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The Arcade Heroes podcast #13 – not too professional but it works

March 16, 2010

Here continues the tradition of not really holding to a tradition with the Arcade Heroes podcast with Episode 13. Kevin Williams of The Stinger Report joins me once again as we discuss

  • Amusement Expo 2010 and many games in detail – From the already popular Pac-Man Battle Royale to Terminator Salvation, Deadstorm Pirates, NASCAR Team Racing, Nirin, Go Go Grand Prix, Friction, Pump It Up Pro 2, DJ Max Technika, Marubot Football League, Wheel of Fortune, Panic Museum, Tippin’ Bloks and more
  • A little bit on the situation regarding ASCAP with music arcades like Guitar Hero
  • Arcade-related stuff that has happened outside of the Expo that I hadn’t had time to cover on the site yet or it happened when we were in Vegas
  • More details on that Midway surprise I mentioned on Twitter a few days ago and what it is exactly

While it doesn’t look like much, it goes on for nearly an hour and 45 minutes. Thanks to Kevin for joining me at my arcade via Skype and apologies for our listeners when Kevin was cut out inexplicably a couple of times (which I why I call this not too professional) and a kid stopped the recording on the computer I was using right at the end but I think we were able to salvage it there. Either way, you get probably more details out of this about Amusement Expo 2010 than anything else so I hope you enjoy it.

Download the podcast here! (94.3MB)

Pop N’ Music 18 released in Japan; PM Studios sets up a tech support page for DJ Max Technika

January 21, 2010

(Thanks to Aaron Auzins for the info!)

Just a little music game news today, first off with Konami’s latest release in Japan, Pop N’ Music 18. If you are curious about this one, Bemanistyle.com has a song list and some screenshots for the game. Any arcades outside of Japan planning on importing this one?

In other music game news, PM Studios made an interesting move on their website by setting up a “Technical Failure Report Form” for DJ Max Technika. The idea is that players can use it to inform PM Studios of a DJMT machine that is broken in some way at a particular location. PM Studios will then contact that arcade and see what they can do to help them get it fixed. It’s certainly a nice way of making sure that the machine stays in top condition. I know that there are times where I overlook a problem with one of my games as I don’t always have time to play through every machine to see what works and what doesn’t. But where the players find out first hand, who better to report issues? Of course it would help if players would tell the arcade operator directly about problems – I have seen many times where someone is obviously having some sort of problem but they won’t come to me about it so I go to them to find out what is going on. But there are times where I am not there and an issue goes unreported for a while. So thumbs up to PM Studios for this idea, hopefully it will make sure to keep issues with their game down to a minimum.

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

Pop N' Music 18 released in Japan; PM Studios sets up a tech support page for DJ Max Technika

January 21, 2010

(Thanks to Aaron Auzins for the info!)

Just a little music game news today, first off with Konami’s latest release in Japan, Pop N’ Music 18. If you are curious about this one, Bemanistyle.com has a song list and some screenshots for the game. Any arcades outside of Japan planning on importing this one?

In other music game news, PM Studios made an interesting move on their website by setting up a “Technical Failure Report Form” for DJ Max Technika. The idea is that players can use it to inform PM Studios of a DJMT machine that is broken in some way at a particular location. PM Studios will then contact that arcade and see what they can do to help them get it fixed. It’s certainly a nice way of making sure that the machine stays in top condition. I know that there are times where I overlook a problem with one of my games as I don’t always have time to play through every machine to see what works and what doesn’t. But where the players find out first hand, who better to report issues? Of course it would help if players would tell the arcade operator directly about problems – I have seen many times where someone is obviously having some sort of problem but they won’t come to me about it so I go to them to find out what is going on. But there are times where I am not there and an issue goes unreported for a while. So thumbs up to PM Studios for this idea, hopefully it will make sure to keep issues with their game down to a minimum.

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

IAAPA Pics by Kevin Williams

November 27, 2009

Now for our second-to-last post about IAAPA 2009 – the last one will be the attempt at a podcast that we did at the show although we were unable to finish it up for reasons I’ll explain later.

Kevin Williams of The Stinger Report (also a frequent contributor to Arcade Heroes) was at IAAPA and took a number of pictures, including a couple of games that I either missed or didn’t find the time to focus on. Check them out after the break, click on the pics for the full-view

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DJ Max Technika now shipping in the US

June 6, 2009

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One new addition to the realm of arcade manufacturers would be Pentavision and their first release to the US is here with DJ Max Technika. We had heard that it was supposed to come out earlier but it appears that they held it back until now, fine tuning the game a little more to fit their desires. I did get a chance to play this at ASI and it is a fun game with an excellent cabinet, plentiful online features and some great songs, but we will have to see how many will be able to pick the game up with it’s around $11k price tag. Either way I hope that we get to see more from Pentavision in the future as the more companies around making different and interesting games, the merrier.

