Welcome to an ultra-rare Leap Day version of Newsbytes. As a notice, I’m engaged on a submit about an unreleased Atari Video games title referred to as Bounty Hunter, which must be an attention-grabbing learn to those that like sport design, sport historical past and prototypes. I’m aiming to have that up Monday morning…or perhaps tomorrow relying on what occurs with my schedule.
GDC 2020 Canceled Due To Virus Fears
A couple of weeks in the past it was revealed that I used to be organizing an arcade for the Sport Builders Convention in San Francisco. It was going to have official participation from Uncooked Thrills, Sega Amusements, American Pinball and Glitchbit. However sadly because the COVID-19 virus has unfold from Wuhan, China to numerous different international locations around the globe, this has been having a adverse impression on economies and large occasions. The most recent cancellation is of GDC 2020, which needed to make the powerful choice to cancel/postpone the occasion after a number of main firms pulled out over viral fears. As it’s, I’ll be seeking to get an arcade in place for GDC 2021 – simply so long as there isn’t one other distinctive state of affairs like this.
Talking of this virus panic, I’m curious to know if any operators on the market have been seeing a adverse impact on their enterprise? For gamers, have you ever been altering your plans on visiting a venue? For my place, I’ve been extra proactive than ordinary in wiping controls down with Lysol wipes, preserving hand sanitizer stocked and all the time ensuring to scrub my palms (correctly). Haven’t worn a face masks and haven’t seen anybody doing so but, however this week I skilled one of many slowest days I’ve seen in years (however at present being Saturday has been steadily busy). In Japan they’ve been taking “defensive measures” too, though issues have been a bit extra severe there with the outbreak.
Arcades At PAX East 2020
Fortuantely, not all occasions have been canceled within the US, as PAX East did go forward this week (I’ve additionally confirmed that Amusement Expo 2020 continues to be on in New Orleans; I’ll be headed there). As part of PAX, there have been at the very least two indie arcade builders exhibiting off their wares.
Gungeon: Home of the Gundead (Griffin Aerotech / Devolver Digital)
Arcade Belgium shared some images they obtained from Griffin Aerotech head Phil Golobish of their spectacular Pax sales space, with the primary public show of their new light-gun sport Gungeon: Home of the Gundead. Aside from the very nice backdrop, additionally they added a pleasant contact of bullet casings throughout the bottom of the cupboard. I just like the artwork model on this one; curious to know extra in regards to the gun system they’re utilizing too. So far as I’m conscious, that is nonetheless presupposed to launch someday in March:
Armed & Gelatinous (Three Flip Studios)
We talked about this one a few weeks in the past when the corporate launched a promo trailer for it, and it was on the present too. In addition they had their console model accessible to play, in case the arcade cab was packed. This one is on the market at a couple of areas on the market, per the outline on their Twitter profile. This cab has a extra 80’s model aesthetic to it than the Gungeon cab, and handles as much as four gamers:
If anybody studying this was at PAX and performed both of those video games, tell us what you considered them!
Darkish Presence At C2E2
One other present that went ahead and not using a hitch was the C2E2 in Chicago. Galloping Ghost Arcade was there with quite a lot of their uncommon items, like Primal Rage II, they usually additionally introduced alongside the newest construct of their 1v1 preventing sport, Darkish Presence. Test it out in motion from this tweet by D.J. Tatsujin. By this, it’s wanting fairly stable…hopefully we’ll find out about a possible launch date on this one quickly. Extra images of the Galloping Ghost space are on Fb:
The most recent construct of Darkish Presence by @GallopingGhostP at C2E2. Extra stage and character element and stability tweaks for the reason that final public model. pic.twitter.com/aqWYPFnfZ2
LAI Video games Releases Trailers For New Digital Rabbids Movies
We’ve beforehand lined the addition of three new trip movies to the favored Digital Rabbids: The Massive Experience system by LAI Video games, and this week the corporate uploaded new promos for every to YouTube. Right here’s the House Skirmish degree that has some interactivity to it; the others are discovered on LAI’s YT channel. LAI will probably be at Amusement Expo to point out off these, in addition to Outnumbered and some of their different IAE19 video games:
Contact Magix Promo For Drift ‘N’ Thrift
One other new promo that dropped this week is from certainly one of our advertisers, Contact Magix. I captured Drift’N’Thrift at IAAPA 2019 when the sport debuted, however this promo has some direct seize footage of the sport for anybody . They may even be at Amusement Expo exhibiting an analogous assortment of titles as that they had at IAE19:
A Look Again At The Nice Sport Crash Of The 80’s
H/T To Arcade Restore Ideas for this previous story from the CBC that was introduced again up this week to get into causes behind the arcade stoop of the mid-80s. One of many causes: value on credit going up from 25¢ to 50¢, or video games being “too straightforward.” These elements don’t actually apply proper now, though I nonetheless often hear whining that my cost of four tokens for $1 is “costly.” Discover a video on the hyperlink of the back-in-the-day reporting.
Kazuhisa Hashimoto, Creator Of The “Konami Code,” Passes Away
It’s not arcade associated, however common gaming on this one – RIP to Mr. Hashimoto
We’re saddened to listen to in regards to the passing of Kazuhisa Hashimoto, a deeply gifted producer who first launched the world to the “Konami Code”.