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Aruze Develops Linux-Based Arcade Machine System

simoniker posted more than 9 years ago | from the pervasive dept.

Games 111

Thanks to GameSpot for its news that Japanese arcade/pachinko giant Aruze has announced a Linux-based arcade game system for Japanese release this year. Apparently: "Aruze plans to release twenty games for the AP-3 by the end of March 2005, and aims to persuade third party publishers to develop games for the board as well", and furthermore: "The company expects the adoption of Linux to cut development costs for software developers... Aruze also cited the system's high versatility and consistent updates as other factors in its decision." It's also pointed out: "Taito announced in June a similar PC-based arcade board named Type-X. In contrast to Aruze's AP-3, however, Taito's board uses a special edition of Microsoft Windows XP."

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111 comments

Azure Develops Linux-Based FP! (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9957290)

here it is

Consistent updates (4, Funny)

Brento (26177) | more than 9 years ago | (#9957299)

"Aruze also cited the system's high versatility and consistent updates as other factors in its decision."

Consistent updates? Maybe I'm missing something, but it feels like my Windows boxen get security updates at least once a week when the root-of-the-day exploit comes out.

Oh, you mean that's NOT a selling point? Oh.

Re:Consistent updates (2, Insightful)

rf0 (159958) | more than 9 years ago | (#9957536)

Well just recompile the kernel once in a while to get that 1% extra performance

Rus

This just in. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9958620)

They expect to have a playable version of pong out somewhere around 2007.

You don't expect me to believe this?? (4, Funny)

PowerBert (265553) | more than 9 years ago | (#9957300)

I know Aruze when I see one.

Young man, you know not what you say! (3, Interesting)

numbski (515011) | more than 9 years ago | (#9957452)

These are the same geniuses that tried to rip off SNK/Playmore [gamespot.com] by using KOF characters in some casino games.

Wonderful....although the idea of a Linux machine at the arcade is kind of interesting, especially given the fact that a few games have started to utilize net connections to share stats.

It's more than a little tempting to find out the local aracade's IP, nmap it, see if the machine shows up, if sshd is up by default, and uh...oh...Trinity, you around? [davidc.net] :)

Re:Young man, you know not what you say! (0)

Minwee (522556) | more than 9 years ago | (#9958374)

"It's more than a little tempting to find out the local aracade's IP, nmap it, see if the machine shows up, if sshd is up by default, and uh...oh...Trinity, you around?"

Wouldn't you rather ask these girls [haxxxor.com] to help?

Heh, even in the 26th century... (1)

Gordonjcp (186804) | more than 9 years ago | (#9959434)

... *still* no-one is using IPv6!

Re:Heh, even in the 26th century... (1)

Qzukk (229616) | more than 9 years ago | (#9961212)

Not only is it the 26th century and IPv4 is still standard, and people haven't patched against 500 year old exploits, the off-by-one error is still around. You'd think by then they'd realize that nodes 21-48 would be 28 nodes, not 27...

Re:Young man, you know not what you say! (1)

huntybunz (741875) | more than 9 years ago | (#9959535)

Dude, I hate to tell you, but bailing out a bankrupt company doesn't count as "ripping off". SNK was in MAJOR trouble when Aruze bought them out and floated them until SNK could reform as Playmore and buy back their IPs. Aruze obviously saw some good in the arcade industry, so they're trying their hand at it, and I'm overjoyed that they're doing so; I've been waiting for a Leeenooox-based "MVS" cabinet for a long time. I was about to buy an Atomiswave, but now I'm going to wait and see how this does.

BS Aruze was found guilty (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9960239)

BS, they were found guilty.

Re:You don't expect me to believe this?? (1)

Quobobo (709437) | more than 9 years ago | (#9957872)

Pronounciation: ah-roo-zay

Yes, I'm a humourless bastard (living in Japan). :)

Re:You don't expect me to believe this?? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9958838)

gazunteit.

well.. (4, Funny)

borgdows (599861) | more than 9 years ago | (#9957307)

nobody will ask if this thing run linux at least!

