We’ve provided a bit of video from Amusement Expo but there were a couple of things that I wasn’t able to grab with my camera but Kevin Williams of The Stinger Report was also there and captured a few moments with his camera, including something I had completely missed, with Namco getting four girls to wander around with Pac-heads on. Good times. Hit the break for more photos.
The two ladies on the left were on hand at the Namco booth to help show off the games in action, they are the two I recorded finishing off Deadstorm Pirates. On the right you can see Jason Arney who is part of Namco’s research team who resides in Japan.
In the center of this picture is the head dev behind Pac-Man Battle Royale, whose name I unfortunately am forgetting at the moment. Kunito Komori (thanks Sam)
More Pac-Man Battle Royale action. The cabinets were rarely left vacant as you could probably tell by now.
It might not be exactly clear here but this picture shows one of the new updates to Namco’s Tank! Tank! Tank! that features bee-bots instead of spiders
In addition to software updates they have changed the cabinet a little more to help clarify what the game is to people passing by. If you haven’t heard of this game previously, it’s like a modern remake of Tokyo Wars but with much more content to enjoy.
The Pac-Girls wandering around the show. I had personally missed out on seeing them do this but it was a nice way to help people know about the new Pac-Man if show attendees didn’t hear about it already.
The new “standard” Razing Storm cabinet with a 42″ LCD monitor
The System 357 powered Deadstorm Pirates. They had the volume up a little too high for me but the latest software is fun to play and the game looks great. This will be released in May. Also below is a look at the stage selection map.
Terminator Salvation Arcade by Raw Thrills’. This featured the latest software build which includes voice-acting and cut scenes not seen at IAAPA and you could complete the whole game. They also spruced up the graphics a little more which no one is complaining about, in fact seeing it in person the game is looking really nice.
Here is an indie light-gun shooter which was at the show, Friction which we have discussed here previously, with one of the game designers Juan Castillo on the right.
GlobalVr’s new NASCAR Team Racing. As we mentioned in previous posts, this has online play and a larger focus on racing as a team, as the name implies. Coming in April
Incredible Technologies had a great booth at the show and they were offering some awesome deals on their games, including some money off for operators who could get a strike on Silver Strike Live (which I managed to do the first time I tried, although I’m not even close to as good on this game as some are)
Sega was proudly showing off their new Rambo cabinets.
The Let’s Go Island preview cab next to a Harley Davidson. I didn’t find out when we’d hear more about Let’s go Island but I had hoped to see more if it at the show.
Hummer Extreme Edition. I like this game, it’s fun to crash into things for the boost instead of just having a boost there.
Further back you can see they had the dual seater mini-motion version and Sega Racing Classic. I actually played the dual Hummer by myself and it was fun to try it that way, my teamwork rating was “Great!”
Tetris Giant is always fun
I was very surprised to see this at the show. Seems a bit old to be bringing back but the LCD is a nicer feature than the projectors
Sega Rally 3
A closer look at Sega Racing Classic
The Game Gate VU was more popular at this show than at the other ones where it was on display. They were with Sega at IAAPA but this time they had four cabinets setup as opposed to two. Not sure what the price is now but if it’s better than the original $6000 they wanted for it, perhaps it’s time to give it a second look. They are going through iGames for the public use license on this; I am a member of that organization already and they give us some nice benefits so there should be no worries about the public use on this now.
DJ Max Techinka was at the show with two cabinets featuring the latest software that the game has, which includes online features.
Pump It Up Fiesta with Dasbacon of Bemanistyle.com showing us how it’s done.
UPDATE: I missed out on a few things, I’ll also be posting a podcast later today when I get the time
MaruBot Football League was there, featuring enclosed robot soccer action. They have been tweaking the play on this to get it right, as at IAAPA it left me wanting more but I didn’t have the chance to see how the game has improved.
The rebadged Tippin’ Bloks at the ICE booth. This is a fun game to play and feels like a classic title
TrioTech had a number of different ladies showing off how to use the Stomper DLX cabinets, which as we have mentioned previously is a more compact version of their UFO Stomper game.
Tournament ratings at the Stern Pinball booth