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Arcade in the Sky Blog: 2011

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Xylophone of Books

When I was in school, the teacher told me you couldn't make a xylophone out of books. 'showz her.
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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Backstreet Boys Parody Animated.

Sometimes, I just find something so bizzare I need to post it. Case in point, this 2008 minor youtube meme has been animated with 3D anime girls. Reviving a dead meme is nothing new, but the painstaking way the copied the facial expressions is just hilarrious. Especially how the copied all the expressions of the guy in the background. This is something you need to watch.

The girls in the vid are from MikuMikuDance.
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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

3DS Ambassador Program NES Titles Announced for NA and Japan

So, the word came out yesterday about the NES games that were going to come out for the 3DS free to Ambassadors for Japan. Later that day, they confirmed that list would be the same in North America. If you haven't heard by now, the list is this

Super Mario Bros.
Legend of Zelda
Zelda II
Balloon Fight
NES Open
Donkey Kong Jr.
Ice Climber
Wrecking Crew

I'd like to go over for a bit my feelings on this list. First off, I'm very happy with it. Several of my favs from Nintendo are on here as well as a couple that I missed the first time around. The only way this list could have been better was if they included a really obscure wild card to wow us, like Clash as Demonhead or something. But few of those title were published by Nintendo, so they wouldn't have been eligible.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

PS3 for 249

ps3  for 249 by HazeStudiosGames
ps3 for 249, a photo by HazeStudiosGames on Flickr.

Well it seems that Sony has dropped the price of PS3 today to $249. This would seem to solidify that it wants to push the 3D thing for this Holiday season; not even setting the PS Vita against the 3DS in North America for the rest of the year. Sure you can get the system with a game like InFamous 2 or Call of Duty for 299, but it's now possible to get a PS3 for what they sold 3DS for just last month. Great Job.

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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Otakon 2011 report

Otakon2011 064 by HazeStudiosGames
Otakon2011 064, a photo by HazeStudiosGames on Flickr.

I had a blast at Otakon.

Otakon was a great experience this year. I only had a chance to go down for the Saturday, but it was still a great time. I got a great bunch of stuff and saw a good number of AMVs. I ended up with some games, a complete collection of GaiGoaGar and J2.

View the pictures here. There was a collection of great costumes this year!

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Huge News! 3DS Price Cut and Free Games!


I have to admit I saw this coming. I read the tea leaved and the price of 3DS was coming down in the near future, but I didn't expect it to go all the way down to 170! Nor did I think they would give us early adopters a perk! We get 10 free NES games and 10 free GBA games. If you were going to download them all for 5 buck each (which I was) then you've saved $100 dollars where the late adopters will only be saving $80 after the price drops on Friday August 12th.

And these ain't no 'Baseball' titles either. Mario Kart, Metroid Fusion, Yohsi's Island, Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda!

source Nintendo Life

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Steel Diver Review of a different kind.

3dsI'd like to introduce you to the most esoteric, interpretive review ever given to Steel Diver.
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

10 Games that will change the way you look at the world

YOu need to play all these games!
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Monday, July 25, 2011

Haze-Cast 23: Captain America.

Aha! I bet you thought I'd be making another post about Antipole or haw it got great reviews- but no! my patriotism runs deep!
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Friday, July 15, 2011

Antipole DS trailer

Well, here it is, Antipole is on its way. Look for it on Nintendo DSi Ware Shop and eShop on 3DS. Please enjoy this trailer!

It's been a long road, and I'm just happy that people will be enjoying out game soon!
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Chrono Futurama by spacecoyote

Here is a great pic. I got wind of it from Press the Buttons, a great blog. I was a big Chrono Trigger fan as well as a Futurama fan, so this pic is just pure awesomesauce. Also, it's good to see the Hypno-toad branching out. I love the Hypno-toad. We all love the Hypno-toad.

