Girl Duality Assignments

How System Shock Soiled My Pants

June 19, 2012
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Times have changed. Not a little bit either. Gaming graphics have
improved dramatically over the last decade and even more over the
decade before that. However, games have moved and inspired us, or at
least me, since the early 80s. Sierras quest series, Kings Quest,
Space Quest, my personal favorite Quest for Glory, even the extremely
odd Leisure Suit series. These games defined my childhood, I even
played the cryptic Phantasmagoria which if you played this you might
have also played Noctropolis (you perv.).

But no game has effected me as much as System Shock and its sequel.


System Shock

The progression of graphics, montages, and cutscenes have rendered a
lot of this cliché, old and boring to most. Not to me, I remember the
emotion connected to them, the challenge, and the imagination that
connected me to all these stories. Call it retro gaming, call it
nerdcore, I call it my childhood.

System Shock changed how i viewed gaming. I ran through the first
System Shock in 1994, on my POS computer, jumping to shitty graphics
and freaking out about 16bit squarish robot monsters. The sequel,
System Shock 2, came out in 1999, I was a Junior in college and my
roommate and I (Thank you Trey Terrell) waited for the coop patch to
come out to really get into it.

Creepy

The horror genre has matured since then, but in 1999 there were a
bunch of shitty Resident Evils, the Phantasmagoria experiment, and
System Shock (at least among the games that didn’t blow goats). System
Shock 2 changed me from playing games as a pass time, a joke, or
recreation, to realizing that games can convey emotion, passion and
relationships that all of us can understand… that and fear. Real,
jump out of your pants, scream like a 4 year old, freak out, fear. We
played it together, always in the dark, but in a lot of ways that made
it worse, we were sharing this freak out.

Unlike the entire Sierra line up, System Shock dealt with ethics,
suicide, and how we view tech.

When I dealt with this the first time, it was at 3am, with the blinds
pulled and no lights on. We had enough caffiene to kill a small child,
and we were freaking the fuck out. God, I loved it. That was what
gaming should be, not some 2 dimensional, bullet crazy, piece of crap;
System Shock 2 was a game that would keep you up at night, and screw
up your sleep cycle.

But then again, if you haven’t played Skyrim you haven’t seen WTF.

Yah Know What’s Messed Up?

June 19, 2012
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Yah Know What’s Messed Up?

This gets to me. I don’t know why. Check this out.   So there’s this superhero named Seaguy, and like his big problem is that there’s no need for superheroes anymore. All the villains are gone, all the crises  are over, and all the girls have been saved. He was just too late. He’s plucky though, and he lives out his idyllic life chugging on Xoo and watching Mickey Eye on TV.  He even has a side kick, Chubby da Choona. Here’s a picture of them playing chess with Death.   Everything is perfect until one day the Xoo jumps…

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I’m Adding This Because None of the Boys Are Posting

June 8, 2012
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That will show ‘em

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Japanese Weirdness

June 7, 2012
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Type into ‘weird Japanese shit’ into Google and you just might go blind. The following video is a perfect example. The ‘GirlDuality Assignment” for this week is “creepiest thing you ever saw in a movie”- but I believe this is a good start. The dude with the painted on ‘anime’ eyes is simply fuckin’ terrifying Well played Japan, well played.

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There’s Bad… and then there’s BAD

June 2, 2012
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Girl Duality asked for something I’ve seen that’s badly dubbed. My first thoughts went to Mystery Science Theater 3000, as I’ve been revisiting the whole show. I was going to bring up Gamera, or maybe Hamlet, but then it hit me. A movie from my past, something that was so awful, so badly dubbed that it wasn’t even funny, it’s nearly unwatchable. It’s one of my most regretted video store picks. It is, Dracula (Dirty Old Man) and what makes this movie special is that it isn’t foreign. The story goes that there was an original soundtrack to the film,…

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It’s DATTEBAYO! MOTHER@#&%ERS!

June 1, 2012
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GirlDuality: Assignment for this week “The most unfortunate (shitty) dubbing of any show/film/video game you’ve ever seen.” The first thing that comes to mind is “Believe it!” This isn’t really a dubbing thing as it is more of a lost in translation thing. &#%$ing english translating mother&#%$ers! OK so this really bothered me when I first encountered it several years ago. Really really bothered me. I guess its because… mostly… it doesn’t make sense. Today, I’ve gotten over it a little. Though I still think its just &#%$ing stupid. So several years ago I was really into the Japanese animated…

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You’ve never played BatShit?!

May 24, 2012
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ethanbatshit

When CrabAppleBall Season ends, BatShit Season begins!

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Bat Shit (It probably looks like this)

May 24, 2012
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Bat Shit (It probably looks like this)

  ~NLTAG

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The Terror That Flaps in the Night

May 3, 2012
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The Terror That Flaps in the Night

Have you heard of this Batman fellow?     Some of you might know that Christopher Nolan has been directing a little art house trilogy about this masked man of mystery, but what most people don’t realize is that Batman is not a new character created for his yet unfinished opus, but in fact has been around for over 70 years in one form or another.  Believe it or not, this guy started out in comic books! I know Who’da thunk it? I sure didn’t, but research pays off. He’s also been in a surprising number of Television shows, both…

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You Can’t Always Get What You Want… At Least Not When You’re Five.

April 25, 2012
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You Can’t Always Get What You Want… At Least Not When You’re Five.

Girl Duality gave me another homework assignment. She said I had to talk about a toy I wasn’t allowed to have when I was a kid, but always really wanted. I have two stories about this. Story number one starts with this amusing picture. I want to tell you a story. A story about a young boy with a dream. What dream do you ask? Why the only true dream. The dream of some day becoming an astronaut. He thought about it day in and day out. He studied hard in school, and learned all about spacy stuff like comets…

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