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Tonite! Rhythm Heaven Event at iam8bit


Tons of giveaways. Great game, fun event. See you there.

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Giant Robot Time 2.10.12

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iam8bit has teamed up with the lovely folks at Nintendo and pals at Giant Robot to produce a shindig for the launch of Rhythm Heaven Fever, coming out for the Wii in a few weeks!

This will perhaps be the craziest party iam8bit has produced, as the game isn’t shy about how bizarrely addictive it is. There are more than 50 mini-games, all of which are pure awesome (like snow seals rolling to a beat) and weirdly awesome (like a monkey high-fiving fellow chimps as he rotates around a clock). The game is all about keeping the rhythm to fast-paced music, which translates most perfectly into a party scenario. They’ll have an overload of activities, including:

- Live Art (by famed artists Yoskay Yamamoto and Mari Inukai, courtesy of Giant Robot)

- Photo Playset (complete with lots of crazy, oversized plush props)

Interactive Video Playset (in which you’ll be coaxed into dancing your favorite jig for the camera, and then upload it to Nintendo’s site)

- Swag Galore! (custom-designed t-shirts and posters)

- Raffle (win the art created by Yamamoto and Inukai)

- Food (yum!) Drinks (gulp!) DJ (oh yeah!)






The Giant Robot 2 (GR2) presents: Hello Spring! Spring is upon us and mysterious, whimsical, and even gritty fits the artists below. It’s going to be a fun exhibition.

The exhibition includes work by:

APAK – Ulises Farinas – Renee French – Pamela Henderson – Albert Reyes – Erika Yamashiro


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Japan’s Senior Gamers

This is kind of sad: Gamers in Japan are getting older. As the average age increases, so are the gamers. SEGA is finding that the average age is going up which means they need to make equal adjustments.

The reasoning behind this couple playing games is quoted as “His wife, Tsuneko, splits her time shopping in the mall and playing video games. “We’re bored. We have nothing to do. I don’t have anything to say to my husband anymore. It’s much better to come here than just sit in the house watching TV all day. We need some excitement, too,” she said. (CNN – Gamers)

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Game Night 8 – Monaco

Monaco is a game of heisting. Playing this felt like you were Robert DeNiro in The Score. Running from guards, sneaking around, hacking, and more. Oceans 11 and 12? That too! Made by Pocketwatch games, it’s a thrilling and that’s Andy Schatz on the right below.


3DS Streetpass action.



GR2 – Sat Feb 4th 7-10pm Game Night 8 – Monaco


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Game Night 8 at Giant Robot 2

Game Night 8 – Monaco: What’s Yours Is Mine
Saturday, February 4 2012, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Giant Robot 2
2062 Sawtelle Blvd.Los Angeles, CA 90025 (310) 445-9276

In conjunction with the Attract Mode, Meat Bun apparel, Angry Bananas, and LA Game Space, Giant Robot is proud to host Game Night 8, an event that takes place at GR2 about every two months. For this eighth installment, we are featuring Monaco.

Monaco is a 1 to 4-player cooperative crime caper inspired by classic French heist movies and set in modern day Monte Carlo. It can be summed up as ‘Pac-Man Meets Hitman.’ In 2010 Monaco won the Independent Game Festival Awards Grand Prize for Best Independent Game, as well as the award for Excellence in Design. It is still in development, and this is a rare opportunity to play the in-progress title and interact with creator Andy Schatz and producer Andy Nguyen.

Giant Robot was born as a Los Angeles-based publication about Asian, Asian-American, and new hybrid culture in 1994, but has evolved into a full-service pop culture provider with shops and galleries in Los Angeles.

