Tag: Pinball

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….

SNES MINI

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!

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.

Dank Zine

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!

 

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.

 

Bumbling birthdays and other celebrations

 

It was my birthday and I’ve had such a crazy week recovering from my back injury, seeing family and just getting a whole lot of work done for my jobs. I held a super cool contest on my twitter where I asked my followers to draw me their own Dank Art from their own favourite games and tweet them at me! It was really fun to see all the dank work come in so thank you very much to everyone who participated. I actually didn’t choose the winners (if it was up to me everyones a winner) so instead I asked the oldest friend I have, Greg. Winners of my Dank Art contest would either receive a free issue of my Dank Zine or a limited edition art print of one of my pieces. Here are the winners!

Congratulations to @CyberGunk  and @reccanti for your lovely Dank Art! You both win issues of this month’s Dank Zine & I will be contacting you shortly to get your shipping address. Thank you so much to everyone who participated and drew me Dank Art. I love looking at your work and I’d like to encourage others to get into it and start drawing and painting on Twitch or simply do what I do and draw to your favourite streamers. Thank you again and thank you for all your wonderful art :3

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OMG the THIRD ISSUE of my Zine is being printed right now and it’s all about Pinball, plushies and of course the Dank Art you know and love. I got to speak with the pinhead of pinball himself, Dead Flip about his love of the game, his story of how he got into streaming and what sort of things he’s up to. I also got to speak with Eyes5 who is an incredible seamstress and dressmaker who is known in the gaming community for her plushies! I own a few plushies from Eyes myself and I will say they are some of the most special huggable things I have. If you want to get this issue I’ll have them up for grabs in my online store once they have shipped. In the meantime you can go back my Patreon and subscribe to my Dank Zine where you can get all my interviews, Dank Art and writings once a month delivered to your mail box.

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Macaw45 got back into playing a bunch of fun SuperFamicom games after spending a day discovering this one explorer game. The explorer game was really interesting where you were some 16th century guy trying to set up trade routes and discover the world and all the unique items around the globe. If you are looking for some obscure games, Macaw has it. He also started up this one game called Stealth where it was set in the Vietnam war and you have to find enemy snipers in the forest while not taking damage in a turn based action JRPG style. If I had seen the box I’d probably pass it up myself but the game had some really neat elements to it after Macaw gave it a few goes. The best game he played thru was Super Keirin where you play as a professional gambler who bets on bike races at the velodrome in town and you spend your money upgrading your apartment and life with goodies you buy from your winnings. I saw him play thru this game once before maybe two years ago when I first started following Macaw & I bought the game from his playthru alone. Since I just bought a Super Famicom of my own I can finally attempt to do runs of this game myself, though it will be hard as I don’t read Japanese. This is a must for anyone who wants to pick up a game for a fan translation as its super addictive like Harvest Moon but in a lot of ways better.

LordBBH is having his Viewers Choice Extravaganza this Saturday and made the announcement during his Monday MAME Roulette stream. Since it’s been a rather busy week for me I only have a few BBH Dank Arts to share, but I did mail out a bunch of special BBH-themed Dank Arts to six of my lucky twitter followers who happened to see my contest. I’m always looking to give out my Dank Art to help brighten the day, so if you want to try your luck and see if you can win one make sure you watch my Twitter. As I have been super productive with my Zine I will be having a HUGE contest soon where I will be giving out free issues of the Zine as well as posters and so on! I love giving gifts so make sure you’re watching my twitter so you can win.

Aquas had his 3,000 follower special and decided he was going to do a 24 hour stream where he would play thru a bunch of his favourite games. As I was crazy busy I tuned in when I could and lucky for me I was watching when he was doing his Contra 3 runs and when he was playing a few PC Engine titles such as Air Zonk. Yes! Aquas was doing speed runs in a marathon stream because he’s a beast. I actually got a chance to sit down with Aquas and talk a bit about him for an upcoming issue of Dank Zine.

img_2076I keep talking about how much of an old Beat’em-up fan I am so whenever MURPHAGATOR has a stream going where he’s doing a run of them I’m going to race over to my computer & watch. I never really got into Final Fight when I was a kid as I was a Streets of Rage kind of girl, but I used to thin Final Fight was very progressive for having Poison who was a bad-guy & a woman. Well, I thought she was a woman because it turns out she is really a trans-woman which they say they did to get around the whole idea that punching women is a bad thing. I don’t think switching the gender changes anything, but it is cool that Poison is the first popular and openly trans-gender video game character out there. When I was a little kid I used to think that Poison could be on any of those talk shows when they did the whole “I used to be a zero but now I’m a hero” where they would pit a bully to come on the show and they’d come face to face to the nerdy kid they hurt all thru school and it’s one of those “oOOoOh Look at me now, bitch!” moments. I used to watch those shows and think maybe that could be me when I get older as I always thought of myself of being very plain, unattractive and nerdy due to the amount of bullying I went thru myself. Poisons of the world unite and take back the beautiful streets one right-hook after spin-kick!

