Around the turn of the millennium, Namco showed off an arcade game that looked like it had fallen out of the 22nd century. Housed in a giant cabinet called O.R.B.S., it was a sequel to old-school shooter Star Blade, and could have been just the kind of thing the dying arcade scene was in need of…..
The game was called Star Blade Operation Blue Planet, It was planned to ship inside an O.R.B.S. cabinet, which stood for Over Reality Booster System, an amazing design which featured a sliding cockpit/seat, which would open so the player could sit down then close completely around them, encasing them in the game.Once inside, the player would be surrounded by a semi-spherical screen and speaker array, which given the sensory deprivation caused by locking them in and the fact there was nothing but screen and sound would have been MIND-BLOWING!.
Its unlikely we will ever see this rear its head on our personal cabinets, so if you would like to join me in a minutes silence, it would be appreciated.