Archive for the ‘Prototype’ category

Atarigames.com updated with some cool arcade prototype info

January 15, 2008

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Atarigames.com is a website dedicated to nothing but Atari arcade games, from all phases of the coin-op division at Atari. The website has been updated and with some very cool information including pictures of a prototype game called BMX Heat which used the hardware from Hard Drivin’ but would have used a pedal bike for the controller – the site was also updated with some cool videos of prototypes that I never even knew existed. I’m not sure which videos were added exactly but there is footage of the unreleased BattleStar Galactica laserdisc game, Hot Rod Rebels (based on the SF Rush 2049 hardware and was the last project in the works when Atari games went out of business), Meanstreak, Firebeast, Gremlins, Harescape and more. If you’re an arcade history buff or someone who likes checking out prototype footage it’s well worth checking out.

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"The Act" – In the News

October 25, 2007

As a taster for Shaggy’s up coming review here is a quick news story I found on “The Act” on youtube. Features a little gameplay, cabinet on test and some interviews with key Cecropia staff. Sadly they don’t seem too positive about the coin-op industry!

“The Act” – In the News

October 25, 2007

As a taster for Shaggy’s up coming review here is a quick news story I found on “The Act” on youtube. Features a little gameplay, cabinet on test and some interviews with key Cecropia staff. Sadly they don’t seem too positive about the coin-op industry!

Whatever Happened to: Psy-Phi

September 17, 2007

Psy-Phi was announced by SEGA as a new Lindbergh based arcade game . The project was being headed by legend Yu Suzuki and featured two player touch screen fighting/shooting gameplay based on 1-on-1 combat with players floating up in the air and competing in a game which Suzuki described as a sort of “futuristic dodge ball”.

The original release was planned for spring 2006, but the Japanese cabinets were recalled in March 2006 (the units were still in shipping and had yet to reach arcades). It was then unknown whether the game was cancelled or called back for further development.

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Anyone heard any more on this, it sounded like alot of fun…!

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Defender Prototype

July 5, 2007

It’s another slow news day in the arcade world so I thought I would bring up thisdef2side.jpg interesting Defender prototype. One of the things that makes it interesting is the slightly inspired by Star Wars artwork on the side of the cabinet – which obviously didn’t make the final cut due.  This is the real thing and all the details (including more pictures) can be found by checking out the link below.

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Lost games of yesteryear – Air Race and The Last Starfighter

June 28, 2007

The subject of arcade prototype games is an interesting one as it’s amazing to look at what arcade companies were trying to cook up. Lately footage from a couple of lost prototypes has been uncovered including The Last Starfighter and now Air Race.atari_air_race.jpg Both games were in development by Atari around 1984-85 and they really would have pushed the envelope of 3D graphics had they been released. Youtube has a video of The Last Starfighter footage (see below) and Digital Press just released a video of a long lost game called Air Race. The file is somewhat large, 51 MB but it offers an interesting look at what could have been. Hit the link below to watch the movie (or right-click and choose save as). Air Race video credit, Digital Press. Last Starfighter footage credit: youtube user Wolfmanjm.
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