Posted tagged ‘foosball’

The Barbie Doll Foosball table

June 11, 2009

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We haven’t seen anything really new in foosball for a while but out of everything I have seen this one foosball table to make heads turn. Called Barbie Foot and designed by Chloe Ruchon in France, this is a neat idea that AFAIK has not been done before. The use of Barbie dolls in place of the standard wooden foosball people most certainly gives this a different personality than most foosball tables and if it were to be placed in an arcade environment it likely would attract people of both sexes despite it’s more feminine theme. It’s unlikely to see it anywhere though since it was done for a design festival in Berlin and is not necessarily intended for mass production.

More photos can been seen of the table here.

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Last bit of AMOA stuff – Stern’s Spiderman redemption game and Jet Ball

September 14, 2008

I’ve pretty much covered everything that I experienced at AMOA 2008 and overall I came away satisfied, much happier than I was with ASI (no offense to those who worked hard on bringing ASI together – I had just hoped for more new stuff at ASI and there was little whereas there were several things at AMOA that caught my attention). But now it has passed and before long we’ll probably hear a little more news from the companies and their reaction to the reactions they got at the show. But before then let me cover two more things that I came across down in Vegas.

First was the Spiderman redemption game by Stern Pinball. I don’t know if Stern has produced redemption titles in the past (it seems like they might have done one or two but I might be confusing them with someone else) but either way this caught me off guard. Now if you read AH regularly you know that I’m not a big fan of redemption which is unusual for anyone involved in the industry, especially operators but either way I figured that people would be interested to know that Stern has done something outside of the sphere of pinball here and at least the presentation is great, I didn’t give it a spin though so I can’t say how it plays.  BTW- there was always someone playing on Batman or Indiana Jones pinball, those were very popular. A Stern rep even told me how there was one location in the Midwest at an arcade/pizza parlor where their Indiana Jones pinball machine paid itself off in only two months. That is insane for a pinball game and I’m happy for Stern to have a success like this.

Next is Jet Ball by Aerr Technologies. I came across this while wandering around the floor towards the end of my stay and I almost overlooked them as they were tucked away in the corner but someone playing on the table called my attention to the game. It’s like air foosball where there are a number of colored dots on the playfield, each with a little hole on it that fires a jet of air when you light it up and pull the trigger. You light up the dots by moving the joystick around which admittedly is a little difficult to handle without practice and it was even more difficult under the bright lights of the show (the game was made for darker venues and even has a black light to light up the playfield better). It’s best explained in the video below by it was a pleasant surprise to find something unique like this, later on I’ll scan in the brochures so you can find out more.

Spiderman Redemption

Jet Ball

[Discuss on the Forum]

Last bit of AMOA stuff – Stern's Spiderman redemption game and Jet Ball

September 14, 2008

I’ve pretty much covered everything that I experienced at AMOA 2008 and overall I came away satisfied, much happier than I was with ASI (no offense to those who worked hard on bringing ASI together – I had just hoped for more new stuff at ASI and there was little whereas there were several things at AMOA that caught my attention). But now it has passed and before long we’ll probably hear a little more news from the companies and their reaction to the reactions they got at the show. But before then let me cover two more things that I came across down in Vegas.

First was the Spiderman redemption game by Stern Pinball. I don’t know if Stern has produced redemption titles in the past (it seems like they might have done one or two but I might be confusing them with someone else) but either way this caught me off guard. Now if you read AH regularly you know that I’m not a big fan of redemption which is unusual for anyone involved in the industry, especially operators but either way I figured that people would be interested to know that Stern has done something outside of the sphere of pinball here and at least the presentation is great, I didn’t give it a spin though so I can’t say how it plays.  BTW- there was always someone playing on Batman or Indiana Jones pinball, those were very popular. A Stern rep even told me how there was one location in the Midwest at an arcade/pizza parlor where their Indiana Jones pinball machine paid itself off in only two months. That is insane for a pinball game and I’m happy for Stern to have a success like this.

Next is Jet Ball by Aerr Technologies. I came across this while wandering around the floor towards the end of my stay and I almost overlooked them as they were tucked away in the corner but someone playing on the table called my attention to the game. It’s like air foosball where there are a number of colored dots on the playfield, each with a little hole on it that fires a jet of air when you light it up and pull the trigger. You light up the dots by moving the joystick around which admittedly is a little difficult to handle without practice and it was even more difficult under the bright lights of the show (the game was made for darker venues and even has a black light to light up the playfield better). It’s best explained in the video below by it was a pleasant surprise to find something unique like this, later on I’ll scan in the brochures so you can find out more.

Spiderman Redemption

Jet Ball

[Discuss on the Forum]

Foosball on Steroids

September 8, 2008

[Thanks to reader Paul for the tip]

When I was at ASI earlier this year I saw a couple of air hockey tables which had incorporated some new things into the tables like bumpers, sound, different kinds of goals, etc. to make the game more interesting. It was a great idea so why not take them over to foosball? That’s what designer Elia Marinucci did with this ‘Foosball on steroids’ table. In addition to being a foosball table in the traditional sense, the game also incorporates pinball bumpers on the corners and a magnet system that can be activated by a button above each goal on the table to mess around with the ball (which will obviously be made out of metal which AFAIK isn’t standard for foosball). The only problem I see with this table is that all the players are the same color, foosball usually has two colors so you can easily distinguish the teams.

I’m not sure where you can get one of these however, the designer is in Germany but I didn’t find anything about the table from a quick glance on their website.

[Via Yanko Design] [Discuss on the Forums]

Next victim of robotic takeover – foosball

July 6, 2008

Again I kid with the robotic takeover but after we brought up the air hockey playing robot last week now we have news of a robotic foosball table that allows one human player to pit their skills against an electronic foe. Designed by a group of engineering students at the University of Adelaide in Southern Australia, the table uses a complex system of sensors and motors combined with a student created AI engine to give the human player a run for their money. While it’s unlikely that this will make it’s way into an arcade near you anytime soon they’ at least shown that it can be done. Now they just need to figure out how to make a foosball table that can allow the robot player against one person or let two people play on the table if they wish.

[Robotic Foosball table @ Rockwell Automation] [Discuss on the Forum]


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