Category Archives: 2011.10

Roundup of Unusual Size: Spooky Edition

The blog feeds are slow tonight, so Ben, this one’s for you.

WARNING: These links (and especially the images at the end) are pretty much not for the faint of heart. I tried weeding out the gore, but some of it is still pretty tough to look at. Hey, at least I didn’t throw Lotus Boob at you.

(Don’t Google that.)

Body Horror

Parasitic twins.

Teratomas! Some of them have brains.

And this one is my favorite: Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva, where your entire body –cartilage, muscle, organs, everything– turns into solid bone.

Delusional parasitosis, including Morgellon’s, where you believe foreign bodies (like insects) are crawling under your skin.

Not abnormal by any means, but freaky all the same: sleep paralysis.


Aokigahara, the Japanese suicide forest.

The Dyatlov Pass incident.

Street light interference–which happened to me constantly when I lived out in the sticks, ugh.

Nature is EVIL

Human botflies! Have a couple videos too.

Naegleria fowleri! Otherwise known as the amoeba that eats human brains.

Governments are Evil-er

Project MK-ULTRA. See also: The Killing Room.

“Why are chains growing out of this man’s skin?”

Polybius. Which is probably not the same as this 2007 PC game (warning: may be dangerous for people suffering from epilepsy).

“Found Footage”

Aka, the only horror genre that’s worth bothering with these days.

Marble Hornets: zero budget ongoing web series about Slender Man, an internet-borne folk tale (you can see artist renditions of him in the gallery after the jump).

Poughkeepsie Tapes. Just… Poughkeepsie Tapes.

Less found footage, more faux documentary with body horror/black-as-black-gets hospital humor, but Lars von Trier’s The Kingdom.


I’ve got a gallery. Hit the jump. Hit iiiiiit.

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Roundup of Unusual Size: Terrible things are happening in Oakland (like Sonic theme parks)

I thought today was Saturday and I don’t know why. I’ll blame the flu again.


Deets on Limbo dev Playdead’s forthcoming second game have turned up. Huzzah!

And according to Kirk, I Am Alive is The Road in game form.

Why would you ever?

And okay, this entirely fan indulgence, but they’ve gone and made an [insert your name here] version of the PlayStation “To Michael” commercial. And it’s totally good for a chuckle.


I’m as happy as anyone for more Phoenix Wright in my life, but man, you can’t make this look good.


Man. You guys just have it out for Pluto.


Huzzah! Women can ascend the British throne a little easier! Well, unless they’re a Catholic who marries in. Erm.


A day after I devoted part of a class midterm to likening the Egyptian revolution to the Occupy movement, this happened.

Elsewhere, angered protesters hold a vigil for (doing better!) Scott Olsen. The outbreak of police brutality in Oakland is, of course, being cited as “the left hand not knowing what the right one was doing.” Whatever the case, Threat Level’s Quinn Norton is calling it “a moral victory” for the movement. Meanwhile, Salon think the overarching victory goes to how the talking points on the news have shifted.

On the slowly shifting demographics on the protest lines.

Great op-ed: only a pundit would think Occupy didn’t have a message. The rest of us hear it loud and clear.

NMDNet on ground-up democracy.

You know that lady who showed up all over the blogs with her awesome protest sign? Her boss fired her for it.

Lastly, and warning for spoilers: why In Time is coincidentally the perfect movie for #OWS.

You Can’t Make This Up

Seriously. Three-eyed fish found near nuclear facility.


Moment of Zen

Johnny Weir. Ice skating to Lady GaGa. WERK!

Roundup of Unusual Size: I’d like a supersized debt with a coke.


So, commentary has been spreading like wildfire regarding homophobic remarks made at the close of this year’s BlizzCon. (Warning: triggering language ahead.)

Your first order of business should be reading Denis Farr’s essay, reposted as a guest editorial on Kotaku. You do not want to read the comments if you want to retain any faith in humanity.

Next, Richard Goodness’s take.

Blizzard were quick to issue an apology. And not just a fauxpology, sorry-you-were-offended apology, but actually owning up to the mistake.


The paralysis of choice in game design.

A scummier ploy we have rarely seen. Bravo, Vimeo.

