As I’m well aware, you’ve probably already finished reading Paul’s coverage of the annual east coast gamer event, Philly Classic 5. Now, I’ve been a big fan of the expo for these past few years, as I’ve been an avid attendant since Philly Classic 3 in 2002. Much to my dismay, the convention became a mere shadow of it’s self. To me, what made Philly Classic so good before was the innocent flea-market feel, the homely displays, and the low prices that I’ve come to appreciate. This year, however, I found it was over commercialized, more crowded, prettier, and to my dismay, a lot less game-filled. This did not sit well with me, as I was already completely pissed beyond belief that there was no Dr. Mario tournament after all. Sadly, it seems this is the way it will continue to slip, and I will tell you for sure by the time PC6 rolls around. If I find that the trend carries on, I doubt that I shall attend PC7 all those years from now. Pause to cry!
But upward and onward, there is a ray of hope in the spotlight.
The realm of video game cover bands is not one for the mainstream, but one band undoubtedly commands the genre and will continue to do so for ages. I am, of course, talking about The Minibosses. Since 2000, the ‘Bosses have been kicking ass and taking names, playing classic NES game themes in a rock style. Among the classic titles are Ninja Gaiden, Contra, and the epic Metroid. They are localized in the Phoenix, AZ area, so for some time now the east coast has been bereft of their unique brand of rock. This is no longer the case.
The Minibosses will be on the Moustache Over America tour of the east coast with the likes of Rye Coalition and Eagles of Death Metal (featuring Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age). As an avid supporter of the band, and self-proclaimed “Minibossie”, this is pretty good news, to say the least. Make sure to stop by their website (http://www.minibosses.com), and pick up a shirt and their brand new EP. The EP features the themes from Mega Man 2 and Castlevania 3, in addition to some nifty recordings from the road. Sales from the EP will go to fund the production of the upcoming full-length album, so make sure you do your part for this terrific public service.
If you’ve read this and aren’t completely convinced, stop by the site and check them out. It’s a great listen whether or not you’re an advocate of the Nintendo Entertainment System, but judging by your reading of GameCola, I think it can be assumed that you are. Check out the website and see if they are stopping in a town near you. I’d check soon because by the time you read this, the tour will be well underway. I’ll be sure to tell you how it went by the time the next Awesomer rolls around, but until then, this has been Neal, and as sure I am that the Minibosses rock, I am awesomer than you.