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Fantastic Arcade Recap – Part 1

This past weekend I was able to spend some time at the first ever Fantastic Fest Arcade, and I had a blast.  There was a lot to do and see, and let’s hope I do it all justice in this recap.  For those of you not in the know, Fantastic Arcade is an offshoot of the film festival Fantastic Fest.  At the convention local game makers show off their wares, there are game competitions, musical guests, films, etc.

This year, the first year of Fantastic Arcade I might add, was awesome. With so many things to do, it’s almost hard to start writing this, so I’ll just start with the first day:

Thursday, 09/23/2010

Upon arriving to pick up my badge, the line outside the South Lamar Alamo Drafthouse was obscenely long.  Thankfully I was able to bypass them (like a pimp), grabbed my badge and headed over to The Highball, where they had Xbox Live Arcade games set up for your gaming pleasure right by the front door.  The next three hours went by extremely fast, as I spent that time glued to the Comic Jumper and Super Meat Boy Xbox stations.  Once I finally pried myself away from those games I made my way into the arcade area where I was bombarded with a plethora of games to choose fro m. I won’t go into naming all of them, but I will tell you the best and the worst I played:

Best

  1. Operation: Pedopriest – The object of the game is to prevent the kids and the parents from alerting the police to the priest “activities”.  As despicable as this is, it was a ton of fun to play.
  2. Overgrowth – Your friends and family are murdered by raiders while you are away and it’s up to you to exact fluffy revenge…oh, did I mention that you’re a rabbit humanoid hybrid?  I am really not a computer game type of guy (give me a console and I’m in heaven), but I really did enjoy this game and the story, and I hope to be playing more of it soon.
  3. Canabalt – The world is ending and you have to escape across rooftops before everything comes crashing down.  Your character looks like Micheal Jackson and all you have to do is hit a single button to jump over obstacles, across roofs, and through windows.  This game, available on Iphones and computers, is extremely addicitive.  I spent so much time playing this game that I decided to enter the  Canabalt Tournament.  I lost because it was the best of 3 runs, but during practice time I did have the best score.  I just wish they made this for Android phones, too.

Worst

  1. Mcdonald’s the video game – Nobody wants to work in fast food so why would you waste your time making a game that nobody would want to play??
  2. Super Columbine Massacre RPG – I kind of had high hopes for this game because of all the contraversy surrounding it, but it in no way lived up to the hype, although surprise surprise, the only people I saw in there playing the game that liked it were the creepy people in trench coats and the weirdos trying to be emo goths.

After the Canabalt Tournament I headed over to the Alamo Drafthouse to watch the full theatrical version of “Red vs Blue: Revelation.”  I am a huge fan of the Rooster Teeth guys and the stuff they produce for the interweb.

I was only able to watch like 2 episodes of that season, so to get to watch it in it’s entirety was great, and “Revelation” did not disappoint.  After the screening I headed back over to The Highball for the opening night party featuring MC Frontalot (whose movie “Nerdcore Rising” was also showing at the festival), but before heading into the party I had a chance to hang out with some of the guys from Rooster Teeth.

Geoff, Burnie, Me and Matt

We discussed the future of Red vs Blue,”Immersion“, and how Geoff’s daughter just turned 5.  Yes, more “RvB” is coming but probably with less effects than “Revelation,” but because it ends up taking too much time, more “Immersion” episodes are coming, but Geoff is being a total baby because he feels Griffon (his wife) his coming up with crazier stuff to put him in the hospital.  If it’s really that bad, Geoff, just call me and I’ll be your stand in.

And, of course, MC Frontalot was on fire.

Nerddom was in the house and the house was torn down as much as nerds can tear down a house.

To be continued....
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  • Caboose84

    You're so lucky you got to meet the RvB guys.

  • Pinkbus

    Canabalt is so awesome

  • MattyATX

    I didn't even know there was a video game festival in town, good find.

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