Month: September 2014

The Landing

This past weekend, I attended EGX 2014, a video game expo in London, and this website qualified for a press pass! So here’s my coverage of the show, partly focusing on games, and partly focusing on the uncertain recovery after a mental breakdown.

Trigger Warning: This post includes incredibly frank discussion of depression, self-harm and suicidal thoughts.

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Abnormal Mapping 15: Shame for Jackson

Trans-media beings exist in a digital realm, transcending the archaic definitions of one art or another. Words become images, images become environments, narrative forms change shape in a strange alchemy of noble intent and desperate capitalism. The Mappers navigate this technoplane, where all things change and the nature of creation is itself in flux, and they find themselves gripped tight to their seats. How many Gs exist in cyberspace? Will the Mappers survive, or are they doomed to hurl their lunches at the very thought of all things being subverted into newer, bigger, more engaging? This is the thin line between good and evil, light and dark, reality and dreams: this is the blurred space where adaptations and roller coasters become one.

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Games Discussed: Final Fantasy VII, DanganRonpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, FIFA/Madden, Spider-Man 2, Batman: Arkham Asylum, QWOP, South Park: The Stick of Truth, The Hunger Games: Girl on Fire, The Great Gatsby, The Lion King, The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction, Waiting for Godot, GoldenEye: 007, Tom Clancey’s Rainbow Six, Spaceteam, Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, DuckTales, Dante’s Inferno, Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay, Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 2: Rogue Leader, Star Wars Episode I: Racer, Roller Coaster Tycoon series, The Sims, Little Big Planet

Next Month’s Game Club: Dishono(u)red

Music This Episode:
Blown Away by Kevin MacLeod
Main Theme of The Lion King by Frank Klepacki, Dwight Okahara, Patrick Collins
RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 Main Theme by Allister Brimble
Goonies 2 Stage 1 by Satoe Terashima
Infogrames Rocks My World by an unknown but beautiful angel of music

Let’s Play: Ys V: Kefin, Lost Kingdom of Sand

Matt delves into the further adventures of Adol Christin as he explores the various lands of Fake Japanese Europe in the Ys series. Ys V: Kefin, Lost Kingdom of Sand finds Adol washing into the sand-besieged land of Afroca, where he gets embroiled in a mystery of lost civilizations, alchemy, and a confluence of prophecies.

Ys V was released on the Super Famicom in 1995 by Nihon Falcom. A fan translation of this lost chapter of Ys was finally released in 2013, you can find that at http://agtp.romhack.net/project.php?id=ys5. You’ll have to find the ROM all on your own, sorry.

Let’s Play: Botanicula

We join The Chosen Nut, Feather-Man, Stick Guy, the Thin Mushroom, and Big Mushroom on an adventure down the Tree of Life to try to plant some glowing MacGuffin before evil spiders destroy us all. This is not just Botanicula, but my life in metaphor.

Botanicula is a point-and-click adventure game developed by Czech studio Amanita Design, knowing for similarly charming adventures games like Samorost and Machinarium. You can get it on PC or iOS!

Abnormal Mapping 14: Meatloaf’s Butt Stuff

This month’s Coolsoge kicks off with a bang as the Mappers are joined by fellow David Cage veteran Destiny Sturdivant to talk a boatload of games and the very ridiculous task that we’re all going to undertake this fall. Also more than a little time is spent educating Jackson on just what Meatloaf wouldn’t do for love, because the boy has to learn somehow. The answer is potentially “collect multiple cows” or “descend into Rapture” or “select ninja dog.” But the smart money is on “keep his eyes dry when a certain flower girls eats it.” Will we ever learn the truth? Probably not on Disc 1, but if you stick around for the secret ending and you unlock the 4th level of the tie-in cell phone game, maybe the true answer will arise from the lifestream. Only time will tell.

The Coolsoge Backlog Slog begins with us starting to play Final Fantasy VII! We’ll cover up through disc 1 next month, and Matthew will be a nostalgic, mopey mess for this strangely maligned once-unassailable game.

You can find Destiny on Badland Girls, a cool junk culture podcast that we heartily endorse!

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Additions to the Reading List

Watch Out for Fireballs
Memory Insufficient

Games Covered This Month

I’m Fine
Harvest Moon 3D: A New Beginning
Eidolon
Ninja Gaiden Black
Hohokum
BioShock 2
Be the Ball
P.T.
Octodad: Dadliest Catch
Civilization 5

Music in This Episode

Show Your Moves by Kevin MacLeod
Coastal Brake by Tycho
Cloudwatching by Michael Bell
Octodad (Nobody Suspects A Thing) by Ian McKenney