Game Night 8 will take place on Saturday, February 4th 2012, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

For more information about Game Night, GR2, or Giant Robot magazine, please contact:

Eric Nakamura
Giant Robot Owner/Publisher
[email protected]
(310) 479-7311

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Using Our Joysticks, Us Men Can Play the Pee Game

Yes, us men have our own game controller as said by Hirotaka Machida of Sega. The urinal games are something we’ve reported before in the UK and now there’s an official one by SEGA. The urinal costs $2000 and would be a joy to have in your own home. Imagine the amount of water or beer you’d drink to try and beat the pee records. Some games are measured by pee volume! One removes the clothes of a women from the quantity of pee, one has a fake nurse talking about your pee, and one is a snot shooting game. Which will be most popular? Drunken men, animated clothes less female. It’s trouble all around.



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Crazy Videos Made in One Shot – No Post Production

These videos are amazing. I’m not quite sure what it’s for but it has something to do with Sony Play Station Move. It would be great if you could make films like this with the video game console. But no! Either way check out the video.



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Holiday Jingle Rocket Game


Chris Uphues Xmas video game. Holiday Jingle Rocket

My character got sacked by the snowflakes and it’s hard to drop gifts into the chimneys, but it’s worth a try. Guaranteed to waste a few minutes.

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Smart Phone Car by Toyota

Life is a mashup of almost anything. Mixing foods, entertainment and now technology is just a phase. Who would want this vehicle? Is it for a person who can’t push regular size buttons? It’s Toyota, and I’m sure they paid dearly for this. It does have imagery that can fill it’s body, which is neat for a second, but in the end, it’s just a fangled idea. Rather than marvel at how they mashed an iPhone and a car, why not do what we did and take an old console concept and turn that into a car. Yes, it’s yet another mashup, but at least it makes more sense. (itproportal - Concept)



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Joystick Joy! Urinal Games Available In the UK

The only reason I’d go to the Exhibit bar would be to drink as much as I can, so I could play the urinal game. Beer, tons of it shall fill my bladder to the point of me seeing yellow. I’ll hold it in, so my slalom run will be the longest ever. I’ll smash all of the penguins easily. It may cost a few British pounds, but it’ll be worth it. I won’t joke about a joystick or a knob, that’s too easy, you do get to pee in directions to control your skiing run. Go left or right, the stream will guide your character. Yes, urinals splash, I know this, but for the joy of playing a game, this will be fun. Women, you’re out of luck for the moment. (BBC – Urinal)


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Final Fantasy A History

Final Fantasy is a game and it’s no longer new and it’s story is rich, so how did it start? It was back in the day and it seemed like an underdog. Hironobu Sakaguchi broke into the game by making something that needed to compete with Dragon Quest. Remember that?! Awesome effort and this is just part 1 of the history. (What Culture – Final Fantasy)

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The Pee Video Game


For the drinkers guys. While peeing to make space for more beer, you can play a game with the stream. The more you pee the more points you get, but that doesn’t mean you should hold it in. Watch tthe video! [Guyism - pee game]



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IndieCade 2011

Annually, Culver City opens it’s doors to IndieCade, a indie convention or conference about indie gaming, their maker and their wares. Most of the events are free which is miraculous. You can stroll into the fire station and jump right into trying the games of the future. Actually that’s not really true, most of these games will stay indie and won’t be highlighted at Best Buy anytime soon. However, the thought process an execution is something you won’t find at Best Buy, but perhaps in a couple of years when an industry creative sees what some of these “kids” are doing with the technology at hand, they’ll incorporated it into a blockbuster video game.



Pew Pew Pew Pew Pew Pew. That’s the name of the game. Instead of using a button, you can voice your shots. It’s funny because a) you can tap the mic for the missile to fire, or you can b) voice it. Everyone wants to voice it. The sound of a missile is something that you grew up with. Each area or country might have their own, which is akin to the sound of a dog barking. It’s different almost everywhere.



Black Bottom was created by students at Savannah College of Art and Design and it is a cool table projected game. It may take more space, but the spectacle of playing a game on a table that’s lit works well. Of course, you can lay down that soda, and it might fall, but the electronics are far away where all should be safe. You can eat lunch on it too! The sheer size makes this something fun to look at. Not only did they create the game space, they also created the controller as well.


