Stuff You Should Really Be Into 4 – Too Many Darn Sequels

Time to level. I haven’t been updating much because I kind of got out of the groove with reviewing what with being a third year university student and all. That said, I have played a lot of games this year like Sleeping Dogs, Dishonored, Bioshock Infinite, Tomb Raider, Transformers: War For Cybertron, Inazuma Eleven Far Cry 3, not to mention the news 3DS I bought myself. So maybe you’ll be getting more reviews soon. But until then, I’ve recently discovered a treasure trove of my new nerdvana: retro videogame webshows. So here’s some of the stuff I like in no particular order.

Pat the NES Punk

Where The Angry Video Game Nerd uses excessive swearing (and if you don’t mind/like/can get past that, his show is pretty damn great), Pat uses excessive self-deprecation.

His purview is NES games, believe it or not. He reviews games good, bad and somewhere inbetween. If you’re interested, you can find his stuff on YouTube, Blip, &

PushingUpRoses’s A Second Look At

A reviewer of old PC adventure games, PushingUpRoses also has a pretty large amount of Let’s Plays with various webshow folk you might be familiar with like Paw. Her stuff can be found on YouTube, Blip and

Note: Her Let’s Plays are not on


General 8 and 16-bit game stuff. Sometimes it’s reviews, other times it’s discussing things like censorshipin Nintendo games or stress-testing NES carts. It’s an enjoyable mix.

Only a small about of Rinry’s stuff is up on, the rest can be found on her YouTube channel.

Roo of the Clan of the Grey Wolf’s 16 Bit Gems

Another contributor, Roo creates the 16 Bit Gems show. Which, believe it or not, is dedicated to reviewing SNES games you might not have heard of but are, well, hidden gems. That last sentence has too many commas, doesn’t it? Oh, well, you’ll, live, probably,.

His Blip channel contains a lot of vlogs and such, so you might want to stick to watching his stuff on YouTube or

JewWario’s You Can Play This

A show dedicated to 8 & 16-bit Japanese games that you can import and play. Ever wanted to know which Japanese Famicom platformers to import? I haven’t, but I do love seeing periods of gaming history I’m all but ignorant of!

His stuff is on Blip, and YouTube.

The Video Game Years

A collaboration documentary project of many contributors which goes through video game history year by year and talks about the various milestones and oddities along the way. Available on & Blip, as well as the retroware YouTube channel.

One last thing

While I like what little of 8-Bit Alli there is so far, it’s still a very small amount. Put her under the “ones to watch” category, I guess. She’s also on & YouTube.

Another last thing

These content producers do so off their own backs and are only paid via ad revenue. If you’re going to watch their content, please disable any ad-blockers you normally use for these sites, or at least for as long as you’re watching there stuff. Watching on Blip will give them a better cut of the proceeds than YouTube, and if you do use an ad-blocker on Blip you’ll be forced to stare at a message about ad-blockers for 90 seconds instead of watching a 30 second advert, so it’s really not worth it.


Physicist's revenge

This was the moment Peter Higgs has been waiting 45 years for. This was the moment scientists from the Large Hadron Collider’s ATLAS experiment, at CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research) confirmed that they had found a Higgs Boson like particle and have confirmed the finding to 5σ significance (I’ll come back to this in a bit).

Okay, this all well and good, but what does it mean and why should you care?

Well, I can’t answer that. I can tell you why Physicists care and you can fucking well decide for yourself whether you care or not!


Now, the first question you’re asking is “Why am I reading this blog?”, the second question is probably “what is a Higgs Boson exactly?”. Excellent question hypothetical reader!

In a nutshell it’s the holy grail of particle physics. It’s something that has been sought after for the past 45…

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shattersnipe: malcontent & rainbows

About a week ago, I wrote a post on Penny Arcade vs. Rape Culture, which sent my blog traffic skyrocketing after it was linked on Reddit. However, both in comments on the post itself and elsewhere on Reddit, quite a few people seemed to be missing the point: or, more specifically, misunderstanding what rape culture actually is and how it applies to gaming. One commenter, in fact, responded thusly:

My mind is boggled that you feel righteous in condemning something people enjoy, especially when it’s not even real. Do you realize that’s what you’re doing? You’re standing up and telling all these people, people you don’t know, that what they’re enjoying is *wrong*. You don’t have numbers or statistics or any sort of fact behind you quantifying how what they do is wrong. None. Telling people that what they enjoy in the privacy of their own homes…

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Sarah Ditum

20120604-210031.jpgI’ve got a lot of time for good people. If I can choose who I spend my days with, I’ll always pick the good people over the evil, murderous, power-hungry ones. Life’s just nicer with good people. But good people are also – and no offence intended towards good people; like I said, some of my best friends are good people – not always very interesting. That’s why fictional worlds quite often feature not-entirely-good people: they’re just better at drama.

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An article that politely redressed some of the anti-genre fiction sentiments in a much more eloquent and informed way than I could.


(Lev Grossman writes about books here on Wednesdays. Subscribe to his RSS feed.)

This post is by way of a reply to Arthur Krystal’s “Easy Writers,” a thoroughly thought-provoking piece about the relationship between genre fiction and literary fiction that ran in the New Yorker this week. I was happy to see the New Yorker weighing in on this, because I think it’s an important part of what’s going on in fiction right now. I think about it a lot. So naturally if anybody says anything about it anywhere, the world urgently requires my response.

[I want to be clear, by the way, that this is a response in the sense of a (probably one-sided) critical conversation. There’s been some umbrage in the genre world about this piece, but my feeling is, we’re all readers in good faith here, and this isn’t going to be one of those pieces…

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Yo hey, Elijah

I realise I have neglected my duties as ‘editor’ quite severely. I thought I’d give you something I hope will make you smile instead. You don’t mind a surprise hack-but-not-really-a-hack-because-I-have-the-blog-details-surprise-post, right?

Yeah. Trolololol ahahahahah hello!

Love, or something.


Ace Attorney Twitter Battle

OK, there was a hashtag battle between me, a Miles Edgeworth RPer (@High_Prosecutor) and a Phoenix Wright RPer (@ObjectionLawyer) on Twitter the other day I thought I’d share with you all.

By the way, not only does it spoil pretty much all of the games, there’s a good chance you won’t get what’s going on unless you already know the Ace Attorney continuity. So, Ace Attorney fans, here you are. Enjoy.


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