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Steve Wiebe to be at Denver Comic Con 2013https://www.facebook.com/cat.despira
Join Steve Wiebe, Walter Day, Richie Knucklez and Twin Galaxies at The 1-Up booth, at Denver Comicon, May 31 - June 2, 2013.
DCC ’13 will be screening “The King of Kong” followed by a Q & A session with Steve. Also, during the con, he will be attempting the elusive Donkey Kong “Kill Screen” everyday at the 1UP booth.http://www.denvercomiccon.com/2013/steve-wiebe/
Don’t miss it!!!
STEVE WIEBE was born on January 3, 1969 in Seattle, Washington to Ryan and Sandy Wiebe. He was raised in Bellevue, Washington and has a brother, Ryan Wiebe, and sister, Cathy Lowell. Steve graduated in 1987 from Newport High School in Bellevue, Washington, where he played basketball and pitched on the school baseball team. Steve also played drums in the school symphonic and jazz bands.
Steve graduated from the University of Washington in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Steve worked as a testing and analysis engineer at The Boeing Company from 1996 to 1999 and then worked as a software testing engineer at BSquare from 1999 to 2001. In 2004, Steve earned a Masters in Teaching degree from City University and is now teaching mathematics and robotics at Finn Hill Junior High in Kirkland, Washington.
Steve has held both the world record scores on the arcade video games, Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Junior, and is one of the subjects of the 2007 documentary, The King of Kong, directed by Seth Gordon and produced by Ed Cunningham. Steve also appeared in the 2008 holiday movie, Four Christmases, starring Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon.
Steve currently resides in Redmond, Washington with his wife, Nicole, his daughter, Jillian, and son, Derek. He has recently completed an 11 song Contemporary Christian CD, titled The King of Song, that is available for digital download and CD purchase.
Day will be premiering his re-launch of the storied Twin Galaxies gaming organization nd previewing a follow-up to the cult classic King of Kong movie.http://www.denvercomiccon.com/2013/walter-day/
WALTER DAY is the founder of Twin Galaxies, a video game related company. Day is “world-renowned expert” in video game score keeping records who in 2010, retired from he industry to pursue a career in music.
THE 1UP BOOTH GUESTS: The 1Up (a DCC’13 Exhibitor and Partner) will have Steve Wiebe and Walter Day as their booth guests. Wiebe and Day will also be participating in DCC’13 programming.http://www.denvercomiccon.com/2013/the1up/
STEVE WIEBE is a Gamer-Teacher-Musician known for his record scores on the arcade video games, Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Junior, and is one of the subjects of the 2007 documentary, The King of Kong.
DCC ’13 will be screening “The King of Kong” followed by a Q & A session with Wiebe, and the gamer will be attempting the elusive “Kill Screen-a-day” on Donkey Kong, on the con floor at the 1-Up booth.
WALTER DAY is the founder of Twin Galaxies, a video game related company. Day is a “world-renowned expert” in video game score keeping records who in 2010, retired from the industry to pursue a career in music. Day will be premiering his re-launch of the storied Twin Galaxies gaming organization and previewing a follow-up to the cult classic King of Kong movie.
THE 1UP opened at 1925 Blake Street (LODO) in Denver, Colorado on March 23rd 2011.
While the concept itself is unique to Denver, we love to give credit where credit is due. The first Arcade/Bar concepts were born in Portland OR. (GROUND KONTROL), and Williamsburgh Brooklyn, NY (BARCADE)
The 1up is our twist on the Arcade/Bar concept. The 1up features over 45 classic Arcade Games, 15 Pinball Machines, 3 Lanes of Classic Skee-Ball and multiple sets of Giant Jenga.
We are proud to feature 14 beers on tap which have been custom built into an Arcade Cabinet. Our Hall-of-Fame consists of vintage cans. We have a solid selection of 40oz bottles of Malt Liquor and a full bar.
A Touch Tunes jukebox provides your soundtrack while you are here.
The 1up is open about 360 days a year. Please follow us on Facebook for information regarding Holiday and Company closures. We do have Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer hours so please check out our FAQs for more information.
We will be screening this new arcade movie at the NW Pinball & Arcade Show!https://www.facebook.com/nwpinballandarcadeshow?hc_location=stream
The Space Invaders: In Search of Lost Time
In 1982, there were 13,000 dedicated arcade locations across North America, generating $3.2 billion dollars. By 1985, revenue had fallen 97%. Atari declared bankruptcy. Arcades closed. This is the story of arcade video games, and their second life in basements and garages all across the country.
