This week is always slow for news as a lot of people and companies tend to take off more than just July 4th for a nice Summer break but there is a little something to talk about as we go into the weekend. For those American readers to the site, Happy Independence Day!
First up a little catching up on various Arcade/Pinball shows and expos that have happened recently or will take place soon. First for those I missed on mentioning:
NorthWest Pinball & Arcade Show – Held on June 6th-8th in Tacoma, WA. Here is 10 minutes of footage from the event by Pinballnews.com. I was told that Steve Ritchie had a presentation where he talked about Star Trek Pinball and the sound design but I can’t find video of that. I’m curious to hear if there is an update on that Karl Urban Speech Pack that was promised back in Nov. 2013.
Southern Fried Gameroom Expo 2014 – Held on June 20th-22nd in Atlanta, GA. Here’s 30 min of hand-cam video from the event
One of the panel questions:
Upcoming events (that I know of):
California Extreme 2014 – One of the most famous arcade expos to take place every year, California Extreme is just around the corner for July 12th-14th in Santa Clara, CA. Between arcades and pinball there will be more games available to play then one can probably manage to take a spin on over the course of a few days and here is their list of speakers:
- Eugene Jarvis will return to CAX to discuss his legendary work in creating some of the greatest arcade games ever made. Learn about Defender and his many other contributions to gaming.
- Larry Rosenthal, creator of the Vectorbeam system, will be on hand to discuss his technical achievement and shed some light on the realities of his experience bringing it to the arcade.
- Skit-B Pinball will discuss their creations and future plans. You won’t want to miss this seminar – they plan to raffle one of their creations to someone attending the presentation!
- Matt Ownby will discuss Dexter, a project keeping classic laser games alive.
- Roy “Mr. AWESOME” Shildt will discuss the game Missile Command, as will Dwayne Richard, who has created a documentary on proper play settings.
- A panel of Sente employees will convene to discuss the history of the company.
- PPM will be making their case for a pinball museum at the Alameda Carnegie Library.
- Sunday, the Film Festival returns with Richie Knucklez, King of Arcades, a piece on Wade Krause’s contributions to the FAILE BAST Deluxx Fluxx Arcade, and a number of shorts.
ReplayFX – (Thanks to Dave Urbanek for the tip) – This one is a ways off, scheduled for July 30th-August 2nd 2015 in Pittsburg, PA. They have quite a list of games planned, saying “we expect to have more working games available to play than at any gaming convention in history”. The aim is to have 700 arcade/pinball machines, 1000+ console games and more. It’s too early to tell what speakers will be there (I would be surprised if they don’t manage to get Classic Game Room on board since that is CGR’s backyard).
I’m sure there are various others planned, but at the moment I am unsure of what is happening when. Feel free to drop me a line via the contact form above so I can mention the events although after this post it will probably have to wait until after the weekend. 😉
Sonic: Rise of The Hedgehog Update – Thanks to Nicholas for providing the update on this personal project of his. He’s added another level and also a coin slot to make it more of a legitimate arcade game.
Name That Game #8 – Commentor Chaos managed to figure these out after some research, I do like highlighting obscure games although it’s hard to figure out a balance sometimes. Answers for last week:
#1 – Sky Raider by Atari
#2 – Thundercade / U.A.G (Un-Attached Grenadier) by Taito
And your games for this week, which I will try and give a 4th of July/USA theme where possible 😉
(Yes this next one IS from an arcade game, hint that it is a laserdisc title)
Have a safe and fun holiday everyone!