Hey all -- so, it's been a while, but I come bearing great news! By the time you read this -- and after only a few technical hitches -- Kickstarter supporters at $25 & higher will have a link in their inboxes containing the next two games in the Venus Patrol-exclusive series: Adam Saltsman & Robin Arnott's minimalist sci-fi/survival horror CAPSULE, and Vlambeer's awesomely parodic lo-fi first-person-shooter GUN GODZ.
And! Now it can finally be told! Even more exciting: the release of GUN GODZ marks the entry of underground hip-hop legend Doseone into the indie game space. Don't know Dose by name? You might recognize the names of the projects he's been associated with over the past several years: cult hit bands like Themselves, Subtle, cLOUDDEAD (alongside Yoni Wolf of Why? and Odd Nosdam), or 13 & God (a collaboration with The Notwist).
Dose got in touch several months back, having seen the Kickstarter, just to say hello, which kicked some mental-gears in motion, such as: "wouldn't it be rad if a funny indie hip-hop game featured a funny indie hip-hop star?" A few back and forth emails with Dose & Vlambeer later and it actually totally happened: GUN GODZ now features in-game sound-effects, voices and an exclusive title-screen rap by Dose, with beats by GG musician Jukio 'Kozilek' Kallio.
This sort of indie-music/game crossover is exactly what I hope Venus Patrol can both celebrate and help accomplish in the future: tossing a bunch of disparate and otherwise quarantined bits of culture into a pot & stirring until something amazing results -- and helping fans on both sides discover that they're probably fans of the other if they'd only found the exposure.
To that end, here's a bit more of a quick introduction to Dose for the game fans:
A teaser for MARS SAFARI: an upcoming Cartoon Network series by former ADVENTURE TIME artist Ghostshrimp, featuring beats & voices by Dose & Jel, which I kind of couldn't be more excited for.
cLOUDDEAD's "Rifle Eyes" and selections from a live Doseone/Boom Bip live performance for UK legendary Peel Sessions, both of which showcase his signature million-mile-a-minute staccato freestyle.
An XLR8R video feature on Dose & Jel's Freestyle 101 sessions.
And finally (& most novelly) Dose freestyle battling Eminem (!) when they were both just tykes, all the way back at the 1997 Scribble Jam.
To top it off, here's an interview with Dose from The Believer, his web store, where you can buy solo, Themselves, and Subtle albums, and links to cLOUDDEAD albums on iTunes & Amazon, and Amazon & iTunes links for 13 & God. Definitely give it all a listen and think about showing some support, so we can keep bringing you awesome stuff like this in the future!