Kris Keyser rocks PAX East's Boston 8 Bit showcase with his cover of Guile's Theme from Street Fighter II (it goes with everything, after all). He apparently has never played this cover live before, but had to at this showcase, "because it's PAX." Aw, thanks, Kris.
PAX East's Friday night concerts featured Supercommuter, Minibosses, Metroid Metal and the Protomen, in that order. I went to see the middle two bands.
The show floor with video game demos closes at 6 PM, and even the jamspace closes around 7 PM, so there's not much to do at PAX during the night-time besides get drunk with your gaming group at City Bar or rock the fuck out to nerdcore rock music.
This weekend, what is perhaps the nation's most rabidly anticipated gamercon invades the South Boston waterfront -- once again, PAX East returns for another three-day stretch of overstim goodness, as thousands of vidjagame fans pack the BCEC to demo new titles in the jam-packed expo hall, blister their thumbs in all-night LAN parties, watch industry luminaries drop science on everything from gamer gender politics to the Future of Dungeons & Dragons, and maybe see Gabe and Tycho draw random dongs on a giant screen.
Nothing like the sound of chiptunes in
the morning. PAX East 2012's jam space kicked the concerts off early
this year, with chiptune artists performing from 11 AM to 2 PM.
As Danimal Cannon bragged in his chiptune panel later in the day (5:30 PM at the Wyvern), he "plays a mean guitar" - and
chips a mean tune, as well (that's what the kids say, right?).
R.L. Stine: "I started off killing teenagers"
If you were a child in the 90s, it's a pretty safe bet you
were reading R.L. Stine's Goosebumps series and, later, Fear Street. I
personally consumed those paperbacks like they were crack cocaine, toting a
teetering pile of ‘em home with me from school on the days the Scholastic book
order (oh man, remember those?) was delivered.
Damn straight, video games should get casually referred to in popular love songs. How long
have we had songs about going to the movies? I'm sure that topic used to seem
like a strange and modern pastime to write a song about, but now it's normal.
And it's about time that gaming - one of my favorite romantic pastimes - should
get taken completely seriously in a love song.
You know, James Gunn, for a man who writes for the horror genre, you sure don't seem to know much about your target demographic. Did you know that more women buy tickets to horror movies than men? So, when you say, "who doesn't want to have a beautiful, young, 18-year-old cheerleader with lots of up-skirt shots in the middle of zombie carnage?", I feel compelled to answer you.
I've opened so many doors since I picked up this game.
Iron doors. Wooden doors. Locked doors that led to locked chests, doors
opened by pictograph riddles and lever manipulation. Doors to cities and
dungeons. Doors made out of rocks. Doors guarded by robots.
Nothing prepared me for this door, though.
Dear HorrorHound Weekend:
Thanks for another amazing horror convention. I only get to see you twice
a year, but you always make it worth my while.
You are truly one of the best horror cons on any planet, Earth or
otherwise (I know a few saucer men who claim that Mars has a great convention
scene, but everyone I know who has been there has been vaporized).
So you're looking for scary a movie to watch on Halloween. Maybe you're
not a huge horror buff, so you Google "Scary Halloween Movies," and you get a
thousand lists of the best horror movies ever. They're all the same:
The Exorcist, Friday the 13th, Psycho, Halloween, Silence of the Lambs,
and so on.
Click here for more photos from Rock & Shock 2011.
Rock and Shock is a one-of-a-kind event: equal parts horror convention,
heavy-metal show, and awesomeness. At this year's R&S, on October
16th through the 18th, splatter freaks slashed through the DCU Center,
filling their bloody burlap sacks with frightful T-shirts, posters for Chopping Mall and Twitch of the Death Nerve,
and autographs of Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger), Ace Frehley (KISS
frontman), Rowdy Roddy Piper (ex-wrestler), and Gary Busey (maniac).
Jilane's "breeding farms" almost feel like a dirty little
secret, considering how few people have sought out the Gears collection of art books, comics,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bgY8lQMFy4There are plenty of ways robots can kill us. A computer could malfunction and send nukes to every nation in the world, or an errant Roomba could get fed up with this cat.
But the scariest robot takeovers are the ones in which a man-made AI
robot revolts. There is something terrible and poetic about a creation
turning on its master, and becoming the silicon overlord to all
now you've probably seen or heard that this week's Phoenix is the Metal Issue -- and
it should come as a pleasant surprise for any genre loyalist to learn
that our staff hand-picked a badass painting by the prolific Ken Kelly
as the issue's cover art (above). Though this dude has crafted iconic images of
everyone from Conan the Barbarian to Tarzan to Vampirella, his most
recognizable work is a pair of album covers he painted of KISS for
1976's Destroyer and 1977's Love Gun
Doctor Who returning to TV with its midseason premiere and Chuck
entering its final season, we're guaranteed some staple nerd
fodder on TV this season; but, as usual, all eyes are on the fresh crop
of pilots from the harvest. Though we're still mourning what's been
chucked and shucked (Locke and Key would have been amazing, wouldn't it?), we must now set our sights on the spread on the table before us.
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