Good news! A new arcade has just opened its doors in the heart of London! It must be said that the English capital had become a little bleak since the closure of the Funland. The Vega joins Namco Funscape and Las Vegas as places to visit for arcade game fans (not mentioning The Heart Of Gaming which is a bit away from the city centre). The offer is composed of mostly rhythm and fighting games with the following titles: beatmania IIDX 18 Resort Anthem, BlazBlue Continuum Shift, DanceDanceRevolution X3 VS 2ndMIX, pop'n music 20 fantasia, Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition, Tekken 6 Bloodline Rebellion and Tetris The Grand Master 3 - Terror Instinct. Managed by fans of arcade games, the Vega aspires to become the new gathering place for the London Bemani community. Daily meetups of music game players are organized for this purpose from November 19th to 22nd (1pm-4pm). The Vega arcade is installed in the basement of the Vegas casino, located at number 9 on Islington High Street, less than 50m from Angel tube station (Northern line). The concept seems very similar to what happens in the basement of Las Vegas in Soho. Anyway, it's all profit for players who are offered a wider choice of games! Hopefully that unlike Las Vegas, they resist the temptation of hosting console games on timer in arcade cabinets. Vega is open on weekdays from 9.30am to 11.30pm and on weekends from 10am to 11.30pm. We wish much success to the Vega team. Be sure to visit the place if you go to London!
Thanks to the announcement of Shenmue III, YÅ« Suzuki is back under the spotlight in recent months. This is the perfect time to get back on the career of this exceptional video game visionary. This is done in the book titled YÅ« Suzuki - Le Maître de Sega (De l'arcade à la révolution Shenmue) which will be released on September 25th. This book aims to present YÅ« Suzuki, through his childhood and adolescence, his game philosophy, his visions, his cult titles (Hang On, Space Harrier, OutRun, After Burner, Virtua Fighter, Shenmue,...) and his unreleased projects (Propeller Arena, Shenmue Online, Psy-Phi). The book is divided into 6 chapters browsing milestones in the career of YÅ« Suzuki, from his first steps in Hard Rock to the making of Shenmue III. Of course all his arcade and console successes will be presented and as a bonus, an interview of YÅ« Suzuki will be included as well as an interview of Shenmue Master, the referential French website about everything Shenmue since 2001! The author, Benjamin Berget, holds a philosophy master's from the University of Bourgogne. He's the author of a book series entitled L'Histoire des jeux vidéo polémiques and regularly writes articles for specialized websites such as Grospixels.com and Jeuxvideo.com. YÅ« Suzuki - Le Maître de Sega (De l'arcade à la révolution Shenmue) will be released in a 148x210mm format and will be composed of 528 pages including 32 colour pages. This book is published by Geeks-Line, a specialist in publishing books about video games. You can order your copy here. Apparently, Geeks-Line is currently working on an English version of the book that would come out next year.
Get ready for Friday, October 9th! Because it's the day the God Save The 90's party returns to Brussels in an original location! This time, the fluorescent colours and crazy atmosphere of the '90s will invest the Brussels Event Brewery, an old bottling plant of the Belle-Vue brewery located on Delaunoy street in Molenbeek-Saint-Jean/Sint-Jans-Molenbeek. Once again, we will go all out with twenty freeplay arcade machines. Of course, the game selection will differ for the most part of what had been proposed at Tour & Taxis in April. Tickets are available at the official website (there is also a Facebook page dedicated to the event). You have to hurry because half of the tickets were sold in one hour! Too late? Don't panic! The God Save The 90's party to be held in Liège on September 25th is not sold out yet! Weather forecast predicts a rain of foam at the Fonck barracks that night! Don't miss this crazy atmosphere! Brussels or Liège? You choose!
Square Enix starts operation of School of Ragnarok today. This new game is an online 1vs1 tactical "5D" action game. It's a kind of combination of fighting and RPG game. Players compete each other and they can customise their character appearance, costumes, weapons and statistics (they can level up). The "5D" feature is a mix of 2D and 3D perspectives during the fight. School of Ragnarok staff is very impressive: Takamasa Shiba (Lord of Vermillion, Drakengard) is the producer, Kazutaka Kodaka (Danganronpa) is in charge of the world setting and scenario, the character design is from Kimihiko Fujisaka (Drakengard, Terra Battle) and the music is composed by Keiichi Okabe (Nier). The winner of the official School of Ragnarok tournament will win 1 million Yens! You can watch the latest trailer here.
