Category: Notes

Ninjas vs. Pirates

It’s an idea whose time has come: Ninjas vs. Pirates! Sounds homebrew too: “Almost all scenes in NVP were shot in front of 9 sheets of 30-cent green posterboard in a 12’x13′ apartment living room, lit with $12 Wal-Mart halogen work lights.”

All Psych Studies Stink?

Bill Harris over at Dubious Quality takes himself as the basis for his study of computer gaming causing violence: “After playing ‘killing simulators’ for decades, how am I not some kind of crazed predator? Why are me and my droogs not out for a bit of ultraviolence?”

Lovely Free Flash Game

Samorost 2 is a point and click adventure puzzle game you can play in your browser. It begins with our protagonist in his nightcap rocketing off to save his kidnapped dog, and he must explore a romantic-industrial planet to do so.

Free Finnish Trek Movie

Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning is a feature length movie that its Finnish creators have released for free. I’ve only seen the trailer, but its production values are amazing for a zero budget flick and the line it walks between parody and fan film is intriguing.

Red Panda in Yer Ear

I ran across a poster in my neighbourhood advertising Decoder Ring Theatre, and boy, do they deliver the goods! Check out their old-timey radio serial podcasts featuring Red Panda, Canada’s Greatest Superhero. It’s a pretty dead-on pastiche of ’40s dramas like the Green Hornet.

Games for Greybeards

The fabulous new videogame magazine The Escapist takes a look this week at what happens when the first generation of gamers starts to get older, including this gem: “Donna and Jack discovered a fact lost on our culture’s anti-game crusaders: Gaming is an extraordinarily effective parenting tool.”

kill your phone

Ah, it’s not all crappy ports of arcade classics. Rebecca Cannon, Australian DVD zinester is working on a mobile phone game called The Kill Yourself Game which pits you against hordes of enemy yous. Highschool teachers are going to love that one.