Last week the IAAPA organization held their most recent event, the Asian Attractions Expo 2011 in Singapore. IAAPA Expos are an opportunity for pretty much any out-of-home entertainment company to showcase their latest ideas they have or will have for sale for venues to get their hands on (provided they have the capital to do so). According to the IAAPA’s press release I received about the event, they had this to say about it: “A record-breaking trade show floor, sold-out special events, packed education sessions, and a strong turnout from serious buyers marked the continued growth and success of Asian Attractions Expo”. The presence of arcade titles appears to be much lighter than the US IAAPA Expo that takes place every November and thanks to David Liu, we can get a look at what was there, including some head-scratching games like Killzone 3 and Dance Hero, where it doesn’t take a wild guess to indicate how authorized they really are.
Unfortunately there isn’t anything really groundbreaking to talk about – no new games from any well-known companies that we haven’t seen before. Such as Golden Tee 2011, Super Bikes 2, Crazy Speed Arcade, etc. No sense in wasting space on showing these again since we’ve seen them a bunch of times already.
So let’s look at some console games running in cabinets that shouldn’t be there, at the Cosmic Animation Entertainment booth.
I’m sure Konami would appreciate knowing that someone has already went to the trouble of making an arcade version of their Kinect game which they already had been considering(and then send in their lawyers after them). As Bacon points out, it’s Dance Central from Harmonix in there, not Konami’s game. Correct me if I’m wrong but these cabinets look a lot like Sega Rambo DLX cabinets too. I understand that having the resources to manufacture something is different that having the resources to develop software but it’s still no excuse for ripping off other people’s content and then trying to sell it. There is so much that can be done in arcades that I find it borderline offensive to see time and resources being wasted on garbage like this.
Well there were some new games there but nothing to get excited about. Such as Speeder Max by Xiongye.
Oh look, a Sonic Blast Heroes clone
That Live Park 4D thing we discussed yesterday was there
The Max Rider 4D Experience
Penguin Paradise. We’ve seen games like this before but from this pictures it’s impossible to tell if it’s original content or not.
A fancy golf simulator
There are many more pictures at David Liu’s album from the Expo, if you are interested they can be seen here