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Amemura

Monday, March 23rd, 2015 at 1:35 am | Image

It’s about time I did another Pixiv post with mouseover text, right? Amemura keeps showing up in my recommendations with these eye-catching beautiful skies and vertical locations. The artist has recently started posting their new work on Tumblr and Twitter, so they’re easier to follow now.

Lake of Twilight (黄昏の湖)
This is Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia, the largest salt flat in the world. When it rains, the entire salt flat turns into a mirror. Trippy! Artists and photographers love this place.

You and I (きみとぼく)
If I could see this clearly underwater, I'd go scuba diving all the time. Having things above and below you and swimming up and down to meet them must be a lot of fun.

End of Summer (夏の果て)
Here's another place that looks like it probably exists. This girl must be a globe-trotter.

Dive
Here's a place that does NOT exist. Are we skydiving or scuba diving? Or both? Whatever it is, it's cool! The artist also has one of scuba diving in space.

Dream
Sweet dreams! Unless you're seeing this post in the morning. In that case, sorry I just made you forget whatever dreams you had.

Source: http://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?id=47488 via pixiv Spotlight

Lovely Planet

Friday, March 13th, 2015 at 11:59 pm | Game | Video

Quicktequila’s Lovely Planet is the anti-modern FPS. Instead of being multiplayer, gritty, and easy, Lovely Planet is single player, cutesy, and incredibly difficult. Calum Bowen’s happy, catchy soundtrack only really fits the first couple worlds. After that, the game introduces cruel new mechanics that demand precision trick shots on the run. I couldn’t beat a single stage in world 5 except the ending. If your keyboard-and-mouse skills are awesome, give this game a shot. It’s different.

Source: http://www.quicktequila.com/lovelyplanet.html via their booth at PAX East 2015, also YouTube and Bandcamp

Xinon – Origin

Thursday, March 5th, 2015 at 3:00 am | Audio

I just got on the train headed for another PAX East! 70,000 gamers get together in Boston every year to play games, and you can find competition in any game there is. Last year, I took second place in the tournaments for Tetris DS and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2, and I’ve been training to win them both this time around. I’ll be updating Twitter just like last year.

Anyway, enjoy some high-energy Game Boy chiptunes courtesy of Xinon. This album has gotten me through some long, tiring weekends.

Source: https://xinon.bandcamp.com/album/origin via a Spotibot playlist based on my Last.fm recommendations

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: http://www.columbusunderground.com/retro-gamers-celebrate-bygone-era-of-video-game-classics 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.

Update: Captain Southbird has released Rev 2B which fixes a couple bugs, so get that one instead.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rB29ihWXb8A via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9rIGa9R9bE via YouTube subscription

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