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We're going to make a badass 8-bit video game based on our badass feature film, BUZZARD.
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Buzzard: The Video Game is an 8-bit style game based on the 2015 film BUZZARD. Fueled by a love of 1980's horror films, Bugles™, and a slacker ethos, Marty Jackitansky attempts to cheat the corporate structure, because, well, fuck White Collar America.

Buzzard: The Video Game will allow you to experience Marty's petty rebellion as he rages against the machine in the name of slackerdom.

Buzzard: The Video Game will be a collaboration between Joel PotrykusBabycastles, and Oscilloscope Laboratories

The game will be available on PC/Mac Platforms and will also be an installation piece at the Babycastles Gallery in NYC, 

Gameplay will focus on intense rapid-fire gaming in bite-size pieces.

  • Stick it to the man in 20+ pulse-pounding levels of American middle-class mediocrity.
  • Randomized levels keep the action fresh, throwing players into new scenes with rapid-fire speed requiring quick thinking and fast reflexes.
  • Overall gameplay speed increases as players progress, with difficulty increases after each Boss Game – beat the boss to gain an extra life! 
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Tackle this never-ending gauntlet of minigames to see how long you can fight the power, slacker

Click here for a playable Proof Of Concept (game and art by video game mad scientist Mike Guyette) that made us what to do so much more. While this wasn't made by Babycastles, what they're doing is super wicked and there will be so much more of it!

Sample Levels May Include:

- Derek Deepthroat's Bugles™ - Derek performs the incredible feat of catching Bugles(TM) in his mouth as they come hurdling toward him on a treadmill, increasing in speed and volume as the level progresses.

-Marty's Snatch - Marty sneaks around the office stealing checks and signing them over to himself while avoiding the ever watchful eyes of Carol.

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- McDonald's Trash Scam - Help Marty locate a half consumed burger in the garbage to scam the shittily-paid McDonald's staff.

- Headbanger's Ball - Help Marty rock out his favorite jams by guiding his furious headbanging to the beat.

 ...and so much more. That's like four ideas - but we've got like hundreds. 

Marty is the type of guy who you'd be likely to go out of your way to avoid if you saw him on the street. He enjoys taking brisk jogs in the polluted Michigan city air with his NES power glove on. When he is not making the general public uneasy he enjoys innovating new toppings, for frozen pizza or fucking around in Derek's basement. At the end of the day he loves to relax in front of the TV and let his favorite gore-horror flick wash over him.

Derek is the classic office brown-noser. Outside of the office he is creator and caretaker of The Party Zone, at least when his dad isn't being a total buzz kill. Derek is an NES wiz beating any and all levels in even the most difficult games, with a CD collection so large it will make you gasp. When he is not totally kicking ass with his lightsaber, he likes to relax with a comic book.

Carol is the big boss at Marty and Derek’s office. She’s a straight shooter and probably entirely too trusting of the slackers she chooses to employ, but don’t be fooled by her matronly appearance, she will come down on you like a hammer if she catches you messing with the status quo.

The New York Times calls BUZZARD "aggressively satirical and sometimes shocking."

It's also "a sustained burst of punk-rock ferocity, and one of the most original American films to emerge in some time,""as fascinating as it is off-putting," and "a roller coaster ride, one that thrills, upsets, and makes one queasy, all in surprising ways."

And a bunch of other good shit.

Marty's escapades will all be inspired by the world of BUZZARD.

- Joel Potrykus is a filmmaker based in Grand Rapids, Michigan responsible for COYOTE (2010), APE (2012), and now BUZZARD (2015). 

Babycastles is a DIY volunteer organization that seeks to increase the diversity of voices that participate in the creation and culture of independent video games. They champion games as a mainstream & visible part of New York City’s art ecosystem, and create opportunities for collaborations between game developers and artists from other mediums. Babycastles currently operate out of their public gallery space at 137 W 14th St. in Manhattan, where they host a wide variety of events including a co-working space, independent game exhibitions, talks and concerts.

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This is a Babycastles logo

Oscilloscope Laboratories is a film distribution entity launched in 2008 by Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys. Yauch modeled the company after the indie record labels that he grew up around, choosing films and then marketing them with the same artistic integrity with which they were made.

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Reading Your Wavelength

These are the badass developers responsible for making the game a blast

Ben Johnson is a co-founder of the Brooklyn game studio Dozen Eyes and has worked professionally as a game developer since 2004, most notably as a level designer on EA's survival horror game Dead Space. His independent games have been funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, and appeared at museums, festivals, and in one case, a Wu-Tang concert. He holds a Masters of Entertainment Technology from Carnegie-Mellon University.

Stephen L Clark holds an MFA in Game Design from NYU Tisch School of Art. His game Rooftop Cop was just nominated for the Independent Games Festival's prestigious Nuovo Award, for abstract, short-form, and unconventional game development.

