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Returning to the airwaves with a mini-marathon to get you caught up is Retro ROCK IT! All things retro are rocked hard as Nick Doane, new father and member of folk Video Game Music band The World is Square hosts each week. This marathon will feature new episodes from Season 3!
Season 3 had it’s first show, which was a recap of Season 2, and the new episodes of Season 3 all start Sunday August 16th 4PM!
- Season 3 Ep 2 – Ghostbusters (NES/SNES Game Systems)
- Season 3 Ep 3 – 80s and 90s Movies
- Season 3 Ep 4 – Top Flying Games of All Time – This special covers Sky Shark, Cobra Command and Tomcat Alley
I couldn’t think of a better way to kick of a new era of Dwelling of Duels than to have Mega Man 2 face off versus Mega Man 3!
The show (FINALLY) is available to those who missed it, complete with epic intro. Big thanks to Strefig, Nate, the DOD regulars, and of course the musicians who made this all possible.
It was an honor, and next month we are paying tribute to Iwata.
Arecibo. The name of the station is derived from the Arecibo Observatory, which for really astute X-Files fans made a cameo in the “Little Green Men” episode, which is the world’s largest single aperature telecope. The telescope sent a coded message into space on November 16th 1974 to star cluster M13 to celebrate the remodeling of the telescope. It is this telescope that worked on the SETI project, the search for extra-terrestrial life, and in this same spirit Arecibo Radio was founded. You can see this in an early mission statement that I vividly remember:
“Arecibo Radio seeks the odd, the strange, the outlandish, the unknown, and the oft-disregarded. We focus on underground and niche programs dedicated to certain cultures, communities, and forums that often have deep roots and ties with such communities.“
It was this spirit that led to the emergence of Arecibo as a haven for various shows across a wide array of spectrums giving it a diverse lineup and musical selection. My favorite was Kyle Crouse’s Nitro Gaming Injection. Continue reading
J1Con Music Fest was incredible!!!
Here are some notes for you as I work on getting videos on the 8bitX YouTube:
Over 600 attendees rocked out in the game tournaments, concert hall, and vendor area!
Stand out performances
- Rebecca Rota – great artist.
- Meng Ai – Amazing performance that really is a must see!
- Twitch muted the audio, working on getting this on YouTube
- Spinco Avatar/Korra LED Light Show – Watch on Twitch – Incredible visual & audio experience with talented artists.
- Whitney Peyton – Watch on Twitch – First performance at a con and completely blew me away with the relentless aggressive hip hop stylings
- Mega Ran – Watch on Twitch – the debut of the auto-tuned “Mega Pain” track shows the next evolution of Ran as an artist!
Streaming the Live Stage
We were praying for a miracle that would allow us to stream, we knew going in a stable connection would be a longshot. In typical festival/convention fashion everything ran a bit late, and we ended up going with 4G cell phone hotspot inside the First District Plaza. At max we had 200kbps up. NOT IDEAL.
Duct Tape Fixes everything
I found out the cell phone hotspot worked up to 900kbps in a certain spot, balancing on the handle of the tripod, which was on top of the table we had the streaming computer sitting on, which was about 7 feet in the air. After a ton of times the bass knocked the cell phone off the handle, you can see this happen on the stream archive, I wrangled up some duct tape and attached the cell phone to the tripod.
A whole new set of problems reared their head when I heard the cellphone start to die. We were at 15% and I duct taped the extension cord to the leg of the tripod in order for the charger to BARELY reach. Suddenly after the charger was connected, the hotspot data rate PLUMMETED. So now I had the challenge of keeping the phone alive and the stream at a bitrate that is watchable. UGH.
All in all watching the replay and creating highlights on our twitch page, this came out better than anticipated, and the folks who joined us live really enjoyed the show. J1Con Music Festival was a huge success and I cannot wait till the next event in September.
Taking a Break
J1Con Music Fest will be the last live event I will be covering this summer as I focus on personal goals & family life, but in turn that means more live streams of gameplay each week instead of prep work for conventions/festivals.
Did you go to J1Con? What did you think?