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Posted by patrickklepek (3479 posts) -
DOOM 64 was pretty great, and apparently people have made the sprites available for use on the PC. Loses some of its charm, though.

I’m hustling to put this feature together as poor Brad tries to finish the last few levels of DOOM II, an exercise one can only imagine will end in tears. Then again, I would have said that about the last Breaking Brad, and he managed to prove me wrong that time.

Watching Brad play DOOM II, though, reminds me about my family’s first PC. After we got one in house, my dad and I went to the CompUSA (that sounds right, anyway) and there just happened to be a giant demon standee for the launch of DOOM II. I’m not sure what I managed to say to convince him that buying DOOM II was a good idea, but we went home with the game and I was obsessed.

I was not, however, obsessed with playing the game correctly. If my memory’s accurate, most of that game was played with godmode on nonstop, noclip cranked to the max--and it was still a total blast. It’s too bad most games have forgotten what it’s like to hand over complete control to the player. Our desire to make sure the player feels or acts a certain way has forced us to lose something in the process. The days of cheat codes, GameSharks, and other hacks fostered a certain exploration we no longer have, and I suspect it's gone forever.

Oh, and by the way, I’ve put my list of Shocktober movies for Halloween 2012 at the bottom. Enjoy!

Hey, You Should Play These

Too many games featured here at Worth Reading fall into two categories: horror and platformers. That’s just where my personal interest have fallen lately, but I realize not everyone is as into those types of games as yours truly. I’m going to make a genuine effort to feature different types of games in the coming weeks, so if you have any suggestions or sources for new, weird games, shoot me a message. For this week, we have Demon Decimator, which is a fun puzzler that won’t cost you a dime on Newgrounds, and feels right in the spirit of hell on earth.

...then again, I can’t say I’m going to completely leave platformers behind, either. There isn’t much to Skylight, at least in the demo, but I’m fascinated by developers attempting to solve the problem of platforming making sense in first-person. It’s a testament to Skylight that I was freely jumping from space to space in moments. Mostly, though, it makes me desperately want to replay Mirror’s Edge, which is a game I should really get around to playing again.

And You Should Read This, Too

Giant Bomb is as guilty as any other section of the Western gaming press for painting Japanese game development with a broad brush of ignorance. For the most part, it’s because their games simply do not appeal to many of us anymore, but then stuff like Tokyo Jungle comes around and I’m reminded what attracted me to the Japanese design sensibility in the first place. I’m convinced much of Japan’s AAA development has been wildly distracted by trying to appeal to a worldwide audience, but one attribute that comes up time and time again is the overtly sexual wide of Japanese video games. I can’t claim much familiarity with it, only that I look at it with the same eyeroll as most others do. Thankfully, we have writers like Jeremy Parish around to enlighten us on what’s happening behind the veil.

If You Click It, It Will Play

I Don’t Know About This Kickstarter Thing, But These Projects Seem Pretty Cool

Valve Just Launched Greenlight, So Here’s Some Games That Don’t Look Terrible

  • Maybe this is why Valve is looking to clamp down on Steam Greenlight submissions.
  • I loved the first Octodad, so I'm a firm believer in the sequel, and it's amazing subtitle.
  • I'm a sucker for a platformer with a clever gimmick, and Contrast has exactly that.

And This Other Stuff, Too

Here's Your Official Lineup for Shocktober 2012

Every year, my wife and I try to cram in roughly 31 movies throughout October. We usually only end up making it through 20 or so, but the goal is 30, and it's fun to aspire in celebration of The Greatest Holiday. I've seen everything, which is why some stuff on here is pretty obscure. I try to strike a balance between oldies that I've either forgotten (The Shining) or somehow missed out on (The Lady in White), while also exploring the best of what other countries have to offer. I've noticed that the UK and Spain have been churning out the best horror the past few years, including Them and [rec]. If you want, here's last year's list, complete with trailers. I'll do something similar for this list soon.

This list is not in any viewing order. Enjoy as you see fit!

