Category: Blog

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…

Editing games like film

Thirty Flights of Loving is a 10 minute product of Blendo Games. A game, at surface value is about prohibition and a romantic relationship breaking down. If you can spare $5, play it on Steam, or watch a playthrough here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0dCRb8PEeY   It is labeled as a Citizen Abel game, a game universe created by Brendon Chung, notable for modding…

You don’t have to win…or lose

I played Proteus for the first time a couple months ago. I was captivated by its wonder: the pixelated art style, a true feeling of freedom, the stress relief that the game offered me…for about ten minutes. I left it alone and didn’t open up Steam for quite awhile after.   I opened it back up today. I was reading…

A Trip to Pony Island

Daniel Mullins’ participation in a game jam led to the creation of Pony Island, “a suspense puzzle game in disguise. You are in limbo, trapped in a malevolent and malfunctioning arcade machine devised by the devil himself. It is not a game about ponies.” Pony Island is a $5 Steam game which features many obscure gameplay aspects.   The theme…

When the opportunity to fuck with the NSA arises, why not take it?

As a Muslim-American, I’m probably on a list! As a Pakistani-Muslim-American, I’m probably on several lists. Even Trump wants me on a database! When traveling I expect a full search, through my belongings and my person–even though the wildest thing I carry is an Ambassador Edition 3DS. These lists are the property of the NSA and FBI, passively facilitating anti-Muslim…

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