What’s it like to create new games in 2012 for a machine built in 1983? Come find out Sunday, May 6th, at 4PM at our eleventh edition of JUEGOS RANCHEROS at The Highball, as we present the best of home-brewed & bedroom-coded 8-bit games from around the world, and from Austin’s very own PARTY TIME HEXCELLENT.
Quietly more or less the coolest person in Austin, Rachel ‘PARTY TIME HEXCELLENT’ Weil has been cooking up her own brand of 8-bit glitched-out amazingness for years, after teaching herself Assembly in order to tweak Nintendo’s first console — the NES — to do her bidding.
You may have seen her visuals gracing the stage behind bands like Anamanaguchi or at chiptune music mecca Blip Fest, and this month’s meetup will mark the debut of TRACK & FEEL II, a reactive art & music installation piece that lets players remix 80s-8-bit-aesthetic iconography using a Power Pad — the Dance-Dance-Revolution-mat predecessor that you probably recall jumping on in sock feet 25 years ago.
In addition to Weil’s work, we’ll also be giving Austin the chance to play other new/old games like ZOOMING SECRETARY, an NES “platformer-meets-office-sim” released just a few months ago from Moscow developers Shiru & Pinwizz, which feels essentially one of the best games Nintendo never made.
PARTY TIME HEXCELLENT will be in attendance to tell us a bit about her work on games, installation pieces, and also the Femicom Museum, her newly-founded repository archiving the overlooked & otherwise hidden history of “games for girls” (see, we told you she was one of the coolest people in Austin).
Everything will be kicking off Sunday, May 6th, promptly at 4PM at The Highball, 1142 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704! Come hang out, enjoy the Highball’s Happy Hour drink specials, and say hello to the people changing the way you think about games!