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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Sometimes He Would Pick Up Like Sixty Chips

May 7, 2014 - By - Tags: ,

This is it; Comics vs Games 3D is a little over 24 hours away. And hopefully you’ve caught glimpses of the show over the past week, via Tiny Cartridge, Polygon, and the like. But does the image above look at all extra familiar?

Yup, those are the Ventla figures that were originally supposed to be part of our previous shindig, Fangamer X Attract Mode, but were a total no show. Thanks entirely due to efforts of the hard working men and women who comprise Seattle’s Post Office (and I thought NYC’s branch was the absolute worst).

Well the important thing is that they’re finally ready to make their way overdue public appearance. But before the festivities officially get under way, there’s still some unfinished business to attend to: time to once again see what video games look like through the eyes of those who use Instagram.

The last one was filed just as IndieCade East 2014 was starting, so that’s where we’ll officially kicks things off. And one of the conference’s many highlights was the first (far as I can tell) east coast appearance of Tenya Wanya Teens

Though my favorite part of the entire weekend was the talk dedicated to video game zines, and not just because literally 75% of everything covered was stuff found in the Attract Mode shop…

Not sure if I mentioned to here before, but am currently trying to move to Toronto; New York City’s great and all, but sometimes you just need some change. So I’ve been spending my final days in the Big Apple revisiting fave haunts, or in some cases, seeing what’s left of its former glory…

J&L is the last remaining vestige of Chinatown’s once glorious, gaming past (cheap plug time: which is detailed in the second installment of the FORT90ZINE). And inside you’ll find plenty of broken controllers, and broken dreams…

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Game of the Year 2014 Will Not Be Titanfall, But Dad Face

February 14, 2014 - By - Tags: ,

Time once again to survey the Instragrammed landscape, and admire all the weird and wonderful ways in which video games are represented.

That also includes people doing their best to deal with the cold weather. We’ve seen how Israel slides down a mountain already, around this time last year, come to think of it.

And if you’re thinking of doing the same, better dress for the occasion. In that instance, I’d highly recommend Infinity Shred’s brand new line of winter apparel…

Who out there enjoys scarfs? Pixelated scarves, to be exact. Well, be sure to check out what Dannel is sporting! Something that Jeff Donaldson, aka Notendo, has come up with…

Though as Angela Musser demonstrates, sometimes you just need the right tools to tackle the cold. Like Minecraft blade, IRL. Also, a chainsaw and Guy Fawkes mask…

Or you could just stay indoors, where it’s nice an toasty, and play some games! Doesn’t even have to be the electronic kind either, like Diego‘s kid sister(?) demonstrates…

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Marpio Rides Yorshi

December 5, 2013 - By - Tags: ,

Yes, there’s someone inside that thing (it’s Bladewolf, from Metal Gear Rising, for those not familiar). And it’s also time for part two our latest game focus survey of Instagram.

As with part one, kicking things off with some cosplay, this time from New York Comic Con 2013. Given the focus, most were donning comic book, movie, and anime attire, but you still have this Ni no Kuni fan…

Hey, it’s Crash Girl!

Given the popularity of Pokemon and Attack On Titans, the following mash-up was perhaps inevitable, yet highly original nonetheless…

The best part of Mario with FLUDD and Luigi with Poltergust 3000 are their GameCube traps…

ROB here is an excellent use of discarded styrofoam, imho. And is it just me, or the does the size of Sailor Moon’s phone in the back seem gigantic? Guess it’s one of those phablets…

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Our Phantasy Became Real

December 5, 2013 - By - Tags: ,

It’s Isabelle! And she’s asking where in the hell has the mayor of New Inaba been for the past several months (that’s the name of my town in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, btw; Persona 4 represent, yo). Though in the friendliest manner possible, as always.

It’s also been a while since I last showcased the wonderful world of video games, as seen through the eyes of those who use Instagram. A couple of weeks before PAX Prime 2013 to be exact, which is where the cosplayer above hails from.

I was actually too busy with Fangamer X Attract Mode related business to take many pictures (once more, prints from that show is finally available online). But I at least had enough time to play Super Mario for the Atari 2600…

Like usual, I avoided all the big publishers and instead sought out indie offerings. That’s how I ran into Jazz Punk again! Which I first encountered in May, at the very first Bit Bazaar, during Comics Vs. Games 2; it should finally be available to everyone soon, via Adult Swim…

And alongside Galak-Z and Synchroma as my picks for games of the show, for obvious reasons, was Crypt of the NecroDancer. It’s also where I finally met Attract Mode member Ted Martens!

Again, really didn’t take in PAX proper, but I was at least around long enough to get a couple of new residents for New Inaba…

Which, in turn, have led me to doing a little redecorating in my own home…

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How Some Very Stylish French People View Video Games

October 23, 2013 - By - Tags: ,

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”

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I Think That’s An Xevious Bra?

August 5, 2013 - By - Tags: ,

That vaguely creepy looking PaRappa cosplayer you see above? Spotted him while I was at E3, and I don’t believe he was part of Sony’s booth. So unlike PAX, which is open to the general public, the guy above paid $995 to be there. Yikes.

Since my last Instagram dump was on the eve of my trip to LA, I figure that’s a good place to start. In the end, E3 was what it was, yet I still managed to find a few curiosities that have not been reported to death, I think. Like this super rare Puppy Pong machine…

The retro section of the show floor was the chock full of amazing oddities, like this notebook that belonged to Atari techies back in the day…

Though my absolute favorite was this old Activision scrapbook that commemorating their sponsorship of the Special Olympics…

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