Organised by BACTA, the first edition of EAG trade show took place in London in late January. Major arcade games manufacturers were present and the event was a success. Find the latest titles available in Europe in our report of 180 commented pictures. Next important shows will be EAAPA 2010 (from February 17 to 19 at the Sokolniki in Moscow, Russia), AOU 2010 (from February 19th to 21st at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japon), AmEx 2010 (March 2nd and 3rd at Green Isle Hotel Conference Center in Dublin, Ireland), GameNet 2010 (from March 5th to 7th at EKEP Exhibition Center in Metamorfosi, Greece) and GTI Asia Taipei Expo 2010 (from May 2nd to 4th at the World Trade Center in Taipei, Taiwan).
Already available since November 13th in the United States, Terminator Salvation makes its European debut at the EAG trade show, which will be held in Londres from January 26th to 28th. Manufactured by Raw Thrills and developed by Play Mechanix which already made Big Buck Hunter and Aliens Extermination, Terminator Salvation, inspired by the last Terminator movie, features a very impressive cabinet with a T-600 robot marquee topper, a 42-inch LCD screen and two assault rifles. The game will be very realistic with recoil effect and a new clip action reload feature. Furthermore, players can enhance their weapons with devices they find during the game.
Co-Optimus, a specialized website in cooperative games, publishes a four pages article entitled "Coin-Op Co-Op: A Brief History and a Bright Future". In this article, Kevin Williams of the Stinger Report looks back at the history of multiplayer games in the arcade industry. From Pong Doubles in 1973 to the new Giant Tetris, these are four decades of cooperative games that are reviewed. To read the article, please visit the Co-Optimus website.
We wish you all the best for this year 2010 that marks the entry into a new decade. As usual, this is the occasion to review the titles released in 2009, let's start with Namco which released upgrade kits to convert racing games into Fast and Furious Drift, the famous deluxe shooter Razing Storm by the creators of the Time Crisis series, the motorcycle game Nirin and the return of powerboat racing with H2Overdrive. From Sega came out the very good Harley Davidson - King of the Road, the good Hummer, the disappointing Rambo, the conventional R-Tuned Ultimate Street Racing and budget titles Sega Bass Fishing Challenge and Sega Clay Challenge. Konami's line-up included GTI Club Supermini Festa and music games Guitar Hero Arcade and DanceDanceRevolution X. In 2009, Global VR gave us an update for NASCAR Racing, Need For Speed Carbon and the comics looking beat'em all Justice League - Heroes United. To complete our tour, let's note the arrival in Europe of some very good titles from less known manufacturerssuch as DJ Max Technika (Pentavision), Pump It Up NX Absolute (Andamiro) and BlazBlue - Calamity Trigger (Arc System Works). This was also the year when major titles had to be imported due to lack of official release in Europe, Street Fighter IV (Capcom) and Tekken 6 Bloodline Rebellion (Namco) come to mind.
After H2Overdrive a new racing boat game is available in Europe, named AquaRacer Extreme, this game is developed by Japanese game company Bitster and uses the motion system created specially for the occasion by Korean company Simuline. Thanks to this motion system, the game is very realistic especially during jumps, drifts and when the boost button is used. The game features three courses of different difficulty levels and four boats. Four players can compete simultaneously and races can be broadcast live on a screen (optional). Another game mode allows two players to drive in cooperative: the pilot will change automatically every 30 seconds or when the "change player" button is used. AquaRacer Extreme can already be ordered from Avranches Automatic (France).
Next month, London will host two amusement exhibitions: IGE (Intenational Gaming Expo, which gathers ATEI, ICE and ICEi) and EAG (European Amusement and Gaming Expo). The IGE will take place from January 26 to 28 at Earls Court and will focus on casino games, bets, bingo, ... Unfortunately, only 50 exhibitors will represent the amusement sector (including Photo Me, Bell Fruit, GTI, ...). While IGE will take place on the same dates at ExCel, this brand new show is born from the association of InterGame and former ATEI partner, BACTA which represents the amusement industry in England. This show will showcase video games, AWPs, billiards, bingo, bowling, cranes, kiddie rides, juke boxes, plush, pushers, redemption games, simulators... Among exhibitors, we'll find big names as Sega, Bandai Namco, Konami, Electrocoin, Elaut, Harry Levy, ...
Presented for the first time in London in 2002, Game On exhibition continues its world tour and will open in Brussels next Tuesday. Renamed Play Belgium, this event tells the video game history from first arcade games like Computer Space, Pong and Pac-Man to actual home consoles. Visitors can try more than 250 video games from past and present. Play Belgium is also an educative experience with video games trainings in Belgium, educational games, prevention, specialized media and future technologies through several conferences, demonstrations and workshops. Play Belgium will take place at the Cellars of Cureghem in Anderlecht from December 22Th to April 18Th 2010 and opens from Monday to Sunday (Mondays and Tuesdays are reserved for school visits). Adult ticket price is 16 € in presales. More details on the website.
Japanese are great fans of bike since a long time but unfortunately although the number of road deaths is decreasing, cyclists injured increases. The autombile manufacturer Honda has decided to launch in February 2010 a bicycle simulator to educate cyclists on many road hazards. This machine is designed for schools, public safety agencies and various training centers. This educative machine comes in the form of a bicycle connected to a screen. Honda is an expert in traffic simulations: since 1996 it offers motorcycle simulators and since 2000 car simulators.
BlazBlue sequel will be released on November 20th in Japan (and will probably hit Europe in January) on Taito Type X². Fights still take place in beautiful 3D environnements. Arc System Works manages once again to release a game with a complex gameplay but affordable for beginners. This episode brings three new fighters: Hazama, Tsubaki Yayoi and Lamda No. 11. Price is 268000 Yens (2000 €).
Mega sale! While waiting for Arcana Heart 3 release, Examu sells a limited pack including an eX-Board, games Arcana Heart 2 v2.1 and Suggoi! Arcana Heart 2 v2.6 as well as a Suggoi! Arcana Heart 2 poster. All of these for 98,000 Yens (740 €)! These are used PCBs (from a rental program) but they are fully tested before shipping. This is the opportunity to acquire a good new game (version 2.6 was released in February 2009) at bottom price. The particularity is that this fighting game features female characters only. There are 21 female fighters representing all moe genres fighting each others happily with spectacular special blow. Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to order. Attention, only 20 packs available!
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