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FANTASTIC ARCADE 2011—KEEPING AUSTIN WEIRD

Fantastic Arcade celebrates its local Texas roots with two major exclusive gaming events! Read all about them.

FANTASTIC ARCADE 2011—KEEPING AUSTIN WEIRD

Fantastic Arcade celebrates its local Texas roots with two major exclusive gaming events: the first in-depth playable public preview of Starhawk, the highly-anticipated third-person shooter developed exclusively for the PlayStation®3 (PS3™) computer entertainment system by Austin’s own LightBox Interactive, and the world premiere of Serious Sam: The Random Encounter from Austin-based games publisher Devolver Digital. Both games will be on display

during Fantastic Arcade, September 22-25, 2011.

The spiritual successor to the Warhawk, Starhawk provides fast-paced third-person shooter action set in the lawless frontier of space, allowing players to instantly alter the battlefield by calling down offensive and defensive structures in real time from an orbiting drop ship, all while blasting away at enemies in the middle of huge firefights. The game features both single-player and multiplayer campaigns with up to 32 players. Designed exclusively for the PlayStation 3 system by Austin's own LightBox Interactive, Starhawk is set for release in 2012.

The legendary Serious Sam reloads and rearms in his explosive debut role-playing game, Serious Sam: The Random Encounter. Developed by indie superstars Vlambeer and published by Austin-based Devolver Digital, Serious Sam: The Random Encounter maintains Serious Sam’s trademark humor, non-stop action, and massive hordes of unrelenting enemies in a wild throwback to classic turn-based RPGs.

“Austin is a hotbed of talent – whether film, music or video games and technology,” said Mike Plante, Arcade Artistic Director. “Fantastic Arcade highlights the both the artistic flair of the community as well as the pure genius of Austin and its citizens.”

Fantastic Arcade 2011 has attracted top sponsors for this year’s event, including PlayStation® Network as the Presenting Sponsor of the Arcade and the exclusive console partner of the event. Starhawk developer Lightbox Interactive has come on-board alongside PlayStation® Network as a Title Sponsor of this year’s Arcade. Additionally, Devolver Digital returns to Fantastic Arcade for the second year as a Premier Sponsor. Midas Green Tech (midasgreentech.com), offering innovative liquid-submerged virtual private servers that dramatically reduce IT costs and carbon footprints, is a 2011 Supporting Sponsor.

In addition to Starhawk and Serious Sam: The Random Encounter, Fantastic Arcade 2011 features several games that were developed in Austin, Texas, including:
Deep Sea by Robin Arnott: A creepy audio-only game where players don a sense-
depriving gas mask to face off against hidden sea monsters.
Lost Mars by Tiger Style: An action-gardening adventure where you cultivate an alien
ecosystem and research mysterious life forms.

Fantastic Arcade includes multiple video-game centric events so participants can meet, learn, play, compete and party including:
Developer Commentary: Hear direct from the creators as they play their games live on
the screen at the Highball. Multiple times a day, 9/22-25
Storytelling and Development in Videogames: Feature film writers and the creative
team behind the PlayStation®3 exclusive Starhawk will discuss storytelling and
development in videogames and how it crosses over with film. 1PM on Saturday, 9/24
PlayStation® Network PixelJunk Dance Party: As the graphics creator and music
composer for the Playstation Network exclusive, PixelJunk™ Eden, Japanese artist
Baiyon is the perfect catalyst for a Fantastic Arcade dance party. Step into his digital
playground for a visually fantastic dance trip. 10PM on Sunday, 9/25
Yearbook Nerd Photo Contest: Local contest celebrating nerds and their old high
school awkward photos. Contest open through September 20; winners chosen on
September 24.
Fantastic Arcade Awards Party: Starcade: The annual Fantastic Awards show also
includes a surprise tournament and a recreation of Starcade, the beloved 80s game
show for kids, where two serious video game junkies will compete to win a standup
arcade game. Starcade begins at 5 PM on Sunday, September 25.

All games and game related events in Fantastic Arcade are free and open to the general public at Austin, TX’s Highball Lounge on South Lamar Blvd. Each day features a happy hour and a tournament on a different independent game, including Bit Pilot, Jesus Vs. DinosaursSuper Crate Box and Vikings on Trampolines. For full schedule and daily events, visit: http://fantasticfest.festivalgenius.com/2011/schedule/week/category/Arcade.

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