Midweek Media: The Jacked-in Edition

Y’all want some hot, sexy story time? Too goddamn bad, KB and I have both been sick in turns for over a month now, and since neither of us have a snot fetish, the hottest thing going is chicken soup.

So let me awkwardly tie together some of the media I’ve been enjoying lately. I mentioned in a previous post that I picked up a copy of Neuromancer (while at a sci-fi/fantasy focused con, as I might also have mentioned that I am a big nerd) and have been reading it on and off. It’s pretty much meat and potatoes cyberpunk, with the requisite fetisization of Japan, sex, drugs, violence and cyberspace that sounds a lot like the Vegas strip with more people wearing leather jackets and mirrored shades. I only consider it better than Snow Crash because Snow Crash has some extremely dense, repetitive exposition, and I’m not all that nutty about how a lot of male sci-fi authors write rather creepily about young teenage girls. Which is a shame because YT is one of the best cyberpunk characters I’ve run across. If nothing else, the opening chapter of Snow Crash is one of the most amazing things I’ve ever read, and I love the uncomfortably close to reality franchise states and burbclaves. One of my great regrets of missed apparel is not having bought the Cosa Nostra Pizza shirt when ThinkGeek had it.

Coincidentally, I also recently ran across the NewRetroWave channel on YouTube, and I’ve been enjoying their focus on 80’s style retro electro, some of it more Miami Vice, some of it more Max Headroom. (1) One of the things from it I’ve really been enjoying the hell out of is Scandroid’s eponymous album. It is delightfully cheesy in a way that I find essential to good cyberpunk.

As a young lassie being trained for the technological dystopia rushing at us, I naturally played a lot of video games, and very much enjoy chiptune, the musical genre that fills of us who are old enough to remember 8-bit video games, with nostalgia. I can’t express how ridiculously delightful it is to see people making music by rewiring old gameboys, and that Kraftwerk once used a Nintendo Power Glove to make MIDI music. No, seriously, that last fact makes me as giddy as if I were in the Tour de France. (2) My current favorite is Chipzel, and I spend a lot of time listening to her album Spectra.

If you enjoy roguelike dungeons and beat matching games, Crypt of the Necrodancer has been really well received as a hybrid of the two, and Chipzel put out a remix album of the soundtrack.

I also really love the soundtrack to the game Open Hexagon. I don’t want to talk about the game. I REALLY don’t want to talk about Super Hexagon. *sulks*

I’ve also been replaying Final Fantasy VII (I’m pretty sure I scared off a twitter follower who followed for mean femdom and was like “WTF is this nerd shit?!”) and the beginning of the game is pretty classic urban dystopia. Shinra drops a whole goddamn section of the city on the slum dwellers for … some squiffy reasons about blaming the group trying to blow up their reactors. It’s a fun game, and generally emotionally effective, but the plotting is frequently silly and the dialogue is… I like to be kind and blame its general awfulness on the bad translation work. I’m really curious to see if they do a complete rewrite or just a better translation for the remake.

Finally, I’ve been watching a lot of Star Trek: Voyager. The Doctor is my faaaaaavorite. Neelix is the Jar Jar. Janeway is a fine captain whose sense of humor and warmth are lowkey but present. I always thought that Riker was a low rent Kirk, but it turns out that Tom Paris is a low rent Riker. Harry Kim is a precious cinnamon roll and also functionally The Redshirt Who Survives. B’Elanna is #lifegoals (given that Kira Nerys is on DS9). These opinions are 100% correct. I could try to something something utopian goals/dystopia sci-fi something something to tie it in, but I just like Star Trek.

(1)I had to pause here in writing to look up on IMDB what Matt Frewer is doing these days… awww dammit, I really am going to end up watching Orphan Black, aren’t I?



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