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Disney offers up a look at ElecTRONica

September 2, 2010

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In March of this year Disney revealed that they would be recreating Flynn’s Arcade in the Tomorrowland part of their parks and today they offered up some concept art of what the area will look like. It will actually feature more than just Flynn’s, as they will be transforming the Hollywood Pictures Backlot into ElecTRONica, a TRON themed area that’s about gaming, dancing, live entertainment and experiencing the world of Tron (the dance thing probably helps explain the parts of the trailers where we see some sort of club setting). Flynn’s will be a part of this but we will have to wait and see what kind of game selection they will have on-hand – it will likely be similar to the Flynn’s setup they had going at Comic-Con although if they could recreate Flynn’s exactly as it was seen in the original movie, then that would be a feat worth checking out all by itself. This will be taking place only at the Disney California Adventure Park, and only on weekends this fall, with exceptions taking place during the weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas, as a lead-in to the release of the movie. If anyone doubted that Disney is serious about TRON as a franchise before, then there’s little room for such doubts now.

While I’ve not had any plans to visit Disneyland in California anytime soon, admittedly they are making it incredibly tempting to make such plans.

full details can be found at the Disney Parks blog.

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Disney closing most ESPN Zone Restaurants

June 10, 2010

Arcade floor at the Las Vegas ESPN Zone

(Thanks to Juan for the tip!)

If you are fond of the ESPN Zone sports-bar/restaurants/arcade locations then you won’t appreciate this news. The owners of the locations, Disney, has decided to close down five of the seven locations across the US, citing the “current economic climate” posing a “long-term business challenge” to operating those particular sites.

As I have not visited an ESPN Zone myself I can’t say how they operate differently from businesses like Dave and Busters and how much effort they put into their arcade section over the bar. For those that are familiar, I am curious to know what their game selection was like as well as how they stayed on top of maintaining the machines (I guess it would also be prudent to ask about the bar/restaurant – was it any good or anything special?).I am just curious as while the economy may still suck in general, I think that it is good to know whether that is the only factor at play here or if there is something more. We’ll have to wait and see as to whether the locations might be picked up by other owners who feel that they can make the idea work under a different style of management.

[Via NY1.com] [ESPN Zone official site]

New Disney 3D Ping Pong cabinet pushes "No 3D glasses required" aspect

April 15, 2010

If you have been following gaming news since last December, then you know that stereoscopic 3D gaming is starting to gain some steam. If you have been following us since February, then you also know that stereoscopic 3D arcade games are on their way from China. The most prominent of those games would most certainly be the new Disney 3D Ping Pong, which we first covered two months ago. Now more details have been unveiled about this official Disney game, which not only include a new shot of the cabinet(I am amused that they don’t have a happy Mickey and Donald facing each other off on the marquee), but also of details on how the game works. According to CoinOpExpress:

Disney 3D Ping Pong arcade machine is a latest type table tennis game with 21 inch LCD screen, it adopted the most advanced 3D effect technology and the player not require to wear special glasses but can “see” the amusing 3D pictures.

There are 3 famous Disney characters on this game: Micky Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, the player complete with those classic characters, higher scores player reward a certain amount’s ticket.

Game speed, score system, ticket output and credit amount can be setup by operator. Total three difficulty level on this game: Easy, Normal, Difficulty; also 2 scores system: 6 scores and 12 scores.

When player score more than Disney characters, the player win redemption tickets. This table tennis game suitable for adult and kids to play together.

Emphasis was mine there. There has been an awful lot of hype out there about the new Nintendo 3DS handheld console “introducing” 3D gaming sans glasses to the video game market but here is a case of the technology becoming public in arcades before it reaches home. This Disney game isn’t the only game to employ this tech in arcades as this same company has produced some other titles that are already available for ordering on Coinopexpress. A couple of those employ 3D touch screens as well(such as Star Puzzle), which has to be quite the effect. Disney 3D Ping Pong is listed for release on May 20th, 2010.

