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Game Over Video Game Classic Game Fest, Joust

Friday, July 17th, 2009
Last week's Classic Game Fest Pong contest on the movie screen outside of Austin's Game Over Video Games

Last week's Classic Game Fest Pong contest on the movie screen outside of Austin's Game Over Video Games

Here we are in Austin the night before the Game Over Classic Game Fest round two. And guess what? The alcohol is already flowing.

As we get “ready” for the event, Crutchboy and Miss Genocide argue about music in the background as I type this and we all wager who will have the biggest hangover in the morning…

This week’s event will feature the classic Joust. No, it won’t involve a dark room and glow in the dark condoms. We’re talking the actual game of Joust. The first round of matches will take place inside the store on an appropriately old school TV. Qualifiers will then move to the parking lot of Game Over to compete against one another… on a movie screen! Yeah, some of you just peed a little.

The event will begin with sign-ups at 7:00PM with the first round of qualifications beginning at 7:30PM. Before the second round round begins, there will be a live performance by Bill Byrne of the Painful Leg Injuries. And then there’s going to be some break dancing. For five minutes if I’ve read the schedule right. I can’t make this stuff up.

At 9:00PM, the second round of eliminations will begin and then, there will be a screening of the classic video game movie, “The Wizard” in the store’s videogame museum.

The BG Reckon Crew will be on hand at the event to offer up some t-shirts and other swag. Miss Genocide will be on hand to make us look good. So swing by our table and see who won the “Most Hungover” contest and pick up a t-shirt. If you’re in Austin and you want to get in on some old school video game goodness, come sign up for the Classic Game Fest at Game Over Video Games on the corner of if Highway 183 and Lamar. We’ll be there with our game on.

Now if you’ll excuse me, there’s a beer with my name on it at the bar.

Gritskrieg – End of Line

SGC Wraps Up, Reckon Crew finally sober

Monday, July 6th, 2009
Mark and Jamal of WCG Ultimate Gamer and, yes, Mark is sporting a Reckon Crew Shirt

Mark and Jamal of WCG Ultimate Gamer and, yes, Mark is sporting a Reckon Crew Shirt

Hot weather be damned, the Reckon Crew raided and rampaged the SGC and made it home to tell the tale.

We got a bit of a late start on Friday morning thanks to an issue with the site not coming up but once that was remedied, the car was loaded with swag and we were on our way to Dallas to visit the ScrewAttack Gaming Convention put on by, you guessed it, the folks from ScrewAttack.com. The first of what I personally hope will be many, the SGC had much to offer of the course of the three days and you’d better believe the Reckon Crew took it all in.

To begin, 180 hopeful gamers signed up for the Iron Man of Gaming contest. Among those contestants were none other than Mark (aka mMmApplesauce) and Jamal (aka Zophar321) of Sci-Fi’s WCG Ultimate Gamer reality show. More about them in a moment.

Nolan Bushnell, Founder of Atari and Chuck E. Cheese

Nolan Bushnell, Founder of Atari and Chuck E. Cheese

Ducking out of the crowded lobby, we took in the keynote speech by the famed Nolan Bushnell. You may have heard of him from a little business he founded called Atari. Bushnell’s speech set the tone for the convention as he told stories of both successful and missed business opportunities, off color jokes, and predicted the future of gaming to lead away from consoles and into the arena of cloud computing. There was also talk of hunting a Wumpus out in the real world with electronic devices like the iPhone. We still have goosebumps.

We left the keynote, browsed a bit more, and then may our way to the hotel lounge. You just knew there had to be drinking somewhere in this bit, right? After a bit of relaxing, we met up with Jamal and Mark and headed to downtown Dallas for a bit of the nightlife. What followed was some epic scale drinking (as evidenced by our Tweets that night if anyone was paying attention) and getting to know the guys from Ultimate Gamer. Timothy Danger arranged an interview with them and then it was time to call it a night.

Jack Thompson

Jack Thompson

We woke a bit worse for wear on Saturday and made our way down for the Q&A session with Jack Thompson. Well, T. Danger did. He was the only one with fully functioning mental capabilities that morning. If you’re not familiar with Jack Thompson, he’s a former lawyer from Florida who has fought for civil rights and public decency in music and video games. While my personal opinion of the man is that he’s a bit off kilter, he was in fine form for the SGC both in his Q&A section and in his debate with Mark Methenitis. He joked with the crowd, related stories of run ins with Take Two Interactive, and even managed to win a standing ovation or two during his time on stage.

We lost Cruthcboy in a freak rave accident

We lost Cruthcboy in a freak rave accident

As the day wore on, we checked in with Jamal to find out he was in first place after two days of the Iron Man competition. Considering the night before, the Reckon Crew was suitably impressed. We wandered the hotel speaking to the various attendees and checking in on the scheduled events. We were a bit frightened at both the pool party and the rave but it may have been the bright lights.

Sunday morning saw us a bit disappointed that the event was drawing to an end. But we picked up our spirits, loaded the car, and made our way to the convention floor to check on the scores for the Iron Man gaming competition. The day would unfold to show Jamal as the victor in the event.

The last round of pictures and interviews were completed, goodbyes were exchanged with our new friends, and we made our way out into the Texas heat and began our journey home. We were all in agreement that the event had been a smashing success and look forward to attending next year.

So long as the Reckon Crew has not heard the last of the SGC, the SGC hasn’t heard the last of the Reckon Crew.

Gritskrieg – End of Line

Screw, Attack, and Gaming under one roof? We’re there!

