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Sara Elsam

5 months ago

Feature: Tentacles at dawn

What Call Of Cthulhu and The Sinking City could learn from this interactive fiction classic

Picture Cthulhu and his tentacled cohorts, dark and dreaming beneath the waves. H.P. Lovecraft’s crooked astral vistas - wrought out of cosmic despair, fear of the unknown, and his racism - have saturated games for better and worse. As hypnotic as his nightmare visions are, the same tropes regurgitated at face value have become dry and tired. It’s been done, and it’s steeped in its…

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1 year ago

Feature: That's just, like, your opinion, man

DIY transcendence with Timothy Leary’s Mind Mirror

“You can be anyone, this time around,” echoes the husky voice of 60s trip-trailblazer Timothy Leary, as kids play on arcade machines that fade into the grinning face of the “good doctor” himself. “You’re the first generation in human history to know how to control your own nervous system.” As the soundtrack hits heady new heights of grooviness, a troupe of long-haired youngsters dancing through…

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