Category: Painting

New changes in November

Dank Art

I made a LOT of Dank Art on the weekend watching the 1CC Marathon. I missed a lot of Friday because I was working, but I did my best to try to catch most of it between IRL stuff and eating. It was a lot of fun and I always love watching skilled players do their thing in events such as this. I hope more fun events like this pop up on twitch that will help to encourage more people to go for their gaming goals, meet new friends and find new streamers to follow. Most of friends on twitch I met thru the 1CC Marathon, so don’t be shy when it comes to signing yourself up for events like these.

I caught some of Ultimoice’s Final Fantasy 7 runs over the weekend as well as more Mother 2 runs in between of the 1CC Marathon as I was cooped up around the house most of the time. A lot of people are going to say that FF7 was the game that changed everything back in the day and they are right. I remember seeing the commercials for Final Fantasy 7 on the TV and freaking out that it was being called Final Fantasy 7 and not FF4 AND it was coming out for the PlayStation and not the N64 as what was expected. The biggest thing was when suddenly EVERYONE wanted to play Final Fantsy 7 and almost overnight people who were never into video games suddenly wanted to be. I’m not joking, everyone was so blown away at the graphics and the sheer size and complexity of this game that you had everyone dropping serious coin on PS1’s to just play this game (minus the nerds who bought the PC release of the game and who had to suffer thru playing that hahaha).
Though Final Fantasy 7 isn’t my favourite game (it’s not even my favourite Final Fantasy)  it does hold a special place in my heart just because of that experience and what direction video games started to go after it came out. The fact that Ulti speedruns this game is absolute insanity to me, but he pulls it off and it is a run you have to catch at least once if you have played the game.

 

Dank Zine

60EF2D97-E932-4721-99C4-2C05DF6CBE43Backers for my Dank Zine who back before the end of the month will be getting this amazing limited print run sticker featuring Milky from Shock Troopers! This design was created last Christmas during one of BBH’s streams when Twitch had a bunch of cute holiday emoticons that you could play with. I made a Dank Art from it and decided to clean it up this year to give it make it my gift to my backers.

Make sure you back my Dank Zine before November 30th as this month’s feature streamer is none other than PJ. I got a chance to chat with PJ just over Halloween about his experience speedrunning, streaming and Gin! I also have a special interview with Cathodedaze who works at a special Arcade Museum in Florida where they have over 50 arcade and pinball machines and what its like to have a cool dream job. Fantastic Planet returns with a great Christmas feature as well as a bunch of cool art and extras for the holidays. The other neat thing is this issue will have featured PJ Sub Stickers so if you’ve been following PJ and want these stickers then you better back before the 30th of the month together yours. 8AF1A8A2-3493-4A90-B6E5-D4821B8BE5E4.jpeg

The BIG BIG BIG news for me is that my little zine has grown so much in the last few months that to meet the demands of my printing fulfilment I will be changing printers. Subscribers should instantly notice a HUGE upgrade to the quality and look of the Zine as now I am big enough to move away from print-on-demand orders. This means a lot more control on my part when it comes to the look and feel of each issue so I am very excited to be moving up with these new changes.

This means a huge change for Dank Zine because each issue now will be limited to the one production run and once all back issues are sold THAT’S IT. This means if you are backing my Zine you will get an issue with all the fun stickers each month and there will only be a few back issues in the store for those who were sitting on the fence. Even more reason to back the Zine so you never miss out. This also means starting in January my current Dank Shop will come down to make way for the new shop, so if you were thinking of grabbing any back issues that are in my Dank Shop right now do it soon before they are gone forever!

 

 

That first week in November

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Ultimoice went back to playing regular EarthBound again but he was playing for a World Record in PJ% which has a different set of requirements then a regular Speedrun of EarthBound. You can catch video of Ultimoice here making that World Record. Keep checking back to my blog as I am working on an interview with Ultimoice for an upcoming issue of my Dank Zine!

LordBBH had a weekend featuring his “Viewers Choice Extravaganza” where followers can sign up their favourite game to be entered into a random raffle draw to be played. I always love BBH’s extravaganza as the likelihood that a really good game coming up is way higher than the randomness you’ll get with a regular Monday Roulette. Also, BBH is getting a lot of fantastic Dank Art made by not just me but by MakotoTruth and Dasyati to name a few. Check them out on Twitter & follow them as they make great Dank Art as well!

Macaw45 wasn’t around much on the weekend, however he is the feature streamer for the November issue of my Dank Zine. I did an interview with him were we talked about his obsession for the more rare and obscure games out there and what sort of games he’s into if you were to stumble into his stream. I had a two-hour Zine packaging giveaway stream where I was giving out free stickers that feature Macaw’s sub icons and I was happy to discover that a lot of his fans are from all over the world. So that means someone in Sweden is going to get a bunch of GUTS stickers from his stream & possibly put them all over their car & it will be the GUTS MACHINE or something like that. Please send me any and all photos of your Dank Stickers on things once you get them! Please be careful when sticking them on people or pets! (Please, don’t put them on your pets).

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Nothing I love more than this smug AF Carpet Dank Art I did for Aquas recently. It’s like you’re throwing a hug party for the first time at your parents place and you’re not sure if you’re dressed right or if the right people will show up or that person you like will be there. Meanwhile, good buddy Carpet is all classed up with her turban and magic carpet dapper as hell  leaning back all cool saying “Hey, don’t worry about it, duuuuuuuude,” cause really, you going to be alright.

