The Underwhelmist

Elliot Adams is a student and freelance journalist carved from a ball of purest rage that fell to earth in 1985, he observes this absurd world through his jade-tinted spectacles and scoffs. Elliot's got friends in every town and village from here to the Sudan, he speaks a dozen languages, knows every local custom, he'll blend in, disappear, you'll never see him again.
Oh Junji Ito, you have a horrible wonderful mind.

Oh Junji Ito, you have a horrible wonderful mind.

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What Would Peter Molydeux?

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You will have heard of Peter Molyneux, the grand pontificator of abstract game-features and the Lionhead alchemist who turns unfinished games into huge crisp piles of cashmoney. There is also a good chance you’ve heard of @petermolydeux his comedy twitterganger. An unnamed 3D environment artist who has worked on a number of AAA titles, he has one of the most followed Twitter accounts in gaming.

Molydeux came about following Peter Molyneux’s proud introduction of the Kinect Milo demo at 2009′s E3. Early tweets parodied Peter Molyneux’s admiration of Milo and the Natal Project. It seemed like @petermolydeux was to be just yet another short-lived gag account, but its creator got ever more immersed in the character. He started posting the lame high-concept game design ideas that characterise Molydeux’s grand vision for gaming.

Reality and parody can cross streams as Molyneux’s own tweeted suggestions can be just as surreal, as in the now famous green square plan:

Is it possible to make a green square feel alive, sounds crazy but that is what am considering in my plans.

Molydeux’s design notes are more bitter, claiming that everyone is ripping off Populous and blaming the spread of clumsy generic cover systems on Cliff Bleszinski. But they are always passionately obsessed with original and creative game design, never realizing how impractical these designs would be to implement. Here is a taste of Molydeux’s insights;

“Game in which you can only progress during one minute silences. You need to find creative ways to keep the nation having 1 minute silences.”

“Imagine a game in which you have to join protests to make changes to the rules within the game’s world.”

“Game in which you control a waterfall and must travel the world hiding outdoor passages from adventurers.”

“I also love the idea of playing a character who is PRETENDING to be blind, so you have to keep bumping into things to not arouse suspicion.”

“Imagine if when you kill someone their death animation loops and ‘burns’ into your screen so you have to watch it for the rest of the game?”

“You are a small girl flying a talking kite. The kite seems to know about a upcoming major terrorist attack and floats towards clues.”

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I’m not understanding the hate for blackjack and get got. Exmilitary was a fantastically aggressive album, a pained warcry - but not every Death Grips album needs to be a carbon copy of Exmilitary. Personally I think this absolutely bangs.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present the trollery of my girlfriend. She is neither as subtle nor as humorous as she believes.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present the trollery of my girlfriend. She is neither as subtle nor as humorous as she believes.

Anonymous asked: hey I read your article on nintendo censoring the Binding Of Isaac, it was really interesting and the part about Andrea Yates was actually pretty moving. but i was wondering whether you yourself were Christian? You talk as though you are an atheist, but the argument you make doesn't really go into depth on how fucked up the biblical story of Isaac, or other messed up biblical stories, is in the first place.

Thanks for the question and I’m glad you liked the post, it’s always good to get feedback. I’m not religious at all. 

I don’t think Ideas should be privileged just because they are religious in nature, and ideas and myths like Isaac’s sacrifice should be questioned and interrogated as fiercely as any, say, political idea.

But at the same time I don’t think of religious texts like the bible as books, they are libraries, with many authors from different eras – with a range of motivations in writing them. It’s a rich mythological record of those times which has influence to this day.

Which is why I think it’s a shame the majority of people defending The Binding of Isaac have resorted to talking about how ‘fucked up’ the biblical story - and others like it in the bible - is. The fucked-up-ness of what some monk in the middle ages felt is a morality tale isn’t as important as what more recent readings of the myth can do applying the myth to modern concerns - in this case psychosis and unquestioned fanaticism.