  1. The Children
  2. Pontypool
  3. Kill List
  4. The Loved Ones
  5. Angel Heart
  6. Videodrome
  7. Quarantine 2
  8. Behind the Mask: The Rise of Lesile Vernon
  9. The Monster Squad
  10. The Shining
  11. Event Horizon
  12. Cabin in the Woods
  13. The Squad
  14. Tokyo Gore Police
  15. Cemetery Man
  16. The Killer Condom
  17. Human Centipede 2
  18. Pet Sematary
  19. Woman
  20. The Lady in White
  21. Mother's Day
  22. Who Can Kill a Child?
  23. Father's Day
  24. Beyond the Black Rainbow
  25. Grave Encounters
  26. Lake Placid
  27. Frontiers
  28. Dead Heat
  29. Pandorum
  30. Paranormal Activity 4
  31. Sinister
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#1 Posted by patrickklepek (3479 posts) -
DOOM 64 was pretty great, and apparently people have made the sprites available for use on the PC. Loses some of its charm, though.

I’m hustling to put this feature together as poor Brad tries to finish the last few levels of DOOM II, an exercise one can only imagine will end in tears. Then again, I would have said that about the last Breaking Brad, and he managed to prove me wrong that time.

Watching Brad play DOOM II, though, reminds me about my family’s first PC. After we got one in house, my dad and I went to the CompUSA (that sounds right, anyway) and there just happened to be a giant demon standee for the launch of DOOM II. I’m not sure what I managed to say to convince him that buying DOOM II was a good idea, but we went home with the game and I was obsessed.

I was not, however, obsessed with playing the game correctly. If my memory’s accurate, most of that game was played with godmode on nonstop, noclip cranked to the max--and it was still a total blast. It’s too bad most games have forgotten what it’s like to hand over complete control to the player. Our desire to make sure the player feels or acts a certain way has forced us to lose something in the process. The days of cheat codes, GameSharks, and other hacks fostered a certain exploration we no longer have, and I suspect it's gone forever.

Oh, and by the way, I’ve put my list of Shocktober movies for Halloween 2012 at the bottom. Enjoy!

Hey, You Should Play These

Too many games featured here at Worth Reading fall into two categories: horror and platformers. That’s just where my personal interest have fallen lately, but I realize not everyone is as into those types of games as yours truly. I’m going to make a genuine effort to feature different types of games in the coming weeks, so if you have any suggestions or sources for new, weird games, shoot me a message. For this week, we have Demon Decimator, which is a fun puzzler that won’t cost you a dime on Newgrounds, and feels right in the spirit of hell on earth.

...then again, I can’t say I’m going to completely leave platformers behind, either. There isn’t much to Skylight, at least in the demo, but I’m fascinated by developers attempting to solve the problem of platforming making sense in first-person. It’s a testament to Skylight that I was freely jumping from space to space in moments. Mostly, though, it makes me desperately want to replay Mirror’s Edge, which is a game I should really get around to playing again.

And You Should Read This, Too

Giant Bomb is as guilty as any other section of the Western gaming press for painting Japanese game development with a broad brush of ignorance. For the most part, it’s because their games simply do not appeal to many of us anymore, but then stuff like Tokyo Jungle comes around and I’m reminded what attracted me to the Japanese design sensibility in the first place. I’m convinced much of Japan’s AAA development has been wildly distracted by trying to appeal to a worldwide audience, but one attribute that comes up time and time again is the overtly sexual wide of Japanese video games. I can’t claim much familiarity with it, only that I look at it with the same eyeroll as most others do. Thankfully, we have writers like Jeremy Parish around to enlighten us on what’s happening behind the veil.

If You Click It, It Will Play

I Don’t Know About This Kickstarter Thing, But These Projects Seem Pretty Cool

Valve Just Launched Greenlight, So Here’s Some Games That Don’t Look Terrible

  • Maybe this is why Valve is looking to clamp down on Steam Greenlight submissions.
  • I loved the first Octodad, so I'm a firm believer in the sequel, and it's amazing subtitle.
  • I'm a sucker for a platformer with a clever gimmick, and Contrast has exactly that.