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DANK ZINE

My eight issue of my Dank Zine has been shipped to all my Patreon backers! They should expect these gems to arrive in their mailbox over the next few days. This months issue is my biggest yet with 50 pages! The cover is done by Sarah Joncas who is not only one of my best friends, but she’s also an AMAZING artist. I also have interviews with Macaw45, Fantastic Planet on when he was banned from Twitch, and a few players who will be participating in this weekend’s 1CC Marathon starting on Friday. As always there is a lot of crazy Dank Art plus backer stickers for those who have been supporting me over the Patreon.

Like always, if you want to back my Zine please check out my Patreon page. If you just want to sub for one issue you totally can, if you want custom Dank Art with your Zine you can, if you just like the project and want to donate $5 to help get someone some freebies in the mail you can do that too! I love giving away things as much as I can with this Zine and it really comes down to everyone’s love of the games and supporting those who play them.

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Issue Seven featuring the SHMUP crew at STGWeekly, trap15 and an article written by Icarus about Battle Garegga is now available for sale in my Dank Shop now that the new issue is out. I always stress that you save more money backing the Patreon as that includes your shipping plus you’re going to get freebies and stickers if I am packing the envelopes. With my Dank Shop I don’t have as much control yet on packaging those orders as they are made to order and you’ll be paying for shipping on top of the Zine itself. Still, it’s the best way that I can get my Zines out for the time being.

As you might know I have passed 60 subscribers for my Dank Zine. I am literally 20 subs away from my goal of 80 where I can start shopping the Zine out to other printers. Saying that, my Dank Shop might be changing, so if you were thinking of ordering back issues try to do it soon as I might not be able to re-print a short run of old issues with my new printers.

Coming up for Christmas I have interviews with Owlnonomous with his Owlcade, his passion for collecting pinball and arcade machines as well as a behind the scenes look at a real arcade museum and what it’s like to be working the dream job: Retro Arcade Manager. I also have a very special BBH Christmas sticker as a special gift to all my backers for that issue. Also, I sat down with PJ recently to discuss his interview in my January issue. I have my hands full for the next few weeks so keep visiting my blog to get updates as they happen.

Also, if you want to contribute your own Dank Art or want to write something for my Dank Zine I am looking for submissions! Please email me to inquire.

Falling out of Autumn and into November

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I missed LordBBH’s Cuphead stream but mostly because I’m trying not to spoil too much of that game for myself as I do want to play thru it on my own time. Part of my frustration with gaming is that I am on a Mac because of the amount of photo and video editing that I do. The work around is I could always install parallel and go about playing a lot of the newer games that way but in the meantime I’m stuck using the set up I have and waiting for stuff to come out on my system or for a console. In the meantime, I made a bunch of fun Dank’s for BBH’s Monday Roulette stream as usual. LordBBH is taking part in the 1CC Marathon (as well as almost everyone I have featured here) which is happening on Nov 10, 11, and 12th this month. Check out the schedule here.

 

 

Chuboh got sick this weekend yet with a little encouragement he took some flu medication and made good on the occasion and did a quick Halloween stream on the 31st complete in his Bongo costume. He had been talking about doing a costume stream for a while in other people’s stream and when I get wind that someone is boasting a costume stream I try to do my best to make sure they live up to it. BTW- here is his Bongo costume. You can see it’s a perfect likeness (minus the beard).

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Macaw is king when it comes to finding truly strange games to play. He was streaming a bunch of obscure games for a British computer called the Acorn Archimedes that was popular in the 80’s and 90’s. I have never even heard of this computer but that’s not too surprising as this was primarily a UK computer and a lot of the games for the system are almost forgotten. Somehow he’s managed to find a few of these games by scouring the internet and played a few which was amazing for those who haven’t seen these games in years and for those who’ve never seen this kind of stuff. There have also been some Amiga hijinks through the week though crazy Australia times are conflicting with my regular sleeping habits.

 

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Monster Bash having a mid-life crisis @capnclever 

Let’s take a second to talk about CapnClever, possibly one of the better known DOS/PC Retro streamers on Twitch. You might have already seen some of his speed runs at any given GDQ and he’s one of the first people I think of when I think about who’s streaming DOS stuff on Twitch. When I was a kid, I used to walk all the way to the other side of town to just hang out with my one friend Jason to play DOS games in his basement. Lucky for me he moved closer to me and soon I was meeting up with him each morning before school at the crack of dawn to play games. There will always be a soft spot in my heart for old PC games so that’s why you’ll always see me paying my respects to those who stream them! Speaking about old stuff on new things….

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I actually got my hands on the elusive SNES MINI system! It’s really tiny and came pre-loaded with Earthbound on it already so you know I’ve already started to play a game. I wont be streaming this bad boy, but I do intend to enjoy it and take it with me on vacations and adventures if I happen to take a few days off work. The best thing is that now I can put my WiiU away in the closet and just use this tiny machine to play Earthbound since that was the only reason I bought the WiiU in the first place.

Don’t get me wrong, I had intentions to buy other games on the WiiU but I bought Mario Kart and that was about it. Nothing else on that system really appealed to me and I really just wanted to play Earthbound on an HD system. The best thing though about WiiU Earthbound is you can do the Shattered Man glitch trick and IT WORKS! Maybe what I should do is look into capturing that trick to make a How-To video or see if I can do it on my SNES Mini.