I’d love to see this technology in person to know how effective it is in an arcade environment. The only way I see the whole 3D fad staying on as mainstream way of rendering things is to use screens which don’t require 3D glasses (especially those stupidly expensive “active shutter” systems) and provide a good viewing angle so as long as 3D Group’s technology has achieved those two points I think they will have a good foothold in the industry.I don’t think it’d be great if every new arcade game came in stereoscopic 3D but if there was an option for some to come like that, it could prove to be a useful way to make use of this technology.

UPDATE: I just caught this while prowling around the 3D Group website, looks like there was a press event back in March about this game that we missed (probably because it was around Amusement Expo time).From the pic below, it looks like they might have two versions of this cabinet, a single-screen and a dual-screen version. The screenshots provided fortunately are not in the nauseating stereoscopic 3D view. Here’s the translated press release.

UPDATE#2: CoinopExpress has added some pics of the actual cabinet as opposed to the rendered one above.

[Disney’s 3D Ping Pong – CoinOpExpress] [3D Group  website]

New Disney 3D Ping Pong cabinet pushes “No 3D glasses required” aspect

April 15, 2010

If you have been following gaming news since last December, then you know that stereoscopic 3D gaming is starting to gain some steam. If you have been following us since February, then you also know that stereoscopic 3D arcade games are on their way from China. The most prominent of those games would most certainly be the new Disney 3D Ping Pong, which we first covered two months ago. Now more details have been unveiled about this official Disney game, which not only include a new shot of the cabinet(I am amused that they don’t have a happy Mickey and Donald facing each other off on the marquee), but also of details on how the game works. According to CoinOpExpress:

Disney 3D Ping Pong arcade machine is a latest type table tennis game with 21 inch LCD screen, it adopted the most advanced 3D effect technology and the player not require to wear special glasses but can “see” the amusing 3D pictures.

There are 3 famous Disney characters on this game: Micky Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, the player complete with those classic characters, higher scores player reward a certain amount’s ticket.

Game speed, score system, ticket output and credit amount can be setup by operator. Total three difficulty level on this game: Easy, Normal, Difficulty; also 2 scores system: 6 scores and 12 scores.

When player score more than Disney characters, the player win redemption tickets. This table tennis game suitable for adult and kids to play together.

Emphasis was mine there. There has been an awful lot of hype out there about the new Nintendo 3DS handheld console “introducing” 3D gaming sans glasses to the video game market but here is a case of the technology becoming public in arcades before it reaches home. This Disney game isn’t the only game to employ this tech in arcades as this same company has produced some other titles that are already available for ordering on Coinopexpress. A couple of those employ 3D touch screens as well(such as Star Puzzle), which has to be quite the effect. Disney 3D Ping Pong is listed for release on May 20th, 2010.

I’d love to see this technology in person to know how effective it is in an arcade environment. The only way I see the whole 3D fad staying on as mainstream way of rendering things is to use screens which don’t require 3D glasses (especially those stupidly expensive “active shutter” systems) and provide a good viewing angle so as long as 3D Group’s technology has achieved those two points I think they will have a good foothold in the industry.I don’t think it’d be great if every new arcade game came in stereoscopic 3D but if there was an option for some to come like that, it could prove to be a useful way to make use of this technology.

UPDATE: I just caught this while prowling around the 3D Group website, looks like there was a press event back in March about this game that we missed (probably because it was around Amusement Expo time).From the pic below, it looks like they might have two versions of this cabinet, a single-screen and a dual-screen version. The screenshots provided fortunately are not in the nauseating stereoscopic 3D view. Here’s the translated press release.

UPDATE#2: CoinopExpress has added some pics of the actual cabinet as opposed to the rendered one above.

[Disney’s 3D Ping Pong – CoinOpExpress] [3D Group  website]

Disney to build a Flynn's Arcade at Tomorrow Land; new pics of Flynn's Arcade in TRON Legacy

March 4, 2010

It seems that news on the new Tron: Legacy movie is rolling out every day this week as part of a build-up to the official trailer release tomorrow and while we are not a movie blog which focuses on covering that, there has been some arcade stuff spiced throughout this.

