http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/cookies-bustle-japanese-video-game-obscurity/ I like hg101 but isn't it stolen valour to post something ClassicsOfGame already covered like five times earlier in the same month
i'm not really a video person but probably the favourite two rabbit holes I ever fell down for just relaxing stuff to check out while I eat were, like, bushido blade tournaments that were just six guys in the same little room and russian worms armageddon deathmatch games which would immediately end with two worms on either side of the map throwing grenades at each other until the water rose enough to drown one of them
[more about the free jazz book] I think another thing is just that it makes clear the people in it are listening to and taking some things from each other, n I needed to hear that because sometimes you can get the sense from public discourse that the only things people are responding to are the hits.
I've been trying to figure out why the book reads so powerfully to me as it doesn't necessarily focus on describing the music per se - I think it's because it avoids the usual music crit issue of giving really inflated rhetoric about revolutionary, historic importance or all-time classic albums etc. a lot of it is just musicians talking about their work, or each other, and tracking movements of thought and influence as the new form emerged
i can't really get too nostalgic for forums bc they were dreadful for most people but i do think about, like, the way psysal of "the real texas" or cactusquid dropped in on the rpg maker forum i went to to post the totally dissimilar things they were working on, and the sort of johnny appleseed effect it had on me personally
Cosy amateur game-making community.