Full disclosure, when I first booked my appointment to check out Motiga’s Gigantic most of the folks I talked to wondered why I wanted to check out “yet another” MOBA title. Due to the insane success of free to play MOBA titles such as League of Legends and Dawn of the Ancients 2, designing the next great MOBA has become a quest of sorts for developers everywhere, and for good reason, success means a whole lot of cash and quite a bit of glory. After about five minutes with Gigantic I was blown away with how unique a specimen it really was and may have actually had more Team Fortress in its DNA than League of Legends. Gigantic is a tactical class based action game at its core, and it turns out its core is made of gold.
Oh Japan, you strange strange little island. Back in the days of neon sunglasses and “Jams” (look it up), arcades were ultra popular in the United States. As a matter of fact, I probably spent more time in the arcade than the classroom. Much to the shagrin of arcade owners, home consoles quickly surpassed the now antiquated arcade technology. After fighting the good fight for quite some time, arcades have all but vanished from the United States (check out this ancient article on that topic). Far far away in the mysterious and exotic world of Japan, arcades are bigger than ever and boast some of the most innovative and wonky cabinets you’ve ever seen, one of which is Table Flip! This arcade masterpiece encourages players to pound on the table in anger in a number of themed scenarios. Eventually the player is prompted to “flip the table” and hurl 3D items at the unsuspecting enemy. Take a look at this game in action below. Big thanks to our good buddy Mike for showing us this oddity while at dinner last night.