Posts Tagged ‘thecatamites’

Shocking: Magic Wand’s financial report buried amid labyrinth of corporate fronts but we found it anyway

While scraping my way through today’s news vomit, searching for a nourishing videogame nugget or chunk amid the Trumpish gunge, I found in my possession a startling and interesting financial report, which my sources inform me has only recently been “declassified”. It is the second Annual Report of the Harmony Zone corporation. “So what?” you ask. Well, as all intelligent reporters know, Harmony Zone is no more than a vast corporate front for one Stephen ‘thecatamites’ Gillmurphy. Aka the creator of Space Funeral, Murder Dog IV, 50 Short Games and most recently the camera-swivelling RPG Magic Wand.
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Creator Of Space Funeral Waves His New Magic Wand

The terrible internet presence known as thecatamites, aka Stephen Gillmurphy, has released a new JRPG into the fathoms of the information superabyss. It is called Magic Wand [official site] and you can come and see what it is all about in this representative videographic sample. Those of you wishing to avoid a ruptured narrative should look away now and go straight to the dataload.

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The Indie Devs You Won’t Hear About At E3

Why do those big knuckleheads get all the attention? We all know about the yearly blockbusters of Ubisoft. And we can all see the behemoth that is EA. Yes, yes, they’ve got a new FIFA, that’s great. But look away from these giants for a moment and you can clearly see the eco-system of game development harbouring thousands of other organisms. In the spirit of our newly launched ‘anti-E3 campaign’, here are some of those organisms.

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Have You Played… Murder Dog IV: Trial of the Murder Dog?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

The Murder Dog is on trial at the Hague for crimes against humanity. He stands charged with the killing of over 1500 people in a brutal attack encompassing the use of toxic gas, a fire engine and a blunt instrument. When these charges are put to the Murder Dog, his opening response is unrepentant and unambiguous: “My Taste For Bloodshed Remains Voluminous.” Welcome to Murder Dog IV: Trial of the Murder Dog [official site].

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Have You Played… Crime Zone?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

Crime Zone is a game in which you play ‘all of the cops’ at the same time. Created by thecatamites, designer of Space Funeral, it’s a first-person adventure game about cops and criminals, and the zone that they live in. It’s an urban melodrama, a noir thriller and an absurdist comedy. It’s an experiment in narrative perspective that just so happens to be the closest thing in gaming to The Third Policeman. There are many unusual free games on the bleached beaches of the internet but there are few that will live as long in the mind as Crime Zone.

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Freeware Garden: Mouse Corp

Nothing like a solid, cheery title pic to lure the masses in.

If you know and thus love what thecatamites have (has) been doing these past few years, chances are you have already downloaded Mouse Corp and are already defacing the graves of an impossibly colourful 3D world. A world filled with sentient vegetation and a wild menagerie of oddities you’ll have to traverse, quasi-RTS style, as three mice.

Now, I could go on all about the wild mechanics of Mouse Corp or its wondrously grotesque take on the Sonic universe, but I won’t. I will instead provide you with an interview featuring the wonderful Mr. Stephen Murphy — a.k.a. thecatamites:

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Freeware Garden: Tarantella Sicilienne

Freeware Garden searches the corners of the internet to highlight one free game every day.

Ah, yes, the Sicilian Tarantella. The wonderfully upbeat, allegedly poison-curing and impossibly catchy music from Southern Italy that’s a perfect match for weddings, revolutions and the freshly released Tarantella Sicilienne by George Schweinfest. Or is that by the Catamites and their Harmony Zone thing/initiative as part of the Harmony Summer Hardpack Tape 11-in-1?

I am frankly confused, but you really shouldn’t care too much. I’m prone to confusion.

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Thecatamites’ Commercial Collection: 50 Short Games

Stephen ‘thecatamites’ Murphy has given us Goblet Grottos, Space Funerals, Murder Dogs, Pleasuredomes and much more besides, and he’s never asked for anything in return. I’m tremendously pleased that, for the first time, it is now possible to exchange coin for the deliriously creative creations of one of fringe gaming’s strongest and strangest voices. For a minimum of four euros (higher prices are at the purchaser’s discretion), you’ll receive the titular FIFTY GAMES, each of which was made in a single day during 2013’s final months. Along with FIFTY GAMES, you’ll find yourself in possession of a loader for the FIFTY GAMES, essays on each of the FIFTY GAMES and illustrated notes about the project. A tremendous piece of history.

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Fishing Hell: Lake Of Roaches

A Tuesday morning isn’t the best time to play the latest game that has emerged from the bone-dry laughter-well that passes for thecatamites’ internet tube. It doesn’t matter though because the perfect time to play is thirteen o’clock in the morning on the day after whenever, and you’ll be asleep then. My advice? Download Lake of Roaches immediately and if you happen to be at work, invite everyone to gather round and watch your screen. They’ll be entranced by the tale of static, vacations, insects fishing and humaning. The basic beats of the story would be intended to frighten if thecatamites didn’t confuse and corrupt them, flickering between the comic, the creepy and the cartoon. A playthrough will only take five minutes but the environment and story are dense enough to reward a replay.

Steppe Into History: Pleasuredromes Of Kubla Khan

“Very important, historical Khan game”, thecatamites writes, introducing his latest jolly hockysticks adventure, The Pleasuredromes of Kubla Khan. It’s experimental learning, an explorable history lesson with a life of its own that has a rant at Edward Said and then almost literally vanishes up its own backside. There are probably all kinds of gloriously detailed and accurate details to discover but it’s possible to rush through the lesson in five minutes or so if you’re that way inclined. Go and learn!

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Punk’s Not Dead: With Funereal Respect


Good day, children. Did you do your homework like I asked? You didn’t!? You urinated on your homework and then pinned it to the door of a church in a send-up of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses? How very punk. A gold star for you! Oh, look. You’ve eaten your gold star as an angry criticism of society’s hackneyed educational system of reward and punishment. Excellent! Have another gold star. You’ve eaten it again. I see. Right. No, I get it.

Regardless of whether you disobeyed my instructions (MAKE A GAME) many commenters left a lot of valuable feedback for me to ponder. We’ll be talking about some of those issues as we go but first here’s one from JackShandy that was particularly prophetic:
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They Are All Alone: Ludum Dare Picks

Lots of free games! I haven’t played everything entered into the latest Ludum Dare because I do not have all the time in the world, but I did want to try out some of the other entries after Alec looked at Minicraft. No doubt I’ve missed the one game that everyone will be talking about 24 hours from now, the one that forms the basis for Valve’s next major franchise and blows the minds of everyone who plays it. I probably skipped past it because it was called ‘Alone’, which is the theme this time around and therefore the title of 78% of entries. For those who don’t know, these are games designed around the set theme and created in 48 hours. Here are some of them.

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Anarchist Attorney: Murder Dog

Murder Dog IV: Trial of the Murder Dog is Crime and Punishment as starring a homicidal, humanoid mutt who isn’t at all interested in moral justification for his thousands of remorseless kills.

It’s The Outsider, if Meursault actively enjoyed his act of murder (and was a dog).

It’s a libertarian rebuke of the modern justice system (starring a dog).

It’s a liberal treatise against the covert endorsement and use of violence by police (as made by a dog).
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