The following post originally appeared on attractmo.de, on August 29, 2013.
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For Fangamer X Attract Mode, Kyle Fewell has again tapped into his two greatest passions: video games and food. In the case of the former, instead of Game Boys, it’s Persona 4.

So, the big show’s a little over 48 hours from right now! And needless to say, things are kinda crazy at the moment, as the final pieces are finally coming together.

Hopefully you’ve all gotten a chance to soak in some of the insanely awesome illustrations that’s been featured on various gaming blogs and tearing it up on Tumblr. If not, time for yet another sampling. Like Daniel Dussault

Babs Tarr

Maré Odomo

Junkboy

Kelly Smith

A closer look…

Dominique Ferland

Steve Courtney

Mariel Cartwright

Nina Matsumoto

And the believe it or not, there’s more, not even including the stuff show last time. Though FG X AM isn’t just 2D work, there’s 3D as well.

Like the following from Ventla. Yes, that guy that I mentioned a while ago, whose currently producing 100 albums that sooth the soul of those with a burning passing for 80s Japanese games and chill-pop. Again, there’s more where the following came from…

Plus, don’t forget, we’ve got live music… I’ve already asked Virt to do Whoa I’m In Space Cuba, and I’m pretty sure he’s going to oblige… and games, like CAPY’s simply magical looking Synchroma

If possible, please RSVP via Facebook, that way you can get up to date info, because there’s plenty more goodness that have yet to be unveiled! Otherwise, see you all this Saturday night everyone.

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The following post originally appeared on attractmo.de, on August 28, 2013.
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A Kickstarter for a video game is something you see almost everyday at this point. But one for a video game book? That’s significantly rarer. Make it about video game culture, and it’s even more unique.

But even then, you’ll be hard press to find something that’s as flat out beautiful looking as Every Day is Play by Matthew Kenyon.

Still, pretty pictures and a sexy layout will only go so far. Thankfully, Kenyon’s showcase of the “designers, musicians, artists, writers and developers that have taken inspiration from the art that we grew up with” is overflowing with mighty fine folk.

Including Nolan Bushnell (you know, the guy who made Atari), our pals Fangamer (who we’re doing a show with, in case you haven’t heard), video game romantic Brandon Boyer (who is going through a few things, so send him some love if you can), and Attract Mode’s very own Cory Schmitz (sup).

Oh, and I’ll be doing something as well, it has just been revealed. Am definitely stoked to take part! Though nothing’s happening unless the goal is met; Every Day is Play could definitely use some support right about now, and most importantly, it absolutely deserves it. Please donate and help spread the word; you all have four days left to go!

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The following post originally appeared on attractmo.de, on August 22, 2013.
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Some of you may have seen the above already, via Kotaku. But for everyone else: North Korean’s government run news agency recently released images of a newly built game center in Rungna Islet, located in Pyongyang, the nation’s capital.

It’s filled to the brim with the “latest” arcade offerings, plus there’s mini golf, a skate park, even a roller coaster! One source states that it’s open 24 hours, and during the first ten days of business, the number of visitors “exceeded tens of thousands”.

Seeing video games in such blatant propaganda is amusing to say the least, though it strikes a special cord for myself; my mother was originally from North Korea. Her and the rest of the women folk escaped through the mountains, immediately after the communists took over the family business during the Korean War.

I’ve long fantasized of visiting my mom’s homeland, which is tricky enough under normal circumstances, but being the son of an expatriate makes it a billion times more difficult. I’ll need to get a false identity, in Switzerland, among other things. But I am dying to see what games this Pyongyang arcade holds.

On a related note, am currently back in Washington State, where I grew up, to get ready for the big show. Though later tonight I’m swinging by the B&I, where the Pacific Northwest’s biggest arcade can be found, and which used to my most favorite place on earth.

But it’s a total horror show these days (you can pictures from last year’s visit here and here). Am eager to see if Virtua Fighter 1 is still kicking. And hopefully I won’t get shot… which happens there a lot these days, no joke.

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