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Latest Posts

> Shooting Crap: Lula 3D
> An Idiot’s Look At Rising Thunder
> World Of Warcraft 2015 Gamescom Trailer
> Tangential Recreation 1×11: Unepic
> Five Nights At Freddy’s
August 19, 2015

Shooting Crap: Lula 3D

You know, I'm not convinced that Bouncing Boobs Technology is actually a thing.

AKA Sam And Max Hit The Skids. Perhaps the German version made a little more sense?

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August 11, 2015

An Idiot’s Look At Rising Thunder

Alternative name: One Must Fall (It'll Probably Be You)

Hmm. Do I spot just a little GLaDOS in Chel's design?

Hmm. Do I spot just a little GLaDOS in Chel’s design?

Briefly, I knew the fantasy of being good at fighting games. It came from owning Street Fighter II on the SNES and none of my friends owning Street Fighter II on the SNES. It worked out pretty well. While they stumbled around and mashed buttons, I expertly broke through their defences and controlled their zones and sometimes even managed to pull off a fireball, like, five times in a row! They were glorious days. Oh, the excitement when one of the console mags covermounted a little piece of plastic that you could put on the d-pad and actually have a chance of pulling off Zangief’s spinning piledriver. Those halcyon days before games like Mortal Kombat decided that instead of simple codes like quarter-circle-punch, fighting was best done by memorising codes like some palette-swapped Bletchley Park researcher. Why were some of them in bikinis? Dunno. History is weird.

But the golden age couldn’t last. Now, looking at something like Street Fighter IV, I’m immediately turned off by things like super this and hyper wotsits (named because they’re very, very cheesy indeed) and I just don’t think my brain has space for so many moves and plays right now. Enter Rising Thunder, which wants to make things easy, without making them… how to put this tactfully? Ah, yes. Shit. The alpha just opened up to everyone, so I thought I’d take a quick look and see if my hard-earned button mashing skills would finally be recognised.

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July 30, 2015

World Of Warcraft 2015 Gamescom Trailer

Because just one every two years simply isn't enough...

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July 27, 2015

Tangential Recreation 1×11: Unepic

Let us give thanks... for never having to play this tedious bloody game again.

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July 24, 2015

Five Nights At Freddy’s

Quick! Aboard the YouTube bandwagon before it finally rolls out of town!

I’ve got a new security job! Nothing can possibly go wrong!

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July 23, 2015

Game & Watch: Mean City: Learn English Or DIE!

Meet the English language tutor Frank Miller would have created.

Can we (myself and Mr. Matt Dillon) stop the villanous Middle Aged Harley Quinn before she wreaks revenge on the most deserving city since Sodom? Well, yes, probably. But not without some regret. Screw this place.

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July 22, 2015

Tangential Recreation: Minecraft / Sonic

Literally a cannon full of bees / HEROES. DON'T. CRAFT

In this episode, I am the best at Sonic All-Stars. And some other stuff.

Also, I just realised I forgot to post last week’s. Literally the longest I’ve ever played Minecraft.

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July 10, 2015

“Let’s Play” The Magic Circle

An adventure more than twenty years in the making! Like Lords of Midnight III, only with a chance not to suck!

You know, I’m not convinced Ish Gilder deserves his legendary reputation…

Should you feel like I missed anything in this one, check out the full game here. Filthy disbelievers.

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July 8, 2015

Game & Watch: Blue Heat

Can you solve The Case Of The Cover Girl Murders?

It’s a bit like Her Story… if her story involved making a million annoying censor bars. Join me and my special guest Resulka as we play through this ‘classic’ FMV shot alongside an erotic thriller you’ve never heard of. The rest is going up soon, but Patreons can watch the whole thing right now. Just log into the dashboard for the link.

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July 6, 2015

Tangential Deviation 1×08: Borderlands

Still chasin' chitlins, whiskey and skirt...

This week – random impromptu singing (sorry!), Reddit woes, the morality of unreleased games, and being bored of the Borderlands. (Though Tales of the Borderlands is pretty fun)

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