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Taking the A-Train to fail town with @Goati

The next issue of my Dank Zine will feature this guy here, Goati who hails from Rome Italy. Goati is in the middle of playing every Megadrive game out there which is a challenging feat as there’s a lot. I used to think I knew Sega games until I interviewed Goati but my knowledge is peanuts next to this guy. The best things about following the retro community are the diverse global connections we share within it. I now have friends all over the world just from streaming on Twitch and thats a cool feeling. Rumour has it that Goati is getting ready to start up another Nintendon’t event, so if you wanna get into that event make sure you contact him.

Birthday Stuff

My friends Sarah and Greg came over for my birthday and we got MAME working on my iMac!! The other cool thing was Sarah & I got to go to my favourite place, Mountsburg. It’s a Raptor sanctuary and I have been coming here ever since I was born so I have a very close and personal attachment for the park. When I was a little girl we had so many hawks, eagles and vultures that I could see without even leaving my house. I used to play games with my mom where we would count how many Birds of Prey we found just by driving around. That’s not the case now as it’s very rare to see these birds.

I’ve always been especially fond of raptors and owls and when I was 5 my grandmother got me the book, Owls in the Family by Farley Mowat. Mowat was her favourite author and I think she new him as at that time (the 1930’s) everyone knew everyone in Windsor Ontario. Mowat was the sort of guy who was very in tune with nature and what we should do about preserving it.

It really was one of the best days so far of 2017 for me. I don’t get many chances to see my friends or go for nature walks up on the escarpment, so when I get to do both it’s a real treat for me. I’m so glad I have such great friends who have stuck by me forever.

Here’s the special Birthday moment I shared with Greg, Sarah and a little shout out to my good pal Tony who wanted to be there but needed to be elsewhere. I was thinking about you and the family all weekend, buddy- so no worries and i’ll see you soon :3

 

 

Maybe this time I’ll get it right

Stupid me took a spill down my stairs last week. All the way down the stairs on my ass. I hurt my back again and was out for the entire long weekend(booooooo). It hurt a lot, but I managed to get some work done, just nothing for my blog.

In saying that, there’s a lot to talk about! The big news is that this Friday is my birthday and I am having a contest. Just draw me your own Dank Art of your favourite game, tweet it at me before Saturday at 11:59 pm you can win a free issue of my Dank Zine! Already a subscriber? If you already back my patreon, you can win a print of the poster I made for LordBBH for his 1CCBBH event he held last weekend. I originally said Friday, but since I’m so late updating my blog I decided to extend the date to the last possible minute. The winner will be chosen on my stream in some sort of ceremony- most likely me dancing around & clapping my hands thanking you for making my day.

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Speaking about my Dank Zine, you still have until the end of this month to get in for the Third Issue featuring a player-profile with pinball’s pinhead Deadflip. This guy from Chicago is helping to make Twitch a better place with his pinball streams. I also got a chance to ask the talented Eyes5 from Metroidhat.com fame a few questions on a few plushie projects she has on the go. Plus you get pages of Dank Art to enjoy! Every issue keeps getting better so make sure you back the patreon to get yours.

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LordBBH had his first BBH1CC-athon last weekend on May 20th and 21st where his plans were to 1 Credit Clear from a selection of games. It’s all titles that he’s familiar with, as well as a few risk-taking titles to keep it interesting (Space Harrier!). I made a cool poster to help promote it plus it was an excuse to make a poster! If you want the poster, you can buy it here!

Since I was a scrub & I missed so many blog updates I’m just going to dump the all the Dank Art that has accumulated over the weeks by streamer so that people can find the ones they want and enjoy them.

BBH’s player profile is featured in the May issue of Dank Zine where I sit down with him and talk a bit of what it was like being a kid when arcade games were cool, what it’s like to stream MAME Arcade games on twitch and a few of his top picks for those looking to get into playing arcades. If you want to get an issue with BBH’s interviewI set up a way where you can get back issues made to print here.

