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brilliant/awesome

Having played through all of the Bootleg Demake entries that I could (that is, 10 of the 68 wouldn’t run with my hardware), I realized my categories got totally stupid, but whatever…I present my categorization:

brilliant

Advanced Set the Rope on Fire Cartridge
Squish

impressive

Soundless Mountain II

brilliant/awesome:

Macarena of the Missing

cute/charming/etc:

DamN
Anty Falcons Amateur Rollerboarder, 5!
Aquariam
Eternal Sea
Fable of Griselda
Gang Garrison II
General Sherman’s Redemption
Lets Roll Up
NobodyShooter
Offslaught ’81
Protobytes
Super Maria Cosmos
WolfSD

cute/awesome:

Rocket Belt Rawr

cute/funny:

Little Girl in Underland

great:

Survival
The Black and White Plane

cool:

Overscan – Trepidation is the Brain Trauma
Super 3D portal
Whitener

S.T.A.C.K.E.R.:

S.T.A.C.K.E.R.

cool/buggy:

Retroid

holy shit:

Artifact’s House Globe
Dysaster
Fillauth
Freefall Brass
Space Effort

cyber trauma 2:

Cyber Trauma 2

funny:

Contract Killer’s Ideology
Deadly Cops
Ping
The Interweb
WARNING! Zombie Mall

funny/awesome:

Dance X2 !Revolt
Healthy Wave
Heroes in Guitarland
Hyper Solar System Plumber
Katamaran vs. Dalmatian Giraffe
Thieving Raccoon

funny/super awesome:

Lady Boy Love Collection

impressively buggy great:

Corner’s Shiny

wow

Fake Pigs 2
Super Pitfall

nice:

Buddy Base II
Malevolent Deceased
Plebian Evil 4
Smaze

nice ok:

road trip southwest usa

spooky

Noiseless Mound

not played:

Beckoning of Yyxnzx

can’t play:

Beijing Summer Games
PerennialOdyssey 2
Sexy Seaside Beachball
SHADE Ghost Academy
Shadow of the Bossus
NeoWar

cp want to play:

Hold me Closer Giant Dancer
Large Scale Vehicular Stealing
Vipe Ut
Trouble in Euclidea

how do I play:

Bootleg Bash
RedMan
RockBoshers
Seed

And if you could only play 7 games from this compo (but why would you want to play only 7), I suggest:

Squish
Macarena of the Missing
Artifact’s House Globe
Dysaster
Freefall Brass
Dance X2 !Revolt (watch the video after)
Lady Boy Love Collection

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Neal Stephenson at University Temple United Methodist

So last night I heard Neal Stephenson read up by the University. I didn’t really know what to expect — actually it’s better to say I deliberately had set no expectations, because I like Stephenson’s writing a lot and was a little worried I would be disappointed by him personally. Maybe this shouldn’t be a problem for me but I’ve never been able to fully extricate my opinion of an artist from my appreciation of their work. It’s not like I’m a hardcore fan or anything, I’ve read only a few of his books. Snow Crash of course made a big impression on me when I was a skateboard riding hacker punk [some details may have been changed to protect the innocent – ed.] many moons ago.

Anyway, it turned out I had nothing to worry about, because Stephenson was pretty cool, refreshingly free of any bullshit. The recording below is full of echoes unfortunately (the reading was in a church) but I didn’t want to put too much into editing. I think I could clean it up with postfish but I need to check that out, I’ve never used it. Don’t worry, there’s still some good stuff in there.

Reading from Anathem

Q&A

I was….eviscerated

From the mind of Pacian, author of Gun Mute among other games: Into the Mind of the Sky Spiders.

“It was five years ago,” she began. “At the start of all these troubles. There was turmoil and danger of a less pernicious but more overt kind than you’ll find today, even in Circhester. It would be several years before Kirkham would unite Fortress City; armies were still abroad, fighting as best they could, or just looting. And, of course, there were the Sky Spiders too. In any case, without going into specifics…”

“Yes?”

“There was an occurrence, and, for want of a better word, I was…” She cleared her throat. “Eviscerated.”

“But you survived?”

“After a fashion. My uncle was close to hand. I’m sure you know already, but he was – still is, indubitably – the world’s foremost designer of mechanised war machines. Faced with my broken body, he repaired it. The only way he knew how.”

She placed both hands either side of her, revealing the ragged hole in her bodice. Behind it, her stomach was of smooth and polished metal. “So now,” she said, “I’m half woman, half tank.”

“And the way you move?” I asked, carefully.

She pinched the sides of her hoop skirt and lifted the hem of her dress so that I could see. “Caterpillar tracks,” she explained.

I stumbled onto this serial and it’s quite entertaining, check it out.