salt toothpaste is pretty refreshing!
(yes yes i am an appalling hippy)
No mention of Xbox Live Arcade? I think the majority of the "indie game" playing that my friends do has been sourced via XBLA. It's always been my impression that that was the first distributor for the indie game: the movie crop of indie games - Fez, Super Meat Boy, Braid - games that are highly playable but have that recognisably "indie" aesthetic particularly in their use of nostalgic tropes. Which are games I wish you'd discussed here!
Of course these are (by and large) platformers, and have nothing like as much of the RPG elements that you're identifying in the AAA games, but they're strong on ludic elements, they're hugely fun and their criticism can't avoid discussion of how fun they are to play. They're popular, they're critically rated, they're valued for their aesthetic. The economic and structural disparity between indie and major studios means they're shorter and more derivative than major-studio platformers. But there isn't the same gap you're identifying by focusing so much on story-led games.
There's a huge and undeniable tendency in indie games towards eat-your-greens Difficult Art with a Moral Message - especially when it comes to experimental free games, whose very freeness is often related to the creators' political and artistic convictions. But there's also a lot of sentimental and nostalgic stuff that uses its limited resources not to be meaningful but just to charm (even to charm with how difficult it is! even for kids! i've had six-year-olds commandeer my computer to play endless rounds of bit-trip runner (which, ok, rhythm action puzzle) in total delight and fascination).
once you know that Mick Jagger is singing background vocals on Carly Simon's "You're So Vain", you can't stop noticing it.
@Esther C. Werdiger@facebook if you enjoy dresses that look like a sack on the hanger but turn out to be secretly very cleverly structured and flattering on a person of whatever height, COS are definitely worth your time and attention (but they ain't super cheap).
@TATAbox imo it's kind of unfair on people who have actual aspergers to stretch the term to mean "people who are completely self-involved": being selfish is not a medical condition.
@NinetyNine what is that specific derogatory word? most of the alternate terms for football maniacs i can think of relate to the specific group of football fans who go around beating other groups of men up, which to me seems a touch crazier than, like, screaming.
people who'd use this technology to unpleasant/invasive ends described as "asocial" and not "antisocial"? that's a weird (telling?) hypercorrection.
"possibly finding the colon an ongoing and irresistible source of drama"
i see what you did there.
The stomach-pumping story was out and about in playgrounds when I was a kid, but we were too young for Rod Stewart. Our (UK, 80s-90s) versions featured feyer subjects: Adam Ant, Marc Almond, Boy George… Sort of surprisingly, by the late nineties people were also using it about female pop stars like Jewel and Lil' Kim (according to this messageboard thread).
@Danzig! are you familiar with the phenomenon of the serial comma?
1. start from wine. or white vermouth!
2. one large shallot usually works for me? i've never found the flavour lost, but then i am not as heavy-handed with the herbs as you i guess. (rosemary?? i mean, you get down with your bad self i guess)
3. using fresh mushrooms and not having the risotto go brown-grey: chop mushrooms, blanch mushrooms, throw away blanching water, add, continue cooking.
4. mostly i make risotto to use up some of the meat left over from roasting a chicken, so it's already cooked and flavourful.
5. you know what's amazing in risotto? Fennel is amazing in risotto.