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Here’s trio JOMELA—Aaron Boudreaux on drums, Ed Coussan on bass, and Erick Coleman on piano—covering Hirokazu Ando’s “Character Select” from the N64 game Super Smash Bros.

Colin: This is so amazing.

'Ili: Songs you never realized needed a jam until now

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Less than one half of one percent of articles in video game journalism explicitly mention feminist topics

Morgan Ramsay has a 7.1 GB database of news articles from video game media outlets, because that’s a totally normal thing to collect, and he decided to investigate whether video game journalism has been overwhelmed by feminism, as apparently sad people on the internet fear:

Of the 84,796 articles downloaded in 2013, only 0.4493% of those articles, published by 28 of the 33 tracked outlets, mentioned feminism, sexism, or misogyny and their -ist counterparts. Less than half of a percent!

Of the 65,950 articles downloaded during the first six months of 2014, only 0.4428% of those articles, published by 27 of the 33 tracked outlets, made similar references. Also less than half of a percent! But during a six-month period.

So that’s settled.

He’s also got the articles in a Personal Storage Table in Microsoft Outlook, because that’s a totally normal place to put this kind of data. Seriously, get a load of how convoluted it is to set this thing up.

Colin: oh my god pay for a real document database application

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The Warp Zone, a gaming comedy YouTube channel I’ve never heard of before, has started covering video game music. Here’s “Chemical Plant Zone” from Sonic the Hedgehog 2, originally composed by Masato Nakamura and arranged by Paul Paramo.

Colin: Damn the part where the sax gets really wild at like 1:20 or so wasn’t nearly as epic as I was hoping

Colin: Pretty great though.

None of their other three covers are anywhere as good as this, unfortunately. :(

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From The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, here’s Pierce Brosnan playing the delightful N64 game GoldenEye 007.

Unfortunately, the game only lasts 35 seconds, thus wasting an enormous opportunity.

Colin: That was honestly really disappointing but I guess Jimmy Fallon finds a way to ruin even Goldeneye

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Episode three of webshow ValveTime Database covered Prospero, a cancelled game from the ’90s that was one of the initial projects of Valve. They’ve managed to get some exclusive development screenshots and quotes from the game’s writer, Marc Laidlaw. The plan was for Prospero to be a third-person adventure game in a sci-fi/fantasyish setting “drawing on sources ranging from Myst to Borges,” which could’ve been cool.

Colin, however, had a different takeaway:

Colin: “pruh-SPER-oh”

Colin: uhhhh

'Ili: 😎

Colin: Read Shakespeare

Colin: “Ayyy-lif” oh god

'Ili: Ahahahaha SUFFER


Colin: I’m dying here

Colin: I’m so mad

Colin: oh god “theoretical mathematics”

Colin: oh no

Colin: NO



Colin: “given the lambda’s connection to the half life universe”

Colin: Why did you make me watch this

Colin: Gamers are the leeches of creativity. I’m so mad

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Baseball’s craziest game?

Shane Tourtellotte writing for The Hardball Times about the July 22, 1986, baseball game between the Cincinnati Reds and the New York Mets:

What did this game have that was so bonkers? All will be revealed in good time, but I can offer a few teasers. It had one of the most serious brawls baseball has seen in the last half-century, one that spelled the beginning of the end of the career of a well-known player … who wasn’t even in it! It had two ejections in two separate incidents even before the brawl. It boasted protests lodged by both managers. And most notably, it had a lineup manipulation so astonishing, it got several paragraphs of analysis in The Book.

This is incredibly long, but it’s also one of the best baseball stories I’ve ever read in my life.

Here are Colin’s live reactions as he was reading it:

Colin: what


Colin: what


Colin: oh boy


Colin: Oh god putting pitcher in the outfield


Colin: LMAO

Colin: OMG


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While on vacation last week, I heard an awesome Hawai’ian song by a band I’d never heard of before: “Nani Waimea” by Palolo, from their self-titled 1995 album. I heard it on the radio right as I was getting back to the hotel, and I immediately rushed up to my room in the hopes that the radio station had a song history on their website. They did!

'Ili: “wow that's a lot of chromatic chord changes for hawaiian music”

Colin: Love the bass work too.

Colin: Also even with all that chromaticism you’ve still got the regular turnarounds.

'Ili: Right?

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Revisiting the sad, misogynistic fantasy of Xanth

Jason Heller destroyed my childhood with this column for The A.V. Club’s Memory Wipe, where he re-read the first book of Piers Anthony’s Xanth series for the first time since he was a kid. He was disgusted by the rampant misogyny of the book that he was discovering for the first time, so naturally he went and wrote a piece to ruin it for the rest of us.

Here was my realtime reaction as I started it:

'Ili: wuh oh

'Ili: 70s sci-fi art has linked to an A.V. Club article called “Revisiting the sad, misogynistic fantasy of Xanth”

'Ili: I already know Piers Anthony has some creepy pedo undertones and sometimes outright overtones in his writing but should I go all the way and remove any nostalgia I have left

Colin: Maybe

'Ili: Okay that's a yes we're doing this


'Ili: First paragraph

Here’s how this article was supposed to go down: As a kid, I lived in Florida. Back then I loved the books of Piers Anthony—especially his humorous, bestselling Xanth series, which is set in a parallel version of Florida where magic and mythical creatures exist. For this installment of Memory Wipe, I was going to reread A Spell For Chameleon, the 1977 novel that started the Xanth series…

'Ili: This character, Chameleon, is a woman who cyclicly transforms between three forms.

'Ili: One is pretty but dumb as a rock, one is ugly but smart, and the third is average in both.



And the column gets into details even worse than this.