Rabbits… A Podcast

I’ve been listening to Pacific Northwest Stories The Black Tapes since the beginning of it’s run, and I reluctantly dipped my toe in the TANIS mystery, which promptly swept me up in a slightly obsessive haze of vague ideas about ancient environmental phenomena. And now they’ve released a new series, this time under the production name of the Public Radio Alliance.

So why the switch? If you know send me a message…

Black Tapes deals with ghosts and demons, TANIS deals with mythology and folklore, and now Rabbits takes on Augmented Reality Games (ARG), exploring what happens if you raise the stakes and take the ARG to a whole new level.

Carly’s friend Yumiko has dissapeared and the last time she saw her she seemed to be getting drawn into an ARG known simply as “9” or “Rabbits”. The game is cloaked in secrecy but what is clear is that the game is elaborate and has very high stakes. 

The second episode dropped last week and episode 3 is set to come out around the 28th of March. I’m enjoying it so far, it’s a bit slow going initially,but the mystery starts to deepen within the first episode. The series definitly follows in the footsteps of it’s big sisters Tanis and The Black Tapes, with a similar soundscape and narrative style. There have even been a few nods to the other podcasts that avid followers might get a giggle or smile out of.

Never listened to a podcast?

This month is #trypod month in which those of us who are obsessed with podcast attempt to bring you to the dark side and get you to try a pod cast you might really love.

So why not try Rabbits?

One way to download a podcast is to download a podcast app from your app store, I use Podcast Republic, but Stitcher and Podcast Addict are also highly regarded. Then search in the app for “Rabbits”.

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Capitalism without the handicap: Vertiginous Golf

I was all set to hate this game. From the wanky hipster style to the less than favourable reviews I had read.

But I loved it… Beautiful, confusing, frustrating, creative, surprisingly story based, and on a certain level quite hopelessly  pointless. I don’t like golf games as a rule but this charmed me, and I love the idea of the mini golf game being a tool of a marxist revolution. It is, in it’s own clunky steampunk way, adorable and almost poignant.

3 and a half stars… maybe 4… Plenty of replay value. In fact I may play a few rounds now.

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Westerado… part 1

Westerado is an Adult Swim game that I nabbed on sale … so I thought I better play it as I’m procrastinating on everything else.

First 15 minutes
Soooo. I chased a buffalo that had escsped from the family farm, rode it back and arrived home to find COMPLETE CARNAGE. I have to I was falling asleep a little during the western style credits but now I’m totally awake. Hmmm… not all that impressed so far but it does seem as though this is a game that has the potential to change very rapidly….

16 minutes in
and you can walk over your mother’s bloodied dead corpse… okay there is something seriously unsettling about that. AND WHY DOES NOBODY HAVE NAMES IN THIS GAME. Gah…. I just got called “nephew” by “uncle”.

First hour
I have died ALL THE TIMES…
may be I should give up and try again tomorrow …
If I remember

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Future Retro with Jazzpunk

This is my second play through of the surreal and head ache inducing Jazzpunk. Right from the outset this game was charming and hilarious. I wonder if that charm will hold true for the second play through to uncover those precious, precious side games.

Chapter 1 Darlington Station:
The scene is set in a dingy dusky disused railway station… but wait, what’s this? Offices are now in the train carraiges. What a to-do!
Ewww I didn’t see the chewing gum under the directors desk last time… and now my Polyblank is chewing on it….

Chapter 2 Outside the Soviet Console:
God this music shits me…. I didn’t realize that homeless guy was the president! Come back Mr President… I have so many questions to ask you.
I just got showered with confetti for being the 1032nd player to inspect some garbage. Man. This game is odd.

Yeah nah… I’m not doing this all over again. I mean I like the game a lot but some of it is incredibly tedious.

☆☆☆ out of 5 stars
Definitely worth a play.

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I’ve just finished downloading Westerado… I’ll let you know how it goes

The beginner’s guide

So rather than get my anthropology essay done I find myself turning on the computer and opening steam instead of Word.
I had a bit of a play of Beginner’s Guide last night but after the Stanley Parable my mind was in tatters and I needed to get some sleep. So far my ritual viewing of Good Game Pocket has given away at least the early stages of the game…
Damn you Nichboy!!
Possible spoilers below
1 hour in
Okay so koder (coda? Coder? Koda?) Seems to be reminiscent of just about every introverted creative person I have ever met…. or at least how an extroverted person might act if they wanted to be perceived as an introverted creative genius.
If no one was supposed to see the games then how did the narrator see them? Why go to developer meets and share your ideas if they aren’t intended for anyone else. Maybe there is some level I’m not appreciating this on, but if I knew Coda I think he would just irritate me. I am, however enjoying the game so far.
1 1/2 hours in
All the feels… Davey needs to back the hell up… Dude he’s just not that into you. And it’s spelled Coda….
Final Thoughts
I certainly didn’t expect to sympathize with Coda so much. But of course the over arching theme in that an interpretation of art only begins with its creator and once you turn the art loose onto the public it ceases to be your vision and starts to say more about the player than its creator. It’s also quite interesting that Davey has cast himself as the villain of the piece.
ANY HOO I enjoyed it, but not as much as I would have if I didn’t enjoy closure so damn much
4 out of 5 stars
Tomorrow I might get around to Bertram Fiddle… or you know… that anthropology essay (due 51 hours and 23 minutes from now)

Making a belated aquaintance with The Stanley Parable

So I have been pining for “Beginner’s Guide”, the new Davey Wredon release but everyone talks about the game being more meaningful when viewing through the lens of his previous release; “The Stanley Parable”. So I’ve just downloaded it and I’ll let you know how I go.

May contain spoilers
First 15 minutes
Spent the first 5 to 10 minutes walking like a crab thinking it was a frustrating game mechanic until I worked out that there were no keys automatically specified for turning on OSX… A quick sheepish trip to the options menu sorted that out. So far I have established that I can die from jumping off an elevated platforms, and Stanley’s boss’s office looks like a house a gothic teen would design in the sims.
30 minutes in
Second attempt with almost full mobility…. I cannot look up or down or use the mouse but its better than nothing. Hmmm and now a path though a pleasant paddock has led me right back to the start…. sooo maybe I won’t turn off the power straight away this time…. where is everyone? And who was the woman the narrator was talking about??
1 hour in
Now the narrator is arguing with an obstinate narrative line??? This is getting weird. Not a game for those who dislike the feeling of going around in circles.
1 and a half hours in
7 restarts 3 endings in… oh my brain… still going…. is this elevator ride ever going to end? is the elevator music singing stanley? am I crazy? am I Stanley?
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh
Final thoughts
What fuckery is this?
Good excellent confusing bittersweet frustrating headache inducing…..
$14.99 and nearly 2 hours of my life gone…
And I regret NOTHING

Except that fern… I wish I never looked at the fern…

✮✮✮✮ 4/5

Tomorrow I take on The Beginner’s Guide… or finish that review of Undertale I never got around to…

Or… you know… do my anthropology essay…

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