Sunday, February 26, 2006

The future of arcades

It used to be that arcades offered technically superior machines to what you could ever game on at home. That ended with the last generation of consoles, when the dreamcast, PS2 & Xbox were on par, and the 'next gen' certainly exceeds.

The only thing they had left to differentiate was peripherals. You could build a cabinet with a game-specific controller, and people wouldn't do that for the home, right? Enter dance pads, and of course, Guitar Hero.

Nowhere left to run for the arcades, right?

Maybe not. Speaking of running, enter La Fuga. 50% theme park exhibit, 50% location-based computer game, and from the sounds of it, 100% awesome.

To boot, it sounds like some of the core mechanic revolves around the same thing as some of the "find your way out of the room" casual games that Jay is always reviewing, and for that matter is similar to Myst.

Coming soon to NYC! Sign me up!

3 comments:

Mark said...

I saw the death of arcades when I visited Sunnyvale Golfland a few weeks ago. This used to be THE hot place to find the newest machines. It was used as a beta-test location for a long time.

SVGL had a couple Tekken5 cabinets which seemed very popular - and then I noticed that many of the players had brought their PS2 controllers with them, and had them jacked into the machine so they could bring their mad skillz to use.

jay said...

Very cool. It's a point-and-click game without all the pointing and clicking. =)

Insurance might be an issue if it's more an obstacle course than a Myst game; and I'll bet the replay value is poor, even with multiple difficulties. Besides, it is likely to cost dinero to play each time, just like back in day of the arcades.

Wow, didn't mean to sound so negative. The idea is exciting to me, just probably not too feasible.

Still, I'd like to see one put together by Jane McGonigal.

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You have to pay a dime a game to play on arcades. Still, game consoles aren't always that great.

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