How many posts about electro-music and vampires can really be written? I mean SERIOUSLY - I’m even starting to get tired of these.
Nah, just kidding. I’ll never get tired of this type of stuff.
More Vampiric beats for you on 199X:
The following post is from Thomas Fortunato, a freelance writer from U S of A who will be writing the occasional field report for us.
NEW YORK CITY—Babycastles, named for bite-sized Portuguese cakes in Japan, is the city’s first independent video games arcade, has been showcasing indie videogames, large-scale art installations, and local chiptune music at the Showpaper 42nd Street Gallery in Manhattan.
I attended the venue on November 4th with my friend Mox, who invited me to come with her and watch her boyfriend, New York chip musician Zen Albatross, perform at the gallery for the “Heavenly Symphony” event organized as a joint venture between Babycastles and videogame culture shop Attract Mode. Performing with Zen Albatross were chip musicians Nullsleep, and George & Jonathan.
Admission was free to get into Babycastles, although drinks were rather pricey: $5 for a can of beer, and $6 for bottles. If I recall correctly, shots of vodka or whiskey were $1. Behind the bar was quite possibly the most addictive video game at the arcade: the “hug machine.”
The hug machine was an old television set with two buttons for controls, one on each side of the box, causing the player to “hug” the machine by putting one hand on each of the buttons. One button makes the on-screen cursor go up, the other makes it go down, and the player must navigate the cursor through a rapidly scrolling “tunnel” without hitting either the ceiling or the floor. The hug machine had very basic black-and-white graphics reminiscent of Pong or MS Dos.
The rest of the games at the arcade were considerably more artistically inspired, both in regards to the graphics in the games themselves the graffiti- and anime-inspired imagery painted on the physical box that housed the hardware. All the machines were for sale, Mox informed me, with one such game carrying an alleged price tag of $5,000.
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Ninjas are definitely the coolest guys around.
If you like ninjas, you’ll definitely want to read some more ninja posts on 199x.
In related news, my roommate and I bought throwing knives this weekend.
Its pretty much a fool-proof plan for a video: combine the geek-comedy genius of Seth Green with hot chicks singing about video games, parodying one of the hottest songs of the summer.
Add in a dash of Stan Lee excelsior, and 2 million views later you’ve got a hit.
One of the best parts about having this blog is that people send me their music all of the time. While some of it ends up being pretty terrible, some of is just a different kind of genius.
An example of this type of genius is Alex Kresovich - he sent me an entire album of hip-hop remixed with the soundtrack from Goldeneye 64.
That’s right - not one song. An entire album.
While I never really got that into Goldeneye, I’ve got a ton of respect for Alex for putting this together.
Download the entire album at GoldNFly.com.
If you know me, you know that I fucking love the Metal Gear Solid series of games and that I think Hideo Kojima is a genius.
You also might know that I love wicked t-shirts, and this one created by the ultimate team-up of Uniqlo and the Tokyo’s Power-Graphixx Inc. design group is amazing.
Uniqlo has a few more MGS4 shirts here, but they seem to be pretty special edition and basically unavailable.
If anyone knows where I can hook up with one, I would be forever indebted to you.
And since we’re talking about Metal Gear Solid, I feel like I might as well post a track about Snake. Man, I definitely never thought I’d hear someone rap about the fact that you have to plug the controller into the other port to beat Psycho Mantis in MGS2.
If you’ve got time, also check out Ill Gill’s page. There’s some dope nerdcore going on there.
“It goes by many names: “The Crisis,” “The Dark Years,” “The Walking Plague,” as well as newer and more “hip” titles such as “World War Z” or “Z War One.” I personally dislike this last moniker as it implies an inevitable “Z War Two.” For me, it will always be “The Zombie War,” and while many may protest the scientific inaccuracy of the word zombie, they will be hard-pressed to discover a more globally accepted term for the creatures that almost caused our extinction. Zombie remains a devestating word, unrivaled in its power to conjure up so many memories or emotions, and it is these memories, and emotions, that are the subject of this book.”
So begins World War Z by Max Brooks, the best book I’ve read all year and probably the best book about zombies ever written.
Inspired, I’ve put collected a couple of zombie-related tracks to celebrate humanity’s victory over the undead hordes.
All tracks courtesy of the geekily fantastic RhymeTorrents.