R3PLAY (pronounced "Replay") is a brand new show celebrating gaming history. Presented in association with Retro Gamer and gamesTM magazines, this event aims to make discover to gamers of all ages gaming systems from the 1970s to present day. More than 300 systems will be available in free-play: consoles, coin-ops (retro and new) and computers. Visitors will have the opportunity to take part in prize gaming competitions, listen to Q&A sessions with guest speakers, participate in workshops, view galleries of video game artwork, win raffle prizes, tender bids in a special auction, purchase games, systems and memorabilia. Hosted by TV personality and videogame fanatic Gail Porter, the R3PLAY expo will take place at the Norbreck Castle Exhibition Centre in Blackpool on November 2010 6th and 7th. Prices are £12 for single-day entry and £20 for a weekend ticket. Visit the official website for more info.
A new vertical shooter will soon emerge for the Neo-Geo MVS, its name: Fast Striker. The game will feature six stages, will feature more than 40 different enemy types and 3D backgrounds. Emphasis is placed on scoring and there are three different game modes: beginner, original and maniac. The technical side is impressive since the game is 1560 megabit (never seen before on this hardware)! Accordingly, we will be entitled to a soundtrack of more than 25 minutes of stereo digitized music. An online ranking system will be established and it will be possible to update the game via an USB connection on the cartridge. Behind this production, we find the German developer NG:DEV.TEAM already responsible for Last Hope on Neo-Geo and Dreamcast consoles. Two versions are announced, one for commercial use and another one for private use. There are already some screenshots on the Fast Striker website. As you can see, it's vertical scrolling on horizontal screen. An ideal way to revive those old MVS cabinets out there.
This morning around 4:30 am, a mobile arcade located on the Esplanade de l'Europe in Tournai has been ravaged by fire. A living wagon and a caravan were also destroyed. The emergency services of Tournai were dispatched with a pumper, a ladder truck, a tanker truck and a dozen men. Luckily, there are no injuries nor casualities but an investigation was opened. The arcade was part of the 7th International Custom Meeting event.
The next racing game from Sega Amusements Europe (to whom we owe Sega Rally 3) will be a conversion of Codemasters game Race Driver: GRID. There is still no release date announced, but a beta version running in a Sega Racing Classic cabinet is currently in location test at Bowlplex, Cardiff.
GTI Asia Taipei Expo 2010 will be held from May 2th to 4th at Taipei World Trade Center (Taiwan). Nearly 100 exhibitors will showcase their latest products both gaming as amusement market with arcade games, cranes, ticket games, simulators, bingos and AWP. Many Asian companies will be present: Namco, Sega Taiwan, IGS, InJoy,...
The King of Fighters XIII Type X²) will be released in mid-July. Several KOF XIII locations tests have already organized, the last one was held in late March and the next one will take place when the game development reaches 90%. KOF XIII will feature more characters than KOF XII with the long awaited return of the women fighters team with Mai, Yuri and King and also Elizabeth, Mature and other characters not yet revealed. There will be a total of 10 teams of 3 fighters. During Tougeki in September, category C participants will compete on KOF XIII. The game intro video is available on Arcade Belgium Youtube channel.
On Saturday 3rd April, JohnMcAllister played Asteroids at a friend's house near Portland, Oregon. By Monday 5th April, he was still playing! At 10:18 p.m. Pacific, he scored 41,338,740 points, beating the 27 year old record set by 15-year-old Scott Safran who also stayed awake for three days. McAllister's marathon was streamed live over Justin.tv. Every few hours, once he had won enough extra lives, McAllister stood up to pace the room and eat a sandwich. A last-minute bathroom break almost cost McAllister the title: he came back when only two ships were remaining before defeat. The high score will be official once recognized by Twin Galaxies.
At the Japanese national Street Fighter IV tournament held at Bellesalle in Akihabara today, Capcom announced the development of the arcade version of Street Fighter IV. The players roars have finally been heard by Capcom who changed their mind. Super Street Fighter IV was previously planned for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms only. Victory!
All arcades are closing one after the other, new operators are nowhere to be seen, players stay home. The existence of on-line play networks such as Xbox Live and PlayStation Network does not help. The arcade community doesn't include players anymore, only collectors. After 7 years of fight with operators who turn a deaf ear and players that nothing interests aside "possessing a machine", we have exhausted our resources. To ensure the sustainability of this website, we're embracing the Gaming with latest video slots and casino equipment news. But that's not all, you will earn money on our website! Gaming Belgium will soon become a not-to-be-missed iGaming portal through our association with the Wellingtonrenbaan (Oostende) and the Hippodrome de Wallonie (Mons) which allows you to place your bets on-line and watch the races live! For poker enthusiasts, a national tournament of Texas Hold'em poker will be held this year, qualifying turns starting this summer. Arcade games are not to be forgotten since you will be able to play the greatest arcade classics in Flash format with titles like Pac-Man, Asteroids, Space Invaders and Joust. And this is just the beginning, the future looks bright for Gaming Belgium, and YOU are the winner! This is an April fool!
Named Stunfest X, the 2010 edition of Rennes festival organized by 3 hit combo and dedicated to video games will be held from May 22 to 23. Over the years, Stunfest tournaments became the most important in Europe: this year more than 500 competitors are expected. The European qualifications for Tougeki will be played on Street Fighter 3rd Strike, The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match and Guilty Gear XX Accent Core. A Super Street Fighter 4 tournament will grant the winner an Atomiswave arcade cabinet. Besides tournaments, visitors will enjoy freeplay arcade games, "chiptune" concerts, retrogaming, new console titles presentation, on stage animations (trivia, exhibitions), independent games and many association stands about the video game culture.
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