And This Other Stuff, Too

Here's Your Official Lineup for Shocktober 2012

Every year, my wife and I try to cram in roughly 31 movies throughout October. We usually only end up making it through 20 or so, but the goal is 30, and it's fun to aspire in celebration of The Greatest Holiday. I've seen everything, which is why some stuff on here is pretty obscure. I try to strike a balance between oldies that I've either forgotten (The Shining) or somehow missed out on (The Lady in White), while also exploring the best of what other countries have to offer. I've noticed that the UK and Spain have been churning out the best horror the past few years, including Them and [rec]. If you want, here's last year's list, complete with trailers. I'll do something similar for this list soon.

This list is not in any viewing order. Enjoy as you see fit!

  1. The Children
  2. Pontypool
  3. Kill List
  4. The Loved Ones
  5. Angel Heart
  6. Videodrome
  7. Quarantine 2
  8. Behind the Mask: The Rise of Lesile Vernon
  9. The Monster Squad
  10. The Shining
  11. Event Horizon
  12. Cabin in the Woods
  13. The Squad
  14. Tokyo Gore Police
  15. Cemetery Man
  16. The Killer Condom
  17. Human Centipede 2
  18. Pet Sematary
  19. Woman
  20. The Lady in White
  21. Mother's Day
  22. Who Can Kill a Child?
  23. Father's Day
  24. Beyond the Black Rainbow
  25. Grave Encounters
  26. Lake Placid
  27. Frontiers
  28. Dead Heat
  29. Pandorum
  30. Paranormal Activity 4
  31. Sinister
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#2 Edited by thatdudeguy (95 posts) -

Edit: Looking forward to reading the article as always. Finally nabbed that quest!

#3 Posted by dream431ca (169 posts) -

OH SNAP!

#4 Posted by Dallas_Raines (2138 posts) -

Yeesh, just the wiki synopsis is enough to convince me to never watch Human Centipede 2.

#5 Posted by xMEGADETHxSLY (446 posts) -

#TEAMBRAD /

#6 Posted by ripelivejam (3562 posts) -

i really want to watch some more horror, and of the darker and more psychological kind rather than mainly jump scares or gorefests nowadays. The Exorcist and Blair Witch are two favorites I can recall off the top of my head. probably more asian horror? (tbh i've only seen The Eye, which i thought was pretty great if kind of a slapdash ending)

any suggestions?

#7 Posted by Phatmac (5721 posts) -

CACODADS

#8 Posted by CornBREDX (4821 posts) -

It’s too bad most games have forgotten what it’s like to hand over complete control to the player. Our desire to make sure the player feels or acts a certain way has forced us to lose something in the process. The days of cheat codes, GameSharks, and other hacks fostered a certain exploration we no longer have, and I suspect it's gone forever. 


 
I would argue this is for the better. The reason cheats were pervasive and widely used is because either games were to hard or no fun to play other wise. Now a days, arguably at least, there is a better game selection and you will most likely be able to complete the games you play without the need to cheat. You also have stories much more prevalent now in most all games (even games that once didn't really need them- Doom is a good example, which only had text scrolls and a manual story, no actual story to the actual game play itself).
 
It could, however, be rightfully argued that games are too easy now a days, with the rare exception of games meant to be hard (which is still weird that has to be the case, although I don't believe that was the intention of the developers of Demon's Souls at the beginning). 
 
Anywho, good read as usual.
#9 Posted by SatelliteOfLove (1369 posts) -

Thankfully, we have writers like Jeremy Parish around to enlighten us on what’s happening behind the veil.

Er, yah. About that...

#10 Posted by joetom (94 posts) -

Wouldn't watch Human Centipede 2 with the wife, dude. :P

#11 Posted by L1GHTN1N (439 posts) -

Think Tokyo Gore Police is the only one on that list I've seen, what a goddamn insane movie that is. I had it on in the background while hanging out with some friends, anytime I looked over someone was either reciting in great detail their childhood or growing crazy parts out of their recently dismembered limbs (I think at one point a prostitute gets cut in half, then she grows a giant alligator body to replace where her legs should be which she uses to kill some guy?).

