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More Guitar Hero cabinets from Brazil

August 12, 2010

During my recent trip to Brazil I came across a number of Guitar Hero cabinets, produced by Brazilian game distributor Diverbras. I also came across a Rock Band 2 cabinet and a couple of different Street Fighter IV setups. None of them are authorized by the parent companies but those companies haven’t seemed compelled to take an issue with these creations and that of course is leaving the door open for others to try the same thing. Enter Master Play, another Brazilian distribution company and cabinet builder, who has a couple of Guitar Hero cabinets of their own to offer. They also have produced cabinets for a soccer game called Arena Gol, but the site doesn’t show the actual game and whether it’s based upon their own software or someone else’s.  I have a hunch that they produced some cabinets that I came across when at a mall there, as I found some unique JAMMA cabinets that had 32″ LCDs and were plastered with artwork that seems to fit the Master Play style.

I hope that eventually these companies can layoff of producing such bootlegs and come up with their own software or get a Brazilian software company to produce something for them. Or just stick to building stylish JAMMA cabinets.

[Master Play website]


Fliperama Brasil! (my look into a little part of the arcade scene in Brazil)

June 9, 2010

As you may know, I was in Brazil recently and while there I didn’t waste the opportunity to check out some arcades while I was visiting. The best places to look are malls, although you might find some machines hiding out in other places on occasion, such as a bar or strip mall but that is rare in the larger cities. All of the places I visited here were in the greater area of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais. Belo Horizonte is actually the third largest city in Brazil but it’s still quite a bit smaller than the mega-metropolis that is São Paulo and it has no beaches like Rio De Janeiro, which is why you don’t hear about it as often as other cities there.

In Brazilian Portuguese the word for arcade is “fliperama” and a variation on that I have heard people call pinball games just “fliper”. One interesting thing I noticed about most of the places I went to is that for music gaming all of them had a version of Pump It Up somewhere on location. A soccer game like Virtua Striker was a given but I also was quite surprised by the number of Guitar Hero 3 arcade machines I saw. These are not the Raw Thrills’/Konami/Activision machine that was released last year but the console versions of the game modified for arcade use. I also saw a Rock Bad 2 machine setup like that as well as a couple of Street Fighter IV machines. I have video and more details on each location right after the post break