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AGDQ2018 or How I stopped worrying and learned to love Speedrunning

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Zerst going for that high score

After not getting tickets to SGDQ in 2017 I made a point of doing my best to give it all I got and put my bid in to get a ticket to the January event. When I actually got tickets, I kind of sat there in my chair and thought, “OK, I got in. Now what?” I thought that because I had no real idea what games were going to be played or if any of my friends’ runs would be accepted. I had to give it time and wait. I waited too long and missed out on a chance to get a hotel room on site so I was forced to book an Air BnB a bit off-site just to sleep.

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The Cool Club at AGDQ 2018

I keep hearing people say “GDQ’s were better before 2013” or something to the effect. I can’t speak to that as I was only watching those at home and not at the event itself. I would safely say being there has its own set of advantages as well as negatives. However, GDQ’s are events that are designed to celebrate Speedrunning and working towards raising money for a selected charity. They really don’t have anything else behind the scenes that you would find at a regular convention because the event is the main draw. So there were really no artist alley or merch booths that you would expect at other cons. There was a booth set up that focused on the charity itself so you could learn more about where your donations were going and if you wanted to keep supporting the charity they could give you more information. Nice.

A wild Omnigamer and PJ appeared!

Pho time with Omnigamer and PJ

I checked into the event on early Sunday morning and since I was travelling alone I asked PJ very nicely to meet up with me at the event so I wouldn’t feel as awkward waiting for my Air BnB to be ready later on in the afternoon. He totally didn’t have to, but he said yes and because he & Omnigamer were kind enough to let me tag along with them for a few hours I gave out a bunch of PJ stickers I had lying around from when I made him the Feature Streamer in my Dank Zine. I had no run in for this event and besides seeing a few choice runs I was mainly there to find people to write about. I had my own agenda and it involved Zines, burgers, beer and watching a lot of games.

One of the important things I wanted to do that week was to catch Aquas’ run as I always try to watch his stuff when I am at home watching this event and seeing it in person would be a great kick. His run was around 8 am on Monday and Mr B & I both woke up early to go to the event with him. We met up with one of Aquas’ streaming friends Figbird and to our excitement Aquas said it was alright for all of us to sit on the couch for his run. First GDQ & already on the couch. I was glad I was as Aquas made a very touching speech before his run about his dad who passed away because of Cancer and he wanted to dedicate his run to him. I kept getting so many alerts on my Apple Watch during this that I just switched it to Do Not Disturb for an hour so I could focus better on his Contra III run. Lots of you were all tweeting “I see you on the couch!” Which was very nice, but since I had one of the best views in the house I didn’t want to comment till it was over. Aquas had a very good run, it wasn’t deathless, but it was still something to watch as this guy plays like a beast when he needs to bring it. Check out the video from the event:

My time was spent hanging with people, being social, and playing games in the set up arcade that was on site. There was no pinball this year which was kind of depressing, but there was a Neo Geo multi-cart in the room which I sat on most of the time with my pal Zerst and together we clocked in a lot of hours on Money Exchanger. Zerst also got the Donkey Kong 3 machine to its max score which was fun to watch as I love that game myself and it is always exciting to see someone master a game you like. I also met up with a few of my friends from Macaw45’s chat to play a bunch of dank games in the practice room and this C64 that my buddy Dana had going with an everdrive. Let’s say that when we had the C64 going we put a few good hours playing around with the games on that.

It was really exciting to see my friends up on stage playing games when it came too their runs. PJ managed to break an arcade button in the middle of his Battletoads run which could only be described as “PJ’s dumb luck”. He had a backup planned and it only took him a few moments to switch over to a backup (what a backup? Yes if you know PJ….). It was also really fun to watch The Mexican Runner play the rocket ship part in Battletoads for NES blindfolded. There’s always going to be a few blindfolded donation incentives and I didn’t want to miss this one as it’s known for being extremely frustrating even without a blindfold. I have huge respect for TMR as he played every NES game as part of a challenge and that meant playing all the Powerpad games. If you know me I love the powerpad and try to stream it as often as I can and knowing someone else actually beat Street Cop gives me hope that I can do it too. I also saw Zallard1 do his amazing Two-Punchout One Controller challenge. Fellow streamer Omnigamer helped out and rigged up this splitter that would help him use one controller to beat both games at once.

