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Flynn's Arcade as it is now

February 20, 2008

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I love the movie Tron. Sure it’s far from a perfect film but it’s hard to resist the combination of video games and other computer stuff. In fact it’s Tron that has influenced me to open up my own arcade. If you have seen the film then it’s hard to forget Flynn’s arcade seen at the very beginning of the film. Flynn’s wasn’t the creation of a stage crew and the place still exists today although it is not an arcade. From the blog Story Boredom are some pictures of the building used for Flynns that are as recent as last June. It’s quite a bit different from the film now – it seemed like a much larger building in Tron but you only saw it at night. Even though no arcade is there today, I think it would be awesome to visit one day. Thanks to KLOV poster Ataritoobin’ for this link.

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Flynn’s Arcade as it is now

February 20, 2008

flynns.jpg

I love the movie Tron. Sure it’s far from a perfect film but it’s hard to resist the combination of video games and other computer stuff. In fact it’s Tron that has influenced me to open up my own arcade. If you have seen the film then it’s hard to forget Flynn’s arcade seen at the very beginning of the film. Flynn’s wasn’t the creation of a stage crew and the place still exists today although it is not an arcade. From the blog Story Boredom are some pictures of the building used for Flynns that are as recent as last June. It’s quite a bit different from the film now – it seemed like a much larger building in Tron but you only saw it at night. Even though no arcade is there today, I think it would be awesome to visit one day. Thanks to KLOV poster Ataritoobin’ for this link.

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"Altar of the Unnamed" feature film to include Funspot Arcade

January 11, 2008

The Funspot Arcade in New Hampshire has made quite a name for itself – it’s the place  to go for several arcade events and is even attracting some filmmakers to the business, such as HHP Films who is recording a part of their full length feature film called “Alter of the Unnamed” at the FunSpot. They have a video on Youtube discussing the whole thing and show off some retro games. It looks like the movie will be out sometime this year but we don’t know much more beyond that. Still it’s cool when arcades get some coverage in the movies (and I have noticed that several newer movies have included arcades in the background somewhere).

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“Altar of the Unnamed” feature film to include Funspot Arcade

January 11, 2008

The Funspot Arcade in New Hampshire has made quite a name for itself – it’s the place  to go for several arcade events and is even attracting some filmmakers to the business, such as HHP Films who is recording a part of their full length feature film called “Alter of the Unnamed” at the FunSpot. They have a video on Youtube discussing the whole thing and show off some retro games. It looks like the movie will be out sometime this year but we don’t know much more beyond that. Still it’s cool when arcades get some coverage in the movies (and I have noticed that several newer movies have included arcades in the background somewhere).

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King of Kong DVD pre-order available

December 31, 2007

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I caught that Amazon has now listed a pre-order for the King of Kong Documentary DVD. For those that don’t know, The King of Kong documented some arcade players in their quest for the highest score at games like Donkey Kong. Now this movie has not come around without some complaints, with some saying that Billy Mitchell is portrayed as a villain but as I have not had a chance to see this yet I can’t comment on that. The DVD will be available on the 29th of January. Now if we could see a few of the other arcade-related documentaries like Chasing Ghosts on DVD too, that would be nice.

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The Last Starfighter on HD-DVD = old arcade goodness in high-def

September 26, 2007

OK so it’s not really the purpose of this blog to write about movies, but I have to commenthdlsfcover.gif on what I got in the mail yesterday. Last week Universal released The Last Starfighter on HD-DVD and for someone like me – who loves arcades, space stuff, and certain cult films from the 80’s,  it’s my kind of movie to have in the great presentation that HD offers.

You might be familiar with the movie even if you haven’t seen it before – a teenager whose life is going nowhere ends up getting really good at an arcade game that shows up at his trailer park by the name of ‘Starfighter’. He even breaks the world record (to which everyone in the park comes running to watch his achievement). While he’s excited about the record and his improving relationship with his girlfriend, he has no idea what is really in store for him when it turns out that the Starfighter game was actually a tool being used by an alien to recruit someone as a Starfighter to defend Rylos and the Frontier against the evil Xur and the Ko-Dan Armada many light-years away. I don’t want to give away the whole movie if you haven’t seen it, but it’s a lot of fun with a little cheese from the 80’s in there but it also features some nice action and some great lines. In fact it discusses a few things that are pretty cool – not to think that you’re a nobody just because you think you are and such.  It also features loads of CGI effects – probably more so than my other favorite arcade-related movie Tron. While the CGI is outdated by today’s standards, it looks great in HD and I caught more details in things like the Gunstar lsfhd1.jpgbattleships than when I had when I had seen the film before. This also means that the footage of the game Starfighter in action is also great to watch.

In addition to the Starfighter game (which was in development by Atari and nearly finished but was canceled by Atari management when it turned out that the game would cost operators $10,000 to purchase – I sure wish some of the manufacturers felt that $10k+ arcades were outrageous today), there are a couple of other arcade related things to find in the movie, starfighter_1.pngincluding a table-top Zaxxon game and of course the whole scene of Alex breaking the record has a total Golden Age feel to it when people would get excited for someone if they reached that sort of acheivement. It’s too bad that you don’t get to see all sorts of other classic games from the time in the film, although it was made during the game crash. Either way, I enjoyed it and it’s never looked better than this presentation on HD-DVD.  

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'Joust' coming to the big screen and comic books

August 28, 2007

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[Via Gamedaily BIZ]

Not long ago I was reading about upcoming movies for 2008 and the rest of 2007 on imdb and I noticed a disturbing trend of video game based movies that are in the works.  I still haven’t seen a movie based on a game that did not deserve the riffing treatment from Mystery Science Theater 3000 (one of my favorite shows BTW). It seems that Hollywood studios want to turn every popular franchise into a movie in the hopes of cashing in and now they are going to do it to the arcade classic Joust.

First I can’t help but wonder why now? I also wonder why they chose Joust of all the classic games to make a movie. Sinistar probably would be easier to work with but it doesn’t matter as that would probably suck anyways. Games should stay as games, not turned into B-movies. According to the producer, the movie will take place in Las Vegas, 25 years in the future where the city is suspended in mid-air.  Now we all know that movies featuring cities in the air means cinematic gold, especially when they hype it as being “Gladiator meets Mad Max”. Of course how they will work lava showing up in Las Vegas remains to be seen (in case you are not aware, Las Vegas had nothing to do with the original game) They even go as far as mentioning the success of Transformers, which somehow translates into a great market for Joust as apparently all those young kids who loved Transformers just can’t wait to see guys getting knocked of flying ostriches.   Either way they are set for releasing this next June, along with a new comic book series based on the game by Dark Horse Comics. We now wait with baited breath to see how Hollywood is going to ruin the memory of this beloved game franchise.

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