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Monday, July 11, 2011

New Antipole PC Trailer

Antipole is now available on Impulse Driven.
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Friday, July 8, 2011

Hatsune Miku meets Hot Dog.

Sometimes, I just love being alive.
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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Haze-Cast 22: Summer Movies Reviews, a bunch!

Here is a podcast where I review all of the big summer movies thus far. I had to keep it quick, but there are my insights in their entirety. Also, I talk about Antipole and AMA.
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Star Tours sign

Star Tours sign by HazeStudiosGames
Star Tours sign, a photo by HazeStudiosGames on Flickr.

Here is the sign.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Further updates

I'm working on my latest updates. I've been super busy. In the meantime, this should keep you occupied.
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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Jonathan Coulton - The Future Soon.

Here's a song that always helps me when I'm feeling down. I don't feel down very often, but I'd like everyone to hear this just the same.
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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Haze-cast 21: Thor's review

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

N e one up for

N e one up for a day trip on saturday to phili? Toomanygames.com
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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Otter Pops VS Fla Vor Ice

I was a Flavorice kid myself. I didn't learn about the existence of Otter Pops until just recently. Apparently, Otter Pops was bought out by FI, but they kept them in stores. There is still a controversy, however. Red Yak gives us the scoop.

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Haze-cast 20: Summer Movie Preview 2011

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Just Push Play Arcade in Ontario, Canada

I'd like to bring everyone's attention to an arcade that is dedicated to preserving the classics. This truly fits in with the Arcade in the Sky mentality. I found out about it because they sponsor one of my favorite podcasts, This Week in Geek.

If I ever get to Canada, I'm going to check this out!

Also note that I have my podcasts on the same sercive as TWIG, mixcloud.com.

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Sunday, April 10, 2011


Originally uploaded by HazeStudiosGames
Just when you thought it was safe to back over the rainbow...
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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Governator - First Trailer [Telestrekoza.com]

Wow. There are no words to describe this. I really thought this was an April fools joke, but this kind of animation is just to expensive to justify a joke. I have to wonder who is backing this.
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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Haze-cast 19: 3DS

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Unboxing 3DS games

I didn't mean to be harsh on those 3DS boxes. The DS boxes were thick and heavy to an unwarranted degree. More on launch titles.
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Monday, March 21, 2011

Best Cutout Stop Motion Video: Megaman vs Mario

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

So You Want to Work in the Video Game Industry

Ah, here is a nice little video explaining all the ins and outs of the industry. I could go on for hours about the topics discussed here, but I'm going to just let you watch it.

Nonetheless, it does show how unassailable optimism can eventually prevail. I'm stuck in some of the misery described here right now, but I don't mind in the slightest. You see, even the most mundane parts of making a game are creatively fulfilling in their own way. I would recommend you attend some Game Jams every once and a while to get your creative juices out, however.
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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Playing the 3DS

Nintendo's Booth

Here I am a the Game Developers Conference 2011. I have been doing quite well in promoting my services and my latest indie game, Antipole. More on that later. For now, I wanted to share my pressions of what is surely the media darling of this expo, the Nintendo 3DS.

They had a full display with a wide array of all popular titles to play. I played 3 myself. Street Fighter 4, Dead or Alive and an Augmented reality game. Now, here is the scoop on the 3D effects. They work perfectly. There is no blurriness or dizziness to be found. And it you think its too cheesy, you can easily shut it off with a slider that is always in easy reach of your right thumb. The screen moves backward into the distance, things done pop out at you like in Friday the 13th Part 3. It creates its own world behind the screen, like a living museum display. What really blew me away was how beautiful and fast the graphics were. As I was playing Dead or alive, I would go one round with each opponent. Within seconds, both the new opponent and background were loaded, there was barely a moment to breath between levels! The fact that they could load so much data so fast was incredible! You need to be an engineer to find the differences between these graphics and current get, and they load faster than the consoles!

