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It's Portland Retro Gaming Expo this weekend!!!!1!
Posted by Ferris Bueller on October 19, 2017

PRGE is this weekend, and it's a veritable who's who from our Nintendo Age Fam. Gwyndion is finishing off his collection sale from last year (Booth 326), Uncle Tusk will as always be running the Classic Tetris World Championship (Booth 728), and even NA will be there representing courtesy of wafflefoot and friends (Booth 601).

Talk about homebrews! Retrotainment is going, hopefully showing off a beta of Full Quiet (Booth 501A),
swlovinist will be releasing Cowlitz Gamers 2nd Adventure (Booth313), the NA booth will feature a smorgsabord of games from developers like KHAN Games, Orab Games, Sole Goose Productions, and RetroUSB (Booth 601), John Riggs will be repping the Mega Cat Studios lineup (Booth 310), and even Good Deal Games will be there (Booth 604).

Wanna talk premiers? To start, the SimCity protos are making their first public appearance courtesy of BIGDADDYRAMIREZ (Booth 302). If we're hearing this correctly, Old School Gamer Magazine sent out it's first issues this week and will be giving copies away until they run out (Booth 122). This is their first convention since the issue went to press, and we're excited to see where this goes. Speaking of firsts, gaming documentary The Bits of Yesterday just launched an IndieGoGo for anyone who missed the Kickstarter Campaign. It's about to wrap and Captain Maroney will be doing a panel and showing off a snippet of the final film (7:30 PM - 8:15 PM, Auditorium B). Lots of NAers in that documentary!

Living in a Virtual World!
Posted by Ferris Bueller on October 15, 2017

In case you hadn't heard, it's been a big year for fans of the Virtual Boy. To start, back in June over on PlanetVB, one of their user's mellot124 picked up the two-player cable project, finished it, and started taking orders. Two-player Hyper Fighting will now be entering new homes and not just be for free play at the Let's Play Gaming Expo. Although, we did buy two sets so we can do two two-player setups at LPGE 2018. Maybe we'll be doing Tennis by then?

Next up, two new Virtual Boty titles were released over at Uncle Tusk's site. First was Insecticide, which we can gloss over since it's small batch of 25 already sold out. Available right now though is Virtual Fishing, which we heard was heavy on text and took a long time to translate. Thanks for the great additions, Tusker!

Last is a slightly more ambitious project from two Planet VB members and homebrew developers, KR155E and Jorgeche. They just launched a patreon to help support their work. Here's what they had to say about the campaign:
Originally posted by: KR155E

We have been creating Virtual Boy demos and games for the past 15 years. My debut game, Blox, has also been physically released on cartridge. Besides the games, we have also been building development tools, like VBDE, a complete and easy to use IDE, and VUEngine, a versatile game engine. Everything is open source and moderately licensed under MIT so that everybody can freely use our work. VUEngine has been in development for 12 years and has lately reached a very mature state.

We now want to, besides further improving the engine, make full games with it, the best we possibly can. Up until now, we have done all this in the evenings, besides our full time jobs. We aim to take our endevours to the next level through this campaign - the ultimate goal is nothing less than to become full-time independent game developers and release regular new, high quality Virtual Boy games plus even better tools for people to create their own games. 

We've reached our first milestone through the $250 funding goal, which allows Jorge to work one full day per week on the engine and our game(s). You could say that the campaign already achieved to make Jorge a professional part-time Virtual Boy homebrew developer. :-) 

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