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FANTASTIC VIDEO, DAY FOUR: A BRIEF HISTORY OF FMV GAMES, NEW GAMES FROM PROTEUS CREATORS & MORE!


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10.6.2016

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We survived another Fantastic Arcade! And after a long weekend recovering, we’re here with archived video of nearly all the talks, tournaments, and other presentations given throughout the week of our seventh-annual festival.

All week long we’ll be presenting a day-by-day breakdown of all of the videos (find day one here, day two here, and day three here), today with last Thursday’s talks. Below the fold you’ll find full video covering DIARIES OF A SPACEPORT JANITOR, THE NORWOOD SUITE, and LITTLE BUG.

You’ll also find the creators of PROTEUS showing off their new games: THE FOREST OF SLEEP, and an absolutely unmissable presentation of OIK OS BOOK I, destined to go down in legend as one of the top Fantastic Arcade talks.

You’ll also find a brief history of FMV games, culminating in the creation of a brand new FMV game filmed right here at Fantastic Fest! And finally, our head-to-head MULTIBOWL championship showdown & our post-Arcade awards ceremony!

Like our videos and want to support Fantastic Arcade & JUEGOS RANCHEROS? Buy our bundle of new games from the creators of DOWNWELL & KATAMARI DAMACY! All proceeds go toward our efforts to commission new amazing games & bring what we do to you!

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FANTASTIC VIDEO, DAY THREE: MEET MOPPIN, A HAUNTED NES, HEAD-TO-HEAD DOWNWELL & MORE!


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10.5.2016

Brandon Boyer

We survived another Fantastic Arcade! And after a long weekend recovering, we’re here with archived video of nearly all the talks, tournaments, and other presentations given throughout the week of our seventh-annual festival.

All week long we’ll be presenting a day-by-day breakdown of all of the videos (find day one here and day two here), today with last Wednesday’s talks. Below the fold you’ll find full video covering the creation of games on “weird hardware”, an amazing exhibition of the “haunted” Nintendo Entertainment System, and sci-fi drone sim DUSKERS.

You’ll also see Nathalie Lawhead create an entire new game — live! — and go in-depth with DOWNWELL creator Moppin, before the world’s first (?) head-to-head DOWNWELL tournament, capped off with our second-annual ARENA GODS tournament!

Like our videos and want to support Fantastic Arcade & JUEGOS RANCHEROS? Buy our bundle of new games from the creators of DOWNWELL & KATAMARI DAMACY! All proceeds go toward our efforts to commission new amazing games & bring what we do to you!

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FANTASTIC VIDEO, DAY TWO: RICK & MORTY SIMULATOR, DAILY MOTIONS, LOOT RASCALS & MORE!


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10.4.2016

Brandon Boyer

We survived another Fantastic Arcade! And after a long weekend recovering, we’re here with more archived video of nearly all the talks, tournaments, and other presentations given throughout the week of our seventh-annual festival.

All week long we’ll be presenting a day-by-day breakdown of all of the videos (find day one here), today with last Tuesday’s talks. Below the fold you’ll find full video covering YANKAI’S TRIANGLE, DAILY MOTIONS, INTO, THOTH, TUMBLESEED & LOOT RASCALS.

You’ll also meet Austin’s own Owlchemy Labs, creators of slapstick VR hit JOB SIMULATOR & the upcoming RICK & MORTY SIMULATOR!

Like our videos and want to support Fantastic Arcade & JUEGOS RANCHEROS? Buy our bundle of new games from the creators of DOWNWELL & KATAMARI DAMACY! All proceeds go toward our efforts to commission new amazing games & bring what we do to you!

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FANTASTIC VIDEO, DAY ONE: SOKPOP, BURRITO GALAXY, MULTIBOWL & MORE!


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10.3.2016

Brandon Boyer

We survived another Fantastic Arcade! And after a long weekend recovering, we’re here with archived video of nearly all the talks, tournaments, and other presentations given throughout the week of our seventh-annual festival.

All week long we’ll be presenting a day-by-day breakdown of all of the videos, starting today with last Monday’s talks. Below the fold you’ll find full video covering HIDDEN FOLKS, Dutch indie collective Sokpop, BURRITO GALAXY 65 and WEST OF LOATHING.

