So I spent all day at my arcade working on getting things ready – fortunately I was able to fix the Tokyo Drift monitors thanks to a tip on the KLOV forums. It turns out that the pin for the sync was in the wrong pinout for these particular monitors – I moved it over and it worked fine. Then I had to figure out why one cabinet didn’t have any sound – I couldn’t see anything wrong electronically so I moved onto setting up the network which didn’t work until I decided to read the manual and I realized that I needed to use the proper DIP switch settings and during that the cabinet without sound suddenly got it so after applying the artwork the cabinets work great.
Anyways about attract modes – this is one thing that any employee of an arcade gets annoyed by very quickly. Now attract modes are necessary as they show people walking by a glimpse of what is going on but so many games have such short spans that after a half hour you already know everything the game will do during that mode. Of course you do have the option to turn the sound off, loosing some of the attraction part of the mode but I wonder why they don’t work to make what happens in attract modes longer and more varied. The game can be programmed to play demos by itself instead of pre-made footage and you could have more voice overs than one or two (as when there are few voice overs it doesn’t take long to get those stuck in your head). I like attract modes where something different is always going on and when they record a variety of voice overs just for that mode where something is occasionally thrown out at you. I have found that The House of the Dead 4 has the most irritating attract mode at my arcade – after hearing “Give it all you got!” for the fifth time I preferred to just shut the sound off. The games from Raw Thrills seemed to have the most varied attract modes of the games I have. So for you, what games have your favorite attract mode and which ones grate on your nerves?