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So I know it's "Secret" Santa, but I did some sleuthing (and checked that he was cool with being revealed as a Very Good Dude) and need to thank Jetter Mars for an insane haul of generosity. This is above and beyond, and I think deserves special mention.

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Ever feel a sudden rush and enthusiasm for playing video games that it’s like, oh dear god, I want to play five things at the same time RIGHT NOW, because that’s-a me. Also pleased as punch with how these ribs came out the other day so GAZE.


... Curses all around, I had a dream about Bugsnax last night. (Also, I'm back to being a masked lowlife, but you can still just call me Sam!)


“Get in loser, we’re going to (try) to save the country.”


I saw Tenet. Oh... my goodness. Reminded me STRONGLY of Kojima's military sci-fi stylings, and even some of Death Stranding's stabs at surrealism. Also William Gibson's novel The Peripheral. But also James Bond, Michael Mann; it's effin' excellent.


I hope Bluepoint Games’ next remake is GOD HAND.


Ya ever reach the point in a book or game where you step back and really think “... Wait a minute, what in the Sam Hill is going on? How did we end up here???” Well, I’m at that point with Deadly Premonition 2. York voice actor interview here.


I'm becoming convinced that the best movies of all time are really just about... movies.


So, I remember it being not very great, but there WAS already a Yakuza movie—directed by the definitely great Takashi Miike! I feel like every article I’ve seen talking about the new film pretends this don’t exist, so, y’know, here!


My heart beats with joy. (Cyberpunk 2077 system req/rec)




10 years ago. End of an era and about as essential and justified as a spin-off can be.


Treating myself after a longish workweek (Oh si?) to a massive, salsa verde-dripping (Guácala...) burrito (¡Que hermosa!) of rice, black beans, grilled chicken, onions ‘n zucchini, topped with sour cream, guacamole, and salsa roja (¡Ay dios!) RIP SAM


I hope you’re all having a relaxing Saturday evening! I devoured an okonomiyaki, rice, curry, and am playing Halo for the first time in six years; I’m getting a contact high. (Also PC shopping is a rush!)


There’s another 35th birthday next year, Nintendo. BALL’S IN YOUR COURT ‘TENDO.


I made a new friend and wanted to give him some food.


Doom 3 Sucks, and That's Okay

Truly, it was with a boyish sense of eagerness that I embarked upon Doom 3; hope for the often-maligned “reboot” of the iconic Hell-stomping, trailblazing franchise. I was ready for the naysayers, those invested in the fast...


Gotta share this print I ordered from an illustrator—Micah Ulrich—I was recently turned on to. I love my mushrooms! Link to his shop and stuff in the comments.


About Sam van der Meerone of us since 9:31 AM on 07.20.2012

Still Sam. Not your daddy's kind of stupid. Can't decide what's for dinner. Big fan of dolly shots in movies, Japanese sweet potatoes, Hellboy, Indian food, God Hand, and Herman Melville. A pig's gotta fly.