2015 Arcade Events

  • Versnoof Developer Commentary
    FREE, No Badge Required, Theater 3, 12:00PM Fantastic Arcade alum Ian Snyder and Kyle Reimergartin will adjust your brain to existence as a parasitic organism with an entirely new set of sensory apparati. While you treat yourself to delicious Alamo food and refreshment.  Fantastic Arcade developer commentaries, free plays and tournaments are presented in hour and a half blocks, with table service just like the films at Fantastic Fest, sit back, order a refreshment and check out the newest in alt games.
  • BOTOLO Tourney
    FREE, no badge required, Theater 3, 1:30PM Who will be crowned master of BOTOLO? Just what IS BOTOLO? Creator Ian Snyder will be on hand to tell you and then challenge you personally, for prizes beyond your imagining. Fantastic Arcade developer commentaries, free plays and tournaments are presented in hour and a half blocks, with table service just like the films at Fantastic Fest, sit back, order a refreshment and check out the newest in alt games.
  • Inversus Developer Commentary and Tournament
    FREE, no badge required, Theater 3, 3:00pm Join creator Ryan Juckett as he preps us for his fast-paced tactical game of light and dark, Inversus. Fantastic Arcade developer commentaries, free plays and tournaments are presented in hour and a half blocks, with table service just like the films at Fantastic Fest. Sit back, order a refreshment and check out the newest in alternative gaming.
  • A Good Snowman is Hard to Build Developer Commentary
    FREE, no badge required, Theater 9 Join Alan Hazelden and Ryan Roth as they bring you into the whimsical world of A Good Snowman is Hard To Build. Fantastic Arcade developer commentaries, free plays and tournaments are presented in hour and a half blocks, with table service just like the films at Fantastic Fest, sit back, order a refreshment and check out the newest in alt games.
  • Froggy and Strawberry Cubes Developer Commentaries
    FREE, no badge required, Theater 3, 6:00pm Live developer commentary with IGF-award-winning Tetrageddon Games creator Nathalie Lawhead, who's chaotic arcade homage Froggy is in this year's showcase, followed with a developer commentary by Loren Schmidt, creator of the haunting glitch exploration game Strawberry Cubes. Both talks moderated by Juegos Rancheros' Rachel Weil. Strawberry Cubes = FROGGY - Game Intro from Nathalie Lawhead on Vimeo.   Fantastic Arcade developer commentaries, free plays and tournaments are presented in hour and a half blocks, with table service just like the films at Fantastic Fest, sit back, order a refreshment and check out the newest in alt games.
  • Fantastic Arcade Opening Party 2015
    ALL AGES * FREE ADMISSION Come celebrate the opening day of Fantastic Arcade with DJ’s, visuals, and party games like Butt Sniffin’ Pugs , Catnips , Worlds Fastest Pizza, Panoramical and Super Russian Roulette as well as an exclusive peek into the Slavic fairytale world of Forest of Sleep, at Empire Control Room, Sept. ember 28th, 9pm-1am. Sponsored with help from our friends at Sony Playstation. Live music from Lioness' Zak Ayles, along with special guest DJ's and live visuals all night.  RSVP on our Facebook event page to guarantee entry
  • Risky Bison and ALEA Developer Commentaries
    FREE, no badge required, Theater 3, 12:00pm Join Fantastic Arcade Superstar Justin Smith (Enviro Bear 2000, No Breaks Valet, Desert Golfing) as he lets us peek into the thrill ride of managing the financial affairs of a herd of buffalo... as an arcade game.  Gardenarium creator Paloma Dawkins shows off her newest game with Cale Bradbury, ALEA. Risky Bison and ALEA are two of six original game creations premeiring at Fantastic Arcade 2015, as part of Juegos Rancheros' "Juegos Originals" collection, sponsored by Humble Bundle. Fantastic Arcade developer commentaries, free plays and tournaments are presented in hour and a half blocks, with table service just like the films at Fantastic Fest, sit back, order a refreshment and check out the newest in alt games.
  • Anamorphine developer commentary
    FREE, No badge required, Theater 3, 1:30 Join developer Samantha Cook as she takes us on a tour of the surreal memory palace of Anamorphine. 