Arc System Works releases a new Guilty Gear game today: Guilty Gear Xrd -REVELATOR-. There are three new characters for a total of 20 playable characters. Johnny, Jack-O and Jam Kuradoberi are the new fighters. Johnny and Jam are returning characters from the XX series and Jack-O is a new one. There are some changes to the gameplay and a new mode for beginners: the Stylish Type. The players can also choose a new stage. Finally, players who finish the game can vote for the next characters which will be added to the game. Guilty Gear Xrd -REVELATOR- features an animated opening movie. You can watch it here.
Six months after the last night at Le Cadran, God Save The 90's is back in Liège on Friday, September 25th! The opportunity to dive back again into the cheerful and colorful astmosphere of the '90s. Attention; for this eighth Liège edition, the concept leaves Le Cadran for an equally unique location: the Fonck barracks, a building built in 1837! It is located on Ransonnet street. For the occasion, we will bring 20 arcade machines set on freeplay (same number as at the Mons party). We will not disclose the line-up in advance, but expect a bunch of '90s classics in original versions and games themed after cartoons of the time. The presales launch will take place tomorrow at noon. Watch the party's Facebook page to avoid missing this strategic moment: https://www.facebook.com/Godsavethe90s. You will need to be fast as it is rumored that there are only 2,500 tickets available. And usually for each new edition, all tickets are gone on day one! Do not miss this special night! The next event is already planned, it will be big and will be held in a very unique location... But shhhht, we've already said too much!
The Pixels movie opens today in Belgian cinemas (in both 2D and 3D)! The plot: In 1982, the NASA sends a time capsule into space containing data about human culture. Some pictures show the popular arcade games of the moment. 33 years later, the message is intercepted by aliens who interpret it as a declaration of war. So they send an appropriate response to the threat they have before them in the form of giant video game characters (such as Pac-Man and Donkey Kong) to destroy us. Powerless, the US President calls his friends who were arcade game champions in their youth to help him fight these creatures more efficiently than the army. The team calls itself the Arcaders (their suit is available at the official store). You can watch the trailer on YouTube. The cast of this film directed by Chris Columbus (Home Alone, Mrs. Doubtfire, Harry Potter, ...) includes among others Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan and Peter Dinklage. This feature film is inspired by a short film made in 2010 by French director Patrick Jean that showed the New York invasion by characters from old arcade games. In the original short (visible on Vimeo), creatures were not coming from space but instead escaped a TV abandonned on the pavement. Thanks to his enthusiasm, Adam Sandler convinced Patrick Jean to sell the rights to Sony Pictures. Here is the result; a movie bashed by critics. Is it really bad? There's only way to find out... Go watch it!
The new version of Dengeki Bunko FIGHTING CLIMAX starts operation in Japan today. There are three new characters in Dengeki Bunko FIGHTING CLIMAX IGNITION: Emi Yusa from the light novel Hataraku MaÅ-sama! (The Devil Is a Part-Timer!) and Quenser Barbotage from the light novel Heavy Object as playable characters and Major Froletia Capistrano also from Heavy Object as a support character. Other characters are rebalanced. Sega and Dengeki will certainly add more characters from popular animes and mangas in the future. You can watch the trailer introducing the new characters here.
The new upgrade of Under Night In-Birth is available in Japan since yesterday. Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] adds new characters and new gameplay features. The new character is called Phonon, she wears headphones and holds a whip. The two additional characters from the console version Nanase and Byakuya as well as story segments are now also available for the arcade version. A new stage is also added. The old characters have new moves and a new functionality is added to the gameplay: the Cross Veil Off. You can watch the trailer here.
Capcom launches its new arcade game today: crossbeats REV. This is the first rhythm game fully produced by Capcom. The game producer is Naoki Maeda who formerly worked on BEMANI games such as the DDR series. crossbeats REV. is played with a 32" touch screen. Lines come across the screen and when two lines intersect, notes appear and the player must touch them. When the lines are bold blue, the player must hold that note. The musical selection includes Glay and Babymetal. Music that Naoki Maeda composed when he was working for Konami are also available.
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