SNK-PLAYMORE MAY DROP CARTRIDGE FORMAT IN U.S.
NORTH and SOUTH AMERICA -- The Dec. 10 edition of The Stinger Report by Kevin Williams begins with news that SNK-Playmore may supply its video in JAMMA-board format to the U.S. and Latin American markets, while abandoning or heavily downplaying its traditional "Neo-Geo" cartridge system. The move, if adopted, would be calculated to stop the bleeding of sales caused by illegal copies of its video game software, which is enjoying a bump in popularity on locations. Full story may be viewed (on a subscription basis) at http://www.thestingerreport.com .
IAAPA DEBUTS NEW ATTRACTIONS; PARK RIDE SAFETY ISSUE HEATS UP
ORLANDO, FL -- The Stinger reviews several key games, attractions and simulator products for the coin-op market displayed during November's International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions trade show here. Among them: the kit version of Global VR's "EA Sports PGA Tour," the first U.S. appearance of Sega's "Ollie King" skateboard simulator, and new drivers from Sammy USA and Chicago Gaming. More 4D technology -- and lower price tags -- graces other new simulators, TSR says. Meanwhile, safety questions regarding certain large theme park rides are growing louder and more urgent.
NAMCO GOES HOLLYWOOD, BUT ON A SMALLER SCALE
TOKYO -- For several years Namco Ltd. of Japan has been seeking to combine an expanding empire of amusement theme parks with an expansion of its movie industry ventures. But the company may be discovering movies and theme parks don't mix as well as originally hoped, according to a feature in Dec. 10's TSR. Namco seeks to create a CG film studio to rival Pixar (U.S. creators of "Toy Story" and "Finding Nemo," among other hits). An amusement facility nicknamed "Studio Tour" was on the drawing board, intended to complement Namco's heavy investment in movie and CG studios. Now this project has been scuttled. TSR examines Namco's shifting fortunes and changes in strategy. For the full versions of all three of these stories, plus a large archive of music and games news, visit http://www.thestingerreport.com .
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