It’s That Chiptunes Guy With A Famicom On His Head, Playing A Gradius Board Game, At Some Retro Game Bar In Japan…

January 30, 2015 - By - Tags: , , ,

… For some French cable television program.

The show in question is Toco Toco TV, and the highlighted chiptuner is Professor Sakamoto, whom I’ve mentioned several times already.

Oh, and bar is Ninety, which I’ve never heard of before! Which is also the number said venue would be listed under if I had to make an actual list of reasons to visit Japan, more than likely.

But yeah, Gradius in board game form. How cool is that?!?!


If You Happen To Be In Scotland Next Month…

January 28, 2015 - By - Tags:

… I’d have to assume that you’re attending The Glasgow Film Festival. And while it offers the opportunity to enjoy films that are considered all time classics (like Road Warrior and Labyrinth) alongside those that are destined to be (including Electric Boogaloo and Uzumasa Limelight, the latter of which was my movie of 2014, BTW), one can also take in… OutRun 2?

Again, OutRun on the big screen. Not a crappy motion picture adaptation, but the game itself (OutRun Online to be exact, from the looks of it). It’s part of Rab Florence’s Rab’s Video Game Empty at the IMAX! Apparently his uncle runs an IMAX theater, and is letting his nephew hook up consoles for him and his friends plus attendees to enjoy.

OutRun 2/OutRun Online is particularly enticing because, aside from the fact that it’s one of Sega’s best arcade racing efforts, it’s also no longer available on Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network, due to the Sega’s contract with Ferrari expiring. Now, if Rab ends up playing Rez HD, I am so flying my ass to Glasgow just for that, not even joking.


So They Use The Power Glove To Make Robot Chicken, Apparently

January 14, 2015 - By - Tags:

It’s officially the year 2015 and I’m kinda over the Power Glove, or so I thought. Now, make no mistake; it shall forever be recognized as a cherished icon of Nintendo’s glory days, along with video games as a whole, as well as the entirety of the 80s. All deservedly so. And in recent years, the big N’s most curious of curiosities has staged a comeback of sorts by becoming a conduit or vessel for nostalgic, comedic, even utilitarian purposes.

The problem is how they’re becoming increasingly less and less inventive. The conclusion that I was officially bored was arrived at thanks to a press release that showed up in my inbox the other day. Was for a movie called Buzzard, in which the lead is described as a con man who has ”nothing more than a pocket full of bogus checks, a dangerously altered Nintendo® Power Glove, and a bad temper.”

Though said film appears to have generated a decent amount of positive buzz, so I still plan on checking it out. As for the glove, I’ve done a total 180 thanks to the brief clip above, posted by Colossal just yesterday (and which has since been getting tons of attention form everyone else I’ve just come to realize, again all deservedly so). It’s about Dillon Markey, a stop motion animator for Robot Chicken who modded one to aid in his work.

Aside from the mod itself being flat out awesome, along with the look behind the scenes at how stop animation happens (which I’ve long been fascinated by), my favorite part is how it’s clear that Markey’s from a world in which he himself and others are all unaware of all the other examples of people taking video game tech and repurposing it for whatever other application (plus how the Power Glove itself has certainly not been forgotten in other circles).

It serves as a valuable reminder of how, as bored one might be of X, others out there are certainly not and thusly ready to do something else cool with it, plus how we should maybe not take certain things for granted in the first place. Thanks for the heads up Alex!


“Look at these sweaty ass slimes”

December 31, 2014 - By - Tags: ,

[In case you missed them, here’s part 1, part 2, and part 3]

This is it, the fourth and final part of my look back at the latter half of 2014, through the lens and assorted filters of Instagram! And kicking things off this time are highlights from latest trip to Toronto earlier this month.

Was in town to for assorted Attract Mode related business (oh man, you just wait), as well as to check out Bit Bazaar: Winter Market 2K14. There was much to see and do (and play, and eat). Though my fave corner of Bento Miso that day had to be the first ever mini indie game music, pop up record store, manned by Jim Guthrie and Shaw-Han Liem, seen above.

