The next DNA seminar will be held at ExCeL London on January 21 one day prior EAG International 2013 exhibition opening. During this day, many speakers will talk over various topics such as new opportunities in the 3D/4D leisure centers, the development of interactive dark rides and augmented reality application in leisure industry... Among the speakers, the audience will listen to: Randy White from White Hutchinson Leisure and Learning, David Young from BMI Gaming, Adrian Hon from Six to Start, Ernest Yale from Triotech, Paul Collimore from Animalive, Mark Locker from Theme Park Nerd and many others... DNA founder Kevin Williams will welcome the audience at 9:30 with an introductory speech and the work will take place all day until 18:00. The inscriptions are already open here. Registration fee is £99 to £180 (depending on the booking date) and includes admission to the seminar and lunch. Furthermore, refreshments will be offered at the end of the day and participants can relax by playing Hide and Seek's game Searchlight. It is a very physical game where two players co-operate to clear the playing field of a motley collection of wooden balls and blocks without being caught in the moving spotlight.
Bandai Namco Games will have a strong presence at EAG this year with two stands. The largest European distributor will not only present its own products but also those of its partners such as Raw Thrills, Jennison Entertainment and Five Star Redemption. Bandai Namco has announced that seven new products will be launched at the show. Redemption games will be well represented with 5 new machines. Pac-Man mascot will be entitled with a series of 6 games devoted to him, including a new air hockey table which particularity is to be played with dozens of pallets at the same time... The highly anticipated horror game Dark Escape 4D (released in Japan in July) which tests the player's level of fear will also be showcased. Another game that will debut in Europe: SnoCross from Raw Thrills. It's a snowmobiles and sleds racing game on the most extreme tracks around the world. The game features motion seats and HD graphics. Players can share their scores on Facebook with QR codes. Bandai Namco's sales and technical teams will welcome visitors at the stand.
Present at EAG for the first time, Mocap Games will preview a series of technological innovations in entertainment. Mocap Games is part of Animazoo which specializes in animation and motion capture with its Animalive system used for example by Merlin Entertainments, Warner Brothers and Sea Life centers. With Mocap, they start operations in the entertainment industry and theme parks. On the show, they will showcase games where players wear motion capture suits and interact in games such as Sci-shooter and Vertigo. In Sci-shooter, two to six players sit on a pivoting seat and wear a visor displaying the game action, they control a virtual robot with a upper body suit. Vertigo is a rock climbing adventure game. Mocap Games invites operators and players to discover its technology at its booth.
Phantom Breaker Another Code is a 2D fighting game developed by Delta Factory and running on RingEdge 2. It's an arcade port of Phantom Breaker developed by 5pb and released on Xbox 360 on June 2011 in Japan. It should be released during 2013. In this game, a mysterious organization led by Phantom organises a tournament in Tokyo, whose winner will have his wish granted. There are 14 fighters that can use two fight syles: quick style (speed and combos) and hard style (defense). Four buttons are used: SP (burst counter), L (weak attack), M (medium attack), H (strong attack). Phantom Breaker Another Code is on location test until December 24 at Club Sega Akihabara.
Last title of the year released on Taito's NESiCAxLive is Psychic Force 2012 for NESiCAxLive. Psychic Force 2012 is a Taito Wolf System powered 3D fighting game released in arcades in 1998. This title's particularity was to provide air combat in a cubic space between 13 fighters using psychic powers. This new version is a full port of the 1998 version with display optimized for high resolution. The game remains in 4/3 ratio and two sidebands with the character's portrait and movelist have been added.
Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Full Boost next update is available today, only one month after the last one... This update adds 4 new featires. A new gundam and its pilot, the XXXG-00W0 Wing Gundam Zero operated by Heero Yuy. They come from Mobile Suit Gundam Wing anime series released between April 1995 and March 1996. The Gudam is equipped with: 2 x Beam Saber, 2 x Machine Cannon, Piledriver Shield, Twin Buster Rifle and 2 x Wing Vulcan. Two new bosses: the Extreme Gundam Mystic Phase, lastest evolution of the Gundam Extreme series especially created for the game and the MA-08 Big Zam from Mobile Suit Gundam anime series released in 1979. A new map located in the Sanc Kingdom also coming from Mobile Suit Gundam Wing. And to celebrate Christmas: a special Christmas campaign available since December 13 to January 15. Registered players will have access to special events and will receive exclusive items.
