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Thrash Or Die!

Earlier this year, we developed a promotional mini-game for my buddy Ross from 8-Bit Zombie, and I'm happy to report that he just released the free download for it on his site so you can all get in on this retro radness:

Download Thrash or Die!
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The game is based on Thrashor, my favorite original character from the 8-Bit Zombie universe. Years ago, Ross produced a Masters of the Universe style action figure of Thrashor that I fell in love with, so when he asked me if I'd be up for doing a mini-game based on the character, I jumped right on it. Thrash Or Die is the result!

The game is a throwback to the classic NES beat-em-ups of yesteryear, where you play as Thrashor, fighting your way through some mean streets against other enemies from the 8-Bit Zombie universe like Noxious and Roadkill. At the end of the mini-game, there's a fun boss battle with more retro references, but rather than spoil it, I'll let you play it to find out.

Thrash Or Die is a FREE download, and it's available for both PC and Mac. Big thanks to Jacob and LumpyTouch for working on the project with me, and of course, thanks to Ross for having us do it in the first place. Who knows, maybe later on down the road we'll make a full-sized 8-Bit Zombie game!

And while you're on the 8-Bit Zombie web site, be sure to pick up a shirt, decorations, or any of the other killer pop culture items that he produces. I've known Ross for years, and he's pretty much supplied me with a good 90% of my wardrobe at this point. If you see me in a video or a photo wearing a cool shirt, it's almost guaranteed to have come from 8BZ. He works with awesome artists, so please show your support for a great independent company that's always supported all the work I do.

That's all for now. Lemme know what you think of Thrash Or Die once you've played it. Hope you enjoy the game!

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Happy Halloweeeeeeeeeen!

Halloween has arrived once again, and I hope you all manage to find a way to celebrate the spookiest of seasons! Yeah, it's on a Tuesday, but there's still plenty o' fun to be had. You can wear a costume to a Halloween party, hand out candies, check out some Halloween haunts, watch a horror movie marathon, play a spooky video game (like Grave Chase!), or go trick-or-treating. Whatever the case may be, I hope you all do something to celebrate in style!

Happy Halloween - Japan style!
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Thanks again to all of you who stuck around for I-Mockery's 2017 "Two Months of Halloween" celebration! Writing so many lengthy articles for the site during that time is always exhausting, but it's also an absolute blast knowing that it's a part of your annual Halloween traditions. As always, I like to share a recap of the many updates that were posted to the site between September 1st and October 31st in case you missed any of it. November is usually a slow month anyway, so what better time to catch up on some good reading? Here's a handy recap of some of the highlights you may have missed:

-I probably gave diabetes just by having you look at my massive Ultimate Guide To The Halloween Candies Of 2017 article.

-We learned all about one of the so-bad-it's-good Michael Myers Young Adult Halloween Novels by presenting a full book report on it.

-We completely revamped our beloved Halloween Jack-O-Juke, so now all of you can enjoy those 230+ spooky tunes on your computers, tablets, and even on your cellphones!

-We gave the internet its first exclusive look at the original Halloween III trade ad.

-We showcased the complete set of original 7-Eleven Halloween Monster Slurpee Cups.

-We helped Mighty Max escape from the dreaded Skull Mountain.

-We were invited to the Midsummer Scream Halloween Festival and absolutely had a blast once again.

-We also had a killer time at the ScareLA Los Angeles Halloween Convention and filmed another yelling video.

-We had an in-depth look at Blood Rage, a completely bonkers slasher flick.

-We learned that the children in Children of the Corn may indeed like corn, but they sure hate adults.

-We watched Ghost Shark and learned some very important lessons.

-We unveiled a rare set of Terror 1980s Horror Stickers From Venezuela, featuring an amazing bootleg Freddy Krueger and more.

-We checked out the classic Fright Night video game.

-We visited the local Ambrose Avenue Haunted House and were quite impressed with what that teenager put together.

