Welcome to another edition of Newsbytes. here, I collect some quick news items from the week to share with you, as a way to pad the weekend with a variety of items.
Today also marks the 11th year that I’ve been in business with my own arcade. I documented my first location back in May of 2008 on the site, and have occasionally kept you up-to-date since then. It’s a great feeling to make it this far, although that is subdued by the pending bowling alley with a larger arcade opening up in the same building in just two months. I did go and look at some potential sites to move to this week, which I’m not super excited about, but one must prepare for various possibilities. We’ll see.
Onto the news:
Taito Announces Tethete X Connect Rhythm Game For Winter 2019
While Taito might not be the first company people think of when it comes to rhythm games, they have done a few in the past, including Groove Coaster and Music Gun Gun. Now they have an interesting new entry for the genre called Tethete X Connect. Using a large vertical touchscreen, the user dances with a virtual character, touching the circles that appear on the screen along with some body/motion sensing to detect certain dance moves that you are supposed to mimic on occasion. The translations mention that you can “hear the other person’s breath,” I’m not sure if this is just talking about the sound or if there’s any kind of wind effect built into the machine. The animations of the character are pretty detailed, and you can upgrade your dance partner with new clothes as you progress. This video from 4Gamer gives you a better idea of how it works in practice; the dancing action starts around 3:20 if you