Extra Life Livestream and Giveaway RIGHT NOW
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Extra Life Livestream and Giveaway RIGHT NOW

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It’s the day! As of this morning we’ve raised $675, and together with Ellyndrial Team TLP has made over $1300 for the Children’s Hospitals of BC and Oakland. And there is still time to donate!

Not only that, but I’m giving away games to donators and fellow marathoners all day, including a deluxe edition of Guild Wars 2!

Special thanks to ArenaNet for donating games and game codes.
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Cat Context 62: Gettin’ Scared with Spooky Games and Movies
Oct22

Cat Context 62: Gettin’ Scared with Spooky Games and Movies

(Hey, want to hear more podcasts with me on them? Of course you do! Check out the latest episode of Contains Moderate Peril where I guest along with Mr. Murf in a discussion about open world PvP. And if you like these shows, visit The Gaming and Entertainment Network for other great podcasts!)

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It’s almost Halloween, and this week Liore, Ellyndrial, and Arolaide sit down to talk about scary games, spooky movies, and what gets our hearts pounding and our adrenaline rising.

Liore starts the discussion with a confession: she loves scary movies, but has a hard time playing scary games. Meanwhile Aro chimes in with some of her favorite scary games (hint: Silent Hill 2 comes up a lot), and Elly comments on the different kinds of “scary”, from plain old gore to more intellectual ennui.

We love zombies but agree that they’re handled pretty poorly in movies and potentially less so in games (same with vampires). And scary space stories — we want more of those in both games and movies, but perhaps the necessary design restrictions of games makes it difficult to convey being alone in space? No matter what, we think games should look to scary movies when considering pacing.

Also, Elly hasn’t seen Alien! Aro is unconvinced about scary games with no weapons at all! Liore is sooooo bored of modern grimdark horror!

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Extra Life is this weekend!!

We interrupt sporadic postings about horror movies to tell you that EXTRA LIFE IS THIS WEEKEND!

What does that mean? Well first, please donate! We’ve raised $460, or 77% of my goal! All donations are tax deductible and go to the Children’s Hospital of BC.

What else? Well on Saturday, the day of the marathon, I will be giving away a ton of games including a Digital Deluxe version of Guild Wars 2! (Thanks again, Arenanet.) I’ll be giving away games to donators and fellow marathoners on Twitter or on the on the Twitch stream the day of the marathon. (The copy of Guild Wars 2 is for donators only!)

And if you’re looking for more streams the day of the marathon, check out Ellyndrial’s stream or the Alliance of Awesome team on Hitbox which includes fellow bloggers Belghast and Braxwolf.

Extra Life is a lot of fun, and a great cause, and any way you can get involved will help.

Spooky Trailers: Candyman (1992) and You’re Next (2011)

It’s October, the spookiest month! I love horror movies, so for October I’m going to be highlighting some of my older or lesser known favorites thanks to YouTube’s huge backlog of trailers. I also add a “scary rating” for folks who like a little fright but not a full on horror fest.

Rating: R
How Intense Is It?: 6/10

Candyman, Candyman, Candyman! One of the best adaptations of a Clive Barker story, Candyman is a slasher movie dressed up in a critique of a topic usually too scary for even the most hardened horror director: modern (American) race relations. I think the movie is right in some ways and really off the mark in others, but it’s a deft combination of social commentary and super bloody horror that we don’t often see.


Rating: R
How Intense Is It?: 8/10

You’re Next is a slasher movie for people who love slasher movies. It somehow manages to embrace all of the tropes, while still portraying them in a way that feels fresh. We know the dance moves, but we’ve never done them to this beat. And on top of it all you can just feel the love everyone involved in this movie (a product of the new “Mumblegore” school of American indie horror, a movement I adore) has for the genre. Even when horrible things are happening to nice people on your TV screen, you will have to work hard to suppress a grin of delight.

Spooky Trailers: Videodrome (1983) and La Horde (2009)

Over the weekend I appeared on the great The Gaming and Entertainment Network show Contains Moderate Peril to talk about whether unbiased and impartial game writing is possible, much less desirable. Check it out!

It’s October, the spookiest month! I love horror movies, so for October I’m going to be highlighting some of my older or lesser known favorites thanks to YouTube’s huge backlog of trailers. I also add a “scary rating” for folks who like a little fright but not a full on horror fest.

Rating: R
How Intense Is It?: 6/10

You guys you guys, first watch this trailer because it has AMAZING 80s style.

Okay, back? Videodrome is a work of art and one of my favorite movies ever in any genre. It stars a very young James Woods and Debbie Harry, and is .. kind of a deep look at the effects of media consumption on society from the perspective of the then-burgeoning home VCR and satellite industry. The cool thing is that although they’re referring to old technology, pretty much everything about this movie is directly applicable to modern times and the internet.

This movie is not scary although it does have some body horror and (largely consensual) sexual violence. It’s mostly just disturbingly weird. It’s also really really good. Really.

Long Live the New Flesh.


Rating: R
How Intense Is It?: 8/10

Okay, let’s talk about zombie movies for a second. As someone who loved zombies before they were cool (seriously, I was a member of the alt.zombies Usenet group), even I have to admit that there are too god damn many zombie movies nowadays. And a lot of those movies are terrible.

So despite my love of the niche, I think I’m only gonna have one zombie movie on my October list and it’s La Horde, a French flick. La Horde is basically what would happen if the zombie apocalypse started 20 minutes into The Raid: Redemption. It doesn’t deviate from zombie tropes too much, but it has a nice visceral feeling and there’s a ton of fun scenes where zombies get punched in the face.

The trailer is kind of terrible — if you watch this, do yourself a favor and watch the subbed version and not the wonky dubbed one.

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