I also managed to get a copy of Fantastic Pinball for my Sega Saturn! I have been streaming the PS1 version of the game however I wanted to own a copy and since I have a JP Saturn I decided to buy this copy and see what, if any, differences there might be. I noticed a few minor differences and I feel the ball moves a lot faster in the Saturn version but other than that it’s the same game! If I had to choose which version to get go with the Saturn version as I feel that is the vastly superior one out of the two as I feel the ball moves slower in the PS1 version and I’d rather a faster ball to a light-slow ball.

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Also, are you backing my Dank Zine yet? Right now if you are backing you are going to get stickers that feature the sub icons from the feature streamer of the month! I just LOVE giving stuff away and this is another great idea that keeps giving back to the streamers themselves. Make sure you are backing the Zine because you can’t get stickers if you order from the Dank Shop.

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Closing out a Month

Dank Work

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Making Dank is what I am all about these days and I am happy to announce that I am accepting submissions for creative content! If you want to join the fam and think you have what it takes to have your work featured in my Dank Zine you may submit it here at dankzine@agentannk.com

I am looking for content that is about retro gaming, streams, and the gaming collecting community. It’s not just limited to writers, I am looking for artists as well who want to make Dank Art and be featured in the Zine or on my blog. Please end me an email and attach an example of your work to get the ball rolling.

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BBH had a great week returning with his championship belt from the tournament he just won, as well as visiting the Portland Retro Gaming Expo over the weekend. I’m sure he’s going to talk about all the cool stuff there including this strange and new Space Harrier type game he got to try out at the expo. If only my budget would allow me more chances for travel so I could check out events like that then I’d be there myself front and centre. Hopefully BBH got some photos and will show them off during the Monday roulette stream.

Macaw45 had an emergency unboxing video as he got a bunch of new auction wins arrive at his place and whenever he gets a cool delivery such as this he’s gotta share it with his community. There was a bunch of Japanese Windows 95 games as well as few other neat things that he got to show off. The Dracula Sega CD game was a surprise being that I never thought Macaw would subject himself to the torture witch is Dracula on Sega CD, but he did manage to play the game right up to the boss where thru means of the emulation or the game itself it kept glitching out. This sums up Dracula for Sega CD as a whole.

There was a whole week where Macaw was exploring FMV Sega CD games, so hopefully he will someday replay those or explore more of the Sega CD library on a future bird stream.

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Gracious IV @Aqy

Aquas is getting ready for GDQ by punishing himself with his practice streams of Contra III along with Batrider for the 1CC Marathon taking place in November. You can check out the trailer here. The 1CC Marathon is a fun weekend where streamers in the arcade scene can get together and go for those 1 Credit Clears and beat the game on one “quarter”. I took part in the event last year with Sega Marine Fishing where I managed to not just 1CC the game, but did it under 15 minutes. I’m sure someone’s done it faster. Anyway, get over to Aqy’s channel and if you are a sub or a fan so try to donate money to his GDQ fund so he can fly out this January and take part in the event.

Ultimoice is making more progress in Speedrunning Mother 2 and after a bunch of resets I got to see him complete a decent run this past Sunday. I am not 100% sure if that was his PB for Mother 2 as it was very early in the morning (what am I doing awake this early in the morning?), but I will say congratulations to Ultimoice as he does put on an impressive run of the game. If you love Earthbound half as much as I do then you definitely want to follow him as he’s going to be going for the World Record in Mother 2 soon. Ultimoice was quick to pick up that I will try my hardest to make Dank Art that is relevant to what’s going on in the current game, so this weeks collections is a whole bunch of stuff that seems to slow him down in those awkward Mother 2 situations.

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Goati managed to scrub-save the final boss in Fantastic Pinball last week so its official on what conditions need to happen in order to open the boss room. The boss itself has several stages of awesomeness as Goati showed off here in this clip. I’m still playing the entire game as I am a HUGE pinball fan, however I have moved onto a new game to feature on my weekends and that is Sonic Spinball

 

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Sonic Spinball came out in between of Sonic 2 and Sonic 3 to fill a void that the Casino Zone left you with after you defeated the boss. It’s interesting mechanic is that you have to manipulate Sonic as he’s spinning as a little pinball to hit the targets and collect the chaos emeralds while you go after Dr Robitnik. It also features characters from the Saturday morning Sonic Cartoon, not to be confused with the Sonic cartoon where his siblings form a rock band or the horrible The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog.

I was the biggest Sonic fan as a little girl and naturally I had all the Archie comics, books, guides and anything else I could get my hands on. When I found out that they were making a cartoon featuring Sonic I was excited and couldn’t stop talking about it. I always thought that the Saturday morning cartoon was the only Sonic show on TV until I started to have medical problems. I had to start waking up at 5am in the morning to take medication hours before eating which made me scan the TV Guide looking for something to watch at 5am and low and behold The Adventures of Sonic their Hedgehog was there!

If you are wondering why someone would put this Sonic Show on at 5am in the morning it’s because that’s the only time slot that would ensure no one would be able to watch it. It’s that bad. The animation is OK from time to time but the world could have been a better place without this incarnation of Sonic. I think this is also where the stupid Chilli Dog obsession came from. Oh well, if you like Sonic then tune in on Sundays when I am going to play thru Sonic Spinball and share with you not only my love of Pinball but Sonic as well.

Fall

Greg & I checked out Mill Pond in our town this past Sunday to take in the colours of the season. It was 30 degrees outside! I have photos of us walking the pond from last year in our full winter coats. If you live somewhere that doesn’t have such a glorious splendour of colours in fall please enjoy the few that I have posted here!

