Thursday, March 5, 2015

Get 8-Bit with Louisville Arcade Expo

The great thing about Kentucky's conventions is that all of them provide something unique and special. Louisville Arcade Expo is certainly no exception. Since 2011, Louisville Arcade Expo has been providing the Commonwealth with the opportunity to play probably any video game imaginable. Expo goers can harken back to their youth in the local arcade playing Ms. Pac-Man or Tekken. Personally, I was a Mortal Kombat master. I played every time we went to Giovanni's in Flatwoods and got pretty good at it if I may say so myself. You can read about my first console experiences on the blog post My First Video Game.

Arcade X, which takes place March 6-8, features over a hundred pinball and arcade machines set on free play, Classic Consoles from the 70s, 80s and 90s, and Classic Computing including the Apple II and Commodore 64. For just $20 a day or $45 for the weekend, you can play all of your favorite games and also take in events such as Retro Pub Trivia, Maximum Chiptunes by DJ CARTnage, and tournaments, including Street Fighter II, Power Pad Olympics, and Galaga. Regional vendors will be on hand to sell their retro gaming inspired wares.

Whether your interests are in Oregon Trail, Doctor Who Pinball, or Colecovision, you're sure to find something that's right for you. This year, Arcade X will also present one of the founders of Activision, and an early designer of many great console and arcade games, David Crane.

Louisville Arcade Expo
Triple Crown Pavilion @ the Ramada Plaza
1776 Plantside Drive Louisville, KY

March 6 - 8, 2015
Fri 2p-Midnight, Sat 10a-Midnight, Sun 10a-4p
@Door:  $20/Day | $45/Weekend

If you're able to make it to Louisville this weekend, it's sure to be a great time. Everyone be safe, as Kentucky has just gone through Snowpocalypse 2: The Blizzarding. Keep up with more Kentucky convention news here at Kentucky Geek Girl.

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

KickStartKentucky: Build Lexington in SimCity

KickStartKentucky is a new feature at Kentucky Geek Girl where I scour the web for interesting, Kentucky-based crowdsourcing projects. It doesn't have to be Kickstarter, projects can come from Indie GoGo or any platform. The only criteria for this feature is that the project has to be about Kentucky or based in Kentucky. If you have a project that you'd like for me to feature, just send me an email!

In this inaugural edition of KickStartKentucky, I'm sharing a project by Nolan Gray called "Help me build Lexington, Kentucky in SimCity (2013)." The title is self-explanatory. Nolan wants to construct the Athens of the West, the Horse Capital of the World, Lexington, Kentucky in SimCity.

I am fascinated by cities and city planning. As a historian, I find it interesting to see how a city changes over time and Lexington is no stranger to change. Starting from a town plat which spanned less than ten blocks, Lexington became a sprawling city, especially in the mid-20th century when urban sprawl was the norm all over the country. Even today, new subdivisions are cropping up all over as more and more land is taken in by developers. The landscape of Lexington has changed tremendously even in the 10 years that I've call it home.

I asked Nolan a few questions about his project and what he hopes to accomplish. More from him after the break.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Welcome to Night Vale to Return to Kentucky on May 12

Fans of Welcome to Night Vale, rejoice! Cecil, Carlos, and the cast of characters returns to Kentucky for a live performance on May 12 at Louisville's Bomhard Theater at The Kentucky Center. Tickets to the 2014 event sold quickly, so be sure to order yours soon!

Welcome to Night Vale is a twice-monthly podcast which can be described as "A Prairie Home Companion" meets Gaiman and Lovecraft. The podcast, presented as a radio program, provides community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff's Secret Police, mysterious lights in the sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events. The show is hosted by Cecil, with secondary characters voiced by guest stars such as Mara Wilson and Wil Wheaton.

WTNV released its 61st episode on February 1, so there's plenty of time to get caught up before the May 12 performance. Tickets are available now and can be purchased through Ticketmaster. If you're unable to make it to the Louisville show, Cincinnati is a comparable drive from Central Kentucky. And for those who really want to drive to Cleveland, you can do that too.

MAY 12. 8:00PM

MAY 13. 8:00PM

MAY 14. 8:00PM

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