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Fantastic Arcade Day 4 recap
October 02, 2015 | Wiley Wiggins

Fantastic Arcade Day 4 recap

#Duplicade, Hardware Hacking, Her Story and our Fantastic Arcade prizewinners!


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The final day of Fantastic Arcade 2015 was one of the heaviest hitting, starting out with a group panel by DIY physical game creator Jerry Belich, vintage console hacker Andrew "Batsly Adams" Reitano, and fantasy arcade cabinet maestro Dr. Estil "Doc" Vance. Jerry showed off a number of inventions, including a makeshift "jetsuit" physical controller for FA bundle game, Luftrausers.

 


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Doc took us through the creation of his custom fantasy cabinets, including working arcade cabinets that appeared in movies like Tron and The Last Straighter, as well as the mythical Polybius cabinet- part of an urban legend that involved Men In Black carrying out secret experiments on unsuspecting players.

Andrew talked about the creation of his astounding Vec-9 cabinet, and showed off his made-that-day collaboration with Zachary Johnson- a web interface to allow an audience to live-glitch a real Nintendo Entertainment System running Contra while volunteer Roberto Villegas attempted to play.

Following our group panel was Her Story and Silent Hill: Shattered Memories creator Sam Barlow, who gave an in-depth look at how the idea for his hit game germinated, and how his family history textured the end experience. 

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Following Sam was game jam auteur and Secret Legend creator Andrew Shouldice, who talked candidly about his evolution as an artist and his trepidations about embarking on his most ambitious work. 



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Next up was Ko-Op mode's G.P. Lackey, who not only showed off the various procedural generation toys of The Tamperdrome Collection but actually created one live from scratch using audience feedback. 


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Next up was our tournament block, with an exposition play of Powerhoof's Regular Human Basketball, and a tournament of Winnie Song's fog-of-war strategy-stabber Badblood. 


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Badblood Teaser from Winnie Song on Vimeo.

The penultimate event was our annual Starcade competition. Long-since mutated from it's classic kids game show origins (see last year's Barfcade) this year's event once again included creations from our Gamemaking Frenzy game-jam. This year's theme was #Duplicade- each game needed to be a 30-second long, two player versus game that presented a culturally mangled knock off of a popular game property.


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Competition was fierce and the games were amazing as always. The final winner was decided by a match of Fire Dance With Mea Dance Dance Revolution and Twin Peaks inspired mini-masterpiece.

Finally we presented our Audience Choice award and out "Most Fantastic" award for best in show. Audience Choice award went to Andy Reitano's NES zapper game Super Russian Roulette, and Most Fantastic was awarded to Andrew Shouldice's Secret Legend. After heartfelt goodbys it was off to party the night away, already looking forward to next year's games, when we meet again at Fantastic Fest 2016.


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