Austin, Texas - What's going on everybody! It's Jazzy Ne' back to give you the inside scoop on our latest adventure at Classic Game Fest in my hometown! What do you think of when you hear the words "classic games"? If you're as old as I am, you probably think back to when you got your first Sega Genesis, an NES (Nintendo Entertainment System), or even a Gameboy! Others may go back to the original Atari 1600 or their first time trying out a pinball machine (talk about a super throwback). Well this past weekend, Desmond Childs and I got a chance to embark on a convention that does nothing but celebrate the history of gaming in all it's forms. It is a combination of classic game appreciation along with present and future gaming tech, panels, artistry, and live music.
We were lucky enough to obtain a vendor booth and get a firsthand look at the action. Now the event lasts for only two days, but there are plenty of things going on at once that can keep you entertained - if you plan accordingly! You have access to plenty of old and new school game tournements, a variety of vendors including game trading and sales, terrariums, digital and printed art, clothing, gaming-themed furniture, and cosplayers just to name a few. The live music aspect included Nerdcore hip-hop, Synth wave, alternative rock, AND an OCARINA! Like I could go on and on. We didn't get a chance to attend the panels, but the overall feedback from the Women in Game Development panel and even the Joust panel was that they were "insightful, and very telling of gaming culture in 2018". You even have a chance to get in some free play on your favorite arcade games (think Marvel vs. Capcom 2), pinball machines (Star Wars anyone?), and meet local game developers looking to pitch their creations to the masses and create the next most-wanted indie game.
Just to give you a quick background - CGF was started 11 years ago by the owner of the local retro gaming store Game Over Videogames, David Kaelin. He saw a need to share his appreciation of games that we today consider to be classics. Thanks to a shared passion within the gaming commnunity, Classic Game Fest has brought together gaming companies and fans alike who have history with "old school" console, arcade, and PC gaming. People from all over Texas and across the nation travel here to see what Austin has to offer during this special weekend in July. This year's guest list included some heavy hitters such as Warren Davis, John Newcomer, Christina Revis, and Alexander Brandon. I did mention that Women in Game Development panel right? My little heart hurts that I missed it! But alas we were able to enjoy other aspects of the convention.
You know it would be a sin for us to have a good handful of our favorite artists and NOT catch up with them right? Right. But yes we were able to see our boy DJ R.O.C.K.M.A.N. rock the crowd along with performances from Bitforce, Descendents of Erdrick, MC Ohm-I & Creative Mind Frame, Zerowolf, David Erick Ramos (Ocarina Master), 88 Bit Piano, The Returners, and our fave the almighty Mega Ran! I can honestly say that the music was just as live as the last year I was able to attend and I can appreciate the Dave K. and his team appreciate the Nerdcore genre and all that it entails. To have that platform at an event such as this is a great move for the geek and the lover of hip hop. I, for one, am proud to see more faces like mine at these events. CGF is very family-oriented and that vibe is upheld throughout the entire event. My kids were able to meet a lot of these artists and really get into what Nerdcore music has to offer. I mean who wouldn't want to get down to a rock'n'roll remix of the Pokemon theme song? I know we did and you can see us doing so on our Instagram page.
Photos from our adventures at Classic Game Fest should be up on the Book of Faces by now. If not, then it will be soon enough (got a lot of photo stuffs to organize still). For more information on the next Classic Game Fest, head to their website by clicking here or look for them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube! And if you're in the market for quality games that you may not be able to find anywhere else, then please check out Game Over Videogames. Browse hundreds of classic gen titles, consoles, and accessories all in one place and have it delivered right to your door!
Until next time - peace!
CEDAR PARK, TEXAS - This new, strange romantic comedy directed by Masaaki Yuasa (Adventure Time) is coming to U.S. theaters August 21st and August 22nd through a partnership with Fathom Events.
Synopsis: As a group of teens go out for a night on the town, a sophomore known only as ‘The Girl with Black Hair’ experiences a series of surreal encounters with the local nightlife… all the while unaware of the romantic longings of Senpai, a fellow student who has been creating increasingly fantastic and contrived reasons to run into her, in an effort to win her heart.
Cedar Park, Texas - The Nexcrew will be at the Classic Game Festival this weekend! If you're looking for a great way to spend your weekend in downtown, Austin, Texas--this is the event for you! So, it's your first year at Classic Game Fest and you don't really know what to expect? Well, you're reading the write article, my friends! This whole write-up is about the types of things you'll see at this year's 2-day CGF event. The information you need will be right after this video below.
The event will be at the Palmer Events Center (900 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78704). The event is for two days and ticket prices are as follows:
Price for SAT & SUN: $30 per attendee
KIDS: 1 Kid gets in free for every ADULT wristband purchased (ex: 2 SAT passes purchased equals 2 kids (12 years old and under) admitted free of cost)
Video Game Tournaments
Get ready for supreme, competition with games like Street Fighter 2, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Duke Nukem 3D, Quake, Virtua Fighter 4, and a 16-PLAYER MARIO KART! Get here early and stay both days to compete, win, and make your name on the stage of history.
