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If you want to support the cause of original, personal video game print zines, and more importantly, venues for Eric Caoili writing, you can now contribute to a Kickstarter fund for the fourth issue of Fort90Zine, called FORT90ZINE4ANSWER. Matt Hawkins is seeking $500 to print the new issue by May, with the remainder going to the contributors.

The issue is set to include articles about The You Testament, “video game fashion do’s and don’ts,” memories of Matt’s time working at an arcade, a cover by Farel Dalrymple and Cory Schmitz, and more. Matt asked me to write something (!) but I finally had to throw in the towel when it became clear that I was really, really busy… and didn’t have any good ideas.

As of the time I’m writing this post, Matt’s reached $420 of his $500 goal, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t join in! I’m pretty sure the contributors would enjoy receiving payment for their work. And, of course, like all Kickstarter funds, there are tiered bonuses for donating, including copies of the book, buttons, framed prints, and other items.

See also: Fort90’s Grasshopper contest

No, I don’t mean women who are part grasshopper. Please don’t draw that, and if you do, don’t show me.

Our awesome pal Matt “Fort90” Hawkins has teamed up with Grasshopper Manufacture and Jap-Sai to give away lots of rad Grasshopper swag to the person who sends him the best fanart of any female character from a GHM game.

He explains, “Not gonna lie: I’m mostly interested in NMH babes, though I’d like to believe that game provides the greatest variety of potential subjects, so no one feels too constricted.” Check the site for image size and format requirements.

So what do you stand to get for your efforts? Only way too much fucking stuff, including the NMH2 “Erotica Comic,” two portrait postcard books, the Japanese guidebook for No More Heroes: Heroes’ Paradise, a copy of the rare Hand in Killer7 book, Bizarre Jerry 5, “Hellride,” Flower, Sun, & Rain t-shirts, and Cory Schmitz’s Killer 7 t-shirt (not having any of these shirts makes me wonder where my life went wrong).

You have until May 1 to prepare your entries. Fair warning: you’ll have to compete with me, and my artwork might just be sad enough to win out of pity.

Buy:  No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle

See also: More No More Heroes 2 stuff

"A Gentleman’s Wager" by Docfuture1. Man, I don’t even know. I don’t know what to tell you. I laughed a whole bunch, though.

See also: More Docfuture1 (just as inexplicable)

[Via @FortNinety]

Though it makes me incredibly sad to report on yet another amazing event in New York City that we won’t get to go to, I’m passing it along in the hope that some of you will actually get to attend the damn thing.

Our friend (and Tiny Cartridge guest blogger) Matt Hawkins is curating a selection of games at Babycastles, some kind of indie… game… place… and the venue is holding an opening party for the “exhibit” at which you’ll get to play all the games, listen to chiptunes, and, you know, socialize or whatever. It’s August 5, starting at 8, at the Silent Barn in Queens.

The games on display (copied from Attract Mode — sorry!): 

  • SUPER HYPERCUBE by Kokoromi and Polytron
  • CALVIN & HELLEN’S BOGUS JOURNEY by Hellen Jo / Calvin Wong / Derek Yu
  • Untitled by Deth P Sun / Cactus
  • RESCUE THE BEAGLES by 16 x 16
  • KATAWA SHOUJO (aka that 4chan-created visual novel) by Four Leaf Studios
  • LOVE LOVE 2 by TYO / Seitron & Art Inc

Polytron’s Phil Fish will make a “special appearance,” and Glomag will perform! Amazing! Go to this! But RSVP first!

    In what sounds like a must-attend event for people in New York, a Babycastles event at The Silent Barn will feature three rad game-related presentations.

    Matt “Fort90” Hawkins will talk about Fort90Zine (the latest issue of which features work by my favorite writer); and chiptunes artist/Graffiti Monster Mark Denardo will discuss Cream Wolf, the Adult Swim game about feeding ice cream to children, then turning into a werewolf and eating them (designed by Messhof).

    Powerhead Games’ Ramiro Corbetta will talk about Glow Artisan, the IGF Mobile Game Design award-winning DSiWare game, too (I guess Powerhead managed to fool the judges into thinking it was on iPhone long enough to get them to play it). Oh, and also Blue Leader and Graffiti Monsters will perform.

    The event will take place this Friday, May 1 at 8pm, and you should probably RSVP if you want to go, I guess.