Re:well.. (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9957527)

that's all well and good, but does it run linux?

;)

AHA! (-1)

ShadowRage (678728) | more than 9 years ago | (#9957814)

but does it run beowulf?

and can I make a beowulf cluster.. etc.. you know the drill.

But.. (0, Offtopic)

welshwaterloo (740554) | more than 9 years ago | (#9957311)

Yes, but does it run System 22..?

some other companies use linux also. (4, Informative)

junkymailbox (731309) | more than 9 years ago | (#9957313)

all the touchscreens i've seen in sportsbars and etc use stuff made by Merit Industries [meritind.com] and AFAIK they all pretty much use linux.

Re:some other companies use linux also. (0)

chuckfucter (703084) | more than 9 years ago | (#9957424)

they use BSD

Re:some other companies use linux also. (1)

Inda (580031) | more than 9 years ago | (#9957432)

As a leader and innovator in the coin-op industry for over 25 years, Merit is creating new and exciting products, developing user-friendly software and redefining new technologies for the future.

ooooo mega.

Seriously, they should sack their chief marketer even if he's been with the company 25 years.

Re:some other companies use linux also. (2, Interesting)

bubbaprog (783125) | more than 9 years ago | (#9957456)

That's funny, because I was playing megatouch in a bar about a year ago and the thing kept rebooting. DOS. I kept feeding it quarters just to enjoy seeing autoexec.bat load for nostalgia's sake.

Roxor Games' In The Groove (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 9 years ago | (#9958771)

In The Groove [inthegroove.biz] , a music game produced by Roxor Games and touted as the successor to Konami's stagnant Dance Dance Revolution series, also runs on a Linux OS on PC hardware.

Re:some other companies use linux also. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9958796)

I'm not positive, but I think games made by uWink (Nolan Bushnell's latest company) are using linux under the hood.

Aruze != Good Games (4, Insightful)

oasis3582 (698323) | more than 9 years ago | (#9957338)

Let's just hope they don't use this technology to make more banal mediocre games like Shadow Hearts for the PS2. Now there's a case of squandered potential...


Doubt the sequel will be any better.

Re:Aruze != Good Games (3, Interesting)

JaredOfEuropa (526365) | more than 9 years ago | (#9957546)

...more banal mediocre games like Shadow Hearts for the PS2.
Ever been in a Japanese arcade? Shadow Hearts is nice and soothingly normal compared to the games sou see there. Think 'Extreme beach volleyball' for the Xbox, only more bizarre (in case you don'tt know this one: it's beach volleyball, but you first have to convince your opponents in the game to play with you, by bribing them with gifts & flowers in your hair). Head-to-head pancake baking (I kid you not), shooting elves with crossbows... and those are the games where you can at least understand the objective.

Re:Aruze != Good Games (1)

oasis3582 (698323) | more than 9 years ago | (#9957808)

Haha wow. No, I have never been to Japan, but I can see the influence of Japanese games (since I import a lot) permeate our videogaming "culture." It always amazes me how games like DOA:BV, 0 Story, etc make it over here. I guess we do have some gems though such as Animal Crossing, Pikmin, etc. All I was trying to say is that this is a big step, but I would feel better if companies other than Aruze were at the helm.

Games for Linux? (5, Interesting)

MurkyGoth (690195) | more than 9 years ago | (#9957347)

I wonder if they're going to licences the games to run on standard installations? Not free or open source (they've got to make money somehow!) but pre-packaged binaries for the most popular distros. They could also get more revenue by creating 'authentic' arcade gamepads for standard PCs. Imagine being able to (legally) play your favourite arcade games at home!

Re:Games for Linux? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9957863)

Hmm.. You mean like [starroms.com] this [x-arcade.com] type [arcadecontrols.com] of stuff?

Sorry, it's being done, and has been for years. Next idea.

