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JUEGOS RANCHEROS presents TheWave

January 28th, 2016 by Wiley Wiggins · Uncategorized

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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!

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JUEGOS RANCHEROS presents: SUPERHYPERCUBE

January 4th, 2016 by brandonnn · Events

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Ready to kick off 2016 with a night of firsts? Our first JUEGOS RANCHEROS meetup of the new year is also our first very special virtual reality presentation: join us this Thursday, January 7th, at 7:00PM at Austin’s North Door, as JUEGOS RANCHEROS presents KOKOROMI’s first-person puzzler, SUPERHYPERCUBE.

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Making its debut on Sony’s highly anticipated PlayStation VR platform, KOKOROMI describes SUPERHYPERCUBE as a retro-future game in which you float through virtual world, rotating a cluster of cubes to narrowly fit through an endless stream of form-fitting walls.

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Inspired by the user interfaces and analog special effects of classic films like 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner & Xanadu, SUPERHYPERCUBE is one of our first favorite VR games, which has us as excited for the upcoming wave of new & more immersive games as anything else we’ve seen.

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Members of KOKOROMI — the videogames/art collective originally formed in Montreal in 2006 — will be on hand for a short presentation, and to gently guide you through your first dip into the game’s warm and analog world, previously only seen at special events like XOXO and the PlayStation Experience.

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SUPERHYPERCUBE will be playable Thursday, January 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!

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Fantastic Arcade At Home: Our 2015 Videos Are Now Available

December 22nd, 2015 by brandonnn · News

Better late than never, we’ve just released video of nearly every session that took place at this year’s Fantastic Arcade for your at-home perusal. Included in the full playlist above are nearly 30 sessions by developers including Double Fine and Arcane Kids, and our usual selection of amazing tournaments like ROCKET LEAGUE and VIDEOBALL.

[NOTE: a few of our live-streamed videos — including our N++ tournament and Wheels of Aurelia developer commentary — have been automatically muted & otherwise blocked by both Twitch & YouTube Content ID systems. We’re working to restore as much of these sessions as we’re able to & host them where we can, as we have with Sam Barlow’s Her Story session below!]

You can find a direct link to the entire playlist here, which will also be mirrored at Fantastic Arcade’s official YouTube account, where you can also find more videos from Fantastic Arcades past.

Once you’ve made your way through them all, you can also find an extensive archive of Fantastic Arcade 2014 videos here, including official Nidhogg, Gang Beasts, Towerfall & Nuclear Throne tournaments, as well as sessions on Grim Fandango, Donut County & more!

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JUEGOS RANCHEROS presents: PICO-8

November 30th, 2015 by brandonnn · Events

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Wonder what your favorite indie developers might make with an imaginary 8-bit console that never existed until now? Join us this Thursday, December 3rd, at 7:00PM at Austin’s North Door, as JUEGOS RANCHEROS presents a variety of amazing games for PICO-8, a new way to make, share & play tiny games.

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What exactly is the PICO-8? Created by Joseph ‘Lexaloffle‘ White (also known for the Voxatron), it’s a “fantasy console” that doesn’t just play games, but contains all budding designers need to create new works of their own, and share those games on the web or via downloadable “carts” — which are actually just PNG image files containing all the code to run the game!

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For our JUEGOS RANCHEROS presentation, we’ll be bringing a selection of games made for the world’s first PICO-8 game jam, which just drew to a close and has voting for best game underway.

Included in the jam — and from the months leading up to it — are games by some of the developers behind JUEGOS favorites like TowerFall, Fjords, Pugs Luv Beats & more!

All the games will be playable Thursday, December 3rd, at 7:00PM at North Door, 501 Brushy Street, Austin, TX 78702. The show is free 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!

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The Museum of Human Amusement: We Built An Arcade

November 12th, 2015 by brandonnn · News

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Austin indie & experimental game lovers rejoice: JUEGOS RANCHEROS is proud to present the opening of The Museum of Human Amusement, an arcade space we’ve built from scratch, debuting Saturday, November 14th at 11am at 3600 Lyons Rd, as part of the East Austin Studio Tours!