A little coverage by Michael Abbott on a talk delivered by Jonathan Blow and Marc ten Bosch at this year’s Indiecade.


Hyperbole and a Half has a brilliant illustration of depression.


Here is a take we haven’t seen yet: now that DADT has been repealed, GLBT servicepeople are suing to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act as well.

For my slash-writing friends out there: a nice little guide to gay sex, part 1.

Every time you read about Republicans endorsing regulation to protect corporate interests, take a drink.


I actually haven’t heard of this series, but if they’re doing web videos on the protests, that’s good enough for me!

Excellent article in The Nation today about the Occupy movement’s relation to student debt relief.

And by now you should have heard about Scott Olsen, the Iraq veteran who was injured by riot police at Occupy Oakland and is now comatose in critical condition, awaiting brain surgery.

Moment of I Don’t Know How to End This

That “Feminist Apocalypse” video has resurfaced. Yay?

Roundup of Unusual Size: Occupying Bioshock Infinite

Sick as a very sick dog, hurgh blagh. Let’s see if I can even finish my interactive lecture for class tomorrow.


Gay teens killing themselves? Oh I know! Let’s hurl some anti-gay slurs at BlizzCon!

Critical Missive digs deeper on an admittedly problematic Gamasutra feature on skill design, linked on this blog a few days ago.


Kirk, you’re too good for Kotaku.


io9 asks: where did right-handedness come from?

I fail to see how this is any more likely than any other apocalyptic scenario, but at least it doesn’t break with physics.


Against all homophobic rhetoric, gay parents don’t warp children. Homophobia, however, is.


Occupy Oakland, we are with you! Boing Boing, as always, has been posting plenty of articles with news from the front line all day: Xeni Jardin’s day-one roundup, police flash grenading a crowd helping a hurt protester, and again with the sanitized newspaper accounts.

A letter on DailyKos from a member of the 1%: why I support the 99%.

Tiger Beatdown: Who are the 1%?

Rushkoff: this ain’t a scene, it’s a goddamn arms race.

Heather Parton on Al Jazeera contrasts the #Occupy movement with the Tea Party.

Anna North comments on how the sexual politics of Occupy Baltimore can be read as a microcosm for the entire movement.

Lastly, Heather Tsukayama draws parallels between #Occupy and an unreleased videogame at her peril, but the argument remains an interesting one.

Moment of Creepy

You know Gadaffi commissioned a love song for Condoleezza Rice? Yeeeah.

Roundup of Unusual Size: Revolution(TM)

Wake me up when it’s June.


Ernest Adams argues that professionalism can take you a lot farther than mere passion.

An indie game I plan to investigate as soon as time permits: The Art Piece as a Video Game.


What good is half an eye? the evolution denier asks. A hell of a lot, says science.


Depressing: study finds that women professionals, by and large, suffer from a lack of strong mentorship in their fields.


Occupy Oakland received a warm welcome of good ol’ fashioned police brutality today.

The revolution will be branded and trademarked.

Roundup of Unusual Size: But can Bhaloidam Occupy Wall Street? CAN IT? (Yes, it probably can.)

Ignore me. I’ve got midterms.


Sunday Papers and Thwigavibs for everyone!

Joe Tortuga has a great essay up on Corvus Elrod’s Bhaloidam, and you must read it. I am a backer, and you should be too.

What happens when you make Settlers of Catan about oil drilling? A lot, apparently.

Richard Fine explores how music can define a play experience.

A large developer-slash-platform talking actual Earth logic sense about piracy? Buwaaaaaah?

Dorkly Bits uncovers a flaw in Dr. Eggman Dr. Robotnik’s world domination plans.

Last but not least by any means: Where do computer games go when they die?


Tim Gunn critiques the fashion of Star Trek TOS (and a few modern-day superheroines). Disagree with him aplenty, but the discussion on period- and medium-specific gender politics is interesting. Elsewhere on The Mary Sue, we ask the harder-hitting questions, like why isn’t there Trek on TV anymore?

O Academia

There’s something pretty weird about watching a web video of a TV projection of a Skype call. Good news is, it’s worth watching.


