Published December 13, 2019 Leave a Comment

Once again, it’s that spooky time of the year and, with the Halloween vibes ever so close, what better moment to talk about some good ol’ creepy games? In today’s article on Getting Good, we’re going to discuss a game that you probably haven’t heard about; a title that goes by the name of Nightmare in the Dark.

Released in 2000 by Gavaking, this obscure title surfaced in a time where these type of platformer arena games were phasing out and giving way to other games with more “modern” gameplay. In a sense, you could say that Nightmare in the Dark is homage to those old-school titles where the gameplay was as easy as ever to pick up, but tough as nails to master. Furthermore, in true arcade game fashion, the idea was to complete all the stages while also collecting as many points as possible. In this regard, Nightmare in the Dark feels like a classic car that’s been given a modern paint job.

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Published December 7, 2019 Leave a Comment

Last month, we wrote about Golden Tee and how this game reinvents itself with every yearly iteration. However, just like the popular golf game that has amassed a global following throughout its time on the market, there are other games that have risen to the ranks of esports and that offer several iterations each with new features and improvements. Of course, we’re talking about none other than Big Buck Hunter which, as its name implies, is all about hunting deer to rack up points and outshine the competition.

For those who don’t know the franchise, Big Buck Hunter derives inspiration from some timeless classics such as Duck Hunt on the NES. In fact, the main premise of the game is very similar to the NES title, but greatly expanded according to the standards of modern gaming. The main objective is to hunt the correct animals while avoiding shooting the others(shoot the bucks, avoid the does; the latter equals an instant round over). Points are calculated by accuracy, shot distance, weight of the buck, with “critters” thrown in for bonus points. The occasional Dangerous Trophy helps keep players on their toes.

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Published November 29, 2019 Leave a Comment
Published November 29, 2019 Leave a Comment

We’re writing today to give an update to Apple’s newest mobile gaming subscription service, the aptly-named Apple Arcade. While this has little to do with the coin-operated arcade machines that we usually talk about, the Apple Arcade has been creating a lot of buzz. Back in April, we first wrote about the company’s foray into the world of mobile gaming. Being the titans of the industry that they are, the folks at Apple strive to stick their collective fingers in as many pies as possible, which is what they intended to do with Apple Arcade.

Now, Apple has been dominating in the market of mobile gaming for a while now. While we’re not certain if iOS is actually the largest mobile gaming demographic at the moment, it certainly holds plenty of ground in relation to Android, its main competitor. As we wrote a few months ago, this subscription service was Apple’s attempt to solidify their standing in the industry, which they more or less achieved after the service’s launch in mid-September.

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Published November 23, 2019 Leave a Comment

When it comes to video games, Virtual Reality (VR) has been around for quite some time, with varying degrees of success. Most past attempts at making VR go mainstream have resulted in failure, but thanks to a big push from a variety of hardware and software development producers it appears that the revolutionary technology is here to stay. Furthermore, as time passes, this platform only gets more advanced and complex. However, this tech stills comes at a price, and while it’s still prohibitively expensive for all but the most committed gamers, there are some developers that are experimenting with VR to create truly unique experiences for their users.

One of such developers is Universal Space, better known as “UNIS.” UNIS is a designer, manufacturer, and seller of many different types of arcade games and amusements, as well as the creator of several unique games. While this company has a sturdy lineup of more traditional machines such as alley bowlers, basketball games, and a whole slew of redemption games, they also have a line of unique titles, including the Crazy-Taxi-inspired Crazy Ride, which we wrote about a few weeks back. For today’s blog, we are highlighting one of UNIS’ many VR efforts with Ultra Moto VR, their unique take of a motorcycle racing game with VR support and a bunch of other features to maximize the player’s immersion.

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Published November 20, 2019 Leave a Comment

Who would’ve ever thought that a concept as simple as “crossing the street” could take off and become a phenomenon? Well, to be fair, it WAS the ‘80s; a time where games were as simple as they could be and players would play for something as ephemeral as “points.” This is the reason why the vast majority of the most popular arcade games of the time consisted of titles with simple mechanics, but that were also very difficult to master.

Frogger is among these popular & iconic games, where the objective is to take control of a daring amphibian and help it to cross a busy highway to get back to his home in the swamp. However, he must avoid speeding trucks and cars, and even other ravenous animals along the way to make it home safe and sound. This simple concept took off in the early ‘80s and made Frogger into one of the most successful games at the time, alongside other classics like Q*bert, Pac-Man, and Space Invaders, among others.

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Published November 14, 2019 Leave a Comment

Whenever we’re not on top of the latest happenings in the arcade and amusements and gaming industries, we’re probably fawning over the cool stuff that some users create in their spare time. Case in point, we’d like to take a hot minute to talk about this artist that dedicates his time to creating scale models of some of the most iconic arcade cabinets in existence.

This person is from Japan and is called Osutora Kamen (@ostraking on Twitter). Kamen is a hobbyist modeler that pours much of his soul and creativity into developing many products, including the aforementioned miniature arcade cabinets. While portable arcade cabinets aren’t anything new (mini arcade machines have been around for a while), only a handful of users around the world can make the bold claim of owning regular cabinets, scaled down to fit on any shelf. This is exactly what Ostraking does; painstakingly recreating some of our favorite games with amazing detail.

Using the marvel of 3D printing technology, steady hands, a lot of patience, and the versatile Raspberry Pi, this genius is creating impressive renditions of popular arcade games. Just take a look:

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Published November 1, 2019 Leave a Comment
Published November 1, 2019 Leave a Comment

Crazy Taxi

Think back to when you were growing up as a gamer kid: Were you a Sony kid, a Nintoddler, or a Sega fan? Sure, Sega fell off the radar right around the time when the Gamecube, Xbox, and PlayStation 2 were at each other’s throats, vying to be the best console of the generation. However, Sega didn’t go down quietly, as their Dreamcast was one heck of a way to go out, featuring some of the games that would go on to become true cult classics.

Regardless of the console you had growing up, odds are that you knew about Crazy Taxi. A hit in arcades when it landed on the scene in 1999, it soon found its way to home consoles, first with the aforementioned Sega Dreamcast. After that console failed, it became available on the PS2, GameCube, and even the PC, which is a testament to its quality back when it was in its prime.

The main premise puts the player into the role of a taxi driver. Your goal is to drive around town,   picking up customers, and driving them to their destinations. While this concept doesn’t sound really engaging by today’s standards, the unique and wacky driving mechanics make for an entertaining and fun experience.

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Published October 25, 2019 Leave a Comment

Battlezone

Welcome to another entry in our Getting Good series of articles, which are meant to teach you the basics of a variety of different games from years of arcade past, as well as share several good practices to keep in mind if you want to set the highest scores in your local arcade. While we usually dedicate these articles to the games that were most popular in the ‘80s and ‘90s, we sometimes talk about more obscure gems that not many people might have played. That will not be the case with today’s game, which is one of the biggest and most influential titles to land on the scene at the height of the “Golden Age” of gaming: Atari’s BattleZone

BattleZone is one of our personal favorites at PrimeTime Amusements. In particular, this game was huge for me growing up as it was the oldest title in my favorite FEC at the time. FECs in South America were few and far in between. As a kid growing up in Venezuela, well, you take what you can get; beggars can’t be choosers! Amongst a sea of DDR, Whack-a-Mole, light gun games, and other FOTM titles, there stood Battlezone, always unoccupied, always fun; the ol’ reliable.

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