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Let’s Watch

A horror short about a gaming club who only experiences games through watching Twitch streams and Let’s Plays. A new member introduces the idea of playing first-hand and causes a rift amongst the Gaming Society.

Written & directed by Frank Howley
Starring Andrew Douglas (angimoto), Dan Christmas, Rodrigo Alvarado, Giselle Balderas, Spencer Wiley & Connor Wiley.

Andrew embodies exactly how I feel about both gamers and YouTube the past several years. Growing up, watching someone else play a video game was the worst thing ever and now it’s like the most popular thing on the internet. I don’t get it.

Let’s Watch

A horror short about a gaming club who only experiences games through watching Twitch streams and Let’s Plays. A new member introduces the idea of playing first-hand and causes a rift amongst the Gaming Society.

Written & directed by Frank Howley
Starring Andrew Douglas (angimoto), Dan Christmas, Rodrigo Alvarado, Giselle Balderas, Spencer Wiley & Connor Wiley.

Rule of Rose (2006)
Rule of Rose is one of the rarest PS2 titles with only 15,000 copies ever printed. I took a gamble and bought it off eBay knowing that if I hated it I could always sell it back. It’s definitely not worth its high price, but it’s unique and definitely unsettling. It’s a survival-horror game set in an English orphanage in the 1930’s, the protagonist is a 19-year old girl named Jennifer and her loyal dog Brown. This game has an effective horror atmosphere, the score is tense and unnerving and child whispers and laughter are echoed into background as you explore. The combat is really wonky, but the game’s focus is on finding clues and unraveling its surreal plot. The story has a fractured narrative that’s experienced through disjointed memories, with each chapter being a new month with a different “storybook” to solve. The stories that Jennifer finds are morbid twists on classic fairy tales, with the grim outcomes reflecting her own situation. There’s only two adult characters, everyone else is a demonic child, either literally or metaphorically. Enemies include children with pig heads, goat heads, rat heads, fish heads, rabbit heads, and a vomiting mermaid boss.
The story has a cool, Revolutionary Girl Utena-like twist near its end that elevates the whole experience beyond it being just creepy. If I played the game again I could appreciate all its enigmas and how it ties together, but instead I’m looking forward to playing Haunting Ground next which I heard has better gameplay. Hopefully this game will become available through digital options so more people can experience its story, because it’s delightfully bizarre and deals with uncommon themes for video games, namely vomiting mermaids.

Rule of Rose (2006)

Rule of Rose is one of the rarest PS2 titles with only 15,000 copies ever printed. I took a gamble and bought it off eBay knowing that if I hated it I could always sell it back. It’s definitely not worth its high price, but it’s unique and definitely unsettling. It’s a survival-horror game set in an English orphanage in the 1930’s, the protagonist is a 19-year old girl named Jennifer and her loyal dog Brown. This game has an effective horror atmosphere, the score is tense and unnerving and child whispers and laughter are echoed into background as you explore. The combat is really wonky, but the game’s focus is on finding clues and unraveling its surreal plot. The story has a fractured narrative that’s experienced through disjointed memories, with each chapter being a new month with a different “storybook” to solve. The stories that Jennifer finds are morbid twists on classic fairy tales, with the grim outcomes reflecting her own situation. There’s only two adult characters, everyone else is a demonic child, either literally or metaphorically. Enemies include children with pig heads, goat heads, rat heads, fish heads, rabbit heads, and a vomiting mermaid boss.

The story has a cool, Revolutionary Girl Utena-like twist near its end that elevates the whole experience beyond it being just creepy. If I played the game again I could appreciate all its enigmas and how it ties together, but instead I’m looking forward to playing Haunting Ground next which I heard has better gameplay. Hopefully this game will become available through digital options so more people can experience its story, because it’s delightfully bizarre and deals with uncommon themes for video games, namely vomiting mermaids.

I added new wall shelves to my room and one of them is a “Now Playing” display for the games I’m currently on. It’s dorky, but rad.

I added new wall shelves to my room and one of them is a “Now Playing” display for the games I’m currently on. It’s dorky, but rad.

Park Chan-wook is such a cutie.

Park Chan-wook is such a cutie.

(Source: thosemagicchangess, via directors-gone-wild)

It’s just an accident that we happen to be on earth, enjoying our silly little moments, distracting ourselves as often as possible so we don’t have to really face up to the fact that, you know, we’re just temporary people with a very short time in a universe that will eventually be completely gone. And everything that you value, whether it’s Shakespeare, Beethoven, da Vinci, or whatever, will be gone. The earth will be gone. The sun will be gone. There’ll be nothing. The best you can do to get through life is distraction. Love works as a distraction. And work works as a distraction. You can distract yourself a billion different ways. But the key is to distract yourself.
- Woody Allen [x]
(Photo by Emily Assiran)

It’s just an accident that we happen to be on earth, enjoying our silly little moments, distracting ourselves as often as possible so we don’t have to really face up to the fact that, you know, we’re just temporary people with a very short time in a universe that will eventually be completely gone. And everything that you value, whether it’s Shakespeare, Beethoven, da Vinci, or whatever, will be gone. The earth will be gone. The sun will be gone. There’ll be nothing. The best you can do to get through life is distraction. Love works as a distraction. And work works as a distraction. You can distract yourself a billion different ways. But the key is to distract yourself.

- Woody Allen [x]

(Photo by Emily Assiran)

Spilled a drink over my computer desk.

Spilled a drink over my computer desk.

Balance is finally restored in the universe.

Frank is now out on VOD.
Fit Like Fassbender is still on YouTube.

Watch both for the sexiest double-feature of all time.

Found out there’s a Final Fantasy kart racing game and the soundtrack is rad.

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that’s some coffee