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Zallard1 who played Starfox2 and Punch Out & Super Punch Out at the same time

Please when you share these runs don’t use click-bait tactics like “Some Dude just killed Contra” but share links properly as in “Watch The Mexican Runner play Battletoads blindfolded” as its more about the player and less about the game itself at these events. I was also reading a lot of game devs upset with people who were using words such as “this game is broken” to describe certain manipulations and taking offence to it. I can’t say that for all games, but having see some of the codes from some of my most favourite games I would be safe in saying that not all games are broken, but having broken mechanics and code in a game does make the game more easy to be manipulated hence why they can use glitches to a speedrun advantage. I can think of many fan translations projects my friends worked on where they had to clean up the original source code and fix game ending bugs left in the code itself simply because a game was rushed into development to make a sales date. I’m not saying all games are like that, but I also don’t put any game up on a pedestal of perfect coding either. Even great paintings have mistakes in them and it is those mistakes that we as players love/hate to our advantage.

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The Dank Zine core staff: Aquas, AnnK, Lady Te and trap15 (as JJ Squawkers)

The BEST thing about the entire trip was finally meeting up again with Lady Te who I hired to edit my Dank Zine. We’ve known each other before the Dankness set in, but this was the first time we have met up face to face since she’s been staff. I was able to get a very rare staff photo of Aquas, myself and Lady Te and hopefully one day we will be able to get trap15 in there as well. That’s pretty much the core Dank Zine staff right there and I am lucky to have these wonderful people in my life. My little zine has really grown in just under a year and now I have people who contribute to it all over the globe so it makes me getting a photo with everyone harder. I hope that in the future when my zine gets bigger I can start actually traveling to these places and meet everyone.

Overall it was a great time and I was happy to meet up with a bunch of people I have only known thru Twitch, chats and over the internet. Maybe when I get things figured out I’ll work on my fishing game and see if it’s something I want to submit and if its something people would like to see at an event such as this. In the meantime I’ll be hard at work making Dank Art, Dank Zines and trying to give back as much as I can to the retro gaming community.

Updates & AGDQ Fun

I am at AGDQ this week to help support Aquas and all my other friends as they raise money for Cancer Prevention! Stay tuned for a HUGE post about what I have been up to at the event and also what I have planed for my Dank Zine in 2018. I have been very busy here on my trip to America and one of the best part of this event is finally meeting friend from streams & chats face to face. Stay tuned for a HUGE AGDQ Dank Art dump and few other surprises :3

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!

Sweet Home

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Still working on getting that backlog of work uploaded. I’m almost caught up with the time that I have lost, but I will eventually get there. Enjoy!

More great LordBBH stuff here from Monday roulette and Thursday raffles. LordBBH will be one of many players that will be in the 1CC Marathon which we both took part in last year. An official players schedule should be going up halfway thru October so stay tuned to see who made the cut. In the meantime, shoutouts to Mokototruth, Dasyati  and leilei for their own contributions to art during BBH’s streams. I’ll see if I can talk to them and get permission to post up their pieces of Dank Art along mine here so it all gets to be shown off in one place if people go looking for it. Also, omg Dank Art is a thing now!

Macaw45 is streaming almost every day now so when I wake up and get into my first job of the day I start it off watching whatever strange oddities he’s got cooked up for my morning. There was almost of week of Lord of the Sword where he dived into the strange Zelda II looking action RPG game for the Sega Master System. It took him a few days, but he eventually became the Lord of the Sword himself when he finished it. There was also some muddling around with the endless glut of licensed Gameboy Advance titles and other strangeness.

