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Finished that damn game

Remember when I was posting about 999 last night? A few hours later, I got the last of the ending and FINALLY saw the True Ending. That was actually a brilliant, fascinating commentary on player agency, wrapped up in a really dumb “anime meets Saw” plot. Great game. Shame the iOS version takes out all the puzzles, and the lack of two screens actually does lessen the effect of the ending (that makes sense if you play it), but I dug it.

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Still playing 999

I hit the first ending last night! The iOS version actually just tells you how to get the true ending when you fail the first time, but I’m going to see out all of them because A) the story is really interesting and B) it’s hilarious seeing how many different ways the same character just BRUTALLY kills the player.

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Getting out of the comfort zone

Been a weird couple of months for gaming, what with finals week approaching (ugh) and precious little time to fire up consoles or Steam. I’ve been playing a level or two of Monument Valley on iPad a night, which is soon peaceful and a great way to relax before bed. Occasional white-knuckle FF Tactics on the train. Still loving that. Just got to Chapter 2/4, and shit gets crazy. Love love love it. But the weirdest game I’ve been playing…is a visual novel.

999, for those who don’t know, was an adventure murder mystery game released on DS in 2010. It came to iPad in America this year as “999: The Novel”. Essentially, the developers removed all the “gameplay”, and just made it a book that you tap through with pictures and basically three choices per playthrough. You’re a guy on a sinking ship, anime anime, something something, Saw but anime. Pathetic story is actually great, mainly because it doesn’t lean on stereotypes. But I finished it…sort of. You have to make a specific combination of choices to get the true ending, and all the other ones end in you basically dying horribly. I’ve only just hit the first death ending, but already, in playthrough 2, I can tell that the plot is bleeding over between playthroughs, which is really clever . So like a revelation you learned at the end of your first run will be remembered by your character in run 2. Weird. Never thought I’d like a game like this, but it’s cool! Try something you’d never normally play or do or watch! Touch a butt, order a chicken and broccoli pizza, call your parents! Be spontaneous!

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THIS PHOTO WAS TAKEN LAST WEEK AT MY LOCAL KMART. YES, THAT IS A SEALED VHS TAPE OF JIMMY NEUTRON THE MOVIE, IN 2014, AT KMART, SITTING NEXT TO DVDS AND BLU-RAYS, PRICED AT $8.99 
To give perspective, this film was released on VHS in 2002 and has been sitting unopened in a Kmart store for 12 years, longer than children now in middle school. 
Plain proof that no one does inventory or gives a shit at any Kmart anywhere. Someone could probably live in Kmart and have no one notice. 

In 2001, I did an experiment for school about the idea of living in a big-box store like this. I selected a busy 24hr Meijer, which is a midwest-only combination of Marts both K and Wal. I entered the store on a lovely friday afternoon, and didn’t leave the store until the following sunday evening. I read the entire magazine section, played all of the demos of the games in the electronics section, and beat minesweeper on my phone innumerable times. I ate at the pizza parlour they’d just installed, and slept on the display furniture. I wandered around the racks during the day, bored out of my skull. I considered buying frozen burritos and asking one of the employees if they had a breakroom where I could microwave them, but that felt like it wouldn’t truly answer the question if someone could live in a Meijer; I’d be using resources that weren’t public.
The only time I was ever asked if I needed any help was on sunday morning around 8am, and then it was only waking me up to ask me if I was drunk and had wandered in that night and fell asleep on their displays. I said, “no, I’m fine, I’m just trying this futon.” and was left alone.
The people that work there really don’t care.

u lived in a k-mart

This is the most magical thing I’ve ever had the privilege of reading

zzazu:

britney2007spears:

joebarborak:

thepurdypurdy:

THIS PHOTO WAS TAKEN LAST WEEK AT MY LOCAL KMART. YES, THAT IS A SEALED VHS TAPE OF JIMMY NEUTRON THE MOVIE, IN 2014, AT KMART, SITTING NEXT TO DVDS AND BLU-RAYS, PRICED AT $8.99 

To give perspective, this film was released on VHS in 2002 and has been sitting unopened in a Kmart store for 12 years, longer than children now in middle school. 

Plain proof that no one does inventory or gives a shit at any Kmart anywhere. Someone could probably live in Kmart and have no one notice. 

In 2001, I did an experiment for school about the idea of living in a big-box store like this. I selected a busy 24hr Meijer, which is a midwest-only combination of Marts both K and Wal. I entered the store on a lovely friday afternoon, and didn’t leave the store until the following sunday evening. I read the entire magazine section, played all of the demos of the games in the electronics section, and beat minesweeper on my phone innumerable times. I ate at the pizza parlour they’d just installed, and slept on the display furniture. I wandered around the racks during the day, bored out of my skull. I considered buying frozen burritos and asking one of the employees if they had a breakroom where I could microwave them, but that felt like it wouldn’t truly answer the question if someone could live in a Meijer; I’d be using resources that weren’t public.

The only time I was ever asked if I needed any help was on sunday morning around 8am, and then it was only waking me up to ask me if I was drunk and had wandered in that night and fell asleep on their displays. I said, “no, I’m fine, I’m just trying this futon.” and was left alone.

The people that work there really don’t care.

u lived in a k-mart

This is the most magical thing I’ve ever had the privilege of reading

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