The Gates To DE▲TH M✝N Have Opened

July 21, 2014 - By - Tags: ,

Friend of Attract Mode, Mike McWhertor, is once again giving us mortals the opportunity to both sheathe our skin and pay tribute to the digital deities.

Yet it’s quite clear, from high atop his freshly forged kingdom, that he is now praying to darker spirits.

Any proud player of Dark Soul would do well to make the trek to DEATH MTN. Though I myself pray to the elder gods, specifically the one who welds the Golden Axe…

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Portable Weekend Mix #13 // Icepop Cooldown

July 21, 2014 - By - Tags:

It was pretty mild in Brooklyn last week, but polar vortex 2.0 is long gone and things are gettin’ roasty. Let’s all chill out with Portable Weekend Mix #13!!

Cool portable titles to maximize your summer chillzone:

❅ Snow Bros (Game Boy)
❄ Blades of Steel (Game Boy)
❆ Shovel Knight (3DS, specifically the Frigid Flight area obvs)

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For Fans Of Both Ghouls ‘n Ghosts And… M.U.S.C.L.E.?

July 14, 2014 - By - Tags:

Anyone familiar with my survey of game culture snapshots may recall some the pics I’ve borrowed from Taku Yamamoto’s Instagram feed. The thing is, and due to a language barrier, I’ve never had any real context behind his subject matter. Which are often classic game characters brought into the real world, similar in fashion to Kinkeshi figures, better known as M.U.S.C.L.E. in the West.

Turns out, instead of coming across them at various toy and hobby shows, I guess he’s actually the person responsible for them! Taku also goes by ZOOMOTH, or maybe that’s the name for his crew? At any rate, finally found about them via Mike McWhertor, who tweeted a link to Man-E-Toys’s various posts on him/them. Which covers the goodies that will be for sale at this summer’s Wonder Festival.

I personally dig the one above the most, since it’s based upon my fave boss from Ghouls n Ghosts. You also have Bill Rizer from Contra

Plus a Splatterhouse two-pack featuring Rick Taylor & Sack Head (which I guess are returning from this winter’s Wonder Festival)…

Be sure to check out ZOOMOTH’s website for previous examples of work. Oh man, I really, really, want that Red Arremer…

[UPDATE: 7/18] Turns out, there’s also a full color version as well? Not very M.U.S.C.L.E.-y, but very cool nonetheless…

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Portable Weekend Mix #12 // Pure Id

July 13, 2014 - By - Tags:

Give in to your impulses w/ portable weekend mix +

Doom (Game Boy Advance)
Doom II RPG (iOS)
Commander Keen (Game Boy Color)

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The Most Internet Approved Famicom Disk System Game

July 6, 2014 - By - Tags: ,

Happy day July 4th weekend everyone! Hopefully everyone got the chance to enjoy some fireworks, grilled meats, and fun times with good friends these past few days.

Saw plenty of all three on my Instagram feed, though regarding the latter, quite a few added Mario Kart 8 to the mix. But William Kyle Gerardi chose something else a bit more appropriate. After all, this nation would founded on three basic principles: life, liberty, and bipedal nuclear weapons-equipped tanks.

And on that note, time for yet another roundup of game culture snapshots! Starting with a pic taken just prior to the patriotically tinged day that precedes July 4th, aka Memorial Day. That’s when the aforementioned last vestige of Chinatown in NYC’s video gaming glory days finally closed their doors (note Mario hiding behind the moving boxes)…

Thankfully they didn’t close for good, and instead moved shop elsewhere, to midtown. Which was the first place I took fellow Attract Mode Collective member Eric, when he came to visit for NYC the following week. Among other things, we finally swapped Miis…

Took him all over Manhattan, though the main event for him was that weekend’s Pulsewave. And one of the acts on the card was The Shortsleeves (which also meant another chance to see another out of town Attract Mode-r, Paul Owens)…

Back to local game shops, it was around that time that I discovered another local game store, hidden in my neighborhood (I live in the northern tip of Manhattan, Washington Heights, FYI). There I rant into Ryu and Christopher Reeve…

So I didn’t swing by E3 this year. Instead, I went to an indie wrestling match in New Jersey, in which one of the competitors was Starman. You know, from Pro Wrestling, for the NES…

… BTW, the mix of video games and professional wrestling is nothing new, and if anything, there’s been a marked increase in recent days. As evidenced by footage captured by JJSignal, who went to a match over the weekend that not only featured a number of World Warriors but the the hero of Hyrule himself.

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Portable Weekend Mix #11 // Dreamy Ideas

July 6, 2014 - By - Tags:

Lucid virtua dream induction w/ portable weekend mix +

LSD: Dream Emulator (PSone Combo)
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (Game Boy)
NiGHTS into Dreams… Score Attack (Game Boy Advance)

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Portable Weekend Mix #10 // Hesitate None Pop It

June 27, 2014 - By - Tags:

Pop these in while u listen:

➊ Ⓨⓞⓢⓗⓘ Ⓣⓞⓤⓒⓗ & Ⓖⓞ (ⒹⓈ)
➋ Ⓑⓤⓢⓣⓔⓡ Ⓑⓡⓞⓢ (Ⓖⓐⓜⓔ Ⓑⓞⓨ)
➌ Ⓟⓤⓨⓞ Ⓟⓞⓟ Ⓕⓔⓥⓔⓡ (ⒹⓈ)

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