-We realized that Leatherface is far less intimidating when he's reduced to pixels in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre Atari 2600 video game.

-We learned about a nightmarish kid in a movie called... yep, you guessed it... Nightmare.

-We shared a big photo gallery of Universal's Halloween Horror Nights, which never fails to dazzle us.

-We examined the puppets in the heavy metal horror hilarity known as Black Roses.

-Even thought it was later than usual, we somehow pulled off releasing yet another Halloween Club Pack, complete with Halloween toilets from Japan!

-And last but not least, we finally released a brand new Halloween game on Steam called GRAVE CHASE!

You know there's no time I enjoy more than Halloween each year, and having so many of you making I-Mockery your virtual Halloween home truly makes it all the better. I really try to give you guys the best and widest variety of Halloween coverage you'll find anywhere online every season - from visiting haunts and reviewing movies, to taste testing candies and tracking down the most absurd & obscure novelties and more - I always try to make every season special and filled with surprises. Please continue to share the site with your friends, and I'll do my best to keep that tradition going strong for years to come. As always, I must thank Dr. Boogie his fantastic contributions to our Halloween celebration. I also gotta give Re major credit for letting me turn our home into a Halloween junkyard these past several months.

Of course, a huge thanks again to you for sticking with us during our annual "Two Months of Halloween" celebration. It's a lot of work to put all this content together, but it's a lot of fun too, and your continued feedback definitely helps keep my energy up throughout the season. If you haven't already, please follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Instagram. This is a completely independent web site, and we rely entirely on people like YOU to spread the word about it, so please do so if you can... it helps more than you could imagine!

And of course, if you really wanna help out, purchase a copy of our Halloween video game, GRAVE CHASE. We put a ton of time and effort into it, and I know you'll all have a blast with it, as the game it a total love letter to all things Halloween.

Please drop a comment below (whether you're logged in or not) and lemme know what you thought of the Halloween season and what your favorite articles were. Also, let me know what you did for Halloween and feel free to post photos of your costumes (if you dressed up), your decorations, or any other Halloweeny things you like!

Thanks again for joining in our Two Months of Halloween celebration. Be sure to stick around, because I'll be updating the site with some more articles very soon along with some other goodies.

That's all for now. Hope you all have a keen Halloween!

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I-Mockery’s 2017 Halloween Club Packs Have Finally Arrived! Order Now!

"Death has come to your little town, Sheriff." I'm pretty sure Dr. Loomis wasn't speaking of Michael Myers when he uttered those words; he was referencing I-Mockery's Halloween Club Pack! Fortunately for you, it's October, so there's nothing wrong with having death delivered to your door. Rejoice, for I-Mockery's Halloween Club Packs have returned for the 2017 season! Getting so many unique Halloween items in bulk quantities is no easy task, I assure you, but I've managed to collect some insanely cool spooky goodies for everyone. I even have some killer Halloween items from South Korea, Japan, Venezuela, & more this season, so get ready for some frightening fun you won't find anywhere else. Behold!

The Revenge of I-Mockery's Halloween Club Pack! More amazing spooky goodies than ever before!
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Such a sight brings tears to your eyes, doesn't it? It's like you just opened up a magic sack of Halloween goodies and you didn't even have to go trick-or-treating for them! What I try to do with these packs every year is simple: I want to give you Halloween in a box. I put a ton of time, research, and love into assembling these packs, and those of you who've kindly purchased them in the past surely already know this. As always, there's a LOT to scour through in my annual Halloween Club Packs, so let's take a closer look at some of what you'll receive when you order one. We begin with one of my favorites: (more...)

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Grave Chase Has Arrived! Now Available On Steam For PC, Mac, & Linux!

If you're looking for a perfect game to play this fall season that's oozing with atmosphere, old school challenge, and relentless monsters, look no further than our brand new retro-style Halloween horror game, Grave Chase!