Macaw played thru a strange bunch of dank building games that were from all over the place. German Windows 95 stuff, DOS games and even these strange train -city builders for the PC-98. There was a day he streamed SIM Isle attempts and the music in that game is quite excellent. You’ll probably never see anyone else show this much passion for really obscure stuff

Macaw also streamed thru this crazy Sci-Fi adventure game called Zeta for the PC-98 in a crazy stream that went well over 9 hours. I remember almost a year ago when he was showing off the box to this game along with a few others he picked up in an online auction. It’s a very stylised space drama where a team goes to investigate the ruins of a failed experiment into the psyche that gets really twisted at the end. Macaw played thru the entire game only to reveal that it was only a build up to show off what he was really excited about getting which was its follow-up sequel titled Nirvana. There’s a lot of twist for all the plot points in both games, so if you have the time go check it out.

img_1195I’ve been following Abs for almost a year now and back before he had a lot of streamers my buddy Aquas told me to go follow him as he was starting to play thru Earthbound which is one of my favourite games. Abs now primarily streams in the mornings and from Monday to Friday playing thru SNES games, so check him out if you’re into 16bit goodness. I made this Wolverine Dank Art the morning he was playing thru the SNES game which Abs then turned around and made into “official Dank Box Art”. Good stuff, Abs!

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Trap played some Twin Eagle on his candy cabs one weekend which was really cool. He now lives in a seabed of arcades which is kinda cool. He showed me photos of his apartment & the only surface that wasn’t carpet or arcade machine was this ironing board I think he forgot to put away. Anyway Trap is living one of my dreams which is to own several cool arcade machines and to have sort of a mini arcade set up in the home. I’m looking forwards to working on something cool with Trap for my zine in the upcoming months, so make sure you stay tuned for that one. I also have another pinball issue coming up where I am going to be talking to a few cool pinball collectors and how they live with such a crazy hobby.

 

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1,000 Viewer Special

I started streaming over 6 years ago to celebrate playing video games with my friends in a social and engaging way. However, it’s only been rather recent in the last two years that I have been streaming more frequently. I recently just hit 1,000 followers.

Yay! I guess thats an achievement. I was never really sure if I wanted to do anything more then just share how much fun video games are with people when it comes to streaming. This year things have sort of changed as I have my Dank Zine, my art, and so many cool friends that I have made just by streaming on twitch. Thank you so much for sticking by me and being my friend. For the next six years lets just keep streaming and sharing more fun moments online :3

 

I got so busy this week I thought I’d never make it back

All last week I was knee-deep in my history textbooks and clippings to get a large history project ready for one of my jobs. This year is Canada’s 150th birthday and it’s my home town’s 160th birthday. All the dates fall around a few days shy of each other so we’re planning a bunch of stuff for the occasion. I’ve had a good past with my local Historical Society and I used to sit on their board a few years back. Preserving history and educating people about this sort of thing is a passion of mine and in 2012 I wrote an interactive eBook that was featured in a huge exhibit for national Culture Day week.

I am happy I am done this huge project as it took so much time away from all my regular work and from updating my blog. I am thankful I did manage to get a lot of my other projects finished and off my plate before this week started as I don’t think I would have been able to manage if I didn’t.

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Issue No 1 of my Dank Zine

I had more copies printed of the first issue of the Dank Zine as a bunch of people started asking me after I placed the order if they could get issues. If you’d like a back issue you can email me. I’m trying to set up a shop area to my blog so I can start selling the Zine quicker and easier to those who are not part of the Patreon. Speaking of new issues….

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Issue No 2 of my Dank Zine 

The second issue is already printed and I’m starting to get each order packaged and shipped to all my backers! I’m now up to 32 colour pages and sticking with the better printing as everyone loved the quality of the first issue. This issue features player interviews with LordBBH, artist and WWF Super fan Anthony Brennan from Qooplo paper toys and all the best Dank Art from the month of April. If you like my work and want to keep me making Dank Art, please back my Patreon! 

