06/07/2014

SHIN REVIVAL OF THE FORT90 DOT COM WEBSITE REBUILD PROJECT COMMITTEE ANNOUNCE CLUB, PLUS ALPHA, FOR MATCHING SERVICE: Hulk Hogan’s Underpants

by Matthew Hawkins

Let’s recap real quick: this very website, which has been where I’ve been sharing all the comings and goings in my life for the past year, just celebrated its tenth birthday! But I didn’t do much recapping last year, due to various excuses that I’m tired of spewing, so I’m aiming to get all caught up.

Previously I went over PAX East 2013 (yes, last year’s PAX East; here’s parts one and two). What’s the next major milestone? TCAF 2013, but before, I had some down time in between…

“Why does everyone in Sweden have so much talent”

For starters, here’s a little something I picked up in Boston; the bonus game that came with the Double & Capy collection, Capy Fine Racing GP! Which came on an old school computer disk. Wasn’t easy getting this game off my disk, but I did it…

It was around this time in which Comics vs Games 2 was just around the corner. Here’s Adam and I discussing one of the our artists who had just submitted his work for the show…

And here’s the note that was came with the custom painted NES carts that Chris Furniss passed along for the show…

Around that time was Wrestlemania 29! Which took place here in NY/NJ, and given how much I love sports entertainment, I naturally wanted to go. Yet I simply couldn’t justify the exorbitant price tag. In the end, am glad I didn’t bother since the show was a real letdown, save for the Undertaker match (of course).

But what I did end up enjoying one of the pre-show festivities, which was preceded by dinner at a lucha libre themed Mexican restaurant, La Lucha…

As for the aforementioned pre-Wrestlemania festivity, why, it was the WWE Hall of Fame. Which absolutely blew away the big show, without question. As expected, Mic Foley’s speech was super long, and super awesome (though Terry Funky, who introduced Mic, was equally entertaining)…

Booker T was also good, as was Bob Backlund. Donald Trump pretty much got booed out of the building, also as anticipated. Though the star of the night was the living legend, Bruno Sammartino…

What made the Hall of Fame so special was how it took place in the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden; another reason why I didn’t care much for WM 29 was that it was taking place in the Meadowlands (sorry, but no thanks). And nothing illustrates MSG’s strong connection to pro wrestling more than seeing Hulk Hogan’s trunks on display…

Oh, and I managed to make the live broadcast! Along with Steve & Steve

For my birthday last year, Joe & June treated me to dinner at The Baconery. Here we have some delicious chocolate covered bacon…

Afterwards was an evening at the Apollo Theater. Alas, the crowd was not nearly as unruly during Amateur Hour like back in the day, on Showtime At The Apollo, which mean no tap dancing custodian with a big broom shoo someone off the stage…

Almost treated myself to this, despite not knowing what this particular Bearbrick was all about…

Am so glad I got this snapshot of Marky Ramone wearing a Sonic the Hedgehog shirt, which has been on the front of the Guitar Center on 14th Street for literally years, until literally 48 hours after this picture was taken…

Next was something I actually got the chance to mention when it originally took place: Subway Cinema’s very first Return of the Old School Kung Fu Fest….

And yes, the headlliner, The Dragon Lives Again, lived up to the hype. You can see for yourself! At the very least, stick around for the entire opening credits. And if you’re not interested in seeing “Bruce Lee” face off against “James Bond”, “Clint Eastwood”, or Dracula, sucks to be you I guess…

And here we see a guy transmitting his DMG audio to boom boxes across a gallery space via radio transmitters, for a performance piece that Tamara orchestrated…

… Not long after was NYU Game Center X Attract Mode, which immediately preceded TCAF & Comics vs Games, but I’ll save that for next time. Instead, how about a very long overdue does of totally random game related imagery?

“Bit Shifter stole the ball of evil!”

Now here’s the deal, and I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned the following a couple times already: even though I’ve barely touched this blog as of late, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been keeping an eye out for stuff to post. Either by saving images directly or links to images on a text file. Which, at this point, has seriously almost a thousand URLs to follow up on.

And since it’s been a while since I last did this, much of the following has perhaps gotten around and might also be familiar to most. Or maybe not? Sorry, but my eyes are not all over the place like they used to be as well. It’s basically stuff I dig, and I guess aside from chronicling my life and experiences, this blog is essentially a Pinterest board, one that has been around for a decade.

Anyhow, just kick back and get that scroll wheel ready! To kick things off…

- Pretty much everyone has posted their favorites from this year’s Famicase exhibit by now. Except for one person: me…

- I must admit that one major reason why I no longer post (what I’d like to believe to be totally awesome) random video game pics like I used to is because there’s someone else out there who’s doing a far better job at it. And that’s the guy who runs 68k heart on fire

- Sticking with Sega, gotta say, this Akira figure from First 4 Figures doesn’t look too bad…

-Though I’m more interested in this Panzer Dragoon statue from Wonder Festival earlier this year (you can find more over at Tomopop)…

- Alas, garage kits are hard to get in America, especially after the fact, but Max Factory’s Tsurugi Yagami figure should be relatively easy to snatch up, when it comes out next month…

- Am always a sucker for behind the scenes, on the set photos of Mortal Kombat

- David Friedman is a New York based photographer decided to snap a few pics with his Game Boy Camera, back in 2000, which he totally forgot about and recently stumbled across. The most interesting one for me is tof the woman asleep on the subway, which is still a common sight. But without iPod earbuds or Beats headphones (or anything related to smart phones)? A rarity these days…

- On a somewhat similar tip; Duncan Harris, who runs Dead End Thrills takes custom screenshots by employing a variety of fancy tricks. In the case of this shot from Sonic & Allstars Racing Transformed, it via a debug copy of the game that the developers themselves provided…

Here’s one from an older game, Killer 7, and reinforces the fact that a re-release for modern systems is sorely needed…

- Jane Mai did a comic and Bit Shifter was the punch line

- This is what happens when Cory X Kyle happens…

- Am surprised this proposal for a Metroid Lego set doesn’t have more supporters. Perhaps because people know that Nintendo would never say yes?

- Michael Johansson’s Tetris IRL

- Instructions on how to take control of your dog via a Xbox 360 controller

… K, that’s it for now! Expect round two in about 24 hours!

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