DejaVu! Another Weekly Blog Update

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BBH had a shorter streaming week due to an arcade tournament called Grinkfest that he was participating in over the weekend. Last year he placed first so he went back with the belt to defend it. I am happy to say that BBH did win the 1st place spot and is returning champion! Way to go, BBH! Most likely he will talk more about the event on Monday’s roullete stream, so make sure you tune in tonight for a possible Talking segment.

Macaw45 has been playing more spooky games to fit in with his spooky-themed layout and for the season. He’s being playing his usual strange stuff such as the NES Frankenstein game to more recognized games like Highlander on SNES. One of the more surprising non-spooky titles on the list was Crash Dummies for the NES that was published by LJN who’s known for being the people behind some of the worst NES games for the system. LJN has a rough rap for a company that really didin’t make any games back in those days but instead they would farm-out work to get their games created. Though there are some memorable terrible games that LJN did release, not every game was a turkey and this cute Crash Dummies game played like it should and was quite fun. Check it out.

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Contra III @Aqy

With another GDQ coming up in January, the Speedrunning community is getting ready to showcase their skills for the upcoming event. Aquas is going to be there and play Contra III for SNES so he’s already hard at work practicing and working out changes to his routes. I should be at GDQ this January too if the vacation gods smile at me and i’ll Be there to cheer Aquas on as well as a few other friends. Aquas isn’t all about Contra III though, he’s practicing some Batrider for the 1CC Marathon tanking place next month with a bunch of other players, so make sure you watch my blog for when i’ll Be sharing that information along with a schedule.

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Adorable shopkeeper in Fight’n Rage

MURPHAGATOR recently announced a few things for his stream going forward in his new schedule so if you follow you should check out his Twitch channel. Murph has posted up his newest goals for games for the next few weeks/months as well and one of those goals involves the game that I did Dank Art for. Murph has been playing a lot more Fight’n Rage, a new game available for PC that has a lot of that old Capcom Beatem’up flavour. This game is a must if you are a fan of classic Beatem’ups and with all the unlockables, outfits and more this is a game that will deliver and is sure to keep you busy. It’s interesting me enough too look into trying it out myself!

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Ultimoice is continuing running Mother 2 going for that World Record for the Japanese Famicom release of the game. Though I want to associate Ultimoice as someone who streams Earthbound and only Earthbound, he actually has a whole pile of games that he’s known for running and one of them is Final Fantasy VII. Some of my friends raise the question of why would someone want to speed run an RPG especially a huge one such as FFVII, the answer is simply that as long as the streamer makes it entertaining and interesting to watch fans of the game will. It’s very fascinating when a game you are a huge fan of gets a speedran and even more when the streamer explains how they are manipulating the game in order to skip a bunch of stuff or to advance the game quicker. Earthbound is just one of those games that I can sit back and watch non-stop and I always try to tune in for when the best of the best play it. I guess I can say that Ultimoice is one of the top Earthbound players out there so make sure you check him out.

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Magical Pop’n @FantasticPlanit

Fantastic Planet, or Fapple, (he’s a man of many names but one face which he never shows) is back. Yes, he said he was quitting Twitch and streaming for good. And that he did. He sold his mic and sailed off into the sunset vowing to never return again.
And he returned. And he came back with a whole new set up and a bunch of games such as Fantastic Pinball and Phantasy Star Online streams that I like to chill out to and finish up Zine work while watching. FP got me into playing Fantastic Pinball which we are now obsessed with (we even got Goati playing it) and now if I unlock anything I start jumping up and down yelling excitedly. FP is also into playing strange Japanese PS1 games as well as a bunch of interesting oddities.

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Ka-ge-ki Fists of Steel @Chuboh

Chuboh was having some Sega CD problems this week when his system which he acquired when he was 13 died. Though it came back to life 3 days later so now we’re under this theory that it can walk on water and so on. Chuboh also dug out a 32X so I have a bad feeling that upcoming Jank CD and 32X streams are a possibility in the near future.

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Friday the 13th
I wasn’t feeling well starting Friday. Must have been something I ate or my allergies, but I left work and went home feeling terrible. I spent all day Saturday resting around my apartment and watching all the Friday the 13th movies I could as one just needs to have a sick day and watch a bunch of silly movies. I thought I would play Friday the 13th on the weekend as my pal Simon Bob gifted me that game as a gag a few years ago but I had jokingly gifted it again to the Fangamer crew so they could play it on an upcoming Friday the 13th. If they will play it or not is up to them though I hope Kevinchai will get around to playing it at least.

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My HUGE seventh issue of my Dank Zine arrived and I spent a few hours packaging them up for shipping. This issue I wanted to roll out the new design that I have been working on and hope to stick with for the next 6 months. This design took me a few months to work out as I had to not only re-learn the entire Adobe InDesign program, but sit down with a few friends with design skills to go over what would work and wouldn’t for my layout.

I’m really excited about all the new changes and growth of my zine as it’s starting to look more as how I envisioned it almost a year ago. I love that this project is involving different people within the streaming and game community and how much fun it is to work on. I am glad I have people to share it with! As always if you want to back my Zine you can click here to back my Patreon or if you want to buy some Dank Stuff my shop always has a bunch of Dankness waiting there.

