Posted tagged ‘Tetris’

Sega’s Giant Tetris gets a new, slightly-less-giant cabinet; HUMMER MDX released

July 13, 2010

One of the nicer game surprises in recent memory was Sega’s release of Giant Tetris(or Tetris Giant – it can go either way) – Tetris with huge joysticks and giant blocks. The game could project a screen of up to 150″ and it was good fun – but it was a $10,000 game which for Tetris (which is available on almost everything that can play games) just seemed a bit too high, even with the funky controls and screen size. But Sega has decided to rectify that on some level, with a new Giant Tetris cabinet that ditches the projector in favor of a 47″ LCD screen and a slightly lower price. At the moment only one distributor, BMI Gaming, is listing the game for sale at a price of $7975 and a release date of October 2010. It’s great to see that Sega hasn’t given up on pushing a puzzle game in today’s arcade market.

So what are your thoughts? Good move on Sega’s part? Do you feel that the price is right? Any thoughts on the new, stylish cabinet?

You can read previous coverage of Giant Tetris here(IAAPA 09) and here(initial announcement)

Also in Sega arcade news, BMI is listing the dual-racer HUMMER MDX Mini-motion as available this month. This was seen at Amusement Expo 2010, it makes for a slightly different racing experience since it’s primarily intended for co-op play. Here’s Sega’s booth from Amusement Expo 2010 where you can see both Giant Tetris (in the deluxe cabinet) and Hummer MDX in action.

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Sega's Giant Tetris gets a new, slightly-less-giant cabinet; HUMMER MDX released

July 13, 2010

One of the nicer game surprises in recent memory was Sega’s release of Giant Tetris(or Tetris Giant – it can go either way) – Tetris with huge joysticks and giant blocks. The game could project a screen of up to 150″ and it was good fun – but it was a $10,000 game which for Tetris (which is available on almost everything that can play games) just seemed a bit too high, even with the funky controls and screen size. But Sega has decided to rectify that on some level, with a new Giant Tetris cabinet that ditches the projector in favor of a 47″ LCD screen and a slightly lower price. At the moment only one distributor, BMI Gaming, is listing the game for sale at a price of $7975 and a release date of October 2010. It’s great to see that Sega hasn’t given up on pushing a puzzle game in today’s arcade market.

So what are your thoughts? Good move on Sega’s part? Do you feel that the price is right? Any thoughts on the new, stylish cabinet?

You can read previous coverage of Giant Tetris here(IAAPA 09) and here(initial announcement)

Also in Sega arcade news, BMI is listing the dual-racer HUMMER MDX Mini-motion as available this month. This was seen at Amusement Expo 2010, it makes for a slightly different racing experience since it’s primarily intended for co-op play. Here’s Sega’s booth from Amusement Expo 2010 where you can see both Giant Tetris (in the deluxe cabinet) and Hummer MDX in action.

Holy cow: Sega also doing a giant Tetris game (updated)

September 11, 2009

From Kevin Williams of  The Stinger Report. The top game is Sega’s new Shining Force Cross RPG game. Beneath that – well it speaks for itself. This is obviously not the same thing as Tetris: The Grandmaster 4 that we discussed earlier – it’s a beast in a class by itself.

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Here is an extra image as seen on Sega’s AM show site.

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Sega to release Tetris: The Grandmaster 4 The Masters of Round

September 10, 2009

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In the past I have lamented about the fact that we don’t really see puzzle games made for arcades anymore, despite the fact that such titles are a perfect fit for the arcade gaming model. Fortunately for those of us who enjoy puzzle games at the arcade, Sega is going to release the latest title in the Tetris The Grand Master series and they will be showing the game at JAMMA next week. There aren’t really any details on what makes this new Tetris stand out from it’s predecessors but I know of many arcades in the US which have imported TGM titles due to the nature of this series so I think we might see more of that going on (unless Sega chooses to release the game officially in other markets).

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BTW, these are the full sized images of the game that have been provided at the moment, hopefully some larger ones will hit the net soon.

UPDATE: In case you are linking to this post from elsewhere and have missed news on the front page, Sega is also releasing a second Tetris arcade game that is a little bit different, especially when it comes to size.

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Today is Tetris' 25th anniversary, but let's not forget D-Day

June 6, 2009

I noticed that Google today is paying homage to the 25th anniversary of one of the greatest video games of all time – Tetris. Tetris of course has graced the arcades several times and it’s influence on puzzle gaming reaches heights that are hard to trace. I too tip my hat to the game as it is a favorite of mine when it comes to puzzles but at the same time I would like to throw out the reminder that today is also the anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, a profoundly important part of history that ultimately led to the defeat of Nazi tyranny. It’s impossible to say what the world would be like without the sacrifice made by all of  those who fought in WW2, especially on this day so I think that it’s far more important for us to remember that sacrifice than to pay homage to a video game, even if it is a hugely influential one. With that I am slightly at a loss as to why Google would choose to honor Tetris and not D-Day or couldn’t find a way to honor both since a lot of sites pick up on the things that Google does on certain anniversaries.  I have also noticed many other gaming sites mentioning the Google Tetris page but overlooking D-Day and that’s why I write this, which is a little different from what I normally write about. Either way it’s possible to remember both so perhaps today I’ll hook up my Tetris board to a JAMMA cabinet and later follow up with some Call of Duty.

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Today is Tetris’ 25th anniversary, but let’s not forget D-Day

June 6, 2009

I noticed that Google today is paying homage to the 25th anniversary of one of the greatest video games of all time – Tetris. Tetris of course has graced the arcades several times and it’s influence on puzzle gaming reaches heights that are hard to trace. I too tip my hat to the game as it is a favorite of mine when it comes to puzzles but at the same time I would like to throw out the reminder that today is also the anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, a profoundly important part of history that ultimately led to the defeat of Nazi tyranny. It’s impossible to say what the world would be like without the sacrifice made by all of  those who fought in WW2, especially on this day so I think that it’s far more important for us to remember that sacrifice than to pay homage to a video game, even if it is a hugely influential one. With that I am slightly at a loss as to why Google would choose to honor Tetris and not D-Day or couldn’t find a way to honor both since a lot of sites pick up on the things that Google does on certain anniversaries.  I have also noticed many other gaming sites mentioning the Google Tetris page but overlooking D-Day and that’s why I write this, which is a little different from what I normally write about. Either way it’s possible to remember both so perhaps today I’ll hook up my Tetris board to a JAMMA cabinet and later follow up with some Call of Duty.

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Soap Invaders

June 5, 2009

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In the long line of Space Invaders spin-offs are now these cute little soap invaders for you to scrub away with. If invaders are you’re cup of tea, then give the old tetris blocks a soaking! Pick up this retro soap here for Space Invaders and here for the Tetris variety

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