Interestingly enough Terrible Enough will have a challenge for con-goers called, 'This Controller Sucks' light gun and giant joystick challenge.
Live Video Game Music
This year's event will feature some of the very best in video game music--Rock, Nerdcore, Ocarina, Piano and more! You'll see musical acts such as Bit Force, 1-UP, and Mega Ran.
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Video Game Panels
If you're unsure what a 'panel' is, just think of something like a class, lecture, or demonstration based on a specific topic of interest. The panel can be about someone's life, a type of culture, or something as silly as a Cards Against Humanity session.
This year's panels at CGF will be exemplary and everything will kick off with a 'Women in Game Dev' panel. Keep in mind these are some real industry types sharing their knowledge and experience working within the video game industry! The list of panels for this year's event isn't super-long, but the 8 different panels selected are sure to make a lasting impression on you as an attendee some do your best to catch at least one or two of them.
[Click here for more information about the panels]
Vendors and Exhibitors
There will be a sizable amount of vendors at this event, all of them offering a service, product, or championing a great cause; directly tied into the video game industry or at least within Nerd/Geek Culture. [Click Here for additional information about Vendors and Exhibitors]
Round Rock, Texas - For all of you late bloomers and "afterwhilers" within the anime fandom; we were treated to something special this past weekend at Anime CTX. At 7:00pm, Saturday evening, the critically acclaimed film, Kimi No Na Wa (Your Name) originally released in 2017 (In US) played in the screening room.
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From director Makoto Shinkai, the innovative mind behind Voices of a Distant Star and 5 Centimeters Per Second, comes a beautiful masterpiece about time, the thread of fate, and the hearts of two young souls.
Easily one of the most, picture-esque animated films I've seen to date. Not a surprise to see that Shinkai was the director on this one; but I was still blown away by the level of complexity and detail. It's like the famed-director took things to a whole new level and delivered a timeless, instant-classic with 'Your Name'. The Funimation English track for the film was also done very well, and although you could tell there were a few workarounds, the overall product was polished. Check out the trailer for the film below:
Round Rock, Texas - This year's con, for better or worse, felt like more of the same. Familiar friendly faces all laughing, sweating, eating, shouting, and mingling. The communal feel of the convention is still here and the bonds that have already been formed are growing stronger still. From opening ceremonies to the Idol festival to the guest panels, AnimeCTX is what all conventions, big or small, constantly strive to be. Safe, communal, and consistent, yet flexible.
Only thing missing was a beautiful, sweet sounding, Zelda-themed violin tune swelling throughout. The cozy, comfy con is easily one of The Nexcrew's favorites to date. Until next time AnimeCTX!
Cedar Park, Texas - This year's Anime Expo looks to be a big deal when it comes to it's pop musical guests. Check out the lineup below, starting July 4:
From the looks of it, this year's lineup looks to be chock-full of crowd-pleasing acts!
Austin, Texas - Saturday was close to one-hundred degrees outside, but it didn't stop Anime Pop and Kick Butt Cafe from hosting a successful event. For Anime Pop, a quaint, polished and sanitized little shop; the sheer number of patrons popping in and out of the establishment turned the store into more of a museum. All over people were speaking on their favorite anime series, models they've worked on, and wishes for new merchandise down the line. The Anime Pop Austin staff mingled and educated the masses, all while promoting their partner business, Kick Butt Cafe next door. There were door prizes, aptly named drinks and, later that evening, a nerdcore hip-hop extravaganza! Overall, Anime Pop Austin and Kick Butt cafe should look forward to more weekend endeavors such as this, as it is a great way to bring the community together, under the brutal sun.
Round Rock, Texas - The 2nd year convention has a strong list of guests for this year's event. Voice actors such as Chris Patton, Emily Neves, Morgan Berry, and Sarah Wiedenheft. Cosplayers like Sledgehammer Cosplay, Katfish Cosplay, and Mika Nicole. Bundle of energy hosts, Vitamin H are returning from last year as is the troupe of entertainers, Take Zero.
Cosplay contests, anime screenings, a maid cafe, and the Texas Summer Idol fest are among the heavy hitting activities during the convention. There's also going to be the dealers room, artist alley, and panels hosted by various interest groups. The website doesn't make it immediately clear as to whether or not there will be a gaming room at the convention, although there typically is.
The following link is to the convention's ticket sales page--Tickets are $50 for a weekend pass (June 29th-July 1st) and the sale ends July 1st. As of this post, AnimeCTX's eventbright page did not give an option for 'Day Passes'. For more information on the matter, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
***The Nexcrew will be on site, covering specific aspects of the convention as well
This weekend, anime-themed merchandiser Anime Pop is celebrating it's Grand Opening here in Austin with what it's calling, "Anime Pop Austin's Kick Butt Mini-Con & Grand Opening". Although the Facebook event page doesn't give details, the mini-con will presumably have a healthy selection of 'merch' to shop through as well as other attractions. The event is this Saturday, from 1-5pm. It's located at 5775 Airport Blvd, Ste 725c, Austin, Texas, 78752.
The Nexcrew Team is planning to attend the event. A follow-up to this story will follow. Here is a link to the event page: Jump to Event Page here