An Unwound Diabolical Village
This is my favorite thing today. Even if Rodgers doesn’t play on Thursday, he still makes a hell of an Old Snake.

This is my favorite thing today. Even if Rodgers doesn’t play on Thursday, he still makes a hell of an Old Snake.

Things are dire for the Packers right now, but Aaron Rodgers’ photobombs are still wonderful. Even better? I was at this game and even on the field during pre-game.

Things are dire for the Packers right now, but Aaron Rodgers’ photobombs are still wonderful. Even better? I was at this game and even on the field during pre-game.

Hotline Miami is an uncomfortable acid trip (that makes for an awesome game)

My first exposure to Hotline Miami was courtesy of its music. I heard about this indie PC game that was inspired by the Ryan Gosling-starring modern classic Drive that had this killer soundtrack, and soon, I was listening intently to a soundtrack for a game I hadn’t thought of playing. The buzz around Hotline Miami grew and grew, and it eventually transcended PCs, becoming available on PlayStation 3 and Vita. Even more fortuitously, it showed up on PlayStation Plus.

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Hotline Miami is an uncomfortable acid trip. It, seemingly deliberately, makes you feel uneasy and confused from the outset. The violence is brutal and outrageous, but remains abstracted enough to make your imagination run wild as a dog pounces on your top-down 2D body and blood oozes around you. The way the text always seems off kilter is a clear indicator that things aren’t as they seem, as you needlessly murder buildings full of people who want to kill you.

The pieces don’t all fit together; you wear animal masks and are treated to bizarre cutscenes that barely make sense even when you know what’s going on. Style comes out every orifice of Hotline Miami and luckily, the substance is comparably delicious. Smooth, retro gameplay rules the day, as you use twin sticks to control your retro-looking mass murderer. Weapon variety makes playing fun and tactical, especially since the strategy demands your patience and your precision. Sometimes, that doesn’t even matter, as every enemy often moves erratically, making it all occasionally unfair. But don’t worry, just tap X to restart, barrel back into that room with your shotgun, and fuck shit up.

I’ve played games that clearly inspired Hotline Miami, but I’ve never played anything quite like it before. If video games were given a level of sanity, Hotline Miami would be standing next to Eternal Darkness and Eternal Darkness would be like “hey guys. I don’t feel safe. Can I chill with Binding of Isaac?” Hotline Miami is The Joker of video games.

Opening Up a Can of Worms

Two worm cans have been opened. One is more likely to stick than the other.

The first is evident by the fact that I’m posting on Tumblr. The second is comic books (specifically the Batfamily in The New 52). One will cost me more money, but ultimately bring me more joy.

Let’s see if either sticks.

Gaming Backlog Progress September 2012

Games I’m playing right now:

  • Kingdom Hearts 3D (stagnating after Tron Legacy world)
  • Final Fantasy VII (I might go back to this, but not now)
  • Tomba! (done with it. Hit a point that stopped being fun about 2-3 hours in.)
  • Persona 3 Portable (started it)
  • Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time (started it)
  • Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light (I had my fun. Unless I get Joe to play local co-op with me, I’m done with it)
  • Pac-Man Championship Edition DX (stagnating)
  • Madden NFL 13
  • Professor Layton and the Last Spector (so sue me; I want some puzzles and shit)
  • Kirby’s Dream Collection (reviewing)
I need to spread out my gaming love. It’s pretty disproportionate in favor of the PS3/Vita. On 3DS, outside of polishing off some of the backlog or diving into VC games, I don’t have much to play. Some of that stuff, I doubt I’ll ever play.
My Wii backlog needs to get squashed, though, especially with Xenoblade and the Last Story.

Check out the full backlog list here.

Also, this. Looks like Clay might be Rodgers’ #2 photobomber now that Flynn is gone. I hope Flynn brings the photobombing tradition to Seattle.

Also, this. Looks like Clay might be Rodgers’ #2 photobomber now that Flynn is gone. I hope Flynn brings the photobombing tradition to Seattle.

I love the Packers with all my heart. Shit, even if they were just professional photo bombers (a league they would surely run the table in), I’d pay attention to them.

I love the Packers with all my heart. Shit, even if they were just professional photo bombers (a league they would surely run the table in), I’d pay attention to them.

Well, there goes my weekend…

Well, there goes my weekend…

Football is back, baby! Bring on the GIF onslaught!
My friend Pete made a comment about halfway through the game that “Eli with hands on head” would be the Giants meme of the season. I had my doubts, but at the end of the game, that image summed up how the Giants played.
Cowboys offensive lineman tackles Boley at like the 2-yard line? “Eli with hands on head”
Tony Romo (who really looks Asian under center) throwing a touchdown pass to Kevin “hold on, let me try to claim him for my fantasy team” Ogletree? “Eli with hands on head”
Eli scores a TD to narrow the deficit to one score then doesn’t get the ball back for the rest of the game? “Eli with hands on head” followed by an “oh man!” Eli-ism utterance.
Note: The GIF might not be working, go here to see it if it’s just a creepy image of Jerry Jones.

Football is back, baby! Bring on the GIF onslaught!

My friend Pete made a comment about halfway through the game that “Eli with hands on head” would be the Giants meme of the season. I had my doubts, but at the end of the game, that image summed up how the Giants played.

Cowboys offensive lineman tackles Boley at like the 2-yard line? “Eli with hands on head”

Tony Romo (who really looks Asian under center) throwing a touchdown pass to Kevin “hold on, let me try to claim him for my fantasy team” Ogletree? “Eli with hands on head”

Eli scores a TD to narrow the deficit to one score then doesn’t get the ball back for the rest of the game? “Eli with hands on head” followed by an “oh man!” Eli-ism utterance.

Note: The GIF might not be working, go here to see it if it’s just a creepy image of Jerry Jones.

It’s somewhat reassuring that my favorite quotations on Facebook still make smile every time I happen to notice them, especially since I haven’t touched them since like 2008.

"Legend has it that the mountain existed on the island before the island existed herself which, if you think about it, is impossible" MS

"Do you really think I would take on an ordinary request such as that?" Professor Layton

EW: So what percentage of Y’s sales success would you attribute to Ampersand, the monkey?
BRIAN K. VAUGHAN: About 80 percent.

"I’ve got a bad feeling about this…" Star Wars

"But of course! You think a minor thing like the end of the world was going to do me in?" FFVI