Konami releases its 21st game in the pop'n music series: pop'n music Sunny Park. New features are: "pop'n coupon", "tutorial" and "birthday event character". "pop'n coupons" are useful to help during the game. The tutorial is fully voiced by Nyami and Mimi characters who teach new players buttons and songs selection operation mode. Each character has now a birthday date and the screen is different on each anniversary. A new character called Ciel has been added. Easy and Normal modes have been merged into a new Normal mode and songs from the Easy mode are classified in the new Osusume category (these songs do not use all the game buttons). Difficulty level is increased from 1 to 43 to 1 to 50. All old songs have been re-rated according to the new difficulty scale.
Sega Amusement's stand will be the largest one at EAG International this year. It will be necessary to accommodate all the new products of 2013. Besides support, service and spare parts and merchandising divisions, Sega will introduce products from its partners such as ICE and Pan Amusements. On arcade market side, the January show will be the European premiere of Dream Raiders, an adventure game with two full motion seats. Players can choose their "dream" from 9 choices. Then, armed with a Dream Blaster, they will face all sorts of strange creatures to raid a treasure. Dream Raiders features a 55" plasma screen and special effects such as wind and weapon force feedback. Redemption games are still very popular and Sega will unveil two new titles: Pirates of Monster Island and Key Master In Colour (a skill game). Justin Burke, general manager, and the 30 staff members present there already promise a warm welcome to all visitors to the booth n°860...
New Disney's animated film "Wreck-It Ralph" will officially be released on December 12 in Belgian cinemas. This doesn't prevent most national theaters to start screenings as soon as tomorrow. Directed by Rich Moore (Futurama, The Simpsons), the film tells the story of Wreck-It Ralph, the vilain from Fix-It Felix, Jr. arcade video game. Ralph is tired of being the bad guy and of being rejected. He leaves his job in Fix-It Felix, Jr. to find a mean to earn the respect of other video game characters. Felix tracks him down. Wreck-It Ralph will delight arcade game fans with many references and appearances of characters from the video games of our childhood. Disney has been through with the idea by building an authentic "Fix-It Felix, Jr." arcade cabinet and publishing advertisements for the arcade seen in the film showing fictional games appearing in the movie (such as Sugar Rush Speedway and Hero's Duty). Hopefully Wreck-It Ralph will raise general public's interest for arcade video games.
Sega shifts into 7th gear by releasing Initial D Arcade Stage 7 AA X today. Shuichi Shigeno's manga is nearing its end, so it was time to produce a sequel to Initial D Arcade Stage 6 AA that updates the story mode with the latest events appeared in the manga. The story mode can now be played in teams of 2 and "Project Kanto's fastest" mode is now available in addition to the Tag Battle mode. This cooperative mode consits of 2 on 2 battles: Both races take place simultaneously, one uphill and the other downhill. The "ACE" emblems system is still present but scores are higher when both players catch an emblem of the same colour (gold or silver). 43 cars and 14 courses are featured (against 34 in Initial D 6). Tsuchizaka stage from Initial D 3 returns thanks to fan request. Players can still tune their cars and new accessories (clothing, hairstyles, ...) are available to customize avatars. The online mode is now open to the following countries: Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Macau. Like its predecessor, Initial D Arcade Stage 7 AA X runs on RingEdge. As usual, the opening theme, Cross the X, is composed by m.o.v.e. Another famous Japanese artist has also participated to the game OST: GACKT with the title Jounetsu No Inazuma. Titles form previous editions are back as Remember Me, Night of Fire and a remix of Gamble Rumble.
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