Again, thank you to everyone who is helping me make this a reality :3

DejaVu

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I finished Sweet Home and suddenly found myself with a choice for what game I should play next. After showing off a few of my NES games, I choose DejaVu simply because my followers on Twitter told me to. No wait- I choose it because I had yet to play it and it kinda fit with the whole spooky atmosphere of the month.

 

You play as this guy who wakes up in a bar’s bathroom stall hungover and feeling like total trash- not uncommon for some but fo Rome I kept making jokes about how close this game felt to Leisure Suit Larry 1. The idea in this game is that you’re a guy who’s lost his memory and you have to craw thru a series of clues left behind to regain your memory and most importantly find out why you lost your memory to begin with.

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Adventure games like theses were incredibly popular with me as I love exploring and taking my time finding things all around me. I was never really great at platformer games as a small child and would take my time lining up jumps to only fall into a deep pit or becoming frustrated when you’d take damage only to see a horrible game over screen because its BS one-hit-deaths. I loved developing the story in my head and trying to figure out what to do next using only the information provided. It’s funny because often these adventure style games were just as cruel as the one-hit-death games where you could potentially break your game by ignoring a series of clues or pickups along the way.

Hopefully when I sit down to give games like Shadowgate and Uninvited a play-thru I’ll have just as much fun as I did with Dejavu.

Fantastic Pinball!!!!

OH. SHUCKS. I AM OBSESSED WITH THIS GAME. My current PB for a 1 Credit Game is 87 million and I did that live on stream a few weeks ago. Most of you know me for being a lady who’s big into video games, but I am also very much into Pinball and because the local movie theatre had a few older machines I have lots of great memories of playing those as a small kid. Though what really got me into playing Pinball was my oldest friend Jeff and his mother.

Jeff and I were born a day apart and our backyards backed each other. He had a NES growing up where I had a Genesis  so it worked out nicely. As we got older his family would still play NES games where most of the kids on our block were already moving onto the next gen systems. His mom was an ace at the Pinball game for the system and I would watch her play it non stop and marvel at how good she was at it. My dad would never play video games with me but Jeff’s mom was all about the NES and was quite good at all the games they owned but her go to was Pinball. It was really something to see her rack up a high score and it got me interested in searching out weird video game Pinball myself.

 

July Giveaways & Dank Art

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LordBBH got a very good evening in Mame roulette last night as I seemed to have made a lot of Dank Art. I almost did one piece per game. I guess that makes up for last week? Hopefully some of these ideas will find their way into something polished now that I have my iPad & can really start to make these little ideas into something bigger. I’m really digging the Dangerous Seed Shmup & I would like to see that one larger.

I am also a sucker for drawing Street Fighter II characte so I gotta sketch out a few of my favorite faces :3

Macaw45 played out a few PC 98 adventure games as well as an obscure PS1 adventure JRPG game Bealphareth over the weekend where due to the mistake of choosing the worst weapon ever (the axe) Macaw had to play the first 5 levels over again but with a character who could use a spear (because axe

I finally made an effort to draw out the horrible looking Man Babies from that Mug Crushers game that Chuboh has been keen on playing on his frequent Jank Arcade streams. I also saw one night Chuboh was firing up a C64 emulator but I was so exhausted last week that I missed it. I’m always a huge fan of weird & obscure stuff and Chuboh certainly sets the bar when it comes to Jank games.

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One of the SGDQ runs I really wanted to watch this year was the Tetris Block which featured KevinDDR and a few other amazing players who are super hardcore into Tetris. It’s always an incredible show when you get to see some of the top ranking players in the US play this type of game. Often when I show people I work with the videos from past events they just stop and stare unable to even to unwind the thought process these players go thru each time they jump into a session.

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MURPHAGATOR fired up one of the best arcade games ever (as voted by myself & my pal Greg) Alien vs Predator. Growing up as a kid almost everything Alien’s related scared the snot out of me. I missed out on some of the best action horror movies of my parents generation because I was too busy being a little weak baby. However, I am working on a bunch of crazy dank art which features this game as it’s one of the best arcade games you could ever pick up. Try it out!

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I’ve been working on a few commissions and been toying around with a few new ideas that I wanted to feature in upcoming issues of my Zine. This piece that I worked on last Sunday on my twitch stream of an older idea I fleshed out two years ago as a gift for my friends Dan & Lindsay. I kinda wanted to go back to that idea and see if I could do something neat with the background as it’s been a while I’ve put a lot of high detail in a good landscape.

The amusing thing about this piece is that people actually know where this game is from since I normally draw/paint obscure stuff. However I could just say the game in question is Glovius and keep it obscure.

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I’ve also been playing around with my iPad Pro and using it as a tablet to draw some digital Dank Art. With the iPad there’s so many chances to go back & improve something that isn’t looking right may that be an arm or an eye. I won’t be giving up on watercolours anytime soon, but I am trying out more tablet creations so make sure you catch those as I drop them on my twitter feed.

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It’s only the fourth month into this amazing project and I can’t tell you enough how happy I am for doing it. It’s turning into more of a magazine with more people contributing to it and I’m starting to have issues juggling the content.

Goati, who is this months featured streamer, gave away 4 issues on his Sunday stream where he invited viewers to draw him or a Megadrive Game for one. I should be mailing those out this week along with a few other Dank orders.

