Posted tagged ‘Video’

A longer look at Blue Works’ FORCE

July 2, 2010

A short while back we covered a student project in Taiwan that set out to recreate an experience similar to Atari’s Warlords, but with modern graphics and a few changes to the formula. At the time we only had a brief teaser look at the game but now they have produced a much longer video which shows the game in action, both from a direct feed as well as some footage of it being played at SOGO, an expo that took place in Taiwan in May.

As a big fan of Warlords and games like it, I would love to see this picked up by one of the arcade manufacturers in Taiwan so it can get a wider release. I would change a couple of things if it were me – namely a scoring system and an explosion effect to occur when a player is destroyed. Otherwise it looks like great multiplayer fun.

[Blue Works Website]

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Taito’s new trailer for Gaia Attack 4

June 18, 2010

It’s been a few months since we first saw Taito’s newest foray into the realm of light-gun shooters, Gaia Attack 4 and today they released a full trailer for the title on their Japanese Youtube channel. To bring you up to speed on this in case you missed it, GA4 is a four-player light-gun shooter that overlays CG effects that you shoot on top of real world footage. Is there a chance that this could see an international release? We’re not sure but seeing how they are trying out Elevator Action Death Parade internationally, you never say never. A four-player light-gun arcade game is also something that is a novelty these days with which can grab it extra attention based upon that fact alone. The last one I know of was Konami’s Warzaid and that came out in 2003 (as a sidenote, the only one I have ever seen was when I was in Brazil recently).

Taito's new trailer for Gaia Attack 4

June 18, 2010

It’s been a few months since we first saw Taito’s newest foray into the realm of light-gun shooters, Gaia Attack 4 and today they released a full trailer for the title on their Japanese Youtube channel. To bring you up to speed on this in case you missed it, GA4 is a four-player light-gun shooter that overlays CG effects that you shoot on top of real world footage. Is there a chance that this could see an international release? We’re not sure but seeing how they are trying out Elevator Action Death Parade internationally, you never say never. A four-player light-gun arcade game is also something that is a novelty these days with which can grab it extra attention based upon that fact alone. The last one I know of was Konami’s Warzaid and that came out in 2003 (as a sidenote, the only one I have ever seen was when I was in Brazil recently).

Cool footage from an arcade convention in Chicago from 1982 (updated)

April 10, 2010

Long ago, arcade shows were much bigger than they are now, which was due to the arcade market itself being much bigger than it is today. What would it have been like to visit one of these shows at the height of the golden age? Thanks to some footage that has been posted to the internet from the AOE convention in March 1982, we  get a pretty good idea – many new games, ideas and tons of people there to check it all out. I haven’t seen any footage like this before and it makes me wonder how much more video from expos like this are out there. In checking on the website, it looks like all of this comes from a program in the 80’s called Wired In which covered different technological trends from that decade, which of course means we get to see plenty of arcade stuff.

Some gems you’ll see in the 1st video from the convention (Wired In #24) – a young and shaggy Eugene Jarvis(pictured right) checking out Robby Roto; an interview asking about how Robby Roto might compare to Pac-Man;Zaxxon when it was new;  Pac-Man pinball; a cool plexiglass cabinet used to show off how to switch games out(give me something like this with some LEDs to spruce it up further);  the dual screen setups used on games and more.

I can’t embed the video here but here are various links showing the whole event:

Wired In Raw #24 (Zaxxon, Robby Roto, Jarvis interview, Pac-Man pinball CVS,more)

Wired In Raw #25 (More Robby Roto with Jay Fenton, Pac-Man merchandise, a kids motorcycle racing game called Babydromo which is kind of cool; interview with a booth guy asking about Pac-Man Fever, showing off the small table-top Pac-Man games)

Wired In Raw #26 (More convention interviews, including a Garrett Vandenburg who talks about the science behind attract modes; talking with an operator about the earnings at an arcade back then)

UPDATE: If you search “Wired In” on that website you can find many other videos from them, including this one showing some people playing various games in an arcade back in ’82. Also here is one where they are at CES ’82 and 12 min in they show the Coleco arcade which was at the show with a pretty awesome setup. It’s a nice treasure trove of footage worth watching when you find the time.

[Via KLOV Forum post]

‘The Office’ goes to the arcade

March 27, 2010

Because of my schedule, I don’t have a lot of time to watch TV. On top of that there aren’t many shows out there I would go out of my way to watch but I do enjoy The Office, which I usually catch after 10PM on a channel that shows re-runs. But when I started receiving some messages last night and today that the most recent episode featured the office crew at a Dave and Buster’s type place, I had to find a way to see it of course. The newest game I caught a glimpse of was Madden Season 2 (GlobalVR) but I could have missed a few. I also noticed how they covered up the names on a couple of games, like Daytona with something else. In case you want to see it,  NBC.com has recent episodes available for free viewing so  you can catch up by clicking the link below. It’s great to see some love given to arcades on a popular show, it’s stuff like this that can always help public perceptions bit by bit.

[Happy Hour – NBC.com]

'The Office' goes to the arcade

March 27, 2010

Because of my schedule, I don’t have a lot of time to watch TV. On top of that there aren’t many shows out there I would go out of my way to watch but I do enjoy The Office, which I usually catch after 10PM on a channel that shows re-runs. But when I started receiving some messages last night and today that the most recent episode featured the office crew at a Dave and Buster’s type place, I had to find a way to see it of course. The newest game I caught a glimpse of was Madden Season 2 (GlobalVR) but I could have missed a few. I also noticed how they covered up the names on a couple of games, like Daytona with something else. In case you want to see it,  NBC.com has recent episodes available for free viewing so  you can catch up by clicking the link below. It’s great to see some love given to arcades on a popular show, it’s stuff like this that can always help public perceptions bit by bit.

[Happy Hour – NBC.com]

Revisiting Subsino’s Kung Fu Ball

March 25, 2010

When I was at IAAPA last November, I came across a booth that had several head-to-head cocktail cabinets setup there which featured a new game I hadn’t heard of before called Kung Fu Ball. I hadn’t heard of the makers of this game either, Subsino Game Technologies but jsut the simple fact that they had a table top cabinet there was enough to pull me in. I recorded a video of the game in action but it didn’t get a lot of attention at the time – I’m bringing it up again today as I came across a US distribution company(BMI Gaming) that is listing the game as shipping in April.

In case you missed this in the IAAPA coverage, the game is essentially a glorified version of Pong. Instead of paddles you have blocks that work out like punching gloves to hit the ball back and forth on the screen. There are five buttons, each one covering a small area of the player’s goal. The longer you wait to hit the ball the harder it will smack it and faster the ball goes but if you wait too long, it will get past your goal. Come to think of it, the game also sort of reminds me of how Sega’s Flash Beats works, minus the musical mechanics involved, but both games have five buttons and both involve punching the ball at the other opponent. You can see the game in action in the two clips below, the first one is an official preview of the game, the second is what I captured at IAAPA last year.

[Subsino website]