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Hugh Likes Video Games: Metroid II

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Hugh Likes Video Games-Metroid II
Metroid II: Return of Samus
Nintendo Game Boy
Published 1991
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The Nintendo Game Boy was a little system that could.  Propelled to success by its classic version of Tetris, the monochrome game system boasted a wide variety of games despite its low resolution and hunger for batteries.  Being a child of the 80’s and 90’s with a limited budget, most of my gaming nostalgia goes back to the original, which still holds a place of pride on my display of gaming systems that have since gone to pasture.
One of my favorite games of the era was Metroid II: Return of Samus.  This handheld sequel to the original NES game follows space bounty hunter Samus Aran as she traverses the caverns of an alien world to destroy weaponized aliens called Metroids.
While not narratively complex, the Metroid series offers plenty of exploration, tricky platforming, and the most badass woman in all of gaming as a protagonist.  II is a bit shrunk down and more linear than its 8-bit predecessor, but the thrill of actively hunting rather than simply exploring is an improvement on the original.
The maze-like interior of planet SR388 is divided into sections, each with a number of metroids.  Each section is cut off by ‘boiling acid’ which conveniently recedes when the required number of metroids have been killed.  This replaces the standard Metroid mechanic of requiring upgrades to proceed, although the game is still littered with toys for Samus to collect.  But the metroids Samus encounters aren’t simply the jellyfish-like floating aliens encountered in Metroid.  On their home planet they havea multi-stage life cycle, and become larger and more difficult as the game progresses.
While the game is a bit linear, and, if you collect everything, easier than other Metroid games, it is still a standout of the original Game Boy library.  You can find it fairly easily in used game stores, or digitally in the 3DS eshop.

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Hugh Likes Comics: Vote Loki

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Vote Loki #1
Written by Christopher Hastings
Drawn by Langdon Foss
Published by Marvel Comics
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Over the course of his publication history, the Marvel Comics version of Loki has been a god, a super-villain, a king, and a storyteller.  He’s gained it all, lost it all, died, come back to life, and opted out of the end of the world.  After all that, where do you take the character?  Have him run for president, of course!
Writer Chris Hastings and artist Langdon Foss take over the character following Al Ewing and Lee Garbett’s run of “Loki: Agent of Asgard,” and they are taking a few notes from that version of the God of Mischief.  Issue one is mostly setup, with Loki stopping a terrorist attack and ‘coincidentally’ becoming interested enough in the political process to throw his horned-helmet in the ring.  But with a trickster like Loki, the setup can be just as much fun as the reveal.
Hastings, the writer and artist of the webcomic “Dr. Mcninja,” is a part of a wave of new independent creators at Marvel.  Spearheaded by Ryan North and Erica Henderson’s “Unbeatable Squirrel Girl,” the superhero publisher is banking on a new selection of titles helmed by artists and writers who got their start on the internet instead of the bullpen.
Foss’s art is well suited, and the coloring by Chris Chuckry lends a nice atmosphere to the comic.  The only real flaw here is that the attempts at political commentary come off as broad and toothless.  ‘Politicians sure are liars’ is hardly a new take in 2016, and with a series of stock fictional characters mostly hanging out in the background, “Vote Loki” doesn’t bring anything new or incisive to the table.  But the reason most readers will pick up this comic will be just to watch Loki string along whatever con this turns out to be.
Vote Loki # 1 is available from your local comics shop, or digitally through Comixology.

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Podcast: CCR 27-The Last Man on Earth

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Join the Chrononauts for a spirited discussion of the 1964 Vincent Price classic, “The Last Man on Earth!”

Click HERE to listen online!

And HERE to watch the film, thanks to the magic of Youtube!

Chrononaut Cinema Reviews is presented by http://skinner.fm and Way of the Buffalo, and is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Unported License.

This podcast was originally posted at Skinner.FM on August 17, 2016.

