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Best of GameSetWatch: From Comic-Con To Hoarders

Gamasutra's alt video game blog GameSetWatch, rounds up this week's offbeat news, including Mister Raroo's Comic-Con write-ups, an arcade collector featured on A&E's Hoarders TV show, and more.
[Every week GameSetWatch editor-in-chief Eric Caoili rounds up the latest news/media for obscure and offbeat games from Gamasutra's sister site and alternative video game blog.] Over at our recently resdesigned alt video game blog GameSetWatch, we shared a number of fun stories during the past week, including Mister Raroo's always entertaining Comic-Con write-ups, an arcade collector featured on A&E's Hoarders TV show, a New York Times profile on Dwarf Fortress's creators, and more. GameSetWatch's highlights from the last week: Comic-Con Time With the Raroos: 2011 Edition - GameSetWatch columnist Mister Raroo and his family offer daily reports on last week's San Diego Comic-Con International, chronicling highlights from the fan convention, hitting up the temporary "Sega Arcade," and sharing photos of their adventures. Hoarders Spotlights Arcade Collector - "Randy's boardwalk memorabilia collection fills a 20,000 square foot building and numerous tractor trailers. Room after room of pinball machines, signs, games, toys, tickets, and hundreds of mannequins modeled after Randy himself. He's spent millions on his fantasy world known as Randyland -- but it's never been open to the public. Now he must figure out how to make money from his hoard or go broke and lose everything." Dwarf Fortress' Tarn On Angry Birds, Minecraft In NYT Profile - "In the only moment I heard him speak with anything like bitterness, Tarn called Minecraft a 'depressing distillation of our own stuff.' He paused, adding more magnanimously that the game 'has its own things going for it.' The problem, he concluded, 'isn't with Minecraft so much as it's with society.'" M.Bison's Shadaloo HQ Is The Raddest Secret Base Ever (pictured) - "You can see that he's created a sort of Mt. Rushmore-esque sculpture for his own face, plus those of of Sagat, Balrog, and Vega (with mask). And there's a big dish set up to communicate with a satellite bearing a giant skull and skeleton arms!" Game Play 2011: Mastermind and foci + loci - "Mastermind is an immersive staging of an elaborate, futuristic multimedia 'game', waged between two 'Hyperestheticnaut' players (artists that have prepared half of an agreed-upon epic story of cosmic battles between forces of Order and Chaos), with 'play' to be administered by a projected game master, who acts as a conductor and master of ceremonies. The players attack and counterattack each other as if in a chess match, but the goal is not the decimation of combaters, but the production of a great work of art." Taito's Groove Coaster Detailed in Video Preview - "Little was known about Taito's upcoming iOS rhythm game Groove Coaster, the latest game from Reisuke Ishida (Space Invaders Infinity Gene), when it was unveiled earlier this month, but this new gameplay footage helps to fill in the blanks. Unsurprisingly, it looks pretty awesome."

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