Posted tagged ‘Midway’

Exclusive: the last coin-op project at Midway Chicago, RIP SQUAD: Raids Against the Reich

April 27, 2010

Back in 2001, Midway made a decision to dump their long standing coin-op division in favor of focusing developments on console gaming.  When that decision came down, there were still some arcade games floating around in the development cycle, which were subsequently canceled and were lost to the knowledge of the public. Fortunately, there are a number of ex-Midway employees who still work in coin-op development and one of them wanted to get the word out about Midway Chicago’s last game to have work done on it, a unique shooter called RIP SQUAD. Many thanks to Scott Pikulski for all of this information, including the pictures and the video. Scott is currently employed with Play Mechanix and has worked on a number of their games, including the recent Terminator Salvation Arcade and the upcoming Wheel of Fortune video redemption title.

Hit the break below for an exclusive look at RIP SQUAD, where I summarize an online interview I did with Scott regarding the game, along with plenty of pictures and three videos. Look for the full interview in an upcoming issue of Replay Magazine.

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Smash TV to make a comeback – someday soon perhaps

November 10, 2009
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Better to use the flyer than the title screen that everyone else uses

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There are many arcade games out there which have been ported to a console or two but not many games can claim to have been ported to at least 16 different platforms (if you count compilations like Midway Arcade Treasures). Smash TV is one of those games and with dual-stick games like Geometry Wars being a popular item on consoles today, it only seems natural that someone at the company-formely-known-as-Midway would want to bring Smash TV back from the dead again.

And it appears that they were working on a new console port of the game not long ago, right before Midway went completely down the tubes. According to the news about the SmashTV update, it looks like the idea is still on the table but I would count the possibility of a return of the game coming to arcades being a minimal one (I actually mentioned that to Eugene Jarvis at AMOA 08 but it wasn’t something they were considering) although it would be very cool to see the game coming back to it’s “natural habitat” once again.

I do realize that this is the third post dealing with the home conversion of an arcade title(which we don’t normally focus on) in the past couple of weeks but don’t blame me – blame the slow arcade news!

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Arcade Heroes Week-in-review Podcast Episode 5

July 13, 2009

This week on our podcast, Kevin Williams of The Stinger Report joins me again as we discuss not just the news of the week but some other aspects of the arcade industry as well, including a retrospective of the once great arcade company Midway. We also cover a little bit of news that wasn’t on the site this past week but is relevant to what we do.  This is the longest episode yet with a little over an hour of content so we hope you enjoy it!

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With Midway bankrupt, where will that leave their arcade stuff?

February 14, 2009

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You have probably heard by now that Midway has gone bankrupt and they owe millions of dollars to different companies for various reasons. While Midway stopped making arcade games several years ago (and many of their arcade development people went over to companies like Raw Thrills and Play Mechanix), with this bankruptcy news this has me wondering what is going to become of the many arcade game properties that they hold on to. In addition to their long line-up of titles that goes as far back as the 1970’s, they also bought up Atari Games back in 2001 or so and so they also own all of the great games that AG made from 1984 (like Marble Madness) up to Rush 2049. So now it remains to be seen – will Midway’s properties be broken up and sold to different bidders or will someone scoop up all of the arcade stuff to bring some of those titles back to where they belong?

I know that is a long shot and thus wishful thinking but if I had a few million bucks I’d totally buy up Atari Games and bring them back from the dead with a vengeance. KLAX, Paperboy, T-Mek, Gauntlet Legends and others would be cool games to bring back although there’s plenty of original stuff that could be done as well. What are your thoughts on the final demise of Midway?

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Midway opens an online arcade game site

July 12, 2008

When Midway left the arcade industry, it left a lot of people unhappy and in some cases devastated. They had bought up Atari Games not long before that and both companies had been powerhouses on the arcade scene in their own right for many years, both with games that went back to the golden age of gaming. So when they pulled the plug it wasn’t a good thing. To top that off I remember one of their execs thrashing arcades a couple of years ago in an interview and it was pretty obvious that they had no intention of getting back into the game. They still don’t but now they have an online game portal where you can go to play many different games from the Midway and Atari Games catalogues. I’m sure it’s just another way for them to cash in off these great classics, seeing how three different compilation disks have come to the last gen of consoles and several of these games can be downloaded to consoles and PCs already but at the very least Midway is recognizing their past here. It’s not enough to turn them around yet since they have been in a world of hurt lately but it’s always good to see arcade games getting a little recognition from companies that have long since dropped them by the wayside.

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Midway turns to Out-of-Home to secure line of credit

March 7, 2008

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The National Amusement Inc., operation has replaced the previous Wells Fargo Foothill agreement, to secure credit facilities for the crippled Midway consumer game operation. The $97.4 million loss during 2007 the worse admittance of failed policy by the once prominent publisher; the company will now focus on casual gaming for consoles and is expected top announcement major reconstruction. That this once prominent amusement corporation now turns to National Amusement (leading movie picture facility company with over 1,500 screens) – depending on the financial security of the movie house and amusement machine operator to secure consumer game business.

As for my personal thought on this – all I can say is how the mighty have fallen. Atari is in the same boat although they seem to be making a slight turn around (Atari/Infrogrames was not the arcade division – Atari Games was actually bought by Midway not long before Midway pulled out of the arcade business completely). I guess we’ll see if this does the same magic for Midway.

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"I Hunger!" – The Sinistar Cake

January 22, 2008

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We’ve seen all sorts of video gamed themed cakes out there, especially ones based on well-known mainstream characters like Pac-Man, Mario, Sonic, Master Chief and others but when I saw this Sinistar cake I couldn’t resist. For the uninitiated, Sinistar is the juggernaut villain of the classic arcade game that carries the same name.  Once he comes to life in the game, he begins to send warnings your way such as “Beware, I live”, “I Hunger”, “Run coward!”, and a few other lines. Designed by a co-worker of KLOV forum member artisan2084, this cake is no lie. Now how come none of my co-workers have ever bothered to make such a cool cake?  Bentley Bear or Major Havoc would be cool…

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“I Hunger!” – The Sinistar Cake

January 22, 2008

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We’ve seen all sorts of video gamed themed cakes out there, especially ones based on well-known mainstream characters like Pac-Man, Mario, Sonic, Master Chief and others but when I saw this Sinistar cake I couldn’t resist. For the uninitiated, Sinistar is the juggernaut villain of the classic arcade game that carries the same name.  Once he comes to life in the game, he begins to send warnings your way such as “Beware, I live”, “I Hunger”, “Run coward!”, and a few other lines. Designed by a co-worker of KLOV forum member artisan2084, this cake is no lie. Now how come none of my co-workers have ever bothered to make such a cool cake?  Bentley Bear or Major Havoc would be cool…

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