Hey developers! This is your annual warning that submissions for Fantastic Arcade 2016 will be closing in just two short weeks. If you would like your game to be considered for the festival, please click here to submit it before July 13th, at 11:59 PM Central Time.
We’ve added a countdown timer on our main page so you can keep track of when that is for you, but please don’t wait until the last minute and risk missing the deadline!
This year’s Fantastic Arcade will take place at Austin’s South Lamar Alamo Drafthouse & Highball lounge, from September 26th through the 29th, during the second week of the Fantastic Fest film festival.
After the July 13th deadline, the JUEGOS RANCHEROS board will begin the selection process to determine which games from among your submissions will be showcased during Fantastic Arcade. All of the games selected will be accessible to both festival attendees and the general public, for free, in a casual atmosphere of camaraderie and love for games.
We look forward to playing all of your submissions, and especially to seeing you all in September for this year’s Arcade!
Ready to fulfill your lifelong dream of playing music on rainbow-colored hot dogs, gummi bears & jelly beans? Then be absolutely sure to join us Thursday, July 7th, at 7:00PM at Austin’s North Door, as JUEGOS RANCHEROS presents Playthings, the debut virtual reality game from New York’s Always & Forever Computer Entertainment.
Always & Forever calls Playthings “a VR music playground set on an island filled with cheeseburger drums and other junk-food instruments”, where where your room transforms into “a rhythm game where you fend off a musical onslaught of candy.”
The game is the creation of George Michael Brower, formerly of Google’s Creative Lab, and who you might also recognize as one-half of similarly sweet musical duo George & Jonathan, most famous for creating an entire interactive website for their final album (go play with that immediately if you haven’t already).
With sound design assistance from Jon Baken (aka the Jonathan half of George & Jonathan) and Anamanaguchi‘s Peter Berkman, alongside Brower’s own brilliant production (which you can hear for yourself in the video above), Playthings has become one of our top virtual reality places, which we think you’re going to love being in just as much.
Playthings will be playable Thursday, July 7th, at 7:00PM at North Door, 501 Brushy Street, Austin, TX 78702. The show is free, all ages, and open to all the public, so come join us as we drink, play and meet the people changing the way we think about games!
JUEGOS RANCHEROS is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a new grant from the Austin chapter of the Awesome Foundation, for our newly-established artist residency program, the arcade of anything.
Operating through local chapters across the globe, The Awesome Foundation “advances the interest of awesome in the universe” with $1000 micro-grants, given monthly on a no-strings-attached basis to “people and groups working on awesome projects.”
Arcade of anything residencies provide artists a month-long opportunity to develop experimental digital games, art, and other interactive works. The program places a stronger emphasis on strange and wonderful projects which facilitate creative growth, unexpected collaborations, and community engagement, rather than commercially-viable products or finished works.
The arcade of anything program most recently debuted The Association of Electron Dreamers (above), an interactive installation created by local Austin artists Charlie Elwonger and Jocelyn Reyes.
JUEGOS RANCHEROS is currently coordinating with our next arcade of anything resident artist, whose work will be shown at an opening night exhibition on September 30th, 2016, immediately following this year’s Fantastic Arcade.
Our next exhibit at the Museum of Human Amusement — the independent arcade space which houses new videogame works, including our arcade of anything artists — will take place on July 22nd, 2016.
Visit our events page for more information on upcoming exhibits at the Museum of Human Amusement, as well as our regularly monthly shows and festival appearances.
Attention all developers: clear off your calendars from June 16th to June 30th now, because JUEGOS RANCHEROS is proud to announce The Mystic Western Game Jam, a spiritual sequel to our 2014 Space Cowboy Game Jam.
The game jam, hosted with the help of itch.io, is open to all developers worldwide, and will run for two weeks, after which entries will be judged by players for the week following, on a variety of to be determined criteria like truth, vastness, benevolence and psychedelia.
And, as with the Space Cowboy Game Jam before it, JUEGOS RANCHEROS is partnering with the Marfa Film Festival to exhibit a selection of the games in the real-live mystical West Texas desert. The games will be on display July 13th through July 17th, alongside the festival’s film & video works, free and open to both festival attendees and the general public.
You can find more detailed information at the official Mystic Western Game Jam site, and then begin to submit your games starting on June 16th. In the meantime, you can start dreaming up big star-gazing, truth-seeking & self-reflecting ideas, and discussing collaborations on twitter via the hashtag #mysticwestern. We’re all looking forward to seeing what you create!
Ready for another inspiring night of contemplative & beautiful games? Then be sure to join us next Thursday, June 2nd, at 7:00PM at Austin’s North Door, as JUEGOS RANCHEROS presents the work of Klondike, France’s staggeringly talented independent game collective.
You may have caught a few games made by Klondike members at various prior Fantastic Arcades — or even all the way back to our first Marfa Film Festival installation — but we’ve never had an entire night devoted to the group’s collected work, until now.
Collectively hailing from various points around France, the ten-strong group of developers (some of whom gave an overview of the collective’s formation at a 2015 Fantastic Arcade talk you can watch in its entirety here) has established itself as an incredibly prolific powerhouse of understated games with bold & beautiful aesthetics — as evidenced by even a cursory glance at their website.
For our special “Introducing: Klondike” show, we’ll be bringing along a wide selection of games from all the diverse members of the group, including Orchids to Dusk (the video above), from member Pol Clarissou, Titouan Millet’s brilliantly opaque and mysterious Mu Cartographer (the screenshot above), and much, much more.
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— Muffin (◕ฺー≦)ノ (@dzifyr) April 4, 2016
Our selection of Klondike games will be playable Thursday, June 2nd, at 7:00PM at North Door, 501 Brushy Street, Austin, TX 78702. The show is free, all ages, and open to all the public, so come join us as we drink, play and meet the people changing the way we think about games!
Want to peek through picoscopes at tiny artifacts of our daily detritus? Then join us this Friday, May 20 at 7:00 PM at the Museum of Human Achievement for The Association of Electron Dreamers, the first exhibition of JUEGOS RANCHEROS’s arcade of anything artist residency program.
Created by Charlie Elwonger and Jocelyn Reyes, the exhibition is a dreamy, interactive experience is delivered under the auspices of a public scientific endeavor by the Association of Electron Dreamers.
Elwonger and Reyes have previously collaborated on experimental, shortform games like Fantastic Arcade 2014 selection Lost in the Woods, Morning Coffee and Into. Apart, Elwonger is a practicing graphic designer, while Reyes is a sound designer for local Austin game studios including Finji and Taco Illuminati.
Say the artists:
The Association of Electron Dreamers is hosting its first public viewing of specimens. Observe preliminary findings of their research using the electronographic picoscope. View into tiny artifacts of our daily detritus.
Elwonger and Reyes’s work will be accompanied by projection art and music including Songs for Errant Micro Organisms #1 by Montreal’s mrghosty, as well as refreshments and the companionship of your fellow dreamer.
The exhibition will be held this Friday, May 20 at 7:00 PM, at Museum of Human Achievement, 3600 Lyons Rd, Austin, TX 78702. The event is free but donations are warmly accepted.
[Created in partnership with the Museum of Human Achievement, the arcade of anything artist residency encourages its participants to push into experimental and unexplored territory within digital arts. More information on our residency program can be found here.]