Posts Tagged ‘pretension’

Rapture’s Required Reading

By Kieron Gillen on August 22nd, 2007.

I love things like this. I’ve got into some of my favourite things via creators of things I’ve loved recommending them – following the trails to interesting places. Because if they’ve inspired something you’ve loved, they’ve got to be pretty good, yeah? That thought process has lead me to everything from Vonnegut to the Buzzcocks to Nethack.

Anyway, Gametap asked Ken Levine for his list of works which kept the Irrational team’s creative engines fully stoked up. For example…

Animal Farm: (Book, 1945)
“You really only need to read this one book to understand power and what it does to people; it’s the ultimate story of what happens when ideals slam into less than ideal people.”

Miller’s Crossing (Film, 1990)
“My favorite film of all time. It’s all dialogue, style, and more interconnected plot threads than you can possibly comprehend in one viewing; probably why I’ve seen it 20 times. A huge inspiration when trying to create the slang and language tonality of the city of Rapture.”

More in the full article including the music-inspiring Sweet and Lowdown, the Rand double-combo of The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, the entire city of New York and Gilliam’s retro-sci-fi opus Brazil (For the record, which is in at least half of RPS’ staffs’ top 5 films ever).

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YOU WILL NOT EVER BE DEBTLESS

By Kieron Gillen on July 19th, 2007.

Wise, wise words.

While clearly I can’t match Jim’s Rose & Camellia from yesterday (though I can beat Jim’s progress at the game itself – he only got to the maid, whilst I beat down the enormous Medusa Woman who descended from the skies for slap-vengeance) I can at least provide a piece of net-game strangeness that’s somewhere in the same league.

Take that, advanced capitalism. I bet you feel really ashamed now. Like, really.

It’s called Game, Game, Game and again Game (with the subtitle “or belief systems are small clumsy rolling-type creatures”) and was created by one Jason Nelson. It can be best described as a collision between Manic Miner and mid-period Radiohead CD Covers. And it can be played here. It’s a series of single-screen platform games with a strong glitch-aesthetic, the level getting increasingly distorted with cut-up poetry and enormous scribbles every time you pick up something. Also, includes the best use of FMV since the beautiful bald head of him from Command and Conquer.

It’s phenomenally pretentious. It’s phenomenally funny. It’s certainly phenomenally something.

Honestly, we’ll post something on something triple-A and shiny tomorrow. No, really.

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