I wrote some more things about free speech. They’re probably not as interesting as the other things I wrote, but one of them is a foolproof solution to the anxieties of digital discourse that simultaneously allows for violent rhetoric while minimising its influence. Unfortunately, it also makes creating marketing funnels very difficult, if not impossible, so you’ll just have to put up with social media corporations exercising editorial control instead.
Read it, or don’t, here.
Incidentally, the recent YouTube reforms seem relatively successful. Both revolutionary and completely inoffensive left wing and right wing videos (if you think only right wing stuff is being excised, you’re living in a filter bubble), and apolitical content continues to be arbitrarily demonitised or removed, so nothing has changed there—but I have noticed fewer mask-off, power-level revealing videos being recommended.
Still plenty of trojan horses and useful idiots, which are far more likely to be able to alter public discourse and influence real world politics anyway, so everybody wins! :)
In Episode 110 of the Game Under podcast, Tom Towers finally finishes up Yakuza 4 and gives it the full Game Under in-depth Treatment, Phil Fogg flies around in his first impressions of the Spyro Trilogy (remake), and describes Red Dead Redemption II as the funniest Rock Star game since San Andreas.
And, as you can tell by the gallery below, Tom’s graphics card remastered Tacoma to great effect (in the first image you can see normal lighting on the left, psychedelic lighting on the right; click through the images for a nipple-tickling rubber monkey, a top hat on a pumpkin, and a shower scene):
To me the biggest news to come out of E3 this year was Konami’s announcement that it is releasing a mini version of NEC’s TurboGrafx 16 (as well as the two regional variants for Japan and Europe, the PC-Engine and PC-Engine CoreGrafx respectively). Like most of the planet this announcement came as a shock to me as Konami’s purchase of Hudson was long forgotten.
It’s far from a given that this will be officially released in Australia, but usually the grey market provides a way, usually for not too much of a price premium.
Six games have been announced, with a different line-up for each region, all pretty common fare: R-Type, New Adventure Island, Ninja Spirit, Ys Book I & II, Dungeon Explorer and Alien Crush. I am hoping that there will be 30 games released, but it possible a slim 20 games will be included.
I still have my original system hooked up (see my review for Victory Run here) but it will still be nice to play some of the games I don’t have in my collection as well as enjoying the convenience of save states. No dates or pricing has been released as of yet.
In Episode 109 of the Game Under Podcast, Tom and Phil do not talk about their eager anticipation of the death of triple a development or The Last Guardian (maybe they still will?) due to technical difficulties, but do talk about Tetris 99, Jurassic Bosch, Spielberg, and people who started playing games when Bioshock Infinite was released.
You can listen to such outscourings here.
In Episode 108 of the Game Under Podcast, Tom Towers and Phil Fogg return to discuss eugenics, Jim Carrey’s teeth, the first ever walkout in the American games industry, Microsoft’s new community guidelines, The Warriors, and a YakuzaKillzONE minute devoted almost entirely to xenophobia.
And much, much more. Probably.
I wrote some nonsense about Romanticism, the supreme narcissism of Buddhism, surrealism and its relationship to post-modernism (but not Marxism; late modernism and post-modernism were largely CIA-funded operations: even The Fugs were probably on a CIA record label, which makes one of their members later turning out to be narc who prosecuted a prominent European graffiti artist beautifying his real estate not so surprising), Dr. Seuss’ terrifying war and peacetime propaganda, and the queen of Europe, Björk.
You can read it here.
Here’s the full list of books featured in this edition:
Flowers of Evil (both the Charles Baudelaire book and the Shuzo Oshimi manga)
Louis Bourgeois: The Spider and the Tapestry edited by Hauser and Wirth and also Louis Bourgeois: An unfolding Portrait by Deborah Wye.
Meret Oppenheim: Retrospective by Elisabeth Bronfen, Heike Eipeldauer and Christiane Meyer-Thoss
Surrealism by Mary Ann Caws
Poet in Spain by Garcia Lorca, edited and translated by Sarah Arvo
Wessex and Other Verses by Thomas Hardy
Rumi, Day By Day by Rumi, edited and translated by Mafi Maryam
The Romantic Poets by—you guessed it—the romantic poets, published by Canterbury Classics (I couldn’t find who edited it)
Paradise Lost by John Milton, edited by Dennis Danielson whose parallel prose translation I did not read
Japanese Death Poems: Written by Zen Monks and Haiku Poets on the Verge of Death by Yoel Hoffman
The Upanishads edited and translated by Juan Mascaro
Dr. Seuss Goes to War 1 and 2 by Andre Schiffrin and Richard H. Minear respectively
The Lorax and The Cat in the Hat 2 by Dr. Seuss
The World of Edena by Moebius
Nikopol trilogy and Century’s End by Enki Bilal (the latter with Pierre Christin)
Land of Love and Ruins by Oddný Eir
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
On Anzac Day, I thought I would perform my patriotic duty by posting the first part of my ruminations on free speech, written in consideration of two expats’ recent exploits in New Zealand who, between them (a racist xenophobe and a courageous refugee), epitomised both the very best and the very worst of the Australian character.
You can read it here.
Or, on a day when we are supposed to remember people who have been killed by other people—but at best we cry crocodile tears for the unburied dead with names etched in stone, whose surviving mates returned to sleep in the shade of such stone; if they were lucky—you can read a little bit more than names about people killed in the relevant recent events here instead.
After three years and 2.5 million copies sold, it’s time for Enter the Gungeon’s tale to come to a close with the final free DLC titled ‘A Farewell to Arms.’ The release features new Gungeoneers, Items, Floors, Bosses, an entirely new mode and, of course, new guns.
Just when I thought I was finished with Enter the Gungeon, Dodge Roll Games have sucked me back in for one last hurrah of bullet-hell madness.
‘A Farewell to Arms’ releases on the PC, PS4, Xbox One and the Switch on April 5th.