PAX / Chiptune artists stage Lo-Tek takeover

Videogames are cool and all, but one of the major highlights of my weekend at PAX was Lo-Tek Resistance, the impromptu street performance engineered by members of Crunchy Co Records. Anyone near the front entrance of the Washington State Convention Center on Friday was treated to three amazing hours of Game Boy-powered jams from Fighter X, Seanbad, Circles, Spamtron, Infradead, McFiredrill and even Anamanaguchi‘s Ary Warnaar.

At one point, the convention center’s staff thought we were rocking too hard and kicked us off the property. After regrouping on the other side of the street, the chiptuning continued. The turnout was excellent as large numbers of both PAX convention-goers and random passersby stopped to observe our makeshift street concert. The show quickly became an open mic as we passed around the audio jack to anyone who felt like playing. I even got to perform one of my half-finished tracks before being interrupted by uninvited precipitation.