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      Pixel Gems You May Have Missed During The Pandemic

      Pixel Gems You May Have Missed During The Pandemic
      Video game development has hit plenty of strides over the past decade, and video games that were independently developed without the help of a big publisher behind them are becoming increasingly common. Along with an increase in accessing video game development tools, the various digital marketplaces have also helped ease indie games into the mainstream market.

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      Video Game First Impressions

      Video Game First Impressions
      There have been plenty of times in life that we have been simply sucker punched by something that we never expected. Whether that experience is positive or negative, we always tend to remember these moments more than those that fall within our routine. Video games are no different, especially when it comes to the ones that stood out by inadvertently spawning new ideas. This series aims to take a look at various games that have exceeded expectations and transcended first impressions.

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      Weekly Dose of Gaming News - The Button Bashers: A Retro Game Documentary Drama

      Weekly Dose of Gaming News - The Button Bashers: A Retro Game Documentary Drama

      Retro game lovers, get ready for a documentary made just for you! A documentary drama called The Button Bashers is currently in production with the hopes of being released in late 2021.

      The film is created by Elerby Studios and explores computer gaming dating all the way back to the 80s. The Button Bashers was written, directed and funded by Elerby Studios owner, Lee Bolton, who explains his reasoning for creating the movie saying "This film has been my passionate project at the studio. I grew up with the 80s computer games." He goes on to say, "It's a documentary drama, so we've got interviews with the people who were involved in making games in their back bedrooms, speaking about how they made a lot of money in a short space of time, and then we have actors too. Now, it's a multi-billion dollar industry. It's really interesting, it's like a piece of history."

      For our part, we're excited to see some of the creators who were included in the documentary, some of the people interviewed in the movie are huge in the industry to this day and are still making games for the Xbox and PS5.

      Elerby Studios is in talks with a production company in the US, but no details have been revealed that unfortunately means we don't yet know how or when it will be released however we're keeping an eye out for when we might get to watch the upcoming documentary drama.

      Is The Button Bashers something you'd be interested in checking out?

      Weekly Dose of Gaming News - Retro Exhibit from LVLup! and The National Library of Estonia

      Weekly Dose of Gaming News - Retro Exhibit from LVLup! and The National Library of Estonia

      Video games are a universal language, but each country has their own history with gaming culture. For Estonia, video games existed, but didn't really gain widespread popularity until the mid 1980s to the early 1990s.

      An exhibit called Do Something Useful Instead is now available for virtual tour from LVLup! and the National Library of EstoniaLVLup! shares a little bit about the tour on social media saying "The tour takes the grown-ups back to their youth and introduces retro consoles and games to young people. Some of these consoles and games date back to the 1970s."

      In a tale as old as time, well, at least as old as video games, gaming wasn't seen as a useful way to spend your time, and this was no different in Estonia. Children were constantly being told to "do something useful instead" hence, the name of the exhibit.

      The museum tantalizes us with those warm fuzzy nostalgic feelings, saying, "Mario Bros., Street Fighter II, Brick Game, Pac-Man, Road Race, Circus, Sonic the Hedgehog, Tale Spin, Flipper, or that handheld game console with the silver frame, featuring Indians - If these names ring a bell and bring back good memories, then we strongly recommend to take part in the tour, and click 'going'."

      You don't have to tell us twice, we're there. For anyone interested in visiting the exhibit in person, it will be open when the current COVID situation allows. for everyone else, all you have to do is click a link. 

      Pixel Art Round Up with Alex Sy

      Pixel Art Round Up with Alex Sy
      It's the month of April, but we aren't pulling any pranks today. We're taking a dip into some 2D Pixel Art Horror, right on time for late spring break. So no beaches and dive bars, just creepy towns, forests, and ruins. It sounds like a party to me.

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