The Doc(Future) Is Back

September 17, 2014 - By - Tags: ,

The above, “Amateur Speedwalk: WarioWare, Inc.: Minigame Mania: Drifting Away in 11:57″, marks the long awaited return of Topher Florence, aka DocFuture.

It’s been over two years since we last saw the good doctor’s handiwork, which aside from being impossible to properly articulate is often impossible to fully comprehend as well. At any rate, it’s been way too long.

Been a fan since back in the day, and used to post his videos whenever I could over at GameSetWatch. Am especially fond of his Pro Speedruns, so this latest effort is a treat indeed. For those not familiar, here’s one for the obscure NES side-scroller, Shatterhand

Sonic 2

And finally, Batman for the NES…

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Google Translate Says: “This … this is dangerous!!” & “Fading CRT is retro-ish!”

September 12, 2014 - By - Tags: , , , ,

Perhaps you’ve seen the plush Mega Drive elsewhere; was all the rage earlier this week, across all the major gaming blogs. If it’s news to you, then you’re welcome. But if not, it’s still pretty rad right?

Now, not to brag, but I’ve had mine pre-ordered since last Thursday (will look great next to my Mega Drive Megatron, which is due any day now come to think of it). And that’s because I’ve follower of the source that broke the news for some time now:

I first became familiar with the site via its Instagram, which I’ve highlighted many times in the past. And I highly encourage anyone else interested in similar game centric curiosities to add the site to one’s list of feeds.

Cuz where else can you learn about the Shinobi sleeping masking?

BTW, the icing on the cake is the wackiness that Google Translate ends up spitting out; in the case of the Shinobi sleep aide: “This … this is dangerous!!”

Or how about this Xevious belt? Which I absolutely need around my waist (was the first game I feel in love when I was 5 years old)…

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“Congratulations! We Hope You Have Enjoyed Playing This Game”

September 5, 2014 - By - Tags:

The dust has settled, and Fangamer ♥ Attract Mode can be considered a bona fide success. In fact, according to word on the street, this year’s FG/AM shindig might have been the best one yet! Or so I’ve been told. Anyhow, can’t wait to share the full rundown once the photographer passes along her handiwork. Till then, myself and everyone else who was involved, i.e. all the artists, game makers, musicians, and everyone at Fangamer, will continue to bask in the afterglow of a job well done.

As silly as it might sound, it kinda feels like being part of the winning team, who won the big game at PAX Prime. Which is why I have to wonder if it’s similar to the euphoria that the victors experience after the Super Bowl. Hence the video above. That and how I just love it whenever something legitimately obscure from the 8/16-bit daze finally comes to light, in this case the ending credits to john Madden Duo CD Football for the TurboGraphix CD add on.

The story I’ve made up in my head goes like this: the game was made in Japan, and when the programmers asked the American marketing firm or whomever for footage to accompany the title sequence, presumably of actual NFL players in action, someone seriously dropped the ball and at the last minute decided to film themselves acting like total goofballs in their backyard one afternoon. Something like that.

I also love how it resembles the nonsensical title sequences and credits of assorted Film Ventures International releases from the early 90s, which were often the highlight of the early Joel seasons of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (you know, stuff like Cave Dwellers and Pod People).

Via @ferricide.

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Fangamer ♥ Attract Mode… Some Last Minute Details

August 30, 2014 - By - Tags: , ,

We are a little less than 6 hours away from the doors opening to 1927 Events, which is where Fangamer ♥ Attract Mode is taking place!

Am currently trying to figure out the placement of all the pieces, though it’s been a tad bit slow going since I can’t help but zone out on all the crazy little details, as well as the overall gorgeousness, of what’s on hand. Hence all the Instagram pics.

Here’s some more (btw, first one coming up is by Jesse Tise, who is the same guy who illustrated our Samurai Gunn shirts, fyi)…

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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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