In an old house in Paris that was covered in vines…
I vaguely remember this from my childhood.
Honestly, I was expecting them to walk into traffic.
Surprise, my third cyberspace friend came to visit me! The seldom-heard-from Alexander was in the area, and for one night, could make the trip down to see me. I wish I had more to do — even Crate’s five-day visit gave us a good amount of Crate — but we went out to a nice Chinese place and spent some time at my home showing him around and etc. etc.
In his hand: a Black Coat Studio magnet souvenir. He read a letter he sent to me (that I kept, as I love all my friends) probably five years ago and we had some feels.
It was good fun. Wish I could visit someone for a change. Who’s left to visit me?
I love the look on his face when he gets to the smallest one.
Reblogged for comment.
One of those things that can never happen again, but will be host to ten other knockoffs that everyone will just eyeroll. See: the simulator joke in PC gaming.
Hey, guys! So, we’re all familiar with Cyberpunk and Steampunk, but there are so many more alternate histories/speculative science fiction genres out there! I came across this handy-dandy infographic and figured I could share a bit of these punk genres for anyone interested.
Roughly covers the Western world during the mid- to late-19th century (ie: Victorian era, US wild west, etc.), and sometimes up to the Edwardian era.
1920s up through WWII, ending at just about the Cold War.
A cleaner, artistic, more “optimistic” version of Dieselpunk (same time period)
Covers the time of the Renaissance (think da Vinci)
Cold War era, ie: the Space Race
Derivative of Steampunk, but focuses on electricity rather than steam.
Explicit horror and gore
Biotechnology, genetics (part science fiction, part real life)
Nanotechnology, sometimes overlaps with Biopunk
The granddaddy of them all: computer technology, the internet, hackers, etc.
Others not included in the infographic
Okay, uh, TW for graphic descriptions of rape in the Splatterpunk explanation link (specifically as examples of ~look how edgy and without boundaries this subgenre is~), but I think all the other links should be safe.
Also, Arcanepunk is a theme with combinations of magic and science/technology, or with technology so complex it appears to be magic.
Also, xpunk if you get enough people to agree your xpunk is a punk.
TW: talking to, reading, or being close to Vael Victus may trigger misanthropic episodes.
This is the best I’ve got: my main actually has black hair and eyes now, and I’m often rocking the molten mask anyway. But here we are! He goes around looking angry all the time, just like me.
Check out the Sunset Kickstarter here. Supporting them because the world needs more games like this.
Sunset is a first person exploration game in the vein of Gone Home and Dear Esther. As in those, playing centers on the discovery of story clues. In Sunset, however, you play while the events unfold (rather than uncovering a story that happened in the past).
The other inspiration for Sunset is military action games. We always wondered what life would be like for the extras in such games, the people who are not the heroes, the ones on the sidelines – like most of us. How does it feel to be one of the many victims of war, instead of the hero? How does it feel when war is the backdrop for your day-to-day life?
It’s from Tale of Tales, the studio that created The Path and The Endless Forest. I can attest to their storytelling. I am so looking forward to this.
Bought this futon because Abel pooped on our couch and I’ve hated our couch for a long time.
Also, pictured: your bed if you ever come visit us.
I threw a bunch of words into the title. You may remember that I said I’d be watching five movies in my Guild Wars 2 downtime, and I have, so here are my thoughts on them and if I think you’ll (my readers) like them. I would never concoct some rating system for movie quality as I wouldn’t know what I’m talking about. I’ll try to stay brief.
Less about the extra-terrestrial monsters and more about human relationships, this was a nice movie. Starts off with a pretty crappy guy who gets a bit less crappy as the movie goes on, but the star is his female companion. The pair travel through dangerous land to get back home. The last fifteen minutes are pretty great. Recommended for anyone who wants monsters without horror, and romance that is less sappy and more endearing.
As you may imagine, it’s about a contagion which plagues our modern world unlike anything we’ve seen before. Ignorance, bloggers, greed and SHTF make this plot disturbingly believable and great acting brings this movie to life. Recommended for all readers.
It’s hard to say this is a mindfuck, but my mind was fucked. I had to resolve to wiki-ing the plot afterward. Primer is about two men who are trying to create anti-gravity technology (sort of) and end up with a time machine. That isn’t a spoiler: it’s the reason you watch the movie. Try to not be annoyed by the first 10 minutes where genius-monkeys are obnoxiously talking over each other. It gets very thick and is a test of intelligence until the precise moment where they fuck your mind and you couldn’t have seen it coming. Recommended only for those interested in an intellectual challenge.
Children of Men (2006)
Totally didn’t expect this one to be how it was. For 18 years, women have been infertile. They cannot birth children. It happened suddenly, with miscarriages becoming more frequent over the course of a month, until all women were infertile. It explores how the world would be if we simply did not have children. Schools close, depression ranks amongst many people, the world loses its innocence. Miraculously, a woman becomes pregnant, and this movie is about bringing her and the baby to a group of people who will act as a sanctuary for them both. For your knowledge, “Shanti” is Sanskrit for “peace”. Recommended to everyone, but it can be quite gritty and discomforting at times.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
Finally, a movie I thought I’d hate, but ended up really enjoying. A man creates a cure for alzheimers and begins to raise a super-smart monkey as if it were human. Things spin out of control, and the monkeys have a bit of a non-violent uprising. I really liked the non-violence, watch and see how they worked it out. (some people did die, sadly) Draco from Harry Potter is in it, and he makes a good villain, as you’d expect. I typically depersonify actors as the roles they play. Recommended for those in an action movie kind of mood, because that’s how it will feel, but it’s stimulating.
For the greater good of the Internet, I am transcribing the lyrics to Old and Light by Faun Fables, from the CD case itself. Begins:
To all my sisters, & old neighborhood friends & to the boys on the porch.
Song & Lyrics by Dawn
O tell me this is all old and light
like a Summer’s day,
so bright and complicated like the night.
Sitting on the porch as it gets dark,
days grow long I’m learning.
All the kids gather round, watch mating days turning.
Try to be with the older girls cozy in dark rooms,
tracing spirits on their walls, guessing at fortunes.
Everything begins and ends at exactly the right time and place, look!
In the darkened room I dance a dance no one can see, stereo lights
and cigarettes bobbing up and down with me.
Steal your mother’s cigarettes, run to Nature Girl Point.
Stir a stew made of sticks in a kitchen made of rocks.
Dancing days are here again.
The rocky road will get you home, meet there every day.
Leave the porch at dinnertime, all the kids can stay.
Dancing days are here again.
Nine cron jobs to run one single game, MurCity. I asked myself what reason anyone would have to make nine cron jobs for a game. “Stock market game? A simulation?” and I realized. Truly what I wanted to make was a simulation you could influence in small ways. I wanted to have “best battles of the week” and see how long it would take certain hunters to die. I’d love to make something like it again, even if it wasn’t too profitable.