Re:Games for Linux? (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 9 years ago | (#9959828)

I'm more interested in the video drivers on this thing, hope they're open sourced.

This is pretty cool (5, Interesting)

polyp2000 (444682) | more than 9 years ago | (#9957348)

Presumably that means we can expect Linux to be garnered with an influx of arcade quality, native games now.

Forget it (1)

imsabbel (611519) | more than 9 years ago | (#9957444)

Remember the Xbox, a slightly modified pc? How many native xbox titles are converted to the pc, and how long does it take?

There no way that they will just sell those games for linux pcs. It would be as sensible for them as it would be for nintendo to release their next mario game on ps2...

Xbox to PC ports (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 9 years ago | (#9958734)

How many native xbox titles are converted to the pc

General rule: If it's on the Xbox and the PS2 or on the Xbox and the GameCube, then it's almost surely also on the PC. Explanation: If a studio makes an Xbox game, and its publisher doesn't get paid big bucks by Microsoft for a 6-month exclusivity deal, the publisher will usually prod the studio into making a PC port. "It's just a recompile!" they say.

Re:Xbox to PC ports (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 9 years ago | (#9960399)

It's more than just a recompile right now, but if this microsoft XNA thing (that is the acronym, isn't it?) comes off it will just be a recompile and then you'll see even more crappy PC ports. Even Microsoft can't seem to get it right, Halo was a buggy POS, as fun as it admittedly was when it wasn't exploding.

Seeing Linux growing is such a good feeling (3, Insightful)

Neo's Nemesis (679728) | more than 9 years ago | (#9957349)

Its beginning to be seen that Linux is making waves all over now. First on Servers, then on PCs, then on mobiles/handhelds, and now as a base OS for a game.

imagine (1, Funny)

millahtime (710421) | more than 9 years ago | (#9957369)

imagine a beowolf cluster of these....

And we shall call it an Arcade

MOD PARENT UP! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9957526)

COME ON, mods! You think this comment is a troll? It should be modded up as funny.

Finally! (5, Funny)

cafard (666342) | more than 9 years ago | (#9957370)

After all those years of Gauntlet or D&D...
Nethack: soon in an arcade room near you! :)

Do you think we'll get a bargain on credits for playing tourists ?

Re:Finally! (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 9 years ago | (#9960468)

Do you think we'll get a bargain on credits for playing tourists ?

I doubt it. No cash, no credit, no problem.

Obligatory link (4, Informative)

polyp2000 (444682) | more than 9 years ago | (#9957398)

Looks pretty good .. Appears to be links to a Linux Package (SDK maybe ?)

http://www.aruze.com/ir/16_linux/global/info.htm l

Time to get coding !

Nick ..

Re:Obligatory link (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9957544)

No SDK, only the sources to the standard linux base components. Their kernel package maybe worth a closer look, in case they include some interesting custom stuff.

Games are what will make Linux succeed (4, Insightful)

Ridgelift (228977) | more than 9 years ago | (#9957413)

Not everyone will agree with this, but games are what will make Linux succeed as the #1 desktop in the world. When you can buy the same games for Linux that you can for Windows and anyone can install them, there will be a massive push behind Linux as an operating system.

Games push hardware, which sell more computers, which spur the development of faster machines. Microsoft used to do a good job of releasing bloatware that forced companies to upgrade their work PC to keep doing the same jobs (word processing, spreadsheets, databasing & communication apps).

If your a Linux fan like me, having a Linux-based arcade machine is a very, very good thing. Linux will definitely succeed in the desktop arena - we have games coming.

Re:Games are what will make Linux succeed (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9957442)

Yes, we all know that mozilla and open office are NOT bloatware.

Re:Games are what will make Linux succeed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9957552)

Microsoft used to do a good job of releasing bloatware that forced companies to upgrade their work PC to keep doing the same jobs...

You aren't suggesting that this is a good thing, are you, or something that Linux ought try to emulate? I believe we have quite enough bloat, thanks.