The Museum of Human Amusement is was created in partnership with Austin’s esteemed art & event space The Museum of Human Achievement, and spearheaded by our own Rachel ‘Party Time! Hexcellent!‘ Weil.

For its EAST debut, the space will be in operation November 14th & 15th from 11am-6pm, and again November 21st & 22nd at the same time.

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The extended JUEGOS family has spent nights & weekends over the past few weeks finishing out the space from inauspicious warehouse beginnings into something pretty special, so we hope you’ll all join us there throughout November!

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What will you be able to find there? For starters, the arcade will be home to all of the mini arcade cabinets we debuted at Fantastic Arcade, which you can see more details of here.

The space will also include its own concession stand, selling T-shirts, buttons, stickers & more from both JUEGOS RANCHEROS and a number of associated developers & artists from around Austin.

Below you can find a few more progress shots as we built the arcade. There’s still a ton to do before Saturday, but come celebrate the opening Saturday, November 14th from 11am to 6pm at 3600 Lyons Rd, Austin TX — just steps away from Blue Genie Art Industries & Sa-Ten Coffee.

After EAST has drawn to a close, we’ll still have the space available for future events — keep checking back here to see what we’re doing with the space next!

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JUEGOS RANCHEROS presents: DOWNWELL

October 29th, 2015 by brandonnn · Events

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After what feels like a very long time away, JUEGOS RANCHEROS is back to celebrate the recent release one of our favorite new games! Join us next Thursday, November 5th, at 7:00PM at Austin’s North Door, as JUEGOS RANCHEROS presents the frantic free-falling new action classic Downwell.

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Created by Tokyo-based Orijo “moppin” Fumoto, Downwell is the love-child of games like Spelunky, Cave Story, Super Crate Box and Samurai Gunn, mashed up into a fast-paced but still cerebral action game that’s turned out to be the best new App Store release in ages, and a strong addition to your Steam library, as well.

In addition to giganticizing the tiny iPhone game onto the North Door’s massive two-story screen, chances are good that we’ll be joined remotely by creator Moppin himself to tell us more about where Downwell came from and where his games are headed next.

Downwell will be playable Thursday, November 5th, at 7:00PM at North Door, 501 Brushy Street, Austin, TX 78702. The show is free 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!

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What’s Happening At Fantastic Arcade? A Complete Guide

September 24th, 2015 by JUEGOS RANCHEROS · News

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The sixth annual Fantastic Arcade has officially begun! JUEGOS RANCHEROS was responsible for curating all of the games and guests appearing at this year’s Arcade, and so below we’re presenting an exhaustive guide to all of the events happening this year.

As you likely have heard, JUEGOS RANCHEROS has curated six brand new games making their exclusive premiere at Fantastic Arcade. These original games — from the creators of beloved favorites like Desert Golfing, Nuclear Throne and more — each will be presented in their own custom arcade cabinets, playable for free throughout the festival.

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Thanks to Humble Bundle, the games are also now available in a new pay-what-you-want bundle alongside Fantastic Arcade all-stars like Fez, Luftrausers, and Hotline Miami! You’ve got until October 1st to visit Humble Bundle and pick up all the games for as much as you’re able to give, with additional proceeds going to support the Able Gamers & Worldreader charities.

But Fantastic Arcade isn’t just about the games. We’ll also be presenting a stellar lineup of panels, tournaments and special events from Monday, September 28th through Thursday, October 1st. Each of these events are ALL-AGES AND FREE TO ATTEND, EVEN IF YOU AREN’T A FANTASTIC FEST BADGEHOLDER! Read on for the full daily guide to all of the panels, tournaments & other special events happening during Fantastic Arcade!

NOTE: All of the events are also available in Google Calendar form at http://bit.ly/fa2015calendar — use the icon at the bottom right of that screen to add all of the events to your own calendar!

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Presenting: The Fantastic Arcade Humble Bundle!

September 24th, 2015 by JUEGOS RANCHEROS · News

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Not able to make it out to our sixth annual Fantastic Arcade, or so in love with the games you saw there that you want to host your own at home? Now you can! Presenting: the Fantastic Arcade Humble Weekly Bundle, a pay-what-you-want bundle of twelve games available for one week only until the end of Fantastic Arcade 2015.