Grave Chase: a new retro-style Halloween horror video game now available on Steam for PC, Mac, & Linux!
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If you've enjoyed any of the many free games or countless articles I've produced over the past 20 years, I'd really appreciate it if you purchase a copy of Grave Chase. It's only $5.99 and I know you're going to love all of the throwback action. Speaking of which, if you do enjoy Grave Chase, please take the time to leave a review of the game on Steam once you've played it for a while so other potential players can see what you thought of it.

The story behind it goes like this: An evil Groundskeeper has murdered everybody in a small town and buried their body parts in his mazelike graveyard. Unfortunately for him, two siblings saw him kill their parents, and now they're determined to get revenge using science... and shovels! This brother and sister duo will now traverse his gargantuan graveyard, digging up body the parts of his victims and turning them into Frankenstein-like monsters to eventually battle the groundskeeper.

Grave Chase features 31 stages of increasing difficulty - each being one of the 31 days of October - where you'll encounter growing legions of the Groundskeeper's undead graveyard guardians. Cursed skeletons, zombies, flesh-dissolving blobs, man-eating plants, axe-wielding psychos, and many more horrors await you in his deadly graveyard. Oh, and then there's the Groundskeeper himself...

Beware the relentlessly evil Groundskeeper in Grave Chase!

When I set out to make this game, one thing I really wanted was a truly memorable villain who would cause players to panic, and I believe we've done exactly that with The Groundskeeper. He patrols his beloved graveyard constantly, searching for trespassers to hack apart with his meat cleaver and add to his collection. If the Groundskeeper sees you, your only chance of survival is to run away from him until he gets winded, for he can't be killed. And just wait until you have to run from him once you've collected all body parts on any given stage for the real panic to set in. The music changes to a frantic pace, as countless hordes of the undead rise from the ground and the Groundskeeper chases you down. Can you make it to the portal before they destroy you? Can you survive the 31 days of October and get your revenge on Halloween?

We set out to make a game that people would want to revisit for years to come, especially during the Halloween season, and I hope you'll all find that's exactly what we've done with Grave Chase. I love sharing the joys of Halloween with you guys every year, but getting to create a completely original video game, with monstrous characters and a spooky soundtrack for all of you to experience is a whole different kind of special.

Before I go, I also need to thank some people for their tireless work on this game, because without their help, it wouldn't have been possible. Jacob West, for his stellar coding and dancing monsters; Maarten Boot, for all the killer artwork; Marie Barr, for designing our incredible Grave Chase Comic-Con booth and making the game pop with color corrections; Brad Webb, for crafting yet another awesome game trailer; John Bower; for helping QA test the hell out of the game; and Bannon Rudis, for helping out with the concepts in the early stages of production. Also, I want to thank all of you - whether you're an internet chum, or a pal who has helped promote the game, it all means a lot. We're a small, independent team of developers, and we don't have an advertising budget. We simply make the most entertaining games that we can and hope that they spread organically via word-of-mouth - so again, a huge thanks to those of you who've helped out.

Alright, you've heard enough about the game, now it's time for you to play the game. Enjoy it, my friends. Grave Chase is my Halloween gift to you!

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The New & Improved Jack-O-Juke! I-Mockery’s Halloween Music Jukebox!

Big news today, but before we get to it, allow me to refresh your memory about how our beloved Jack-O-Juke was brought to life:

Years ago, I went to the local cemetery during a full moon, dug a grave, and buried a jukebox in it. I would explain why I did this, but why creep you out with the gruesome details of my nocturnal October activities? So anyway, I returned to the cemetery last night, dug up that same jukebox, plugged it in, and discovered something truly horrifying...

It had become the Jack-O-Juke!

Behold the NEW Jack-O-Juke! I-Mockery's Halloween Music Jukebox! All the Halloween songs your zombified heart could possibly desire!