Re:Games are what will make Linux succeed (3, Insightful)

pandrijeczko (588093) | more than 9 years ago | (#9957673)

Not everyone will agree with this, but games are what will make Linux succeed as the #1 desktop in the world.

You're probably right but I don't see why it's that important that Linux is #1 in the world. Surely, it's more important to have open standards globally such that you can view any web site with any browser, exchange documents with anyone else's operating system & applications, etc? What does it matter what OS people choose to use to achieve that - sure, you and I porbably use Linux but others choose Windows which is fine also, as long as they have a genuine choice.

When you can buy the same games for Linux that you can for Windows and anyone can install them, there will be a massive push behind Linux as an operating system.

Unfortunately, the major problem here is that, like it or not, Microsoft DirectX provides a more readily available suite of games APIs for developers than does the cross-platform OpenGL standard and that's probably the biggest thing stopping games companies producing for Linux. Those that do, like ID, can do it because they work in OpenGL in the first place.

Games push hardware, which sell more computers, which spur the development of faster machines.

I'm not sure this is necessarily a good thing. In the days of the classic 8-bit and 16-bit machines like the ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64 and Amiga, etc, upgrades were virtually unheard of and games developers were force to push the machines to their limits to achieve certain features in games. My personal belief is that this made games of old generally much better than most modern games - sure, graphics are thousands of times better now but I don't think that addictiveness or playability has got any better in all but a handful of titles.

having a Linux-based arcade machine is a very, very good thing

There may be some developments as a result of Linux going into the arcades but it's important to realise that although the Linux OS in these machine is Open Source (it has to be), the games definitely won't be (and don't have to be) so it's not as though you'll be able to play these at home unless a games publisher decides to releases them for home usage.

Any games exposure for Linux is a good thing but it always boils down to financial concerns in the end and games developers will only release Linux games if they are confident they can make money from it.

Re:Games are what will make Linux succeed (1)

LDoggg_ (659725) | more than 9 years ago | (#9958619)

You're probably right but I don't see why it's that important that Linux is #1 in the world.

If not #1 at least a bigger chunk of desktop market share would be nice. Imagine if linux increased to 25% of desktops. Hardware manufacturers would be crazy not to develop linux drivers. Desktop software manufactures would be much more likely to do native ports.

Unfortunately, the major problem here is that, like it or not, Microsoft DirectX provides a more readily available suite of games APIs for developers than does the cross-platform OpenGL standard and that's probably the biggest thing stopping games companies producing for Linux. Those that do, like ID, can do it because they work in OpenGL in the first place.

What about Nintendo & Sony? They don't exactly use DirectX. Many game companies these days license 3rd party engines that have many rendering paths & input/sound abstraction.
Sure some comapnies use DirectX only, but a huge portion doesn't.

There may be some developments as a result of Linux going into the arcades but it's important to realise that although the Linux OS in these machine is Open Source (it has to be), the games definitely won't be (and don't have to be) so it's not as though you'll be able to play these at home unless a games publisher decides to releases them for home usage.

I don't think any is arguing this point. I have no problem paying for a decent game to play on an open source OS (i bought all but 2 loki games)

Any games exposure for Linux is a good thing but it always boils down to financial concerns in the end and games developers will only release Linux games if they are confident they can make money from it.

And this will make more and more financial sense the more market share linux can take from windows.
Some ports now are just done for the cool factor, or that the developer happen to like using linux.

Re:Games are what will make Linux succeed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9960406)

I don't see why it's that important that Linux is #1 in the world.

I think it is important that any attempts to lock people in with closed systems should fail. If Microsoft ever comes out with "MSHTML", such that you can only surf certain web sites with MS Windows, I'm opposed to that. So I hope Linux will prosper. As long as it's big enough to be a counterweight to MS, I'm happy.

And for developing countries, Linux really will be #1. Why should a Thai person want a crippled version of Windows instead of a full-on copy of Linux? The Linux is FREE so it's cheaper than the crippled Windows.

