Hello readers, and welcome to another exciting edition of Newsbytes. Here is some arcade news to chew on over the weekend, all of it a bit shorter than the usual posts.
UPDATE: I forgot to mention this – if you want one of California Extreme’s T-Shirts, you don’t have to have attended the show to get one. You can order one through this next week:

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— California Extreme (@CAExtremeOrg) August 10, 2019

Bandai Namco’s Mazaria Showcases Pac-Man, Taiko No Tatsujin VR & MXR Tech
We’ve previously discussed Bandai Namco’s newest VR Zone location in Japan, as it was introducing some new VR concepts using popular Namco IPs for a basis. There were some images and very brief teasers of most items that would be there, but this week they revealed even more to the location. What I didn’t realize is that there is much more than VR to be found at the location, as they also employ a bit of Mixed Reality (MXR) tech to entertain guests. Here’s the new overview trailer that shows a lot of the MXR stuff in action:

Here’s a deeper preview of Pac-Man Challenge. This uses the wireless VR headset Oculus Quest inside of an open arena:

Then for music and Don-Chan lovers, Taiko No Tatsujin VR. I’d still prefer to hit the drums, although I understand that the controllers on this one are supposed to provide some haptic feedback when you hit the targets:

Pole Position Reverse Engineered & Remade In 3D
Since we’re talking about Namco, I’ll put this here instead of further down. While the notion of “ROM hacks” to modify the gameplay or graphics of a title has been around for ages, most just make some changes to the original