Monday, 29 June 2009

Monday Links

Dunno if this'll actually become an at-all-regular feature, but I've got a few recommended URLs to share, so I might as well stick 'em up.

This is a bit old now, but Kieron Gillen of my adored RockPaperShotgun.com recently wrote a series of reviews for a WHSmiths' 7-in-1 Magnetic Family Board Game set. Both funny and, oddly, genuinely thought-provoking. But more importantly, taught me the Mr Chess joke. The Mr Chess joke now rules my life.

Not his best, but Simon 'chewing pixels' Parkin's latest gaming-themed story is up at GameSetWatch. I can't help but imagine Parkin as a little elfin boy, and he's never less than interesting- in this case, I'd imagine, even to non-gamers. Check it out.

Something I found through my tasty comics affiliates, Comicsnexus.com, this is called 'Neil's A-Z of Awesomeness.' No (well, very little) reading. Awesome. 'Nuff said.

Amanda Palmer writes an open letter explaining how "an Indie musician can make $19,000 in 10 hours using twitter (yet get $0 for a big, somewhat-successful album”. I don't think this horse is flogged quite dead yet, so...the music industry seems a little broken. I got it from Warren Ellis' blog, and it's not (as far as I can see) NSFW. Which is a miracle in and of itself.

Most addictive game of the week goes to the genius concept of Broken Picture Telephone, an online combination of . As massively multiplayer a game as I've ever played, and with a lovely community. It also has a quite brilliant 'Boss Alert' mode. You will play it and it will consume you.

...Narrowly beating out the wonderful Learn To Fly, a game about penguin who just wants to fly, dammit. The caveat that came with it (via, again, chewingpixels) was 'give it till Day 7', and I advise the same.

Apple Trailer of the Week
...obviously goes to the new Studio Ghibli film, Ponyo. Not 100% sold on the concept from just this trailer, but the design on the lead character (and all his tiny mini-versions) are just beautiful.

And, finally, in the spirit of Twitter's Music Mondays, this fine song features both guest vocals from me (try and spot the sneaking Brummie invasion- it's subtle!) and the chorus "You're a bitch, you're a whore." Lovely stuff.

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