So, this is sucking. My cron job, which is supposed to automagically chronograph things every midnight, is no longer cronning. I think I need to find a different way to cron.
- Newgrounds – Aubergine Sky
Aubergine Sky is a pretty little vignette of a game. I feel like I’m ‘over’ the Braid-esque narrative device of assigning ponderous meanings to mundane game actions, but this flash game whiled away ten minutes very nicely.
- Scott C – New Line of PRINTS. (revealed)
Scott C this, Jude Buffum that. That’s all I type anymore! Anyway, Scott C has a bunch of rad new prints available at postercabaret.com, including Devo Invaders
(hooray!), some super-cute steampunk stuff, and one of Michael Jackson (edit: or… someone?) atop a unicorn. And they’re US$30 a pop—can’t beat that. Enjoy!
- Offworld – One More Go: Why Typing of the Dead Makes Me Feel So Alive
‘The Typing of the Dead’ is one of those weird little games I assume everyone on Earth knows about, and then I’m consistently surprised when people don’t. Take, for instance, Ed. He’s my coworker at Rotofugi. The other day, Ed was watching me touch-type without looking down, and he said he’d been thinking about checking out Mavis Beacon. I told him there is a MUCH BETTER WAY TO LEARN (full disclosure: I actually learned to touch-type at age 11, via Mavis Beacon), and I offered to loan Ed my PC CD-ROM of Typing of the Dead. "N—no, thank you," he stammered after I’d described it. // Anyway, this. Margaret Robertson, guest-blogging for Offworld, describes the most charming bit of Typing of the Dead. It isn’t the zombies, the typing, or the Dreamcasts strapped to the heroes’ backs—although those things are certainly quirky and noteworthy. Instead, for her, it’s the barrage of magnetic poetry -style haiku, the little almost-poignant snippets of thought. Also, the clacking of keys.
- 1UP – Top 5 Underappreciated Innovators
Can you guess which 1985 game paved the way for the Sims series? Or which 1981 game essentially created the ‘stealth’ genre? I generally don’t even peek at top 5 lists, but it’s a short list and an even shorter read.
- Offworld – The War-driver’s delight: WiFi treasure hunting in Aspyr’s Treasure World
I don’t mean to gloat, but I’m pretty sure I can beat this whole game from the porch. // Actually, that reminds me of summer 2003, my very happiest summer. I played Boktai—the GBA game with a solar sensor physically jutting from the cartridge—outdoors, in a small pool of sunlight on the back stairs of my Evanston apartment.
- Digital Tools – Stfuajpgm.com: A miniature micro-music mixtape magazine!
Via the wonderful Digital Tools, stfuajpgm.com is a magazine about chiptune music.
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