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The Dark Wife: Changes Part Two

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The Dark Wife

a novel by Sarah Diemer

Three thousand years ago, a god told a lie.  Now only a goddess can tell the truth…

Persephone has everything a daughter of Zeus could want, except for freedom.  She lives on the green earth with her mother, Demeter, growing up beneath the ever-watchful gaze of the gods and goddesses on Mount Olympus.  But when Persephone meets the enigmatic Hades, she experiences something new: CHOICE.

Zeus calls Hades ‘Lord’ of the dead as a joke.  In truth, Hades is the GODDESS of the underworld, and no friend of Zeus.  She offers Persephone sanctuary in her land of the dead, so the young goddess may escape her Olympian DESTINY.

But Persephone finds more than freedom in the underworld.  She finds LOVE, and herself.

The Dark Wife is a YA novel, a lesbian retelling of the Persephone and Hades myth.  It is available in print and ebook format from Amazon, Smashwords, and Barnes and Noble.  You can also download a free PDF copy of the novel HERE.

Episode 16: The Truth-Changes Part Two

Hugh Likes Podcasts: Gosh Darn Fiasco

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HLP-Gosh-Darn Fiasco
Hosted by: Angela Webber, Richard Malena and guests
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Gosh-Darn Fiasco is a live-play role playing game podcast hosted by musician Angela Webber.  But where most of these kind of gaming shows feel like audio dramas, this one is more like improv.  The difference lies partly in the source material, and partly in the rotating team of talent that comes to play.
“Fiasco” is a GM-less roleplaying game in the style of classic caper movies.  Written by Jason Morningstar and published by Bully Pulpit Games, it is a storytelling RPG.  This means the goal of the game is to play out a scenario, rather than winning a battle.  As the name implies, the fun isn’t in winning, it is in snowballing the story from a small problem into a huge catastrophe.
Each episode, Weber and her guests play through one single play Fiasco game from beginning to end.  There are a variety of settings, or ‘Playsets’ that they have gone through, from a Colonial Salem to McMurdo Station to a heist at the Jim Henson Workshop.  Each episode takes the Cohen Brothers aesthetic of the game and turns it even more towards the comically ridiculous.
Frequent guest such as Lucia Fasano and Kevin M. Arnold add improv chops to the game, making it a lighthearted, gonzo joy to listen.  Gosh-Darn Fiasco is a monthly podcast that runs about 90 minutes per episode.  It’s not something you’re going to get through in a single commute, but it is a heck of a lot of fun.  Find it at Website, in iTunes, or in your preferred podcatcher.

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Leave a comment

The Dark Wife

a novel by Sarah Diemer

Three thousand years ago, a god told a lie.  Now only a goddess can tell the truth…

Persephone has everything a daughter of Zeus could want, except for freedom.  She lives on the green earth with her mother, Demeter, growing up beneath the ever-watchful gaze of the gods and goddesses on Mount Olympus.  But when Persephone meets the enigmatic Hades, she experiences something new: CHOICE.

Zeus calls Hades ‘Lord’ of the dead as a joke.  In truth, Hades is the GODDESS of the underworld, and no friend of Zeus.  She offers Persephone sanctuary in her land of the dead, so the young goddess may escape her Olympian DESTINY.

But Persephone finds more than freedom in the underworld.  She finds LOVE, and herself.

The Dark Wife is a YA novel, a lesbian retelling of the Persephone and Hades myth.  It is available in print and ebook format from Amazon, Smashwords, and Barnes and Noble.  You can also download a free PDF copy of the novel HERE.

Episode 15: Changes, Part One

Podcast: CCR26-King of the Zombies

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Join the Chrononauts as they review 1941’s “King of the Zombies.”  Which goes about as well as you’d expect.

Click HERE to listen!

You can watch the movie on Youtube.  (NOT RECOMMENDED!)

Chrononaut Cinema Reviews is presented by http://skinner.fm and Way of the Buffalo, and is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Unported License

This podcast was originally posted at Skinner.FM on July 22, 2016.

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