Rockford aRt.cade: “FREEPLAY”

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The Rockford aRt.cade group held their fourth video game art show in downtown Rockford, Il last weekend and luckily we were able to attend and take a few photos of the event. Each show the group puts on features a theme to unify the work of the various artists contributing, though this time things were a bit more open as they decided to go with “FREEPLAY” as a concept. As a result, artists created work inspired by a variety of periods, genres, styles, and formats, from NES-era mascots like Mega Man to works based on contemporary classics. Nintendo-inspired games (especially NES and Super NES) always seem to receive the most love though, so there were plenty of incredible examples featuring Mario, Link, Samus, Zelda, and Kirby. Check out the group’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/rockfordartcade for lots more photos and information about participating artists and potential future shows. You can also check out issue #2 of our zine, Fun Factor!, for a write-up and photos from the group’s first show. Continue reading

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Episode 46.5 – Talking with Rockford aRt.cade

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In the latest Nintendo Fun Club episode, we do something a little bit different and spend some time talking to some very special guests involved in putting together an incredible art show completely inspired by video games. John sits down with Kirk, John, and Raven from Rockford Art.Cade to discuss “Backwards Compatible,” the second video game art show put on by the group. Topics include participating artists, inspiring games, and a giant foam-core portrait of Reggie Fils-Aime’s face fashioned out of arcade tokens. After talking the art show for the first 30 minutes, the crew discusses some of their favorite classic games as well as some of the more modern stuff they’ve been playing.

If you’re in the midwest and can make it out, “Backwards Compatible” is happening on October 4th and 5th in downtown Rockford, IL. If you’re not close enough to make it out, check back here and the Rockford Art.Cade Facebook page for coverage. These guys are super knowledgable about games and experienced podcasters, so whether you’re able to make the show or not, there is plenty here to enjoy.
Music:
The Bouncing Souls – We Love Fun (unofficial Nintendo Fun Club theme song)
Astyanax – Round 1-1
Dan Vapid and the Cheats – Work of Art
Links:
Retro Retro Retro Podcast: https://www.facebook.com/retrotothethird
Chip Theory Games: http://www.chiptheorygames.com

Episode 30 – Like Friday the 13th for the NES, but with Dinosaurs

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News:

Animal Crossing: New Leaf $34.99??

Project X Zone and Shin Megami Tensei IV confirmed for Summer!

Original Mega Man composer doing songs for Shovel Knight!

Games:

The Legend of Zelda: Minish Cap, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

Music:

The Bouncing Souls – We Love Fun (unofficial Nintendo Fun Club theme song)

Astynax – Stage 1

Digger – I Want My Hat Back

Download the Fun Factor! zine!

Listen to the Friday the 13th episode of Nintendo Fun Club!

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