As mentioned at the very end of the most recent Instagram round up, I’m back in Toronto! Long story short: remember Bit Bazaar, which took place during Comics Vs. Games 2? Well, it was such a rousing success that there’s a round two, aka Bit Bazaar: Winter Market!
Actually, Attract Mode is the official partner for the event, and in addition to the usual bag of goodies, we’ve produced an extremely limited run of show exclusive holiday cards.
Perhaps you’ve seen some of the designs already, via Tiny Cartridge; the above are the final product, and they turned out rather nice! BTW, a huge thanks to the amazing talents behind them: Kris Mukai, Babs Tarr, Kyle Fewell, and Kelly Smith.
Again, you can only get them at Bit Bazaar: Winter Market, which happens tomorrow. If you’re a Torontonian, you’re in luck! And if you’re not, I’d suggest going on Kayak to see what Air Canada’s prices are right about now. For more information, simply click here.
Yes, there’s someone inside that thing (it’s Bladewolf, from Metal Gear Rising, for those not familiar). And it’s also time for part two our latest game focus survey of Instagram.
As with part one, kicking things off with some cosplay, this time from New York Comic Con 2013. Given the focus, most were donning comic book, movie, and anime attire, but you still have this Ni no Kuni fan…
Hey, it’s Crash Girl!
Given the popularity of Pokemon and Attack On Titans, the following mash-up was perhaps inevitable, yet highly original nonetheless…
The best part of Mario with FLUDD and Luigi with Poltergust 3000 are their GameCube traps…
ROB here is an excellent use of discarded styrofoam, imho. And is it just me, or the does the size of Sailor Moon’s phone in the back seem gigantic? Guess it’s one of those phablets…
It’s Isabelle! And she’s asking where in the hell has the mayor of New Inaba been for the past several months (that’s the name of my town in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, btw; Persona 4 represent, yo). Though in the friendliest manner possible, as always.
It’s also been a while since I last showcased the wonderful world of video games, as seen through the eyes of those who use Instagram. A couple of weeks before PAX Prime 2013 to be exact, which is where the cosplayer above hails from.
I was actually too busy with Fangamer X Attract Mode related business to take many pictures (once more, prints from that show is finally available online). But I at least had enough time to play Super Mario for the Atari 2600…
Like usual, I avoided all the big publishers and instead sought out indie offerings. That’s how I ran into Jazz Punk again! Which I first encountered in May, at the very first Bit Bazaar, during Comics Vs. Games 2; it should finally be available to everyone soon, via Adult Swim…
And alongside Galak-Z and Synchroma as my picks for games of the show, for obvious reasons, was Crypt of the NecroDancer. It’s also where I finally met Attract Mode member Ted Martens!
Again, really didn’t take in PAX proper, but I was at least around long enough to get a couple of new residents for New Inaba…
Which, in turn, have led me to doing a little redecorating in my own home…
It’s the holiday season, which means seeking out that perfect gift for that perfect person. In some cases, he or she will be relatively easy to shop for; now has never been a better time to pick either the PS3 or Xbox 360, for example, mostly because both the systems and games are both (relatively) cheap.
You also have the reasons why such bargains exist in the first place; the PS4 or Xbox One are now options as well. But what about that special someone whose favorite game will always be PaRappa The Rapper or Ranger X? Or the special someone who would appreciate something different, and most importantly, deserves something different?
Then head on over to the Attract Mode Shop, where artwork from this summer’s Fangamer X Attract Mode is finally available online! Please note that, because some pieces are made to order, it may take a few weeks for something to arrive. But I have been assured that if they are placed right about now, one can expect their arrival before Christmas!
Okay, not to be THAT guy, but I’m having a hard time mustering up any enthusiasm for the PS4 and Xbox One when there’s so many amazing PSone games that have yet to be discovered and enjoyed. Case in point: Suzuki Bakuhatsu.
Last night was another gathering of like-minded individuals, in which everyone brought together the more eclectic portions of our PSone/PS2/Dreamcast libraries. And Joe Keiser (you have already read his exposé on the pirate/hack game scene in Nairobi) shared with us the aforementioned title, which arrived in the mail only earlier that day.
Basically, you’re a Japanese woman who must defuse bombs wherever she encounters them. And they come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Here she is preventing an orange from exploding:
I’m a sucker for any game that looks and feels like a UNIQLO store display, though Suzuki Bakuhatsu is legit fun to play. The interface is mysterious yet easy to understand, and I love how your character hums while trying to dismantle a particularly challenging explosive. It’s exactly what I’d do to steady my nerves as I undertook the task of stopping the moon from blowing up:
Okay, not really. But the above does a brilliant good job of emulating those “How To Win” videos that were all the rage during the late 80s/early 90s, which filled the hole that GameFAQs and YouTube eventually took over. And yes, one can find dozens upon dozens of similar examples, of modern day homages to analogue media.
But aside from getting the small details down perfectly (especially the tenor and tempo of the narrator), I just love how it’s done completely straight. Instead of going for obvious laughs, it honestly feels legit. And kudos also for going the distance; the genuine articles were also around 15 minutes long.
Its creator, Coury Carlson, has a couple other videos in a similar vein. But you also have him reminiscing about the original Phantasy Star. Again, similar tributes are plentiful, but 99.99% of the time it’s about an old NES game, and rarely something for the Sega Master System. BTW, thanks for the heads up Steve!