Rami Ismail gave me a funny look when I recently congratulated him about the release of Luftrausers, his studio’s slick shoot-em-up that was just released for PlayStation platforms. He told me he had mixed feelings about the game. As he explained why he did, I suggested he write about it. He did and has let us republish his blog post about it below. I hope you’ll find his take on his own game as surprising and intriguing as I did. - Stephen Totilo
I actually have read several conceptual texts I love a lot, but I don’t remember any of them. No, I remember now— I love Eddie Hopely’s Master’s Thesis. I love almost every Caroline Bergvall text. I love Jackson Mac Low’s chance operations. I don’t know if they’d call it conceptual or not, but I…
I’d want to make a distinction between conceptual and procedural poetics, the same way I’d want to make a distinction between conceptual and appropriation poetics.
“Can form make the primary chaos (the raw material, the unorganized impulse and information, the uncertainty, incompleteness, vastness) articulate without depriving it of its capacious vitality, its generative power? Can form go even further than that and actually generate that potency, opening uncertainty to curiosity, incompleteness to speculation, and turning vastness into plenitude? In my opinion, the answer is yes; that is, in fact, the function of form in art. Form is not a fixture but an activity.”—Lyn Hejinian, The Rejection of Closure (via trashthetics)
Did you know Barnacles have the largest penis-to-body size ratio of any animal? It’s true! Due to their sedentary lifestyle, such a large dong is required for sexual reproduction for these hermaphroditic arthropods.
Above is a visual representation of the mating process.
This barnacle is horny as fuck!
Pictured here is Gordon Freeman choking on a dick.
Introducing the Humble Sid Meier Bundle, featuring loads of content from the legendary game designer, Sid Meier! Pay what you want for Sid Meier’s Civilization III Complete, Sid Meier’s Civilization IV: The Complete Edition, Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol, Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol: Pacific Skies and Sid Meier’s Railroads!. Pay more than the average price and you’ll also receive Sid Meier’s Civilization V and the Gods and Kings expansion. If you pay more than $15, we’ll throw in Sid Meier’s Civilization IV: Brave New World expansion!
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Sid Meier’s Civilization V
The flagship of the Civilization series returns. Sid Meier’s Civilization V is the fifth offering in the multi-award winning Civilization strategy game series featuring the famous “just one more turn” addictive gameplay that has made it one of the greatest game series of all time. An improved diplomacy system allows you to negotiate with cunning leaders. A new hex-based gameplay grid opens up new combat and build strategies. City States become a new tool in your diplomatic battleground. Custom music scores and orchestral recordings give Sid Meier’s Civilization V the level of polish and quality you expect from the series.
Sid Meier’s Civilization V: Gods and Kings DLC
Sid Meier’s Civilization V: Gods and Kings is the first expansion pack for Civilization V - the critically acclaimed 2010 PC Game of the Year. This robust expansion covers the entire scope of time from founding your first Pantheon of the Gods and spreading religion across the world, to deploying your spies in enemy cities in order to steal information and technology. As you move through the ages, you will interact with new types of city-states, engage in new city-state quests and global competitions, and master exciting new systems for land and naval combat.
Sid Meier’s Civilization V: Gods and Kings will also include nine new civilizations, nine new wonders, three original scenarios, and dozens of new units, buildings, and techs that will offer even more ways for players to expand their empire and dominate the world.
*Requires the base game Sid Meier’s Civilization V in order to play.
Sid Meier’s Civilization V: Brave New World DLC
Sid Meier’s Civilization V: Brave New World is the second expansion pack for Civilization V - the critically acclaimed 2010 PC Game of the Year. This new expansion provides enhanced depth and replayability through the introduction of international trade and a focus on culture and diplomacy. Your influence around the world will be impacted by creating Great Works, choosing an ideology for your people and proposing global resolutions in the World Congress. As you move through the ages of history you will make critical decisions that will impact your relationship with other civilizations.
Sid Meier’s Civilization V: Brave New World also introduces nine new civilizations, eight new wonders, two new scenarios, four new gameplay systems and dozens of new units, buildings and improvements offering an expanded variety of ways to build the most powerful empire in the world.
*Requires the base game Sid Meier’s Civilization V in order to play.
Sid Meier’s Civilization III Complete
Sid Meier’s Civilization III Complete provides gaming fans with Sid Meier’s Civilization III, the highly-addictive journey of discovery, combined with the updated and enhanced multiplayer expansion pack Civilization III: Play the World, as well as all of the great new civilizations, scenarios, and features from Civilization III: Conquests! Civilization III: Complete provides more ways to explore, more strategies to employ, more modes of play, and more ways to win, all in one box!
Sid Meier’s Civilization IV: The Complete Edition
With over 6 million units sold and unprecedented critical acclaim from fans and press around the world, Sid Meier’s Civilization is recognized as one of the greatest PC game franchises of all-time. Now, Sid Meier and Firaxis Games take this incredibly fun and addictive game to new heights by adding new ways to play and win, new tools to manage and expand your civilization, all-new easy to use mod capabilities and intense multiplayer modes and options. Sid Meier’s Civilization IV will come to life like never before in a beautifully detailed, living 3D world that will elevate the gameplay experience to a whole new level. Sid Meier’s Civilization IV was heralded as one of the top ten games of 2005, and a must-have for gamers around the globe!
Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol
Battle to Rule the Skies!
The skies over Europe are a dangerous place, where ace pilots lead their squadrons to glorious victory or crushing defeat! Take control of dozens of the most famous fighter planes of WWI and head into the dogfight. Roll, slip and loop to get the drop on enemy aces. Upgrade your fighters over the course of your campaign and promote your best pilots so they learn new skills to give them an edge in battle. Can you change the tide of the war? Or will you go down in flames to an enemy ace?
Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol: Pacific Skies
Battle to Rule the Pacific Skies!
Take flight over the treacherous Pacific waters where ace pilots redefine historic World War II battles! Skillfully pilot the most iconic American and Japanese fighter planes of the Pacific War while representing the army or navy. Upgrade your fighters and promote your leading pilots so they master new skills needed to ambush an enemy VIP, rescue POW pilots or torpedo bomb enemy targets! Can you turn the tide of war? Or will you go down in flames to an enemy ace?
Sid Meier’s Railroads!
The greatest railroad building game of all time is back in a vibrant 3D world delivering exciting multiplayer options, streamlined interface and unmatched gameplay that is easy to learn yet challenging to master. Creators of the world’s best strategy game, Sid Meier’s Civilization IV, Sid Meier and Firaxis Games put you in charge of building the greatest rail empire in the nation - managing trains, cargo and your bottom line - while engaging in all-out corporate warfare against rival tycoons, slick entrepreneurs and robber barons!
Grab this deal before it takes the next train outta here! The Humble Sid Meier Bundle runs for two weeks and ends Tuesday, February 18.