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Old 09-22-2010, 04:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The future of arcades?

This a story I came across. Its an idea from Taito to rejuvenate the Arcade scene and hopefully bring it back to the US like it used to be (one can only hope)

Taito Announces Arcade Download System

BlazBlue Continuum Shift II to be first title to use new distribution model.

Arcades are going digital thanks to Taito. At the 48th Amusement Machine Show in Chiba today, Taito announced "NESiCAxLive," a digital distribution system for arcades.

Current arcade distribution models are somewhat like package game models, as arcade operators must purchase physical copies of a game. With the NESiCAxLive system, games will be stored on Taito's servers in a data center. Arcade operators download the games via the internet directly to the arcade cabinets/boards.

The advantages of this system are similar to download models on game consoles. In addition to less cost, operators will have access to a backlog of titles, which they can provide to users based off demand. Taito says that in the future, it wants to make this into a system where players themselves will be able to select the content they want to play.

An conceptual image of the system's use shared today by Taito suggested that arcade operators will be able to store copies of games on a local server for quicker distribution to cabinets.

Taito will not be the only maker supporting this system. The company said that nine companies, including SNK Playmore and Cave, are also on board. The first title for the system will be Arc System Works' new BlazBlue Continuum Shift II, which is scheduled to be formally announced at the AM Show today



Taito Announces Arcade Download System (andriasang.com, 09.09.2010)
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Old 09-22-2010, 08:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: The future of arcades?

Interesting. I wonder if Taito will also include some of their classics on such servers or just new titles?

I sure would love the arcade scene to return, and if classics were included I would be on board.
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Very cool. It will be interesting to see how this develops.
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Old 09-22-2010, 08:25 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Re: The future of arcades?

I like the idea and I'm sure that the classic games would be available aswell. It would be stupid not to IMO.
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Old 09-22-2010, 10:06 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Re: The future of arcades?

I wonder if this is going to be locked to a single hardware platform like the Neo Geo or Naomi systems, or if this service will be an Amiga-like tier system--"If you have X memory then you can run Y software", so something like that.

Either way I doubt this will affect the industry much. If anything this seems more like a desperate move to further reduce costs in an already dwindling market. It's pretty doubtful old games will be included or that this will come to the USA.
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Re: The future of arcades?

Seems like a good idea to me, but I didn't see what the mode of payment would be.
Do you plunk quarters into these units, or buy game time by the hour, or buy a pre - paid 'debit' card to use in them, or exchange some eggs and milk, a few goats, and a wooden cart to play?

Beh eh eh eh eh eh!!

Seriously though I think the option to choose your game from a large library is the best thing yet - like RetroUprising - but in an arcade setting!
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I can see the payment model being similar to what Dave and Busters does. You add money via a payment kiosk to a dispensed credit card. Then you swipe the card to add credits to your machine.

If DB wanted to be on the cutting edge of this "new" arcade culture then they should be the 1st in line to embrace this type of machine. Especially if you have the option to chose from a library of game to play.

I loved the old NEO GEO cabinets that had 6 games to pick from.

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Wait what? I don't even know what's going on here or why I'm being called a they.
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Wait what? I don't even know what's going on here or why I'm being called a they.
He meant Dave & Busters amusement places, not you Dudebro =P.
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Way to ruin my fun before he even sees it.

Seriously though I saw DB and I had to go back and reread it all to make sure it wasn't about me.
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Way to ruin my fun before he even sees it.

Seriously though I saw DB and I had to go back and reread it all to make sure it wasn't about me.
You're a site mod, delete the posts and pretend you never saw them =D.
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I would never abuse my powers like that! Maybe if it was a Tenser post but never a normal user!
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Silly, I meant yours and mine after I told what he mean by 'DB'.
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Re: The future of arcades?

This is awesome. I would love to see arcades in the states rejuvenated a bit.

I'm very glad my hometown still has 1 decent arcade in our mall. It's not the best, but it has some awesome fighting games, a really fancy House of the Dead 4 machine, and some other cool games.

But man, if we could get back to having arcades like the ones they have in Japan...I would be in heaven.
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Re: The future of arcades?

i think there should be more shooting and pinball.
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