There have been many legends in this business, one of which is a Japanese company by the name of Taito. With around 500 arcade machines to their name over the past 45+ years, you might be wondering what they have been up to lately. The answer: “not much”. Their parent company, Square Enix, has been releasing more and more titles under the SE name in recent times, keeping the Taito name alive with a couple of releases in Japan but certainly not at the through-put that we used to see out of the brand. Most recently they are responsible for Groove Coaster 4; they still operate their NESiCAxLIVe download network in Japan but even there the number of releases has been minimal. They also tried their own VR arena idea a little while back but it sounds like that didn’t go anywhere.
Today they sent out a reminder that they are still around with several June location test announcements of a mixed reality shooting game by the name of GunArena. Using the Mixed Reality term seems appropriate – customers take a real (but specially designed GLOCK 18C that can only fire during gameplay) AirSoft BB pistol and use it to fire shots at the “BB bullet proof” 55″ LCD screen. There are a number of mini-games available in location test versions, each of which is about testing the user’s accuracy and timing. These include: two types of target practice (one for single player, the other up to four can take turns), can/bottle blasting, police training range, and 301/501 dartboard games. Users can bring their own AirSoft gun to play but the game is restricted to users 18 and older. This is accomplished by the game requiring a special QR code to play, something that is printed onto a Guest Card that