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AMOA 2007 Reports from Barcade

October 5, 2007

Finally, a detailed report of what when on at AMOA 2007. Next year I plan on going there myself, but wasn’t able to this year.

The reviews come from Barcade.com and focus on a couple of games. At the moment they have posted reviews for two games – Initial D4 by Sega and Silent Hill: The Arcade by Konami. If they post any extra reviews, I’ll update this post.

Both games got good reviews from the site, moreso ID4.  The game really soundssega_initial_d4.jpg impressive, with enhanced racing controls to mimick the real thing, and the driver’s license card save feature sounds very cool.

The reviewer didn’t play much of Silent Hill as it freaked her out a bit – which certainly is the aim of the SH series. A lot of fans (including those who have played it) have ripped this game to shreds although it might please those who aren’t hardcore fans of the game with a nice scare.

Hit the links below to read the full reviews:

[Barcade – ID4 AMOA review] [Barcade – Silent Hill Arcade AMOA review] [Discuss on the Forum]

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New Barcade Reviews – America’s Army & ID4

September 13, 2007

I have just spotted over at Barcade that there are two new reviews up for the following two games, head over there now to get the full rundown on Globar VR’s and Sega’s latest machines.

America’s Army     Initial D 4

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[Discuss on the Forum]

New Barcade Reviews – America's Army & ID4

September 13, 2007

I have just spotted over at Barcade that there are two new reviews up for the following two games, head over there now to get the full rundown on Globar VR’s and Sega’s latest machines.

America’s Army     Initial D 4

   3604_americasarmy_cabpic_right.jpg        3591_initiald4_cabinet.jpg

[Discuss on the Forum]

Initial D4 Websites

August 17, 2007

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While checking up on the Sega Amusements (US) website I noticed a banner for their new racer Initial D4 that states “Click here to see what all of the HYPE is about!”. I think they need to work on the hype part a little more by releasing some videos and screens to some of the big game websites to get the word out but I digress. It will take you to a page that appears to have been written for arcade operators to sell them on the game and it includes some interesting testing data that shows how much the game made on certain dates in both the US and the UK. Price was $2 per play in the US (ouch) and £1 in the UK. The game made a considerable amount more at the UK location, raking in almost $5,500 in one day, which is pretty impressive although it had two cabinets instead of 1.

They also have a link to the official ID4 website (in English) that I did not know about which features a good amount of information about the game, how it plays, how the cards work and also some screenshots. This game looks really good and if players know about the internet rankings it could be a good hit.

[Sega Initial D4 site for operators] [Official Sega Initial D4 website] [Discuss on the Forum]

Hacked Initial D4 cards?

August 13, 2007

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[Via The Stinger Report]

It never ceases to amaze me the lengths at which some players will go to cheat at games because they aren’t good enough to get anywhere otherwise or they are too lazy to actually improve their skills to master a game. Personally I find cheating in a game boring, which stems from the time when you had God Mode in Doom. I quickly found for myself that taking the challenge out of the game didn’t make it exciting or fun. Unfortunately many other players don’t seem to find it boring at all and will go to any length to cheat to gain some sort of personal glory they can’t get based on their skills alone (this is one factor that makes many online games more frustrating than fun).

Stinger reports that Sega has been monitoring a number of unusual incidents where it appears that players have hacked the IC data cards used on their new racing title Initial D4. Players on an Initial D forum have confirmed seeing hacked cards in operation. Unless Sega discovers some way to stop this it could also mean that games such as Tekken 6 and Virtua Fighter 5 will be susceptible to similar attacks by untalented players (my own emphasis on the untalented part).

I really do hope that Sega will come up with a way to prevent this – one thing I love about arcades is that the players generally cannot modify the game itself so it’s their own skill or nothing.

Eternal Knights release from Konami; Sega’s Initial D4 gets an update

August 6, 2007

[Via Kevin Williams of The Stinger Report]

Konami has released a new RPG for arcades in Japan known as Eternal Knights. It is a terminal based dungeon exploring game that unfortunately not see an international release but it looks really cool. One day I hope to see a new RPG in arcades outside of Japan – it seems like the last one I played (that isn’t considered a ‘real’ RPG by some standards) was Gauntlet Legends and that was almost 10 years ago.Perhaps one day if we are patient enough. Here are some screenshots thanks to Stinger.

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On top of that, just weeks after the release of ID4 Ver. 1.2 in Japan Sega has alreadyinitd4.jpg released a software update for the game to enhance the online experience through the Sega ALL.NET network. While the upgrades were not specified, it is good to see Sega on top of these things, getting updates out in a timely manner for their arcade titles.

Eternal Knights release from Konami; Sega's Initial D4 gets an update

August 6, 2007

[Via Kevin Williams of The Stinger Report]

Konami has released a new RPG for arcades in Japan known as Eternal Knights. It is a terminal based dungeon exploring game that unfortunately not see an international release but it looks really cool. One day I hope to see a new RPG in arcades outside of Japan – it seems like the last one I played (that isn’t considered a ‘real’ RPG by some standards) was Gauntlet Legends and that was almost 10 years ago.Perhaps one day if we are patient enough. Here are some screenshots thanks to Stinger.

eterk1.jpg eternk2.jpg

On top of that, just weeks after the release of ID4 Ver. 1.2 in Japan Sega has alreadyinitd4.jpg released a software update for the game to enhance the online experience through the Sega ALL.NET network. While the upgrades were not specified, it is good to see Sega on top of these things, getting updates out in a timely manner for their arcade titles.