Love Is In The Air

August 28, 2014 - By - Tags: , ,

… The above is courtesy of Babs Tarr, aka basically the hottest cartoonists in the biz at this very moment. Am thrilled that she was able to find time out of her busy schedule (Babs was recently enlisted by DC Comics to give Batgirl a makeover, and her first issue hits newsstands in a little over a month), to take part in Fangamer ♥ Attract Mode.

But yeah, we’re a little over 48 hours away from showtime, so needless to say, it’s a bit of a madhouse on my end, as well as Fangamer’s. But rest assured, the 2014 edition of the Game Art/Chiptune/Indie Arcade/Drinkathon Seattle Special shall be the best one yet.

Hopefully you’ve caught a few glimpses of the gorgeous artwork that awaits this year! Admittedly, it’s been a little tough getting people’s attention this time around; not sure if you’ve caught a few of the headlines going around, but some not so cool folks out there are giving video games a bad name.

So perhaps the following, which is just a taste of things to come, will remind everyone that there’s still a lot to love about electronic entertainment. Anyhow who else will be part of the festivities? Well, there’s…

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“She’s dead… Wrapped in chiptunes”

August 22, 2014 - By - Tags: ,

Greetings from the Pacific Northwest! Am here getting ready for the next Fangamer/Attract Mode shindig, though I always make the trek bit early, since Washington State is also my former stomping grounds.

I feel fortunate to have grown up at a time in which Seattle’s popularity was at its apex, and I’m not just talking about the glory days of grunge. It’s when Twin Peaks was on the air, which remains one of my fave shows of all time, and hence why I’m posting the video above.

Apologizes if old, but I’ve been out of the loop for the past couple of weeks, due to show pre-show prep. And yes, it’s advertised as being the Twin Peaks intro on the NES, despite the fact that it’s color palette and resolution is a bit closer to what the SNES was capable of.

I’ve long given up that ghost, much like how I’ve long stopped explaining to people that Nirvana is more than just a cheap rip off the Pixies.

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Get Ready For… Fangamer ♥ Attract Mode

August 12, 2014 - By - Tags: , ,

Two years ago, ourselves and our best buds at Fangamer decided to engage in a friendly showdown, with downtown Seattle as the backdrop. The outcome of that now legendary battle, dubbed Fangamer VERSUS Attract Mode, was inconclusive as they say.

Then last year, for part two, both parties decided to put their differences aside and combine forces, and thus Fangamer X Attract Mode was the result. This particular contest did indeed have a clear winner, and it was you dear friend.

So here we are, round three. And to commemorate the mutual respect and understanding that both sides have been able to forge, the 2014 Edition of Game Art/Chiptune/Indie Arcade/Drinkathon Seattle Special shall therefor be dubbed… Fangamer ♥ Attract Mode!

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It’s Kinda Like Katamari, If Keita Takahashi Was On A Diet Of Nothing But Donuts

August 11, 2014 - By - Tags:

Hey, remember that one game I mentioned a little while ago, which combined two of everyone’s favorite things? That being snakes and one hit wonder Brit Pop Rock band The Verge?

Well its creator, Ben Esposito of Arcane Kids (who also made that browser based Bubsy 3D sequel that was all the rage late last year), has a new game coming up. One that combines two other things that we all enjoy: physics toys and donuts.

Well, technically donut holes. One that gets bigger and bigger the more it gobbles up the Southwest region of the US. Can’t wait to nab both the game and another commemorative jpeg, much like with Room of 1000 Snakes.

… which I played another three times during the coarse of writing this post; I love that game that much!

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“The Genius of Pokemon… Goes From Being A Craze To An Entire World Order”

July 29, 2014 - By - Tags:

We’ve all heard the same sounds bites of clueless newscasters and religious zealots, warning parents everywhere of the danger that is the Pokemon craze, literally a thousand times. But set to The Jackson 5? That’s news to me!

As is Neil Cicierega, who apparently is the new hot thing on the internet. I only just heard about the guy via a fine pal up north, Robby Duguay, who asked how he could get such clear stems to work from.

I simply figured he knew people who at record companies, specifically those who prep songs for karaoke. But then some lite Googling led me to this recent Fast Company article about Cicierega, in which reveals a far more curious (and surprisingly video game related) source:

“I found all these collections of the raw instrument tracks from all these songs–a lot of them were from the game Rock Band. People had taken the data from that game and turned them into unofficial remix packs of the songs… Once I found this huge collection, I was like, ‘Oh, I can sift through this and have fun all I want,’ so I just started downloading dozens and dozens of songs, and pairing them up randomly to see if anything would work.”

So all you mashup mixmasters out there can thank Harmonix for going to such great lengths and procuring the raw material for you to mess with.

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I’d Rather Share A Coke With Panzer Dragoon Saga, Thank You Very Much

July 24, 2014 - By - Tags:

Via Radiant Silvergal.

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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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