#12 Posted by falling_fast (2190 posts) -

I need to think about thanksgiving before hallowe'en

#13 Posted by Garrick_Greathouse (55 posts) -

Behind the Mask? Fuck Yes! That movie is fantastic! It shows just how much cardio training a slasher villain has to do to stay in shape!

#14 Posted by chrismafuchris (1088 posts) -

Screened gave Human Centipede 2 a single star

#15 Posted by Pop (2606 posts) -

on the horror list I've only seen Cabin in the woods and The shining. Gonna bookmark this and try to watch the rest. Thanks Patrick I've been yearning for some horror movies.

#16 Posted by MikeGosot (3227 posts) -
Do NOT watch Human Centipede 2. That is terrible. Simply, fucking, horrible. The best thing about it is the poster, because the rest is a bunch of shocking scenes collection, withouth any of the charm from the first.
And i'm also doing a "Horrortober" thing, i'll be watching randomly. I started today, because i don't know if i'll be able to watch every movie, but hey, i'll try.
#17 Posted by Hailinel (23927 posts) -

Not even Pinhead would force Human Centipede 2 on his victims.

#18 Posted by MildMolasses (3213 posts) -

Good job at remembering October has 31 days this year, Patrick

#19 Posted by triple07 (1196 posts) -

I love these articles. Gives me some cool stuff to read and check out over the weekend. Thanks Patrick.

#20 Posted by Juno500 (382 posts) -

The article on Japanese games by Jeremy Parish was fantastic, good job recommending it Patrick.

#21 Posted by Mastertarvin (53 posts) -

I liked Human Centipede 2, so stupid and gross that it's good. Of course I have weird taste in movies and tend to like bad horror or stuff that's so bad its good, like for instance The Room.

#22 Posted by DrWhat (279 posts) -

overtly sexual wide

#23 Posted by Dethfish (3629 posts) -

Come on, Patrick. Don't watch Human Centipede 2.

#24 Posted by CynicalRodent (101 posts) -

Patrick, PLEASE tell me you are only watching Quarantine 2 because you've already burned through [REC] and [REC] 2.

Quarantine and its sequel was such bullshit.

#25 Posted by PeasantAbuse (5138 posts) -

Are you watching the original Mother's Day or the remake?

And yeah, like others have said, there isn't any reason to sit through Human Centipede 2.

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#26 Posted by bunnymud (717 posts) -

Tokyo Gore Police is crap and it goes on waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too long

#28 Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw (6094 posts) -

I love me some Killer Condom. One of the best Halloween parties I went to was a cinema showing that, Poultrygeist, and Class of Nuke 'Em High. Great time.

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#29 Posted by Nicked (246 posts) -

Pontypool is really fantastic. I would even say it's as pertinent a social critique as Night of the Living Dead was for its time. Especially when you consider that the zombie film has devolved into stuff like Zombieland, which, don't get me wrong, is a cool movie, but the quest of the main goddamn character is to find a Twinkie: the unholiest of symbols of over-consumption, the thing consumed with mindlessness, the exact thing that something like Dawn of the Dead works to eviscerate.

I would also recommend any French horror movie you can get your hands on. Sheitan, Frontiers, Martyrs are all great. And if anyone is interested, here's a spooky little short.

#30 Edited by OneKillWonder_ (1696 posts) -

@patrickklepek
 Have you actually seen Cemetery Man before? If not, you're in for a real treat! Everything about that film is fantastic.
 
Also, that Portal turret is simply AWESOME.

#31 Posted by cabrit_sans_cor (113 posts) -

As a horror movie junkie, October is by far my favorite month. I'm sad that there's no Suspiria on that list. Or even any Argento at all.

Which reminds me, Patrick might be one of the few people who would get what I was talking about when I compare Argento's career and the Sonic the Hedgehog series - in terms of quality over time.

#32 Edited by mlarrabee (2886 posts) -

Ah, Worth Reading: still the best way to enter the weekend...

