August 21st, 2009


Randomly Generated Video Games

Somethingawful took the random video game title generator and not-so-randomly generated illustrative box art for the games. Some of the results are clearly best-sellers. Who could resist the gritty feel of Urban Lego Takedown, the verve of Scottish Trampoline Showdown, or the mindbending pop-and-lock-ularity of MC Escher's Breakdancing Dance Party? And isn't alex_victory already working on Funky DJ Werewolf?

Going to the Movies - Old Style

Netflix brought us Disc 3 of Treasures from American Film Archives: Vol. 3.

We got it mainly to check out De Mille's last silent: The Godless Girl. The first half is a hoot. At a high school, someone is handing out invitations to a meeting of atheist students. The administration wants to clamp down on such godless shenanigans, but Student Body Pres & ardent Christian Biff Studly intervenes and says the students can handle it themselves. (Biff knows that the lovely Miss Spitcurl McBedroom Eyes is the leader of the atheists and he doesn't want her to get in trouble). Anyway, the godfearing Christians plan is, of course, to bring rotten eggs and vegetables to throw at the dirty atheists at the meeting. Just as Mr. Comic Relief is balking at swearing the oath to the Atheist Cause while resting his hand on a monkey, a general riot ensues. In the fracas, a young girl is killed and Biff, Comic and Spitcurl are sent to reform school on a juvie manslaughter charge.

The reform school is quite a nightmare cesspit of rules, labor and abusive guards. The male and female prisoner-students are kept on opposite sides of an electrified fence, and yes there is an awesome special effect. Things bog down a bit in the second half, although there are plenty of escapes, electrified things and dangerous looking fires. I won't ruin it all.

But one of the cool things is that the story is partly based on an actual story of atheist flyers being handed out at Hollywood High School. The godless girl was Queen Silver, the daughter of socialists.
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