    See also: Fort90’s Tiny Cartridge posts, Fort90Zine #3

    Fort90Zine #3 teaser image by Mariel Cartwright (click for a larger image). By putting Professor Layton, Tron Bonne (with Servbots, of course), Momohime, Travis Touchdown, and pretty much all of my favorite characters on the cover of the latest zine edited by our awesome guest poster Matt Hawkins, Cartwright has inadvertently themed this the “JC should buy this issue.”
There are characters I love even more writing the issue, like Matt and Tiny Cartridge’s own, beloved Eric Caoili! How could you not want to buy this when it comes out?! 
Along with this thrilling announcement, Matt revealed that he’s the new East Coast representative for video game culture shop Attract Mode! What this means in the short term is that you can buy things from him at PAX East. What this means in the long term is — well, pretty much the same thing, but for other shows. Congrats to Matt for the gig, and congrats to Adam at Attract Mode for expanding in such a rad way!

    Fort90Zine #3 teaser image by Mariel Cartwright (click for a larger image). By putting Professor Layton, Tron Bonne (with Servbots, of course), Momohime, Travis Touchdown, and pretty much all of my favorite characters on the cover of the latest zine edited by our awesome guest poster Matt Hawkins, Cartwright has inadvertently themed this the “JC should buy this issue.”

    There are characters I love even more writing the issue, like Matt and Tiny Cartridge’s own, beloved Eric Caoili! How could you not want to buy this when it comes out?! 

    Along with this thrilling announcement, Matt revealed that he’s the new East Coast representative for video game culture shop Attract Mode! What this means in the short term is that you can buy things from him at PAX East. What this means in the long term is — well, pretty much the same thing, but for other shows. Congrats to Matt for the gig, and congrats to Adam at Attract Mode for expanding in such a rad way!

    Guest Post Roundup!

    Eric has returned from his vacation, meaning that our series of guest posts has come to an end. We’ve had some amazingly rad content on the site over the last two weeks, thanks to the diligent efforts of Matt Hawkins, Adam Robezzoli, and Bruno de Figueiredo!

    I thought I would link to all our guest posts again, for those of you who are Eric and missed the last couple of weeks. Every link after the break goes to something wonderful that is absolutely worth checking out!

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    This is it; my two weeks are finally up. By the time this post is published, Eric will have either returned from his vacation or will be getting ready to do so. Before I check out, I just wanted to thank Eric and JC for the tremendous opportunity that they bestowed upon me; not only has guest blogging for Tiny Cartridge been an honor (all you readers out there know already that this here place is the best, pound for pound, video game blog out there, period), its also been TONS of fun. And I especially need to thank everyone for the kind words and support!

    Well, I wanted to do something special for my final post, and originally was going to pass along the cover to my latest zine, which is set to debut in early April. BTW, if you haven’t had a chance to check out the first two issues, why not check out a copy? Sorry for the cheap plug once again, but hey, since I’m on my way out and all. Unfortunately, the artist is still working on it as I type, so how about this instead…

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    An old PSone ad from Japan, one that’s been a longtime favorite of mine, for perhaps obvious reasons!

    On a side note, I still have a soft spot for Daily Radar; sure, the writing was nothing stellar, but it provided the pre-YouTube internet with plenty of wonderful Japanese game commercials like no one else at the time; this early, work in progress clip of Rez was what planted the seed in my mind for what would become a full-borne obsession.

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    Pokemon fashion guide. It’s still cold out, but winter won’t be here forever, so if you’re a woman looking for a new springtime ensemble — one who happens to have an affinity for Pokemon — Polyvore to the rescue!

    Whatever Pocket Monster you choose, there’s sure to be an accompanying outfit, but expect to fork over a pretty penny; to exude the essence of Jigglypuff, for example, requires a $578 investment, minimum.

    Guest post by Matt “Fort90” Hawkins

    The upcoming Keroro RPG: The Knight, Warrior, and Legendary Pirate is set to feature an army of cameos from Namco’s rich history as support characters. Some of the games referenced include Pac-Man, Dig Dug, Xevious, Klonoa, Katamari, and even Taiko no Tatsujin!

    This reminds me of that old PS2 action/tactical RPG that only came out in Japan, Namco X Capcom. A shame that neither publisher bothered to bring it out there, though if one knows where to look, they can find a fan-translated version of the game, which I hear is actually quite fantastic (as far as these things go, mind you), though I’ve been too busy to really investigate:

    Still, my all-time favorite video game mash-up, at least on an official level (MUGEN doesn’t count in this instance, even though I do enjoy Mega Man vs Sub Zero vs the block from Pong vs. Ronald McDonald as much as the next person) would have to be Fighters Megamix for the Sega Saturn, which brought together every single AM2 personality at the time under the virtual sun! Favorite character? The car from Daytona USA, of course:

    [Via Siliconera]

    Guest post by Matt “Fort90” Hawkins

    I spotted these Space Invaders adorning what I believe to be a local community center while checking out some parts of my neighborhood that have yet to be explored yesterday, located on the corner of West 182nd Street and Audubon Ave (my neck of the woods is the far northern tip of Manhattan, known as Washington Heights). Good thing I had my camera handy!

    Guest post by Matt “Fort90” Hawkins