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LordBBH had a decent Monday Roulette stream featuring the random choices made thru the random game picker. A lot more classic games came up this time which is a good thing for me cause I love them. The really dank Noah’s Arc game came up where you had to fetch two of every animal and bring it back onto the arc. I was unaware that there were Bible themed arcade games out there but hey, you hang around long enough during a BBH stream you’re going to learn something about arcade games. My other favourite dank art from BBH’s streams was the Pinball one I made on Thursday for the BBH raffle. At first I was shocked that someone actually requested this game, but soon after drawing the dank art for it I found myself playing pinball on my computer. What can I say? I like pinball :3

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Alfred Chicken on Amiga @chuboh

Chuboh was playing some classic Amiga games this week which is always a rare treat as I don’t see many people streaming Amiga stuff. I just started following Chuboh recently as I saw he not only was into arcade games, but DOS and Amiga games as well. When I first started this blog I wanted not only to have a home for all the Dank Art that I make for people’s streams but also to highlight those people who I do art for and have a list of some of the best retro players out streaming today. It can get a bit hard if you’re looking for games and players and don’t know where to start, so in part of making a bunch of Dank Art I’m helping to connect people to players to get them some exposure as well. Speaking about dank old games…

Macaw45 was playing German DOS games and I don’t think anyone is streaming that stuff (unless there is a German guy who’s totally streaming dank DOS stuff from his basement but I have yet to find him). I made a lot of the Doman Dank Art from the chat’s suggestions as I was having a great morning & took suggestions from those participating in chat. I also love drawing ridiculously huge warriors that look awkward and hilarious with their added muscle bulk.

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Elvira has video games? Elvira II the Jaws of Cerberus on Amiga @bouphe 

Have you seen Bouphe yet? Bouphe is AWESOME. She’s from the UK and plays old DOS and Amiga games, usually more on the sexier side of things. It’s always great to see girls streaming on twitch but even better when they are playing old dank retro games that no one else is. Bouphe is mega cute and very charming and I caught her last week playing this ridiculous Elvira game for the Amiga. Check her out if you’re not following her already!

In the Studio

I wanted to try out new techniques in the studio this weekend, so I got out my desk easel and experimented with tilting my canvas. It’s necessary to move your space around when you work with it and with watercolour using gravity to help pull the pigment into the water and across the paper. Though I draw every day and I have been painting and selling my work for a while I always try to revisit training techniques as often as I can. Even though I know all this stuff from years of trial and error revisiting lessons and challenging myself to show improvement is the smart way to get better. I would say on any given day I am putting at minimum 3 hours of drawing time in but once a week I will challenge myself and just do “study work” so that I can make mistakes and learn from them.

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Something cool arrived in the mail. This is a Zine by Simon Hanselmann who is well known for his Megg Mog & Owl comics. I follow him on Twitter and he’s one of my favourite cartoonists right now. He’s also really into self printing Zines and I try to collect each one that he comes out with. Each zine is from a limited run and in the case of this one it’s been embellished by Simon himself so I have something unique. I always try to support those who inspire me, so if you haven’t seen his work I recommend you check it out.

GTA Game Expo

my buddy Greg & I took a drive over to Mississauga to check out the GTA Game Expo which was a retro game collectors sell/swap meet I talked about earlier in the year. This was a crazy fun event and I always love going to shows like these as it’s a fun way to find games. Often the titles and things I am looking for that I can’t find or see anywhere else pop up at shows like these, but my biggest problem going now is that it takes me longer to find what I want to buy as I own almost everything :p

I am always looking for imports and cheaper PC Engine stuff and I was happy to say I got in connection with someone local who has a LOT of PC Engine stuff for sale. He was quite impressed that I went for War of the Dead- he tried to sell it to me as “Top down Zelda adventures style game” but I said “omg honey no- thats the worst way to describe this game- it’s an action adventure RPG where you fight as a sexy girl with a shotgun on an island where zombie guts monsters are eating everyone and you save at the church.”

Sure, the prices are not what they used to be, but if you do your leg work and know your stuff then these events are more of a fun thing to do in the afternoon. We sure had fun and I can’t wait for the next show to go to.

Mother 3 Day & other 4/20 Nonsense

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I forgot one of the Dank Art’s I made for Macaw’s streams this week in the last blog entry I made so I stuck it in with todays :3
I really wanted to focus on that Castle game that Macaw was playing as one of my good friends from my high school days who reads my blog and twitter sent me a message freaking out over the fact that someone was playing his fave DOS game ever, Castles. Heck, Castles looks like a DOS game I would play myself. It’s a builder game where you have to build your fortress and be king. Who doesn’t want that? Well being king kinda stinks because the Celts are always trying to knock over your castle because you are building it on their land (what uncivilized heathens!) or some jerk-face is poaching deer in your forests or your dork prince son is getting into trouble with the ladies & to show him who wears the crown around here you’re going to ship him off to the crusades! That will teach him. Macaw killed the game after muddling thru for an hour but it was enough to spank my own interest in looking for this game myself as I bet you Castle Kick-Ass (AKA AnnK’s place) would actually get completed on schedule and my annoying prince Son would be studying in the Kievs Academy where after he completes his study he will rejoin me & the rest of my Cossack army to take over Poland (aw shucks, thats the premise for Taras Bulba but really, it’s a good story). Click on the image to go watch birb build a castle.

