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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 highly metaphorica...


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 Andy Hull, What...


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 by pixel artist ...


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 for a very speci...


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 immediately stricken by t...


Music Monday: STFUAJPGM

STFUAJPGM is an experimental mixtape podcast/magazine, featuring freely-distributed chip music. Put together by Dtoid community member Pixelpunx (who also happens to be the creator of the upcoming indie game 'High Strangeness'), each epi...


This Week In Bleep: The Sounds of E3 2009

E3 has come and gone once more, and in its wake comes the promise of innovation and new gameplay experiences. But what did the Expo have to offer in terms of music? Well, quite a bit, actually. Read on for details on some of my favorite m...


Happy 20th Birthday, Game Boy!

Friends, Today we raise our glasses in celebration of a very special occasion. On this day exactly 20 years ago, our lives were suddenly illuminated by the birth of a friend both loyal and dear. I am speaking of course about my best frie...


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