Indie Arcades and Wu-Tang Joust: Photos from the Motherboard Relaunch…

Last night, Vice's sub-site Motherboard celebrated its official relaunching the best way possible: by throwing a giant party, having Rza play and getting everyone drunk. Indie arcade-makers Babycastles were also there to bring their own brand of gaming weirdness along with the whole gang behind Sportsfriends. » 11/30/12 1:00pm 11/30/12 1:00pm

See The Room That Ate Ms. Pac-Man and Three Other One-of-a-Kind Video…

Proof that video games are art isn't just on the screen. Sometimes it can be right in front of you, in the form of an arcade classic that swallows a whole room or tricked-out gloves that let you throw a Street Fighter fireball. » 9/03/12 5:00pm 9/03/12 5:00pm

Here's How to Throw a Hadouken—in Real Life

Babycastles, the video games arts collective, is back in New York, teaming with Katamari Damacy creator Keita Takahashi to deliver interpretations of Mario Bros., Ms. Pac-Man and a Defender-style side-scrolling shooter. Here's their latest concept, which brings hadoukens to real-life, sort of. Watch this video of… » 9/01/12 3:20pm 9/01/12 3:20pm

Hi There, Ridiculously Enormous Two-Person Mario Bros. Controller

More weird riffs on classic video games from the New York City gaming collective Babycastles and Katamari Damacy dreamer Keita Takahashi. We showed you their unusual takes on Ms. Pac-Man and an old-school shmup. Here's Mario Bros. » 8/30/12 9:00pm 8/30/12 9:00pm

You Have To Run From Room to Room (In Real Life) To Play This Arcade…

Imagine a Defender-style video game where you had to jog across the entire floor of a building to play it. No, wait; don't imagine that. One Japanese-born game designer already did. And it's pretty great. » 8/29/12 2:00pm 8/29/12 2:00pm

This Extraordinary Version of Ms. Pac-Man Fills an Entire Room.

It's one thing for a video game to be called immersive when you're staring at a single screen in one direction. But when you're sitting in a room surrounded by power pellets and aggressive ghosts of Ms. Pac-Man, you feel like you're living inside a game of the arcade classic. » 8/29/12 12:30pm 8/29/12 12:30pm

Some of Keita Takahashi's Video Game Dreams Will Come True This Summer, …

Keita Takahashi, the free-thinking creator of Katamari Damacy and Noby Noby Boy is teaming up with Babycastles, the free-thinking New York City-based video game art curators for a most wonderful exhibition. They're turning several of Takahashi's brainstorms into real-world, physical games for an exhibition premiering… » 7/30/12 3:30pm 7/30/12 3:30pm

This is What A Video Game Played In a Planetarium Looks Like

Check out this test run of Space Cruiser, a video game that will be played by some 200 people on Thursday evening at New York City's American Museum of Natural History. (Event details here. But it's now sold out.) Video by Ida Benedetto. » 1/25/12 11:30am 1/25/12 11:30am

This Video Might Convince Your Doubtful Friends That Games Can Be Art

For a relaxing time, sit back and watch this terrific PBS short documentary on the artistic merits of video games. The video runs only about 7 minutes, and features NYU's Eric Zimmerman, game designer and researcher Jesper Juul, Kotaku contributor and secret nerdcore superstar Leigh Alexander, and Babycastles curator… » 10/26/11 9:30pm 10/26/11 9:30pm

To-Do In New York: Bring your Ears to the Blip Festival

Blip Festival 2011 starts... tonight! Never mind that it's almost tonight. If you like chiptunes, if you want to hear music that bleeps and bloops rather than hums and sings, if you like lo-fi electronica, or if you just want to increase your odds of bumping into Kotaku columnist Leigh Alexander, go to the festival. » 5/19/11 5:00pm 5/19/11 5:00pm