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Issue Date: Vol. 50, No. 11, November 2010, Posted On: 10/31/2010

Grid And Sideshow Highlight Sega's Fall Lineup

Nick Montano
Sega Amusements USA, Paul Williams, Grid, Sideshow, Pan Amusements, videogame, video game, driving game, arcade game, coin-op game, coin-op news, amusement game, redemption game, amusement business,

Sega Grid Sideshow

ELK GROVE VILLAGE, IL -- Sega Amusements USA, based here, said it plans to unveil 33 new games at the IAAPA Attractions Expo, mid-November in Orlando, FL. The rollout includes videogames, redemption novelties, coin pushers and prize merchandisers, along with an interactive photobooth. Highlighting Sega's new product lineup are Grid, a driver based on a popular console game, and a shooting gallery called Sideshow 1889.

Sega's Grid is based on Race Driver: Grid, a hit consumer game from British videogame developer Codemasters Software Co. Ltd. Sales of Codemasters' home game for Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo DS and PCs topped 1 million units worldwide, and Sega expects its arcade adaptation to be a big hit in coin-op.

"Grid is one of -- if not the best -- racing game executions Sega has ever done," boasted Sega Amusements USA president and COO Paul Williams. "It faithfully replicates the lifelike graphics and physics that made the consumer title a runaway hit."

Gamers familiar with the consumer title are reacting positively to its new coin-op relative, Williams reports. "Players have shared with us that being able to play the game with all the control elements of a fully fleshed out coin-op game is like a dream come true," he said. "That's the best endorsement we could have hoped for."

Sega's Grid is offered in a seated cabinet strewn with tricolor LEDs that change hue according to driving actions. The cabinet is outfitted with a 32" high-def LCD, full-feedback steering and a 2.1 sound system with seat-mounted subwoofers. Six units can link for multiplayer competition.

Grid features 12 high-performance cars based on the Aston Martin DBR8, Bugatti Veyron, Dodge Challenger and Viper, Ford Mustang, Jaguar XKR, Koenigsegg CCGT, Mercedes McLaren SLR, McLaren F1, Pagani Zonda, Saleen S7 and Toyota Supra. There are several tracks derived from different countries, including Japan and the United States, as well as such European tracks as Nurburgring and Spa Francorchamps. A track simulating the streets of Milan is also available.

Adding to the realism, Grid features "true damage" modeling -- if a car hits a wall, for instance, players see realistic damage results (the visual effect remains but does not affect vehicle performance for the remainder of the game).

Player selectable options include quick races or a three-tier championship mode; automatic or manual transmission; and bumper cam, cockpit or bird's eye views. Players who learn the right button combination can enable a hidden track option at a game's start.

Operators can make several adjustments to improve the earnings performance of Grid. Selectable options include race lengths of two, three or four laps; easy, medium or hard driving levels; English, Spanish, French, German and Italian languages; and MPH and KPH speed readouts. It also offers timed-release track packs, which allows operators to match the game to a location's geographic region. Operators can also disable "continue" and select a default view.

For its latest arcade novelty, Sega teamed up with Pan Amusements to create a three-player shooting gallery. Sideshow 1889 combines the nostalgia and competitive action of a carnival midway game with modern redemption features.

Fourteen moving targets include stacked tin cans that topple over when hit, flip-down playing cards on a rotating disc, knockdown ducks, a clown's bowtie that spins when hit, rotating plates, and spinning stars and spirals, among other objects. The game's audio features old-time calliope music and the voiceover of a carnival barker who calls out encouragements.

Each Sideshow 1889 station is equipped with its own ticket dispenser and coin door, along with a vandal-resistant infrared gun. The cabinet ships in two pieces and measures 76" H. x 79" W. x 91" D. when assembled.

Headquartered in England, Pan Amusements is a leading developer of animated electronic shooting galleries. It maintains a U.S. office in Cardale, PA.

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