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4:00 PM on 10.10.2012

Spotlight: What if a brentalfloss interview had lyrics?

[Every now and then, Dtoid shines its Spotlight on a games-related artist, event, or place we'd like to share with you guys. Basically, we think this is awesome. Do you think it's awesome?] When Brent Black earned ...

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Spotlight: StarCraft and K-pop porn with Blood Diamonds photo
Spotlight: StarCraft and K-pop porn with Blood Diamonds
by Allistair Pinsof

[Every now and then, Dtoid shines its Spotlight on a games-related artist, event, or place we'd like to share with you guys. Basically, we think this is awesome. Do you think it's awesome?]

I don’t often discuss music with fellow game enthusiasts because we rarely see eye to eye. The music scenes that have become associated with games, like nerdcore and chiptune, don’t speak to me at all. They fetishize an era I barely grew up in, making me wonder when an artist would come that would fetishize the stuff I love. Enter Blood Diamonds.

Mike Tucker started Blood Diamonds while studying game design at Vancouver Film School. It started as his life after World of Warcraft, but it has led to something equally fantastical, colorful, and surreal. His music comes from far away pixelated caverns and digital beaches. Though his music isn’t directly influenced by games, it wouldn’t exist without them. Tucker seeks to emulate his fond memories with games through music, while finding the funds to make a game of his own in the near future.

Still recovering from his tour with Skrillex and Grimes, I sat down with Tucker to discuss the days of his World of Warcraft addiction, K-pop porn, his Counter-Strike session with Skrillex that never happened, and how he plans to make good on his game design education.

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Spotlight: Engorge yourself on Feast of Fiction photo
Spotlight: Engorge yourself on Feast of Fiction
by Tony Ponce

[Every now and then, Dtoid shines its Spotlight on a games-related artist, event, or place we'd like to share with you guys. Basically, we think this is awesome. Do you think it's awesome?]

I love food. I love videogames. Therefore, I love food from videogames.

Last December, when Jimmy Wong and Ashley Adams kicked off a new cooking show called Feast of Fiction, I nearly flipped out. Each episode is inspired by an iconic food or drink from a popular book, movie, TV program, or videogame, so while the show is not entirely focused on games, it demonstrates a genuine love and passion for the source material, no matter what it may be. There have been other online recipe sites or shows that cover similar territory, but the natural chemistry between Jimmy and Ashley, not to mention their goofball antics, makes FoF a treat to watch week in and week out.

Jimmy, the brother of special effects guru Freddie Wong, can currently be seen hamming it up as Ted Wong on the web series Video Game High School. Meanwhile, Ashley is ready to launch her own cooking show, How to Bake It in Hollywood. Each brings a special talent to the table, so I decided to have a nice long Skype chat with the silly yet sweet duo to discuss those talents as well as just how much of a wild ride Feast of Fiction has been thus far.

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Spotlight: Drinking and gaming at Emporium Arcade Bar photo
Spotlight: Drinking and gaming at Emporium Arcade Bar
by Geoff Henao

[Every now and then, Dtoid shines its Spotlight on a games-related artist, event, or place we'd like to share with you guys. Basically, we think this is awesome. Do you think it's awesome?]

Located in Wicker Park, one of Chicago's highlight, nightlife neighborhoods for cool kids and old folk, lies the recently opened Emporium Arcade Bar. Having previously managed the popular Barcade in Brooklyn, NY, Emporium co-owner Danny Marks decided to venture back to Chicago to open up the city's very first arcade bar with his brother Doug Marks.

Myself and fellow Flixist editor Liz Rugg were able to attend a special press opening and had a chance to talk to Doug about the ideas he and Danny have in mind for Emporium's aesthetic, the inspiration for bringing an arcade bar to Chicago, and even a brief history lesson about arcades in the city. For more information on Emporium Arcade Bar, you can read Liz's impressions or visit their website

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Spotlight: Meet The Game Chasers photo
Spotlight: Meet The Game Chasers
by Allistair Pinsof

[Every now and then, Dtoid shines its Spotlight on a games-related artist, event, or place we'd like to share with you guys. Basically, we think this is awesome. Do you think it's awesome?]

A long time ago, I turned to TV for shows centered around games. They were awful. Somehow, they are even worse now. Thankfully, YouTube came about. Among all the crappy videos of kids recording themselves playing Halo with busted webcams and budget mics, a couple entertaining voices were born. Over the past year, none has shinned brighter than The Game Chasers.

The Game Chasers, Shady Jay and Billy Hudson, are upfront about what they do: They take the American Pickers format and apply it to videogame bargain hunting. While anyone can roll with this concept, it's the slick production and lovable personalities on display that make this show a winner. It's a show for old school gamers by old school gamers and it's a mega-f*ckton better than anything G4 ever put out. Seriously.

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