  • Beglitched and Circa Infinity Developer Commentaries
    FREE, no badge required, Theater 3, 3:00pm Join Jenny Jiao Hsia / and Alec Thomson as they teach you how to play the sticky and gleeful Beglitched, and Kenny Sun takes us through the warp door of his radial jumper Circa Infinity. Fantastic Arcade developer commentaries, free plays and tournaments are presented in hour and a half blocks, with table service just like the films at Fantastic Fest, sit back, order a refreshment and check out the newest in alt games.
  • Wheels of Aurelia Developer Commentary
    FREE, No Badge Required, Theater 3, 4:30 Join Fantastic Arcade alum and Santa Ragione member Pietro Righi Riva as he takes us on a tour of 70's Italy in their game Wheels of Aurelia. Wheels of Aurelia is one of 6 special games bootstrapped to premiere at Fantastic Arcade 2015 by Juegos Rancheros and sponsors Humble Bundle! Fantastic Arcade developer commentaries, free plays and tournaments are presented in hour and a half blocks, with table service just like the films at Fantastic Fest, sit back, order a refreshment and check out the newest in alt games.
  • Home Imprövisatiön and Backer Reward developer commentaries
    FREE, no badge required, Theater 3, 6:00pm Join Colton spross as he shows us what wonders can be built with the finest of pressure-molded Swedish particleboard in Home Imprövisatiön  and Jonathan Zungre takes us through the Global Game Jam award winning metagame, Backer Reward.  Fantastic Arcade developer commentaries, free plays and tournaments are presented in hour and a half blocks, with table service just like the films at Fantastic Fest, sit back, order a refreshment and check out the newest in alt games.
  • Videoball Tournament
    FREE, no badge required, Theater 3, 7:30pm Join commentators Adam "Atomic" Saltsman and Jenn "Voice of Videoball" Frank as we pit our audience members against one another in a fierce bout of the last sport that we will all play once we are assimilated into a world of pure video. VIDEOBALL. Fantastic Arcade developer commentaries, free plays and tournaments are presented in hour and a half blocks, with table service just like the films at Fantastic Fest, sit back, order a refreshment and check out the newest in alt games.
  • HOKY Tournament
    FREE, no badge required, Theater 3, 9:00pm A multiplayer battle on ice, HOKY is an original multiplayer sports game by Jan Willem Nijman (of Vlambeer fame) and Kitty Calis (Action Henk, Adventure Minute). We'll get a brief intro and then audience members will compete for fabulous prizes as we stream live to the Venus Patrol Twitch channel.  HOKY is one of six new games created to premier at Fantastic Arcade, as part of Juegos Rancheros' "Juegos Originals" collection, sponsored by Humble Bundle. Fantastic Arcade developer commentaries, free plays and tournaments are presented in hour and a half blocks, with table service just like the films at Fantastic Fest, sit back, order a refreshment and check out the newest in alt games.
  • Mystery Tournament
    Midnight Tuesday Night, FREE, No badge required, Theater 3, 11:00pm It's a surprise late night tournament, pick your favorite alamo snack and refreshment and compete for prizes, live on the Venus Patrol twitch stream! Fantastic Arcade developer commentaries, free plays and tournaments are presented in hour and a half blocks, with table service just like the films at Fantastic Fest, sit back, order a refreshment and check out the newest in alt games.
  • Psychic Cat / East Van EP Developer Commentaries
    FREE, no badge required, Theater 9 Join Psychic Cat  creator George Royer and East Van EP creator ceMelusine as we open up Fantastic Arcade 2015. These are two digital auteurs each trailblazing their own paths on the edge of the artform who will be talking about and playing through their creations, both part of this year's Fantastic Arcade 2015 Showcase. Fantastic Arcade developer commentaries, free plays and tournaments are presented in hour and a half blocks, with table service just like the films at Fantastic Fest, sit back, order a refreshment and check out the newest in alt games. 
  • CRAP! No One Loves Me developer commentary
    FREE, No badge required, Theater 9 Join Arcane Kids Ben Esposito, Russll Honor, and Jacob Knipfing as they take us on a coffin slalom ride through their game CRAP! No One Loves Me, premiering at Fantastic Arcade 2015.  
