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!
The show will be on Sundays slot as well as Video on Demand
Cedar Park, Texas - According to DHX Media the brand-new series, based on the popular video game character (created by Akira Kitamura and Keiji Inafune), will debut on Cartoon Network on August 5, 2018. That's on the first Sunday of August and the series will continue to air on Sundays.
Man of Action Entertainment (Ben 10, Generator Rex, and the creators in Big Hero 6) are the creative team behind the project.
San Diego Comic Con served as the platform to debut the show, and there aren't a ton of visual evidence of the series in action other than this promo below. Let us know what you think! Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
[Source: DHX Media Press Release]
Cedar Park, Texas - Watch this brand-new short film starring the indomidable Nathan Fillion!
Let us know what you think in the comments!
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!
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 email@example.com
***The Nexcrew will be on site, covering specific aspects of the convention as well
Mark your calendars for Labor Day Weekend and prepare for this year's San Japan anime convention. The exact dates of the yearly event (now in it's 11th year) are August 31st to September 2nd. The event will be held at the HBG Convention Center in San Antonio, TX.
For those of us looking for some fun this Labor Day it seems like the perfect getaway, not too mention the lure of San Antonio as a whole. Here's some information from the convention's own website:
"San Japan will be bringing the fun once again to the River Walk as we take place in three concurrent locations at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio Grand Hyatt Hotel and the Marriott Riverwalk Hotel.
That's right, ladies and gentlemen! This is our strongest attempt at establishing a base of operations for the podcast and blog! With Podomatic and Weebly partnering to increase visibility for online podcasts, things just got a little more easier to manage! You can expect new podcast episodes, convention and other event updates, random ramblings via The NexPost, and a slew of photo galleries and high quality video interviews! Stay tuned, and thank you for all of your support and patience!