Archive for the ‘Xbox 360’ category

Virtual On heading for XBLA

February 25, 2009

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If Sega’s Border Break news has wet the appetite for some mech action, then your in for another treat as Sega are bringing the classic  mech game; Virtual On to Xbox Live Arcade. Not any old VO, but the final release Oratorio Tangram which was the final release for the Naomi. The game is pencilled for an April release at 1200 points. Can’t wait, but one thing that does concern me is the more and more common 1200 point price tag for XBLA games. Are Microsoft gradually sneaking them up, me thinks? 

[via Kotaku via Famitsu]     [Discuss on the Forum]

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Highway Games cancels involvement with the T2 Xbox 360 arcade station

September 14, 2008

After word came around that the “Arcade Station T2” was in fact not being endorsed by Microsoft, we see the dominoes falling fast as Highway Games, the site that was part of the promotion of the T2 has pulled their support for the cabinet as they learned that Quasimoto had not secured licensing on the unit. From the Highway Games announcement:

This machine was scheduled for production last month with the first sample to be displayed by Highway Games Japanese partner at the upcoming Jamma Show in Tokyo. However, after the recent press release and announcement through highwaygames.com, we have received a number of calls from insiders to mention that all licensing of the machine has not taken place. Specifically, that whilst Microsoft was involved initially in the development of the controller board, no final authorisation or licensing was signed by Microsoft. Special thanks to The Stinger Report, for exposing flaws in the licensing agreements and further thanks to our industry friends for providing detailed information…

…Highway Games wishes to apologise to our loyal partners. At no time were we aware that licenses were not complete, having been informed since early this year that this project is fully endorsed by Microsoft. We are both upset and frustrated to dedicate so much time and effort in a flawed project and as such, Highway Games reserves the right to seek legal counsel.

It is too bad that this didn’t come to fruition as the idea is good but I believe that unless a company like Microsoft undertakes the effort themselves then you’re never going to see an official unit along these lines.It is also difficult since you would also be dealing with license agreements from other developers who in recent times have begun printing on their discs that the game cannot be used for a public demonstration like this.

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The Xbox 360 Arcade Station T2 is legit UPDATED with Microsoft's response

August 28, 2008

We’ve been looking at the T2 Arcade Station for a while now, it turns an Xbox 360 into a coin-operated device and while there have been questions about it’s legality that had gone unanswered, the company who created the system, Quasimoto Interactive Inc now says that they have obtained authorization from Microsoft Corp. to go ahead with the product. While MS has yet to release a press release about it, my sources are saying that one will be out soon and they are confirming that this is indeed a legitimately licensed product.

It should be interesting to see what kind of effect this will have in arcades, while it’s true that the 360 install base is fairly large there is the social arcade appeal and the fact that players could get a chance to play the full versions of certain games like this before buying them.

UPDATE: I have received an update from Microsoft and here is what they have to say about it: Microsoft does not support or endorse such a product. We suggest you direct any questions to Quasimoto Interactive.

Also on the page for the XBOX Arcade Machine it says at the bottom ” This Web site is not endorsed, sponsored or affiliated with Microsoft, xbox or any other affliates or business partners.”

So are we back at square one again?

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The Xbox 360 Arcade Station T2 is legit UPDATED with Microsoft’s response

August 28, 2008

We’ve been looking at the T2 Arcade Station for a while now, it turns an Xbox 360 into a coin-operated device and while there have been questions about it’s legality that had gone unanswered, the company who created the system, Quasimoto Interactive Inc now says that they have obtained authorization from Microsoft Corp. to go ahead with the product. While MS has yet to release a press release about it, my sources are saying that one will be out soon and they are confirming that this is indeed a legitimately licensed product.

It should be interesting to see what kind of effect this will have in arcades, while it’s true that the 360 install base is fairly large there is the social arcade appeal and the fact that players could get a chance to play the full versions of certain games like this before buying them.

UPDATE: I have received an update from Microsoft and here is what they have to say about it: Microsoft does not support or endorse such a product. We suggest you direct any questions to Quasimoto Interactive.

Also on the page for the XBOX Arcade Machine it says at the bottom ” This Web site is not endorsed, sponsored or affiliated with Microsoft, xbox or any other affliates or business partners.”

So are we back at square one again?

[Discuss on the Forum]

The Xbox Arcade Machine revealed

August 4, 2008

We have heard of the latest attempt at an Xbox Arcade machine but until now, no one had seen it. Thanks to The Stinger Report, we have a first look at the “T2” arcade machine, which houses an Xbox 360 inside, along with two connected controllers and a coin mech. As you can see, the cabinet itself looks like an old school cabinet and we assume that it also features an HD screen. Then again, this is an obvious mock-up, by taking a close look at the marquee you can tell that it was photoshopped in. But it’s better than nothing, right?

The only problem with it is that there is still no confirmation on the legality of this cabinet, which has caused similar ideas like FragIsle to quietly go away. Hopefully that can be clarified soon; I would assume that they know about troubles others have had in trying the same thing so they would try to avoid it.

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Wii gets a hospital kiosk; Xbox Arcade machine still AWOL

June 26, 2008

Not long ago we reported that Microsoft designed some specialized kiosks with an Xbox 360 into hospitals and now Nintendo is doing the same thing with the Wii. I’m a little surprised that Nintendo is falling behind Microsoft in this regard since MS had something setup first but I’m sure that a lot of hospitals have had Wii’s setup in an ‘unofficial’ manner for kids to play for sometime now. Either way it’s great that kids get to do something to take their minds off of the situation that they are facing.

So this can lead us again to wonder when someone will try out something like this but with a coin box attached. I have noticed that most of the attempts to bring a game console to the coin-op arena have been focusing on the 360 instead of the Wii which arguably is the more popular system. Perhaps Nintendo’s famous track record of lawsuits and pwnage in the courts deters people from trying although I would think that the same would happen with Microsoft or Sony. Unless the companies undertake the effort to do it themselves I have doubts that they’ll let another company setup their product as a coin-op arcade machine.

Speaking of the Xbox Arcade Machine I posted about yesterday, it looks like it’s not ready to go just yet (surprise!) although the website for the machine changed but that isn’t saying much. From their news it will be showing up in Asia in the first week of July and then they will send out press releases. Like usual nothing extraordinary happens when the countdown timer reaches zero so we’ll have to still wait and see what happens next week. To the right is an image of the change to the website, or you can witness it with your own browser here.

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New Xbox 360 Coin-Op Arcade Machine just a day away?

June 25, 2008

For a while on Highwaygames.com they have had a banner sitting there with a countdown towards an “Xbox Arcade Machine” for sometime now and according to the countdown, tomorrow is the day that it will be revealed to the world. Now whether or not it actually will come around is up for debate as I think it was a few weeks ago that the counter was almost done when it was reset and I just went to the site to take a look at it and at the moment it is at 1:15:12 – higher than the image that was sent to us by The Stinger Report. So we’ll wait and see if that happens again and if it doesn’t then we’ll have to see what Microsoft officially states about it as this is not the first time someone has tried to do this and disappeared shortly after distributors demanded to know the legality of such a machine. If it has Microsoft’s blessing then it may very well show up all over the place otherwise there won’t be much to say about it until the next company comes along trying to do the same thing.

I am curious to know what you arcade gamers think about this. Does such a system have any appeal to you or to those that you know? It could make a nice system that is a step up from store kiosks where full games are available to play as opposed to demos and I know that it would be used as an easy way to hold a Guitar Hero tournament. I also wonder if they already have distributors for the machine in the US and Europe, as the banner mentions that they are looking for distribution in Asia, the Mid East and South Pacific.

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