Miami-Based Videogame Company SkyJoy Interactive's Super Kid Cannon Out Today

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Videogames are not necessarily the first thing that come to mind when one thinks of Miami, but SkyJoy Interactive is looking to change that. Cultist had the opportunity to see company's office, play its first game, and learn more about the firm at the forefront of the Miami videogame scene.

SkyJoy, listed among Miami's first videogame companies, is located on the tenth floor of a Brickell building sprinkled with the dust of nearby construction. CEO Abdulhady "Abboudi" Taher sees the construction as a metaphor for Miami's burgeoning tech possibilities.

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FAILE & Bast Deluxx-Fluxx Arcade: Pixels, Tokens, and High-Rises

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Elisa Meléndez
Follow the white line to the promised land.
An empty storefront at the corner of 16th and Washington has transformed into a neon arcade wonderland for Art Basel, as the FAILE & Bast Deluxx-Fluxx Arcade Miami 2013 (Presented by Perrier) opened to a game- and art-starved public this week.

The front room featured a series of arcade cabinets with different mechanics and multiple games per type. Some games appeared to be more traditional, while others just asked you to manipulate the art and create soundscapes. The subject matter of the more traditional set was Miami-inspired, and though the concepts are ubiquitous to the point of being numbing (playing as a rolled-up $5 trying to follow a zig-zagging white line of yeyo), some of them see new life when placed in the current Miami art scene narrative.

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Are Video Games Art? Find Out at Art Basel's Deluxx Fluxx Arcade

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Art in progress.
Take a stroll down Washington Ave from December 3-7 and stumble into an arcade to get a different shade of Art Basel. The FAILE Bast Deluxx Fluxx Arcade 2013 Miami Beach Presented by Perrier (phew) will take you back to the grand ol' days of the arcade and give you the chance to immerse yourself in the merger between art and play.

We had a chance to talk to Patrick Miller, one half of Brooklyn-based FAILE, and one of the artsy minds behind the installation:

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Xbox One Tour in Miami: Fast Cars and Combos

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Elisa Meléndez
That is one next-gen truck.
In an effort to drum up excitement for the upcoming launch of the Xbox One console, Microsoft decided to take its little rock star on tour, sending trucks to various stops across the US and Canada. Miami was lucky enough to be the first stop on the east coast leg, stopping at The U, Sunday's Dolphins game, and Sunset Place, among others.

We had a chance to get some hands-on time with the console and talk to some excited fans. Check out our impressions after the jump.

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III Points: A Virtual, Vintage Vibe at the Bro Gaming Lounge Party

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Elisa Meléndez
Wynwood becomes a virtual battleground.
Last weekend's III Points festival was a celebration of art, music, and technology. GAB Studio's Bro Gaming Lounge proved a welcome representation of all three.

Despite what the name suggested, this arcade wasn't just for Miami bros. Plenty of women picked up controllers and proved their mettle on the available consoles. On display were an Xbox 360, NES, SNES, Sega Genesis, and Nintendo 64.

TVs were lined up strategically in front of the bar, which offered Strongbow cider (neat or over ice) to cool you down if your matches got a little too heated. A variety of DJs from Y-Not to Po$hstronaut provided the soundtrack to your fatalities and forays into the Mushroom Kingdom.

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III Points Festival: Get Your Video Game On at GAB Studio

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Because your Mario Kart skills are a work of art unto themselves.
This weekend's III Points festival is a celebration of art, music, and technology. On Friday and Saturday, the GAB Studio will be transformed into the Bro Gaming Lounge, a place where you can enjoy some kicking tunes while playing video games.

Video games? Sure!

It only makes sense that video games be a part of the festival, as they exemplify each of the festival's themes -- not just technology, but art and music as well.

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Nintendo's First Party Games: Updated Classics, Thinly Veiled Drinking Games, and Kitty Suits

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It's-a me! Meow-rio!
Nintendo of America recently shacked up at the W Hotel on South Beach and invited media to try out some of their upcoming first-party titles for Nintendo 3DS and WiiU. Cultist had the pleasure of playing some of these games for a couple of hours. Because journalism.

Get our impressions on where Nintendo's heading after the jump.

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- E3 2013: Five Takeaways From Yesterday's Gaming Press Conferences
- E3's Best in Show: The Cosplay Edition
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The Booth Babes of E3: Awesome or Offensive?

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When you're at a geek convention, what attracts you to a particular booth? Is it familiarity with what's being shown? Is it the free stuff? What about the ladies giving away the free stuff? Whether you call them promotional models or "booth babes," these women (and they are almost always women), are a constant source of controversy at major gaming events.

The ever-growing debate surrounding gender concerns in gaming has led to a critique of marketing practices that use sex to sell games and tech. Proponents say that sex sells, and they're just playing to their (mostly straight guy) consumer base. Critics argue that a reliance on booth babes alienates women who are both consumers and industry employees. Games writer Kate Cox commented on the phenomenon last year in an article for Kotaku: "...a booth that wants to attract my attention by waving the promise of women at me is, in fact, saying loud and clear that they don't want my attention at all."

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- E3's Best in Show: The Cosplay Edition
- E3 2013: Five Takeaways From Yesterday's Gaming Press Conferences

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E3's Best in Show: The Cosplay Edition

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Photos by Elisa Melendez
This year's E3 (that's the Electronic Entertainment Expo, for the uninitiated) was one of the hugest in recent history, marking the dawn of a new console generation. As such, publishers and fans alike are getting into the spirit by literally representing gaming's old favorites and new additions in the form of kick-ass cosplay. The outfits tend to fall into two categories: the professional cosplayer hired by the companies at E3 to attract attention to the booth, and the attendees, which decide to get into the spirit. Check out some of the best outfits after the jump.

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- E3 2013: Five Takeaways From Yesterday's Gaming Press Conferences


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E3 2013: Five Takeaways From Yesterday's Gaming Press Conferences

Categories: Lists, Video Games

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"This is how you share your games on PS4."
The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is home to the year's biggest gaming announcements, from new consoles to the latest games from your favorite publishers and developers. This past Monday, Microsoft, Sony, EA, and Ubisoft held major news conferences to showcase all the goodies that will make our wallets hurt this fall and beyond.

With each conference packing at least an hour full of hardware and game announcements, that's a lot of information and bright, shiny pixels to take in. Don't be overwhelmed, fellow gamer -- we've broken it down for you after the jump.

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