The INTERNATIONAL CHIPTUNE RESISTANCE, led by nullsleep and Bit Shifter is now over and has been deemed a success. If two straight months of global domination wasn’t enough for you, nullsleep and Bit Shifter will be joined by the magical Random and Timeheater at The Tank in NYC tomorrow, June 24. Booyea. Details here.
Nullsleep of the prodigious chiptune netlabel 8bitpeoples is planning a massive worldwide tour along with Bit Shifter for the upcoming months. The International Chiptune Resistance is planned to take place over two months in over 20 locations. However, they need your help to complete this most mighty and ambitious plan! Donate today to see them in your own city.
victoly scores is a live game hi-score submission site. Although it is in beta mode, it is currently open to user registration and features live score updating and player ranking. Good stuff. Nice layout. Try it.
Bent 2005 Circuit Bending Festival starts… well, now, at The Tank in New York. This festival celebrates the “art of circuit bending” and includes hands-on sessions with experts in the field of dismantling old electronics for use as musical instruments. Performances from a number of chiptune artists will be going on throughout the entire festival at select times.
Insanity Naked Hunter Group will be releasing yet another superplay DVD set, but this time it will not be shooter-centric. THE STARTING OVER HYPER STREET FIGHTER II will include SFII replays from a whopping 16 players, and a special CD and booklet will also round out the package. It will release on June 30 for 6090 yen. Check the site for video samples.
Akadot has a translation of a recent article breaking down the “moe market” into cold, hard numbers. “The market for publications, visual media and games capitalizing on the emotion of “moe” – the lovable personalities of characters in anime – has risen to 88,800,000,000 yen (about $88,800,000) in 2003, according to the Hamagin Comprehensive Research Center (based in Yokohama prefecture).” Other such notable observations include: “…There are an increasing number males remaining unmarried past 30 – a demographic group comprising a dominant force in the moe market – which can lead one to believe that perhaps there is a desire for a partner that surpasses the human realm.” Can you imagine the business meetings centered on profitable levels of moe?
Play-Asia has a listing suggesting that a Playstation 2 port of Cave’s Mushihimesama will be relased by Taito on July 21. Not entirely unbelievable, considering an older Cave investor relations PDF suggested an upcoming “consumer game.” Today also marks the release of the Mushihime OST, so perhaps something was announced in the CD booklet… The truth: soon!
Japanese developer Milestone, creator of the arcade, Dreamcast, and soon-to-be GameCube versions of shooter Chaos Field, is developing a new arcade shooting game for Sega’s Naomi GD-ROM arcade hardware, apparently titled Rajirugi [Radio-Allergy?] It will be exclusively one player, and features some… distinct [?!] visuals, to say the least. Thanks to Guest at the click-stick BBS for the tip-off.