Gothamist was the first to post the video above, of a laundromat that doubles as a pinball arcade in Greenpoint, Brooklyn (which is just north of Williamsburg and is slightly more affordable/less gentrified than the aforementioned hipster haven, though it’s certainly getting there, FYI). Anyhow, I’ll definitely have to check it out!
In fact, later this weekend, when I swing on by Kyle’s (he’s the guy responsible for Ghibli Souls and other fine prints in the shop), who lives in the neighborhood. Him, myself, and Noah (Sasso, aka the guy who made BaraBariBall; Kyle actually did the print for that game earlier this year) have plans to get drunk and watch anime.
I was actually planning on stopping by another laundromat in that area, one that also serves soft serve. Yeah, Brooklyn is wacky like that. I also hope that the other players at Sunshine Laundromat are friendlier than the one’s at Reciprocal, which is this skate shop in Manhattan that also has a fair assortment of pinball machines.
A few summers back, when Stern chose Reciprocal to debut their Tron Legacy machine in the form of a tournament, this one dude yelled at me breathing too loudly or something. Trust me; if you think hardcore video gamers are an odd bunch, they ain’t got nuthin on hardcore pinball wizards.
So after posting that hour plus long video on Russian bootleg Genesis games a few weeks back, I got into a conversation with my pal Slonie (who some might recall as being the guy behind the Tumblr that’s all about mini maps). One that centered on a favorite subject of mine, an obsession almost: special graphics co-processing chips from the 16-bit era.
The Super NES had the Super FX, which everyone knows, and the Genesis had the Sega Virtua Processor, which was only used for Virtua Racing. And the above is the title most synonymous with Nintendo’s chip, running on Sega’s console, sans any special hardware. It’s not the full game, just a proof of concept, yet it’s still mighty impressive.
The Metagame, the card game for people who love to discuss and argue about video games, has always been one of the more popular items in the Attract Mode shop. It’s also been sold out for quite some time, and I’m constantly asked when we’ll be getting more in. Well if you’re one such person, or better yet, a lucky owner of a deck already, take note: the game has been reborn!
Above are a few cards from the prototype deck that co-creator Eric Zimmerman was nice enough to pass along. And as you can tell, it’s not just about video games anymore, but culture as a whole. Yet it’s still about making ridiculous arguments with your pals.
And like so many awesome things that you just wish was in your hands right this second, those behind the scenes need just a little bit of your help to make it all happen. Eric and the rest of Local No. 12 have just launched a Kickstarter to fund the brand new edition. Details are all here, but real quick: the final deck will contain 250 cards covering everyone’s favorite culturally relevant artifacts that you’ll either have to advocate or tear apart.
And yes, video games are part of the mix. You can still see if your friend can build a case as to why Angry Birds is indeed better than Doom. As silly and as impossible such a task sounds.
The deck alone costs just $25, which is an absolute steal. I’m hoping everyone picks up a deck, or three, because I’d really like one of the proposed expansion sets. The classic games one is right up my alley, but so is the one on Star Trek… Anyways, the Kickstarter just launched and has 36 days to go, but don’t let a single one of them go to waste!
One of my favorite items, back when I used to write for GameSetWatch (God rest its soul) was Hatoful Boyfriend, an otome visual novel at women. But instead of cute/hot boys you date cute/hot pigeons. Here’s some additional info, straight from my original GSW post:
As a student at St. PigeoNation’s Institute, “the most splendid and greatest academy of the pigeon, by the pigeon and for the pigeon”, everything’s going as well as can be expected, at least for someone who’s the lone human at an all bird institution. Until you find yourself attracted to those feathered bodies you’re surrounded by. Thus the adventure of a lifetime begins.
And guess what? Hatoful Boyfriend is finally available in English! Actually, this might be old news; I’m only hearing about in now. Whatever. The best part is how you can nab it, alongside another doujin soft, for as little as $1.50 via the Let’s Build A Doujin Bundle 2.
The rest of the offerings don’t look half bad, including a few shumps that are highly reminiscent of Touhou Project. Alas, Ether Vapor Remaster plus the original Yatagarasu aren’t up for grabs; those were in Let’s Build A Doujin Bundle 1, sorry.
The other day I stumbled across the above, some oldies but goodies (over at68k Heart on Fire, which is like the best thing ever). Pictures that had I originally seen via the digital pages of AMUSEMENT.
For those who aren’t familiar, it’s a high-end French fashion magazine that focuses on game culture. Their gorgeous spreads turned plenty of heads when the publication first hit the scene, around late 2008, if I’m not mistaken.
Though AMUSEMENT has been somewhat forgotten in recent years; my best guess is that everyone got frustrated with the lack of an English print edition, but I’ve always kept tabs. Helping quite a bit is how they began publishing content online to non-French speakers about a year or two ago.
And along the way, I’ve kept a personal collection of my favorite glamor shots, which I figure are worth sharing. Some you may have seen before, while others might be brand new. First we have some more from the photographer above, Jean-Yves Lemoigne. That top spread btw is from “Forever A Gamer”, and here we have selected shots from “Movers”…
Because You Totally Have The Time To Watch This Hour & 16 Minute Long Video On Russian Bootleg Genesis Games, In Russian
Not to say it’s an open book or anything, but the weird and wacky rom hack scene has been decently documented over the years, though mostly stuff from China, Hong Kong, and the like. But Mother Russia? Different story. So the above, which is an hour plus look at the stuff that’s still being bootlegged for their version of the Genesis, is pure gold imho.
Some of it is par for the course, like Assassin’s Creed actually being that ill-conceived, side-scrolling version of Dragon’s Lair from the mid 90s; half the fun is figuring out what original game is being used as the template before the narrator states its name, which is often the only English words you hear. On that note, there are are NO English subs; deal with it.
Though Top Fighter 2000 starring Ryu, Goku, Michael Jordan, AND Muhammad Ali is something I’d actually like to play, if only for two minutes. Whereas what I’m most fascinated with that ill-conceived, side-scrolling Mortal Kombat offshoot starring Sub Zero, originally for the PSone, which has been recreated with assets from the MD/Genesis version of MK II.
I realize Хрень 2.0 The Movie might be a bit difficult to process, especially in one sitting. But hey, it’s Friday afternoon, and for all your folks with day jobs, I’m guessing you’re looking for things to kill time with, til the weekend officially kicks in. Or, you can simply wait and watch it in the same frame of mind I was in last night: piss drunk, around 1am, trying to recover from the mother of all horrible OkCupid dates.
My buddy and game design mastermind Steve Swink just launched a Kickstarter for SCALE. Look how pretty it is!
The game is all about scaling the size of objects up and down and exploring the environment. In its early state, there are already all kinds of crazy things going on.
Is anyone else getting flashbacks to that episode of The Magic School Bus where the Frizz takes the class on a trip inside Arthur’s body?
I played an early build, and I’m super excited to see Steve + team finish this up and mess with all my preconceptions of how a 3D environment can be explored! I’m ready to shrink the whole world and put it in my pocket.
You have 4 weeks to grab your copy of SCALE for $10. Check out the trailer below!