I'm incredibly excited to unveil the big news that we've completely revamped I-Mockery's Jack-O-Juke Halloween music jukebox for the 2017 season, and we went allllll out on it! Why is this such a big deal? For starters, the Jack-O-Juke has been rebuilt from scratch with all new parts, just like Frankenstein's Monster! The old one was done in Flash, and you may already know, is no longer supported on many platforms. This new one wasn't made in flash, and it will now work in your browser, on tablets, and even on your phones! Yes indeed, now you can take the Jack-O-Juke with you on the go!

In addition to being compatible with multiple platforms, the Jack-O-Juke has better features now. The random song shuffle function is finally working, it has full mouse wheel support for easy scrolling through songs, and we've added in two new "page advance" buttons that will let you quickly skip far ahead to songs later in the catalog just like on a real jukebox!

You'll also notice that the Jack-O-Juke has been completely redesigned. We finally have a new interface modeled after the one you see above, only the new one is even better. Upon loading it up, you'll see we've added an animated dot matrix style LED display to the top of the Jack-O-Juke. Yes, you read that correctly; now while you listen to your favorite terrifying tunes, you'll be treated to a show of random Halloweeny animations from within the Jack-O-Juke itself!

Like I said, we went all out on it this year. A huge thanks to Jacob for doing such a phenomenal job coding it, and to Re for designing the absolutely awesome new interface! Without their eerily energetic efforts, we wouldn't have such a killer Halloween jukebox to enjoy!

Lastly, I've also added in even more Halloween tunes to kick off this revamped jukebox. The Jack-O-Juke is a jukebox now filled with over 230 horrifying Halloween songs to keep your decaying ears bleeding with ghoulish glee all season long! Feel free to keep the Jack-O-Juke open in a separate window so you can listen to all of the hand-picked tunes while still checking out all the latest article offerings here on I-Mockery.

As always, if you would like to help me out with the bandwidth costs and show your support for our efforts, please consider purchasing a copy of Grave Chase when it comes out for PC, Mac, & Linux on September 20th this month (next Wednesday!). Every purchase helps cover those hefty hosting bills. Also, it's a really fun Halloween video game we made, so it's a win-win for everybody.

Have a song to suggest? If there's a Halloween tune that you feel is worthy of a permanent spot in the Jack-O-Juke, please post it here in this blog thread. This thread will be the NEW permanent home for all spooky song suggestions, so feel free to return with all the ideas you can come up with. I can't promise I'll add everything you suggest, but I'll certainly keep an open mind about any haunted Halloween anthems you can come up with.

Alright, I hope you're all as thrilled about this as I am. Now please help spread the word, go ahead and start listening to all the Halloween songs, and lemme know what you think of our new Jack-O-Juke!

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I-Mockery + Cyanide & Happiness!

I-Mockery and Cyanide & Happiness are making a video game together!

In case you haven't heard already, I'm making a video game with my pals from Cyanide & Happiness! We launched the Kickstarter for this new adventure game just a few days ago, and we've already surpassed our initial funding goal for the project to release it on Steam, so it's definitely happening and we couldn't be more excited about it! If you've enjoyed all my writing on here over the last two decades, you're going to love this game, because I'm co-writing it alongside Kris Wilson, and we've been having an absolute blast with it so far. Adventure games really allow us to fill every screen with loads of comedy, challenges, and fun things for players to interact with, so you can expect experience a lot of that in our story of a post-apocalyptic high school nightmare.

We still have a lot of stretch goals we want to reach for the game, including porting it to consoles, unlockable features, and additional side quests featuring some of your favorite characters. So, with that in mind, if you haven't already done so, please consider backing our Kickstarter, as the more we raise, the bigger and better we'll be able to make this game in the end. Plus, if you back it at certain tiers, you'll even have a chance to see some of your own contributions in the game itself! And to those of you who've already backed it, I can't thank you enough for your support. This game is gonna be nuts, and I can't wait for you to see some more of the things we have planned.

Lastly, I hope you ghouls 'n ghosts out there have enjoyed the first spooktacular week of our annual Two Months of Halloween celebration so far! I have more big Halloweeny surprises coming soon, so keep your eyes peeled for 'em!

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