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Pentavision and Pipeline Games merge to become Pentavision Global

August 26, 2010

Photo of the merger being finalized via CoinOpToday

A short time ago I noticed that the Pipeline Games website was completely down and it seemed to be staying that way. That didn’t bode well for the brand new company who had brought some quirky games to Amusement Expo earlier this year. The disappearance of the website has been solved today however as another amusement company based in South Korea, Pentavision, announced that they and Pipeline Games have merged to create a new company called Pentavision Global.

If you are not familiar with Pentavision, they are the company who has given us the DJ Max Technika series but not much else beyond that particular game and it’s sequels. Pipeline doesn’t have a huge roster of content either – there was a novelty video product called The Grip Strength at Amusement Expo, bowling game and a mini-crane machine which will be released soon. With the merger, it is mentioned that the new PG will focus on “in‐house product development and strategic licensing of coin operated amusement games” but we will have to wait and see what those will be beyond the upcoming DJ Max Technika 2 (which was announced for a December release today BTW). This should guarantee that anything that Pentavision does will be making it’s way to the US as the Pipeline offices will be converted over to the US arm of Pentavision Global. We’re not sure where that leaves PM Studios, who have been taking care of DJMT in the US previously and whether they will continue to work with Pentavision on that.

Either way we hope that the merger will lead to more innovative games hitting the arcade market in the near future, so good luck to the new Pentavision in that endeavor.

More info: Press release @ CoinOpToday.com

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Pipeline Games updates site, adds a Youtube channel

April 15, 2010

One of the more unique booths I saw at Amusement Expo last month was the new Pipeline Games Inc. We heard about them just before the show as news about James Ko leaving Andamiro to form this new company was just spreading around. They had a barebones website setup at the time but now after the show, it’s been updated to actually include some relevant information. There aren’t any new revelations on new products but at the very least it  shows off their flagship product, The Grip Strength in full detail. It looks like the final release version has added some extra artwork to the cabinet, which you can see below from Pipeline’s new Youtube channel. The channel also shows off another interesting product that was at the show, SlimStop DX although the preview is far more brief than what I filmed from the show.

I’m still unsure as to how much these games cost at the moment, they didn’t have pricing available at the show and so far I haven’t received a response to inquiries about that subject from them yet but I’ll keep trying. I also look forward to seeing what else they come up with in the future and whether they will be sticking to video novelty games or expanding beyond that.

[Pipeline Games Inc. updated site]

Amusement Expo 2010: Friction Game Studios, Pipeline Games, Lights Out Boxing, & the ICE booth

March 13, 2010

Also at the show for it’s first official showing was the indie developed arcade shooter, Friction. I actually played through the whole game and when I had left the show I still had the highest score by far (I’ll have to ask what it was as I forgot the exact number). This game is a lot of fun and when it starts it rarely let’s up. There are a ton of things to destroy and that’s part of the fun, just shooting everything that is breakable. One thing that was in the build that wasn’t in any videos we had previously seen was blood and the game sports a red label now. In addition to being fun, the game looks really nice in person and I hope that the video can reflect that on some level. No word on a release yet, but there was some strong interest in the game from what I saw, which is especially nice considering that this is Friction’s first event.

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We just recently heard about the formation of a new coin-op game company called Pipeline Games Inc. and they had a decent sized booth at the show with some very interesting products. First is the physical game, The Grip Strength. As you’ll see below, the game is brief and simple and it can work for either ticket redemption or video only depending upon the location. The player selects the appropriate options (except for Phil here who accidentally picks a female :P) and then spends ten seconds pulling the grip to see how strong they are (or aren’t). After you do both hands, the game give you an average and prints out the results on a paper ticket. Also there was This game SUCKS which is an interesting mini-crane that is great for small locations and a few other physical redemption games.

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One surprise at the show was a little cocktail cabinet called Lights Out Boxing which was found in an unlikely place – a bill validator booth that was next to the GlobalVR booth. I wasn’t able to find out exactly who it is that made this and Kevin Williams wasn’t sure either the last time I asked him. As you can see it’s also some sort of indie effort as they housed a flash game into the cabinet and wired it up for coin-op play. One problem with it – the Windows cursor was visible in the middle of the screen the whole time. A game like this that is more fluid graphically would be pretty cool, it reminds me of certain boxing games from the past, such as Boxing on the Atari 2600 by Activision.

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The ICE booth was pretty big and with it at the front of the show, they made their presence known. They had a few new Panic Musuem cabinets there including a completely redesigned (and nicer looking) theater cab and the new 47″ deluxe cabinets. They also had some redesigned Dog Tags machines (although they weren’t as popular this time as they were at IAAPA), Robin Hood video redemption and a few Rok N’ Bloks cabinets which have been rebranded as Tippin’ Bloks.

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I have two videos left to upload, both involving Namco’s booth with Deadstorm Pirates, Go Go Grand Prix, new Nirin software and the standard Razing Storm, but I will probably get a post made about those tomorrow along with some new information on Dead Heat Street Racing.

James Ko leaves Andamiro USA to form Pipeline Games, INC.

February 11, 2010

A few days ago I heard that in a surprise announcement, the CEO of Andamiro USA (makers of games like NX Absolute) was leaving the company to pursue a different opportunity. Today, he sent out a press release stating that he left Andamiro to form his own coin-op game company called Pipeline Games, INC. Not only does he already have some products lined-up to produce, he already has registered a booth at the Amusement Expo 2010 in Vegas next month. The website for Pipeline Games is very incomplete at the moment but it does list three products – Grip Strength, SlimStop and SlimStop DX. A quick search on a couple of search engines don’t reveal any relevant results for those games right now so whether his company will produce any video product is something we will have to wait for. Still, it’s always great to have another company join the coin-op ranks so good luck to Mr. Ko and his company in their efforts!

Via Coinoptoday.com

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