There are a few news items that are starting to rot in the inbox, there are enough of these quick stories now that we can make a newsblend out of it.
Oh the things you find on Twitter (Source: Mofun_Arcade). Unfortunately there is no indication where this was taken but it seems to be a trade show of some kind. At least in the ripping off of Sega’s MaiMai they gave the screen overlay a different shape; some shapes just wouldn’t work too well but the hexagon actually kind of looks cool. Perhaps something that’s not a rip-off can try that sort of screen shape one day. The game is called Dance3, not sure if that sign above is “Hero Technology” or something else. I’m guessing we’ll see it crop up at some other Chinese amusement trade shows in the near future.
Speaking of knock-offs, here’s a story from RocketNews about rip-off plush toys. I guess I sat on this one as I’m pretty sure you can find plush like this in the US and save yourself the trip to the Philippines for the discovery (not that seeking out plush would be any sole reason for a trip). Also I can’t say I’m a huge fan of plush anyways but in case you want to see some of the knock-offs found in some toy machines over there, here’s the story.
The next feed was about something I thought we had covered before – some pictures of a sleek gameroom made it out onto the wide net and a bunch of websites picked up on it. It could be that I’ve seen a lot of these on collectors websites and thus I didn’t realize it hadn’t been covered so that’s hard to say. But it is an excellent gameroom either way. Link is to The Chive, which has some NSFWish links in the sidebars.
And finally, an art project involving backlit mounted pinball playfields as seen at Tested.com. There was a project for opening up another arcade location I was involved with a few years ago where the person I was working with wanted to do something like this but without the backlit part of it. These would certainly make for the perfect decorations in a gameroom or an arcade (although collectors would prefer to see repro playfields used for this purpose as opposed to originals from machines I imagine). In fact, there are kits with all the lights that you can buy LEDSEQ.com.
That’s it for now. I’m still working on gathering data for the Midway Arcade Prototypes post part 2, so stay tuned for that.