You’ll also find our preliminary tournament of MULTIBOWL, the rapid-fire head-to-head trip back through arcade and console history!

Like our videos and want to support Fantastic Arcade & JUEGOS RANCHEROS? Buy our bundle of new games from the creators of DOWNWELL & KATAMARI DAMACY! All proceeds go toward our efforts to commission new amazing games & bring what we do to you!

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FANTASTIC ARCADE 2016: YOUR DAY TO DAY GUIDE!


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9.26.2016

JUEGOS RANCHEROS

The time has come for the seventh-annual Fantastic Arcade, and this year we’re doing things a little bit differently! In order to gauge how big our audience will be, you’ll need to get a free ticket for all of our Fantastic Arcade events.

To make this process easier, we’ve split all of our events into individual blocks, which are listed in full below, split out day by day. If you’d like to see one of these events, simply visit the South Lamar Alamo Drafthouse ticket counter, and ask for a ticket to that specific block!

You do not need to have a Fantastic Arcade badge to get one of these tickets — all of our events are all ages and open to the public!

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Can’t make it to Fantastic Arcade? Get all of the original games created for this year’s festival (like nium, above) with our exclusive Fantastic Arcade 2016 bundle, with new games from the creators of DOWNWELL, KATAMARI DAMACY and much more!

Below the fold is our day-by-day guide to all of our events — pick out any & all blocks you want to see and pick up your tickets any day this week!

[Thanks to this year’s Fantastic Arcade sponsors: Sony PlayStation, The City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, JUEGOS RANCHEROS, RAZER, Amazon Lumberyard and Devolver!]

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BRING FANTASTIC ARCADE HOME WITH OUR FIVE-GAME BUNDLE!


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9.23.2016

JUEGOS RANCHEROS

Want to bring this year’s Fantastic Arcade home to you? We’ve got the perfect way! We’ve just launched a bundle of five amazing and exclusive games making their debut at our seventh-annual indie game festival, Fantastic Arcade.

[ CLICK HERE OR USE THE WIDGET BELOW TO BUY THE 2016 FANTASTIC ARCADE BUNDLE AND SUPPORT JUEGOS RANCHEROS! ]

Thanks to our distribution partner itch.io, all proceeds from the sale of this bundle benefit our non-profit organization. Help us showcase more amazing games both here in Austin and a city near you, and commission more fantastic developers to create new games like these!

Included in this bundle are all five games you see here, along with extras & bonus materials! Here is what you’ll get:


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NIUM, by Moppin & Nemk

DOWNWELL creator Moppin has partnered with Nemk (one of our favorite artists working in games) to present NIUM: a post-apocalyptic action game where players will crawl through a ruined, abandoned, STALKER-esque exclusion zone inhabited only by a variety of mutated wildlife. (Windows, Mac)


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ALPHABET, by Keita Takahashi & Adam Saltsman

Originally available only to select Kickstarter backers, ALPHABET is a slapstick marathon footrace for 1- to 26-players from Keita Takahashi (renowned creator of KATAMARI DAMACY & NOBY NOBY BOY) and Adam Saltsman (designer behind CANABALT & OVERLAND). Run, jump, eat, sing, poop, and sleep through silly obstacle courses!
(Windows, Mac, Linux)


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INSPECTOR WOOF, by Klondike

From Klondike — France’s upstart super-collective of indie game stars — INSPECTOR WOOF & THE VEGETABLE HIGH SCHOOL is a procedurally generated mystery adventure game where every student is hiding terrible secrets. Armed only with your freshly-printed hints sheet, dig deep into their guilty consciences and expose the truth! (Windows, Mac, Linux)


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F2OGGY, by Nathalie Lawhead

F2OGGY (Only one survives!) is a Brute-Force Frog-Combat Simulator, by the IGF-winning creator Nathalie Lawhead, made for a growing audience of competitive frogfans. Each player is divided into a faction (a Frog-Faction), and must defeat their opponent using High-Velocity Amphibian Impact Lunges. (Windows, Mac)


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LASSOS, by SOKPOP

From SOKPOP — the the Dutch collective behind indie cult classics like the low-fi sci-fi exploration game BERNBAND — comes LASSOS, a game fit for its Texas debut: throw lassos, get money! (Windows, Mac)