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A field guide of classic arcade design

24 Dec

Field Guide To Classic Arcade Design

Who doesn’t love classic arcade design? I mean, it’s awesome and brings lots of memories from the past! Probably Michael Mateyko and Hans Thiessen have thought the same when they created these Field Guides.

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The new Mario Kart arcade version is out in Japan

26 Jul

Mario Kart Arcade GP DX

The new arcade version of Mario Kart, called Mario Kart Arcade GP DX, born after the collaboration between Nintendo and Namco Bandai, is finally out in Japan. Unfortunately we don’t know if this special cabinet will ever see the light of the day outside the rising sun land, but hey…it features a drivable shooting tank! Here’s the brand new launch trailer.

As you can see from the trailer, a part from the already present in previous versions Pac-Man, this new arcade-only chapter will feature a bran new character from the Namco Bandai roaster, Don from Taiko Drum Master. Also, the game has a coop mode, used to combine two player’s kart in a powerful tank!

By the way, here’s how the cabinet looks like.

Mario Kart Arcade GP DX cabinet

Namco Bandai is still thinking about a western release…let’s hope.

You will love this OutRun Arcade Cabinet made of LEGO

6 Jun

outrun lego arcade cabinet sega

We all know what a great game is the original OutRun (and possibly even greater is the sequel), but someone thinks it is really special. So special to deserve a LEGO scale model of its original Deluxe Arcade Cabinet!

A blogger called TAGGSTA, that runs an OutRun related blog, decided to create possibly the most beautiful mini arcade cabinet ever, and made out of LEGO bricks! Ah…and completely working!

outrun lego arcade cabinet sega

Taggsta was inspired by a previous OutRun deluxe LEGO creation he found on the net; then he decided to create his own, but then add the real game into it (seems legit!). This little beauty was done using an iPhone with iCade mobile via Bluetooth.

Well, the result is amazing! Check out the video uploaded by the creator!

We’ll definitely buy of those if SEGA and LEGO would collaborate to make it real and mass produced!

The Heart Of Gaming is the closest thing to a Japanese Game Center outside Japan

28 Apr

The Heart Of Gaming london arcade

Everybody always whines about the lack of decent arcades in Europe and US. We obviously do the same, since there are no enjoyable game centers in London, apart (maybe) from the Namco FunScape, but it’s more a family style arcade, with bumper car, bowling and all.

But don’t despair, things are going to change! In fact, from mid-April you are able to enjoy The Heart Of Gaming!

In a world where arcades have been replaced by casinos and slot machines, a portion of that great period in history arises, blending the gaming scene of yesteryear, with the games of the past, present and future.

The Heart Of Gaming london arcade

The HOG is basically the closest thing to a real Japanese Game Center. They got plenty of SEGA VS City cabinets with lots of different fighting games, but also regular NAOMIs, NAOMI DXs and other super cool machines covering many other genres (like vertical shmups). And that’s not all, because there are countless Xbox 360 and PS3 available to host your own console fighting!

The Heart Of Gaming london arcade

The Heart Of Gaming london arcadeSounds too good to be true? This is how it works.

You just step in, pay an entry fee, and start play whatever you want for how long you want until, at some point, they kick you out (everybody needs to sleep).

The HOG opens at 4pm every day, and closes at midnight. Overnight sessions will depend on numbers of people prepared to stay. Here’s the price guide:

Mon- Thurs: £7 (£5 after 6pm)
Overnight price –
If arriving and paying for any day session first- £6. After 2330- £8

Friday: £10 (£7 after 6pm)
Overnight price
If arriving and paying for any day session first- £7. After 2330- £10

Saturday: £10 all day.
Overnight price
If arriving and paying for any day session first- £7. After 2330- £10

Sunday: £8 all day (£6 after 6pm)
Overnight price
If arriving and paying for any day session first-£6. After 2330- £8

To provide the customers with even better value for money, they will be announcing the prices of weekly, fornightly and monthly passes shortly. Overnight sessions are cheaper if you have already paid for any of the day sessions.

Need more pics? Here we go!

The Heart Of Gaming london arcade

The Heart Of Gaming london arcade

The Heart Of Gaming london arcade

The Heart Of Gaming london arcade

The Heart Of Gaming london arcade

What do you think? For us is just the heaven! And we’re really looking forward to go there as soon as possible! Still not convinced? Check out this interview with one of the co-founder!

