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Meat Boy Brings Retro Goodness, Hitler Gets a Mention Too

From Jonathan Mcentee and Edmund McMillen comes an old-school platformer with loads of meaty goodness. In Meat Boy, you and the girlfriend Band-Aid Girl are having a good time when she gets kidnapped by some blob-type thing. You need to get her back but in your way stands a series of dastardly jumping puzzles. With blocky graphics, a catchy soundtrack, and ever challenging (yet addictive) puzzles, it makes for some great retro fun.

Play Meat Boy at Newgrounds.

The cute little fleshbag will be making a transition to the Nintendo Wii as a WiiWare title; Super Meat Boy is slated for release later this year. They seem to have got the ball rolling with some potentially offensive advertising that takes a dig at vegetarians and Hitler in the same breath.

The dubious text has since been edited out on the game developer’s blog. Keep updated with the game’s progress at Super Meat Boy.

[via Gamers With Jobs | Joystiq]

40 Rad Skateboard Designs

I fell off a skateboard once, and that about wraps up my experience with the culture that is so firmly established in today’s society. Aside from skateboard-inspired furniture, I do like looking at the art that goes onto this awesome board with wheels connected to it.

Smashing Magazine goes through 40 amazing skateboard designs. Here are three of my favourites:

IMAKETHINGS

IMAKETHINGS aka Andrew Groves, is an illustrator, artist, maker of small things and creator of beasts. These are 5 of his handpainted decks.

Calavera Bodega

Great comic-book influenced designs from Calavera Bodega.

Electrik Suicide

Unique mixed-media designs from Electrik Suicide.

More at Smashing Magazine.

Be the Dominant Species with Phage Wars

To beat a parasite you need to think like a parasite, and in Phage Wars you need to spread yourself like a communicable disease. Send out your parasites and infect other cells to slowly build up your genetic payload. Once you’ve cleared the level of rival pathogens, you will become the “Dominant Species”.

When you start the game, you’ll need to choose one of 8 species to play with. Each species comes with their own level of strength, speed, and agility so choose wisely. The number in each cell indicates the amount of living organisms contained in that cell and if you want your species to claim it, you must beat that number by sending parasites from your own cell to that cell.

Go forth and multiply – play Phage Wars at Armor Games. Let us know how you fared.

Dancing Chihuahua Dances, People Cry Cruelty

It’s dance party time, and Ernesto the Chihuahua (not real name) is feeling feisty. Someone took this video of his awesome dance moves. YouTubers are crying animal cruelty so you better watch it before it gets flagged as such and promptly removed.

Sure the little guy is tied up to an entertainment centre, but they probably eat Chihuahuas where he lives so those happy feet are the very thing keeping him from becoming a dipping snack at a Sunday barbecue.

[via Urlesque]

Pick the Perp

I love the smell of gender and racial stereotyping in the morning. Pick the Perp is a cool time waster where you need to use your inner-prejudice to correctly guess which person was charged for the crime shown based on their mugshot.  For some people it’s just like looking at a family photo album.

Test your profiling skills at Pick the Perp. I correctly matched 6 perps in 20 lineups (30%). Let us know how you did.

[via Trend Hunter]

The Tarantino Mixtape

Whether you like him or not, Quentin Tarantino has made some knockout movies. And Brooklyn-based video group Eclectic Method has created a 7-minute mashup of your favourite Tarantino flicks. It’s a melting pot of extreme violence, gun play, retro dancing, and the sweet sight of blood spliced together and accompanied by a mix of different tracks featured in his films. The words you’re looking for are “fucking awesome!”

Check it out below or watch it in HD at Vimeo.

[via Buzzfeed]

Draw My Thing!

Draw My Thing is like a massive online version of Pictionary. When it’s your turn, you have a short amount of time to draw an image based on a pre-selected word for the other players to identify. And when someone else is drawing you’ll get a chance to guess their word. You’ll be awarded 1 point if someone correctly guesses what you’ve drawn and 2 points if you guess someone else’s word correctly. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins.

Give it a bash at OMGPOP. I can’t access this at work – it seems my salary-paying overlords take none too kindly to this form of time wasting. Let us know if you can connect to any games and if it’s any fun.

Another Transformers 2 Trailer Rolls Out

Another Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen trailer hits the Interwebs. It’s lean on dialogue but full of explosions and an obligatory near-up shot of Megan Fox to arouse a slight boner. I wonder if that’s representative of the film as a whole. Check it out.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is slated for release on 26 June 2009 in South Africa.

[via Film School Rejects]

BONUS: Paramount Pictures revealed the full list of Autobots and Decepticons that will appear in Michael Bay’s Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen and Emipre has the details. [thanks Grrrr….]

Sticky Comics

Christiann, the tragic hobbyist from Sticky Comics, likes to draw on sticky notes and other stuff that happens to be lying around. Note that Sticky Comics is entirely different to Sticky which happens to be a compilation of gay erotic comics.

More at Sticky Comics.

Now That’s a Badass Tombstone!

Robert Clay Allison born on September 2, 1840 in Waynesboro, Tennessee, was a no-nonsense kill-you-dead kind of guy. During the U.S. Civil War, the clubfooted Allison was discharged from the Light Artillery division for violent and psychotic behavior and re-enlisted as a spy for the 9th Tennessee Calvary. This didn’t pan out so well as he got accused of being a spy and was due to be executed, but the quick-thinking man murdered his guard and escaped to freedom.

clay_allison_portraitAfter a short stint in the barrel-of-laughs hate group the Klu Klux Klan (KKK), Allison moved to Texas but during the trip he put the beatdown on a ferryman for overcharging him to cross the river. He also had a hand in decapitating a suspected killer and placing his head on a pole for all to see.

Now to his man’s crowning glory – in 1887, Allison was tracked down by gunman Chunk Colbert who wanted to avenge the maltreatment of uncle – the ferryman. A duel was set, but first, it was the complimentary dinner! After a hearty grub, pistols were fired and Colbert dropped dead. When asked why he first ate with the man who wanted to kill him, Allison reportedly said:

I didn’t want to send him to hell on an empty stomach.

clay_allison_age_45After further altercations with Mexicans (they died), a sheriff (he died), legendary lawman Wyatt Earp (verbal dispute, no guns), and a dentist (his teeth got pulled), this vicious killer died not in a blaze of glory or by the hangman’s noose, but a common ranching accident. In 1887, at age of 47, Allison died cheaply when he fell from a wagon and had his neck crushed by the heavy wagon wheels. At least he had an awesome tombstone:

HE NEVER KILLED A MAN THAN DID NOT NEED KILLING

More about Clay Allison at Legends of America. [via Buzzfeed]