Bomberman BBQ

A message for everyone on Medium: figured this week was the perfect time to finally start republishing one of Attract Mode’s staples, that being the Game Culture Snapshots as they’ve come to be known. Especially this particular batch, since it’s similar to the most recent one. Enjoy!


The Dreamcast turned 16 years old, a month ago exactly (in North America). And as you can see above, my birthday present to the last Sega console I would ever buy was a sealed copy of De La Jet Set Radio (it’s the UK version of the game, released for Japan and available only via Dreamcast Direct, Sega’s mail order shop). Goes well with my sealed copy of the original Japanese release, doesn’t it? EDIT: Just realized I posted the photo above already; oops!

For the record, I’m not one who normally keeps his games sealed, which is a source of debate within the “club”, at least with one of its members. But more of those guys later. The focus of this particular Instagram round up, which is how I’ll be approaching my game culture snapshots from this point forward, are gatherings (be they formal or informal) in which games are part of the mix!

Like the Internet Yami-Ichi, described as an “internet-ish” flea market that originated in Japan but has made appearances across the globe. Like Brooklyn, a couple weeks back. Though there were plenty of video game-ish items for sale as well, like DJ Phantasy Club’s debut chiptune zine/game zine/chiptune that looks like something for the Dreamcast…

As well as this zine that’a a love letter to Shadow The Hedgehog and DeviantArt in general by Olivia Fox

You also had games to play; here I am as Ryu, up against Rocky. Alas, the Italian Stallion was the master of the cardboard squared circle and not the most famous World Warrior…

There was also this special Internet Yami-Ichi Smash Bros stage, built by Ryan Whittier Hale

Time to fast forward a few weeks, to last Friday to be exact, for the October gathering of the Import Club (which is a lot easier to say/remember than Japanese PlayStation Imports & Ramen Appreciation Society). And maybe because Halloween is so close by, but we kicked the evening off with some spooky softs, like Mad Panic Coaster

For those who have never seen my livestreams of the game, via Periscope and Meerkat, here’s footage via some guy on YouTube who claims that the controls are less than stellar, which is total b.s. For a game with a roller coaster going 300mph, the handling’s quite good if you know what’s you’re doing (and Mad Panic Coaster is one of the four games I’m actually good at).

Also played some Paranoiascape, which some might recall from my list of games to play on Halloween last year. It’s a first person pinball game designed by Screaming Mad George, whose primary occupation is make up artist (he’s best known for Big Trouble In Little China plus Nightmares on Elm Street 3 & 4)…

We also played some non-scary games, like Oh No!, one of the legit gems of the PSone’s wacky import catalog…

I forget which Bishi Bashi we played that night…

May as well transition to pics from other folks at long last (yes, my game culture snapshots have become glorified diary entries as of late, sorry about that). And note to self: next summer, take a page from retrokkjp’s Bomberman BBQ…

Time to roll back the clock a bit, to the previously mentioned Toy Temp party at PAX Prime, courtesy of Henry

The best part of throwing a shindig at PAX are the friends who swing by, like the boys from Ackk Studios (aka the dudes, and dudette, putting YIIK together)…

As for where the sausage is made, here’s yet another look at yet another day at Bento Miso, courtesy of Jennie

That’s the main room. Meanwhile, in the smaller, “Skunkworks” space; games be made there as well…

Here’s Bento bringing the party, yet again, to the Ontario Celebration Zone earlier this summer. Which took place during the Pan Am/Parpan Am Games. Fun for all ages…

Meanwhile we have something decidedly more… adult… yet something that’s still quite childish… at the this year’s Different Games. Via Ivan Safrin

Something a bit less dirty, since only kissing is involved; Stellar Smooch (which appears to be a bit different from the version one can currently find in the App Store) from this year’s GDC Venus Patrol/Wild Rumpus party. Via Chris Furniss

And via Patrick Ashe, one of the brains behind Wild Rumpus, comes… pathos? Arriving sometimes in “Spring/Summer 2016″

Somewhat along that same line, maybe, is Skot Deeming experiencing the Painstation

This is what the back of Skot’s hand looked like afterward (I should maybe do a dedicated post on the thing, perhaps Monday)…

On the opposite end of the spectrum is what appears to be pure, unadulterated joy, thanks to the magic of VR…

Somewhere else, in a similarly dark space, and on the opposite end of a different kind of spectrum, is another gather of the Detroit Arcade Club

Via Arcade Events is a behind the scenes look at the CAVE CARNIVAL which recently took place; this is what you need to have if you’re gonna have a shmup party…

Gus Mastrapa’s view at a pinball party he attended earlier this year…

Let’s head back home, to enjoy some games on Patrick Miller’s couch…

Here we have Justin Doub’s kids, waiting for the plane…

And Adam’s son, waiting for a table…

Yet another example of a father and son, united by games; never mind how the little guy may not necessarily be playing the same game as dad, or even playing anything at all. Via Marie-Christine Bourdua

James Mielke must be one proud father, to have a baby that’s already versed in the ways of Steel Battalion

Finally comes a pic of one of Don Miller’s favorite games, which he used to test drive the Famicom AV that he lent to me, for a thing that was supposed to happen last Friday night but has been delayed. But it relates to what I’ve been discussing this entire time, and which I’ll talk about more, once the time is right. Once a new date has been set in stone, to be exact! Till then…


Originally published at blog.attractmo.de.

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