Yes, but where is it? Easy, The Heart Of Gaming is located at 10 Cullen Way, NW10 6JZ, North Acton, London

The Space Invaders: In Search Of Lost Time movie is finally out

19 Apr

The Space Invaders: In Search of Lost Time

Do you remember when a couple of month ago we told you about a very interesting documentary about collecting arcade cabinets called The Space Invaders: In Search Of Lost Time? Good, because the movie is finally out and you can grab it on Amazon Video on Demand.

We are not here to talk about moral or something, but those guys really put a lot of effort on making this movie, so if you want to watch it, please avoid torrents.

Just in case, here’s the trailer.

The Space Invaders: In Search of Lost Time, a feature-length documentary about arcade game collectors from The Space Invaders on Vimeo.

Arcade Passion | 2 – SEGA GiGO (Ikebukuro)

21 Mar

SEGA GiGO AKIHABARA | 池袋 GiGO

sega gigo ikebukuro 池袋

Address: 1-21-1 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 〒 170-0013 | 〒170-0013 東京都豊島区 東池袋1-21-1

Telephone: (00 81) 03-3981-6906

Opening time: 10:00~24:00 (10am – 12 midnight)

Website: http://tempo.sega.jp/am/ikebukuro/

Foursquare venue: 池袋 GiGO

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Our journey in the beautiful world of Japanese game centers continues with another must-visit arcade. This time we’re talking about the Ikebukuro SEGA GiGO, probably the largest game center in the whole Japan. It is located not far from the Ikebukuro station, one of the three largest commercial districts in Tokyo. This huge amusement venue offers seven floor of arcade cabinets (of every type and genre), ufo-catchers and so on. And as expected, the store boasts an impressive lineup of fighting games at its B1 floor, with daily tournaments and competitions. Like its counterpart in Akihabara, this SEGA temple often holds anime oriented events. From our personal experience, it’s safe to say that this Ikebukuro GiGO is far better than everything else you could possibly find in Japan (and in the world). If you’ll travel by this district, stop and spend some money here! Must visit!

FINAL THOUGHT: Nothing else to say, apart from that this game center is like the heaven for all the arcade gamers!

Hackers find that F-Zero AX is fully playable within F-Zero GX on GameCube

9 Mar

f-zero ax gx

F-Zero GX is a masterpiece for the GameCube, a great collaboration between SEGA and Nintendo (and the first one, right after SEGA became a third party developer) that leaded to an awesome racing game. The game had also its counterpart in the arcades, indeed there was (and still is, but it is ridiculously rare to find) a cabinet version called F-Zero AX. The two games can exchange save data via GameCube memory cards in order to unlock some extra stuff, but recently, some hackers found that the two versions of the game have something else in common.

People at The Cutting Room Floor, a site dedicated to unearthing and researching unused and cut content from video games (from debug menus, to unused music, graphics, enemies, or levels, many games have content never meant to be seen by anybody but the developers), recently discovered that F-Zero GX contains the full version of F-Zero AX, and everybody can access the game through an Action Replay disc.

The unused content was a difficult find, as it was hidden for almost a decade (the GX version was released back in 2003). AX is unlockable in both PAL and NTSC version of the game, but obviously it is a bit buggy and contains some instances of Japanese text.

These are the two codes needed to unlock the arcade game in your GameCube version:

NTSC:
61TA-AXPK-UAV9E
EHJV-6U30-2DTVE
NBCW-U1NV-0JDJG
HK7K-0RFW-FNQ8Y
PF4U-P5D0-862X1
7HUZ-2PJY-J5TTU
Q7PM-1678-XE7FW
YW2J-AUVE-R79V8
T6UV-03PE-1H26C
R91R-1A6J-ZXN30
1GHM-VQ7W-7HBWW

PAL:
Z60V-MZG0-VRAQ2
3DFJ-55T9-J5J7P
NBCW-U1NV-0JDJG
HK7K-0RFW-FNQ8Y
PF4U-P5D0-862X1
9D4X-PVXV-R3FNV
Q7PM-1678-XE7FW
UAB4-HZ2F-AW6X5
T6UV-03PE-1H26C
BN71-WCD5-DYDNW
FHW5-F3D3-B2UZ5
NJR5-FE19-GQ851
5FRQ-P6M4-096F3
85KV-QPJD-4U999
VXM8-U9Y8-URZPR
VZFH-H43M-5N6E3
G71V-JPGY-BPDDZ
GUZD-V5KT-UBKA8

The Space Invaders: In Search of Lost Time

6 Feb

The Space Invaders: In Search of Lost Time

No, it’s not a new Space Invaders game coming to your iPad or something, The Space Invaders: In Search of Lost Time is a feature-length documentary film about classic arcade game collecting. It is the story of classic obsession, the second life of games in basements and garages across the US.

