Compared to the Neo Geo MVS arcade machine, my beloved childhood Nintendo seemed like an ant among giants. In the small Michigan town where I grew up, the only arcade in town was at the local roller rink. I was simply in awe of the MVS, and perhaps even more perplexed by the idea that some kid, in a galaxy quantum leaps away, could have a home version of the Neo Geo.
At the recent 2012 San Diego Comic-Con, I was delighted to meet Jason Rau! Not only does meatbun.us create fantastic retro gaming themed clothing, but Jason Rau is also one of the few people I’ve met who had a Neo Geo AES as a kid / young adult!
Check out this video if you also dreamed of owning Neo Geo’s home version and if you’d like to learn about the radness that is MeatBun.us. These guys make some pretty stink’n creative retro-gaming-inspired art…that conveniently takes the form of lovely t-shirts.
So, you’re playing Double Dragon and get thumped on by a big dude named Abobo…
Do you lie awake wondering about Abobo’s back story?
Do you ask yourself if Abobo is actually ALSO fighting to save someone he loves?
Do you daydream about whether or not Abobo could fit into a Megaman suit or about whether or not he could hold his own as one of the Contra guys?
Well if you’re answered “YES” to any of these questions, you’re not alone! All the answers and more lie within Abobo’s Big Adventure!
Seriously, who would be crazy enough to rewrite NES gaming history around the Double Dragon character Abobo?! Clearly insanity and brilliance go hand in hand, because Abobo is both bad & rad enough to knock the socks of the 8-bit generation!
Our thanks to Nick and Roger from Abobo’s Big Adventure for doing an interview with us at the 2012 San Diego Comic Con!
Interested in building your own Abobo’s Big Adventure arcade cabinet? These guys were kind enough to include instructions here.
As frustrating as it was to get tickets for this year’s SDCC, we had a fantastic time! Seriously, who doesn’t love seeing a grown man dressed as an Ewok? Or how about all your favorite stuff turned into life-sized Legos statues?! There was plenty of rad and geeky stuff! As per usual, the place was a freak’n zoo. So, if you couldn’t make it yourself, the good news it that we took a ton of photos, and you get to enjoy them crowd-free.
COSTUMES: Hands down, my favorite thing about Comic-Con is people watching. The costumes are fantastic! Naturally, these costumes raise the question, who would win in a fight? Inigo Montoya or Kratos?
GAMING: Naturally, the gaming booths were my top priority. Overall, the gaming section seemed a bit smaller than previous years and was fairly spread out. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception looked just as beautiful as the previous Uncharted games. Dragon’s Dogma caught my eye, and I enjoyed a bit of hands-on time with it. It felt like a typical hack & slash, and looked nice graphically.
LEGOS: Somehow life-sized Lego statues just make life better. Highlights were a Lego Boba Fett, Batman, Green Lantern, Sponge Bob, Captain Jack Sparrow, etc.
BACK TO THE FUTURE: When I was about six years old, I remember betting a cousin 50 pushups that the hover boards in the Back to the Future movies were real. Seriously, I was positive that some filthy rich kid could go down to Toys R Us and buy one (probably the same kid who could afford a Neo Geo). Let me tell you, it was a real treat for the six-year old inside of me to see the original hover boards from the movies. There were a ton of movie props on display as well as the original DeLorean! Needless to say, seeing all this stuff up close, my heart was beating at about 88 mph!
We only managed to do one day of the San Diego Comic-Con this year, but we covered a ton of grown in the few hours we had to dedicate to Saturday’s show. See below for the rest of the photos we took. I’d especially recommend checking out the Star Wars permanent marker art Volkswagen car and the Iron Maiden lunchbox…yup, an Iron Maiden lunchbox… Oh the glory of Comic-Con!
You want to know the power of a NES Power Glove? Add it (or a NES Zapper) to a bunch of Comic-Con fans, stormtroopers, Batman, Link, or other people in costumes, and you’ll be amazed at the results.
This past weekend thousands of Comic Con fans converged on Wizard World’s Anaheim Comic Con, and it was an absolute blast! We had a table there to promote retro gaming, showcasing the history of 3D gaming, game cleaning techniques, and, naturally, this site. I can’t say enough what a great time we had! But then again, that’s pretty evident from the photos.
Besides all the fun I had at our booth, I have to say my favorite part was the R2-D2 Builders Club! In case it isn’t obvious from the title, this is a group of guys and gals who literally build their own driods! Each “R” unit is custom built…and loved. It was beyond awesome to watch guys driving their R2s around the showroom floor. From the guys I talked to, the units with batteries generally weigh between 120-160 lbs. Depending on setup and use, they get several hours or more of operation time per charge. Sure enough, the units at the show moved like R2-D2, made his sounds, had spinning heads, and articulating front arms thingys. Freak’n awesome!
