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Mar 10 // Zen Albatross

See Ya, GDC. Hello, PAX East

I’m still not fully recovered from all of the rad stuff that went on last week at GDC in San Francisco (see some of my coverage here, here and here), but nevertheless, I’m headed to Boston this weekend for PAX East. The ch...
Aug 16 // Zen Albatross

Babycastles: Where Punk Rock & Homemade Videogames Live In Sweet Harmony

Oh wow, I haven't posted here in quite a while. Do I even know anyone on this site anymore? Anywho, I thought you (whoever you are) might like to check out some on-site reporting I've done for Vice on a DIY indie games arca...
Mar 13 // Zen Albatross

Pulsewave 3.20.2010 - Minusbaby, Zen Albatross, Active Knowledge & Mike Goodman

Hello, Destructo-friends. It's Self-Promotion Time: I'm going to be playing Pulsewave, New York's largest monthly chipmusic event next weekend with my pals Minusbaby of 8bitpeoples and Active Knowledge of Boston 8-Bit. If...
Feb 13 // Zen Albatross

Indie Love Bundle: Machinarium, And Yet It Moves, Osmos and more for only $20

Flowers, chocolates and poetry are all well and good, but nothing says ‘I love you’ quite like a bouquet of award-winning indie games. Fortunately for all you shortchanged cassanovas out there, the Indie Love Bundle is here...
Dec 29 // Zen Albatross

Giant Mega-NARP this weekend at MAGFest!

If you were planning on spending another New Year’s Eve trolling NeoGAF while downing leftover egg nog, please first reconsider your life, then head down to Alexandria, Virginia to celebrate the earliest days of 2010 surrou...
Dec 25 // Zen Albatross

Merry Chipmas: Four Holiday-themed Chiptune Albums

Everyone knows that the holidays are meant to be a time for selflessness, love and celebration. And no one embodies the spirit of the season quite like the international chipmusic community, who year after year gift the gener...
Dec 04 // Zen Albatross

Countdown to Blip Festival 2009

It’s spreading. Slowly but surely, it’s infecting all of us. Can you feel it? No, not that weird rash on your inner thigh. That’s gross. In fact, you should probably get that checked out. I’m talking about Blip Fever, a hig...
Dec 03 // Zen Albatross

Free 'Autumntunes' chip compo now available on Ubiktune

The holidays are almost upon us, but before you deck the halls and bust out the egg nog, why not spend the last few days of Autumn reflecting on brisk winds and golden brown falling leaves with 'Autumntunes,' a seasonal chi...
Nov 23 // Zen Albatross

Twitter-trending for fun and profit: #stackyourgadgets for great justice

Earlier today, I started an experiment of sorts. I wanted to see what all the gadgets I carry around look like when they're stacked on top of each other. It looked like this: From top to bottom: * HTC Droid Eris *...
Nov 22 // Zen Albatross

Get to know your Blip Fest '09 performers, hear free samples

New York’s Blip Festival is bringing us one heck of a lineup this year. But if you’re new to 8-bit music (or even if you aren’t), you might be feeling a bit lost at this point. Just who are these talented weirdos making all...
Nov 13 // Zen Albatross

8STATIC show this weekend in Philly | Trash80 • glomag • Animal Style • enso

Philadelphia’s premiere chipmusic showcase, 8static returns to Studio 34 tomorrow night with one heck of a lineup: From New York City, the bardic melodies of glomag will rock your soul and warm your heart. And they’ll prob...
Nov 11 // Zen Albatross

Hidden Gems: The Best Undiscovered Game Boy/GBC Games

Every videogame console has them: Under-appreciated, neglected games that otherwise would have fallen into the dark abyss of obscurity were it not for a small group of dedicated (and sometimes borderline-fanatical) fans. Wi...
Nov 07 // Zen Albatross

Indie Quickie: 'How Many Stars' was made in a day

How Many Stars is a game made by intrepid programmer and Destructoid community member Pixelpunx (High Strangeness, STFUAJPGM) in 24 hours. The music is by Rich Vreeland (aka Disasterpeace), and was written within the same timeframe. Download it for free! (PC Only) Download: How Many Stars
Nov 03 // Zen Albatross

Quite possibly the best Amazon customer review ever (Borderlands)

“i got game n kil rat mutate over n over untl bad dude kil me ouch. i like game lot n rats r cool n stuff wen thety mutate n try to kill me daed ouch! It ok to play n shoot bad dude n i get game n tell u to get game to kil ...
Nov 01 // Zen Albatross

Giant Robot & Attract Mode hosting West Coast Chiptunes Micro Tour

Evidence found on ancient stones suggests that the rivalry between the East and West Coast chipmusic scenes dates back to primordial days, when Game Boys were made of rocks and used as weapons against hungry Velociraptors. ...
Oct 31 // Zen Albatross

Happy Halloween! OCRemix releases Castlevania: Sonata of the Damned

Since everyone I know had their awesome Halloween parties yesterday, I'm currently cooped up in my quaint Brooklyn apartment, still hung over from last night, watching horror movies and slowly working my way towards a candy...
Oct 27 // Zen Albatross

Machinima series This Spartan Life needs your help!

