Wow...it sure is dusty in here. Sorry for the drought everyone. We've been...busy. Yeah. Busy. Not doing any espionage missions in a alternate Cold War reality where we have to use a degauss pigeons, run into allegories of popular culture, take special medications for all of my missions, and everyone are cyborg robots that look like the people on bathroom signs. Nope. Not us. Though that sounds vaguely familiar.
Oh, that's the incredibly wonderfully bizarre world of Jazzpunk, the new game from indie developer Necrophone Games. Set in this extremely bright alternate world where Cold War espionage and cyber crime meet, you play as an agent for hire and perform various missions while under the influence of your required Missionoyl, which may or may not be a reality enhancing pharmaceutical that is making this as weird as it is. As an actual game, it's really a first person, semi-open world adventure game with a really bizarre and tinge to the darker side sense of humor i.e. my kind. That kind of sense of humor where when things happen, you laugh because it's completely unexpected, or exactly the thing you wish it would be but "no way would they do that", and you accept the reality that is presented and continue on. You accept that you first meet your character on the baggage carousel of an airport. That sentence was worded very specifically. Not at the carousel. On. You accept that your boss goes to his "wine cellar", which is really him doing the pantomiming walking down stairs trick while getting in a drunken stupor under his desk. You accept running into a pie smoking and wearing a beret. Again, specifically worded and grammatically formatted sentence. You accept that whenever you need to use the mouse for something outside of looking, your character suddenly appropriates a hand that would fit in a close up shot of Ren and Stimpy. In fact, Ren and Stimpy is a remarkably good example of the style of humor found in Jazzpunk. The original Ren and Stimpy episodes, not the Ren and Stimpy Adult Party stuff that we all collectively should but cannot forget.
As we all know, humor is very difficult in games. There are far too many examples of games falling so far flat on their faces trying to be funny that their noses came out the back of their heads, which ironically would be rather funny. Jazzpunk succeeds in it's humor by being very simple with it. Jazzpunk also goes in the direction that the humor is not as much dialog, which would be difficult seeing the entire VO is done through voice modulators appropriate for 60s era Cold War spy robots though there are floating subtitles for all the characters, but on visual gags almost to the point of slapstick comedy. With that, on top of the Ren and Stimpy allegory, I'd also throw in bits of Airplane, The Naked Gun movies, and other absurdist parodies like them for good measure. Even some core gameplay mechanics help in this endeavor, like pretty much the only way to interact one object with another is by throwing the item at it, which makes me laugh every time. Especially when it's a request as simple as "Please remove your shoes". It also helps that in many cases, the most humorous parts don't to come to you, you go to them. The side missions and little extra bits in the main missions that do absolutely nothing to move the plot along were just as absurd in every fantastic way possible and when you find them, if you're like me, you start going down this insane little rabbit hole wanting to interact with everything as much as you can just to see what it'll do.
Visually, the game seems to be very inspired by the works of Saul Bass, especially the opening cutscene. Bright colors abound with a stylized cut out motif, the game is beyond cel-shaded. It's a love letter to the pop culture, animation and art of the 1950s and 1960s and I adore it. It's vibrant and actually very beautiful, the exact opposite of many shades of brown and gunmetal grey: the game that happens most everywhere else. Also, with this psychotropic nature of your missions and what they can entail, it fits. My only issue was that, after some extended play time, it started messing with my head out of game, where I started feeling those cold sweats and headaches of maybe I should put the game down for a while. Either that or the Missionoyl was actually coming through the keyboard and into my own system. That would explain so many things. As for the music, it's more on the jazz and less on the punk in the title. Fitting in with that spy aesthetic, the music seemed to perfectly contrast that create the feeling that what was happening was entirely serious, even though it very obviously wasn't.
I don't score games because I find it naturally unfair. I like or dislike games for different reasons and no matter how hard people try, not all games are created equal. However, I can make recommendations. For those of you that want something completely different from most anything else out there in all the right ways and something legitimately funny with just a slight dark sense of humor, go as quickly as possible to your computer gaming device that is of a PC, Mac, or Linux base and either buy this on Steam or from Necrophone Games directly. It will be absolutely worth it. Now, if you excuse me, another bottle of Placebex has appeared seemingly out of nowhere. Hopefully I won't gallop away like a horse like last time.
