Review: Star wars: Battle Pod

For those that haven’t seen this arcade machine yet, check out the [videos]

Machine wise this is pretty much is a almost sound proof enclosure with a projector using a concave screen with 5.1 sound sound and a fan to move air around you (and to keep the machine from smelling)  along with all the standard hard points to allow the machine to stand up to the riggers of the public.

Game play wise, this is really nothing more than an upgraded version of the [Star Wars Arcade] from Sega.   

Having a screen large enough to see in your peripheral vision was pretty cool, but just a gimmick since none of the action happens on the sides of your vision.   The controls where pretty responsive and something you’d be used to if you’ve ever played an arcade game with a throttle and flight stick.

At 15.8 credits (I played it at my local [Dave and Busters]) I would wait until 1/2 price Wednesdays to even check it out. 

All and all it was a ‘cute’ machine, though I was left feeling very disappointed.  A) it’s a expensive game since you are paying for the experience which isn’t much more then what you would get playing any sit-down game with a shell.  Sega’s ‘Turbo’ would be an [example]
B) It feels like nothing more than an HD update to a game that’s already been in arcades for a while, so not much new their.  and C) Once you beat a level, you need to PAY again in order to continue.    So yeah, you get about 3 minutes of game time and then need to pay the 15.8 credits to continue.   EABOT!   (Eff a bunch of that.)

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The Dream Authentics Tabletop Arcade Game

Dream Authentics Tabletop Arcade Game

Man, didn’t you just love the eighties? They used to have these places called “arcades”, where you could play all varieties of video games standing up that had a wide diversity of controllers ranging from track-balls, spinners, and the good old joystick with buttons.

The Dream Authentics Tabletop Arcade Game recaptures the spirit of that unfortunately bygone era, without the whole standing up part. A player can now sit down at their desk and enjoy classic games such as Pac-Man, Tempest, Centipede, Gauntlet, as well as 150 other classic titles from the big video game corporations like Atari, Midway, and Namco.

This Arcade flashback from the eighties can also act as a quarter-munching fad from the fifties: a jukebox. Unfortunately, this device doesn’t use old donut 45s, but relies completely on playing MP3s of your favorite tunes. The whole device is powered by a slimline PC with a 19 inch screen.

Man, what I wouldn’t give to have a time machine to drop this off in the eighties. Man, I could have old-school video gamers chucking the Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Intellivision, Colecovision, and the eventually the Nintendo Entertainment System out the window. I would have sold them on playing authentic arcade games sitting on your rear without a pocketful of quarters.

Too bad the Dream Authentics Tabletop Arcade Game costs about $2,495.95. Dang, that’s like 9,984 quarters. Well, if you’re willing to drop that amount of money, feel free to go to the Hammacher Schlemmer site and lay it down.

[Via CoolestGadgets]

pogowolf You know.. I just had a B-day and this would look SO good in my living room..  =)

Tabletop Arcade Reborn

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Those old Coleco tabletop arcade games were the shit, weren’t they? We had three of them set up in our bedroom — they were pretty fun for LCD games, but really, it was all about the style. At the Excalibur booth, they were showing off two very similar machines, in Space Invaders and Frogger style. You couldn’t play them, so I can’t comment on the gameplay. But look at them!

Source: Tabletop Arcade Reborn
Originally published on Thu, 11 Jan 2007 23:06:33 GMT