This list of things you probably didn’t know about dreams consists largely of things you probably did know, but it does have links so you can drill down further into a given subject.


On making it to the Macy’s Day Parade.

Nice that the lady had a sense of humor in this story, but I think I’d die if a horror story like this happened to me.

Why the recession is harder on women.

This is apparently a meme now, which is a pity as I believe memeification dilutes what is in fact a very powerful anti-racism campaign.

Who the hell names their baby daughter “Unwanted”? At least 285 Indian families, apparently.

Why am I not surprised the Church of Scientology is using their old familiar dirt-digging tactics on South Park‘s studio and staff as they do for anyone else publicly criticizing them?


Charlie Stross, an economist and speculative fiction author I quite admire, conducts a thought experiment on how history will assess the class tensions of today.

I Hate Everything

The whitewashed Akira movie is still happening, and look! More white people who might be in it!

Go to hell, MTV.

Roundup of Unusual Size: No, not that kind of plot.

(art source: fongsaunder)



The Anna Anthropy stops by for the newest Border House podcast!


Theresa Nielsen-Hayden (whom I adore) has a good four-point list on turning story into plot.


There’s something really wrong with Esmeralda’s shoulder. Otherwise I think these reinterpretations of Disney princesses in a more photorealistic style are pretty neat.


And then Inception became a real thing.


Pete Seeger and Arlo Gunthrie have joined the Occupiers. In other news, my generation is win.

You know a movement’s gaining real inertia when China starts censoring it.

Roundup of Unusual Size: Phallic graphics

(art source: Don-KomandoRR)

Luna episode in a few hours! LUNA EPISODE! Best Saturday ever.


Notable indie dev Anna Anthropy delves into the rape imagery of Metroid: Other M.

And over at Edge, Clint Hocking questions whether graphics matter.


The Mary Sue turns their lens on gender inequalities in muggle quidditch.


If homophobic politicians believe being gay is a choice, why don’t they prove it?

Well, it’s official. The Zombie Apocalypse is coming.

Bonus: The United States of Scary Things.


On No High Scores, Danielle Riendeau looks at what Animal Crossing can teach us about Occupy Wall Street.


So, to the surprise of no one, the Dr Pepper Dudebro Edition campaign is bombing horribly.

Roundup of Unusual Size: Transmedia Chess


Closed out from electronic games, kids use their Skylander toys for chess.

Andrew McMillen, on what kind of game journalist you choose to be.

Josh Bycer writes about abstraction of player skill across game genres, arranged as a spectrum.

Two pieces which come recommended by The Border House today: Gears of War 3 and women and the case for making the Mass Effect movie a shade less generic and instantly forgettable.

Just in case you felt like raging at the patriarchy some more: Latoya Peterson’s got another indictment you’ll want to read.

And here’s a wicked neat Ico concept art gallery up at Edge.


How does a film studio acquire the rights to a Reddit comment? Why are we making films based on Reddit comments?


So we all know that Colonel Vermon CaTaffy Libyan dictator Gadaffi has been killed. What you don’t know is what Hitler thinks about it.


Usually I find delivery room videos beyond squicky, but I make an exception for the universe giving birth to a new planet.


“This Occupation is its own demand.”

Elsewhere, superstar hacker weev speaks out about the movement. And cheese.


YOU BROKE THE RULES! (thanks, Ian)

Roundup of Unusual Size: Discrimination is so gay


Hey, hey, so Arkham City is some sexist bullshit, yeah? Why anyone would contest such an obvious fact is beyond me, but what do I know, I’m a wumminz.

Moving on. James Hawkins contends that videogames need to be more socially relevant before they can be art.


Wow, I never liked Laura Bennett on Project Runway anyway.


Mister Literary Fiction, Miss Genre Fiction, tear down this wall.

And this is the next thing I’m reading, when reading for pleasure enters my life again: The Revolution Will be Digitized.


Ah, finally. The science of romantic movies.


Good going, Obama administration. Asking for free labor to do graphic design for your jobs poster.

And this should be self-evident but just to get that canard out there: games aren’t making teens too lazy to get jobs. Adults are taking their jobs.

Moment of Awwwwww

Baby quail floating in Zero G!