Archive for the ‘Big attractions’ category

Funland arcade in Toronto, Ontario closing in a few days!

July 10, 2008

Here at Arcade Heroes we like to focus on the positive of the arcade scene but I feel this needs to be announced. Funland arcade in Toronto, Ontario (Canada) will be closing sometime next week so if you want to play something there, take pictures or relive fond memories of the place, better hurry because it will be gone soon. The arcade is located on Yonge Street. To my knowledge this arcade has been in business since at least the 1980’s so it will be very sad to see it go. Last I heard a very rare, F-Zero Super Deluxe cabinet with motion resides in this arcade. I cannot confirm if its still there but if you want a shot at playing one of these in the full deluxe motion cabinet and live near Toronto, you better hurry. I have wanted to visit this arcade but I was never able to get there.

Funland arcade on the verge of closing

Funland arcade on the verge of closing

The Stinger Report looks at ASI 2008 (part 1)

March 29, 2008

ASI ends today and with it of course we have updates from what has happened at the show. First, here is a look at the show from The Stinger Report’s point of view, then I’ll go on in the next post or two describing my experience.

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ASI opened to a greatly reduced show floor and major departures from leading corporations as Namco and Sega see executives move on.

Sega had a vastly reduced presence with only two videos to show: RaceTV’s latest build with password, and Primeval Hunt. The latest software release for both – and that was it! Their booth was hard to find off the show floor with no large banners up for display to help attendees locate them.

Namco also had a limited video showing, with no new releases – redemption reigning kingasimain2.jpg on their booth. The operation spoke off the record with The Stinger
Report about the Tekken 6 situation (not shown) and promised an official statement at the end of the show.

Global VR was a example of good video presence, with a large network
line-up of NASCAR, and the new Blazing Angels WWII flyer all getting major coverage in the video desert of the show.

Betson / Raw Thrills another major video winner – crowds flocking to blast the wild animals of Africa on Big Buck Safari – along with the launch of the kit from DRIFT, Raw Thrills rocked the show. Betson did confirm that they were still supporting Konami with one Dance Dance SuperNova2 machine on booth hidden away to one corner.

Andamiro had their latest Pump It Up Pro, and a new screen basher game (more to come on that later).

Finally in this brief run down of the video on the show floor TrioTech had their UFO Stomper, showing off the latest of the mini-games and drawing happy crowds to the physical stomper action.

Big anticipation to the public four hour session on Saturday, rumors thick on what can be expected.

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The Max Experience

January 11, 2008

Here is another early motion simulator, the Max Experience. It was produced around 1984 or 1985 by a company called Amusement Technology (Amtech) out of Asbury Park, NJ. This strange device designed for both adults and children contained hydraulics and lifted you into the air. The game that came with the cabinet was a racing game however other games were promised for the cabinet including games based on a speedboat, motorcycle and submarine. The games were changed by changing the board and one microprocessor chip. It is unknown if any of the other games were actually produced.

I know of at least one instance of this cabinet existing at one point and that was in the Half Moon Arcade located in Weirs Beach, NH. The Half Moon Arcade is still in operation today. The Half Moon’s website still lists the Max Experience as being in their arcade however that website was not updated since 1999. Provided that the list is accurate it is amazing that a simulator like this even lasted until 1999. I made several attempts over the years to reach the Half Moon about this rare simulator but have had no luck. I seriously doubt they are still operating this simulator. If you made a visit to the Half Moon arcade prior to 1999, you may have seen this machine. You can find the Half Moon’s website here:

http://www.weirsbeach.com/halfmoon/arcades/familyfuncenter.html

Pictures and more info about the Max Experience here, the pictures are a must-see as this is truly a bizarre looking simulator!

 Max Experience 3 Max Experience 4

Max Experience 2 Max Experience 1

Stinger Report’s Next-Gen Amusement Highlights; Holographic Amusement next?

June 22, 2007

The latest Stinger Report covers some interesting aspects of the amusement industry and what it is attempting to to do next. Big amusement parks always are looking for (and need) something bigger and more attractive than a local arcade or FEC and it appears that a number of developments will bring on interesting attractions in the future.

Some of the more interesting news however is that of one company’s development of aholodeck22.jpg non-invasive 3D display that does not require glasses known as ‘Holography’. Of course anyone who has watched Star Trek: The Next Generation knows that the ultimate future of entertainment will be holographic entertainment, but it certainly will be a long time before that will make it to the home – so the first logical step is to bring it to the amusement sector. The company that has developed the technology, known as SeeReel Technologies, is set to soon demonstrate their new technology to the masses. Read on past the post break for more details on this as well as other big attractions that are in development for amusement parks (including the new Harry Potter theme park, The Simpson’s Ride, NASA’s latest simulator, GUNDAM the ride and more).

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Stinger Report's Next-Gen Amusement Highlights; Holographic Amusement next?

June 22, 2007

The latest Stinger Report covers some interesting aspects of the amusement industry and what it is attempting to to do next. Big amusement parks always are looking for (and need) something bigger and more attractive than a local arcade or FEC and it appears that a number of developments will bring on interesting attractions in the future.

Some of the more interesting news however is that of one company’s development of aholodeck22.jpg non-invasive 3D display that does not require glasses known as ‘Holography’. Of course anyone who has watched Star Trek: The Next Generation knows that the ultimate future of entertainment will be holographic entertainment, but it certainly will be a long time before that will make it to the home – so the first logical step is to bring it to the amusement sector. The company that has developed the technology, known as SeeReel Technologies, is set to soon demonstrate their new technology to the masses. Read on past the post break for more details on this as well as other big attractions that are in development for amusement parks (including the new Harry Potter theme park, The Simpson’s Ride, NASA’s latest simulator, GUNDAM the ride and more).

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