Archive for the ‘Arcade Cabinets’ category

Tekken 6 clone cabinet emerges from China

February 3, 2010

Have you ever played Tekken 6 in an arcade? I have, and my experience taught me two things: firstly my friend is better with the capoeira characters than me, and secondly the cabinet is quite a lovely piece of work. The problem is, there are just too few of them in the world. What are we to do? The answer, possibly, is to get one of these clone cabinets from Guangzhou’s Unique Top Electronic. They’re designed to look quite close to the real thing, though they’re definitely not quite indistinguishable – details such as the red panels underneath the monitor give things away pretty quickly. Still, perhaps not a bad alternative if you’re in the market for such an item – and hey, it’s certainly easy to imagine that the demand is out there.

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First image of Metal Gear Solid Arcade

June 4, 2009

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After the news broke in April that there maybe a Metal Gear Solid coming to arcades, we have been waiting eagerly for the next bit of news. Next up, for us to drawl over, is the first image of the game’s cabinet. And it does not disappoint. Very Metal Gear to say the least.

The other morsel of information is the games tag line; Tactical Online Action. Which would suggest that the game may follow the route of the PS3 online only game. Come on Konami, stop teasing us and spill the beans!

[Discuss on the Fourm]    [via Kotaku]

A look at arcade cabinets by Fun Company

January 14, 2009

When I was looking at some of the pictures we were sent from IAAPA, I noticed that some of the IT cabinets gt_funglofollowed a different design than the ‘official pedestal’ cabinet followed. I liked these other cabinets more in all honesty and as it turns out, we’ve talked a little bit about the company that makes these cabinets before as they are actually involved in creating cabinets for Sega, GlobalVR, Namco and Konami, with the recent Rambo cabinet being an example of their work. Known as Fun Company, they have been making arcade cabinets in some form since the 90’s starting with cabinets for 8-liners and they wanted us to pass along some of their work so operators know of some alternatives out there for cabinets. Who knows, if anyone out there is building their own arcade game and want to know who they might contact about making cabinets (I know a few of you have asked before), then this could also be helpful in showing you what is out there (since not many companies make arcade cabinets for purposes other than MAME).

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GlobalVR @ AMOA 2008 – Need For Speed Carbon, NASCAR & talking with John Ray

September 13, 2008

Sorry about the delay in completing my AMOA coverage – I just wasn’t at a proper computer to do so most of yesterday. But now getting back into it here is some information I got from GlobalVR at their booth. When you first approached it the most obvious thing on display was Need For Speed Carbon, thanks to the large banner and the bright color scheme (yellow). They had two deluxe and two standard cabinets there and later on they will have a motion cabinet for NFS Carbon as well. As you know, this was first released as a kit but surprisingly there were no converted NFS cabs to be seen. One thing I did not know prior to the show was what exactly came with a kit but they had fliers there to show you what you get, which also includes a plastic marquee shell that can make the top look like the standard dedicated version of the game along with a new backplate for the chairs and artwork for the sides (as you can see in the flier pictured to the right here, just click on the thumbnail to expand). Some other details I uncovered about the game include that the graphics card is from the nVidia 9600 series and you can use previous NFS cards on this one as it has a card reader device. I was able to play the game for a few minutes (before the fire started, which again probably had to do with the fact that they had to share the booth with TrioTech which has a number of big games which probably pull an awful lot of amps) and I was impressed with what I played – the graphics are slick and the sound is just downright amazing. I still haven’t played the console version of the game but I have a feeling that the arcade version once again is better. I did not get a chance to play the Drift track so I can’t say how that works but the idea of a NOS pedal is pretty cool. The presentation that the cabinet itself produces with lights is also eye-catching and there were people playing this game all the time.

