Fantastic Arcade's curating team includes Alamo Drafthouse owner Tim League, game designer Eddo Stern, and CineVegas alum Mike Plante and Roger Tinch.Along with setups that Deadman Gold will allow visitors to play indie games on display, the four-day event will offer a games showcase from major publishers, panel sessions with game industry guest speakers, and live game demos on Alamo Drafthouse's movie screens.Fantastic Arcade will also feature a a machinima film competition judged by Red Vs. Blue creator Burnie Burns, chiptune music performances, screenings of games culture films, video game art installations, a Starcade competition, and a "light saber dance party.""While Fantastic Fest is already known as a prestigious film event, it has evolved into an ideal venue for independent game developers and game publishers to exhibit their original games to their target demographic," says Fantastic Fest co-founder and Alamo Drafthouse owner Tim League.
Major publishers are still pushing for the revenues to be had in peripheral-equipped games, and that makes accessories-makers like Mad Catz the beneficiary -- the company's just reported a record profit for its full fiscal year. Sales for the fiscal year ended March 31 were up 5.7 percent to $119 million, and profits were $4.5 million for the period, a large improvement over the $32.6 million loss from 2009.And the company says it expects to keep growing thanks to two major deals: It's the official peripherals partner for the recently-announced Rock Band 3, and it maintains an agreement with Activision for Call of Duty-related accessories -- recently extending it to cover upcoming Black Ops.Mad Catz CEO Darren Richardson points to the company's sales growth despite challenging industry economics; according to NPD, in 2009 accessories were able to stay flat while game hardware and software declined. Richardson says Mad Catz will continue to try to "expand our offerings of premium and distinctive interactive entertainment accessories at higher price points and with strong margins."I am pleased to Deadman Seasonal Gold report that we have achieved the goal we set at the beginning of the fiscal year, to reduce our operating expenses by a minimum of ten percent, and we achieved these efficiencies without impairing our ability to grow the business," Richardson explains.