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Upright Q*Bert machines contain a solenoid that makes a popping noise after players fall off the stage, simulating an impact with the floor.
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RevolvingDork Kellbot and RevolvingDork's Pixelated Wedding: Programs
Sun, Jun 19, 2011 10:10pm EDT
By RevolvingDork

The event programs, like all of our printed wedding materials, were designed pixel-by-pixel at a minute resolution. We used the same visual theme here as on all signage at the wedding and reception: a blue border and the typeface from Capcom's Strider. Detail text was printed in Pixelette.

The design was tied together by yet another pixelated rendition of ourselves, this time holding up our newly acquired rings while doing our best Link impersonations.



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The maximum number of Sims that can live on a single lot is 8. Unless you are a magical hax0r.
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RevolvingDork Kellbot and RevolvingDork's Pixelated Wedding: Centerpieces
Sun, Jun 19, 2011 10:09pm EDT
By RevolvingDork

The reception centerpieces, unsurprisingly, ended up requiring more time and effort than anything else. Constructed from 100% basic Lego bricks, each sphere measured 25cm in diameter and was composed of approximately 1,600 pieces. There were a grand total of 14 spheres.

Kellbot has some in-depth posts about the preparation and construction of these behemoths, but in summary: She wrote a Python script that broke 3D computer models into Lego-sized pieces, then cut a series of horizontal slices and made vector files out of them. We utilized a laser cutter to make foamcore jigs for all 27 layers, using them as guides for building the final sculptures.


An intrepid group of family and friends were enlisted to help with the build. On average, building a single sphere took roughly 6-8 man-hours. The centerpieces required a great deal of logistical planning and old-fashioned hard work, but I like to think that the results speak for themselves.


Our caterering company, Feastivites, did a fantastic job setting the tables and decorating the reception venue with leftover Legos. They even helped us rent squared-off silverware and flatware to match the blocky theme. At every step of the way they shaped our rough pile of ideas into a cohesive whole, and I can't recommend them highly enough.



Next: Cake ->

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Founded in 1982, Electronic Arts' original business name was "Amazin' Software."
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RevolvingDork Kellbot and RevolvingDork's Pixelated Wedding: Cake
Sun, Jun 19, 2011 10:09pm EDT
By RevolvingDork

We arrived at Whipped Bakeshop in South Philly with no solid ideas about what we wanted our cake to look like. Fortunately, the helpful staff at the bakery got our imaginations rolling after showing us square cake pans and suggesting that pixels could be replicated with frosting. Kellbot produced a sketch of our ideal cake: a boxy three-tier affair embellished with blue and green squares.


The resulting cake was pixel-perfect. Each tier featured a different flavor: chocolate truffle, lemon cream, and carrot cake. It fit the theme to a tee and didn’t make any compromises on deliciousness.



Next: Table Cards ->

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Former Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi operated a taxi firm and a by-the-hour "love hotel" prior to his employment at Nintendo.
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RevolvingDork Kellbot and RevolvingDork's Pixelated Wedding: Table Cards
Sun, Jun 19, 2011 10:09pm EDT
By RevolvingDork

Many couples name reception tables after meaningful moments in their relationships. Kellbot and I were no different; we named our tables after the games we enjoyed playing together. I made illustrated signs for each game, drawing custom sprite work wherever necessary ( I’m most proud of the Monday Night Combat sign ).



Accompanying the table signs were name cards for each guest. I drew icons for the four available entrees and placed them under each name accordingly.




Next: Entertainment ->

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The Pac-Man ghosts are also nicknamed Blinky (red), Pinky (pink), Inky (blue), and Clyde (orange). Clyde became "Sue" in Ms. Pac-man.
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RevolvingDork Kellbot and RevolvingDork's Pixelated Wedding: Entertainment
Sun, Jun 19, 2011 10:09pm EDT
By RevolvingDork

It would be criminal to host a videogame-themed reception without providing some actual games to play. We had two gaming stations:

  1. A Nintendo Wii with four controllers hooked up to an LCD television
  2. A complete Xbox 360 Rock Band 3 setup projected onto a screen with audio piped through a PA system

Rock Band, as we all know, has been scientifically proven to be the best party game of all time. Supplemented with a song list several hundred strong, the RB3 station drew a crowd of players and spectators all night long. Players at the Nintendo station favored New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Super Mario Kart Wii for some more competetive fun.


