Game Developers Conference (GDC) is the largest exhibition reserved solely to the video game industry professionals. It is currently being held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco and ends on March 6. The first edition held 27 years ago gathered 25 developers. This year, more than 24000 visitors (programmers, game designers, artists, producers,...) are expected. Many conferences, workshops and round tables will be organised. This time, arcade games will be represented by Junya Motomura, director and technical artist at Arc System Works, who will hold a conference at GDC on Friday from 1.30pm to 2.30pm. During this conference named "GuiltyGearXrd's Art Style: The X Factor Between 2D and 3D", he will explain how Arc System Works has developed a new artistic style for Guilty Gear Xrd using Unreal Engine 3 to create 3D characters with a hand-drawn 2D look. Both the artistic (models, textures,...) and technical (programming, rendering) sides will be covered.
Based in Woburn, Massachusetts, 1cc Shirts prints limited edition T-shirts often bearing an arcade theme. A new design is announced on the first day of each month, orders are then accepted until around the 20th. After this date, the T-shirt model becomes unavailable and new copies are no longer manufactured. Each T-shirt is screen printed by hand and only the ordered number are made. The T-shirts are sent before the end of the month. The March design is a representation of the famous New Astro City arcade cabinet by Sega with the following text on the back: "High-resolution graphics and stereo-of-the-art sound double your playing enjoyment! Aero dynamic shape design. Designed by SEGA ENTERPRISES, LTD. AM R&D #4 project team". This is not the first an arcade machine is in the spotlight since in November, the theme was Taito's Egret II. Many arcade brands have already been used such as Cave, Toaplan, Atlus, NEOGEO, Raiden,... The price of a shirt is $25 shipped if you live in the US and $33 for the rest of the world, the payment is made using PayPal. Clothing used as a base is a Gildan Ultra Cotton available in all sizes and in men and ladies models. You have until Sunday, March 22 at midnight EST (Monday 23 at 6:00 CET) to order the New Astro City T-shirt.
The new update of Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Maxi Boost is available today. It adds a new mecha (Gundam AGE-3) and a new final boss (Extreme Gundam Mystic Phase). The Gundam AGE-3 piloted by Kio Asuno is coming from Mobile Suit Gundam AGE, an anime series of 49 episodes released between October 2011 and September 2012. It features the following equipment: SigMaxiss Rifle, Blustia Cannon, Beam Sabers, Smoke Grenades, AGE System, Core Block System, Wear System. The new boss is the Extreme Gundam Mystic Phase piloted by Sthesia Awar Acht. It comes from the Extreme Gundam R serie, a prototype of multi mode gundams created for Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS. Full Boost. It has the following equipment: Lance, Wings, Armor Packs.
Attention gamers! For two weeks, Media Markt Gosselies is organizing the Retro-gaming Vs. Next-Gen! event. On this occasion, you will find a videogame playground in the center of the store with consoles and arcade machines in free access. We spotted (among others) a Mega Drive with Altered Beast, A Super Nintendo with Street Fighter II, a PlayStation playing Tekken and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City for PlayStation 2. There are also more modern games running on PlayStation 3. The arcade corner features Sega Tetris, Virtua Tennis 2, Asian Dynamite (Dynamite Deka EX) and Capcom vs. SNK - Millennium Fight 2000. That's fun but that's not all! Various contests and competitions will be organized such as a FIFA 99 tournament! Keep checking the store's Facebook page to keep you informed of the dates of these events. You have until Saturday, March 7 to enjoy the games! Pay to play? I'm not crazy!
Art & Magic (and Appeal) team will gather in Charleroi on Friday evening for a conference looking back at their career in the '90s. If you grew up with the Amiga, you obviously know of the very impressive Agony and Unreal games, but these Belgian developers are also responsible for Ultimate Tennis which remained the number one arcade tennis game for a long time (until the release of Sega's Virtua Tennis). Their arcade titles also include the Stone Ball prehistoric football game and the reflex-strategy game Cheese Chase. Common to all Art & Magic games is the impressive quality of their graphics, but the game that PC gamers will certainly remember the most is a title they would develop in their offices in Jambes (Namur) under the name of Appeal: the revolutionary adventure-action game Outcast! With its vast voxel landscapes and its open alien world, this game left its mark on many players mind who remember fondly of the many hours they spent exploring this rich universe. 8 games will be reviewed at this event: Unreal, Agony, Ultimate Tennis, Stone Ball, Cheese Chase, Western Shooting, No Respect and Outcast. No doubt most of the evening will be devoted to this last game, but you can ask all the questions you want to the developers present. The following guests are announced: Franck Sauer, Gil Damoiseaux, Michaël Defroyennes, Iwan Peter Scheer and Yves Grolet. The event will be hosted by Julien Annart of the FOr'J organization. I hope we will have the opportunity to discuss Spellsinger and the Lost Child, an ambitious arcade game that was canceled after three years of development and whose only existing prototype disappeared. See you at PointCulture Charleroi (near the Palais des Beaux-Arts) on Friday, February 27 at 19:30 for a special moment. For info and booking, call +32 (0)71/317.147 or +32 (0)472/675.883 (Facebook page of the event). Note: the conference will be in French language.
