Here is a quick YouTube video with an update on how my documentary Pixelated Heroes is doing. Enjoy!
Here is a teaser clip for the upcoming Documentary called
Pixelated Heroes. We are traveling all over the word to find out why a 22 year old, obsolete video game still has a cult following today. We are doing a travel documentary about NHL ’94.
During our journey we stopped at Base Hockey in Burnaby BC. We sat down with NHL Legend Cliff Ronning to discuss his connection with the classic video game and also an insight into what it was like playing on the real ice in the 1990’s. We can’t give you the gold yet but here is a short clip about the Ronning vs Roy revelry!
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Week two of filming Pixelated Heroes
We are on the road again!
Just before we left to Saskatoon my buddy and Camara Guy Kaetyn asked me if I wanted to join him on a trip to Arizona to visit his folks and see the Mecca of Automobile Auctions, Barrett Jackson! I of course said yes and started thinking about content we can film while we where there..
After the amazing time Saskatoon (see pervious blog post) and no sleep for a couple days we start driving back to Calgary. The online player from California named angryjay93 had to be at the Calgary Airport early in the afternoon
This is me showing angryjay93 the best part about Canada… KETCHUP CHIPS!
While rushing back I get a call from my buddy JM in the Yukon with some great news, he landed me an interview with his buddy and Arizona Coyotes tough guy BJ Crombeen!
What does a Canadian do when they first arrive in the US?? You guessed it, GO TO A HOCKEY GAME! So that what we did we got 4th row to the right of the Coyotes bench for only $87 bucks (I love US hockey prices!)
The next day we booked a time to talk to BJ and we realized at the last second the the modern TV we had at the house doesn’t have the Audio Video AV RCA ports. We have a major problem and BJ is an hour away from showing up and we need a solution fast. I looked at the TV and it had RGB and HDMI plug ins but it also had a old school Coax cable for a Cable TV. So there was the solution find an Sega Genesis coax cable. We raced down to a vintage game store called Fallout Games. We run in there and the guy behind the counter asked us what we are up to, I explain that we are shooting a Doc about the game NHL ’94. He flips with excitement!
“I LOVE THAT GAME!”
I’m blown away because we are in the middle of the desert in the Western Untied Staes and this is the last place a thought I would find an NHL ’94 fanatic. Turns out his father was a backup goalie for the Chicago Blackhawks in the late 70’s! So of course I ask him if he would like to be interviewed. He says yes and being pinched for time we slip off a quick interview. Being so excited about the topic it wasn’t to we had to leave that we exchanged names. My saviour is named Scott. Because we where short of time, Scott said he could be free another day after work to do a real sit down interview (on our last day in the states we went to Fallout Games and got a proper interview with Scott). He throws the Sega Cable we needed at us and wishes us luck and we jump back in the Camaro and booker back to the house.
We got the Genesis hooked up to the TV Just in time. We sat BJ down for a interview and after I played him a quick game of NHL ’94. Big thanks going out to BJ for being the first NHL’er to participate in the Documentary!
I would also like to take a second and thank the St.Hilaire family for putting us up and cooking some wicked meals everyday!
A trip to the Pima Aviation Museum
Last but not least a road trip to the happiest place on earth…
This is where Kaetyn wanted to do the one thing he always dreamed about…
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Well folks I’m a little behind on the blog so I’ll go back to January 10th.
Picture this if you will…
It’s 1:45am in the morning and Kaetyn and I are sitting at the Calgary airport waiting for a plane from San Francisco to land. On the plane is a guy that started off his journey in Sacramento California. I have not met this mystery guy that goes by the Internet name Angryjay93. I have been told by some respected NHL ’94 players that this guy is one of the best in the world and one of the only actively online playing from California. Why is he coming to Calgary? Well really he is not. I offered Angryjay93 a ride from YYC to Saskatoon Sask. You see Aj93 is on his way to a Super Nintendo NHL ’94 tournament hosted by another mysterious guy that goes by the name Halifax.
What once stated as a basement gathering has now ballooned into a full international NHL ’94 tournament. People are coming from Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Saskatoon and now California. This was all set up in less then 2 weeks by Halifax.
NHL ’94 Lesson Break
There are basically 4 versions of NHL ’94
1) Sega Genesis
2) Super Nintendo
3) Sega CD
4) DOS (PC computer)
The CD and DOS versions in lots of respects are possibly “better” versions of the game, the reason they are not widely used is they where not as popular as the normal console versions. So when people talk about the Game NHL ’94 today is 75% Sega Genesis (Gens) and 25% Super Nintendo (SNES). The Genesis version came 1st and the Super Nintendo was ported (basically means copied or transferred) from the Gens version. The main stream NHL ’94 guys prefer the Gens version over the SNES… BUT the SNES has a cult following of its own and that’s why I’m on my way to Saskatoon.
Back to the story…
Aj93 is a Gens player but because Live NHL ’94 Tournaments are rare he decided to switch teams for one night in Saskatchewan. His plane lands and only a few people get off. Aj93 introduces him self…
Next we head back to my house in Calgary. We stay up till 3am drinking beer and playing NHL ’94. Got a few hours sleep and where on the road at 7am heading for Saskatoon. It’s about a 5 hour drive, along the way Kaetyn and I introduce Aj93 to Canadian Culture which is made up of Ketchup chips, Kinder Surprise and Smarties! Also he was introduced to RIDER NATION once we crossed the Alberta border into Saskatchewan.
We all met up in a bar called Sports on Tap and I started meeting all the players. CJ who owns GIBSON films came in from Regina to play and also to help me film the event.
The night went awesome!
I don’t want to reveal to much about the tournament outcome because you will have to watch the Documentary when it comes out. All I can tell you is it was a story book ending and we all had a great time! We ended up shooting interviews till 5:30am in the morning. Once again we where up to drive back to Calgary. Aj93 had his flight back to California leaving at 7pm so we had to booker back.
But no rest for the wicked because the very next day Kaetyn and I were off to Arizona to start our 2nd phase of filming. My next Blog post will tell what happened in AZ. We are done the trip now and ‘m writing this post on my phone on the flight home… But wait something changed during my time in the states and I’m not flying “home”. I’m now on my way to Vancouver. Because we landed a huge interview… Who is it? Check this out
Hey Folks its now only two days away from the NHL ’94 Super Nintendo Tournament. Yesterday Kaetyn and I drove all around Calgary visiting Pawn Shops and Game stores looking for copies of NHL ’94 on SNES. We could not find a single one! Luckily I had one in Hay River I brought down after the holidays. We then drove to the Buffalo Airways Hangar in Red Deer where I have all my College Years belongings in storage. Luckily we found another SNES System and now rare copy of ’94! So now we have two systems, two games and 3 working controllers. One controller is sticking so i’m going to try and fix it. We found a trophy place here in YYC that could rush us a kick ass custom trophy, can’t wait to show everyone!. We also made a Video Blog last night and where testing out ways to video game play and reaction shots at the same time. Here is what we cam up with… Enjoy!
Cheers and Fly Safe,