Cinema Paradiso,Grand Palais, Paris, France (10/06 – 21/06/2013)

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Cinema Paradiso was held in a 1000m2 area covering various forms of entertainment including a mock up Drive-in Cinema sponsored by Fiat that played classic movies each night.

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A Roller skate American Diner and a vintage arcade with approximately 100 classic arcade machines and games consoles.
Check out the teaser trailer below

The classic arcade machines included Pong, Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Space Invaders, Asteroids, Frogger, After Burner and OutRun to name a few.

Below – Some pics found on Instagram

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Some other classics

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Let hope that this idea comes takes off and comes to other countries.

Added to the OutRun Events page

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OutRun appears in ยฅ100 The Japanese Arcade Experience Documentary

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Last night I watched the above mentioned gaming documentary based on the Japanese arcade scene, for those who haven’t seen it heres a quick breakdown of what to expect including some small sections of SEGA delights!

The documentary starts off with the Video Game breakthrough of the Japanese company Taito and the effect they had when releasing Space Invaders in Japan. Arcades started popping up everywhere and are still popular today with the likes of dedicated arcades by Taito and SEGA

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The documentary tends to focus on 3 key gaming styles starting with SHUMPS and the progress from Space Invaders to heavy defence and bullet frenzy games by the likes of Cave.

From the SHUMP era things move on to the development of improved Video Game soundtracks and the journey and importance of music / rhythm games and the role they played in keeping arcades fresh and alive.

This section starts off with an interview with SEGA music legend Hiro Kawaguchi who was the main composer of SEGA classics like OutRun, Afterburner and Space Harrier.

Below – Hiro Kawaguchi being interviewed and sections of classic SEGA arcade games that he talks about during the documentary.

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The music / rhythm section is one of my favorite parts of the documentary as it shows the lengths that Japanese gamers go to to be at the top of the leaderboards…and there’s some CRAZY Japanese arcader’s out there!

Below – Taking DDR to a new level of Crazy!!

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Below – Street onlookers are entertained by someone freestyling on drummania.

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The last main component looks at the Beat em’up genre and spends some time looking at fighting games at competition level.

Overall I enjoyed “ยฅ100 The Japanese Arcade Experience” The version I watched had no subs so understanding the Japanese interviews was a little challenging.
If you’ve not been to Japan then you may be surprised to see the difference in Japanese culture and how popular arcades still are.
If you’ve been lucky enough to go to Japan like me then it’s a reminder of how great it is to spend time in a country that loves Video Game Arcades so much.
Below are a few photos from my trip.

My Hotel called “Nikko” in Toyohashi, It was attached to a SEGA Arcade as seen below ๐Ÿ™‚

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OutRun 2 had just been released so I took a few snaps and spent a few Yen!

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and if you didn’t like OutRun you could always play the game where you take the Labrador for a walk…seemed popular lol

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To go and check out the official page click here —–>. ยฅ100 Yen The Japanese Arcade Experience

Custom made OutRun from Israel

Custom Build OutRun Machines

Jackie Abuhazera from Israel has been a fan of OutRun since 1987, he mentions on his own blog that OutRun was the one game that stood out to him in the arcade.
So he decided to make his own version to bring back the memories…….

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Above – time to have some fun with friends.

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Above- Nice 80’s artwork

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Above- Ferrari wheel and Route Map

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Time to transform for another Yu Suzuki classic…..

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All set up for Space Harrier and Afterburner.

His arcade at home machine was never meant to be a replica, it’s a functional machine that transforms into his favorite games of the past.

Over the next week or so I will be featuring some other OutRun home made machines.

LAI OutRun Marquee

Below is a Outrun Marquee variation from Australia. You can see the LAI emblem on the marquee.
There are at lease 3 or maybe 4 marquee variations out there.

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Leisure and Allied Industries (LAI) marquee.

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Standard vs Spanish UNIDESA marquee.
I have also seen variations in colour.
I own a marquee and the babe has blonde hair but I’ve seen some with orange hair. Not sure if these are replicas or just colour variation in quality control.