In the days of the classic 8-bit and 16-bit machines like the ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64 and Amiga, etc, upgrades were virtually unheard of and games developers were force to push the machines to their limits to achieve certain features in games. My personal belief is that this made games of old generally much better than most modern games - sure, graphics are thousands of times better now but I don't think that addictiveness or playability has got any better in all but a handful of titles.

Um, dude, the games were better because they were better. If you could get Star Raiders to run on a 1 MHz 6502, you ought to be able to get a game as fun as Star Raiders on a CPU clocked 1000 times faster. Shoe-horning the game into a pathetic little computer doesn't make the game better. (It does make it more likely that the game will be a bite-sized tasty snack of a game; games that come on 12 CDs are not my thing, I mostly like short arcade-style games.)

I think it's just that the older games were labors of love. These days you need a whole team of guys to make a game with all the 3D models, textures, effects, sounds, voice acting, motion capture, etc. The older games were crafted by one person or a very small team, and perhaps a little more of the creator's personality can peek out from the game.

But there are still games like that around. Check the WWW. And of course you can still play the old games on your computer; I have a few old Atari 2600 games I love to play on Stella (emulator) under Linux.

Finally, remember the old rule that 90% of anything is crap. We remember the best of the old games fondly, but we allow ourselves to forget the lame games of the past. There are some games being made today that are gems too, and they will be remembered fondly. But there are so many games out now, that they won't be UNIVERSALLY remembered. When Tempest came out in the arcades, everyone paid attention to it; if some person writes a cool new game these days, how many people will even notice it?

Re:Games are what will make Linux succeed (1)

glinden (56181) | more than 9 years ago | (#9959087)

  • Not everyone will agree with this, but games are what will make Linux succeed as the #1 desktop in the world. When you can buy the same games for Linux that you can for Windows and anyone can install them, there will be a massive push behind Linux as an operating system.
Along these lines, I'd love to see a live CD version of Linux (e.g. Knoppix) that contains a collection of the better, easier to use, free Linux games. Even better, several emulators and collections of older games from console or older PC systems (although getting rights could be an issue here) with some kind of trivially easy to use interface. Or even just a simple live CD with nothing but Quake or another popular first person shooter that comes up clean and easy on all systems would be appealing.

I think a free CD that you can drop into your PC and start playing games would attract a lot of new users and give them their first introduction to Linux.

Before someone starts to whine... (4, Informative)

News for nerds (448130) | more than 9 years ago | (#9957415)

Aruze Linux source code site [aruze.com]

Click "English" in the right to go the English web site for Linux source code distribution.

More specifically... (4, Informative)

numbski (515011) | more than 9 years ago | (#9957521)

The exact frame [aruze.com] .

The interesting part of this is:

1. It uses RPM.
2. NFS? On an arcade machine?

Ooooh, this could get interestin'. ;)

Re:More specifically... (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 9 years ago | (#9960428)

Well what doesn't make sense is that it has both NFS and RPM. If it didn't have a package mangler then it would make sense to use a network filesystem for updates. As it is, it would make more sense to install ssh and use sftp to move packages to the system, then ssh in and install them. It would be interesting to find out what the logic is.

Wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9957420)

Aruze plans to release twenty games for the AP-3 by the end of March 2005

All twenty of them?

Let's talk to Taito (1)

tacarat (696339) | more than 9 years ago | (#9957426)

Wow. Somebody running XP just to play games? Sounds like they've got some /.'s over there. I can't help but laugh at the image of somebody getting messenger service spam while playing something. "Want to score? Let us show you how!"

Re:Let's talk to Taito (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9957469)

Pretty damn common in MMOs for a party member to get lagged or kicked when they get a pop-up.

Okay, geekspeak time. (1)

numbski (515011) | more than 9 years ago | (#9957571)

Question...do messenger service popups, pop over DirectX fullscreen apps? I've never had it happen since I always disable that service right out of the gate.

If it does...yeah, we're going to see some interesting things at the arcade, especially if they're hooked to the net for high-score sharing, or playing vs. people across the internet. Without a firewall.