As you can see above, the trailer tomorrow will show the protagonist wandering through his father’s old arcade, Flynn’s. It’s too bad all the games are covered, I admit to pausing the DVD on TRON to figure out what games were sitting there but with those shrouds over the games, that will make it slightly more difficult. Just for fun, what can you tell from the pic above? I can see a Pac-Man on the right but I’m at a loss at the rest – at least until the trailer comes out.

But as part of all the news here is something quite interesting – in Disney’s Tron hype build-up they are announcing everything from a trilogy of films to a TV show to the recreation of Flynn’s Arcade at their Tomorrow Land facilities. They actually plan on revamping much of the Tomorrow Land areas with Tron-stuff which is cool but I would likely spend most of the time at Flynn’s. The plans to renovate Tomorrow Land won’t be happening until 2012 so we know when to plan our trips. 🙂

UPDATE: Here is another pic from Flynn’s that was released today (click to enlarge). Looks like there is a Nintendo cab on the right. It looks like the black light isn’t on in the Tron cab. I am such a nerd.

Looks like I’m not the only one guessing at what cabs they are.

[Via io9.com] [Discuss on the forums]

Disney to build a Flynn’s Arcade at Tomorrow Land; new pics of Flynn’s Arcade in TRON Legacy

March 4, 2010

It seems that news on the new Tron: Legacy movie is rolling out every day this week as part of a build-up to the official trailer release tomorrow and while we are not a movie blog which focuses on covering that, there has been some arcade stuff spiced throughout this.

As you can see above, the trailer tomorrow will show the protagonist wandering through his father’s old arcade, Flynn’s. It’s too bad all the games are covered, I admit to pausing the DVD on TRON to figure out what games were sitting there but with those shrouds over the games, that will make it slightly more difficult. Just for fun, what can you tell from the pic above? I can see a Pac-Man on the right but I’m at a loss at the rest – at least until the trailer comes out.

But as part of all the news here is something quite interesting – in Disney’s Tron hype build-up they are announcing everything from a trilogy of films to a TV show to the recreation of Flynn’s Arcade at their Tomorrow Land facilities. They actually plan on revamping much of the Tomorrow Land areas with Tron-stuff which is cool but I would likely spend most of the time at Flynn’s. The plans to renovate Tomorrow Land won’t be happening until 2012 so we know when to plan our trips. 🙂

UPDATE: Here is another pic from Flynn’s that was released today (click to enlarge). Looks like there is a Nintendo cab on the right. It looks like the black light isn’t on in the Tron cab. I am such a nerd.

Looks like I’m not the only one guessing at what cabs they are.

[Via io9.com] [Discuss on the forums]

Disney Interactive releases 3D Ping Pong in China

February 16, 2010

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Now here is something a little different, especially coming from Disney called Disney 3D Ping Pong. By jumping into the 3D craze with both feet first, not only is Disney going to be embracing 3D in several movies this year, including the arcade-related TRON Legacy but now they are going 3D in the gaming realm as well. And not just any games, but arcade titles. This unit features a 3D monitor that is able to produce a 3D effect without the use of glasses (these have been around for a little while now in the PC market) and features motion capturing controls for a very unique gaming experience. According to the press release: “It is a pioneers in healthy arcade game stations and an innovation in China’s arcade game history.” It is currently listed as being for sale in China, Hong Kong, Macau and  Taiwan and also according to the press release, the team who developed this will be creating other titles employing similar technology so we will have to keep an eye on them.

I find it very interesting that Disney is involved here – as you might recall they had a Space Paranoids arcade title at Comic Con last year although that was only created for that event. I would really like to see Disney use Space Paranoids arcade in a promotion for the new TRON movie at arcades around the country so seeing that they are involved in game development in China is a trend worth watching. I also am curious to see how the 3D trend in gaming is going to turn out. As I mentioned recently, it has been done in arcades before and in recent times companies like nVidia has been promoting the technology in PC gaming. Add the success of 3D movies like Avatar (which is already causing movie studios to promote 3D even more than they were going to) and it’s something that will carry some steam with it for a while but I do wonder if it will be a gimmick again.

For more on Disney 3D Ping Pong see the Press Release

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