Ian Clyde received his BA in graphic design at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island. When Ian is not painting he is drawing and animating a digital children's book on his Cintiq. He has exhibited in group and solo shows around the Boston and Brooklyn areas.

Todd Anderson creates and performs interactive digital poetry, and has been described as a "young, male Laurie Anderson" (no relation). He has a futuristic eBook forthcoming from Instar Books and is a recent graduate of New York's avant-garde School for Poetic Computation.

Sonya Belakhlef is a multi-media artist from New York. Her installations span from wood and metalworking to piñatas and nail art as a form of sculpture. She is a recent graduate of the CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies with dual majors of Combined Media and Entrepreneurship.


BUZZARD TRADING CARDS - $15
BUZZARD TRADING CARDS - $15
Buzz t-shirt - $60
Buzz t-shirt - $60
Demons t-shirt - $75
Demons t-shirt - $75
Misfits Poster - $175
Misfits Poster - $175
Le Retour des Morts Vivants Poster - $150
Le Retour des Morts Vivants Poster - $150
Creep Mask - $300
Creep Mask - $300
Demon Mask - $300
Demon Mask - $300
Party Zone Disco Ball - $600
Party Zone Disco Ball - $600
The Glove - $2500
The Glove - $2500

Risks and challenges

It's gonna be a lot of work. We've budgeted for all the necessary Mountain Dew out of our own pockets though.

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    WELCOME TO THE PARTY ZONE: Congratulations you're part of something larger than yourself. As a thank you we'll talk crap about you on the Official Buzzard Facebook Page

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    THE EARLY VANDAL: Act fast and you'll get a copy of Buzzard: The Video Game at a reduced price and a downloadable Buzzard stencil to vandalize your neighborhood.

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    PLAY THAT SHIT: A copy of Buzzard: The Video Game, plus a downloadable Buzzard stencil emailed right to your front door.

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    THE COLLECTOR: Receive Limited Edition Buzzard Trading Cards, plus everything at the $10 level. It's like getting a stack of 1989 Ken Griffey, Jr Upper Decks.

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    POSTER FIEND: The OFFICIAL Buzzard Poster (27"x40") to hang in your party zone. Plus a copy of Buzzard: The Video Game and a stencil.

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    COMBO PACK: Receive a physical DVD copy of Buzzard to add to your already massive collection as well as a download of Buzzard: The Video Game and Limited Edition Buzzard Trading Cards

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    NES DEMON - Get a limited Addition NES replica cartridge from one of the mini games. Plus everything at the $40 pledge level. (Not a playable cartridge, or if it is, it's for some random ass game).

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    STYLISH DEVIL: Receive the entirely badass Buzzard T-Shirt. Guaranteed to scare some and confuse the rest. Plus everything from the $40 pledge level.

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    THE POSER: Dress up like Marty with this DEMONS T-shirt. Plus everything from the $40 pledge level.

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    THE HERBIE HANCOCK- The OFFICIAL Buzzard Poster (27"x40") Signed by Joel Potrykus to hang in your party zone. Plus everything at the $40 pledge level.

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    LE SLACKER: Marty's actual "Le Retour Des Morts Vivants" poster (unframed) from his room. Plus everything from the $40 pledge level.

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    THE MISFIT: Take Marty's totally badass Misfits poster from the film. Plus everything from the $40 pledge level.

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    LUNCH WITH THE SLACKERS: Marty and Derek will Meet you for a delicious meal at Taco Bell or any other fast food chain in Grand Rapids, MI (Travel expenses not included). Plus everything from the $40 dollar pledge level.

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    THE DEMON: The Demon Mask worn by Jackitansky in the film. Plus everything from the $40 pledge level.

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    THE CREEP: Creep your friends out with the mask Jackitansky wore to go to the movies. Plus everything from the $40 pledge level.

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    THE WOLFMAN: Terrify your friends with Jackitansky's Wolfman mask. Plus everything from the $40 pledge level.

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    COMIC NERD: Receive Jackitansky's comic book collection featured in the film. Plus everything from the $40 pledge level.

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    THE PARTY ZONE: THE disco ball from Derek's Party Zone. A piece of history and a piece of awesomeness. Plus everything from the $40 dollar pledge level.

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    THE KRUEGER- Receive one of the actual modified Freddy Krueger Power Gloves used in the film, BUZZARD. Plus everything at the $40 pledge level.

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    ARCADE HERO- Receive an original one-of-a-kind, hand-built, 8-bit Buzzard arcade game cabinet designed and fabricated by Babycastles specifically for you. (This bitch will be heavy, so shipping is TBD - there may be expense involved). Plus everything at the $40 pledge level.

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