The House of Hitstun

Retro Gaming in Columbus

Friday, February 20th, 2015 at 2:20 am | Image

Columbus Underground interviewed Chris Bidwell about what’s cool about retro gaming, his invite-only tournament, the Hexadecathlon, and its expansion into a public tournament series, the Columbus Retro League. Retro games bring out a completely different crowd from the modern fighting game events, and it’s been great to get to know them. They know how to get hype, too! Come on out to Video Hockey Day in Columbus on Sunday!

This room is full of beastly players. In this picture, I'm playing Marble Madness on the NES and having the run of my life, 95610 points. It only got me third place in that game.

The only high score contest I actually won was Star Fox Super Weekend. It's Star Fox with a Star Soldier-style five minute score attack mode with huge bonuses for shooting down all the enemies in a stage.

Source: via JD Lowe and Columbus Underground’s RSS feed, photos via Chris Bidwell and my phone camera

Super Mario Bros. 3Mix

Thursday, February 12th, 2015 at 12:00 pm | Game | Video

For Super Mario Bros. 3‘s 25th anniversary, I present Captain Southbird’s romhack Super Mario Bros. 3Mix. Similar to Rockman 4 Minus Infinity, it implements great ideas from several later Mario games, but this one stays true to the level design lessons of the original. The Rev 1 release from two days ago fixes bugs Mike Matei found in his review, so make sure you get that one.

Source: via via YouTube subscription

Mindless Self Indulgence – Never Wanted To Dance

Monday, February 9th, 2015 at 11:20 pm | Audio | Video

A couple days ago, I stopped by Gotcha Gachapon’s awesome new arcade. It has DJMax Technika 3, Jubeat, Dance Maniax 2nd Mix, DDR Supernova 2, and other Japanese music games that Columbus arcades have never had before…but it’s in basically a storage unit in a bad part of town. Yeah, it’s pretty much this music video. It’s Mindless Self Indulgence, so the lyrics are NSFW.

Source: and via Spotify via some OLd THPS videos and other friends

RWBY “Red” Trailer

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 at 1:00 am | Video

The world has gotten a little less awesome. We lost Rooster Teeth lead animator Monty Oum to a severe allergic reaction during a medical procedure. Those are no joke! We know Monty Oum from his action-packed mashup series Dead Fantasy and Haloid and his animation work on Red vs Blue. Here’s a stylish trailer from his last original series, RWBY.

Source: via DeVry anime club, sad news via TigerClaw via Kotaku via Rooster Teeth

Kevin Birrell – Ti Classic Grand Master

Friday, January 30th, 2015 at 11:00 am | Image | Video

Tetris the Grand Master 3 has the subtitle “Terror-Instinct”. KevinDDR has become the sixth player in the world and the first outside Japan to tame this beast and earn the rank of Grand Master in Classic Master mode. Only the best players who can get to and and beat the invisible credits roll consistently earn the right be tested for Grand Master rank, and Kevin pulled it off under pressure. Congratulations!

I really should have posted this one last night. Kevin's a friend, and I should have realized that his run was on YouTube and could have been blogged about. Sorry about that. Click for the full-size image.

Update: Replaced the unofficial AGDQ YouTube archive with the official one.

Sources:, Games Done Quick YouTube (was the unofficial YouTube archive), and Kawaiikochan Gaming No Korner

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