  • Self-Publishing on Sony Playstation
    FREE, no badge required, Theater 9, 3:00PM Sony has been putting the spotlight on indie developers all year, and making their platforms friendlier than ever to self-publish on – if you’re an indie developer, Sony would love to work with you! The SCEA Developer Relations will be on-hand to talk about the process and answer any burning questions you may have. Sign up during the panel to compete in a fistfull of indie game tournaments talks and play sessions that follow, including Rocket Team, N++, Superhypercube and Gnog, all available on (or coming to) Playstation. Fantastic Arcade developer commentaries, free plays and tournaments are presented in hour and a half blocks, with table service just like the films at Fantastic Fest, sit back, order a refreshment and check out the newest in indie games.
  • N++ Tournament
    FREE, no badge required, Theater 9 Back by popular demand, minimalist ninja platformer N++ is one of the most surprising specatcles of skill we've had at Fantastic Arcade, yet it's simple enough to be learned on the spot. This time, creator Raigan Burns will be in attendance to cheer you on, so cCome pick up a controler and try your hand at Fantastic Arcade prizes and glory, live on the Venus Patrol twitch stream.   Fantastic Arcade developer commentaries, free plays and tournaments are presented in hour and a half blocks, with table service just like the films at Fantastic Fest, sit back, order a refreshment and check out the newest in alt games.
  • Double Fine present Headlander and GNOG
    FREE, no badge required, Theater 9, RSVP To ensure you will be seated Two of the most anticipated talks of Fantastic Arcade 2015, A sneak peek at Double Fine's retro-SF comedy metroidvania Headlander with Greg Rice, followed by Ko-Op Mode's Bronson Zgeb and Saleem Dabbous who will guide us along the smooth noodle maps of 3d puzzler GNOG.   
  • Vignettes and more, Pol Clarissou and Lucie Viatgé Developer Commentary
    FREE, no badge required, Theater 9 Join French game collective Klondike's Pol Clarissou and Lucie Viatgé as they introduce us to a handful of their creations, including Clarissou's showcase game Vignettes. Fantastic Arcade developer commentaries, free plays and tournaments are presented in hour and a half blocks, with table service just like the films at Fantastic Fest, sit back, order a refreshment and check out the newest in alt games.
  • Rocket League Tournament
    FREE, no badge required, Theater 9   The sequel to 2008's Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars has taken multiplayer fans by storm, and will be one of the most dizzying and exciting tournaments of Arcade. Come grab a controller and play for glory and prizes, live on the Venus Patrol Twitch stream.   Fantastic Arcade developer commentaries, free plays and tournaments are presented in hour and a half blocks, with table service just like the films at Fantastic Fest, sit back, order a refreshment and check out the newest in alt games.
  • Hellmouth Developer Commentary w THU TRAN
    FREE, no badge required, Theater 9 Come feed Satan in Hellmouth with creators Thu Tran (of Food Party, and Barfcade fame), van Safrin and Bobo Dai Do.  Hellmouth is one of six original games created for the Juegos Originals series, premiering at Fantastic Arcade 2015 Fantastic Arcade developer commentaries, free plays and tournaments are presented in hour and a half blocks, with table service just like the films at Fantastic Fest, sit back, order a refreshment and check out the newest in alt games.
  • Late-Night Bootleg Game Party
    FREE, No badge required, Theater 9 In advance of this year's bootleg-themed Duplicade event, resident retrogame enthusiast Rachel Simone Weil hosts a late-night program that pays tribute to 8- and 16-bit rip-offs, pirates, hacks, and other questionably-legal games. Starting at 12:00 midnight, Rachel will present a curated playlist of weird and wonderful bootlegs from the '90s and '00s along with live commentary. The presentation will be directly followed by a tournament in which players will go head-to-head on a surprise selection of authentic bootleg games. Grab a drink and relax with us as we check out the best of unofficial and unsanctioned gaming!