If you want to get your hands on a copy of my Zine you can always follow me on twitter and test your luck on one of my raffles/give aways. However, the best way to get a copy of my Zine is to subscribe and back the project on my Patreon. I do sell the books in the Dank Shop, but you end up saving way more on shipping and get access to all the freebies and added gifts when you do subscribe on my Patreon. It’s also the best place where I am set up to take commissions so if you wan to get a special one of a kind piece of artwork done this is the best and cheapest way to get my Dank Art.

Keep me making Dank Art!

 

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Summer months never slow down

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I spoke to LordBBH this morning about last nights Monday Roulette stream and he told me it was possibly the worst stream he’s ever done. I don’t think so as I was highly entertained and popped off a few fun Dank Arts. That’s the luck of the draw with a Mame roulette, you are never sure what’s going to come up.

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REGGIE GIVE US MOTHER 3!

Oh yeah, Reggie. Heh.

Chuboh actually enjoys pulling out those rotten game from the trash that BBH tosses and features them in a “Jank” game night. The best of the trash pile, though I have seen Chuboh play Amiga games and awesome old PC stuff I enjoyed as a child.

SGDQ 2017 took place last week and I did some Dank Art for a few runs that I did catch. I was lucky to get Wednesday off so I stuck around for the Star Tropics & Kirby Dreamland 2 stuff on that day. I won’t get into all the details of SGDQ as I know Aquas is working on a big article for my Zine about it, so I’ll just post up my art so you can enjoy it if you missed it.

Macaw45 picked up a few PC 98 games after what seemed like a whole month of just builders and PS1 games. I’ve been trying to emulate PC 98 games myself yet because I’m on a Mac set up is more than just running an emulator and loading the game. Hopefully someday I’ll be able to get one working on my set up or else I’ll be stuck working out a PC system to play games such as EVO.

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In amazing news I finally saved up enough money to get my new iPad Pro 10″ and I am quite happy with it. A few years back I threw out all the sketch books I has since high school. Yes! I kept all of them under the guidance by teachers to never throw my old work out. That’s a load of hogwash by the way. If you like a great idea in your sketch book, tear it out & save the sketch but get rid of that old stuff. I now have an expensive sketching machine but it also helps me blog on the go as I am doing right now as well to help me out at work when I am posting things for social media. Really I just wanted a laptop I could sketch on and this was it. Expect more iPad sketches to happen!

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The 4th issue finally arrived! This issue marks a new start for my Dank Zine as now I am featuring work by not only myself, but work from other people within the gaming community. The amazing cover this month is done by CyRaptor and he streamed the creation of it over a few days on his stream. Aquas also contributed an article about the fan game Ghosts ‘n Demons which he speed ran at SGDQ wich is really amusing and a must if you’re a fan of the series. This months featured streamer is Goati_ all the way from Rome Italy and his endeavours playing Sega games and pulling together the upcoming Nintendont marathon happening soon.

My little Dank Zine has been slowly growing and it’s getting bigger and better each month as I keep adding in more artists, more content and more articles for your enjoyment. If you want to get a subscription make sure you back my Patreon and you won’t miss an issue! Also, backing the Patreon means shipping is included as well as giveaways and other pieces if Dank Art. If you don’t back, you can still buy back issues Zine thru my Dank Shop but you won’t get any of the freebies and included shipping.

 

Making up for lost time- June & up to now

Life update

IMG_3205.JPGMost of you know by now I have two incredible cats as well as an incredible bunny. My one cat, Scoot, has been with me since 2003 and has been showing signs of age, but still holds her spot in my place as queen. She hasn’t been in the best of health the last few weeks and the vet is advising me not to go with forwards with surgery as she’s so old. I’ve been keeping her comfortable and giving her medicine to help her deal. Between getting my Zine together, demands at work and everything else I have slightly neglected my blog. However, Scoot is a fighter & is showing positive signs of improvement. Sometimes you just need to get your life in check first and that’s what I have been doing for the last few weeks.

In saying that, there is a HUGE backlog of Dank Art to upload to the site, so please bear with me. If you can’t bear, maybe possum it.

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Macaw45 always plays thru a wild selection of games and over the past few weeks it was nothing but weird games from ancient systems to crazy PS1 games. For a while, he was on a huge builder game streak where he focused on a bunch of games that had something to do with building. One of the more delightful moments from those streams was when Macaw was playing the Sims and had a John Romero character muddling around the house. Things were alright until a fire broke out in the kitchen and John wanted to eat a pizza more then to call the fire department. This was one of my more fave moments from the building segments of his streams.

There were a lot of mech games, a Workout game, even a silly hamster sim  so you never know what you’re going to get until you tune in.

MURPHAGATOR Finally has his arcades hooked up and capturing the right way so he’s back with his regular runs of Beat-em’ups. He’s been playing a lot of Final Fight & Vigalante which I am super embarrassed to stream as I am crazy terrible at the PC Engine port of Vigalantie. Murph has told me it’s not a big deal as it’s a really tough game but you don’t even comprehend how difficult some of these game are if you’re always sitting there watching someone who can just cut thru the game like butter.

LordBBH has been getting a bunch of very good spins with his Mame Roullete Mondays as well as getting a few breaks with his request raffles when he holds them. I think the streams I am starting to enjoy the most of his are when it’s a raffle because the chance of a good game coming up is higher which means my chances of making some memeorable Dank Art is higher. Really it comes down to a combo of what game, BBH’s reaction playing it and how the chat is responding to the stream for me to really make stand out Dank Art otherwise I might as well just google games & draw things at random. BBH has a good community as well so it’s nice to come into the chat and be welcomed and see other people drawing art to the games as well. If you draw your own art I would LOVE  to share it on my blog so please post it and I’ll find you :3

Adventures in Collecting

Greg and I drove out to cambridge just after my birthday for one of these game swap shows. I just got my Turbo Duo so I was hoping there would be someone there selling Hu cards. Boy did I hit the jackpot and one of the sellers who I met at a previous show brough ALL his Hu cards hoping that I would be there. Heh, I kinda made a sad face when he told me he usually has a bunch but didn’t bring them last time.

