Love Steth’ + Kodak
You’ll be please to know that it’s a bumper Tuesday here at TNA HQ. There is a pile of joy resting precariously on my desk and we have little option but to delve. I wouldn’t be doing my due diligence if I did not warn you of the imminent departure of the coloured Noisy Alchemist t-shirts from the store. The Lady Fear has some terrifyingly good stuff, lurking in the dark and ready to pounce so they’re going away for a bit at the end of March. Which is to say, y’all have T minus five days to grab one before they’re gone. Radical Red, Mad Mustard or Gothic Grey. Your call, cats.
Love Death + Robots! Love Death + Robots! Yep. Tim Miller and David Fincher’s new Northfox anthology is a genre defying masterclass in how to push the envelope for entertainment. It’s also some of the best contemporary sci fi available to human kind. Every episode different and also incredible? It is apparently possible and there isn’t an episode without stellar writing, knock ‘em dead visuals and a cast to kill for. The first three episodes alone are a case study in how I want the world to be. There’s just the right amount of cyberpunk sexy dark, Portal vibes, stupid funny social commentary and a cat that...just watch it.
I’m consistently blown away with how great the art direction is. Hyper real-time graphic, animated erotica? Not to mention the incredible camerawork and whole bunch of concepts that will do to your mind what ancient Egypt did to cutlery designated for digging food with. Episode four is a different presentation again and we’re only just getting to the western mechs. That’s a genre in and of itself. It’s funny but I feel like it was only yesterday that I was espousing the righteous virtue of the power loader vs alien queen scene and I will play living hell outa that game in defence of my gorram farm.
I threw a black box into the lab earlier on thismorning and it has already been returned in at least three different formats. The internet is a wonderful thing. I had completely forgotten what was in there but apparently I’ve had this one in various jackets and coats since before NYE 2018. These were all taken in Liverpool, visiting my ma’s side of the family after Xmas. It was overcast for sure but there’s a certain vibrancy to that city which 35mm Kodak captures in spades. They have great red brick in the same way that Marylebone has great bred brick and also some real deep-dive flea markets. I feel like there’s vinyl somewhere that I bought that same trip? Hmm. They also do inventive urinals up North and as for that skyline? If I remember correctly, I shot it blind over a petrol station wall. It is a landscape that loves to have its picture taken.
I watched people play ‘Two Point Hospital’ for...an amount of time yesterday. If you’re of a certain age, then you might be thinking that this sounds like a spiritual successor to Bullfrog’s 1997 ‘Theme Hospital’. If that is the case then your diagnosis is 100% correct and I both recognise and appreciate your wasted youth. I played the original to death on my parents boxy Windows machine back in the day and I have a very strong suspicion that the same shall be true for this one.
It is interesting that running a public hospital that has more in common with the NHS than a healthcare system reliant on insurance (a la the US of A), might make for a better game. There are later, more challenging levels that exemplify this. Sega has unleashed a simulation with as much depth as it is cutesy as it is humorous [humerus] as it is compelling. Also, that receptionist voice actor...is the same one? It sounds like the same one. Nostalgia 2.0 in HD is a fully realised fact and Two Point Studios appear to be in top gear with regards to DLC and ongoing, meaningful support. I have heard tell of both mythical creatures and tropical islands, as well as radical quality of life improvements that border on the erotic.
It is downloading on my ‘book as we speak and my stethoscope is primed.
JD - TACOCAT