There's a lot of controversy with the Xbox One. There were rumors that they would not run used games. Well, it will, but they made it extremely difficult for retailers to sell them. [gammasquad]
The end is neigh! Oh, it begins with LEGOs, but then it evolves into Armageddon! A full-size LEGO terminator. [geekologie]
When the apocalypse comes, whether it be zombie, terminator, asteroid, or otherwise, you're gonna need a nice, safe place to play your xbox. You should invest in a personal gaming module. [gammasquad]
A guy rides a snowmobile off a cliff. Major points deducted for not sticking the landing. [geekologie]
One of the most perplexing questions in the history of nerddom is "How does Superman shave?". This question has actually been explained, but most people just don't know it. [gammasquad]
So unless you don't have a soul, then you absolutely love grumpy cat, which means you'll love this bit of news. Grumpy cat is getting her own movie. [geekosystem]
If you recall a couple round-ups back, I posted some TMNT twistie-tie art. Apparently it's a thing now, and there's a lot more of it. [geekologie]
BREAKING NEWS: A Dalek was found at the bottom of a pond in the UK! [blastr]
WE HAVE AN IRL LIGHT SABER! Well about as good as it's gonna get, at least for now. [blastr]
This really isn't news, but just a really beautiful game that I'm excited to play, called Rain. [gammasquad]
Author: Nick LabyrinthX
In movies, there's a thing called "foreshadowing". This is when a movie shows you something early in the movie, seemingly for no reason, so when it happens again later in the movie, it makes sense. Sometimes it's in your face, while other times it's tiny clues that you can completely miss. Here are 5 examples. [cracked]
Someone built a full-scale X-Wing Figher... out of 5 million LEGOs. [blastr]
A father/son team put together a full-size arcade in their basement. I wouldn't even consider doing this. The main reason being that my basement is filled with spiders, and there's no way I'm going down there. [geekologie]
There has always been a battle between the Star Wars fandom and the Trekkies. With that said, you should watch this video. Death Star vs Enterprise. [blastr]
Ever wondered to yourself what Batman and Superman would smell like? Well wonder no more. You can purchase their cologne. I'm serious... [geekologie]
A big part of selling a videogame is the cover art. Some are amazing, while others are definitely something to be desired. Here are the 20 worst videogame covers of all time. [dorkly]
There are some games out there that people have played for so long, that they don't realize some of the rules they're using aren't officially rules at all. However, these rules do tend to make THE GAME more fun. Case in point... [cracked]
When you're too lazy to walk to your xbox to switch out the game disc, you build a 32 disc changing carousel out of LEGOs. Me... I just use the force. [geekologie]
Someone finally did it. They made a real-life fire-breathing Super Mario Bros. Piranha Plant. I'm not jumping over that. I value my sun-deprived skin. [geekosystem]
There've been many Legend of Zelda games throughout the franchise, but which are the best ones? Here are the top 10. [dorkly]
You know when you purchase a new laptop, you get it home, fire it up, and there's tons and tons of crap already installed on it? Yeah... people are actually paid to slow your laptop down, on purpose, with all that stuff. [howtogeek]
Want to feel really dumb and have your geek-cred go down -5 points? This 4 year old girl knows more about comics than you do. [blastr]
Author: Nick LabyrinthX
What happens when you give somebody 150,000 LEGOs? A HUGE MESS! Oh wait... that's if you give them to me. If you give them to some much more creative people, you get a recreation of the Battle of Helm's Deep. [gammasquad]
Ok, what if you give someone a bunch of multi-colored twistie-ties? Once again, if you give them to me, all you're gonna get is a bunch of spiral shapes because I wrapped them around my fingers. If you give them to someone else, you get twistie-tie sculptures of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. [geekologie]
As of about a week ago I FINALLY beat Dead Space. Yes, the very first one. So I find this fitting that someone built an IRL burning Dead Space plasma cutter. [geekologie]
Hooray for Microsoft making a smart move! The next-gen XBOX will NOT require you to always be connected in order to play singleplayer games. [geekosystem]
MORE HOMEMADE STUFF!! Someone made an 80,000 volt Thor's Hammer. [geekologie]
If you've never played Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem on Gamecube, I HIGHLY recommend you go play it. With that said, there's plans to make a "sequal"/"successor" game for it. A lot of people don't want this to happen for one reason or another, but I, for one, welcome it. [gamesradar]
For those who were looking forward to Jurassic Park 4, especially since the 3D release of the original, then I'm sorry to let the wind out of your sails, but Jurassic Park 4 has been put on hold. [gammasquad]
Time travel seems like it would be an amazing experience if it were possible. Just look at all the adventures from Doctor Who and Marty McFly. Most people don't consider the annoyances and frustrations that time travel might actually cause. [blastr]
In really stupid news, Disney has hired EA to create Star Wars games. Seriously, Disney? Seriously? [gammasquad]
So you think you're a true Star Wars nerd? Test your knowledge with these 7 terms from Star Wars that don't mean what you think they mean. [dorkly]
