Fantastic Arcade, from the good folks behind Fantastic Fest, really might be on to something here. Sure, E3 is awesome, but what about a festival dedicated to the oddly fantastic world of genre gaming (sorry guys, but I’m looping sci-fi and fantasy in there, too … don’t stone me)? If you’re in the Austin, Texas, area or have the means to book a flight, by all means, do it!
Fantastic Arcade tickets go on sale tomorrow, and if you’re thinking about taking the trip (or if you’re already going to Fantastic Fest 2010), you can order the suckers by swinging by the Fantastic Fest Official Site.
Here are your options:
Single Day Pass $20 – access to all Fantastic Arcade films, panels, parties, happy hour and game demos for a single day.
Single Day Game Demo Pass $10 – access to the game demos and arcade only for a single day.
VIP Fantastic Arcade Pass $60 – access to everything for all 4 days plus a limited edition Fantastic Arcade T-shirt.
$20 and $60 pass holders get priority admission to the advance screenings of Fantastic Arcade films prior to the festival. Please note that Fantastic Fest badge holders will have access to the Fantastic Arcade events, but priority access will be given to Fantastic Arcade badge holders. Fantastic Arcade badges and tickets go on sale on July 1st at 4PM CST.
From the Fantastic Fest Press Release:
Fantastic Fest recently announced the new independent games festival, Fantastic Arcade, which will run concurrent with the first four days of Fantastic Fest, September 23-26, 2010. Designed as a games spin-off event from the main film festival, Fantastic Arcade will feature fresh, cutting-edge games designed by independent game developers and publishers.
The Highball Balloom, located next to the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, will be transformed into an old-school arcade featuring games the likes of which never existed in any Aladdin’s Castle. 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.
Other Fantastic Arcade highlights include 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.
Need more info? Make sure to check the Fantastic Fest Arcade section of the site for the complete lowdown!
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