Category: Blog

Not just a Night in the Woods

About a month back, I started seeing many let’s play channels on YouTube playing the same game. All of the thumbnails for these videos had a simply drawn, anthropomorphic cat in them. I thought this cat character looked cute, so I clicked on one of the videos and began to watch. I ended up watching all thirty-four episodes, waiting patiently…

Morals, Please

Question: What do you get when you cross a need to survive with the want to be a good person?  Answer: You get Papers, Please, the “dystopian document thriller” made by Lucas Pope back in 2013.  Papers, Please can be easily placed amongst the ranks of games like Harvest Moon, Animal Crossing, and Euro Truck Simulator in that it’s one…

Generating Generators

With the endless amount of programs available today for users to create and work with, there has become another form of coding that is useful to those looking for an easy answer: generators. Not the kind that power our homes, but rather the kind that power our creative minds. Many kinds of generators allow users to do something simple without…

Until Dawn: The Butterfly Effect

Until Dawn is an interactive survival horror video game released in 2015 for the PlayStation 4, developed by Supermassive Games and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. The game is set in Western Canada at a cabin on the fictional Blackwood Mountain. Exactly one year after the disappearance of twin sisters, Hannah and Beth, their friends Mike, Sam, Chris, Ashley, Jessica, Matt, Emily and their brother, Josh,…

No One Blogs Like Gaston! (Or Makes Bots Like @mewo2)

Given my recent slight obsession with the new Beauty and The Beast remake, you can imagine my delight in discovering a Twitter bot that generates new and often hilarious versions of the chorus from “Gaston.” The bot, created by @mewo2 (or Martin O’Leary if you prefer his actual name), is programmed to tweet rhyming, syntactically similar choruses to the original…

Lets sing about politics

Radikal Karaoke This week I discovered Radikal Karaoke. This program has nothing to do with singing, but is in fact a program designed to help you deliver political speeches. This game is created as a commentary on the proliferation and pattern in political speeches. It was created in 2011 by writer and poet Belen Gache, of Madrid. It is available…

Up against disorientation

Justin Katko’s poem, Up against the Screen Mother Fuckers was a very interesting piece of literature. Katko’s own description states that all the graphics were made from CAVE and then the audio portion was manually inserted after. Using quicktime as the method to play his art. Another thing that is note worthy, is the title. He says that it is inspired…

Unraveling Stories With Yarn (or my time as a magical intern)

While making my weekly App Store rounds, I came across this newish app called Yarn. It had a pretty interesting description, boasting “thrilling, interactive stories on your device, for free. Solve puzzles, help characters make important decisions, and decide how stories end.” So I decided to go ahead and download it.   At first glance I found it pretty nice looking.…

Olly Olly Oxenfree

Go to the App store on your phone and search for Oxenfree. You will see an icon with a cartoon girl with Blue hair on it. This is Alex and she is your window into this game. You control what she says, where she goes, and how her night on an old, nearly forgotten island, ends. You join Alex, her…

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