Monday, 5 October 2009

I'm So Proud of It, I Put (the back of) My Face On It!

A new thing for our good friends Gamersyndrome: this time the start of (what I hope will be) a beautiful new feature: THE MONEYLESS GAMER. Basically, I have taken the realisation that I'm someone with very little money to buy games and spun this into (what I hope will be) a good thing. Flash games, demos, deals, everything. All in one handy corner, with lengthy discourse attached.

For #001 I do Time Fcuk. Example quote:
"It takes the head-against-wall element of trying to grasp at the logic of a puzzle game and makes its key motif. Where Braid used this brain-crunching confusion to hint at a higher meaning, here it is transformed into a masochistic and – not unlike, say, the game version of certain Nine Inch Nails songs."
It's... well, it's better if you play it, really. That Edmund McMillen knows how to mess with people.

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Like a final, fatal LiveJournal entry...

I am sitting in a room, different to the one you are sitting in. I am watching a television: on mine, Peter Andre is talking about Eminem. Perhaps he is on yours too. Now Edith Bowman is begging us to vote, please give us your money and keep watching, just don't stop watching.

And, hopefully, one part of this scenario will have jumped out and, frankly, slapped you in the face. In Edith's words "Superfan Peter Andre is telling us why Eminem deserves the title of the World's Greatest Pop Artist of all time." Peter Andre. Superfan Peter Andre.He just told us that since Eminem's comeback, "nothing matters" (including explicitly in that the death of his friend Bizarre). It meant nothing. Not now Eminem's Relapsed. I've discussed my feelings on the comeback before. But I do love Eminem.

However, Peter's (obviously fully informed) speech tells us that he was the first person to inject any kind of edginess or controversy or, it is implied, politics into hip-hop. He was the first important white person in rap. Please, be quiet, Chuck D, Erik B, Beasties, and allow your erasing from pop history.

This overstating of Eminem's importance is starting to get at me now. I can understand the discussion of Eminem's lyrics by an English Professor, and to be honest he's the most relevant figure in a series of talking heads featuring James Morrison, Lemar, and some actors. But the claim of Eminem as a modern Shakespeare isn't just hyperbolic- it's fairly obviously not even accurate.

Oh wait, have to stop writing. Up Next... Eminem The New Elvis.

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Videogames, film, music, comics: feed them into the Alex-Spencer machine and out come neat little articles. Like the ones you're looking at here.