Saturday, November 19, 2016

The arcade spirit lives on!

Wow! I recently returned from a trip to Arizona. While I was there I had some time to check out something I never thought could be real. TiltStudio is amazing and I will tell you why, but first you need a history lesson.

Okay so back in the day when video arcades were all over the nation, home gaming was far inferior to the games put into dedicated arcade cabinets. It didn't matter if you were a PC, Mac, Amiga, Commodore, Sega, or Atari home gamer, it just wasn't cost effective for any company to produce home gaming consoles that were as good as the dedicated arcades. So if you wanted a really cutting edge gaming experience, you had to go to the arcade. Arcades were hotbeds of teenage competitiveness, community, and friendship. Today we make incredibly capable hardware and sell it cheap. Todays hardware is so capable that software is not fully utilizing the capabilities of the machines we all own. Because of this we have no need for arcades. If you want a cutting edge gaming experience you just buy the latest game on the console or PC of your choice, which has made arcades very scarce, and that is too bad because I really enjoy arcades.

Well I am happy to say that TiltStudio is here to bring back the fun of going to the arcade to hang out with friends, play some really fun games and have a great time. My visit served as a nostalgic and deeply enjoyable experience. TiltStudio has lots of old classics, and really interesting new developments for arcade go-ers as well. Grab some pizza, see a movie, and game the night away!

TiltStudio is one of the last great arcades in America. It is huge, fun, and really interesting. They had some really creative games in there that I had never seen before or even knew existed in arcade form. I've got some pictures below. TiltStudio can be rented out for events and even has a bar on the second level.


This place has a little or a lot of almost everything. Check out all this pinball! 




Upstairs also had a lot of old school classics, these are just a few that caught my attention.




Downstairs has a lot of my favorites from back in the day. I couldn't believe they had silent scope. Seeing is believing though.




I had no idea these existed in arcade form. Absolutely amazing!



And much to my amazement, there was even a a kiosk to trade in tickets for prizes. This place really seems to have everything.

So yeah, that was a really cool treat, and I highly recommend any gamer to check it out. You can find TiltStudio in the Arizona Mills outlet mall in Phoenix Arizona. See you there.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Capacitor official release

On a few different sites, I just posted the first album I've made in a decade. The music is free to listen to or download. Just listening to the music is the best support you can give me. Let me know what you think if you wanna, and remember to stay-PLUR everyone, haha oh god...

Soundcloud - keep your eye on this one, I will probably be posting more music that isnt on the album to this site, as it is the most convenient platform
Bandcamp - donations are welcome
Youtube - for the views

I painted this myself, and I feel as though it is a great representation of the music visually.

Tracklist for Capacitor
1. Convulsion Dream - 03:07
2. Theme is Dark - 03:46
3. Psychotic Detroit - 04:04
4. Master Plan - 03:44
5. Makes You Move - 03:05
6. Logiveo - 03:16
7. Vapor.wav - 03:07
8. Savage Filament - 03:11
9. Live Cat - 03:12
10. Techno Anthem - 05:50
11. Country Wave - 04:00
12. Monolithic Fact - 02:41
13. Tower - 03:16


Sunday, July 31, 2016

Checking in

Sorry I havent posted in so very long. Life has been busy. The business I run has been taking off and my day job has been getting very involving as well. Also any freetime I've had I'm pouring into releasing music under the pseudonym PANO. The first album should drop soon. The name of it is Capacitor. All I have left to do for that project is physically create the album art.
(the conceptual painting will look something like this)

The views over the past two months have been astounding. In June the blog hit a milestone by getting 10,000 views in a single month, and July has already topped that 12,600! Earlier in the month I made a graphic of how many views the blog has had in the past two years each month individually. This really puts it into perspective just how much this has blown up out of seemingly nowhere.
This graphic is more than 4,000 views behind, the total for July ended up being well over 16,000!

I'll leave you with this, its a song from the forthcoming album. I'm so excited to get it posted. Enjoy, I have the absolute best fans!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Just for fun

The Super Pantendo MINI has been awesome! I've already gotten a few of them out there and I've been busy building more. So I haven't done too much on the project recently other than making more. I have however made a VaporWave inspired promotional wallpaper for the SP MINI which is neat.


I also re-branded the twitter page temporarily with a similar theme. Its neat so check it out.

If you dont know what VaporWave is, check out FrankJavCee. He's an awesome youtuber and will take any opportunity he can to teach you about VaproWave lol. Okay see you later, gotta be getting back to work now.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

The Super Pantendo MINI

Hey everyone, it has been a quiet couple of months as I have been working on a top secret side project related to the Pantendo. Well I can finally tell you what it is now that it is finished. I took the concept for a multi system arcade cabinet and completely miniaturized it! I call it the Super Pantendo MINI.

 Design concept


Also the blog got over 7,000 unique views this month. Completely baffles my mind. All this traffic was brought in by Twitter and my Garrysmod server. You guys are great! I wanted to acknowledge this and thank you all so much.

Finished unit


So back to the new Pantendo. This sleek 127mm square is completely self-contained. It has the entire game library of the Super Pantendo (minus the Sega CD and Panasonic 3D0) and runs off of a cell phone charger. Just plug it into the HDMI for a TV and it is all set to play your favorite retro video games. The software it runs is fully customized/retooled and Pantendo branded. The idea is that this device does only one thing, play games and should never break. If anyone is interested in one I can sell the kit to build your own, contact me at Panopticon36@gmail.com with the subject “Super Pantendo MINI Kit”.



This is the booting image while the MINI turns on.
(the rainbow at the boarder scrolls across the top of the screen)

This thing has been an absolute blast to build and develop. Sometimes I don't want to stand in front of an arcade cabinet to play games, especially after a day of work. This little box is super convenient and portable too. Anyplace where there is a tv I can plug in my Super Pantendo MINI. The hardware itself is a Raspberry Pi and a couple other small devices inside of a high gloss black acrylic case custom made specifically for this project.



So why 127mm? Well a few reasons actually but mostly 127 is a really sexy number. First of all, 127mm converts perfectly to 5 inches. 127 is also a double Mersenne prime number. In binary it is 7 1's in a row (1,111,111). Most importantly though, 127mm is just large enough to fit everything into a box and has a really nice convenient size to it.

This thing is super cool and I love playing around with it. This is probably the most convenient way to experience retro gaming without ever getting off of the couch haha. Like I mentioned before, contact me if you are interested in experiencing it too. Panopticon36@gmail.com with the subject “Super Pantendo MINI Kit”. Talk to you all later!