Arcades are a dying breed in the US. In fact they been almost extinct for a long while now. What most of us can rely on these days amounts to nothing more than pretty pathetic Dave & Buster… unless you’re lucky enough to live near one of those last samurai of an age long gone.
But even then you are not safe. Tokyo Game Action in Winchendon, MA was such a bastion. It was the first (or at the very least one of the first) arcades to import Street Fighter IV, it had a bevy of rhythm games, they held tournaments often, everything was in pristine condition, the wife of the owner made wonderful Japanese meals you could buy on location and most of all they did a lot for the community.
But then weather hit and the place was flooded, in essence killing the arcade. T’was a sad day as one of the last samurai had been vanquished.
But today I want to talk about another arcade, one just North of UT called Arcade UFO. Destructoid posted a very interesting interview of Ryan Harvey, the owner of the place.
Make sure you check it out and if you live in the area go in and enjoy a slice of Japan on US soil.
I just finished watching the Memorial that aired on TV and it was a mix of people saying various things, some more heartfelt than others, but on the whole it was a beautiful ceremony that could have been a big circus but wasn’t.
Anyway you may be wondering why I’m talking about this on my gaming site, well it’s because recently a website has popped up which offers a 360° virtual tour of the King of Pop’s own arcade ‘room’ and boy oh boy….
Tons of arcades, statues, lifesize replicas…. a geek’s heaven.
Be sure to check it out over there.
For those of you who missed them I’ve released 3 new sessions on Retroware TV. I’ve covered some more rock-oriented tracks, several arcade classics from our past and more recently a little special on Street Fighter IV.
For those interested for the next several sessions I’m going to change the formula just a tad and focus on RPGs in a somewhat chronological order. I hope you’ll enjoy.
In any case go check it out.
360 North America Price Drops
After the very recent Japanese price drops Microsoft carries on and does the same in the New Wold. As soon as September 5 the Arcade version will be $199 while the new 60G Pro version will be $299 and the Elite $399.
As was true in Japan this officially makes the 360 $49 cheaper than the Wii.
E3 Is Back?
It is rumored that the ESA (Entertainment Software Association) is considering going back to the old (real?) E3 with tens of thousands of attendees and all the crazy mayhem that made it popular int he first place.
Now how much truth is there to this? Well, as Gamespot adequately put it: “That they’re considering it? Not bogus. That they’ll do it? Nothing is confirmed…yet. “
Sacred 2: Fallen Angel Screens Galore
Koch Media released a bunch of screens for the various versions (PC, PS3 and 360) of the game. The screens show two new classes for the PC called the Inquisitor and the Guardian. While the PC version is coming out at the end of the month, the console version will not be released until November.
PC – Inquisitor
PC – Guardian
Command & Conquer: Red Alert Free!
All you RTS players need to go this site and download the game. With Red Alert 3 coming out in October Electronic Arts has decided to make the first episode, released in 1996 (12 years ago!!!!), available for free.
Also anyone who preorders Red Alert 3 will get Red Alert 2 for free also.
Wow EA is turning into Santa Claus!
2 New PS3 Bundles for Europe
Sony will release two new PS3 bundles on October 29:
- LittleBigPlanet, 80G console and a Dualshock 3 pad for €399
- Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, 80G console and 2 Dualshock 3 pads for €449
360 Cheaper than Wii in Japan
Microsoft is going all out to help push its console into Japanese homes. The recent release of Tales of Vesperia helped but this can’t hurt either. The Redmond firm announced yesterday in Tokyo that it will cut the price of all its consoles fairly significantly starting September 11.
The biggest psychological drop comes for the Arcade version which drops to ¥19,800 ($183) which is ¥5,200 ($48) cheaper than the Wii.
Meanwhile the Elite will drop from ¥47,800 ($440) to ¥39,800 ($368) and the Pro model will go on sale for ¥29,800 ($275) which is ¥5,000 ($46) cheaper than its 20G predecessor.
Phew! Good deals all around.
Tenchu 4 Trailer and screens
I loved Tenchu for its ambiance and great soundtrack but the sequels were just OK. My main complaint being the lack of Japanese voices with English subtitles.
Anyway Tenchu 4 is coming out in Japan on the Wii on October 23 and today we get some yummy screens and a pretty nice trailer.
Please give me Japanese voices with subs!
Guitar Hero Strikes Back
Last week Harmonix announced a bunch of albums for their Rock Band 2 and today Activision announced they signed a deal with many…MANY instrument manufacturers. here’s the list: Ampeg, Audio-Technica, EMG Pickups, Ernie Ball, Evans Drumheads, Guitar Center, Krank Amplification, Mackie, Marshall, Orange County Drum & Percussion, Pork Pie Percussion, Regal Tip, Sabian cymbals, Vox and Zildjian drumsticks. Wow!
They also announced today that World Tour will feature exclusively the new Smashing Pumpkins single named G.L.O.W. along with 1979 and The Everlasting Gaze in a pack. Today will be featured on the main Guitar Hero: World Tour disc.