In between the game stations was a dance floor, and it was expertly DJed by Jason Remaly from Silver Sound DJs. We established a playlist centered largely around ska staples like Streetlight Manifesto, Reel Big Fish, and The Mighty Mighty BossTones. I beamed with pride when the floor went from zero to circle pit in an unprecedented 3 songs.


The dinner prepared by Feastivities was excellent, but my favorite part of the catering service was the self-service ice cream bar at the end. Homemade vanilla and chocolate ice cream were complimented by a full spread of toppings: hot fudge, whipped cream, cherries, sprinkles, strawberries -- basically, everything. I’d say that I don’t understand why more weddings don’t feature ice cream bars, but in truth I don’t understand why any event wouldn’t feature ice cream bars.




Next: Thank You Cards ->

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For Western markets, the Pac-Man ghosts' names were changed to Shadow (red), Speedy (Pink), Bashful (blue) and Pokey (orange.)
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RevolvingDork Kellbot and RevolvingDork's Pixelated Wedding: Thank You Cards
Sun, Jun 19, 2011 10:09pm EDT
By RevolvingDork

Two days after the wedding, Kellbot and I set out to Saint Lucia for our honeymoon. With fantastic beaches and picturesque backdrops, it was an ideal place to wind down after months of preparation and several weeks of non-stop activity. We relished being able to lie in a hammock on the beach and play games without a care in the world -- this was our first real vacation in years, and it was long overdue.


I used photos from the honeymoon as a basis for our “Thank You” cards. This was the last piece of wedding-related design work I’d have to do, so I wanted to make it good.



Final: Wrap up ->

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Gaming Trivia
The original Japanese names for Pac-Man's ghosts are Oikake (red), Machibuse (pink), Kimagure (blue) and Otoboke (orange).
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RevolvingDork Designing a Videogame Tournament ( How I Picked My Best Man )
Sat, Feb 26, 2011 9:50pm EST
By RevolvingDork

When preparing to get married, there are a number of methods one can use to select a best man. Some husbands-to-be start with a brother or the brother of their fiancée. Others choose their best friend or a family member they've grown up with.

If you're like me, you make your groomsmen battle it out in a multi-console videogame tournament.

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The green, diamond-shaped parallelogram above a Sim's head is called a plumbob. It is also the logo for The Sims series of games.
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RevolvingDork Muramasa: The Demon Blade (Wii) Review
Thu, Oct 15, 2009 2:33am EDT
By RevolvingDork


Muramasa: The Demon Blade feels like the product of an alternate timeline. If polygons had never ushered in an ice age for 2D gaming, hand-drawn sprites like the ones perfected in Muramasa might still rule the earth. Smaller versions of today's intelligent but homely 3D visuals would be forced to scavenge their eggs, festering with jagged pestilence.

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Halo 3 made more money ($170 million) on its first day than Spider Man 3, the highest-grossing movie opening ever @ $151 million. [via ESA]
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RevolvingDork Big Brother is watching The O.C.
Tue, Jun 16, 2009 10:54am EDT
By RevolvingDork
I've got a hot tip for anyone who wants to attract lots of Twitter followers in the fastest way possible.

Hypercombofinish Comic #47 by Chris Maguire
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Toby Gard quit Core Design in 1997, allegedly due to his objections to Lara Croft's overt sexualization.
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RevolvingDork The life and times of an Internet startup company
Sun, Jun 14, 2009 2:40pm EDT
By RevolvingDork
This summer I'm spending the work week in Philadelphia building waffl.com, which is a marketplace and community for bed and breakfast owners.

The direction of the company has splintered into building a broader-scale marketing tool, and this is leading to some interesting discussions.

Hypercombofinish Comic #46 by Chris Maguire
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