Greg picked up a bunch of games as well but really was after an Xbox 360 controller on the cheap but there were none to be found at this thing surprisingly. This event was a lot smaller then the shows we normally attend and I think I liked that. They didn’t have any game tournaments going on, just straight up collectors selling off their stuff. There were a few artists who were there as well doing nerdy cross-stitch which I really liked as I used to do that kind of stuff when I has a little kid. I used to stitch out entire covers of X-Men comics for my Home Economics class.

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img_2636I have wrapped up my fourth issue of my Dank Zine and for this month I am happy to announce I have branched out and found more content to help diversify the entire magazine. I called up on the help of artist Cyraptor to help put together a beautiful cover for this month and you can check out his stuff by clicking here and here. I also have gotten Aquas to write an article on Ghosts n Demons, a fan game on PC that pays homage to the Ghouls n Ghosts series. Aquas has already been helping me out behind the scenes with interviews, but I’ve been bugging him to write this article for a month so make sure you check it out. I’m also super happy that I have friends like Trap0xf who can double check all the game info so that I’m crediting the proper developers and creators for each game listed in the Zine. We are making a really fun community with this project and I am very happy with the direction we’re heading in. I never expected I’d be at this point already, but there’s no stopping me now.

Amazingly Dead Flip had a little give away because I sent him a pile of Zines with his feature interview inside last month. Check out this mug’s mug mugging these books!

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Owlnonymous with buddy Cathoderaze were seen in the arcade with an issue as well! This is possibly one of my most fave “In the Wild” photos to date of people with their Zine. If you get a photo of you with your Zine, PLEASE send it to me as I LOVE seeing you enjoy my Dankness.

Be part of my project and back my Patreon so you can get your issue of Dank Zine every month in the mail! It’s the best way to collect my work as it stays clean and cosy on your bookshelf or it’s ready to read if you leave it in the bathroom! Keep me making Dank Art by backing my Patreon today!

 

End of the Week DANK ART Wrap up June 16 2017

DANK ZINEimg_2636Woa! My Dank Zine is really starting to pick up and now I have almost twice as many subscribers! Thank you so much! I have put together a little shop page on my blog where it has all the info except for the info that isn’t there. You can either back my Patreon or buy issues one by one (though you’ll save $$$ with the shipping if you back the Patreon). I will also post up any posters, prints and any special sales of individual work on that page so please check it out!

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Legionnaires Arcade @Chuboh

Chuboh was playing himself in an arcade game called Legionnaires and since I have been following him he’s shaved off his beard & it’s fully grown back already lol. Chuboh plays a lot of fun stuff from very obscure arcades to Amiga games on his stream. I for one am all about more people streaming older Amiga stuff as that was a system I always heard my friends talk about but never really got a chance to experience it for myself. I currently have a very secret collection of old computers though I had to sell off a few to make space in my place. For now, emulation is the best way to go when it comes to most of the classic computer games out there for me.

Trap’s birthday is today! I’m sure he’s 200 years old & only ages once every quarter century due to a special osmosis process that only he and few other people from his home planet are capable of doing. Ok thats not true but what is true is that it is his birthday and I hope he gets roaring dunk & wakes up the next day hugging a trash bin. That’s the sign of a perfect birthday. Now is also a great time to catch Trap streaming because he has been doing a lot of it this past week so if you want to see live streams from actual arcade equipment, Trap’s the one to follow.

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Combatribes Arcade @MURPHAGATOR

Speaking about streaming from actual arcade cabs, MURPHAGATOR finally has a capture coming from his cabs meaning his reign of ghetto-cams are over for now. Murph will be featured in an upcoming issue of my Dank Zine about streaming from Arcade cabs as well as Trap as owning an arcade cab has always been a project/dream in itself for me. I’m sure there are lots of people out there too who want to know more about getting into collecting arcades or who do it already and enjoy reading that stuff.

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Wonderboy 3 Lion Suit @Goatistream

Goati was playing thru Wonderboy 3 on Sunday when I was catching up on a lot of Dank Art commissions and I sat down and drew him this Dank Lion suit. Goati is featured in an upcoming issue of my Dank Zine where I sit down with him and talk about the Megadrive, Amiga games, Europe and his online Twitch event, Nintendon’t. I participated last year and I hope I can again this year and it’s basically a fun few days of non-stop streams featuring everything that isn’t Nintendo. Registration is up right now so if this is something that you’d like to take part in, please follow Goati and read up on the event on his Twitch page.

