Love bizarre, colorful, playful games like Katamari Damacy, Hohokum and Donut County? Then you will definitely want to join us this Thursday, May 5th, at 7:00PM at Austin’s North Door, as JUEGOS RANCHEROS presents the work of Sokpop, one of our new favorite independent game collectives.
For our special “Introducing: Sokpop” show, we’ll be bringing along a wide selection of games from all of the members of the group, including Digital Bird Playground, Koning’s On The Hunt, rubna’s Noodle Ramen, and much more.
Our selection of Sokpop games will be playable Thursday, May 5th, 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!
Elwonger, a UI designer and artist, and Reyes, a sound designer, are frequent collaborators. The pair have worked together on experimental, shortform games like Fantastic Arcade 2014 selection Lost in the Woods, Morning Coffee (pictured above), and the recently-released autobiographical work Into.
However, their creative production extends outside of their collaborative work as well, from Elwonger’s graphic design practice to Reyes’s sound work with Austin game studios Finji and Taco Illuminati.
The month-long arcade of anything artist residency, created in partnership with the Museum of Human Achievement, encourages participants to push into experimental and unexplored territory within digital arts.
The residency will conclude with a public exhibition of the work undertaken at JUEGOS RANCHEROS’s indie arcade space, the Museum of Human Amusement. You can read more about the newly-announced residency program here.
Please join us in congratulating Charlie Elwonger and Jocelyn Reyes, and stay tuned for details on their exhibition event in the second half of May 2016.
Charlie Taylor Elwonger is an interactive artist and UI designer in Austin, TX, who has done client design work with Frog and Razorfish, co-founded an independent videogame studio with a group of online collaborators making multiplayer games, and now releases interactives & other game-likes as Animal Phase. A cusp millennial born in 1986 making art to help you feel weird. Likely in or around a wifi hotspot near you. You can find out more about them at their personal site, loveme.computer.
Jocelyn Reyes is a sound designer based in Austin, TX. Most of her work can be seen in certain video games around town. These days, she mostly spends her time making a racket and putting into video games in the aforementioned town. Probably her most well known work is working with local game studios, Finji and Taco Illuminati. She hopes to one day go to space. littledesertsound.io
The 2016 edition of Fantastic Arcade will once again be taking 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.
Shortly 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.
Always wanted to become a tennis pro without the hassle of finding a partner to play against? Then join us this Thursday, April 7th, at 7:00PM at Austin’s North Door, as JUEGOS RANCHEROS presents VRUnicorn’s virtual-reality solo-tennis simulator, #SelfieTennis.
Freshly announced as the first VR game published by Austin’s own Devolver Digital, #SelfieTennis more or less instantly became one of our favorite things to do with the Vive.
It’s the Wii Sports/Mario Tennis virtual reality needed: a super colorful, super simple & super accessible sports game, where the catch is that you’re always playing against yourself.
Lob a ball across the net & you’re instantly transported to the opposite side of the court, where you can return your own serve and keep the ball in play as long as you can, or simply give in to your own frustration and find your own fun by pinging your ball against the heads of the court’s deliriously cheerful on-lookers.
Devolver will be providing some of the night’s best players with keys for the game (which is currently on sale on Steam!) so you can continue your quest for mastery back home. With some luck, we may even have a quick hello from one of the VRUnicorns themselves, and ample opportunities to tweet out a gif of yourself playing via the newly-added in-game selfie stick.
#SelfieTennis will be playable Thursday, April 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!
Dust off your spurs and your Zapper, kids–we’re going back to the future with an all-new game for the NES! This Thursday, March 3 at 7:00 PM, mosey on over to the North Door to settle the score with an 8-bit trash-talkin’ cowboy as JUEGOS RANCHEROS presents SUPER RUSSIAN ROULETTE.
Andrew Reitano (NYC) is a hardware hacker, programmer, and game designer who blew us all away last year with his in-progress NES game, Super Russian Roulette. In it, up to three players play Russian Roulette against an on-screen cowboy using the NES Zapper light gun. (Remember Duck Hunt?) Thanks to backers of his ongoing Kickstarter campaign for the project, Super Russian Roulette is now being produced in a limited run of real NES cartridges!
To round out the evening with more retro goodness, JUEGOS RANCHEROS’s resident 8-bit gamemaker Rachel Weil will be showing off her most recent NES game: Electronic Sweet-N-Fun Fortune Teller. What’s your BFF really thinking? Who has a crush on you? Let this cute NES game take a shot at the answers!
And finally, JUEGOS RANCHEROS is pleased to announce the official launch party of its experimental arcade on Friday, March 4, in collaboration with the Museum of Human Acheivement. Reitano will join us with Super Russian Roulette and some of his original Sega Genesis projection art! RSVP for the party here!
Super Russian Roulette and Electronic Sweet-N-Fun Fortune Teller will be playable Thursday, March 3, 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!
Still high from the excitement of last month’s JUEGOS RANCHEROS virtual-reality puzzler SUPERHYPERCUBE? Ready for virtual reality to be your real reality? Join JUEGOS RANCHEROS this Thursday, February 4th at 7:00 PM at the North Door as we present a magical, musical, and wildly immersive VR experience being developed right here in Austin: TheWave by Aaron Lemke and Finn Staber!
TheWave is a room-scale VR environment that allows the player to create music and accompanying visualizations. Beat a virtual steel drum, stroll into a fully-functional, three-dimensional audio sequencer, or just chill out and watch the dazzling lights. Leek (Unello Design) and Staber (Portalarium) will be on hand at the North Door to tell us a bit about the development of TheWave and usher you into their 3D audiovisual landscape.
TheWave will be playable Thursday, February 4th, 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!