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Amusement Expo 2010 Wrap-up part 2 (this time in pictures!) UPDATED

March 15, 2010

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We’ve provided a bit of video from Amusement Expo but there were a couple of things that I wasn’t able to grab with my camera but Kevin Williams of The Stinger Report was also there and captured a few moments with his camera, including something I had completely missed, with Namco getting four girls to wander around with Pac-heads on. Good times. Hit the break for more photos.

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ICE’s Standard version of Panic Museum

February 4, 2010

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At IAAPA I had a chance to play Taito’s huge, theater style light-gun game, Panic Museum. The setup is impressive, with a large projected screen and theater quality sound, but obviously this does not work for many venues where space is an issue. So distributors have come up with a solution, giving the game a more traditional setup with an LCD cabinet. While we are not sure what the screen size is, as you can see from above the cabinet is attractive. This particular version is by ICE for release in the US and it differs slightly from what was shown at EAG. After looking over several distributor websites, I have only found one selling the deluxe version for almost $14,000 and no one has listed the standard version yet. ICE doesn’t even have the deluxe version of the game listed on their website at the moment so we will have to wait to hear more.

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ICE's Standard version of Panic Museum

February 4, 2010

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At IAAPA I had a chance to play Taito’s huge, theater style light-gun game, Panic Museum. The setup is impressive, with a large projected screen and theater quality sound, but obviously this does not work for many venues where space is an issue. So distributors have come up with a solution, giving the game a more traditional setup with an LCD cabinet. While we are not sure what the screen size is, as you can see from above the cabinet is attractive. This particular version is by ICE for release in the US and it differs slightly from what was shown at EAG. After looking over several distributor websites, I have only found one selling the deluxe version for almost $14,000 and no one has listed the standard version yet. ICE doesn’t even have the deluxe version of the game listed on their website at the moment so we will have to wait to hear more.

[ICE website] [Discuss on the forums]

First pics from the big arcade show in London called EAG 2010 by Kevin Williams UPDATED

January 27, 2010

Thanks to Kevin Williams of The Stinger Report, we have a first look at the European Amusement and Gaming Expo 2010. To give you an idea of some of the games you’ll see by clicking below, here’s a brief list of what’s new: Let’s Go Island (Sega); Bejeweled (?); Vulcan M (Rassen); Big Buck Hunter Pinball (Stern); Stomper DLX (TrioTech); Rok N’ Bloks (ICE); The BishiBashi (Konami); and one game that’s sure to grab us plenty of hits for the rest of eternity on the name alone, Box4Sex (don’t worry, it’s SFW – just a boxer game that dispenses condoms and such) and of course there’s more. But you’ll have to click below to find out. All the pictures are courtesy The Stinger Report; the commentary is all mine and just so you know, I wasn’t at the show. This also marks just one of our EAG related posts – more information will be forthcoming (including videos!) in the coming days so stay tuned! In fact, I already have found one video showing the games there, which you’ll find embedded below as well.

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ICE announces two new games to be seen at the EAG Expo: Robin Hood and Rok N’ Bloks

January 22, 2010

The development of video redemption games continues to deliver some interesting arcade games to our realm and we’ll be seeing more of these next week at the EAG Expo in London. ICE has just announced two of these titles, Robin Hood and Rok N’ Bloks. Where the software has been designed with ticket payouts in mind I’d say that it’s highly unlikely that we will see non-redemption versions of these games coming along but they are still worth mentioning.

The Robin Hood cabinet reminds me of the classic Exidy game Crossbow – the funny thing about this is that Robin Hood wasn’t known for running around with a crossbow but I imagine that a bow and arrow controller would be a little too cubersome to have on a cabinet. The game itself is a shooting gallery title with a medieval theme.

Rok N’ Bloks appears to be a 3D variation on the Stacker games. The game uses a unique controller that has the player tilting a base to catch blocks that fall from above, stacking and balancing the blocks while attempting to reach certain win zones. You drop three blocks and the game is over – it’s simplistic and makes use of physics, which of course is pretty popular to use in games right now. I may not be a huge fan of redemption games (I know, I’m practically alone on that among arcade operators) but I like seeing ideas like this Rok N’ Bloks game as it’s trying something a little different.

Stay tuned to Arcade Heroes next week for a complete look at the EAG Expo!

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ICE announces two new games to be seen at the EAG Expo: Robin Hood and Rok N' Bloks

January 22, 2010

The development of video redemption games continues to deliver some interesting arcade games to our realm and we’ll be seeing more of these next week at the EAG Expo in London. ICE has just announced two of these titles, Robin Hood and Rok N’ Bloks. Where the software has been designed with ticket payouts in mind I’d say that it’s highly unlikely that we will see non-redemption versions of these games coming along but they are still worth mentioning.

The Robin Hood cabinet reminds me of the classic Exidy game Crossbow – the funny thing about this is that Robin Hood wasn’t known for running around with a crossbow but I imagine that a bow and arrow controller would be a little too cubersome to have on a cabinet. The game itself is a shooting gallery title with a medieval theme.

Rok N’ Bloks appears to be a 3D variation on the Stacker games. The game uses a unique controller that has the player tilting a base to catch blocks that fall from above, stacking and balancing the blocks while attempting to reach certain win zones. You drop three blocks and the game is over – it’s simplistic and makes use of physics, which of course is pretty popular to use in games right now. I may not be a huge fan of redemption games (I know, I’m practically alone on that among arcade operators) but I like seeing ideas like this Rok N’ Bloks game as it’s trying something a little different.

Stay tuned to Arcade Heroes next week for a complete look at the EAG Expo!

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Taito’s Panic Museum coming to the US via ICE

November 13, 2009

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It looks like the slowdown in arcade news is finally letting up with a number of companies sending out press releases today regarding product that we’ll be seeing at IAAPA next week. One release that surprised me today is ICE’s announcement that they will be showing off Taito’s Panic Museum (also known as Haunted Museum at one point)at their booth. ICE generally focuses on coin-op redemption, crane and air hockey products so seeing them teaming up with Taito on this is an interesting development. Previously the game has been testing in Europe and Japan and I wasn’t expecting to see it in the US. We’ll look into it further at the show next week as well as what this might mean for further Taito games in the US down the road.

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