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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Moviestorm to sponsor Fantastic Arcade

We’re very proud to announce that we’ve been chosen as sponsors for Fantastic Arcade in Austin, Texas, in September.

Fantastic Arcade is part of Fantastic Fest, the largest genre film festival in the United States, featuring the best in new science-fiction, fantasy, horror, animation, crime, Asian, and all around badass cinema. Last year, they featured the premiere of Zombieland, as well as special screenings of The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and The Men Who Stare At Goats. Fantastic Arcade is a new independent games festival, running concurrently with the first four days of Fantastic Fest, September 23-26, 2010.  It’s all ages until 6pm, then over-18 only for evening events.

The Highball ballroom will be transformed into an old-school arcade featuring games the likes of which never existed in any Aladdin’s Castle back in the day.  The Fantastic Arcade curators have selected some of the most fascinating new independent games and retrofitted them into vintage arcade consoles set to free-play for the duration of the event.  We feel that video games rightfully belong side by side with shorts and feature films at Fantastic Fest, and the artistic merit of these games will be honored with both audience awards and a juried competition.
Other Fantastic Arcade highlights include a live game demos by their authors on the big screens at Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar, a machinima film competition judged by Red Vs. Blue creator Burnie Burns, video game art installations featuring work by Cory Arcangel, live chiptune music performances, games showcases and demos from major game publishers, game design guest speakers, screenings of popular games culture films, a Starcade game-show competition, a light saber dance party and more!  Among other topics, the panels will explore the crossover and differences between the visual story-telling mediums of the film and game worlds.

We’re very proud to be sponsoring the machinima competition as well as the other games tournaments.  Teams will have just 48 hours to make a machinima movie, starting on Friday, Sept 10. (The organisers have confirmed that Moviestorm is classed as a game engine for the purposes of this contest.)  Prizes include a bunch of top Dell gear, plus Moviestorm goodies including free subscriptions and packs.

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