But yeah, Bit Bazaar’s fusion of indie games/arts & crafts fair is simply intoxicating, one that Torontonians are damn lucky to have all to themselves (at least for now). Cuz here’s the deal: indie games are starting to pop everywhere, yet not everyone, and I mean everyone is getting the chance to experience them. Thankfully, Bit Bazaar is helping to change that…

Another fave shot, featuring two fellas playing Monster Manor 3D; they’re not wearing traditional anaglyph glasses (you know, the kind we used for Comics vs Games 3D). Instead, both lenses are either both red or blue; which either gives someone the upper hand or disadvantage, depending on what color their character is at that moment…

And another fave table was the one being manned by assorted games/art folk from Montreal. Where I came across the Gamebuino (it’s basically a Game Boy X Arduino, but is not an emulator, and instead runs a bunch of GB-like apps)…

Yet, easily the coolest thing I acquired was this cassette tape filled with music created via Electroplankton by Skot Deeming. It even includes hand drawn sheet music, so for those of you who have the game can create your own! Actually 15 or so copies; expect them in the Attract Mode shop real soon…

Oh, so a pic from before the show; Mike was kind enough to pass along some DEATH MTN apparel, and I was trying to figure out which shirt I should bring up north. The answer was all of them, naturally…

And here’s a shot of Henry Faber wearing a shirt by Data Erase that I went positively gaga for. Which pals of mine got for me for Christmas; thanks again Joe & June!

Back to the subject of music, though sticking with the destruction of data; I also recently saw Nullsleep perform, which was indeed a holiday treat…

Here’s an Instagrammed video of a bit of his set. And here’s another.

May as well check out some feeds belonging to other game/music folk. Like toriena, whom I absolutely need to experience in the flesh one of these days…

Here she is again, just to be on the safe side…

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“Of course this is what’s hanging over John Romero’s mantelpiece”

December 29, 2014 - By - Tags: ,

Part 2 of my 4 part look back at the latter half of 2014, through the lens and assorted filters of Instagram, ended with a tour of this year’s New York Comic Con. A couple days later was the Big Apple debut of Hatsune Miku. Saw her “live”, and words alone cannot do the spectacle justice. Yet the sentiment mostly applies to video footage.

The reason why the effect had previously looked unimpressive, via clips I had seen here and there, is because she’s running at such an insanely high frame rate. Resulting in motion that’s absurdly smooth and dare I say IRL like. So unless you’re using your own eyes, the illusion simply doesn’t work.

But yeah, was legit like seeing a video game character, right there on stage. So insane. Though let’s flip it around and take a look at a human being on stage, amongst game characters, something that Vincent Diamante managed to capture; the person you see is Brandon Sheffield and the game is Asuka 120% Limit Over

How about some picture in picture action; Katouda holds runs a thing on Twitch called the Middle Aged Game Party, and here they are playing Salamander (Life Force) DX Pack

I have to assume that this cutie hails from a shump, and from the late 80s/early 90s as well; hey Derek, which one?

From warm ’n fuzzy pixels to stark cold polygons; Jennie’s still the master of Mass Effect portrait photography…

For those who desire something even more abstract, then check out Paris Treantafeles’s feed, in which he posts WIP chiptune visuals…

That last one looks similar to some recent WIP screenshots of Y2K (you know, that game that’s sorta like Earthbound, but with hipsters), straight from one of the dudes making the thing

Some might recall fellow Attract Mode collective member Diego recently released his brand new studio’s very first title, Sunburn!. Well here’s a neat behind the scenes shot of the game being put together…

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1,944 Points Earned From Running Around In Circles And Sniffing Butts

December 27, 2014 - By - Tags: ,

Part 1 of my 4 part look back at the latter half of 2014, through the lens and assorted filters of Instagram, ended with this year’s birthday celebration for the Dreamcast.

