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Month: October, 2012

MY NOVEL COMES OUT IN SIX DAYS!

HOLY CRAP!

Pre-order it here and here. Info here.

HOLY CRAP!

Alissa Nutting on THE NOVEL

“Writing a novel is kind of like submitting to a surgical procedure every single day, with no sense of what the overall effect of these surgeries will accomplish or when, exactly, they will end. When I’m writing each day, I’m just as inaccessible to others as I’d be if I were laid up on an operating table, which some understand and some do not.”

-Alissa Nutting in Braddock Avenue Books

Indy Lit Events or Me and Matt Bell: Uhh used to be my dog you was in my left titty/Scream RYDE OR DIE I thought you would die wit me/Found out you a bitch you can’t even ryde wit me/Now it’s a war you ain’t on the side wit me

 

New Story “Reggie Miller” Up At Hobart

I wrote a story about Reggie Miller, Jeremy Lin, moving to Indiana, and my recent car crash. Check it out? ALSO: LOOK AT THAT AMAZING JEREMY LIN PAINTING RACHEL GLASER MADE FOR THE STORY.

Retro Video Game Finds IX or How I Bought Metal Storm For Two Dollars

Big news on the retro gaming front this weekend. I was in Minneapolis with my girlfriend for a wedding, and we had just gotten breakfast at this amazing bowling alley/theatre/brunch place. We walked outside, and I made a joke about doing some light game chasing, and lo and behold, there was a retro game arcade/store next door. Unfortunately, some twerp kid–who clearly wasn’t old enough to truly appreciate Track and Field II or Rampage–was throwing a birthday party inside, and the arcade wouldn’t open for another few hours. So we toured the neighborhood as planned and when we returned, I saw a guy on a bench in front of the arcade waiting to go in. He had two NES games and a Super Nintendo game. I figured he was planning on selling them, so I kept trying to angle myself for a better look, but he had them back label out. Finally, we were all allowed inside, and I saw him sell the games for some quarters to play the machines. I wandered over. The first title was Super Mario Bros/Duck Hunt--of course–but the second was Metal Storm.

METAL STORM!

If you don’t know Metal Storm, I feel sorry for you. It’s one of the most underrated gems on the Nintendo Entertainment System, and it’s pretty hard to find too. On eBay, prices routinely hover around $35, but I’ve seen them go for a lot higher and a lot lower. I’ve only seen one other copy in the wild during eight years of collecting and that was only a few weeks earlier in Indianapolis at an Exchange that wanted $45 for it. I almost picked it up then. So you can imagine how sweaty and nervous I was as I approached the counter. The games weren’t individually priced, and if you’re a collector, that’s one of the best signs. Most retro stores either inflate already ridiculous eBay prices or they mark up the common games everybody wants–Contra, Super Mario 3, Zelda–and don’t put the correct value on the harder to find games that stink. I asked the woman at the counter if I could buy Metal Storm even though it just came in. She said they usually cleaned them first, and I said I didn’t care. I think they were worried I’d return it if it didn’t work, and she even tested it in a Retro Duo. It didn’t work, but I clean all of my NES games before playing them anyway. She said the game was in poor condition–it was–but finally, she took it over to her husband and they decided to sell it to me for two dollars.

TWO DOLLARS!

I was hoping to get it for $25. I would have gladly paid $25. To get it for $2, my god, my god. This was my best NES game find ever, right in front of finding six of the seven Bible games at a record store for $2 each. Pictures below of all my recent finds plus my girlfriend with Metal Storm and a stuffed bear cub that my grandfather murdered in cold blood.


New Story “Clyde Frazier” Up At Wigleaf

 

Hey, guys. My story “Clyde Frazier” is up at wigleaf. It’s about #menswear, rap music, growing up working class, and Clyde Frazier.

The Video Game Years 1980

This show is a blatant rip off of I Love the 80s, but I love it anyway. Now that they’ve hit the ’80s, they’ve upgraded their lineup of commentators to include… drum roll… HOWARD PHILLIPS. He was a legendary Nintendo spokesperson back in the day and used to appear in Nintendo Power–MY FIRST SUBSCRIPTION–all the time. I love these videos.

Comic Convention Misogyny

“We as a geek community have some of the most rampant sexism and misogyny I have ever seen. Women in cosplay are treated as pieces of meat, on display to satisfy a man’s fantasy of that character. We are without personality or interests, and there’s no way people will believe that we actually know ANYTHING about the character we’re dressed up as.”

–Moly McIsaac in The Geeky Peacock

Great article. Please read.

New Angry Video Game Nerd Video Alert

Countdown Clock to A$AP’s New Album