You may have
noticed your facebook wall got a little less colorful yesterday, since Facebook
decided to purge all accounts with "cosplay" in the profile name. Some users
were warned, but not all. Friend lists, photos, and memories have been sucked
down into the aether.
Steven Spielberg, 1975: "I've always been a little afraid of the ocean." [And yes, there really was a Miami Phoenix.]Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the Phoenix archives ... Earlier
this summer, it was as though it were suddenly 1975 again on the
beaches of Cape Cod. Not because of retro bikinis or Beach Boys hits
blasting from boomboxes.
Prepare yourself for more bloody musical numbers: the masterminds behind the 2008
film Repo! The Genetic Opera --a slasher musical seemingly destined for
cult midnight movie-screening fame as a successor to Rocky Horror
Picture Show --have returned with a new project. Director Darren Bousman
(of Saw series fame) has teamed up with REPO! director Terrance Zdunich
on a unique new project -- The Devil's Carnival -- an episodic musical
horror film that embarked on its second nationwide tour last week.
Phil Fish, pictured in "Indie Game."
Load up your Steam accounts, because Indie Game: The Movie (which we reviewed when it toured the Brattle) is now available for digital download on Steam, DVD, and soon Blu-ray in a massive special edition.In this doc, Jonathan Blow looks back on the success of his popular game Braid, while also profiling upcoming developers such as Edmund McMillen and Phil Fish while working on the games that would later make them big names in the industry (Super Meat Boy and Fez, respectively).
Some video game
developers just seem to have been dealt a bad hand, but few have luck as bad as
Whoopee Camp. The company made two late 90s Playstation games: Tomba,
and its not-quite-as-good-but-still-solid sequel. Critics loved both games, but
audiences ignored them, and the company went bust in 2000 after only three
years of existence.
There's a saying about the "me" generation that says we're
"absolutely terrified of someone, somewhere, trying to sell them something." I
disagree, but it's hard not to see how frustrated people can get when a company
reduces their passionate involvement to a number on an accounting sheet. To the
dismay of gamers everywhere, the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo - also
known as E3 - has done just this.
I gave Diablo 3 a grumpy
review this week, which surprises even me, considering that right after I
finished writing that review I went home and played Diablo 3 deep into the night. After having already spent a week of
late nights playing the game in order to write the review, you'd think that I
would celebrate having finished writing the piece by getting a full night of
sleep - but no.
Photo via MIT Civic Media Blog
As we mentioned in this week's paper, this year's ROFLCon isn't just an advice animal petting zoo. It's also attracting some of the world's smartest thinkers about internet culture. At the top of the pile is JONATHAN ZITTRAIN, founder and leader of Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, author of The Future of the Internet And How To Stop It, who is not only extraordinarily smart but also exceptionally funny.
was always the kid who liked to sit alone and draw instead of playing with
others. He drew monsters so disturbing his third-grade teacher told his parents
the pictures were "a cry for help." But he channeled his imagination rather
than trying to stifle it, and began making Flash games as he grew older --
simple browser-based adventures featuring gigantic, battling genitalia or
aliens with existential crises.
Edmund McMillen is just
about to get famous - if he isn't already. He's one of the few independent game
developers profiled in Indie Game: The Movie (check out our
review here), which just had its Boston
premiere at the Brattle on April 21. He's best known for his 2010 game Super
Meat Boy and celebrated for his unique and unforgettable visual style.
If you think
spending hours playing a computer game is nerdy, try going to a convention like
PAX East 2012. And if you think that's nerdy, try showing up dressed as
one of the video game characters you play. I couldn't think of a better way to
spend the weekend. A variety
of virtual warriors came to life and competed for the top prize in the League of Legends booth's cosplay contest, including Caitlin, Ezreal, Jax, Malzahar and
East has come and gone. With panels, PC and Console freeplay stations,
tabletop tournaments and over 100 show floor exhibits all
happening simultaneously, the biggest challenge of my one day at PAX (Sunday) was figuring out
what darned thing to do. I chose to stick to the main exhibition hall and get
as many game demos under my belt as possible.
Above, watch the illustrious JoCo play his best-known song, "Code Monkey". It's an anthem for the nerd proletariats stuck in dead-end IT jobs with managers who lack web savviness. Especially those of us who are too shy to talk to people we have crushes on. Also known as, almost everyone who attends PAX East.
Aw, were Paul and Storm bitter about having to play right before that great bastion of nerd-rock, Jonathan Coulton? Probably not, because they got quite the crowd on their own, rendering this tongue-in-cheek song about openings acts a bit out of place. The Main Stage was at capacity for the Saturday night concert on the PAX East mainstage, so there were 4,000 nerds rocking out to Paul and Storm, happy to throw pieces of their Portal 2 cosplays at the pair, if not pairs of panties.
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