Posted tagged ‘music’

Music game updates: Guitar Freaks/DrumMania XG released; DJ Max Technika raffle

March 23, 2010

[Thanks to Aaron Auzins for the info]

While I was away at the Amusement Expo a couple of weeks ago, we missed out on some news regarding a couple of Konami titles that were released in Japan at that time. We have covered them before and they are known as Guitar Freaks XG and DrumMania XG, these both have been selling quite well in Japan and of course can be imported elsewhere, if you can foot the shipping costs. For those out of the loop on GF/DM, these are the music games which pioneered the idea of playing a virtual rock band, well before the likes of Guitar Hero and Rock Band were forces to be reckoned with on the consoles. They are a bit more hardcore than GH or RB however and might not be everyone’s cup of tea but they are still important games to Konami as well as many loyal players. The XG series features updated game mechanics and controls, songlists and very impressive cabinets. In addition to the release of XG, Konami has also announced Guitar Freaks and DrumMania V7. Not many details beyond what the cabinets look like have been released yet but I imagine that it won’t be too long before we discover more. [GF/DM XG released – Bemanistyle.com] [Konami teasing GF/DM V7 already – Bemanistyle.com]

Also on a bemanistyle.com related note, they are running a raffle to upgrade their servers and as a prize they are offering a complete DJ Max Technika machine as the grand prize. Yep, you read that right. The cabinet in question is lightly used and thus in great condition but because of the costs involved on bemanistyle.com’s end, this can only ship within the US. You can find out more about that here.

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Project DIVA Arcade cabinet revealed as the game goes on location test in Japan (updated)

January 6, 2010

Last October we found out that Sega Japan was planning on bringing a PSP music game known as Project DIVA over to arcades and after a short time of hearing little about the game, we now have a look at the cabinet, pictured above. You can tell by looking closely at the picture that this is the cabinet design they are using in the Ringedge-powered Border Break but with a much larger marquee and enhanced sound system. The website doesn’t say if this is a Ringedge or Ringwide game but it currently is on location test in Japan. I am not expecting to see this particular game get much attention in distribution channels outside of Japan but I am curious to know if any operators out there who frequently import games from there plan on picking this up or not.

More details can be seen at the Project DIVA Arcade website.

UPDATE: Here is a location test report in case anyone is interested

[Discuss on the forum]

Guitar Hero Arcade now available

February 14, 2009

gharcadeFor those who have been eagerly awaiting the release of Raw Thrills’/Konami’s Guitar Hero Arcade, the wait is finally over as models are shipping out to distributors across the country. My own local distributor received some yesterday and those were going to be heading out to locations that had already purchased the game so maybe if you’re lucky you might find a location where this is at this weekend, or at least by next weekend.

It should be interesting to see how this does for arcades, I know that it has tested quite well and as long as locations that grab one take advantage of the popularity of the game and hold tournaments for it, it should remain a high earning game for a while. Of course if it does really well as expected, I then wonder if we’ll see another explosion of music games for the coin-op industry in the US.

Guitar Hero Arcade is now in the “Already Released” column on our Arcade Game Release List for 2009.

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Beck’s “Bad Cartridge” grooves to violent arcade games

February 11, 2009

In a new music video for a song entitled “Bad Cartridge” by the band Beck, they have a tribute  to 8-bit gaming – and in a way to arcades as well. I don’t want to claim that I’m good at interpreting artist intent however so I don’t know if they are trying to make some sort of statement about violent arcade games or maybe just violent games in general but check it out below and see for yourself. Either way it’s a catchy tune that sort of reminds me of that “Golden Shower” techno song from a few years ago that featured spruced up Atari 2600 graphics.

Beck's "Bad Cartridge" grooves to violent arcade games

February 11, 2009

In a new music video for a song entitled “Bad Cartridge” by the band Beck, they have a tribute  to 8-bit gaming – and in a way to arcades as well. I don’t want to claim that I’m good at interpreting artist intent however so I don’t know if they are trying to make some sort of statement about violent arcade games or maybe just violent games in general but check it out below and see for yourself. Either way it’s a catchy tune that sort of reminds me of that “Golden Shower” techno song from a few years ago that featured spruced up Atari 2600 graphics.