Archive for September, 2011

Episode 18 – Portland Retro Gaming Expo ’11

AJBS, A Jumps B Shoots, Portland Retro Gaming Expo, Robot Science
We shopped, we played, we talked—another year and another successful Portland Retro Gaming Expo has passed. For our coverage from PRGE 2011, we talk with expo head Chuck Van Pelt about the challenges of organizing a retro gaming convention; game collecting legend John Hancock gives us some insight into effectively collecting video games from all eras, and Pink Gorilla‘s Gabe Hayward talks game retail and his experiences managing a game store in Seattle. Pat “the NES Punk” Contri also joins us to muse about the good and the bad that came out of the NES era (as well as his web series). Finally, we wrap up our expo coverage with Art Santana, friend of the podcast and manager of Portland’s premier arcade, Ground Kontrol . Go ahead, ask us what we bought.

Featuring music from Robot Science

Shout Outs:

The Wooden Arcade
Fangamer
8bit Craft
Dromstruction
I Play Winner

Episode 17 – Cultured Conversation

AJBS, A Jumps B Shoots, Cultured magazine, Michael Brown, Covox
Michael Brown, freelance writer and creator of Cultured magazine, sits down with us over Skype to reflect on his experiences working in print media as well as the changing face of physical and digital formats in video game journalism. The Mad Marquis De Maltease of Portland’s own Critical Hit Burlesque also stops by to talk about his upcoming game-themed burlesque show, Geeklesque: Powers Up!, held in conjunction with the upcoming Portland Retro Gaming Expo. And then there’s some talk of the xenophobic undercurrents in a seemingly unassuming Hello Kitty game.

Hello Kitty Roller Rescue

Featuring music from Covox

Episode 16 – PAX 2011: The Wrap-up

AJBS, A Jumps B Shoots, Penny Arcade Expo 2011, PAX 2011, 2 Player Productions, Bit.Shifter
Photo courtesy of Cynthia Griffiths

Matt and Steve are joined by 2 Player Productions‘ Paul Owens to recount their overall impressions and experiences with 2011′s Penny Arcade Expo. Among the topics discussed are Grasshopper Manufacture‘s new games, the indie-centric PAX 10, Nintendo’s first-party 3DS offerings (as well as the joy of Mii Plaza conversations) and 2PP’s time taking footage of Minecraft’s Mojang for their upcoming documentary.

Antichamber
Spy Party
Retro City Rampage
The Splatters
Jamestown
Word Fighter
Sine Mora
Black Knight Sword
Lollipop Chainsaw

Featuring music from Bit.Shifter