Why artists shouldn’t stick to art

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Everett True reckons that Artists Should Stick To Art instead of making mixtapes of obvious dad rock. If mixtapes made by artists are so disappointing in real life, I think we should invent some fantasy selections.

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Fan Video: Metallica – The Thing That Should Not Be

If there’s one song that typifies the kind of bone-shattering, chuggy riffs I love above all, it’s Metallica’s The Thing That Should Not Be, from the superlative Master of Puppets album. It’s pretty much my favourite song at the moment. I listened to it at least six times yesterday.

Youtube user cynicaster obviously agrees, because he’s made a sweet fan video to go along with it – but rather than just putting the lyrics over a lazy picture slideshow, he’s cut together clips from Andrew Leman’s 2005 movie Call of Cthulhu.

Leman’s film was made for just $50,000 and shot in black and white with the aim of showing what it would have looked like had HP Lovecraft’s story been filmed on its release in 1926. The silent-era stylistics are beautifully done and – though I haven’t seen the film – its festival showing was sold out thanks to some glowing reviews.

With the thematic fit, this is an enjoyable way to hear the song.

I’m going to play every game I own on Steam

Buying more games in the Steam sale, a familiar lament went round the internet: “But I already own more games than I can ever play!”

I decided that, this weekend, I was going to try to play every single game in my Steam collection – so that’s just direct download – even if it was just for a few minutes. Then I need no longer shamefully admit that I have dozens of games that I have never even played for five minutes. Even if I succeed in this experiment, I’ll still have numerous games on the xb0x 360 and PC disc games, but at least one pile of games have been taken out of the proverbial box and played with a little bit.

AudioSurf

This was about the second or third time I’ve played the game, so I just zipped through This Corrosion (Sisters of Mercy) and Don’t Stop the Music (Rihanna). My mother rang halfway through the latter, and I couldn’t figure out how to pause the game, so I just had to let my little vehicle crash and then sort it out after she’d hung up. Time played: <15 minutes

Ben There, Dan That!

I got this little indie game for my birthday a year or so ago. I couldn’t get it to load for some reason, and I had forgotten what all the controls do. I’m not sure if it’s that one or the other one (Time Gentlemen, Please) which I’ve played before, but I have put an hour or two into one of them. Time played: 0 minutes

BioShock 2

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I was given it as a house-warming present by a friend, and had only spent about half an hour with it until today. The thing that immediately struck me was that it addressed some of my complaints about the first game, namely the lack of variety in world design. The city of Rapture is much more beautiful in its decaying dystopia this time around, and it really is a pleasure to explore. It looks absolutely incredible, and the orchestral soundtrack is just beautiful. Being able to travel outside into the ocean surrounding the underwater city is a novel experience, and the game seems improved in many ways, though it is overall not much different from BioShock. The story hasn’t hooked me in as much as the first one so far, but I’m looking forward to seeing how things have changed since I was last here. Time played: one hour

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