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For New Year Chillin’: The Four Kings Casino & Slots Soundtrack

Every year around the holidays Katy and I seem to get back into
The Four Kings Casino and Slots. It’s a great, free-to-play social game from some of the people who made content for PlayStation Home. Alongside its numerous fun diversions is a wonderfully chill soundtrack that gets stuck in our heads for weeks. I couldn’t resist it this year and set out to record the music in three acts.

Part 1 is the Title Screen jam and all the funky songs that play in the main casino, the Bingo hall, and the Blackjack and Poker rooms. Part 2 contains the handful of thumpin’ bangers that play in the game’s virtual nightclub, and Part 3 has all the music from the recently added bowling hall.

I didn’t go nuts with the videos, it’s just a simple edit of screenshots and art from the game but one day it’ll all be gone and delisted so I figured why not also memorialize it alongside the music? If you could use something to chill out with today, take a listen, it’s quite good.

Konami’s Snake Eater Pachislot hints at a new HD remake?

While everyone seems annoyed, pissed or heartbroken by Pachi Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater, I think it’s downright awesome. Not only are there a thousand things popping off in this EIGHT MINUTE INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO but the amount of footage from Snake Eater they’ve recreated in the Fox Engine seems staggering. Hmmm…

It’s almost like they recreated these scenes in an engine capable of running in real time on modern consoles and PCs for something other than a slot machine. With Kojima gone another HD remake of the series would be the quickest offering to turn out. The last HD versions are only a generation old and dumping them into the Fox Engine could be a potentially efficient way to keep the series out there while a new team works up a sequel of their own.

Or Konami really did pour all these resources into a slot machine. That’s pretty cool too.

Snake Eater Returns in Konami’s latest Pachislot Machine

There’s a new Metal Gear Solid coming in 2016… and it’s exactly what we all thought it would be: a casino game. Konami’s latest Pachislot creation, Pachi Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater launches this Autumn in Japan and most likely nowhere else. The cabinet features the familiar red exclamation, a glowing python, a peculiar keyhole and an array of mysterious buttons (and a pinball plunger?).  All the controls are discreetly wrapped around a huge 32” LCD screen that looks like it can be linked up to neighboring machines for a striking attract screen.

I was a little surprised at first glance to see it was based on Snake Eater but that was the last time the mainline series was really fun. They get to trade on the 60’s spy vibe and that fantastic theme song and it has a more colorful cast of bosses than later entries. Maybe Snake Eater was the most popular of the series in Japan or it sold extra well over there.

What surprised me the most is that they have apparently recreated Snake, Boss and a number of scenes from the game in a new engine. I don’t think it looked this sharp even in the HD collection which I just played a year or so ago. Is it rendered out from MGSV’s engine because it’s not quite full CG quality? Konami would be smart to leverage that tech anywhere they can after spending millions to develop it.

I can’t discern much more from the Japanese teaser for the game and I also don’t know how casino machines work in Japan so just enjoy the video. It’s definitely the most interesting slot machine I’ve heard about in a while.