[Via BemaniStyle.com] [Discuss on the Forums]

A couple of new flyers: DDRX, DJ Max Technika and Putt Championship Edition

April 30, 2009

I dropped by my local distributor yesterday and as I was browsing their collection of flyers, I noticed that they had some new ones in stock. I grabbed a few and decided to scan them in, so in case you are curious, click on the thumbnails below to enjoy.

First off DDR:X. I didn’t realize that the game had an SD card port at ASI so I didn’t look into it but the flyer explains that it allows players to edit the step list at home and bring it to the arcade. I also forgot that this will use Konami’s e-Amusement system for online stats.

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Then DJ Max Technicka. This was the nicest of the flyers as it was double-sided and it was card stock instead of glossy paper. This flyer also mentions DJMT’s online features, which was one thing at the show that they were quite excited about.

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Putt Championship Edition. As an augmented reality game, this one is fun although I didn’t get a lot of time to play it at ASI.

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Speaking of ASI, I have a few more videos that will be posted soon, I really apologize that it has taken so long to get to them but they should be ready soon.

[Discuss on the forums]

More test locations for DJ Max Technika in CA.

December 24, 2008

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This is a couple of days old already but if you live in California and missed a chance to check out the new arcade title DJ Max Technika then you will have a few more opportunities to djmaxaicatch it before it reaches it’s street release date. There are three locations where the game can be found on test – one at GolfLand USA in Sunnyvale (old home of Atari), one at Arcade Infinity (Rowland Heights) and one at Howie’s Game Shack (Mission Viejo). On top of that Michael Yum of PM Studios has confirmed for BemaniStyle that the game will soon be testing in New York although details on the location have not been divulged as of yet.

I am curious as to how many locations DJ Max Technika will end up testing in once all is said and done but it certainly will have made more rounds than many other arcade titles that we know about in recent memory.

[Via Aaron Auzins of BemaniStyle] [Discuss on the Forum]

Final location report on DJ Max Technika; release period mentioned

December 11, 2008

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Phil Ver 0 on our forums has completed his location test report on DJ Max Technika. In the final report he talks about how the card system works and how that will give players access to more options and a leveling up feature, future additions to the game such as missions and online play and he talks about a few downsides to the game such as lag, you can just slide your finger to the notes along with a few other minor issues (which of course could be resolved before the final release). He also makes a few more points about the differences between this and Konami’s UBeat and how they might be received by US players. Overall it’s a good read and you can check it out by clicking on the link below.

PM Studios is looking to release DJ Max Technika to the US sometime towards the end of January, beginning of February.

[Phil’s final DMT report on the forums]

Michael Yum of PM Studios discusses DJ Max Technika & more (including possible European release)

December 10, 2008

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PM Studios has not kept a tight lid on their new arcade title known as DJ Max Technika and this means more information for us to enjoy about the game. In an interview with Michael Yum, executive producer behind DMT @ PM Studios, Michael talks about the arcade scene, the differences that will be found between the home and arcade versions (and why the arcade version will be better) and more.

I find it very interesting to hear what he has to say on the arcade scene in the US. When asked about it, Michael responded:

We also want to help in the revitalization of arcades. Companies like Capcom, Konami and Activision, they’re all trying really hard at the moment and so we don’t see each other as competition in this market. Obviously, it’s a different story when it comes to consoles. In the arcades though, we all want to help each other make the games successful here, so we hope to help revitalize arcades and bring a lot of new console games over here in the process.

This is a great attitude for PM Studios to have for arcades in the US and I think that DMT is a great way to enter into the market. Of course recently Capcom USA said that SFIV couldn’t do anything to help revitalize arcades in the US so they wouldn’t even bother to try, so it’s always good to know that other newcomers to the US arcade scene don’t feel the same way.  The more companies making arcade titles for the market here and elsewhere, the better for the rest of us (especially those of us on the front lines running an arcade of our own). If you are in Europe, you may also be interested to know that Michael also mentions that they are interested into entering the market there, so I imagine that it means that we’ll see DMT in Europe too.   

More details via the link below, thanks to Jared Reas for the link & pic

[Michael Yum interview – The Escapist] [Discuss on the Forum]

Another location test report on DJ Max Technika + news on an iPhone version of the game

December 9, 2008

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Say what you will about DJ Max Technika, it certainly is generating a bit of excitement among players. This of course is why I think that there is great value in high-profile location tests as it gets people talking about the game. But I have already talked about that so onto the latest location test report for DMT. We had a report from one of our readers the other day and this one comes from Jared Rea  who is writing for The Escapist Magazine. It should be interesting to see how many more mainstream news gaming sites pick up on this game – it certainly will be more with the news that is revealed in Jared’s location test report – that PM Studios is also looking into making an iPhone version of the game. Hit the link below for the full report which includes more details on how the game plays along with some more on it’s music selection.

[The Escapist – DJ Max technika location report] [Discuss on the Forum]