Re:Okay, geekspeak time. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9957649)

Not sure if messenger service will pop over a directx app in fullscreen. I know anything that can grab the focus ((IM clients or explorer pop-ups) will switch a fullscreen app into the background, so I'd assume that a messenger spam would do the same.

Re:Okay, geekspeak time. (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 9 years ago | (#9960508)

Messenger service popups will pop up over full-window directx games, but not over directdraw or direct3d games which create a new screen as opposed to a full screen window.

Re:Let's talk to Taito (1)

KangXii (785324) | more than 9 years ago | (#9957812)

People like you are why Windows gets a bad rep. You simple DISABLE the messenger service and you worry nothing of it. I'm sure even you know that, but you are just trying to troll. Windows only seems to cause problems to people that don't know what the hell they are doing anyway, so trying to get those same people to use Linux is kinda stupid.

Re:Let's talk to Taito (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9958145)

I bet he really hates being the reason Windows gets a bad rep ;-)

What Linux brings to gaming (1, Funny)

melonman (608440) | more than 9 years ago | (#9957436)

"And now you can drive your avatar by typing XML!"

Finally (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9957437)

Something I can comment on, if only I could remember my pass so I didn't have to AC it.

I work with a lot of SWP type machines (Skill With Prizes aka Quiz machines) and the overwhemly large majority run some form of Windows, either NT, XP or embedded. I can tell you this, Before PC's turned up in arcade machines, they were great fun to work on. Normally they are quite simple electronics for a reason, simple doesn't normally break as often. I'm not even going to start on the amount of BSOD I used to see on a daily basis because my company thought it was a good idea to use Dial-Up to push down updates like videos/new games.
At least one company I know use Linux in their terminals already, some German/Austrian firm who make the MegaTouch series. I remember being very impressed seeing Linux booting for the first time in a Arcade cabinet!

ironically (2, Interesting)

numbski (515011) | more than 9 years ago | (#9957550)

That's precisely what many of us MAMEer's do.

I mean, I have an arcade cab that I've salvaged, and most cab owners will install Windows because, aside from MAME, most of the better emulators run on Windows only.

Nebula and Kawaks are two for starters that drive me nuts. They add some absolutely AWESOME enhancements to CPS2 and Neo Geo titles, such as transparency, and 4-8 player games in Capcom's vs. Series and KOF, over the internet no less!

I'm trying to get some of my favs working in Wine, and I'm getting there...slowly. Now I have to get it to take command line params, and load it up in a front end I'm happy with. Yay....

Anyway, sorry for the dissertation, it's just amusing that what you do every day is what many of us try to do as a hobby at home. And you hate it. :P

Re:ironically (1)

BigJimSlade (139096) | more than 9 years ago | (#9958148)

If you get them working in Wine, please post the settings that you use so the rest of us Linux-lovin' emulator users can benefit :)

Imagine... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9957463)

... a Beowulf cluster of those!

I know, I know, but just think about it: 20, 50 or even more of these machines, placed next to each other, in large, darkend rooms, to make the experience of the sum larger than that of the individual machines...

Oh, wait. Nevermind...

Or (2, Informative)

rf0 (159958) | more than 9 years ago | (#9957489)

Get youself a copy of XMame [mame.net]

Rus

Re:Or (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9957898)

I prefer Advance MAME [sourceforge.net] for Linux because it has hella more features. It's what I use in my Linux based arcade machine.

Yea but (-1, Redundant)

Lord Kano (13027) | more than 9 years ago | (#9957522)

does it run Lin...

Oh, nevermind.

LK

Linux game just waiting to be coin-opped (1)

NiceGuyUK (801305) | more than 9 years ago | (#9957555)

Frozen Bubble - now there's a Linux game just crying out to be a coin-op. Time to bid farewall to that pocketful of loose change methinks....

