By Kevin L. Clark
Here, we spotlight the movements, mods, and works of art within gaming culture for your ultimate enjoyment. The weekly post will be your central point to see just how video games influence the world around us.
Andy Baio, the visionary behind Kickstarter, XOXO, Playfic, and Supercut, launched his own project that he had been dreaming about for years. Entitled Kind of Bloop, Baio created an 8-bit tribute to one of the greatest jazz musicians ever to grace the face of God’s green Earth — Miles Davis. Melding the sounds of Davis’s Kind of Blue with chiptune music, Andy Baio presented a culturally relevant and artistic expression with Kind of Bloop, an 8-bit homage to one of Davis’s most impactful work. Download by clicking here.
Forbes‘ Jason Evangelho wasn’t necessarily on-the-fence about the new streaming juggernaut known as Twitch. So, when he wrote about his playtime with Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes for Fatal Hero’s channel, one couldn’t really pinpoint what to expect. The game is ideal for streamers and if you haven’t read Harry Rabinowitz‘s piece about streaming, Disney Infinity is a game that will fit in quite nicely with those looking to participate in the creation / adventure lane. For Jason, though, he managed to learn a few takeaways that you’d be interested in reading especially if you plan on making your own Twitch channel soon.
Two high schoolers who attended the 2014 Girls Who Code summer program managed to make throwing tampons look cooler than how it sounds. Andy Gonzales and Sophie Houser, the two New York students behind the game, cleverly replaced guns with the rapid-firing feminine hygiene products in an attempt to make a statement about the gender gap in the tech industry. They also managed to make talking about one’s period much easier to do through a pixelated avatar who must defeat as many enemies as possible while conserving ammo. If you haven’t already seen the press about this game from Time and Jezebel, feast your corneas on Tampon Run.
We’re just getting warmed up! If you see anything that you feel is culturally relevant, artistic in merit, or just all-around cool for gamers — please don’t hesitate to leave a note for us in the comments section.