In addition to former Fantastic Arcade favorites Fez, Hotline Miami, Luftrausers, No Brakes Valet, Mirrormoon EP & FRACT OSC, you can also get copies of the six games premiering exclusively at Fantastic Arcade 2015, from the creators of games like Desert Golfing, Nuclear Throne and many more!

JUEGOS RANCHEROS brought together this collection of amazing developers to create these original games for you, and thanks to the folks at Humble Bundle, we’re able to make them available to you at home, in addition to their custom-created cabinets at the Festival!

Below we’ve laid out information on all the exclusive games you can pick up in the bundle, in addition to the all-star games listed above.

We hope you’ll help support all of the devs that took part in this unique bundle — as well as the Able Gamers and Worldreader charities — and help us create more new games & bundles like these in the near future!

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JUEGOS RANCHEROS presents: Fantastic Arcade 2015 Preview

August 31st, 2015 by brandonnn · Events

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We’re only weeks away from the sixth annual Fantastic Arcade, but let’s kick things off early with a special JUEGOS RANCHEROS preview! Join us this Thursday, September 3rd, at 7:00PM at Austin’s North Door, as JUEGOS RANCHEROS presents three games coming to this year’s Arcade.

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This year’s Fantastic Arcade will include over thirty games from around the world, curated by JUEGOS RANCHEROS and freely playable for the entire duration of the Fantastic Fest, located at the South Lamar Alamo Drafthouse from September 24th through October 1st. We’ve also brought in some amazing developers to develop six brand new games that will exclusively premiere at this year’s Arcade.

On top of that, we’ll be holding special panels, tournaments and other Arcade-specific events from September 28th through October 1st, but you can get an early look at three of these games at this week’s JUEGOS RANCHEROS meetup. The three games shown will be:

Flywrench, by Nidhogg creator Messhof: Just released on Steam after years of anticipation, Flywrench is a game about piloting an abstract morphing bird-spaceship through a complex web of colored lines accompanied by an electronic music soundtrack curated by the world famous, Daedelus.

Circa Infinity, by Kenny Sun: Coming soon to Steam, Circa Infinity is a brain-melting circular platformer with a pulse-pounding soundtrack by Jack + Jim Fay.

Höme Improvisåtion, by The Stork Burnt Down Games: Out now in early access on Steam, Höme Improvisåtion is the world’s most fun (and accurate) furniture assembly experience. Build alone or with your friends to create the beautiful furniture of your dreams!

All of the games will be playable Thursday, September 3rd, at 7:00PM at North Door, 501 Brushy Street, Austin, TX 78702. The show is free 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!

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JUEGOS RANCHEROS presents: SPIDER, FEIST & PANORAMICAL

August 3rd, 2015 by JUEGOS RANCHEROS · Events

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What better way to spend a Thursday night than playing three new & super amazing Austin-developed & -published videogames? Join us this Thursday, August 6th, at 7:00PM at Austin’s North Door, as JUEGOS RANCHEROS presents Tiger Style‘s Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon and two games published by Finji: Feist & Panoramical.

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While all three games showcased on Thursday have been featured at JUEGOS RANCHEROS meetups and/or prior Fantastic Arcade lineups, all three are returning in actual, final, awesome form.

Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon — developed here in Austin by Tiger Style and being released for iOS & Steam on the same night as our meetup — is a game in which you play as a clever arachnid explorer, mastering your web crafting skills with a combination of action and planning as you solve each of Spider’s seven enigmatic puzzles.

Just released by Austin publisher Finji & developed by Switzerland’s Bits & Beasts, Feist is a lush and visually striking action-packed game in which you outwit a sprawling forest full of secret danger and fierce creatures.

And finally, first featured as a surprise addition to Fantastic Arcade 2012, Fernando Ramallo & David Kanaga’s Panoramical is just on the cusp of its final release, co-presented by Finji & Polytron. We’ll be debuting this latest version of the interactive musical landscape anthology, in which you immerse yourself in a series of synaesthetic alien vistas, like an ambient disco-god controlling your own tiny universe.

All of the games will be playable Thursday, August 6th, at 7:00PM at North Door, 501 Brushy Street, Austin, TX 78702. The show is free 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!

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