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Game Night 6, WayForward Games, Meat Bun Pop Up Photos

Saturday, a part of the indie gaming community, friends, and passersby got the first glimpse of Mighty Switch Force, a game by WayForward that’s not complete, but partially playable. Also in the house was the new Meat Bun t-shirt line as part of the Meat Bun pop up shop in Giant Robot 2. It’s not all guys playing the games!

More Photos below! (more…)


Meat Bun Pops Up at Giant Robot 2

Beginning today, see our Meat Bun Pop Up shop at Giant Robot 2! Stop by for Game Night 6 tonite!


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Giant Robot 2 – 9/17 – 10/16 Meat Bun Pop Up Store

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Pop Up Store at Giant Robot 2

Meat Bun Pop Up Store at Giant Robot 2

September 17 – October 16, 2011


2062 Sawtelle Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 445-9276


Giant Robot is proud to host the Meat Bun Pop Up Store at Giant Robot 2. For one month, the latest Meat Bun clothing line will be available in all styles and sizes.

Meat Bun is a Southern California based company featuring video games graphics fused with a creative and thoughtful energy. Their t-shirts often use a graphic that’s inspired from a game that’s been recreated into an aesthetic more inline with an artistic work. Their new line of t-shirts promises to be their best yet.

The opening day of the pop up store coincides with the video game event: “Game Night 6″ also at Giant Robot 2.

Giant Robot was born as a Los Angeles-based magazine about Asian, Asian-American, and new hybrid culture in 1994, but has evolved into a full-service pop culture provider with shops and galleries in Los Angeles as well as an online equivalent.


Eric Nakamura
Giant Robot Owner/Publisher
[email protected]
(310) 479-7311




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Angry Birds Theme Park in China!


So this is happening fast. An Angry Birds theme park in China. It’s part of a larger park, but there is a section where people can practice catapulting in person. Undoubtedly it started without any permission as the article says, but from hearing experiences, sometimes in China you have to play with the piraters or else you’ll be getting nothing. This goes for film as well. They’ll do it regardless and you can stop them once you get injunctions and so forth and who knows how the Chinese legal system works. There’s merch too. (ABC – Angry Birds)

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Game Review: Dynasty Warriors Gundam 3 – XBox 360

When I pop in Dynasty Warriors Gundam 3, I was welcome by some familiar faces and new faces I have never seen before in the Gundam series.As I started the game I was welcomed by the Dynasty Warriors interface which shows: Story Mode, Online mode, or System were you have options and can even check out the gallery section which contains background of all the Mobile Suit pilots. The Mobile Suit gallery is an option were you can view information of each Mobile Suit you can encounter. BGM (background music) gallery contains music from the game and of course a movie gallery. By picking Story Mode you automatically start off as Amuro Ray the hero of Gundam 0083.{correction made by Nahart G} when in fact Amuro Ray is from Gundam 0079 




Video Game “Drama” Puts You in an Internment Camp


“’Drama in the Delta’ is a non-profit, educational 3D role-playing video game that puts the player into the experiences of two Arkansas concentration camps where the U.S. government interned 15,000 Japanese-Americans during World War II.” If there is an internet rule that says you can make a video game out of any topic or scenario, this certainly qualifies. Collaborators from the University of San Diego’s Department of Theatre and Dance and the San Diego Supercomputer Center are developing a video game called “Drama in the Delta”, which is intended to be an immersive first-player role-playing experience recreating what it was like to be an internee at the Rohwer and Jerome Relocation Centers in Arkansas in 1944. When the game is completed in 2013, you’ll be able to play as a number of characters, including one of four teenaged Nisei girls. In our estimation, this is a pretty daring, ambitious and touchy construct for a video game. But you can actually judge for yourself, as the 292MB prototype is available right now for Windows-only download. In fact, we’d be interested to know what internees themselves think about this project and actual game play. (Chronicle of Higher Education – Arkansas Nisei RPG) And here is the official website: Drama in the Delta.


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