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Big Buck Media event in San Francisco

May 15, 2008

Raw Thrills and Play Mechanix continue to make the rounds with Big Buck Hunter Pro Online and Big Buck Safari by showing it to the media. The latest event in San Francisco brought in representatives from MTV, 1UP and Gamasutra and more to try out BBS. I haven’t seen any articles written by these organizations yet although 1UP’s Gamevideos site has a Big Buck Safari debut trailer that I hadn’t seen before. Either way it’s great that Raw Thrills is reaching out to media outlets to bring more attention to new arcade titles.

Speaking of Big Buck Safari, it looks like it is doing incredibly well in bars, earning around $400 a week average which is excellent as far as earnings go.

Hit the post break for the press release [via Betson]

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“Post ASI Seminars & Spotlight show” at Betson

April 12, 2008

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If you live in or near Bensenville Illinois and you wanted to check out ASI, Betson is giving people a chance to get a taste of what their booth was like at the show with their Post ASI Seminars & Spotlight Show on April 24th. In addition to showing off some of their products they had at the show (including both versions of the new Big Buck Safari, the new online edition of Big Buck Hunter Pro, the converted version of Tokyo Drift, Super Bikes, DDR2 and more) they also will be holding a couple of seminars, one of which will discuss how BBHPro Online works. I plan on getting some more info on the new Coin-Up system by next week.

Betson also released a press release discussing their products and success at ASI, hit the post break to check it out. One interesting point that I didn’t know about was that Play Mechanix recently merged with Raw Thrills’. The two companies have been working closely together for a while now (with the exception of games like Aliens: Extermination and Deal or No Deal) so it looks like it was a natural course of action.

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"Post ASI Seminars & Spotlight show" at Betson

April 12, 2008

(Click on the image above to enlarge)

If you live in or near Bensenville Illinois and you wanted to check out ASI, Betson is giving people a chance to get a taste of what their booth was like at the show with their Post ASI Seminars & Spotlight Show on April 24th. In addition to showing off some of their products they had at the show (including both versions of the new Big Buck Safari, the new online edition of Big Buck Hunter Pro, the converted version of Tokyo Drift, Super Bikes, DDR2 and more) they also will be holding a couple of seminars, one of which will discuss how BBHPro Online works. I plan on getting some more info on the new Coin-Up system by next week.

Betson also released a press release discussing their products and success at ASI, hit the post break to check it out. One interesting point that I didn’t know about was that Play Mechanix recently merged with Raw Thrills’. The two companies have been working closely together for a while now (with the exception of games like Aliens: Extermination and Deal or No Deal) so it looks like it was a natural course of action.

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Big Buck Safari ready to go

March 11, 2008

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Play Mechanix has updated their website with a cool picture that shows the production of their latest effort, Big Buck Safari. The team visited the production floor and snapped a picture – it’s quite an impressive thing to see all of those games in one place, ready to go out to arcades and bars all over the world. The site says that the game is supposed to be released by the end of March which we had a hint of already so at this point those machines will probably be heading out to distributors this week or next. We still don’t know the price point of the game but it’s safe to assume that it won’t be far off from Big Buck Hunter Pro.

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Big Buck Safari European Flyer

February 21, 2008

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We first saw the latest installment of Big Buck Safari at ATEI this year and we even had some video and a picture or two of the game in action. As this is Raw Thrills’ first releasesafari_dx.jpg outside of the US, it is already up on Namco Bandai Europe/Brent Sales website and with it comes the flyer for the game. We also have another image of the deluxe cabinet (Twisted took a picture of the DX model at ATEI) in case you can’t get enough. The flyer summarizes up what the game is all about and what new features this title touts over Big Buck Hunter Pro (a few new play modes, different animals, more trophies and it now shows you which critters you blasted). It’s expected that Raw Thrills’ will reveal the US release of the game at ASI in March.

[Big Buck Safari Flyer (PDF)]

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Play Mechanix hiring for help on “online tournament system”

February 9, 2008

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Play Mechanix, developer of popular arcade titles such as Big Buck Hunter, Aliens: Extermination, and Deal or No Deal has updated their website with two new positions they are looking to fill, specifically for taking care of an “online tournament system.” We know about the Coin-Up tournament system that was being developed for Big Buck Hunter Pro Online but it is not clear if this applies to the same game or something else (perhaps Big Buck Safari?). The two positions are for a Database Programmer and Web Application Developer who will be responsible for the web front-end of the system. On top of this they are still looking for a Video Game 3D Technology Programmer and a Game Programmer to work on further games, presumably for the arcade.

Since new coin-op games are rarely announced before they are ready to go into testing all we can do is guess as towhat it is they are brewing over at Play Mechanix. I am sure they are behind the development of Big Buck Safari but from the sounds of it, there is something else they are doing but we have no idea if that will be for GlobalVR or Raw Thrills’. As always the moment we find out, we’ll be sure to talk about it here. It’s good to see at least one American developer embracing online play in the arcades – while they are far from the first I have found it strange how online play in the States has been rocky at best but I suppose it simply hasn’t been implemented in the smartest way here up until this point.

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Play Mechanix hiring for help on "online tournament system"

February 9, 2008

pmech2.jpg

Play Mechanix, developer of popular arcade titles such as Big Buck Hunter, Aliens: Extermination, and Deal or No Deal has updated their website with two new positions they are looking to fill, specifically for taking care of an “online tournament system.” We know about the Coin-Up tournament system that was being developed for Big Buck Hunter Pro Online but it is not clear if this applies to the same game or something else (perhaps Big Buck Safari?). The two positions are for a Database Programmer and Web Application Developer who will be responsible for the web front-end of the system. On top of this they are still looking for a Video Game 3D Technology Programmer and a Game Programmer to work on further games, presumably for the arcade.

Since new coin-op games are rarely announced before they are ready to go into testing all we can do is guess as towhat it is they are brewing over at Play Mechanix. I am sure they are behind the development of Big Buck Safari but from the sounds of it, there is something else they are doing but we have no idea if that will be for GlobalVR or Raw Thrills’. As always the moment we find out, we’ll be sure to talk about it here. It’s good to see at least one American developer embracing online play in the arcades – while they are far from the first I have found it strange how online play in the States has been rocky at best but I suppose it simply hasn’t been implemented in the smartest way here up until this point.

[Play Mechanix] [Discuss on the Forum]