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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.


 
 

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.


 
 
 

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)


 
 

MEANWHILE ON THIS DAY 14 YEARS AGO IN THE WILD WORLD OF JAPAN


 
 

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.


 
 
 

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.


 
 
 

A little short for a stormtrooper, tall enough to freelance.


 
 

Guys, I’m just as guilty, not pointing fingers... But we forgot his birthday. As parents we really need to be better.


 
 

Why are the Cool Things so expensive. Who is in charge of pricing Cool Things.


 
 

PSA, because I’ve seen zero mention of it here: Post Void looks like an acid-trip nightmare of ‘90s FPS-proportions and it’s literally $2.00 on Steam right now.

 
 

OHMYGOD WHY WAS I NOT NOTIFIED IMMEDIATELY AND PERSONALLY ABOUT PUKNIN

 
 

What’s the temperature on the Split Pad Pro? I’m splurging a bit... and always eyed this. I constantly play my Switch portable, Pro Controller in hand, laying the console down; I avoid using the Joy-Con analog sticks when I can, etc. Any users here?


 
 

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.
 
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