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Fantastic Arcade Day 3 Recap
October 01, 2015 | Wiley Wiggins

Fantastic Arcade Day 3 Recap

Cooking for Satan, bartending for ghosts, and launching heads in more ways that one. 


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Fantastic Arcade day 3 was packed with amazing games and the brilliant and hilarious personalities of their creators. We started the day with talks by George Royer and ceMelusine about their games Psychic Cat and the East Van E.P. collection, respectively. Procedural ghost rap battles and the neon corpses of long dead astronauts haunted the screen.


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Next came game-art pranksters Arcane Kids, who talked about the the path they took from Bubsy 3d: Bubsy visits the James Turrell Retrospective to the coffin sled-ride of this year's CRAP! No One Loves Me, proceeding into hidden secrets in their transgressive Sonic Dreams Collection.


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From there we slipped into a mega block of indie developers premiering new work on Sony Platforms, starting out with a free-play of rhythm game Thumper, and then moving into the first (and highly anticipated) tournament of the day, N++.


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Next up came the Double Fine Double Header- with DF's Headlander, and Ko-Op Modes Gnog, part of the Double Fine Presents collection.


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Greg rice took us down a clip fest of inspirations ranging from the cold war technoparanoia of Colossus: The Forbin Project, to the goofy heights of Barbarella and Danger: Diabolik, to the technicolor pulp greeble of Disney's The Black Hole. Headlander itself is a hazy, lurid pastiche of sci-fi influences and humor, in the Double Fine tradition. Gnog is a beautiful poster-perfect design puzzler about monster heads and what's inside them, and Ko-Op's Bronson Zgeb and Saleem Dabbous showed off a special Fantastic Arcade custom level.


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Next up were Klondike Collective's Pol Clarissou and Lucie Viatagé, who showed off the group's work, as well as Clarissou's Vignettes.



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Up next was the biggest event of the night, Rocket League. Rocket League was a marathon session, with novices and masters both throwing in, resulting in some massacres early on, and ramping up into an incredible display of skill as Team Capsule Force took the grand prize, Shenmue and Streets of Rage LP's from Data Discs.


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The night continued with fest favorite Thu Tran and her Hellmouth team, Ivan Safrin and Bobo Daido. We got to see reams of incredible and hilarious drawings and paintings that went into the development of the game, as well as an in depth look at how the games models and gameplay were created in an incredibly short period of time. 


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We closed out the night with a late-night bootleg party and tournament, where host Rachel Weil introduced us to a seedy bounty of homebrews, rip-offs, and unauthorized masterpieces for the original NES, culminating with a tournament of Kart-Fighter and Micro Machines in which your's truly was barely bested by Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon developer David Kalina. 


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Another day of myterious digital creations that could have been experienced no where else on earth but at Fantastic Arcade!


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