Month: July 2015

Abnormal Mapping 33: The Primordial Crust of the Internet

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::  July comes to a close, and with it a new episode of Abnormal Mapping has    ::
::  washed upon the shores of the internet. The Mappers sit in front of a       ::
::  computer screen and inhibit the body of someone sitting in front of a       ::
::  computer screen, because this month's game club is Her Story. There's talk  ::
::  of genre and ambiguity, and Matthew gets uncharacteristically topical,      ::
::  before the entire podcast breaks down into everyone talking about Metal     ::
::  Gear. As it was always going to.                                            ::
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::  You can get our podcast on iTunes, on Stitcher, or you can download it      ::
::  directly by clicking here.                                                  ::
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::  THIS MONTH'S GAME CLUB GAME .......................... Her Story [ HS001 ]  ::
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::  NEXT MONTH'S GAME CLUB GAME ........................ Paper Mario [ HS002 ]  ::
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::                        ~ TOPICS DISCUSSED [ HS003 ] ~                        ::
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::  Deadly Premonition: Director's Cut, Resident Evil 4, Metal Gear Solid 2,    ::
::  Saints Row the Third, Zero Escape 9, DanganRonpa 2, GameFAQs, The Link to   ::
::  the Past Player's Guide (check out those hot scans!), Nintendo's now        ::
::  freely available Earthbound guide, the infamous Final Fantasy IX guide,     ::
::  Relax with Sonic LP, Persona 3 Portable, Her Story, Ed Smith's article      ::
::  "Shut Up, Her Story", Jed Pressgrove's Review, Austin Walker's interview    ::
::  with Sam Barlow, Sisters, Midtown Madness 2                                 :: 
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::                       ~ MUSIC THIS EPISODE [ HS004 ] ~                       ::
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::  Blown Away ................................................. Kevin MacLeod  ::
::  What I Got (all bosses ver.) ..................................... Sublime  ::
::  Dreadful Wind and Rain ...................................... Viva Siefert  ::
::  DanganRonpa 2 Main Theme ................................. Masafumi Takada  ::
::   ......................................................... & Satoshi Iwase  ::
::  MGS 2 Main Theme (skateboard ver.) ....................... Norihiko Hibino  ::
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Desperate Bodies

This piece contains spoilers for Journey.
Rocket League

It would be so much easier if we could talk. If we could reach out and hold each other, if we could just bathe for a while in the warmth of being close to another person. I can feel you next to me right now, but I can’t quite feel myself. We’re hurtling downfield, chasing something we will almost certainly miss, made one by the chaos we share. Together we will leap into the air to spiral out of control, and when we land we will look and see if our gallant attempt was a success. Whether it was is irrelevant, because what matters is not the breathing out, it is the breathing in, that shared moment in the air right before we fall. And afterwards I should look up and smile, and see you doing the same, content in the knowledge that the moment was ours.

But you’re not there. (more…)

Abnormal Mapping 32: Ellone in the Dark

squall laguna

whenever we cast our pods
on the net, on our own
whenever we say our words
wishing they would be heard

we saw you smiling at us three
talking about final fantasy
so click the play button in the corner
of this tiny little bar

It is a glorious day, a day of celebration, of reflection, of escape. The Mappers sit together, Final Fantasy VIII behind them, fading away, knowing that they are free. They had been on a journey together, a journey through time and love and a needlessly labyrinthine battle system.  And now, here on the other side, they know that they’ve forged in fire a part of themselves that they shall never lose.

But that is not all that today is. Today shall go down in history, remembered by all for at least the next week and a half. For today is… The Day The Batman Died.

You can get our podcast on iTunes, on Stitcher, or you can download it directly by clicking here.

July’s Game Club: Her Story

Games Discussed: Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes, Metal Gear Solid 2 HD, NiER, Neko Atsume, Tamagotchi, Final Fantasy VIII, Austin’s Article on FF8 fan theories, Final Fantasy VII Remake, Persona 4 and 3, Batman: Arkham Knight

Music This Episode
Blown Away by Kevin MacLeod
Fisherman’s Horizon by Nobuo Uematsu
The Oath by  Nobuo Uematsu
Maybe I’m a Lion by  Nobuo Uematsu
Eyes on Me by  Nobuo Uematsu
Batman Theme by Neal Hefti

Let’s Play Fallout: New Vegas

A woman is left for dead in the desert, with only a dim memory and a thirst for knowledge. What happens when she braves the wastes of a post-nuclear American southwest in search of the truth and of adventure? Athena is going to find out, one bullet at a time!

Fallout: New Vegas is a sequel to Fallout 3 made by Obsidian Entertainment and released in 2010. We’re playing the Ultimate Edition on PC, which you can buy pretty much anywhere fine video games are sold.

Let’s Play Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga

A Long Time Ago, On A Computer Far Far Away…

LEGO STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA

There were stars, and amongst them wars were fought. These wars came to be known eons later are STAR WARS, and their fictional recreations were important cultural icons in the late 20th century.

Like many popular works of entertainment, they were adapted into various VIDEO GAMES. One such re-told the re-telling in the form of LEGO, purchasable building blocks from the country of Denmark.

In the year 2015, young apprentice Jackson Tyler set out to watch these movies of cultural import, and discuss them whilst moving through the Lego inspired pantomime. Jackson raises his controller and sits in his chair, determined to find out whether even the younglings survive…


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