“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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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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