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Arcade in the Sky Blog: June 2010

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Anime Mid-Atlantic 2010

Another great Anime Mid-Atlantic. This is the 10 year anniversary. It started for me before dawn, as I headed out at 5am for a 7 hour drive down the Chesapeake Bridge Tunnel. I made it there by noon for the start of the festivities. I had no plans for rooming, I intended to make it up as I went along. The Red Roof in across the street was all booked up, but the next motel, the Cedar Tree, was free. Pretty nice rooms for the same price. After checking in and turning up the AC, I checked out the artist alley, still being set up. Great stuff this year.

Opening Ceremonies was great. They had a 10 year AMA montage, and I got to get up on stage and talk about my workshops. That evening, I attended a panel on Streamline Pictures by Robert Aldrich. It was pretty awesome. I was part of Guests Uncensored at midnight, but I can't talk about that. What happens at Guests Uncensored, stays at Guests Uncensored.

The next day I had a drawing workshop to run early at 10am. It was the first workshop I've done since making the leap from paper to Wacom Tablet. I got to dispense a lot of the things I've learned. I spent the rest of the day demo-ing my XBLA game Antipole on my table in Artist's Alley. The fans really seem to like it. I also attended Another panel by Robert Aldrich about "anime cousins" and a Anime and Mythology panel. Both were awesome.

There was a luncheon for the guests, but the smoke from the omelet station set off the fire alarm. The whole Marriott had to be evacuated!

I did another hour long panel about game design on Sunday morning at 11am, but I couldn't really cover a lot in just an hour. After that, I was on the road back to New Jersey.

AMA is a great con, and it was great seeing all of my old friends again.
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Friday, June 18, 2010

SGC Promo Vid, staring Haze-man

ScrewAttack seems to like me, as they've put my face on the thumbnail for the SGC 2010 promo vid. I meant everything I said, it's an awesome time. Totally worth the plain trip from NJ to Texas.

Originally uploaded by HazeStudiosGames

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

ScrewAttack Video Game, SGC 2010 Promo

ScrewAttack Video Game, SGC 2010 Promo- GameTrailers.com

Well, well well. Look who made it onto the face of the new SGC trailer. I'm proud. After all, I had a great time at SGC.
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Monday, June 14, 2010

Posts about Cosmos X2

Here are some links about our upcoming game Cosmos X2.

Pocket Gamer

Go Nintendo

Gamers Daily

Nintendo Life
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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Antipole demo live at Anime Mid-Atlantic

AMA day2 009
Originally uploaded by HazeStudiosGames
Antipole was made playable by the con-goers at Anime Mid-Atlantic, an anime convention in Chesapeake, Virginia. Ten levels of action platforming were there to discover. Fan reaction is positive.
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Friday, June 11, 2010

Haze-man Departs for Anime Mid-Atlantic

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Heroman Review

Originally uploaded by HazeStudiosGames
I've been really busy lately, working on the Antipole video game. Because of this, pastimes like playing games and watching anime have gone to the wayside. Luckily, I have been able to squeeze in a new anime show thanks to Crunchy Roll. The show is Heroman, and the distinction of being the first anime series created by Stan Lee. Yes the Stan Lee of Hulk and Spider-man. It's animated by Studios Bones.

This is the first series I've followed as it's being broadcast in Japan. Thanks to the streaming service I get the straight sauce, subtitled and uploaded just after the Japanese TV showings. Yes, I was into Naruto, but the manga, not the anime. Bleach and One Piece just never did it for me.

This is an awesome show. The premise is brilliant. It matches the Japanese Super Robot hero dynamic with the American Romantic individualist Superhero archetype. In a giant robot show, the boy hero is completely mortal, having to rely on his robot pal for all the super-ness. The friendship and teamwork are the real hero. Not that superheroes dont' exits in Japan--Just look at Tatsunoko VS Capcom--it's just that they play second fiddle to Giant Robots. In America, the super hero does everything himself, and has all the responsibility and burdens of that. Here, we have a boy and his robot, but holding the robots controller itself gives young Joey Jones some superpowers of his own.

I love this show, and I love how Stan Lee makes a cameo, just like he does in today's super hero movies. I can't wait to get my hands on more episodes and on the manga.
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