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.
If you’d like to submit a game, you can do so now by accessing this form before July 13th. We look forward to playing all of your submissions, and especially to seeing you all in September for this year’s Arcade!
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!]
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!