Religious myths don’t need to be the enemy of reason, they can be a tool for agitating debate. It’s all about putting old beer in new casks to change the taste.

Having trouble even monotasking, but at least the soundtrack is good.

The Binding of Isaac's "Questionable Religious Content"

The Binding of Isaac Nintendo Religious Censorship Ban

Wrote a thing. Needless to say I think Nintendo are wrong, not necessarily just because they shouldn’t stifle discussion of religious themes, but also because The Binding of Isaac is about something more.

"I don’t live in a Bible belt, Quran gulch or any other kind of theological land formation. But like everyone else, I see and hear about the effects of fanaticism daily. We live in a world where a man can believe that colleges are a staging ground for Satan and still be a serious presidential candidate. Religious anti-abortion organisations like 40 Days for Life blockade medical facilities, filming and bullying women seeking help. Jeffrey Dahmer ate people in an attempt to be the ultimate sinner and prove Jesus’s ultimate capacity for forgiveness.

Then there’s Andrea Yates who suffered terribly from depression, some say triggered by the extremist sermons of preacher Michael Peter Woroniecki. In a slow decline Andrea stopped taking her medication, started mutilating herself, and read the Bible feverishly. Then one day, she drew a bath and drowned her children, Luke, John, Paul, Mary and Noah – afterwards she called her husband, saying only “it’s time” over and over.

The Binding of Isaac isn’t necessarily about the Hebrew myth, It is about the rotting tragedies of psychosis and fanaticism that, if left unchecked, can destroy everything but themselves. It is about Andrea Yates.”

thedrunkenmoogle:

Flash Kick - Guile (Street Fighter shot)
Ingredients:1 oz Dekuyper Sour Apple Pucker.25 oz lemon juice.25 gold rum
Directions: Pour the Sour Apple Pucker first in a shot glass. Layer the lemon juice in the middle and the gold rum on top. Down, up, kick and serve. Drink while listening to Guile’s theme.
Drink created and photographed by Mitch Hutts of The Drunken Moogle.  This drink was made as part of a set of Street Fighter x Tekken drinks and is one of the two in the Drunken Moogle and Loading SFxT 2v2 Scramble.

thedrunkenmoogle:

Flash Kick - Guile (Street Fighter shot)

Ingredients:
1 oz Dekuyper Sour Apple Pucker
.25 oz lemon juice
.25 gold rum

Directions: Pour the Sour Apple Pucker first in a shot glass. Layer the lemon juice in the middle and the gold rum on top. Down, up, kick and serve. Drink while listening to Guile’s theme.

Drink created and photographed by Mitch Hutts of The Drunken Moogle.  This drink was made as part of a set of Street Fighter x Tekken drinks and is one of the two in the Drunken Moogle and Loading SFxT 2v2 Scramble.

In the Basement of the Ivory Tower

byProfessor X’ for the Atlantic - either a pseudonym or Xavier is branching out of the mutant biz.

"We may look mild-mannered, we adjunct instructors, but we are academic button men. I roam the halls of academe like a modern Coriolanus bearing sword and grade book, “a thing of blood, whose every motion / Was timed with dying cries.”

I knew that Ms. L.’s paper would fail. I knew it that first night in the library. But I couldn’t tell her that she wasn’t ready for an introductory English class. I wouldn’t be saving her from the humiliation of defeat by a class she simply couldn’t handle. I’d be a sexist, ageist, intellectual snob.

In her own mind, Ms. L. had triumphed over adversity. In her own mind, she was a feel-good segment on Oprah. Everyone wants to triumph. But not everyone can—in fact, most can’t. If they could, it wouldn’t be any kind of a triumph at all. Never would I want to cheapen the accomplishments of those who really have conquered college, who were able to get past their deficits and earn a diploma, maybe even climbing onto the college honor roll. That is truly something.”

Great piece, but it does worry me about some of my upcoming assessments.