Chuboh is the Lord of Jank and has started to not only look at Janky arcade games, but is also focusing on some of the more special titles featured on the Amiga: the forgotten computer system of the 90’s. In one of these streams he played The Amazing Spider-Man which some people will remember for that insane looking health bar which is just Spider Man’s skeleton. That Dank Art has gotten well over 100 likes since I posted it last Thursday and is my official top rated Dank Art ever so far. Who would have thought that boner Spider-Man was such a huge deal?

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Also Zallard1 is starting to route thru Starfox 2 for Speedruns on his channel. Check out what he’s got going on for this never before released classic from the SNES. There has been some amusing articles floating around about Starfox 2 and depending on which ones you read you’ll find very polarizing points of view that either say the game is a bunch of trash compared to modern games to a product of its time that pushed new concepts of gaming for the SNES. Just remember that this was a game that was made for the 90’s when gaming was in a completely different universe compare to where we are now. Also, the mystery behind why this game never game out has been answered by a few diligent fact finders so go watch the video and stop guessing as to why this game never saw an official release as it might disappoint you …

 

I’ve started following Ultimoice as he has started routing Mother 2 for Super Famicom recently and for those who know me I cannot get enough Earthbound. I found out first about ___ like many this year who saw him perform at SGDQ when he wrapped up the event speedrunning Earthbound for the first time ever at a Games Done Quick. If you love the Mother games as much as I do then go check out his stuff and give him a follow as he’s friendly, entertaining and really has his head wrapped around these games.

Sweet Home

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I have wanted to stream Sweet Home since 2011 when I first discovered it from a few online articles that were passed along to me. Everyone will tell you that this is the game that inspired the Resident Evil games and that it was a tie-in with a movie with the same name that came out at the same time. This game never saw a North American release for reasons that are quite obvious such as the gore, violence and graphic death scenes.

That’s right, death scenes. And when your characters die they die for the rest of the game. There are no places to sleep off the pain to restore your health, no secret water that heals all wounds and defiantly no phoenix downs. Just like in real Life, Death is permanent.

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I called it a dick. WELL DON’T BUILD YOUR MONUMENT LOOKING LIKE A BIG DICK!

The other challenging thing about this game is the item management where each character has a special tool ability that only they can use. If that character dies you are stuck looking for alternatives that are littered around the dirty haunted mansion. Also if you find yourself in a situation where you need to pick up something but your inventory is full you’ll have to drop something. Sounds a little like Earthbound in that aspect of gameplay only it’s more serious and stressful in Sweet Home.

 

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Troll 2 OH MY GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD

Also, this game is creepy as hell. The music is every eery and some of my followers has described it as “Jaws” sounding where it gives you this feeling you are being hunted or something terrible is following you. Even the pause button stressed you out when you use it as it just screams “STOP!” As in “OMG STOP THIS CRAZY GUTS GAME PLZ!”

Totally pick this game up as it really is a hidden gem seeing that it was never released outside of Japan. If you want to spoil it for yourselves, you may always check out the movie, Sweet Home, as it’s online with subtitles and it’s alright as horror movies go. For me, I am excited as I have ordered the strategy guide that is in full Japanese, but has lots of hand drawn art featuring the actors/characters from the game and movie as well as screen captures with lots of information. Once this comes in I’ll be showing it off on my stream.

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Ew Monsters.

Tune in Tuesdays and Wednesdays when I’ll be playing thru this game. I started streaming more during the week to help play thru some of the games I have in my backlog and I should be posting up a poll soon to see which game I will play thru next in my weeks to come! You can follow me on Twitch here

Comic Con 

My good buddy Greg and I checked out the Hamilton Comic Con on Saturday morning last week and we had a BLAST. It’s been a very long time for me visiting a comic con and at first I was a bit shy asking if I could take people’s photos, but as the day progressed I calmed down a bit and I got to meet a bunch of neat people who had some really stand out costumes. I actually found some amazing deals on some games that I picked up including Lord of the Sword for the Sega Master system complete in box.

Funny that I didn’t pick up many comic books, but I am finding that the more cons I go to its less about the books and more about what crazy crud people can sell at their booths. I’m totally alright with that as I need more crazy crud and video games in my life.