Re:Linux game just waiting to be coin-opped (2, Informative)

Wicksta (699522) | more than 9 years ago | (#9957679)

It is based on a coin-op. Puzzle Bobble, or Bust-a-Move depending where you are playing it, a classic NEO-GEO game from the 90's. And having it on my debian based advancemame arcade machine I can say its probably twice as addictive as Frozen Bubble!

Re:Linux game just waiting to be coin-opped (0, Offtopic)

NiceGuyUK (801305) | more than 9 years ago | (#9958827)

Ok, my bad. Not being a frequent arcade game player (but a frequent Linux user!), I wasn't aware of the inspiration. I commend myself to the nearest games arcade for re-education :-)

Re:Linux game just waiting to be coin-opped (0)

kahei (466208) | more than 9 years ago | (#9957690)


I realize I'm about to be modded down for implying that Open Source is not the fount of all innovation, but...

Frozen Bubble is a clone of popular arcade classic Puzzle Bobble.

Cool (1)

pommiekiwifruit (570416) | more than 9 years ago | (#9957957)

And they should try converting other famous linux games to the arcades, for example Tetris and Pacman.

Oh wait...

It's time for a new Tetris (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 9 years ago | (#9958841)

Pac-Man is still a classic, but the modern tetramino games for PCs (such as TOD [pineight.com] ) have far surpassed Atari Games' 1988 arcade port of Tetris [klov.com] . I guess the problem is that nobody wants to bring Arika's "Tetris The Grand Master" series to the States because it'll have to compete with Dance Dance Revolution, the only arcade game still bringing in consistent quarters.

Re:Linux game just waiting to be coin-opped (1)

rivercityrandom (626724) | more than 9 years ago | (#9959597)

I'm personally waiting for the arcade port of Tux Racer myself... Come on, someone had to mention Tux Racer in a post about Linux gaming :)

Cue the BSOD jokes (1)

erroneus (253617) | more than 9 years ago | (#9957588)

Alright, since someone is making arcade games on a special edition of WinXP lemme try one or two that come to mind.

BSO-MDK ?

No... that sucked. Blue Screen of Fatality! Eh... not funny. Okay I can't think of anything good... ned coffee...

Next!

Re:Cue the BSOD jokes (-1, Flamebait)

KangXii (785324) | more than 9 years ago | (#9957832)

If you ever got a BSOD with Windows XP, you were the one doing something wrong. I've NEVER had a BSOD with XP or 2000. 95 - ME, well that's another story. Try to make sense when you troll next time, we aren't talking about Windows ME here...

Re:Cue the BSOD jokes (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9957962)

Not seen because it simply freeze or reboot itself.

Re:Cue the BSOD jokes (1)

Al Dimond (792444) | more than 9 years ago | (#9958933)

Just 'cause you've never got one doesn't mean that it's impossible. My home XP partition takes a lot of abuse (heavy use, leaving on for weeks at a time, running 80 programs at once, etc) and has never crashed in 2 years as I can recall. My XP box at work is a more powerful machine under much lighter use (mostly just Firefox and Vim 8 hrs a day) and blue screens randomly about twice a day (besides that when I try to print from Word without first connecting to the proper VPN it goes nuts and crashes explorer). Memtest reports no errors, I've tried all sorts of supposed fixes to no avail, have the latest off all drivers, don't have any viruses or spyware... so it's not always user error.

Re:Cue the BSOD jokes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9958869)

I have seen Konami's BeatmaniaIIDX booting. It is run from Windows XP in Japanese.

Re:Cue the BSOD jokes (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 9 years ago | (#9960708)

The preview button has two functions. One of them is so that you can check your post for HTML and other errors. The other one is so that you can read your jokes and find out if they're funny, or if you were just jacking off...

mod uh4 (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9957607)

in ra7io of 5 to [goat.cx]

Jump-start Linux gaming (1)

Sir0x0 (732087) | more than 9 years ago | (#9957641)

While some people have made good points that the games this directly involves may not be released on Linux, it will still end up jump starting the Linux game industry.