Created in 2005 by Chris Burke (also known by his chipmusic alias Glomag), This Spartan Life is a talk show set inside an unpredictable (and generally explodey) game of Halo. TSL regularly hosts a variety of segments includ...
Oct 25 // Zen Albatross

Xenogears remix album 'Humans + Gears' now available

The good ol' folks at OverClocked ReMix are at it again, and this time they're paying tribute to one of the industry's greatest composers, Yasunori Mitsuda, with this fantastic re-envisioning of the music from the 1998 Squa...
Oct 17 // Zen Albatross

I Wanna Hold Your Handheld: Beatles chiptune tribute album released

Since the Beatles-hating Hamza neglected to post anything about this, I'm taking control to make sure you folks are aware of this amazing compilation by chipmusic collective 8-bit Operators. 'WANNA HLD YR HANDHLD Vol. 1' is...
Sep 27 // Zen Albatross

UK’ers rejoice: Chiptune Alliance Tour 2009 is underway

In addition to The IT Crowd and calling pants ‘trousers’, UK residents have one more thing to be proud of this week: The Chiptune Alliance Tour is officially underway, bringing with it an onslaught of the world’s top chipmu...
Sep 24 // Zen Albatross

Magical Game Boys: Full video recap of Lo-Tek Resistance at PAX ‘09

While at this year's Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle, Aaron Campion of Crunchy Co Records captured a ton of footage from the streetside chiptune jam session known as Lo-Tek Resistance. There were a record-shattering 13 perform...
Sep 19 // Zen Albatross

PAX Indie Spotlight: What is Bothering Carl?

Despite the enormous number of games exhibited earlier this month at Seattle’s Penny Arcade Expo, only one of them could claim the description of interactive children’s storybook. Created by toymaker, artist and programmer ...
Sep 15 // Zen Albatross

Attract Mode’s gaming culture shop opens

Super-rad videogame culture blog Attract Mode has finally opened its online shop, offering an abundance of quality game-related art, apparel, music and other assorted sundries. Some items of note: * Life-size prints b...
Sep 13 // Zen Albatross

MAGFest announces partial lineup: Armcannon, Metroid Metal confirmed

There is no doubt in my mind that if you are attending Northern Virginia’s Music & Games Festival this year, your face will be thoroughly rocked off. Of course, having already attended two MAGFests, I was fairly confident i...
Aug 28 // Zen Albatross

Super-special PULSEWAVE show this weekend

The folks over at The Tank and 8bitpeoples have one hell of a show planned for New York chipmusic fans this weekend. This Saturday, an onslaught of international chiptune talent will converge in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen f...
Aug 25 // Zen Albatross

High Strangeness soundtrack preview is free on Pause Music

In anticipation of the upcoming indie adventure game ‘High Strangeness’, Pause Music has released a free sampler of the game’s soundtrack composed by Rich Vreeland (aka Disasterpeace). Thanks to its financial backers on Kic...
Aug 20 // Zen Albatross

Chiptune artists dig on Miles, discover a different ‘Kind of Blue’

Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue was a landmark achievement in the history of recorded sound. It not only pioneered modern Jazz as we know it, but also refined the art of recording and completely changed the way musicians produced...
Aug 04 // Zen Albatross

Shark Week Tribute: The Singing Shark, Pixelstyle

It's Shark Week, motherfuckers. Time for shit to get REAL. Here's my pixel art tribute to Chris Vangompel's 'The Singing Shark': If you're following me on Twitter, you may have noticed that I've been making one pixel d...
Jul 31 // Zen Albatross

Zen Albatross: CONFIRMED FOR PAX

Dear Seattle, I'm going to be in you. Please enjoy this postcard from the future: Love, Zen <3
Jul 27 // Zen Albatross

Music Monday: Happy 20th, Earthbound!

It's hard to believe that it's been 20 years since Mother, the game that started Shigesato Itoi's quirky RPG trilogy debuted on the Japanese Famicom. When I first played Earthbound (Mother 2) for the SNES, I was immediatel...

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