Burrito Bison, a Flash game from indie dev Juicy Beast. The game is average but, man — the art direction is phenomenal! Really expressive animations and great character design make this the best luchador-fighting-opressive-gummmy-bears game I’ve ever played.
Also worth noting is that Juicy Beast seems to be against the notion of drawing the line at $2.99. C’mon, guys. We’re in a recession!
The Controller, a new art and culture magazine from Cory Schmitz, is now available for purchase from Attract Mode. Go buy it! I wrote an article for the magazine titled “Why Games Can Not Be Taught.” It’s a riff on everything I learned in art school and touches on a lot of different ideas, but mainly it’s about the absurdity of institutional theory in the age of the internet. If that sounds too wordy: it’s about Bomberman and stuff. I’m very proud of my contribution, and the book as a whole. Cory did an amazing job with the art direction, to the point where I feel confident that anyone with an interest in art or video games will enjoy it.
This is a huge personal milestone for me, as it marks the first time my prose has been printed. I’ve been published before, but mostly academic works, never anything this personal. I’m really partial to my Murderblog voice — mostly humor and anecdotes fashioned to make a statement about new media — and it’s awesome to see something in the same style make it into print. If you’ve already read The Controller, please let me know what you think. And if you haven’t read it… please do!
If you want a great example of how to connect with your customer, this is it. The order arrived packaged in my very own cardboard edition Game Buddy. There was even ASCII art on the receipt! Everything about Attract Mode screams “Hey, I’m like you. We should be friends.” We should be friends, non-sentient online storefront. You’d probably blow my Tetris high score out of the water.
BONUS ROUND! Check out the Virgin Mother (?) pin that was attached to my receipt. Can someone give me some details on this? I love it. Most pins end up attached to my messenger bag, but this thing is blazer worthy. I’ll be wearing this at SPX on Saturday; if you see me, throw out a high five. Even if it happens to be some other person wearing a pixel Mary pin, I’m sure they would appreciate a random high five.
If you’re going to upload your crazy awesome scores for Guitar Hero tracks, you should consider feeding the line out from the TV directly into the camcorder so no one has to listen to you argue with your mother about hygiene.