jubeat prop is available today. It's already the 6th title from Konami's rythm game series (excluding updates). In this new version, a type of marker appears: the Hold Marker corresponding to a long note. The Bonus Tune system from jubeat saucer fulfill is back. To access it, the player must fill a circular gauge on the result screen with "bonus tune points". To get these points, the player must meet certain conditions: play a song for the first time, match four people, make a full combo,...
Wonderland Wars is out in Japan today. With this title, Sega tries a new game genre in arcade: MOBA (Multiplayer-Online-Battle-Arena). As in this type of game, players are divided into teams: 2 teams of 4 vs 4 and the goal is to destroy the opponent's castle. The game universe and the characters come from fairy tales and folklore: Alice, Robin Hood,... The cabinet features a touch screen and a pen. The players move characters using the joystick and the pen is used to activate skills and attack enemies. Characters gain experience and level up. Each character has a speciality (attack, magic, support,...). Like skills and objects, they are represented on virtual playing cards. At the game start, the player can choose to enter directly into the heart of battle with the "National Battle Mode" or to train against the CPU with the "Training Field Mode". Players must register on the game site and possess an Aime or IC card to play. Wonderland Wars runs on the NU hardware from Sega.
It's today that Tekken 7 hits Japanese arcades. Its development was announced in 2010 and then we had no news until July 2014 when Bandai Namco showed a trailer at the Comic-Con show. This trailer reveals Tekken 7 story and a new key character in the series appears: Kazumi Mishima (the wife of Heihachi Mishima) which is the final boss of the game. The trailer may suggest that Tekken 7 is the last episode of the series since it closes the Mishima saga and reveals the origin of the Devil gene. Four new characters are already available for the release of Tekken 7: Katarina Alves, a Brazilian fighter suitable for beginners, Claudio Serafino that uses magic, Lucky Chloe, a young girl with a cat costume using dance movements and Shaheen a fighter from Saudi Arabia (whose design has been submitted to the Arab fans of Tekken before be included in the game). The game features beautiful graphics thanks to the Unreal Engine 4. For the first time in an arcade version, an online mode is available and allows the players from different arcades to compete. A new interesting feature is the new camera system: no matter if the player is the player a or two, he can fight on the right side or the left side of the screen depending on his preference. The release of Tekken 7 corresponds to the 20 years of the series, to celebrate the event, Bandai Namco released a Noir cabinet "Gold Tekken 20th anniversary" special edition.
Yesterday, the Japan Amusement Expo 2015 ended after two intense days in announcements and events. First, Square Enix delighted the players with the announcement of Dissidia Final Fantasy, an arcade version of the console game series which will be played in 3vs3. A trailer is already available. Square Enix also announced a collaboration between Gunslinger Stratos 2 and Ultra Street Fighter IV (watch the trailer) and the first location tests of School of Ragnarok. Capcom has also surprised everyone by unveiling two new projects: a Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) game and a musical game named Cytus Î©. Capcom also talked about its two other games under development: crossbeats REV. and Luigi Mansion Arcade. On the side of other developers, there were not surprise announcements but many already announced new games were presented. On Sega stand, visitors could discover among other games Kancolle Arcade, StarHorse3 SeasonIV DREAM ON THE TURF and New Mushiking. Bandai Namco highlighted the very awaited Pokkén Tournament. But their other leading titles were also present: Star Wars Battle Pod, Taiko no Tatsujin: Murasaki Ver., Tekken 7, Time Crisis 5, Synchronica, Yokai Watch and Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 5 (whose Maximum Speed Throne Japan 2015 finals took place on-site). New music games GITADORA Tri-Boost GuitarFreaks, GITADORA Tri-Boost DrumMania and jubeat prop as well as Disney Tsum Tsum were presented by Konami. Finally, Taito introduced its RPG Wizrogue - Labyrinth of Wizardry.
After a long development started in July 2013 financed through Indiegogo and a Steam release, Yatagarasu - Attack on Cataclysm is finally released in arcade via Taito's NESiCAxLive platform. Initially, Yatagarasu is a doujin fighting game out on PC in 2011 made by 3 former SNK developers (under the name PDW:Hotapen). This new version adds three additional characters to the existing roaster of 8 fighters from the PC version: Kazama Kotaro, Azure and Aja Salisbury (that players chosen via a vote). The characters are in pixel-art low resolution but the game runs in high resolution. The main originality is that matches are commented live depending on what happens on the screen (this option can be disabled). The player can choose the commentator he wants.
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