As with any Comic Con, the costumes were the best part. Naturally, there were a good number of Star Wars characters: stormtroopers, bounty hunters, jedi, etc! Other favorites were Batman (posing with my Power Glove…yup, he loves gadgets), Super Man, Wonderwoman, Chun-Lee, Ryu, Deadmou5, Mario, Ghostbusters (pretty popular this year), Indiana Jones, Gumby (check out the Gumby w zapper photo!), Gambit, Wolverine, Captain American, Iron Man, Deadmau5, and I’m probably forgetting a bunch of others!
Let’s be honest, what situation isn’t improved by adding a NES Zapper or Power Glove?!
History of 3D Gaming Video Game Museum Display
It was pretty great to watch people interact with the systems (NES & Vectrex) we had set up for free play. Given our 3D gaming display, we wanted to give people the opportunity to have a 1987 3D gaming experience. Thus, we gave out anaglyph 3D glasses (red & blue) and had people try Rad Racer in 3D mode. Just as when we were kids, people at the booth were underwhelmed with the game’s 3D mode. Maybe about 1/20 people actually thought it even looked 3D. Probably 3/4 reported getting a headache immediately. We more or less knew that would be the reaction going, and it made for a great conversation piece, and it demonstrated how far we’ve come in gaming technology since 1987.
Whenever people mentioned that they had one of the 3D items as a kid, I’d also try to ask them what they thought of it back in the day. After all, it’s pretty easy to judge our past tech, by comparing it to our current tech. Things have come a long way now that we have a 3D capable PlayStation 3 and Nintenodo 3DS handheld on the market, but I was curious to find out what people though of it back in the day. I’ll try to post some of those pieces of feedback when I get a chance.
Retro Gaming Smiles
It was pretty exciting to watch people’s reactions to the retro gaming items that we had on the table. Most were genuinely excited to try on the Power Glove. Many of them had seen it in the movie “The Wizard” but had never touched one in real life. Heck, even kids who were born a decade after the Power Glove loved trying it on! Trying to explain to these kids that this was Nintendo’s first attempt at a “Wii” type motion control was pretty fun.
One final highlight from the 2011 Comic Con was the booth right next to us: Gamers United. This fantastic group is dedicated to showcasing the positive aspects of games. For example, one thing they do is to place gaming items in hospitals as diversionary and rehab tools. They’re based right here in Southern California, and I look forward to working with them in the future!
By the end of the weekend, I was beyond exhausted. We met a ton of fantastic people, had a great time chatting with them about retro gaming, and I’m looking forward to Wizard World’s next Comic Con!
Feel free to take a stroll through the rest of our photos below.
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Vader-Fett School of Pimp’n? Lego R2-D2?! Seriously! Does life get any better? Sunday’s Comic-Con was a blast!
As per usual, costumes were the highlight of the day. Yep, I wasn’t kidding about the Bobba Fett & Darth Vader pimp suits. Batman & Catwoman + Boba Pimp = ?
Yep…and all four at once, amazing! And then Super Duff Man meets his super hero son.
If Samus was a woman…why not Mario & Luigi?
Perhaps my second most favorite thing about Comic-Con is how great the art and displays are. The Green Hornet car looks unbelievable in person. And, what kid didn’t want to build a Lego R2-D2 at some point?
Video Game Promos:
The Dead Rising 2 promo involved getting onto a dirt bike that had chainsaws duct taped to each handle bar (one had broken off by Sunday) and getting to hold your choice of a weapon. While the less crafty Comic-Con goers chose to hold baseball bats and shot guns, my instincts told me to grab the dynamite-strapped teddy bear…
Feel free to look through the rest of the VideoGameMuseum.com Comic-Con photos. We’re already looking forward to next year!
Friday was another great day at Comic-Con! Highlights included fantastic costumes (It was Star Wars day.), phenomenal movie displays, and some hands-on time with some great games.
Oh to be a young Boba Fett…
And more costume randomness! Did I mention that Scarecrow loves Thor?!
Who isn’t excited about Tron Legacy?!
Additionally, I was able to tour the floor with my buddies Tommy and Pat the NES Punk and to meet and booth hop with the Angry Video Game Nerd (AVGN) as well. Turns out that he’s a nice guy named James who loves video games…
I’ll keep this simple and will let the rest of these photos speak for themselves.
If the first two things that popped into your mind were My Little Pony and Super Mario Bros, boy do I have a treat for you! Not only does it turn out that you’re not alone, but an artist named K. Valdoria Peterson at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con was kind enough to offer the world a bit of mash-up perfection.
If you are reading and fall into the small percentage of people who don’t love My Little Pony and Super Mario Bros, perhaps you’re scratching your head right now…maybe you’re even snubbing your nose. Snub all you want, but I challenge you to show this photo to any female gamer and report back in the comments below. I have a feeling you’ll be convinced otherwise.