One of my favourite things about the internet is when you find something that takes two of your unrelated interests and brings them together in a way that is just SO SATISFYING, partially because it feels like it’s speaking directly to you. Nobody else loves these things like I do, right? Turns out they do! And they create cool things out of that love!
Here are two of those such things. If you share my exact interests you will love them! If not, oh well, you made your choice!!
Stunts is an old racing game that was memorable for its COO-COO BANANAS PHYSICS and pun-based racing enemies (Bernie Rubber, Skid Vicious). Flowers for Algernon is a famous short story/novel about a treatment that dramatically increases the intelligence of mice and humans. Flowers for Skid Vicious brings this story to the world of early-90s competitive racetrack construction, and visualizes it through the medium of crappy custom tracks for Stunts. I LOVE IT
There have been chiptune-style Christmas songs before (OBVIOUSLY THERE HAVE) but what I like about Doctor Octoroc’s album is that each Christmas song is done in the style of a particular NES game. So the sound of “Super Jingle Bros.” is completely distinct from “Icarus! The Angels Sing”. A lot of people hate Christmas music and a lot of people hate chiptunes, but this combination - and the attention to detail in it - makes me love it all so hard. It’s my favourite Christmas album that nobody else will listen to with me!
I love Stunts! Nothing beats the awesome feeling of crashing into just the right pixel to send you a million virtual miles straight up. Or following your AI opponent on the replay and chuckling sinisterly at the exact moment their primitive computer brain destroys itself in the maze you’ve built and they smash into the nearest wall. The fools!