Want to come to Austin and create something amazing? JUEGOS RANCHEROS has officially opened applications for its artist residency program, the arcade of anything!
Our next resident will spend the month of January living in Austin and participating in a January 26th opening night show at local arts & events space The Museum of Human Achievement.
To begin the application process, visit our residencies section and complete the application form you can find there, or click here to apply directly! If you have previously submitted a residency application and your proposal has not changed, no need to re-submit — all former applications will still be considered!
The deadline for our January residency is November 20th, so get your applications in soon!
Run in partnership with The Museum of Human Achievement & Unlisted Projects, the residency program centers around our independent arcade space, the MUSEUM OF HUMAN AMUSEMENT.
In 2016, we debuted new work from Austin artists Audrey Moon & Jocelyn Reyes, and NYC-based software developer & origami master Robby Kraft. In 2017, we debuted Boa Retina, a physical, multi-device game from Austin artist Jennifer Raye.
The aim of the arcade of anything artist residency is to provide artists with a month-long opportunity to push into experimental and unexplored territory within digital games, art, and other interactive works. The arcade of anything de-emphasizes commercially-viable products or finished works in favor of strange and wonderful projects that facilitate creative growth, unexpected collaborations, and community engagement.
Visit our residencies section for more information on the program and to apply — we look forward to hearing what you’d like to make soon!
Ready for another look at amazing games from here in Austin and around the world? Then be sure to join us Thursday, September 7th, at 7:00PM at Austin’s North Door, as JUEGOS RANCHEROS presents another mixtape of fantastic independent games.
We’ll be bringing another selection of fantastic new and just-released single and multiplayer games, including a special look at Yo! Noid 2, a perfectly-imagined PlayStation/Nintendo 64-era licensed platformer that never actually was.
Created by an indie team for a recent game jam organized by fans of the videogame site Waypoint, Yo! Noid 2 is an unofficial “sequel” to the NES game released by Capcom in 1990, starring Domino’s Pizza’s almost-forgotten original mascot.
Though every bit as tongue in cheek as, say, the unlicensed output of groups like Arcane Kids, Noid 2 is also an honestly great platformer — one that leads you though pizza-box wormholes into the Noid Void and beyond (which you can get a brief taste of below, courtesy Extra Life).
We’ll have that and other fun surprises Thursday, September 7th, at 7:00PM North Door, 501 Brushy Street, Austin, TX 78702, with a short introduction at 8:00PM. 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!
Hey developers! This is your annual warning that submissions for Fantastic Arcade 2017 will be closing in just under two short weeks. If you would like your game to be considered for the festival, please click here to submit it before August 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!
The 2017 edition of Fantastic Arcade will be taking place at Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse Mueller, the newest and swankiest of the theaters, from November 17th through the 19th. 3-day passes for the festival itself are available now, which includes a downloadable bundle of games premiering at the show!
You can read about all the changes to this year’s festival right over here.
After the August 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 November for this year’s Arcade!
Ready for another round of first looks at amazing upcoming games? Then be sure to join us Thursday, August 3rd, at 7:00PM at Austin’s North Door, as JUEGOS RANCHEROS presents a new mixtape of Summer 2017 favorites.
We’ll be bringing another selection of fantastic new and just-released single and multiplayer games, including a special sneak peek at a new game from the team that brought you one of 2015’s top action games, Titan Souls.
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First created for this year’s Train Jam — a week-long game jam which takes place every year on an Amtrak en route from Chicago to San Francisco for the Game Developer’s Conference — Postbirb is a tiny and very cute adventure from Titan Souls creators Andrew Gleeson and David Fenn with art & writing from Kate Gray.
We’ll have that and other fun surprises Thursday, August 3rd, at 7:00PM North Door, 501 Brushy Street, Austin, TX 78702, with a short introduction at 8:00PM. 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!
Boa Retina is a physical, multi-device game that “dives deep into messy gender uncertainty,” through “an uncomfortable blend of abstract golden-age arcade design, retro computer aesthetic, the unhealthy ways my gender feelings manifested before coming out, and external conflicts from things trying to keep life in order.”
Following the exhibition, a digital version of the game will be publicly released on June 30th on itch.io.
If you’d like to get an early preview, Raye will be exhibiting a segment of Boa Retina at the Museum of Human Achievement this Friday, June 9th, at 7pm, alongside the work of MOHA’s own resident artist, Matthew Keff.
The full arcade of anything event, however, will kick off at 7:00 PM at the Museum of Human Achievement in Austin, TX. Admission is free, but donations–which help fund this and other JUEGOS RANCHEROS programming–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.]
Have you heard the news? Fantastic Arcade will be returning to Austin, November 17th-19th, in a brand new location and with dozens of brand new games!
Long-time Fantastic Arcade fans will probably notice right away that that’s a little different than before, so we’ve put together this FAQ-type post to help explain what’s new and different this year, and what’s the same as it’s always been.
Fantastic Arcade is now a standalone festival, affiliated with but not actually a part of Fantastic Fest.
While we here at JUEGOS RANCHEROS have been in charge of curation and scheduling of Fantastic Arcade for the past several years, we have now completely taken over all operations of the festival, and are running it separately from Fantastic Fest, the genre film festival it was originally created to run alongside.
Fantastic Arcade will now take place at the new Alamo Drafthouse Mueller location.
While Fantastic Arcade has traditionally been held at the South Lamar Alamo Drafthouse, we’re now moving to the Drafthouse’s newest theater, Alamo Drafthouse Mueller.
If you haven’t been to the Mueller Alamo yet, you’re in for a treat. The theater seats are massive, plush, and recline like La-Z-Boys, and there’s a built-in boardwalk carnival-type bar, the Barrel O Fun. In other words, it’ll be a lot like previous years, just nicer.
The arcade space of Fantastic Arcade is still free of charge and open to the public.
Just like all previous years, the centerpiece of Fantastic Arcade will remain free and open for everyone: a suite of laptops with tons of amazing games on each one, and a fleet of mini arcade cabinets, again featuring a new crop of games created exclusively to premiere at Fantastic Arcade.
Where before we only had a smaller space inside South Lamar’s Highball lounge, now we’ll be taking over the entirety of the Barrel O Fun with games, all of which will be playable for the entire duration of Fantastic Arcade.
Attending the talks, developer commentary sessions and nightly tournaments now costs $50 for a 3-day pass, or $10 for a single-day pass.
Here’s the biggest change: just like previous years, we’ll also have three full days of talks, panels, commentary and tournaments inside one of Mueller’s swank theaters, with full bar and food service throughout. Unlike previous years, because of our new independence, we need to charge a ticket price to help cover our costs, and to guarantee you a seat in the theater.
For $50, you’ll be covered for all three days of the festival, and you can purchase that ticket starting right now. Tickets are obviously limited to the amount of seats we have available, so act fast!
If there is room left over, we’ll be selling individual day passes for $10 at the theater itself for those that can’t make it all three days.
The 3-day pass also includes a downloadable bundle of games premiering at the festival.
Just like last year, we’ll be premiering new games at the festival in special custom arcade cabinets, and just like last year, all of those games will be available in a special bundle. This bundle is included in the 3-day pass, so all of those games are yours to keep.
The downloadable bundle will also be available separately.
If you aren’t able to attend the festival or can’t purchase the 3-day pass, we’ll also be selling the bundle separately, like we did last year.
We’ll have lots more news about the new Fantastic Arcade over the coming months, including the developers building new games for the festival, and all of the other exciting guests and tournaments that’ll be part of this year’s show. All of us here are looking forward to seeing you there!