Japanese giants Sega, Sammy and Namco aim for consolidated online arcade offering

Coin-op taking root in digital age as huge network looms.

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It has come to light that three of Japan?s leading arcade manufactures are poised to launch a co-operative network offering for arcade games in the region, with a global roll-out to debut in Europe and North America next year.

Sammy and its recently acquired Sega brand will partner with Namco to link some 814 arcade emporiums around Japan, a massive undertaking no doubt based around Sega?s groundbreaking arcade and cross-platform link-up technologies, the projected sale of which made up a considerable portion of Sega?s income during the post-Dreamcast crisis.

The system, carrying the name ALL.NET, is expected to host Virtua Fighter 4 Tuned, Quest of D, Virtua Striker 4, Tekken 5 and a selection of quirky slot machines and will carry performance rankings, player data and preferences, along with reply data and other related goodies.

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mrnull 30 Jun 2004 20:18
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Weird... This article almost made me want to step foot in an arcade!

I think online rankings (and play?) would definatley help the failing Arcade industry. I just hope that it doesn't up the prices too much, and that my local hangouts can afford the technology needed (broadband, new macines, etc.) to compete.

Rawk.

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