A Craigslist poster in Denver is selling this custom urinal made of SNES cartridges – mostly extremely common sports games, from the look of it. While I have serious concerns about all those grooves and nooks being hard to clean, the seller says that the cartridges have been sealed to avoid leaks.
But be warned, if you’re considering this video game cartridge fixture as a practical item in your home: “I have not hooked this up in a working environment with full plumbing so people can use it.” The good news: “It has never been peed in either.”
I’m tempted to call this a Duchamp-esque artwork, but kind of the whole point of Duchamp’s “Fountain” was that it was already produced for non-art-related purposes. And now I’m thinking way too hard about this.
2013 WAS A YEAR OF GAMES AND PLAYING THEM
Oh so I do still have a tumblr. So sorry.
This is normally the time of year when I have a big, argument-filled podcast where I break down how I felt about games all year with friends; but I had a terrible nervous breakdown/lost all my free time/bought a house/and more! this year, so there is no more podcast, and although I dearly miss it I don’t think its coming back anytime soon. So that’s a thing.
I also normally do a numbered ranking, but I don’t feel that’s appropriate this year as it gives the impression that I’ve played everything I feel worth playing in the year. Despite me playing (and playing) some games I don’t think I’ve scratched the surface of what I meant to get into this year. (Example: Months later I still have yet to play - or even buy! - Hate Plus, which was one of my most anticipated releases.)
Therefore, this is going to be a fun journey for BOTH OF US. Or all of us, if you’re reading this in a group setting.
BIG, EXPENSIVE GAME OF THE YEAR - Tomb Raider
The hell? Yes, one of the things I felt most cynical about surprised me the most this year. Nothing managed to feel as “together” as Tomb Raider - when Lara is climbing and nothing is around, its peaceful. When she moves into cover, its smooth. When she’s fighting strangely undying samurai-types atop a snowy, windy mountaintop it is gorgeous and stressful and fun. The island that everything occurs on is structured so that you and Lara constantly are seeing places you were in all new ways, or sometimes seeing where you will be sooner (or later) - which is a positively brilliant piece of design that keeps the whole game feeling like a journey. TR is more played than Uncharted, more cinematic than its predecessors - it is a great first step in what should prove to be a reinvigoration of the series.
As long as they kill that multiplayer.
BEST LITTLE GAME OF THE YEAR - Guacamelee!
Almost every piece of this gem is filled with brilliance. I love the cheesy soundtrack, the satisfying melee attacks, and the variety of tools at my disposal. Its telling to how great the game is that I can put it down for months and go right back in, remembering very quickly how to transform into a chicken and use my flight power to cross large gaps.
Also, you can turn into a chicken and fly.
BEST GAME OF THE YEAR THAT IS GRAND THEFT AUTO - Grand Theft Auto V
I’ve never been a huge fan of the 3D Grand Theft Autos. No, seriously. That’s not some play for hipster cred. They just seemed to take themselves too seriously, demand too much of the player before giving them some precious fun. And GTAV is not perfect in that regard - too many control issues and other issues keep it from being anywhere near that - but it is still a Game You Should Play, if only to see that this series is still a cultural touchstone because it is so many things to so many people.
It is kind of a bummer that Grand Theft Auto is still the go-to for “culturally impactful games for adults”, but at least now it is a Grand Theft Auto where the ambition and scope of the game is as vast as its audience.
MOST NEXT-GEN GAME - Fucking None Of Them
Look, we all knew when Watch Dogs got delayed that we weren’t going to get anything fascinating, and what we ended up with were launch lineups that include entries in a ton of critically acclaimed series, and then a new Killer Instinct.
Still, when people on the internet tell you that “this is the worst launch lineup ever”, remind them that there were launches that included TWO GAMES.
If they persist, remind them that there was a time that people were genuinely excited to play Frame City Killer, which looked like this:
The crime of the PS4 and Xbox One launch lineups is not that they are bad. It is that they are uninteresting to people who have been around through this whole console cycle, because they consist mainly of series/game types that have been popular through this whole console cycle. Next year will help, but its going to take a lot of these indies actually getting their games out before we have some truly new ideas.
GAME I WANTED TO LOVE BUT COULDN’T - Killer Is Dead
I love Suda 51 and I love weird games but I just can’t get into this game. Its ended up being the most expensive soundtrack I bought all year, because Yamaoka’s music for it is exquisite. I’m hoping that they bring some kind of gameplay sensibility to Lily Bergamo.
