Articles tagged hipsters, hardcore, video games

‘Dying Light’, ‘Evolve’ and ‘Battlefield’ Deserve a Replay

These three 2015 early releases are maligned and misunderstood -- and worthy of reconsideration.

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Muscle Beach - “Pressure Kills” (audio) (premiere)

The Denver trio churn out some first-rate hardcore on their new track.

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3 Nov 2015 // 1:15 AM

Blacklisters: Adult

Blacklisters are strong when their brand of noise rock resembles sludge metal. They aren't nearly so good when they do hardcore.

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Destruction Unit: Negative Feedback Resistor

As metal and punk, hardcore and thrash, this space invasion storms over you.

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14 Sep 2015 // 1:15 AM

Defeater: Abandoned

Continuing their narrative of a family caught in the throes of poverty and violence after World War II, Defeater scripts a plot twist with their most pummeling album to date.

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Why the Arcade Matters

The arcade snatched video games from the rarefied spaces of industry and academia, making playing video games into a truly populist pastime.

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Gaytheist + Rabbits - ‘GAY*BITS’ (album stream) (premiere)

Two of Portland's best underground bands join forces for a raucous and highly enjoyable split album.

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‘The 100 Greatest Console Video Games’ Chooses Style Over Substance

This is an accessible boilerplate encyclopedia of vintage game history that eschews analysis for rudimentary information and attractive presentation.

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Gaming Against Sexual Assault, with ‘Decisions That Matter’ and Other Video Games

The game tackles sexual assault, and it asks players to witness disturbing situations that test their moral fortitude.

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Fucked Up: Year of the Hare

Can a 23-minute long track with acoustic interludes be the best punk song of the decade?

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The Art of the Game and the Game of Art

John Sharp's Works of Game: On the Aesthetics Games and Art doesn't argue whether games are art or not, but instead looks at the intersection where games and art meet.

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Name That Tune: ‘Koji Kondo’s Super Mario Bros. Soundtrack’

Thirty years after the release of his most famous work, there are likely still many who don’t know the name Koji Kondo -- yet they know they've heard his music, somewhere.

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29 Jun 2015 // 1:30 AM

Refused: Freedom

On their first studio album in 16 years legendary Swedish hardcore band don’t lose a step in their mission to hybridize punk with anything they can.

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Old Wounds - ‘The Suffering Spirit’ (album stream) (premiere)

The young New Jersey hardcore band make a significant creative leap on their scorching new album.

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25 Jun 2015 // 1:20 AM

KEN Mode: Success

A little anti-social rage never hurt anybody.

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10 Apr 2015 // 1:20 AM

Backwards Compatibility is the Only Way Forward

Every generation has attempted to preserve the most important pieces of its art. It should be just the same with computer games, but often it is not.

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Fawn Spots: From Safer Place

Moments of calm within the hurricane rush of massed vocals and guitars, from a young York, England, punk trio.

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1 Oct 2014 // 12:17 PM

Pinterest Hit, ‘Quinoa’, Now a Book Lampooning Hipster Culture

She’s more in-the-know than you, more fashion-forward than you and she’s no taller than half a Heidi Klum (with heels, of course). Her

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Sheer Terror: Standing Up for Falling Down

Hate Core is alive and well! Sheer Terror, New York hardcore hate-mongers, return with a new record, new line-up, and their same old abhorrence for, well… everything.

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‘Console Wars’ Is a Deeply Flawed Telling of a Great Story about Videogames

A book on the origins of Sega, a gaming industry giant of great historical importance, could have been great.

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//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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