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Now that Summer is gone and almost two months of Dank Art has piled up on my desk!! I just stopped blogging but kept drawing with the hopes that when I got thru a bunch of work I would dump it all here. That day is here! That day is NOW!! Get ready to get dunked on!

BBH is having a Viewers Choice Arcade Extravaganza this Saturday on his Twitch where he will play thru a bunch of games chosen at random by the viewers. Make sure you check it out this weekend as this is where the best games are requested by the viewers (and I use that term “best” loosely). I also like to stop by and make a pile of Dank Art for his viewers choice streams as I am hopeful that someone will choose a good game and I’ll get to draw it. Make sure you check out BBH’s twitch to get more info.

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Macaw is still playing a wide spectrum of obscure and unique old games but recently he was playing this Kickstater game Okinawa Rush which has been in development for a while. He was playing through it on a few streams a few nights ago so check out his vod’s if you want to get an idea of how this really cool action beat’emup plays. They plan to release the game on PC, PS4, and X-Box One, so check out the Kickstarter and find out how you can stay informed about this game they are working on.

 

IMG_4091I first met Zallard1 over reasons of Splatterhouse and I often keep forgetting that it was an arcade game. When I was a kid I do remember seeing possibly a Sega hooked up and playing Splatterhouse and my brother’s comments of “how cool” this game was. I also remember it was the reason you wanted to get a TurboGrafix 16  back in the day as it was one of the bloodiest and most violent games you could get when it came out. The game also tricked you into thinking that it was a Friday the 13th movie where instead of playing the good guy you actually played as Jason running around & punching garbage goo enemies and we accepted this on the playground because I was like 6 & you could have told me the moon was made of cheese & I’d believe you. As I got older I did figure out that no, there’s are two totally separate franchises

Zallard1 is a great guy and he holds a bunch of World Records for his speed runs. Totally check him out!

Absnerdity is into 3 months of Zelda games & I popped into his stream for these adorable games that feature Tingle. I’m not sure if I fully understand what a Tingle is, but he’s kinda cute & has a somewhat adorable attitude about him so I guess he’s ok. I have been tuning in every now and then when he’s doing his huge Zelda game showcase as I have yet to really play thru all of the Zelda games out there (and that’s a lot of games if you start to think about it). If you are a fan of all things Zelda then you should check Abs out in the morning.

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PJ & his pals were playing thru games as part of their Poor Choices marathon almost a month ago. PJ got stuck playing one of my favourite games, Super Ghouls n’ Ghosts for SNES. If you are familiar with the Ghouls n’ Ghost/ Ghosts n’ Goblins franchise then you know these games are going to try to push your skills to the limit. I can’t even get past the second level boss in this game so my hat goes off to anyone who can even finish one loop of these games. It wasn’t all GnG, PJ & his pals played through a bunch of games over that weekend including….

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Streets of Rage 3

Streets of Rage 3 by my friend MURPHAGATOR. Right now, Murph is the feature streamer in my Dank Zine which just recently came out and I got to sit down with him and talk about his streaming setup at his place, collecting arcades and what games he likes the best. Though he hasn’t been streaming a lot of arcades, MURPHAGATOR has been playing lotus of Bionic Commando on his twitch & has been getting a lot of strangeness that you can gathere from this clip here!

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New Zealand Story @Chuboh

Chuboh is quickly turning into one of my regular streamers as he does had a soft spot for especially Jank games and I have this special place in my heart for games that fall into that category. Chuboh is also taking part in the 1CC Marathon which will be taking place this November as well as a whole bunch of other streamers. I should be sitting down with Pasky who is organizing the event to find out what sort of games will be featured in this years event.

As for me, there is so much going on that I’d be doing a great injustice trying to cram it all into one blog update, so stay tuned in the next few days and I should have another update that talks more about my Dank Zine, contests and what I have been up to on my own Twitch channel.

 

 

 

 

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.

DANK ZINE

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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.