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I Need to Grow Up — PUP – DVP Goes Retro

PUP, DVP, NES, SNES, YouTuber Review, Retro, Punk, Toronto

Pup tersely describes itself as a “four piece rock band from Toronto.”  Apparently, Pup also has at least one member who is an encyclopedic master of Super Nintendo and other 80s and 90s gaming systems.  He displays his wasted youth in Pup’s music video ‘DVP,’ a tribute to road sodas and the Don Valley Parkway.   While lead vocalist, Stefan, laments ...

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Nazis React To the Fine Bros Co-opting of Human Reactions

The Fine Bros, Nazis, Reaction Videos, YouTube, YouTuberReview

<INTERIOR:  BUNKER SLUMBER PARTY — MIDNIGHT>   HITLER: Hey Josie, did you hear about ze Fine Bros attempt to Blitzkrieg YouTube? GOEBBELS: You know I don’t vatch the internets, Ado. HITLER: Oh, Josie, get vit the times.  It’s all the hub-bub on Subreddit Kotaku in Action   Happy to announce that Cyanide & Happiness is trademarking stick figures. If you ...

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Star Wars Card Trader and the Disney Commoditization Machine

Star Wars Card Trader, AGT, babes

When Disney bought Lucasfilm and all of its concomitant intellectual property in late 2012, it wasn’t out of a sense of nostalgia for Tauntauns and Doctor Cornelius. Disney saw, within the Lucas hivemind, an opportunity to do what it does best – exploit the beloved childhood memories of adults. And though George Lucas already famously hosed Fox for billions in ...

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Towel Required – LDShadowlady and the Politics of Concealment

LDShadowlady, Towel Required, YouTuber Review

Lizzie the Pink-Haired, known to her 1.2 million subscribers as LDShadowlady, is a silver-tongued Minecraft (or ShadowCraft, as she calls it) enthusiast with a penchant for self-deprecating and sometimes surprisingly dark humor.  I initially stumbled upon her doing a playthrough of The Sims 4, in which she drowned a small family of unsuspecting neighbors in order to woo the Grim ...

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Ark: Survival Re-evolved – FrankieOnPC and Cyber Darwinism

Ark, FrankieonPC, Vodka Villains

The last time we investigated the next-gen survival beta known as Ark: Survival Evolved, we found ourselves in an idyllic world of Jurassic Minecraft, consisting mostly of beachfront bungalow communities. Players lived a simple life of hunting and gathering thatch and stone, that they might put a Gilligan-esque coconut roof over their heads before the moon rose to unleashed ancient ...

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Rooster Teeth and Rocket League: Further Reflections in Devolution

Achievement Hunter, Rooster Teeth, Rocket League

For the uninitiated, Rooster Teeth is a multi-channel network juggernaut of gaming devotees, podcasters and LP achievement hunters. It’s also an allusion to Paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould’s work Hen’s Teeth and Horse’s Toes: Further Reflections in Natural History – a compendium of evolutionary biology tales. Through the lens of Gould, let’s take a journey down the evolutionary path of Achievement ...

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No Man’s Sky – God is a Mildly Autistic Irishman

Sean Murray, No Man's Sky, IGN

For cosmologists, the universe is approximately 12 to 14 billion years old. For the next generation of sci fi gamers, it may be said that their Big Bang occurred in late 2013 when Hello Games announced the genesis of a for-all-intents-and-purposes limitless galactic exploration game — No Man’s Sky. The LP’er in this segment is IGN Babe in the Woods ...

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AntVenom in Agar.io – Amoeba Angst

Agar.io, AntVenom, Shark Shark!, Intellivision, Amoeba

When video games are properly immersive, they activate an ancient, atavistic part of our brain. We hearken back to a time of mysticism and lore, a time when each day represented a struggle for survival, a time before we were the apex predator/consumer in a supermarket’s smorgasbord of slayed beasts. Agar.io, takes this a full step further backward into our ...

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CinnamonToastKen – Right Hand of the Pewds

Pewdiepie, CinnamonToastKen, Sumo, GTA5

Cardinal Richelieu had Francois Leclerc du Tremblay. George W Bush, had Dickie C. And Pewdiepie has lesser-known LPer eminence grise who goes by the moniker CinnamonToastKen. You may know him as the mysterious voice of Luigi’s Dean in our previous coverage of Pewds erotic Mario 64 adventures. CinnamonToastKen is the chief vassal to the Pewdiepie empire. Here, we see them ...

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MMORPG Methadone – Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon’s Keep

Borderlands 2, Add on, D&D, MMORPG, Fantasy, GoT

Those of us who enjoy Sword & Sorcery no longer have to dwell in the dark corners of the computer lab. The 2010s are run by fantasy-geek producers and writers who happily mainline lore directly into our hungry amigdalas. We have on-demand television series bringing huge sadistic plodding fantasy masterpieces to life with an $8 million per episode budget. We ...

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