Friday, July 3rd, 2009
Be afraid, be very afraid.

Be afraid, be very afraid.

We’re headed for the SGC in Dallas tomorrow. For you n00bs out there, that’s the ScrewAttack Gaming Convention. This will quite possibly be the largest gaming conventions to hit Texas or anywhere else for that matter. And of course, where would we rather be?  Keira Knightley’s pool excluded, of course.

As I write this little tidbit of information, the Reckon Crew has made it back home safely from our “prep” meeting. If you guessed that this meeting involved mass quantities of alcohol, you would be correct. However, the meeting also covered some key points about the event and what we plan on doing once we get there.

So, let’s think about what there is to do at the SGC tomorrow… Want to hear what the (arguably) father of the modern gaming has to say? Well, Nolan Bushnell will be on hand to give the keynote address as well as sign your old copy of Centipede. Want to see how you stack up against other gamers in the world in regards to how quickly you can get the dust out of an old NES cartridge and get it fired up and ready to play? There’s an event for that. Want to find out exactly how good your passenger seat directions are? Compete in the partners’ Pac-Man competition where the person playing wears a blindfold while you tell them which way to go.

This is definitely the event to beat. There will be a multitude of tabletop RPGs to play, video games to try out, competitions to compete in, as well as a who’s who guest list of the gaming world. The aforementioned Nolan Bushnell will be on hand and if you ever wanted to ask Jack Thompson (ya know, the lawyer from Florida who thinks all versions of GTA are the gateway drug to murder?) just why his hair looks the way it does, now’s your chance.

Parties galore, celebrity gamers, cosplay contests, dogs and cats living together, MASS HYSTERIA!!! It will all be there if you’re one of the fortunate who will be attending the SGC. If you are, make sure to look for the Reckon Crew for some goodies. We’ll be out in force with the schwag and if we like you enough (or if you buy us a drink), we’ll be sure to give you some.

Gritskrieg – End of Line

Reckon Staple!

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

There’s always the danger that the Reckon Crew will show up hungover for an event. It’s just the way things seem to happen when we roll into town and it’s even worse when the event happens to be in Austin, our local stomping grounds. So it shouldn’t be any surprise to anyone who knows us that we showed up for Staple! proper hungover and running on two hours of sleep. The lack of sleep didn’t stop us from perusing the show’s considerable talent lineup, nailing some great interviews, and schmoozing with our table’s neighbors.

Pre-Party at Austin Books and Comics

Pre-Party at Austin Books and Comics

The Staple! weekend officiailly launched at Austin Books and Comics at the pre-party event Friday night. In exchange for letting a strange bearded man draw marks on our hands, we were given free beer. This made us happy. Once there were three marks forming, in most cases, a smiley face, there was no more free beer to be had. This made us sad. But we pushed on despite our thirst and the Reckon Crew wandered the crowd that had assembled for the bash, snapping pictures and introducing ourselves to those who hadn’t had the pleasure of meeting us yet.

Saturday morning we showed up bleary eyed at the Monarch Convention Center to set up our table for the event proper. Once our “flag” was up and the swag was set out, the Reckon Crew began wandering the floor to see the various works of the artists who attended the event. The following is a short list of events and people who caught our notice.

Staple! at the Monarch Convention Center

Staple! at the Monarch Convention Center

We spoke to Martin Whitmore of tastyflesh.com and martinwhitmore.com. His online comic Tasty Flesh is a tale of strippers surviving a zombie apocalypse using knowledge gleaned from classic zombie movies. Honestly, he had us at “strippers”. Look for more of Sir Whitmore in coming months as his artwork and twisted humor really caught our fancy.

Danielle Corsetto of Girls with Slingshots fame was our neighbor at the event and was kind enough to sit through a second interview with me after last year’s was consumed by recorder gremlins. She was also courteous enough to draw a quick sketch of Jamie, one of the characters from her strip and my personal favorite, wearing a Busy Gamer t-shirt. Look for our interview with her in the upcoming days.

Stan Sakai of Usagi Yojimbo did a Q&A about his comic and events throughout his career. We learned that one of the reasons for his fame initially began with a toy based on his work. So no matter how old you are, you should always play with toys. At least that’s the message we’re taking with us.

Monica Gallagher of eatyourlipstick.com and Gods and Undergrads caught our eye with her artwork… and a book titled “Boobage”. Yeah, so we’re pervs. She was sold out when we went by so our perving was countered by that simple fact. Her works include the adventures of Bonnie N. Collide, a roller derby girl working a nine to five job, and the aforementioned Gods and Undergrads, an unusual tale of college kids, Greek mythos, and magic.

After Party and Art Show at Red 7

After Party and Art Show at Red 7

We managed to drag our tired butts out to Red 7 in downtown Austin for the after party and we’re glad we made the trip.  It was a pleasure watch many of the artists who attended Staple! strut their stuff in front of a live audience. The pieces done were donated to be sold with the majority of the proceeds benefiting local community radio station KOOP. There was live music by Terp2it, a nerdcore hip hop group that managed to keep us laughing the whole time they performed, and DJs who keep the turntables spinning while the artists did their thing.

Finally, tired and content, the Reckon Crew made their way home to sleep off the hangover and quietly plot our next event. While we’re sad to see Staple! end, we look forward to seeing everyone who attends next year. Our warmest thanks to Chris “Uncle Staple” Nicholas for inviting us and putting together Staple! five years running with no end in sight.

See you next year, Staple!

Gritskrieg – End of Line










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