A few days later I found myself in historic Asbury Park, New Jersey, where the Silverball Pinball Museum is situated. You can find loads of pics plus some intel over at my own personal home-base, but may well highlight a few faves.

Like this wacky two-player pinball game in which one person is on either side and must alternate between offense and defense. This is achieved by a tilting board, much like a seesaw…

Then there’s this Doctor Who pinball machine that has all of the Doctors, up until its release. Alas, there’s been a few new ones since; thankfully some updated the roster…

One could also find video games as well! Including the very first one for the arcade…

On that note, 2014 will be known for many things, and near the top of the list will be the passing of Ralph Baer, aka “the father of the video game”. Here he is just chillin’ in deluxe sit down Sega cab at Silverball’s digitally focused counterpart, aka Funspot in Weirs Beach, New Hampshire. Photo by The Arcade Hunters

Seeing the older generation interact with video games, no matter the context, always warms my heart. Like this pic of EarlGrayThird’s grandmother playing the Wii, the day after it was released in 2006. She apparently still plays it to this very day…

On the opposite end of the spectrum, here we have Marie-Christine Bourdua with son Octave. Baby’s learning about life’s hard lessons early, i.e. paying off that damn home loan, via Animal Crossing

Meanwhile, Quinn Wageman’s daughter Annie is clearly a Pokemon vet, one ready to put Omega Ruby through its paces…

James Mielke shows us that one is never too young to get one’s hands on a GBA…

One is also never too young to appreciate the artwork of Yoshitaka Amano…

And here we have the flower girl at a wedding that Carlos Lopez recently attended. One that had a DDR machine available…

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3 Generations Playing Mario Kart 8

December 25, 2014 - By - Tags: ,

Happy holidays from everyone at Attract Mode! Hope there was a game or two below the Christmas tree this morning. Or underneath the Hanukkah bush this past week, for all the chosen people out there.

Regardless of whichever secular symbol you’re fond of, PocketStations are guaranteed to make whatever look even more festive, as The Video Game Norseman demonstrates! Or how about one of Jbit Retro’s modified DS phats (they give broken handhelds a new lease on life)…

So I absolutely love this time of year, thanks to all the warm and fuzzy memories that are generated. Even if they center on a console that’s held with zero regard these days. But once upon a time, the Atari Jaguar made at least one child’s Christmas morning; via Atari I/O, naturally…

Then there’s Sarah, whose Instagram account is no longer active, so I’ll abstain from giving away the URL; even though it’s dead, it may lead to her activities elsewhere. And whose 8 year old self was overjoyed with the copy of Twilight Princess that Santa gave her…

Fast forward to today and Jake got himself three Mega Drive games from his mum. He notes: “Two out of three being bootlegs ain’t bad ;)”

Meanwhile, Timothy J. Reynolds was a good enough boy this year to earn himself a 20th Anniversary PS4 (technically it’s not an Xmas gift; please work with me here)…

It’s interesting seeing holiday standbys that used to be synonymous with our parents being appropriated by folks today, specifically those who grew up playing video games. Like the gaudy Christmas sweater, as evidenced by what Galvin was sporting today…

Get this: Adam used to work at Funcoland, and when it switched over to Gamestop, he was able to snag their sign. His parents held onto it and these days it’s adorning their basement, which he came across while visiting them for the season…

And here’s the Robezzoli clan, three generations to be exact. Huddled around the warm glow of a freshly opened Wii U game, as captured by Adam’s significant other

Here we have the littlest Robezzoli, learning how to draw Pokemans…

Whereas Flav H, last I checked, was still making that holiday trek. Here’s what he took with him on the road…

For many, the holidays are celebrated at one’s parents’ place, but for others it could just be a party at a friend’s. In Olisan’s case, it’s the arcade. Could still be a pal’s apartment. Heck, might also be his mom & dad’s house; wouldn’t know, didn’t grow up in France…

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