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Half-Life 2 Comes To Japanese Arcades

Zonk posted more than 8 years ago | from the headcrabs-in-the-mall dept.

First Person Shooters (Games) 23

eToyChest is reporting on a truly inspiring setting for Half-Life 2: the arcade. A complicated pair of seats allows players to enjoy the FPS goodness, and a card allows them to save their progress for later play. From the article: "Built upon the company's recently unveiled PC based board, TypeX (which seems ideally suited for these kinds of PC ports, don't you think?), Half-Life 2: Survivor will feature a Story Mode, as well as a couple of multiplayer offerings. From the looks of this beastly machine, the game will have players engaging in typical FPS gameplay through the use of multiple joysticks and foot peddles."

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Peddle? (0, Offtopic)

Compuser (14899) | more than 8 years ago | (#14152243)

Slashdot - nues four nurds, stuf thad maters.

Re:Peddle? (1)

Song for the Deaf (608030) | more than 8 years ago | (#14153065)

Santa Clause?

Proper grammar and spelling, like the CD, seem to be heading towards inevitable extinction. I'm not a spelling nazi by a long shot, yet I am increasingly annoyed by the lack of care in the way people craft their words.

Re:Peddle? (1)

Compuser (14899) | more than 8 years ago | (#14153183)

Well, I liked Santa Claws better (they outsourced making greeting cards
into a prison and an inmate sent a card with this sig to some kid -
true story seen on the news a while back). Anyhow, I am not annoyed when
uneducated folks do it - I may disdain them for it, I may mentally spit
in their face, but then again, I do not expect more out of some hicks.
(All while I have an excuse for misspellings myself - English is not
my native language :). But a website for an educated audience should be
above this. If an average reader can easily run a dictionary attack
against a password, then why can't the editors do a simple spell-check.

Re:Peddle? (1)

MBraynard (653724) | more than 8 years ago | (#14154358)

If an average reader can easily run a dictionary attack against a password, then why can't the editors do a simple spell-check.

Ah - and therein lies your solution. The editors do not use words that can be hacked by a dictionary attack!

Save game cards (1)

jmcneill (256391) | more than 8 years ago | (#14152396)

When I first read the headline I thought to myself.. how do you save your game?

The article quickly answered my question: As pictured below, the game will also allow you to save your settings and standings via an interchangeable card that can be used on other machines.

Anyone have any idea if these things are a standard format (SD, CF, USB memory, etc) or is it something proprietary to Tatio?

Re:Save game cards (1)

Stone Rhino (532581) | more than 8 years ago | (#14152436)

If you'd looked at the picture [] , you could see that it's a credit card form factor, which means that you're dealing either with a smart-card type flash memory, or maybe even a mag stripe. It's probably a smart card, though, since you'd need the capacity.

Re:Save game cards (1)

b0bx13 (743667) | more than 8 years ago | (#14152466)

RTFA. There's a picture of it right in there.

I can't see this taking off... (1)

the_humeister (922869) | more than 8 years ago | (#14152418)

... in the USA at least. They have so many more weird types of games over there. Are there any other FPS games in arcades now?

Re:I can't see this taking off... (2, Informative)

Joe123456 (846782) | more than 8 years ago | (#14152817)

wolf3d vr was in the usa. Plus some other doom like games.

Japan, you disappoint me. (4, Funny)

Wilson_6500 (896824) | more than 8 years ago | (#14152439)

THIS is Japanese? I would expect in a Japanese arcade to be able play the game in a functional HEV suit--and what do I see before me? Pedals and two joysticks.

Shame on you, Japan.

Only on /. (0, Offtopic)

kdark1701 (791894) | more than 8 years ago | (#14152903)

would that get modded 'Insightful.'

Re:Only on /. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14155955)

Well, where else is it going to get modded anything at all?

Re:Japan, you disappoint me. (1)

Repton (60818) | more than 8 years ago | (#14153533)

What the article doesn't mention is that these arcade machines are dispensed from vending machines...

ick (1)

Lehk228 (705449) | more than 8 years ago | (#14152961)

joysticks? why not something more interesting, maybe a light gun or one of those mounted guns

like taking a shower in a raincoat (1)

Lepruhkawn (199083) | more than 8 years ago | (#14153226)

Half-Life without a mouse is just a tease.

Enermy? (1)

Spokehedz (599285) | more than 8 years ago | (#14153517)

Oh, engrish is so funny, when it's a in-game photo now isin't it?

Top Middle []

Lets hope that Valve test to play-test before it goes on sale, eh?

Where do you get memory cards? (1)

LordJezo (596587) | more than 8 years ago | (#14157218)

Where does one get these Japanese arcade save cards? I have seen Japanese Initial D machines in my local arcade and they also have the save card slots but I have no idea how to go about getting a card for them.

Anyone know?

Re:Where do you get memory cards? (1)

KDR_11k (778916) | more than 8 years ago | (#14157595)

You probably buy them from the counter. I doubt they're available in the US, though.

Re:Where do you get memory cards? (1)

LordJezo (596587) | more than 8 years ago | (#14157797)

Any place to get the online for us blokes stuck in the USA?

Re:Where do you get memory cards? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14157962)

Getting the cards is easy, they are dispensed from the machine. I've played a lot of initial D, basically once you pop in your first dollar to play, the screen asks you if you want to buy a card for another dollar or if you just want to keep on playing without being able to save and ultimately build up your car and it's performance. I'd guess halflife 2 works the same way, asking the player if they want to buy a card. The cards are usually collectible too and if it's anything like initial d, it only keeps the save progress of a single car, or in HL2's case, a single character. It will save quite a bit, as an example, initial d saves single player level progress, as well as multiplayer win loss records, best track times, and all menu options such as steering sensitivity, background music volume and music selection.

Hope that clears it up.


Re:Where do you get memory cards? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14162020)

In Japan the save cards are either bought directly from the arcade machine itself or a vending machine near-by.

Cool (1)

Premo_Maggot (864012) | more than 8 years ago | (#14160560)

I read about this about a year ago in Gamepro. I hope this comes stateside (specifically NY :]), I'd love to try it out. Although I doubt this will happen as most arcades are reluctant to get expensive machines.
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