When it comes to movies in 3D, you either like it or hate it, but there are some video game franchises out there that could really benefit from a 3D CGI movie release. [gammasquad]
Author: Nick LabyrinthX
Author: Brock Wilbur
3D Tetris chalk drawing [geekologie]
18 greatest time travelers in videogame history [dorkly]
Stop-motion, arcade themed animation with post-its [geekologie]
Old-school Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles intro theme performed by real turtles. [blastr]
LEGO alien city made with 200,000 LEGOs [geekologie]
First look at Batman: Arkham Origins game [geekosystem]
How video games actually help you [howtogeek]
Disney shuts down LucasArts [geekologie]
Star Wars game, 1313, starring Boba Fett, got canned by Disney. [blastr]
The new XBOX console will be backwards compatible... for a price. [gammasquad]
The book that was read by Clara on Doctor Who is now a real ebook. [geekosystem]
The U.S. Navy has a huge laser cannon. MUHAHAHAHA!!! [gammasquad]
How the heck do cats work? [geekosystem]
A fan-made, gritty Calvin and Hobbes movie trailer. [gammasquad]
Author: Nick LabyrinthX
What if Jurassic Park and Star Wars were one movie? Well here's a mashup trailer for that exact thing. [geekosystem]
Now-a-days people's time is very limited, so sitting down to watch an entire movie saga is nearly impossible. So for those of you in this situation, who want to watch all 6 Star Wars movies, why not watch all 6 at the exact same time. [blastr]
Ever been curious as to what current video games would look like as Atari cartridges? [geekologie]
For those of you die-hard NES fans, you can now buy game cartridge pillows. They even work all the time without having to blow on them. [geekologie]
A Best Buy employee discovered a complete NES deluxe system that was sold to the store, including R.O.B. the robot. It was meant to be recycled, but this fellow could not let that happen. He took some risks at the chance of being fired. Here is his story. [gammasquad]
I've never been able to solve a Rubik's cube without removing and replacing the stickers. This guy juggles three of them, and solves them at the same time. I can't even comprehend how this is possible. [geekologie]
One thing I'm not a big fan of in any video game, is the stupid escort missions. All you want to do is get from point A to point B, but now you have to worry about some other person who can't even lift a finger to help, or if they can, their health is so low it doesn't even matter. Here are the 13 worst escort missions in videogame history. [dorkly]
The upcoming TMNT movie has finally cast all 4 turtle actors. [blastr]
Speaking of ninja turtles, take a look at the seriously creepy looking turtles in this upcoming tmnt game. I'm gonna have nightmares. [gammasquad]
If you don't know yet, Doctor Who will be back with new episodes this Saturday! Here are a couple mini-episodes you should watch before the new episodes. First Episode [blastr] Second Episode [blastr]
Author: Nick LabyrinthX
So, contrary to popular belief, I'm not dead. Sorry to disappoint anyone. But I'm hyper geeking out now. So I've been in a re-kick into Daft Punk recently, but rarely am I not in a kick for Daft Punk, since they announced their 4th studio album titled "Random Access Memories" will come out May 21st. I mean, with teasers like this shown on SNL of all places, how can I not get stoked?
But there's something huge that's just starting to break. It seems possible that a track from this brand new album has already gotten leaked. It definitely sounds like their work and it's already been said that there will be some great collaborations on this album, bringing in the likes of Paul Williams, Giorgio Moroder (producer for Donna Summer and David Bowie among others), and Chic's Nile Rodgers (guitarist, "Le Freak"). Could this be one of those collaborations? Whatever it is, it's an amazing track. Everyone, you have to listen to this and spread it around. Spread it everywhere on the internet. Trust me. It doesn't let me down at all.
I've been playing Minecraft since Alpha 1.2.2, and in that time I've seen some amazing things. Entire worlds recreated, amazing adventure maps, and some mind-blowing contraptions. This, however, has got to be one of the most amazing things I've seen so far. Youtube user nuropsych1 made a 5 minute long Beetlejuice roller coaster (minecart track). And what makes this even more impressive, is he did it in XBOX Minecraft. I, personally, can't see how people can play Minecraft with a controller, but apparently it's not that difficult after seeing this creation.
The basic concept for this roller coaster comes from the intro to the Beetlejuice cartoon from the 80s/90s, while also throwing in a lot of stuff from the actual movie. What's also impressive is that he did this in one take, without jerking the view, and always seeming to be looking in the right spot at the exact right time.
I am extremely impressed with this build, and nuropsych1 has all the props I can give. Mad ones at that, like, seriously angry ones. Great job, bro.
If that wasn't enough for you, then here's a couple more links to click...
A LEGO machine that can fold and launch paper airplaines [geekologie]
3D printed GLaDOS ceiling lamp [instructables]
15 of the most sadly unfinished franchises in videogame history [dorkly]
A NEW DBZ MOVIE!! Not live-action, but from the actual series. (personally super excited about this one.) [blastr]
Author: Nick LabyrinthX