I also was able to see the NASCAR update, which adds the Atlanta Motor Speedway, the Watkins Glen Road Course and of course the updated rosters and Car of Tomorrow.  In case you’re like me and have no idea what the whole Car of Tomorrow thing is about, click here to find out more. (Everytime I hear that term I think back to an old 60’s short ad film called Design For Dreaming where they use that term a lot, it’s a really bizarre film and the only way to watch it is with MST3k). I did get some video from the Atlanta Motor Speedway track, it looks really good although I didn’t get a chance to play it (I did record it though as you can see below). I’m not sure, but they might have updated the song list which is one of my favorite things about the game – right now I still have one of the songs stuck in my head.

In addition to that they also had a Blazing Angels, a GlobalVR Classics Collection and Paradise Lost inside a new cabinet that was designed for Aliens: Extermination. I also had some great conversations with some of the GVR staff, including the marketing director Caryn Mical and John Ray, who spent much of his career working for Atari (both Atari and Atari Games respectively). He worked on games such as KLAX, Pit Fighter, Guardians of the Hood and the entire Rush series. I know he played a major role in creating Rush 2049, one of my favorite racers of all time. We had a great conversation about the arcade industry, past and present as well as some technical details with the games as that is his specialty. I asked about Justice League too – it looks like they are waiting to reveal it still because (to paraphrase a little) “Warner is very happy with the game but we are not just yet – we want it to be perfect”. But I believe that we will find out more in the next few months – I did try to unearth some extra details about how the game actually works but we’ll have to wait. I did find out that the game is NOT based on any of the current titles on game consoles which are using the Justice League title and it’s completely original and exclusive to arcades.

And here are the videos:

NASCAR Racing

Need For Speed Carbon Arcade

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Pay for your games by phone!

August 10, 2008

There are many ways to pay for your arcade experience – quarters, tokens, card readers, etc. and naturally quarters have been the staple for the industry for quite sometime now as we are referred to as the ‘coin-op’ industry. But there is a new way for you to pay that was recently seen in Japan and that is through…your cell phone. It might not seem like the likely candidate for such a system at first but seeing how everything else can be done on your phone these days, why not pay for arcade games while you’re at it? The terminals seen by the blog Wired are by Edy and were placed on some Virtua Fighter 5R console at an arcade in Ikebukuro. The system is already supported by all three of Japan’s wireless providers and there are many phones that already have intergrated the technology for use in other services.

As for seeing this system elsewhere, I can only guess as to when it will come around. It depends on how widespread it becomes in other services first but as the writer at the Wired blog points out, it looks like this particular system can be integrated into older cabinets.

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The Octane 120: Hey, you’ve got a kegger in my arcade!

July 31, 2008

As there are many arcade cabinet builders out there, anyone who makes these sort of cabinets professionally needs to do something to set themselves apart.

And in the case of this new setup by Dream Arcades coming out in September, that means integrating a kegerator inside the cabinet – with two taps (one right next to the steering wheel so you don’t have to get up and the other in the rear of a cabinet for people standing by) for pouring your ‘favorite’ beverage (anyone want to guess what that will be? I’m betting on milk! :P) it’s a party waiting to happen. Beyond that it has a high-end PC inside with 200 licensed PC titles bundled inside (no mention of MAME)  and it can also handle “PS3 racing games through the built in wheel” and has a joystick and adapters so you can play PS3, Xbox 360 or Wii games on the platform as well (if I had one I would try and hook up my Atari 2600 to the thing). Along with a projector that creates a 10-ft image and a 5.1 surround sound system it’s quite the setup although the price of $6,995 means you’ll have to save up your pennies to get one or hope that a friend does. Thet only other thing it needs is some killer side art, to be frank just a black finish is rather lame considering everything else this cabinet has.

[Via Gizmodo] [Discuss on the Forum]

The Octane 120: Hey, you've got a kegger in my arcade!

July 31, 2008

As there are many arcade cabinet builders out there, anyone who makes these sort of cabinets professionally needs to do something to set themselves apart.