“A charming look at retro arcade collecting” – Patrick Scott Patterson
“The visual equivalent of ocular crack… a nostalgic look back, and what it’s like to be one of the people trying to salvage these moments.” – Slashfilm.com
“Tells the story of the historic arcade boom-and-crash from 1982 to 1985 and how those classic cabinets are now enjoying a ‘second life’ in the basements and garages of enthusiasts worldwide.” - Eric Bailey, Examiner.com
“Anyone who’s an obsessive collector of anything can identify with those on screen, and their genuine passions for this hobby.” – Paul Freitag-Fey, Daily Grindhouse
A home arcade filled with 1980s-era video games is among those featured in "The Space Invaders: In Search of Lost Time," a documentary made by Pinole resident Jeff Von Ward who worked on the film for five years.http://www.sfchronicle.com/entertainment/playinggames/article/The-Space-Invaders-seeks-home-arcades-4519731.php
Video game arcades were like the Starbucks of the early 1980s, spreading through suburbia at such a fast pace that it wasn't unusual to see two or three Pac-Man machines on the same block.
When the industry imploded and arcades all but disappeared by the end of the decade, the question I had as a teen wasn't "Why?" It was "What happened to all the games?"
Jeff Von Ward tries to answer that question in his entertaining and unapologetically geeky "The Space Invaders: In Search of Lost Time," which makes its Bay Area premiere at the Ninth Street Independent Film Center on Saturday. Rather than focus on the games or the best players - as in the popular "The King of Kong" from 2007 - Von Ward spends his time with a dozen or so collectors who have turned their basements, living rooms and garages into arcades.
I wrote an article on the same subject in late 2007, focusing on Bay Area residents who had been collecting, restoring and displaying their games. (You can read that story at www.bit.ly/19k8FPz.) Von Ward, a Pinole resident, goes national, finding some of the best home arcades in the United States.
The documentary quickly traces the rise and fall of video game arcades, and the spark that caused a lot of arcade lovers to become fans for life. ("We all wanted to be Ricky Schroder," one collector says, referring to the home arcade on the 1980s TV show "Silver Spoons.") But the documentary excels when the collectors get even more personal. What do their spouses think? At what point does a collection become too big? What will happen to all of these games when the collectors die?
What Von Ward's documentary lacks in polish, it makes up for in personality. Von Ward focuses much of the middle part of the movie on what makes most arcade game collectors so special: the fact that their greatest joy is sharing the games with the public.
Jonathan Koolpe, a collector from Daly City interviewed in "The Space Invaders," opens up his game-filled garage every Halloween. Most collectors would rather see their games get nicked up by strangers than remain pristine in a storage locker. Von Ward also spends time at California Extreme, the Santa Clara collector-run arcade game show; the convention will probably screen his documentary when it returns on July 13-14, 2013.
There's a welcome sympathetic perspective that permeates Von Ward's documentary. The most comical moments don't involve the quirks of the collectors. It's the news footage of out-of-touch broadcasters from the 1980s who mischaracterize video game culture, or worse yet, demonize it.
And best of all, there's a happy ending, especially for Bay Area residents. It's likely the majority of those Joust, Asteroids and Dragon's Lair games you played in the 1980s have been destroyed. But a great many are alive and well and back in a home arcade - owned by someone who can't wait for you to play with them.
Courtesy Jeff Von Ward
Jeff Von Ward is the director of "The Space Invaders." The Pinole resident, pictured at his home arcade, worked on the film for five years.
You can see "The Space Invaders: In Search of Lost Time" at 7 p.m. Saturday. $10. Ninth Street Independent Film Center, 145 Ninth St., Suite 250, S.F. The movie can also be purchased or downloaded. www.thespaceinvaders.org.
Peter Hartlaub is The San Francisco Chronicle's pop culture critic.
Do you remember Pac-Man and Donkey Kong? What happened to all the old video games from the 80s?http://gablit.com/beta/#!/e-515396bfe83b2b6096b5bbbe-&segment=overview&zoom=12&lat=37.775864&lng=-122.35988592187502&st=00:00&et=23:59&sd=0&ed=7
Come see the 2013 Northern California Film Festival Audience Award winning film "The Space Invaders" at the Ninth Street Independent Film Center in San Francisco.
A feature-length documentary about arcade game collectors. One night only. Live music by Jean Baudin.
Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets:
Trailer and more info:
Doors open at 7:30 pm, movie begins at 8:00 pm. Running time: 84 mins.
Q&A with filmmaker to follow screening.
Door open at 7:30pm
Admission Level Price
General Admission $10.00 ($11.34 w/service fee)
They may be large and unwieldy, but nothing attracts collectors of a certain vintage like old arcade gameshttp://www.sfgate.com/magazine/article/Fistful-of-Quarters-Why-some-choose-to-collect-3301122.php
What is going on with this documentary i must buy!!
Does anyone know when this comes out or where i can get this? Or more importantly what is the status on this documentary?