“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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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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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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And Once Again, 16-Bits Make Great Music Videos

June 3, 2014 - By - Tags: ,

Hotline Miami was a compelling experience, to put it mildly. Many believe, including myself, that its soundtrack was the most potent form of that game’s black magic.

Well one of the artists involved, Perturbator, whom legend states as being “half human, half synthesizer”, has a new album coming out. And one of the tracks on the upcoming release (Dangerous Days; hits the 17th of this month) is ”She Is Young, She Is Beautiful…”, which is what the video above is all about.

Was given the heads up via my pal Slonie (you know, that guy who does the Tumblr about video game maps) and I too dig the intro to Another World/Flashback vibe. That and how I’m also a sucker for robot lizardmen with those clunky 80s sunglasses that old people use to wear, FYI.

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A Girl With White Pixelated Hair, Looking Out The Window, Watching The Rain (Also Pixelated)

May 29, 2014 - By - Tags: ,

It’s Thursday night, a bit on the late side. 1:30am to be exact, at least over here. Which isn’t even 11pm for all the west coasters out there, I totally realize, but still…

Anyhow, maybe your evening was like mine: just chillin some friends, nothing crazy, cuz the weekend’s still ahead. And what better way to ease into another pre-summer Friday filled with possibilities than a dose of Mystery Mansion?

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