And in the case of this new setup by Dream Arcades coming out in September, that means integrating a kegerator inside the cabinet – with two taps (one right next to the steering wheel so you don’t have to get up and the other in the rear of a cabinet for people standing by) for pouring your ‘favorite’ beverage (anyone want to guess what that will be? I’m betting on milk! :P) it’s a party waiting to happen. Beyond that it has a high-end PC inside with 200 licensed PC titles bundled inside (no mention of MAME)  and it can also handle “PS3 racing games through the built in wheel” and has a joystick and adapters so you can play PS3, Xbox 360 or Wii games on the platform as well (if I had one I would try and hook up my Atari 2600 to the thing). Along with a projector that creates a 10-ft image and a 5.1 surround sound system it’s quite the setup although the price of $6,995 means you’ll have to save up your pennies to get one or hope that a friend does. Thet only other thing it needs is some killer side art, to be frank just a black finish is rather lame considering everything else this cabinet has.

[Via Gizmodo] [Discuss on the Forum]

A New JVS multicabinet – the GBalance

May 24, 2008

I wish we would see more cabinets (that aren’t for MAME projects) being sold in the US. Perhaps I’m out of the loop on the subject of cabinets and I can’t speak for abroad but here it would be nice. I have a number of JAMMA kits laying around and I have needed to find any old, slightly worn cabinet I can to get them into when it would be better to get a new cabinet that affordable but nice. Take for instance the new JVS multicab called the GBalance – it’s sleek, sports a high-res 32″ 16:9 monitor and can house TypeX, Lindbergh and of course JAMMA kits inside. It even features an upconverter for JAMMA, which I assume means that it will upconvert the resolution of your old games to sweet, sweet HD. It’s basically the modern JAMMA cabinet that can sport other boards. I don’t know the price on these yet but it is tempting to want to import these a few of these for my own purposes.

[Via AM-NET’s Blog Via The Stinger Report] [Discuss on the Forum]

Rambo has a flyer (cabinet shot and screenshot included)

May 15, 2008

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AM-Net has posted a flyer for Sega’s latest light-gun extravaganza Rambo and it gives us a first look at both the cabinet and the game. The cabinet is a lot like the House of the Dead 4 Deluxe cabinet, as the guns are similar and the small shots from the game look quite good, with lots of explosions and flames which you expect to see in a Rambo game. I can’t wait to see this in action – I know it’s testing in Europe and the US (I have not idea what the locations are in the US though) and AM-Net says that it will be coming in September (usually the international release isn’t too far behind) and in yen the value of the cabinet is around $16k USD.

So Sega is still not learning how to price their games more competitively IF this price holds for an international release – I learned the other day that Big Buck Safari Deluxe has a new price of around $6000 for operators – so $10000 less than something like Rambo Deluxe or Primeval Hunt, it doesn’t take much to imagine which game operators will go for. Whether Sega will do a standard cabinet for Rambo remains to be seen but I hope that something is done as this looks really cool and I would love to carry it in my arcade later this year, but if I can’t afford it I’ll just have to wait.

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Checking out a warehouse with games tomorrow

April 30, 2008

Tomorrow I have a golden opportunity to go and check out a warehouse with some games. The person with the games was going to throw the games out but fortunately  my distributor was on top of it and convinced him otherwise. I’m not sure how many games there are but from the sounds of it there are some good cabs there to be had, including a possible Crusin’ USA. I have found out that Crusin’ cabs are suddenly a hot commodity, all thanks to the Tokyo Drift kit with many operators looking at making a conversion. I have to admit that it’s certainly tempting – it gives me a relatively new game for a cheap price. I still am thinking of a NASCAR setup and I would go for a Chase HQ 2 if I had the extra funds.

In addition to this I’m coming across some other opportunities for games beyond what I mentioned above which is something that seems to be coming together at the right time where I am so close to opening my arcade. Which BTW I should have an update on later this week with a possible location secured (other than the one I had thought I was getting into with Sears – that pretty much fell through but I think this other place will be better). I’ll have to mention these other opportunities as they approach closer although one in particular has me excited with the possibility of picking up one of my favorites – a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Stay tuned for updates – it’s tomorrow according to my time, the site says it’s the 30th already as the time is set in the UK.

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