I believe the caption beneath the Cyberdemon image was intended to be: "...people have made the sprites available for use on the PC."

EDIT: Also, by the way, have you seen I Saw the Devil?

RE-EDIT: Never mind, I just happened to listen to Bombcast episode 10-18-11 in which you specifically mention seeing the film.

#33 Edited by Set (148 posts) -

The concept of Monster Knight seems way more interesting than Fuse's. What gives, Insomniac? Work on that instead!

#34 Posted by SolidSeth (18 posts) -

A month of horror movies sounds right up my alley. I'm all in. Thanks Patrick.

#35 Posted by ArbitraryWater (11485 posts) -

That article on Japanese games was an interesting read, so thanks for posting it.

Also, while I have not seen it and have zero intentions of ever seeing it, what I have read about Human Centipede 2 suggests that it isn't so much scary as it is vile, disgusting and otherwise not fit for human viewing.

#36 Posted by EveretteScott (1449 posts) -

@CynicalRodent said:

Patrick, PLEASE tell me you are only watching Quarantine 2 because you've already burned through [REC] and [REC] 2.

Quarantine and its sequel was such bullshit.

JUST was going to say that same thing!

#37 Posted by Lurkero (381 posts) -

Demon Decimator is a great recommendation. Played it earlier today on Newgrounds.

#38 Posted by Lysergica33 (517 posts) -

Patrick, if you want a true test of your ability to HANDLE THE HORROR.. May I recommend David Lynch's Inland empire? It is obfuscating, painful, senseless and scary beyond words. I know in October it's tradition to stick to films of a certain inclination, but Inland Empire will make you feel a kind of fear you have never felt before, it gets at that vulnerable space in the depths of your soul and manipulates it for its own pleasure... It could be a good follow on from your experiences with Amnesia.

But yeah, some good stuff here this week, good shit tricky!

#39 Posted by KaiUnderneath (117 posts) -

Pontypool was so great...at least for the first hour or so.

One of the few horror movies I've seen that genuinely unsettled me for a bit.

#40 Posted by BlazeHedgehog (1082 posts) -

The Monster Squad. Patrick, you magnificent bastard.

#41 Edited by hanktherapper (374 posts) -

Doom II was my first PC as well. I remember needing to double my RAM (to a total of 8 MB. Cost $170) just to play it.

I wouldn't waste your time watching Human Centipede 2, Cemetery Man (the only good part is Anna Falchi's breasts), or The Killer Condom.

#42 Posted by Zelnox (383 posts) -

NEXUS 2!

#43 Posted by teh_destroyer (3561 posts) -

SOme of those are on instant streaming, thanks Patrik!

#44 Posted by ArthurDigbySellers (1 posts) -

Lady in White made the list? Yes! That movie was filmed in my hometown and I am an extra in it!

#45 Posted by Roomrunner (791 posts) -

Fuckin Videodroooooome!

One of my favorite films ever. I'll happily watch this again this month.

#46 Posted by vonFlampanker (327 posts) -

PONTYPOOL fucking rules.

#47 Posted by ComradeCrash (558 posts) -

Another great selection of articles to read. I might also try watching one those movies. lol

#48 Posted by mrfluke (5093 posts) -

that was a fantastic article on Japanese games by that parish dude, it really takes home the fact that most other press sites (aside from GB, much appreciated Patrick) just continously bash japan on what is apparently a minor issue and a niche genre in japan.

like most sites are just bashing the shit out of doa because of boob bouncing. which yea its where doa got its identity, but doa is still a great accessible fighting game with a fun nonsensical story. but if you go to other outlets, you hear otherwise and then they go and bash japan.

quote from a dude in the 1up comments that pretty much summarizes it "people in general seem to sensationalize things and gravitate towards negativity first as if they're moths drawn to a burning flame."

#49 Posted by deathfromace (142 posts) -
#50 Posted by SgtSphynx (1269 posts) -
@patrickklepek said:  

Event Horizon

These days I probably wouldn't have an issue watching this movie, but I was 15 when that movie came out and it scared the shit out of me. I said fuck that movie and haven't watched it since.