Wednesday, July 1, 2015

a storm you're starting

let me tell you today about two things i've been enjoying the hell out of lately: penny dreadful and neko atsume. (i'll start with the latter since i'm pretty sure my social network is getting sick of my penny dreadful gushings, but ha ha too bad more is coming at you)

i first read about neko atsume (it's an iphone app game) on the av club's gameological, in an article about the staff's favourite games in 2015 so far. zack handlen explains it easily: "You arrange various cat toys in your backyard and wait for cats to play with or nap on them. When the cats leave, they give you sardines, which you then use to buy more toys. You can also spend a bit of money to buy extra sardines, including the rare gold ones necessary for better items." like, really, that's it. the entire goal is to create the ultimate cat playground in order to attract a crazy variety of adorable smiling cats (which you can name, take photos of, and catalogue). you can expand and renovate your chosen environment, buy special food and toys that will attract more rare cats, and generally keep trading up in order to bring in all the cats. all the cats!!!11

the app is super low-pressure and low-stress -- it's not like a tamagotchi, where you have to worry about them getting hungry or sick or dead. if you don't put food out, they just won't show up, that's it. so all you have to do is check in occasionally to make sure the cats have enough food and that they're enjoying the toys, but holy shit, man, you're gonna be checking in like every five minutes. the music is jaunty and fun and the entire game is adorable beyond measure.

an early photo of my neko atsume screen that i posted on my tumblr with the caption "I've just started playing Neko Atsume and now I think my life is over." (and yes, all the cats have little buttholes)

kotaku and vox also have great articles about the neko atsume phenomenon (the phrase neko atsume - ねこあつめ - translates to "cat collecting," and not even my old japanese learnings could figure out what "atsume" means). they all emphasize that you really don't need to know japanese to get the gist of the game, but if you desire the full knowledge of neko atsume, here is a good walkthrough. (i was psyched to pull out my japanese dictionaries, but then i found that a google translate app exists, and i felt super old and obsolete for a minute.)

now that i've sold you on it, get you some neko atsume here (it's free with in-app purchases) and prepare to say goodbye to life.

i named this one "mew jay."

okay, on to the second pop-culture love of the moment: penny dreadful, my most favourite tv show of all time.

yes, i've been talking about this show a lot on social media, mostly because i feel it needs to be talked about. i'm endlessly encouraging people to give it a watch. of course, it's not for people who don't like purple, pulpy victorian goth that gets very violent and dirty, but you know, can't please everybody. (at the same time: finally, a show for me and my goth people!) there is legit nothing like it on tv right now -- and to be frank, even i'm amazed that they can get away with some of the insane shit they've pulled. throughout a typical one-hour episode of penny dreadful, my brain is mostly an endless loop of "ooooooh nooooo oh my god what what's even going on noooooooooo". endlessly, wonderfully disturbing. plus the acting is top fucking notch. all the emmys for everyone, please.

anyway, i've been thinking about penny dreadful a lot lately because the season 2 finale is on sunday night at 10, and oh man am i not at all ready to let it go. sure, season 3 has been greenlighted, but that's like, a year away. a year is a long time to wait for my fix of creepy dark supernatural weirdness. i've been keeping up with season 2 of true detective - honestly, it has potential; i think a lot of people have written it off too quickly - but i'm not really a fan of true crime, so it won't totally fill the void. i've never been much of a tv person, but when i love a tv show, i really love a tv show.

also penny dreadful reminds me on a weekly basis that josh harnett has just gotten finer with age:

fuuuuuuuck yes. gimme dat hot bisexual werewolf action. (though if season 2 ends without his character and superior queen eva green's character banging, i will be very disappointed.)

lastly, as a bonus, the song i've been listening to nonstop: halsey's "hurricane". if you like dream pop a la lana del rey, you'll love this. just chills, man.

however, the fact that i've also been listening to a lot of combichrist just proves to me that no matter how many sundresses and lipsticks i buy, i'll forever be that gothy darkwave/aggrotech kid at heart.

that's all for now. happy july!

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