VIDEO: Fantastic Arcade Wrap Up

We chat up the weird wonderful gaming fringe with help from the Daily Dot

Take a look back at the festival that celebrates the unique, avant garde, and strange end of the video game spectrum. We chat with some of the developers about their gaming creations including Paloma Dawkins on her moss-controlled rhythm game, Thu Tran on cooking with the fires of hell, and Pietro Righi Riva on why Italy was so damn cool in the Seventies.

We enlisted the video skills of our friends at the Daily Dot to help us look slightly less awkward than usual, and they did a damn fine job.

Every year, under the Fantastic Fest banner, the Fantastic Arcade brings some of the most innovative and downright weird video games and their creators from around the world to the Alamo Drafthouse. This year was no exception with everything from an airplane costume motion controller, an NES Zapper used to play Russian roulette, and a pug dating simulator.

Here are some links to help you get to those games if you're so inclined:

•Paloma Dawkins' homepage and page. You can also vote for ALEA on Steam Greenlight.

•George Royer's Psychic Cat on

GNOG from KO-OP Mode

•Santa Ragione's Wheels of Aurelia

•Loren Schmidt's games, including Strawberry Cubes, on

•Nathalie Lawhead's exceptionally insane webpage for Tetrageddon

Hellmouth has a webpage, but the game is unavailable to the general public.

Jerry Belich’s Afterglow, played with a rotary dial and a big, red, shiny button

Paloma Dawkins’ Alea, played with its moss controller

Audience award winner Andrew Reitano (right) with Arcade jefe Wiley Wiggins. Reitano was the mind behind the NES drinking game Super Russian Roulette.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More Fantastic Arcade
Fantastic Arcade for the Average Austinite
Fantastic Arcade for the Average Austinite
A preview of free, public events at this weekend of indie gaming

James Renovitch, Oct. 26, 2018

Fantastic Arcade Announces 2016 Lineup
Fantastic Arcade Announces 2016 Lineup
Interactive arm of Fantastic Fest probes video games' outer limits

James Renovitch, Aug. 10, 2016

More by James Renovitch
Juneteenth Events in Austin
Juneteenth Events in Austin
Commemorate the end of slavery in Texas with these happenings

June 14, 2024

Queens, Kings, and More Events to Help You Celebrate This Weekend
Queens, Kings, and More Events to Help You Celebrate This Weekend
Movies, theatre, classes, dancing, and more reasons to get out

June 14, 2024


Fantastic Arcade, Fantastic Fest 2015, Daily Dot

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Keep up with happenings around town

Kevin Curtin's bimonthly cannabis musings

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle