Greetings from the West Texas high desert town of Marfa, where for the third year JUEGOS RANCHEROS has presented a selection of games at the Marfa Film Festival!
As you’ve probably seen by now, we brought out a number of games from our recent Mystic Western Game Jam (which saw nearly 50 games entered from developers all around the world), which we’ve installed here in the old Chamber of Commerce office suite at the historic Paisano Hotel.
We’ll be set up here through the end of the festival on Sunday, but if you weren’t able to make it out, we’ve got good news: we’ll be bringing our selections back home to Austin for a special exhibition in our indie arcade space, the Museum of Human Amusement, next Friday, July 22nd.
We’ll have all the game stations we brought out west available, alongside drinks and other music performances and projections starting at 8PM and going until everyone’s had their fill.
[Special thanks also to our new friends at Big Bend Brewing — our actual favorite West Texas beer — for providing the drinks for our Austin show!]
Below the fold, we’ve included the mini-poster we’ve papered Marfa with, which we’ll also have for sale at the event (special thanks to G.P. Lackey for his amazing poster art & animation at top), as well as a list of some of the Mystic Western Game Jam games we’re rotating through our multi-selector.
The Mystic Western exhibition will be held next Friday, July 22 at 8:00 PM, at Museum of Human Achievement, Austin, TX. The event is open to all ages, with donations warmly accepted.
Over the past 14 days, some of our favorite developers and friends alike have risen to the challenge, and now the results are available: there are now 50 some odd games created for our Mystic Western Game Jam, ready for you to play.
There are plenty of familiar faces, old Fantastic Arcade featured developers, as well as more than a few amazing newcomers that have contributed, so clear away your weekend plans now and visit the Mystic Western page on itch.io to start perusing and downloading.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be collecting our favorite games together & preparing to bring them out to the real-actual mystical West Texas desert for the Marfa Film Festival. There, they’ll be exhibited at the historic Hotel Paisano, located at 207 N Highland Street, right there in that last set of three windows on the far right of the circa-1930s postcard below.
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.
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.
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!