Video Game of the Month:
BELIEVE THE HYPE! After an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign, Shovel Knight has come to life. I got the 3DS version of it. This is a meticulous throwback to the golden age of 8-bit, a Mega Man style of side-scrolling platformer with lush, 8-bit graphics and a glorious chiptune soundtrack. What I really appreciate about this game is the amount of thought that went into every screen of every level. This is not a half-assed game by any means. This is a fully-assed game whose designers obviously love the genres they’re drawing from for this amazingly nostalgic but still fun-in-its-own-right pastiche/homage. This is the rare fanboy project that manages to be even better than most of its source material.
Link of the Month:
The Digital Antiquarian
Though it has a no-frills web design, this blog is a treasure trove of detailed information about the nascent years of computer gaming, especially things like role-playing games and other story-driven (as opposed to arcade-style) video games. The author’s series on the development of the early Ultima games (he’s up through IV now) is an insanely informative and entertaining read. In-depth, fact-based, historical research with excellent commentary and informed opinion sprinkled throughout.
Tweeter of the Month:
…Seriously, Chris? Your tweeter of the month goes by @AssJudger?
Yes. Seriously. @AssJudger is a relatively new account (only about a month old). It isn’t the pseudo-porn account that you’d think it would be, one that posts pictures of ladies’ bums and slobbers all over about how hot they are. No, @AssJudger belongs in the same family as joke accounts like @ProBirdRights, @RealCarrotFacts, and @DogSolutions: funny tweets written in perhaps not the goodest of English. There is something charmingly naive and innocently goofy about them.
@AssJudger’s tweets tend to fall into about three categories: First off, if you follow him he will tweet a “judgment” of your ass. But these aren’t about how hot-or-not your ass is (especially considering you don’t have to actually show a picture of your ass anywhere), but are often weird, esoteric, or non-sequiturish. Here is his judgment of my pal @tangentbot:
And here is his judgment of my own ass:
Another type of tweet are the more explicitly “jokey” tweets where butts turn up in unexpected situations or have properties you normally wouldn’t associate with them:
And finally there are the more “autobiographical” tweets, where the @AssJudger talks about his personal philosophies or personal wishes:
Sprinkled throughout all of this are various hints of @AssJudger’s personal life. Apparently he lives alone in a cabin the woods somewhere in Washington (don’t know if it’s State or DC). He’s less than 200 tweets in, so I’m really looking forward to seeing if some sort of narrative emerges from all this, like @RealCarrotFact’s disastrously failed romance with a woman named Meagan.
Right now @AssJudger has fewer than 25 followers. Do you ever get the feeling of excitement when you realize you’ve just gotten in on the ground floor of something that is about to get popular quickly? That’s what following @AssJudger feels like for me. Wow, I just wrote a lot of words about a guy who calls himself Ass Judger.