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Dead_Flip is an interesting guy and you don’t really need to be into pinball to like his show (though it does help since 99% of it is him playing pinball). I recently sat down with Mr Flip and we talked about a few of his upcoming projects for a feature in an upcoming Dank Zine issue. I’m not the biggest pinball fan but I do love to play and I’m always on the hunt for machines to photograph as pinball machines are one of my fave things to take photos of.

LordBBH had a quick 4/20 arcade stream on Thursday night which I literally passed out on my desk while watching. I woke up at like 2am face down on my keyboard & had this really weird scar from the keys all down the right side of my cheek. If I was more awake I would have taken a selfie and tweeted that hot mess out, but I was so tired that I just marched off to bed & shut-down till 9 am later in the day.
I was a bit upset because usually on Thursdays BBH plays more of the arcade games he wants to play so theres a chance of 1CC’s or if a game was really good that came up roulette it might get a run-back on this day. The gem this time was Super Baseball 2020 which for a sports game is actually really fun. The only other baseball game I like for any video game set up is the Mario Super Sluggers when I owned it, however I will stress that game is only fun when you have another person to play with.
I found out later on the next day BBH played more Fighters History Dynamite that evening which was definitely done when I was passed out. Aw shucks- I’ll catch it next time, I guess.

Mother’s Day 

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Are we visiting Mom’s grave? No were visiting Mother 3’s grave

It’s been 11 years since Mother 3 came out on April 20th (AKA 4/20 day). Like there wasn’t already enough going on this day, the Mother community got together in some ways to pay tribute to this wonderful game that will sadly never see a North American release. Personally I have said this before when I was playing thru Mother 3 earlier in the year that I don’t ever expect Mother 3 to get an official release by Nintendo. 10 years is a long time to wait for something but I have been waiting since 1996 for a Mother 3 official release cause that’s how long I have been waiting for a sequel to one of my fave childhood game.

Earthbound came out in 1995 for the SNES here in North America when I was a kid. It came out right when the SNES was about to be shelved for the new Nintendo 64 console. When they announced that Mother 3 was coming out for the N64 my heart sunk a bit as I really didn’t like anything about the N64 and I wanted to avoid buying one if at all possible. 3D polygons and graphics didn’t sit well with me at all and still to this day I don’t like the look of these games. Call me old fashioned, but I love the look of sprite work and to me there is more emotion and soul in pixel art then you’ll ever find in awkward polygon graphics. Here’s the video of what Mother 3 would have looked like if it got green lighted.

I am happy with what I have today even if it’s just the fan translation because I can play the game and enjoy it and thats all I want. I look at how older franchises which were like Mother 3- stuck in development hell for years such as Duke Nukem and how mishandled the finished official release was when it finally hit shelves. I also think most fans of Mother 3 have moved on and accepted that this game won’t get an official release and that it’s OK because you really don’t need that to enjoy something you love. By all means keep making fan art, showing your appreciation and love for the game, but instead of begging for something that will never happen do what so many did this 4/20 and just say “thank you” for making a really amazing game.

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I am an adorable cyclops mammoth from Space Harrier Dank Art, Hi!!

IT’S CRUNCH TIME. I’m down to the end of the month with building the second issue of my Dank Zine. I’m already halfway thru building up each section of the Zine and hopefully on Wednesday I will be sending the issue off to the printers and then ship them out. Making a Zine is A LOT of hard work, but my hopes are once I reach my next Patreon goal of $600 I should be able to hire someone to help me offset some of the editing and layout of each issue so I can focus a bit more on making the content (and take some time off cause dang AnnK needs a vacation).

If you want to help me reach that $600 goal I’m only $122 away from making it. I’m so close it’s exciting!! You can check out my Patreon for my Dank Zine here where you can sign up to back my dank project and if you want sign up for a subscription and get a physical copy of the Zine every month in your mail box.