GAME I BOUGHT BECAUSE I COULDN’T BELIEVE IT CAME OUT HERE BUT STILL DIDN’T OPEN - Project X Zone
GAME I REALLY WISH I HAD TIME TO FINISH - Fire Emblem: Awakening
I cannot put my finger on what it is about this Fire Emblem that got my attention when so many others only registered tepid interest from me, but the demo was phenomenal and I very much enjoyed every moment I played of it. Unfortunately it has been lost to a very tumultuous year in my life, and maybe I’ll get back to it someday. I hope to one day level my troops to the point that I don’t need Frederick to kill, well, everything.
GAME I REALLY WANT TO DRIVE TO OHIO JUST TO PLAY - jubeat
When I am willing to subject my body to the dangers of being exposed to Ohio just to play a game there is something special about it. This didn’t look at all fun when I first saw it a few years back but it is stupidly fun in person. I even downloaded the crappy iPhone version, but I will be driving to Ohio soon to play the machine that some good people dragged to Youmacon this year.
GAME I AM MOST TERRIFIED TO PLAY AGAIN - Animal Crossing: New Leaf
I haven’t played in months and I don’t even want to see what my town is like, or who all moved out, or find out how disappointed Isabelle is in me for being gone so long. I just don’t. But I do want to see more holidays and build my house up more so maybe, someday, I’ll tough it out.
GAME I REALLY WISH WAS JUST A LIIIIITTLE BIT BETTER - The Last of Us
I loved The Last of Us, but I was not shy in calling it out for breaking the player’s immersion left and right by way of AI that would just not notice anyone but Joel, the player’s avatar. I still stand behind this - the decision to let Ellie run around like a kid in a ball pit right in front of infected without them attacking is the crappiest possible solution for a very real and complex problem.
I would gladly have waited another three to twelve months for a Last of Us where Ellie has to cling to cover like Joel, gasping, checking her corners to make sure she can’t be seen because only then would the tension of the game’s story and setting really carry over to the gameplay. It would have been worth getting right.
GAME I REALLY WISH WAS A LOT BETTER - Bioshock Infinite
It was pretty, it was fun, but it was clearly a shadow of the developer’s ambition and I can’t believe that the entire spirit of the early demos was what was left on the cutting room floor. I know you have to get the game out, but…
And this is definitely something I feel different about now than I did when I had just finished it, and no I’m not sorry.
GAME YOU SHOULD PLAY IF YOU HATE YOURSELF - Shin Megami Tensei IV
No, seriously. People who dislike dying need not apply.
GAME I MOST NEED TO MAKE SOME TIME TO PLAY - Papers, Please
Excited isn’t exactly the word I’m looking for to describe my need to play this but I really do need to play it.
There may be more of this roundup nonsense later if I get to it, but for now this is what we’re going with!
Win this stuff during the #WEEK OF TINY ⊟
The Tiny Cartridge birthday celebration rolls on! If you’d like to get in on our week-long giveaway, all you need to do is answer our daily questions in the comments or with a reblog — we’ll pick our favorite responses this Sunday.
Tonight’s question: "What do you want us to cover more?" Give us specifics about what games or trends are coming up that you want us to keep an eye on, especially if it’s something we’ve ignored so far!
What prizes will be giving away? Three Mercenary Kings (Early Access, image via F12adventures) codes donated by Tribute, Tiny Cartridge stickers and buttons, amazing Mega Man posters from Adam Sidwell, a Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate minipack (3DS and Wii U copies), a Pokemon megapack (hella DS/3DS games, the Nope x Mare Odomo-designed badges and shirt, and more), and anything else we find in our closets between now and Sunday.
I would love to see more retro and chiptune stuff. And always art stuff. Plenty of it but there’s never too much.
Great ad campaign by PBS but I’m pretty sure they just created all the new fall programming for TLC.
NY PBS Creates Ads With Fake Reality Shows | EW
Classic problem of actuality outrunning satire, the dilemma of our age really
Today in satire that’s so on point that we’re gonna probably see these shows.
Remind me to donate to PBS
Is there a TV version of Poe’s Law?
Now that’s some serious Maine Justice.