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If there’s anything video-game geeks hate, it’s interacting with other people — at least, that’s the common perception. However, it’s a perception that is routinely shattered by the live chiptune music scene — and where better to go multiplayer than at this weekend’s Blip Festival Tokyo, which celebrates the genre that emulates 1980s 8-bit video-game consoles.

“I’m not a fan of chiptune made to be ‘of the chiptune genre’ and nothing else,” comments James York, better known as Cheapshot, an Ibaraki-based British solo artist who uses old game technology to make dubstep tunes. “I prefer it when an artist uses the Game Boy or whatever as a musical instrument.”

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