Good Morning Gato #49 – Hammer Time

Michelle is hard at work crafting a life-size replica of The Dishwasher’s Violence Hammer for use at PAX. You know, for us to wield and keep order. The hammer is early in production and, as you can see, Gato is offering her help … or just likes to sit on paper. Either way, Gato likes the giant Violence Hammer and wishes she had paws large enough to swing it.

This Is What I Call PAX Planning
I want to pull back the curtain from the mysterious process that is planning for an event like PAX East. In our case, it has been trial and error as we learn what’s possible and what steps need to be taken to show a game off at the show. While there are a few rules regarding what you can and can’t have in a booth (like the restriction on confetti), for the most part you’re left to construct whatever you wish. Pure freedom!

That’s where the idea to create a replica Violence Hammer came from. Nobody said we couldn’t bring a giant hammer to the show, so we’re building one. Though, there is some required structure when planning a booth, because one has to keep in mind things like making sure everything fits in the space and making sure the entire setup oozes awesome. With that, I present to you my graph paper sketches of the Ska Studios PAX East booth. It’s my small contribution to pulling back the curtain.


Click to embiggen.

You Gotta Market That Vampire Smile
Speaking of The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile, I’m busy attempting to be creative with the game’s launch and all the marketing bits. Next week, I’ll attempt to make James sit still in front of a camera to talk about the game, its features and his childhood. (Maybe I’ll leave out questions about his childhood, but I will be sure to talk Vampire Smile.) James’ on-camera talking will hopefully make it into some awesome promo vids and we also have a new game trailer in production. That isn’t even the tip of the metaphorical marketing iceberg, as there are complex behind the scenes things taking place and other not so complex tasks like capturing screenshots.

Because I like you (and only because I like you), here is one of those brand new Vampire Smile screenshots that will eventually make its way into official press kits. Have a good weekend.


Click to super size.

February 11, 2011 posted by Dustin "SuperDunner"

Filed under: GMGato,PAX,Vampire Smile

8 Comments Comment away!

  • 1. cookeyjar  |  February 11, 2011 at 11:23 PM

    Dishwasher got OWNED! XD and Ouch that looks painful.

    It seems that Vampire Smile release date is near… I could already taste the blood and the madness….

  • 2. Dupeshway  |  February 12, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    lovin the speed-streaks around the screens edges on the zoomed pic. hopefully announce a definitive release as this was hinted for late 2010, keep polishing it Ska studios!

  • 3. DanM  |  February 25, 2011 at 3:06 AM

    Got my tickets to PAX, very excited to finally meet the Ska Studios crew, can’t wait to see the booth

  • 4. Some Dude  |  April 4, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Could you guys make pics of the completed violence hammer? :D I wanna make one.

  • 5. titanofkaos  |  April 8, 2011 at 3:34 PM

    Love the original. Fantastic job uping the brutality in VS.
    SKA IS THE SHIT

  • 6. Marc Droudian  |  April 15, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    Awesome Dishwasher games!!! I play this more then any other xbox game. lol. There is a bug though. When I change my control settings to flipped in Dishwasher VS, it works (it shows the saving icon) but doesnt truly save. Meaning when I restart dishwasher I have to keep changing my controls back to flipped. Also, I cannot play online story mode with flipped controls either (same with player 2). Having to use the Right analog for warping really kinda sucks and makes it harder to do longer combos. Can you please fix this as well as make a dishwasher 3. thank you, come again:)

    You guys kick ass:D

  • 7. McFugget10  |  June 23, 2011 at 3:03 AM

    the dishwasher is the best arcade game ever and the only game ive ever been at the top of the leader board

  • 8. mysterious  |  March 14, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Theese games and this website DESERVES a thumbs up

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