big red rambling: 014 links to get you through the week of 10/18/2010

I had all sorts of plans for the column in regards to this Halloween. Then last Friday evening through today happened. I will spare you the details and instead get on with why you are all reading this, (hopefully) cool links that will help make the week a little more bearable. I hope to have something cool for this Friday’s column but we will see.

Links to Get You Through the Week of 10/18/2010

Alright enough of my grousing, let’s get started. First though, you know what I love? Stuff from when I was a kid. I mean in general, who does not like a little nostalgia? I especially love returning to an old childhood favorite (or not so favorite as the case may be) and discovering it is was terrible. Now I do not just mean any standard kind of mediocre or the kind of bad that just gives you migraines, no I mean that special kind crap that is so entreatingly bad only a child could love and only an adult can truly appreciate it. Hell one of my favorite, these days most commonly visited, websites, That Guy With The Glasses, is at least partially devoted entirely to this idea. Maybe it was growing with a constant healthy weekly dose of Mystery Science Theater 3000. Maybe I am just weird. Who knows, and who cares? The point is, I love me some good ripping apart of the bad in pop culture. Which is my long winded way of pointing out this delicious little website, whose creator has been for the last few years making their way through every Goosebumps book ever written. Even the anthologies, spin-offs, and reboots. *shudders* Want a little fright in your October? Then do not go back and read those old wonderfully poor examples of literature and instead read about a true descent into madness. 🙂

Remember the good old days of the late 90s/early 00s, when the internet was young, and we who read it were not nearly as sophisticated and wise (yeah, right) as we are today? I do, especially the terrible websites you used to get back in the day. You know the ones I mean. They usually had all black backgrounds, ugly eyesore text, garish colors, unnecessary animated gifs, annoying looping MIDI music, and more terrible ad banners and pop up ads than you could shake a stick at. These days you rarely see that kind of crap anymore (well except for the annoying ads, whose presence has only gotten more jarringly obtrusive, but I guess you cannot win them all) thanks to sites like Wodrpress and livejournal, which for the most part is a good thing. Still, I have to admit there is a small part of me that occasionally misses those old sites, because whatever else you could say about them, you could not deny they were genuine products. Terrible, but genuine. The web was so new, having a website, be it a shrine to the latest anime character De jure or a heartfelt plea for political reform, felt novel and amazing. These were blogs before there were blogs. Most of those sites have gone the way of the dodo, their hosts forced out of business by either decreasing revenue or the increasing intrusion of big business regulation into the online world. Yet a few relics of those bygone days still remain and, as you might of guessed, our next link is a favorite example of mine, the simple recounting of a harmless little exploration of a newly discovered cave…

Horror can take many form and encompass many ideas. It is about far more than just monsters jumping out of the shadows and bogeymen living under the bed. Horror is the knowledge that the world is not safe, no matter what illusions or lies we put before ourselves to try and say otherwise. The reason zombies frighten us is because in a very real world sense we all can become one far too easily. Just ask the residents of Nazi Germany. Slasher movies strike such a cord because they lay bare the fact that our locked doors, fences, gates, and walls are really no protection from someone who truly wants us dead. There are faceless terrors in the dark of space, uncaring things that will bring about our destruction, so does it matter if we call them Cthulu or meteors. As much fun as Halloween, cheesy horror movies, and classic terror tropes can be, it is important to remember that for many people in the world horror is not a genre but simply a daily reality. With that in mind I present this, in the hopes that it might remind people that we actually can do some good.

And now for something completely different (and NSFW).

Personally I found the success of Jackass 3D last weekend to be terrifying, if not surprising. Whether you agree with me or not, you will probably find this reaction to Jackass amusing.

Ready for some spooky online comic fun? Of course you are. I thought long and hard about what to present to you guys this week, because (*SARCASM ALARM* *SARCASM ALARM*) webcomics that do a great job at horror and do simply descend into mindless gore/blood and/or feature the umpteempth Romero zombie rip-off are completely numerous and plentiful. Ultimately though, I knew I could not let Halloween pass with highlighting this delightful ongoing strip that has even been successful enough to invade the world of real life aka off line comics. Enjoy.

Video game time. First up are a couple of delightfully creepy horror themed adventure games. You will be shaking so bad while playing this you probably find it difficult to click on the next hotspot.

Our next link lead to two great classic horror games that can only be acessed between 6pm and 6am. Yet these games are so good it is well worth adjusting your PC’s clock to play them. 🙂

Our next horror game is again set within the adventure genre, but trust me not only does it go really old school, its horror of a different kind.

And finally for those of you tired of all the thinking and just looking for some mindless action, (with the added bonus of keeping the Lovecraft good times going ala this week’s comic pick) De-Animator is simple, basic, obvious, and absolutely perfect.

And now for this week’s Deliciously Deviant(art). We will get to our themed art work in a minute but first, good morning:

You know what? Just because somebody is a fictional character, does not mean they do not enjoy dressing up for Halloween with the best of us. That’s right, its Fan Art time again, only this time featuring some of your favorite (or least favorite) characters dressing up as other famous characters. Enjoy.

First up is the Phoenix Wright gang dressing up as another set of popular lawyers, who as a matter of fact had a video game of their that was, of all things, a blatant Phoenix Wright rip off. Funny how these things work out.

Superheroes already dress up every day, so what is another costume or two for Halloweeen?

Now for some video game characters getting in on the fun.

Finally a random assortment to close us out this week (and if you thought I would do fan art and not feature some Muppet pics you clearly have not been paying enough attention.:)



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