side art. The price is attractive as well, coming in at under $4000. The guns are green and felt sturdy although the recoil was pretty light. Perhaps that can be adjusted by the operator (heavy recoil guns in arcades always seem to burn out quickly). America’s Army is fun and reminds me of Area 51: Site 4 with the various stages of shooting activities the player(s) can participate in. Before each event starts, the Drill Sargent fills you in on what the objectives are and what you need to do (although the instructions can be skipped by hitting Start). I was able to try out most of the exercises, minus the Sniper Course. I first played the Point Man course and failed initially so I decided to try out some of the other events. The Shoot House was  pretty fun although I expected it to last a little longer than it did. Shotgun Training was a blast as well as a good challenge; Mover Target was probably the most challenging of the bunch that I played as you have to avoid hitting civilian cardboard targets as the enemy target paces along a track. I didn’t get a good chance to try out theaa_screen06.jpg Grenade Course as someone at the store began talking to me about my arcade although I noticed that it worked out a lot like the grenade launcher in Aliens: Extermination minus the fact that you have a longer distance to worry about.

Hit the post break to read more as otherwise this will fill up too much of the page!

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Screens for America's Army, NASCAR and Puck Off

September 25, 2007

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Well the games have been out for a few weeks now but we haven’t seen any screengrabs of America’s Army nor of EA NASCAR from GlobalVR until now. They finally updated their website which includes information about another game that I don’t recall hearing anything about called Puck Off, a shuffleboard game that is being sold as a conversion kit.

Since I have not yet had a chance to play any of these games I cannot comment on how they play (which I think is most important) so for now all we can do is comment on how they look. These days it’s especially bad to judge a game solely by screenshots (or even YouTube videos) as the quality of the games seems to be downgraded when in still form. NASCAR looks great in the static shots and I can’t wait to see this game in motion. The Deluxe motion cabinet also looks amazing, sporting a huge 57″ HD screen and of course the motion base. I am glad to see that the other two cabinets, while sporting smaller screens, also have HD support. The site also reveals that the PC-based hardware is using an nVidia 7600 based graphics card and a 6 speaker audio system. Let’s just hope that it has the features to set it apart form all the other racers out there. We will see.

America’s Army looks rather bland. I noticed that the marquee had an Unreal logo on it indicating that the game would use the Unreal engine, but it must be an older Unreal engine as it looks similar to a Wii title from these screenshots. I’ll withhold final judgement until I actually see the game in action but this is not one game that will blow your socks off with the low poly environments and jagged edges. It looks like it might have some good lighting effects with soft shadows but again, it’s impossible to really tell until you see it in action. Of course a game that is based on shooting ranges probably doesn’t need graphics that will blow you away. It does feature leaderboards however (although it does not say if they are online) so at least it promotes the old values of arcade competitions.

Puck Off is a surprise as I don’t recall hearing about this one before. As I mentioned previously, it is a conversion kit so that makes it a good alternative for street operators looking for something new. It looks like this game was made to compete with some of IT’s latest games like Target Toss Bags. It is actually video shuffleboard, which could do well on the bar scene. Once again this game doesn’t look terribly impressive despite have some decent hardware to run it (Dual-Core CPU and 1 GB of RAM), the primary part which looks bad are the character models. If they are going to look like that you may as well just digitize some actors and use 2D sprites. Anyways, with a game like shuffleboard I don’t think you really need something that looks uber-photorealistic so it’s OK. I would like to try it out as it looks like fun and it even features internet connectivity so you can play against others online, which is a nice bonus in a game like this. Overall any fan of shuffleboard will probably enjoy this game, given all of the features it has.

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