The Space Invaders: In Search of Lost Time will take you inside America’s hidden game rooms and into the hearts and minds of those who have made it their mission to enthusiastically preserve these important cultural touchstones.

Why? Because by 1985, video arcades revenue had fallen 97%, so they began to disappear worldwide (apart from Japan, as we said here) and most of the old games were converted or destroyed. A few, packed into warehouses, largely forgotten for another decade.

Luna City Arcade, one of the home game rooms featured in the film.

Luna City Arcade, one of the home game rooms featured in the film.

This documentary seems to be a very good chance to undust some masterpieces from the golden age of arcades, and meet the most hardcore coin-op experts and collectors out there.

The full-lenght film, directed by Jeff Von Ward and featuring lots of die-hard collectors (take a look at them here), should be out around next April and we’re really looking forward to watch it. But for now just enjoy the trailer and check out its website.

 

Arcade Passion | 1 – SEGA GiGO (Akihabara)

3 Feb

Step inside. Passing rows of crane games, the air is thick with gray cigarette smoke as players feed coins into slots.

Arcade staff empty ashtrays and wipe down cabinets between rounds of play. Groups of schoolgirls pile into sticker-picture booths. Mild-mannered salarymen display impressive King of Fighters fighting skills. A few of the game cabinets are connected to flat-screen TVs so bystanders can stop and ogle. Grimy VCRs are hooked up to bullet-hell shooting games, making it possible for players to record their game play, take home the VHS tape, and study. A line has formed for card-based game Sangokushi Taisen, snaking past the latest dizzying beatmania rhythm game from Konami. Houswives carry buckets of worthless tokens for roaring pachinko machines. A blue plastic gun is pulled and fired at a monitor. Bang bang! The Sega rally-car pedal is pushed to the metal. And players just keep playing. Welcome to the game center, the Japanese arcade. This is where regular folks show off irregular game skills.”

This is what Brian Ashcraft, Osaka-based writer and Kotaku columnist, wrote down as introduction for his best seller “Arcade Mania! The turbo-charged world of Japan’s game centers” (never heard of it? shame on you! save your soul and buy it somewhere NOW!). But why we chose these words? Well, because they describe at best the real feel of being in a Japanese arcade.

We love arcades (video arcades, game arcades, game centers or whatever you call them), everybody do. At least if you are old mature enough to had spent your childhood in one of them, trying to beat that damn pixel highscore. The problem is that video arcades in Europe and in the US are dead, and there is just one place in the world to keep enjoyng the joy of being the record-holder for Metal Slug X or being beaten by a stranger on a Street Fighter II match: obviously we are talking about JAPAN.

This new column has born with the purpose of let you know about all (well, most of them) the beautiful, marvellous, incredible, amazing (sometimes hidden) Japanese game centers! With the hope of building a sort of arcade guide!

Enough introduction (what a long one!), let’s start our journey and spend some ¥!

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SEGA GiGO AKIHABARA | 秋葉原 GiGO

Akihabara_GiGO

Address: 1-15-1 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0021 | 〒101-0021 東京都千代田区 外神田1-15-1

Telephone: (00 81) 03-3252-7528

Opening time: 10:00~24:00 (10am – 12 midnight)

Website: http://tempo.sega.jp/am/akiba-gigo/

Foursquare venue: 秋葉原 GiGO

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Starting this column with the Akihabara SEGA GiGO is a must. This is the ultimate temple of every arcade-gamer. It offers six floors (yep, SIX freaking floors) of game cabinets, covering any different game genre, from UFO-catchers to virtual card games, from fighting games to shmups! Obviously there are lots of competitor’s arcades in Akihabara, so to keep up with the neighborhood this GiGO offers monthly tournaments and lots of anime-oriented events and prizes.

FINAL THOUGHT: imagine all your dreams come true…this is the place you DESERVE! It’s just out of Akihabara station, so…what are you waiting for?