Macaw45 has been on a huge building high for a few weeks now exploring such games like A-Train, The Sims & even this adorable garden/dating sim for Japanese Windows 95 called ___. They apparently they made this a lewd dating sim at first but the game proved to be very popular with everyone that they made a “safe” non-lewd version of the game for everyone to enjoy. Funny how that worked backwards. I totally missed the stream where Macaw was playing thru Sim Earth which is one of my top games as a kid but even with a strategy guide open he couldn’t figure it out. I feel like often I am the only person who fully understands how this game works, so I’ll probably show off how to play this game on a upcoming Sunday Stream. Oh yes, there was Smash TV as well,

I personally enjoy it when LordBBH gets a fighting game on Roulette because I enjoy making Dank Art to the fighters the best. I also enjoy all the cute and then more tragically silly elements to a game as well which is why you’ll see Dank Art for those first. I should play up on a few of my fave fighters so if a viewers choice comes up or if he’s taking requests I could suggest some cool games with really cool characters I want to sketch. Out of all my BBH Dank Arts, I have to say I like the Victory Road one the best cause it was rather unexpected and rather amazing.

Collecting

img_2521My wall of systems is growing! I recently added a Turbo Duo to my classic console collection as well as finding a really good beater shelf to stick them all on. At least things are starting to look a bit more put together then how it was before. Also a new system means all new games to collect!

This is why if you have been tuning into my streams this 2017 year that I have been playing thru so many PC-Engine games on my emulator as I wished to know which games were going to be worth my money. When it comes to buying games I am mostly just interested in playing them, so I’m not about getting things in sealed packages or original anything. If I can, sure but it’s not important. I should go a bit more into depth with the story behind my Duo over the weekend when I try to play catch up on a few things.

Just in time for the weekend, more Dank Art updates!

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Take it easy, Trojan Arcade @SRKFunkdoc

Funkdoc is back to streaming 1CC requests for his subscribers and most recently he picked up the arcade version of Trojan. Most people know Trojan for its NES release as it used to be a popular game for speed runners, but the arcade version to me looks a lot harder from my perspective. It took him a while, but Funkdoc was able to get that 1CC recently on stream! Congratulations & great to see you back streaming!

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Twin Eagle @Trap0xf

Trap was streaming more Twin Eagle on his arcade set up in his apartment when I made this Dank Art for him. This game was one of the first arcade games back in 1988 to use digital sampling in both its graphics and its soundtrack. I doubt Trap is playing the euro version of this board because I only found that release has some horrible iconic “engrish”  where instead of saying “Game over” it will instead say: “The player game is abortion”
I also love drawing a two headed eagle for this game :p

 

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Weaponlord for SFC @Macaw45

Macaw45 has been addicted to building games all week such as Afterlife and Sim City 2000, but he did manage to dig up this SFC copy of Weaponlord which he played thru on Saturday. The art to me is very 90’s stylized and is possibly some of the best backgrounds I’ve seen in a fighting game like this. The crazy thing about this fighter is if you lose a fight you can continue, but if your opponent performs a finishing move & kills you it’s game over. Yup. Even if you are all the way at the end of the game and that happens you’re stuck going all the way to the beginning again. However it works the same way if you perform finishing moves on the characters in the game. Killing them takes them out indefinitely so you do not have to fight them again.

IMG_2252Good buddy Greg made off with Murph’s Poison last weekend too. As soon as he saw her he was all “OH SHE’S PERFECT!” & handed me $20. Give her a good home, dude!

LordBBH had his crazy Viewers Choice Extravaganza last weekend on the same day as my crazy street festival I was promoting over social media. I’m lucky to have an apartment right in the middle of the actual street festival itself, so I kept taking breaks from covering that event to come in and paint Dank Art for his stream. Not all of these were done in a day as BBH decided to extend the extravaganza to Monday as well. My personal fave is the derp Bubs in the bottom corner because he’s just too darn cute :3

Sunday Streams IMG_2339I did a little retrospective on one of my fave arcade games, Cadillacs and Dinosaurs as well as showing off a bit of the Sega CD version of C&D. Let’s just say that if you love the arcade for its amazing high action Beat-em’up style and amazing music you are NOT going to find that in the Sega CD game. In fact on surface it’s a very poor game for the franchise where all you do is drive around in the cadillac moving the story along as if you were interacting with the actual comic book itself. I’m not knocking the concept of this game as I can see the potential, but it’s just too repetitive and hard to actually see what you should be shooting or not. Some stages drag on forever such as the opening level where most likely you’ll die & keep dying without making any progress at all. The only way I could get thru the first stage was to scum-save the entire way only to find out that the rest of the stages are just more driving but with slightly changed targets to shoot and also the later stages are not as long giving you a sense that you are making progress. It’s not a hot mess like some other Sega CD games that came out at the time, but the only thing it has going for it is the story itself which is hard to enjoy when you get to the actual game which is driving & shooting.

Mothers Day!IMG_2344Earthbound was released over 22 years ago a few days ago so I celebrated it with this image of Master Belch with a few Mr Saturns. As one of my favourite games out there, Earthbound has always been a huge part of my young life and for years it was a game I longed to have a copy that I can play on an HD TV & take anywhere. We actually got that a few years ago with not just Earthbound but Earthbound Beginnings, the NES game that came out before Earthbound. However fans are still waiting for the 3rd game in the series, Mother 3, to see a North American launch and will possibly continue to hopelessly wait for nothing to happen.

With a great game like Mother 3 and its fanbase being ignored, its disappointing that projects like a Bubsy remake/rebranding is happening. I’ll just reiterate the point I made in several tweets on this topic that Bubsy was always a terrible game that had one goal and that was to take your money away and its disappointing that companies will remake garbage ideas to sell back to a new generation of consumers who are unaware of the past but invested in the memes for reason of memes. You’re always going to see things like this sadly as properties such as Mother hold a little more value than Bubsy.