Companies working on the games will begin realizing what a viable platform Linux is for gaming, and begin developing titles for Linux PCs. (Note that "the AP-3 will incorporate hardware based on PC components.")

Linux Arcade Systems Already Here (3, Interesting)

Perl-Pusher (555592) | more than 9 years ago | (#9957913)

I was playing guitar in a bar one night and the power died. The bar had about 10 of these arcade games with touch screens that had about 20-25 games each with great graphics. I've watched people dump alot of money into these games all night. When the power came back on I was pleasantly suprised to see everyone of those machines going through an init with a bright green OK after each step. After closer examiniation each system was running RedHat 7.3. I've played these games several times and never realised they were running linux. These games were really quite good.

Re:Linux Arcade Systems Already Here (1)

doon (23278) | more than 9 years ago | (#9959601)

One of my friends has a MegaTouch (the game you are referring to), and I too was surprised when we turned it on and I saw the boot messages.

in other news.... (0)

TeKn0wLeD-G (804959) | more than 9 years ago | (#9958129)

Aruze's website is all Japanese character set.... thus rendering my browser experience null.... bastages

fris7W psot (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9958258)

wit4 any sort 7ear the reaper

Great! Always good to see another one... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9958341)

Global VR is already shipping games [globalvr.com] with a Linux base.

Linux based arcade machine (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9958805)

Yeah, but can it run Linux?

Linux-Based Game System? (1)

ddelrio (749862) | more than 9 years ago | (#9958948)

Great. I can finally play a decent version of Hextris in my living room.

new cabinets (1)

SubtleNuance (184325) | more than 9 years ago | (#9959023)

It would be great if new Japanese sit-at-style cabinets will be born of this effort (a starter jamma cabinet google search [google.com] ). If MAME [mame.net] could run on this cabinet, you could get the both the *newest* arcade-quality games and your old favorites from MAME.

Very interesting.

Re:new cabinets (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9961756)

As listed in an earlier post Xmame *already* runs on linux. However, it seems much slower then the dos/windows counterparts.

If it doesn't play Kolf (1, Insightful)

NIN1385 (760712) | more than 9 years ago | (#9959390)

If it doesn't play Kolf, it isn't shit...

Midway & FreeBSD (1)

Lazaru5 (28995) | more than 9 years ago | (#9959465)

Course, this is old now, and I'm sure it's been discontinued, and it was for bars, etc, but here it is:

http://www.happcontrols.com/midway/Touchmaster/Inf _Countertop/60068_3_cover_pdf.pdf

Tux Racer is in arcades... (2, Interesting)

Dr. Blue (63477) | more than 9 years ago | (#9959849)

There's an arcade version of Tux Racer -- there's one in our local Chuckie Cheese. Surely they wouldn't commit the sin of putting Tux Racer on a Windows-based arcade platform, would they? Makes me think the claim of these people to be "the first" may not be 100% accurate.

FYI (1)

Call Me Black Cloud (616282) | more than 9 years ago | (#9960093)


For those that weren't aware, "Aruze" translates to "Phantom".

Tuxracer anyone? (1)

gotem (678274) | more than 9 years ago | (#9960161)

about a month ago I went to the arcades near my house, and was surprised to see a TuxRacer machine. I don't know if it runs linux, I wonder how many linux arcade machines are already there, just we don't notice

Aruze is evil (2, Interesting)

mr_angry (668532) | more than 9 years ago | (#9960175)

Aruze nearly killed SNK. They didn't respect the license contracts. Think they also got sued by the Japanese government for tax fraud. I know they got sued by SNK/Playmore.

And some rumors of ties with the Yakuza have been around for a while...

I'm wondering if they'll do things correctly with this Linux project and i can't say i'm too excited by Taito's WinXP platform.

This Is go4tsex (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9960931)

'*BSD Sux0rs'. Thi5 irrecoverable GNAA on slashdot,

mo3 uP (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9961147)

At 7Imes. From
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