  • Amusements!- Jerry Belich, Alan Watts, Andrew Reitano
    FREE, no badge required, Theater 9 You may have noticed at Fantastic Arcade that we occasionally include devices and novelties that stray outside the realm of what many think of as videogames, but that we believe would have felt right at home in an old school arcade. This year we have returned with even more mechanical novelties and we're so excited about what their individual creators are cooking up next that we've programmed a super-block of show and tell with WEIRD HARDWARE, NOVELTIES and AMUSEMENT DEVICES. Featuring Jerry Belich (Afterglow, Choosatron Adventure Matrix), Alan Watts (Wormhole Actuation Machine, Eye of the Pyramid) and Andrew "Batsly Adams" Reitano (Super Russian Roulette). Peep at what these mad scientists have in store next! Fantastic Arcade developer commentaries, free plays and tournaments are presented in scheduled blocks, with table service just like the films at Fantastic Fest, sit back, order a refreshment and check out the newest in alt games.
  • Her Story Developer Commentary with Sam Barlow
    FREE, no badge required, Theater 9, RSVP to reserve a seat In 1994 a British woman is interviewed seven times about her missing husband. This is her story. Her Story is the new video game from Sam Barlow, creator of Silent Hill: Shattered Memories and Aisle. A crime fiction game with non-linear storytelling, Her Story revolves around a police database full of live action video footage. This talk may reach theater capacity, to insure your seat, RSVP on Eventbrite! Fantastic Arcade developer commentaries, free plays and tournaments are presented in hour and a half blocks, with table service just like the films at Fantastic Fest, sit back, order a refreshment and check out the newest in alt games.
  • Secret Legend Developer Commentary
    FREE, no badge required, Theater 9 Andrew Shouldice is one of the most exciting talents in videogames that you haven't heard of yet. His knack for gameplay feel, his aesthetic sense, and his design talent round him out into a kind of games auteur that we see so seldomly today. We're extremely excited to invite him to Austin to show you his various game projects, from pressure-cooked jam games, to his new and ambitious work in progress, Secret Legend. Fantastic Arcade developer commentaries, free plays and tournaments are presented in hour and a half blocks, with table service just like the films at Fantastic Fest, sit back, order a refreshment and check out the newest in alt games.
  • The Tamperdrome Collection Developer Commentary
    FREE, no badge required, Theater 9 Join Ko-Op Mode collaborator and The Tamperdrome Collection creator G.P. Lackey as he creates a cat, an island, a dog, and an unspeakable thing that can't be unseen for each and every one of us.  Fantastic Arcade developer commentaries, free plays and tournaments are presented in hour and a half blocks, with table service just like the films at Fantastic Fest, sit back, order a refreshment and check out the newest in alt games.
  • Regular Human Basketball Tournament
    FREE, no badge required, Theater 9 Regular Human Basketball is just basketball, fellow humans. No giant death machines involved. That would be against the rules of basketball, and we observe rules here on earth.  Ok, there will probably be some giant human death machines. RHB is like Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime meets QWOP meets... basketball? It'll be two on two in this tourney, so bring a friend and sign up to win Fantastic Arcade prizes! Fantastic Arcade developer commentaries, free plays and tournaments are presented in hour and a half blocks, with table service just like the films at Fantastic Fest, sit back, order a refreshment and check out the newest in alt games.
  • Badblood Tournament
    FREE, no badge required, Theater 9 BADBLOOD is a violent stealth game for two. Outwit your neighbor in this intimate and visceral local multiplayer, where each players sees the arena from different orientations. Same bloody field, different bloody perspective. Hide, seek, and kill. Fantastic Arcade developer commentaries, free plays and tournaments are presented in scheduled blocks, with table service just like the films at Fantastic Fest, sit back, order a refreshment and check out the newest in alt games.
  • Starcade: DUPLICADE
    STARCADE: Watch as two contestants go head-to-head, answering game trivia and playing this year’s best Gamemaking Frenzy games. With your host Wiley Wiggins, all your favorite classic games will be discreetly replaced with just-as-good versions of indeterminate origin- all in a showdown we have christened: DUPLICADE.
  • FANTASTIC ARCADE AWARDS
    Toast off Fantastic Arcade 2015 as we honor this year's Jury and Audience choice awards, followed by the Fantastic Fest closing Party.