Even without the 3D gimmick, this is a must have for its speed and graphics power. And it's really lite!
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Monday, February 21, 2011

Haze-Cast 18: Marvel vs Capcom 3, GDC, Frontierville

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Me in A.C.

Originally uploaded by HazeStudiosGames
We took a trip to Atlantic City for the long weekend. Stayed in the hotel room having a Marvel vs Capcom 3 tournament. The game is very impressive; I'll give my full review soon.
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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Let's Play Antipole! - Xbox Live Indie Game | Top Tier Tactics

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Antipole Reviews

The Twittersphere has been posting a lot of great reviews of Antipole!

Extra Guy
Quote: a gravity-defying platformer that seeks to challenge the player’s skills

Quote: 'I had quite an enjoyable time with this game'

Quote: 'Antipole is Vvvvvvery Good'

Mash Those Buttons
Quote: Antipole is a solid choice if you’re in the market for a quick and inexpensive side-scroller.

Indie Asylum
Quote: 'Maneuvering a character in a 2D side-scroller can sometimes feel slippery or floaty; Antipole doesn't.'

Gamer Daily News
Quote: 'Antipole is excellently paced'

Xbox Hornet
Quote: 'If you like good electronic music and/or good hard platforming; stop reading right now and get this game'
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Friday, January 21, 2011

Antipole - Indie Game Released Today

antipole box
Originally uploaded by HazeStudiosGames
It took years of work, but I'm now on the Xbox 360. This retro style platformer is now available on the Xbox Indie Channel as of January 21st, 2011. It was a long road, but we made a great game, that has lots of content for your points.

I was the art director and did most all of the art, except for this cover art that was done partially by Gabriel Lamberty. He's one of the best comic artists I know.

I love the look and style of the game. It is my virgin effort into console game art, but I will stand by this forever.

Download it.

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Dot Dot Dot (Official Video HD)

Play this game, then watch this video.

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MagFest 9 - Review

Originally uploaded by HazeStudiosGames
Well, I've survived another MagFest. Let me tell you, this was an ordeal. Great games and great parties everywhere, as usual. There were, however some differences. The word of the year: Crowded. This convention sold out a few days before the opening, and it shows. Suffocating crowds in the arcade and hallways, hour long waits on the elevators. Not to mention that any popular panels got overloaded and left scores of fans out in the streets.

Of Course, It's Over 9000

The other word of the convention was "OOOOAAARGH!!!". Note the spelling. You could not travel more than fifty feet without hearing someone yell this word. It relates to the sound. It refers to the sound Colossus makes when he activates his mutant power in X-Men: the Arcade Game. This is available now on XBLA, so anyone can play now. Apparently someone made this sound during the closing ceremonies last year, and it became the running gag for this fest. They even named the arcade after it.

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Silent Rage Review

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Antipole Buttons At MagFest 9

Antipole Buttons
Originally uploaded by HazeStudiosGames
I made a box of special buttons for my upcoming game Antipole. If you find me there, I'll give you one!
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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Magfest 2011announcement

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Haze-Cast 17, Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai Review, Plus game news.

There will be 4 OAV episodes of Oreimo coming out in 2011. Stay tuned for my reviews. Also, look for me at Magfest!
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Friday, January 7, 2011

New Sailor Moon Game !

Originally uploaded by HazeStudiosGames
It would appear that Sailor Moon is being re-run in Italy, and after 10 years has become a phenomenon there all over again. This means new toys and a new video game from
Sailor Moon: La Luna Splende

Bandai Europe
, for the Nintendo DS! Good thing I know Italian! This is gonna be awesome. Remember that the DS (not DSi) isn't region coded! Sweat!

It seems to be from screen shots to be a basic retro-style platformer, with multiple playable characters. Fine by me! It will retail for 29.99 euros. March 11, 2011. Only in Italy.

Sources: Joystiq, Game Swag, KingDarian, Bandai
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