17 December 2011

We recently discovered this bunch of people from Italy (the ones behind Indie Vault) who are willing & determined to bring the Winnitron movement to their southern European country. As of today, there are already 7 Winnitrons (… arcade cabinets) around the world: Winnipeg (Canada, where everything started), Utrecth, New York, Pittsburgh, Shanghai, Christchurch (NZ) and Melbourne, and if everything goes well Italy will have their very own box very soon.

We’re pretty convinced that Vicenzo, Ciro, Federico, Marco, Paolo, Luca and the incredible guyz @ Santa Ragione don’t need any of our help to make this happen in the boot. They’ve already started building the unit and have already raised more than 60% of their $2,500 goal. Still if you’re a good Italian game lover you shall give them a hand and read carefully about the initiative on their IndieGoGo page.

 On our side, we’ve decided this time to support the global Winnitron movement

Born originally as a brainchild of a group of Canadian developers (Alec Holowka, Marlon Wiebe, Noel Berry, Kert Gartner, Tom Rab and Joel Forest who call themselves the Bit Collective), the Winnitron 1000 is an arcade cabinet, playable by anyone, which features new games created by indie game developers from Winnipeg and across the globe.

the original Winnitron 1000 at LowPub

the original Winnitron 1000 at LowPub

 From the 2010 Canadian beginnings it quickly spread to Utretch (The Netherlands) with the help of The Dutch Game Garden, Paul Veer and Vlambeer, then New Zealand, New York last summer and now there’s even one in China!

Winnitron in NZ
Winnitron in NZ

The movement is spreading pretty fast and pretty much anyone can build their very own box on their town (we’re expecting one here in London, Paris or Madrid… anyone???), with a decent list of games to choose from, support from the original developers and the community, and guidelines on how to add your own games. So there it is… anyone joining?

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Fame Fest 2011 @ Grottaglie – Italy

23 September 2011

After the 2010 edition comes the… 2011 one! One of the best summery street art festivals will once again take place at the southern Italian city of Grottaglie: Fame Fest.

About to be canceled at first, the people @ Studio Cromie have managed however to put together the 4th edition with an always amazing selection of artists, for 2011 Angelo and the crew @ Cromie have brought Vhils, Nespoon, Erica il Cane, NUG, Boris Hoppek…. amongst many others. Quite a selection who’ve been invading Grottaglie and its streets (while eating loads of pizza & pasta) for the past few months to make the city look nice for the big day.

Nespoon's contribution

This year it all happens last week of Sept… 23rd & 24th so just like last year… for those of you heading to southern Italy this Sept please pass by Grottaglie, it’s tiny, but there will be so muchart waiting for you…. more details on the FAME webpage.

NUG invading walls

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