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“[Online] Multiplayer Can’t Replace an Audience”

April 2, 2009
This isn't from the college but you get the idea

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One fact of gaming life these days is online multiplayer. All three consoles push it to their own degrees (with the Wii lacking behind the others in quality by far) and many PC games support it to. There are a few games in the arcade which support online play as well although they tend to work differently than in the console market (as arcades focus mostly on prize winning tournaments). Either way there is one aspect that arcades still have – the audience that can be provided when a game is played. It’s one thing to beat some anonoymous person over the internet in SFIV and it’s a completely different thing to do it live (whether people are there to watch or not, although it is better when you are playing for an audience). That’s the gist of an article posted on Exclaim! Canada in discussing online play on SFIV versus the kind of thing we saw in arcades back in the 90’s. It sounds like the writer doesn’t have or know of any arcades in his area there and I do not know if any arcades in Canada imported SFIV or not but the overall message of online multiplayer vs. audience is one I can relate to. I’ve played (and still play) a number of games online but victory in those games has never been as sweet as I have felt when having a group of people watch me rock at Star Wars Trilogy Arcade or Crisis Zone like I did a few years ago when weekends would roll around. That is a big appeal for fighters as well since they are made to be competitive and it can be fun to watch two good players battle it out for that final victory.

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"[Online] Multiplayer Can't Replace an Audience"

April 2, 2009
This isn't from the college but you get the idea

stinger11

One fact of gaming life these days is online multiplayer. All three consoles push it to their own degrees (with the Wii lacking behind the others in quality by far) and many PC games support it to. There are a few games in the arcade which support online play as well although they tend to work differently than in the console market (as arcades focus mostly on prize winning tournaments). Either way there is one aspect that arcades still have – the audience that can be provided when a game is played. It’s one thing to beat some anonoymous person over the internet in SFIV and it’s a completely different thing to do it live (whether people are there to watch or not, although it is better when you are playing for an audience). That’s the gist of an article posted on Exclaim! Canada in discussing online play on SFIV versus the kind of thing we saw in arcades back in the 90’s. It sounds like the writer doesn’t have or know of any arcades in his area there and I do not know if any arcades in Canada imported SFIV or not but the overall message of online multiplayer vs. audience is one I can relate to. I’ve played (and still play) a number of games online but victory in those games has never been as sweet as I have felt when having a group of people watch me rock at Star Wars Trilogy Arcade or Crisis Zone like I did a few years ago when weekends would roll around. That is a big appeal for fighters as well since they are made to be competitive and it can be fun to watch two good players battle it out for that final victory.

For the full article, click here.

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Next up on the Big Buck Hunter tournies – RAM JAM

July 12, 2008

Big Buck Safari has been one of my best earning games at my arcade recently (although last week it was beat by (brace yourselves) Indiana Jones Pinball which was the best earning game for that period) and I can hardly wait for the online update that it should have later this year which should help improve its earnings even more as I’ll be able to join in with these tournaments that are constantly being held with BBHPro Online. The latest tournament is called RAM JAM. It’s running from the 7th to the 27th and the winner will get $500 but there are cash prizes for everyone up to the 100th place, which is pretty cool. Check your local arcade/FEC/bar/theater or whoever has an online version of BBHPro to participate.

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Details on Big Buck Hunter Pro Online

April 22, 2008

Raw Thrills’ and Play Mechanix have been working on the latest version of Big Buck Hunter Pro for sometime now and with the game finally hitting the streets one may wonder how the online functions work. Obviously it will make more sense if you find an online -enabled version and try it out but so you know what to expect here are some bullet points on what to expect from the new version how it works:

  • – 20% more content with the addition of Caribou and three more bonus rounds
  • Online Tools that allow the operator to check the machine out online for diagnostic or financial updates
  • Also look for additional content to be downloaded to online machines
  • Promotion with National tournaments and the ability to create your own tournaments quickly and easily. Trophy Club is a player tracking system that also includes Hunting Parties, which is a high score contest between a closed group. Think Fantasy Football meets Big Buck Hunter Pro


From what I was told at ASI, the Trophy Club system allows players to register an e-mail address or cell phone number with the game so that if your score has been beat by someone else, an alert will be sent to you through one of the aforementioned methods so you can head back to the arcade and try and take back your score. You can create an account at coinup.com. As an operator I really like that idea as it’s a reminder for people to come back to my location and it creates a fun, competitive feeling around BBHPro. As I mentioned in my ASI coverage, Big Buck Safari is currently offline, but expect an online variation of BBS to come along later, perhaps the end of this year or the beginning of the next.

UPDATE: Funny thing happened today, I stopped by my local distributor and they had a BBHPro Online there so I decided to record a little bit of the cabinet. I couldn’t show the game really because it takes two hands to play. I did record it in HD but WordPress converts the videos into a low rez video so this will have to do.

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