The first three strums in Guitar Hero Live (2015) are electrifying. “Let’s try that again,” the engineer says as you power into the second half of soundcheck. In this dimly lit hallway stuffed full of bandmates and crew members, developer Freestyle Games tries to sell you on their vision of what Guitar Hero could be. A game not of highscores and increasingly ridiculous outfits, but a first-person, live-action concert experience. The proposal is one part intriguing, two parts outrageous, and as you hear the overdrive kick in and are waved onto the stage it starts to feel like this could actually work. But once the band begins to play it becomes clear something’s been forgotten. You may be looking out over a crowd of thousands, but you, yourself, are alone. Continue reading All My Friends Are Dead In Guitar Hero Live
I hadn’t danced a day in my life before I spontaneously decided to go in on a discarded Kinect with possibly the best argument for owning one: Harmonix’s Dance Central (2010). My lack of dancefloor experience was not for a lack of interest. I’d made a point to position myself as “the wallflower who could (if only someone would give me a push).” I went to school dances, stood at the edge of wedding reception mosh pits, and spent hours studying dance videos on YouTube only to find that I was still as unable to get my body moving as ever. All of that changed with Dance Central. Continue reading Dance Central is for the Wallflowers
Dear Space Diary,
S. and I are preparing to embark on what will undoubtedly test not only our skills as pilots but the strength of our relationship itself. Though the Gumball Zero has been modified to accommodate four crew members, part of me feels it is better that it will be only the two of us aboard. It is likely that we will fail, and that failure may mean death, but, if nothing else, at least we will have each other.
Accidental Queens’ A Normal Lost Phone (2017) exists alongside the likes of Gone Home (2013) and Her Story (2015) as the latest in what can be described as politically aware epistolary adventure games. Continue reading A Normal Lost Phone does not belong to you
Unassuming and pleasantly warm, Bart Bonte’s SEO-unfriendly mobile puzzler, yellow (2017), finds joy in simplicity. Halfway between a series of vignettes and a digital version of those impossible metal brainteasers, yellow does not ask for much. Simply turn the screen yellow by tapping, flicking, or staring intently at your phone, impromptu Coldplay karaoke optional. That premise, however, fails to capture the delightful sense of accomplishment that causes yellow to be entertaining despite being little more than a series of motor skill exercises. Continue reading yellow remembers when touchscreens were cool
In this grab bag: make friends with the narrator, search for your life’s purpose while wearing a poncho, wade through a depression blizzard, and remind yourself to tell someone you love them. Continue reading itch.io Grab Bag #2 – secrets, stars, snow, and sadness
In 2013, the Ebola virus broke loose across West Africa. It was the most destructive outbreak the of the virus in history, with over 28,000 cases and 11,000 deaths reported (which accounts for only 17-70% of all infections). It was one of the most severe biological epidemics in recent memory, causing widespread panic and paranoia as countries scrambled to close their borders in the hopes of containing the virus to African countries (a move which no doubt resulted in even more unnecessary deaths and reflected our inability to respond to catastrophes like this). The outbreak lasted until 2016, though cases are still being reported and the effects of the outbreak will continue to be felt for years. Continue reading Alien: Covenant and the Horror of Humanity
Welcome to episode 7 of Lost Saves, several weeks past due and aged like a fine wine.
This week we discuss some of our favorite video game tracks, from Hotline Miami fever dreams to the smooth vocals of K.K. Slider. If you enjoy this episode and would like to see more, let us know in the comment. Also, tell us about some of your favorite game tracks! Continue reading Lost Saves – Episode 7: All the Songs Fit to Print
“This is what life looks like.”
Roughly halfway through Logan (2017), Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) utters the line that will by the movie’s end personify it. He is lying on a bed in a country house, sick but at peace in one of the film’s only calm moments, attempting to break through the Logan/Wolverine’s (Hugh Jackman) outer shell to find what remains of the broken man underneath. Continue reading Logan is a superhero film without heroes
Hello, dear listeners, and welcome to episode 6 of Lost Saves.
This week, in lieu of losing a few of our cast members, we decided we would put together a bit of soothing audio fuzz for your ear holes. So get cozy, grab some tea, and get ready to relax like it’s 1995. We’ll hopefully be back next week with a regular episode. Continue reading Lost Saves – Episode 6: ASMR Spiritual Experience Special