Posted tagged ‘Japan’

Konami’s “Love Plus Arcade” brings dating sims, creepiness to Japanese arcades

July 24, 2010

I have never seen a study been published on whether or not dating simulation video games actually improves ones behavior and/or chances with the opposite sex but either way such games have a following for some reason which eludes me. I find them to be on the creepy side, not like building your own robotic female companion, but creepy nonetheless. A new dating sim arcade game by Konami is no different, but from the looks of things on AM-Net, quite a few people were excited to check out Love Plus Arcade when it was on location test in Akihabara yesterday. The loctest version allowed players to participate in three mini-games where they try to win over the virtual 3D cel-shaded girl. It uses a touch screen, a card system and even has little barriers to keep others from watching your screen. Maybe if they had real women on the other side that male players could try and win over it would be less strange but perhaps I am missing something here and they are fun games that some guys seek out solely for entertainment purposes; or maybe they are effective for some individuals. I still would have zero confidence in a guy trying to win over my daughter in the future with ideas and expectations he learned off of a dating sim. But to each his own, there are worse methods out there, especially on the internet, for people to learn how to interact with one another.

AM-Net has several links on sites posting about Love Plus Arcade with more pictures on this than we saw with Super Street Fighter IV. There’s an official site for it as well.

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Konami's "Love Plus Arcade" brings dating sims, creepiness to Japanese arcades

July 24, 2010

I have never seen a study been published on whether or not dating simulation video games actually improves ones behavior and/or chances with the opposite sex but either way such games have a following for some reason which eludes me. I find them to be on the creepy side, not like building your own robotic female companion, but creepy nonetheless. A new dating sim arcade game by Konami is no different, but from the looks of things on AM-Net, quite a few people were excited to check out Love Plus Arcade when it was on location test in Akihabara yesterday. The loctest version allowed players to participate in three mini-games where they try to win over the virtual 3D cel-shaded girl. It uses a touch screen, a card system and even has little barriers to keep others from watching your screen. Maybe if they had real women on the other side that male players could try and win over it would be less strange but perhaps I am missing something here and they are fun games that some guys seek out solely for entertainment purposes; or maybe they are effective for some individuals. I still would have zero confidence in a guy trying to win over my daughter in the future with ideas and expectations he learned off of a dating sim. But to each his own, there are worse methods out there, especially on the internet, for people to learn how to interact with one another.

AM-Net has several links on sites posting about Love Plus Arcade with more pictures on this than we saw with Super Street Fighter IV. There’s an official site for it as well.

One Super Street Fighter IV location test down, at least two more to go

July 23, 2010

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There really isn’t anything new to report on the arcade version of Super Street Fighter IV after it’s most recent location test but at least some in Japan have had a chance to play it now. That and we know that the arcade version will be getting new characters but I’m sure the cries of anguish from the console players will have Capcom rectifying that soon after the arcade release. The pic above actually reminds me from a stage from the old, mostly forgotten fighter Primal Rage but I digress. Two more Japanese location tests are planned over the next two weeks.

For more pics and a little info on the game’s card system hit up Dengeki Online.

Banpresto’s Wacky Races reappears on location test in Japan

July 11, 2010

Chalk this up to the big surprise of the month (so far) but way back in 2007 a new kart-style racing game appeared on location test at the Trocadero in London called Wacky Races. The

Wacky Races as last seen at ASI 2008

game was based upon an older Hanna-Barbara. cartoon(now being distributed under Warner Bros.) of the same name and had a slot-machine style lever on it that dealt with power-ups(that lever was removed on US cabinets). I got a chance to play this game back at ASI2008 but after that show the game completely went off the radar for some reason, even though it was pretty much finished. I don’t know if it was just available in Europe or if it was available in very limited quantities in the US – either way I had forgotten about the game until today. Strangely enough it has reappeared on a location test in Japan, once again under the Banpresto logo and once again with the lever seen on the European versions of the game. I wonder why this game is making a comeback two and half years after it’s initial reveal and whether or not they have made any improvements to it while it’s been off-the-radar.

Small Room Aries has a little more info on the Japanese location test for this game, including some location test info for Konami’s new Pop N’ Music Tune Street game.

Here’s the location test video that AH editor Twisted Supreme grabbed from the game back in 2007:

Banpresto's Wacky Races reappears on location test in Japan

July 11, 2010

Chalk this up to the big surprise of the month (so far) but way back in 2007 a new kart-style racing game appeared on location test at the Trocadero in London called Wacky Races. The

Wacky Races as last seen at ASI 2008

game was based upon an older Hanna-Barbara. cartoon(now being distributed under Warner Bros.) of the same name and had a slot-machine style lever on it that dealt with power-ups(that lever was removed on US cabinets). I got a chance to play this game back at ASI2008 but after that show the game completely went off the radar for some reason, even though it was pretty much finished. I don’t know if it was just available in Europe or if it was available in very limited quantities in the US – either way I had forgotten about the game until today. Strangely enough it has reappeared on a location test in Japan, once again under the Banpresto logo and once again with the lever seen on the European versions of the game. I wonder why this game is making a comeback two and half years after it’s initial reveal and whether or not they have made any improvements to it while it’s been off-the-radar.

Small Room Aries has a little more info on the Japanese location test for this game, including some location test info for Konami’s new Pop N’ Music Tune Street game.

Here’s the location test video that AH editor Twisted Supreme grabbed from the game back in 2007:

Sega releases “Let’s Go Kids Elephant Bus” in Japan

July 8, 2010

Of all the current arcade game manufacturers, no one is more at the forefront of creating kids video titles than Sega is. That’s not to say that others aren’t trying but we are seeing video games which cater to kids come along from Sega more than others. They have a new Transformers game, several card based games, and a dual racer (Patrol Chaser) and dual light-gun game (Battle Police) which can link together. They have another game to add to that line-up now, with the release of Let’s Go Kids: Elephant Bus. This new game allows for one child and one adult to sit down and play a 2-4 minute game where they pick up both animals and people as they drive a bus route on different selectable courses. The game also features “road safety events” which pop up where it is used to teach a traffic rule. Combined with a vibrating seat (probably similar to what Sega used in the dual HUMMER Extreme motion cabinet but toned down) and it makes for a unique game, especially where it has been made with adults in mind to so they can sit down and play a game with their kid. Like all of the games mentioned above however, it’s doubtful that you will see this outside of Japan although the lack of a card system certainly makes it easier to move into other markets.

[Official Let’s Go Kids Elephant Bus page via AM.Net]

Sega releases "Let's Go Kids Elephant Bus" in Japan

July 8, 2010

Of all the current arcade game manufacturers, no one is more at the forefront of creating kids video titles than Sega is. That’s not to say that others aren’t trying but we are seeing video games which cater to kids come along from Sega more than others. They have a new Transformers game, several card based games, and a dual racer (Patrol Chaser) and dual light-gun game (Battle Police) which can link together. They have another game to add to that line-up now, with the release of Let’s Go Kids: Elephant Bus. This new game allows for one child and one adult to sit down and play a 2-4 minute game where they pick up both animals and people as they drive a bus route on different selectable courses. The game also features “road safety events” which pop up where it is used to teach a traffic rule. Combined with a vibrating seat (probably similar to what Sega used in the dual HUMMER Extreme motion cabinet but toned down) and it makes for a unique game, especially where it has been made with adults in mind to so they can sit down and play a game with their kid. Like all of the games mentioned above however, it’s doubtful that you will see this outside of Japan although the lack of a card system certainly makes it easier to move into other markets.

[Official Let’s Go Kids Elephant Bus page via AM.Net]