DEEP FOG: The Horror Game that’s Janky, Goofy, and My Most Anticipated Title of the Year

Currently, Japanese developer Devil Beetle Games is not an auspicious publisher. Its Twitter page has only 117 followers. It’s Youtube page has only 50 subscribers. None of this is too surprising, as to date it has only released the demo for one game on a “name your price” basis on itch.io. Yet based on that demo, I feel confident that as soon as the full game is released and its superficial bugs are fixed that it will quickly become an acclaimed, high profile developer…


Cult film director Stuart Gordon once said that “big ideas are not scary.” Horror is all about intimate, primal feelings. By that philosophy, indie horror games have a sort of built in advantage over Triple A horror games in that their limitations tend to force a more bare bones approach that often leaves the player feeling more isolated and immersed. It’s a significant part of why made-in-a-weekend game Slender: The Eight Pages(2012) was a surprise hit that took the internet by storm while it’s much more elaborate sequel Slender: The Arrival(2013) didn’t leave a fraction of the cultural impact.


Based on my past experience watching A24 films in theaters, I couldn’t help but feel a tinge of apprehension when a couple sat next to me in the theater this afternoon. To me movies such as The Witch, It Comes at Night, Midsommar, etc. are not to be watched while accompanied by a romantic interest unless you want to risk driving a wedge in the relationship, if only for a couple hours. They’re movies for loner weirdos to immerse themselves in for awhile. So imagine my surprise when the couple seemed to watch in rapt attention while the single guy…


People have been declaring the end of novels due to one newly emergent form of communication or another since at least 1902 when Jules Verne declared newspapers the cause of death. In truth technology does much to prop up or even keep alive appreciation for classic literary works. One of the newly emergent examples of this is podcasts devoted to a particular author’s body of work. Usually the hosts go through the pieces in chronological order, and in many instances take time to compare and contrast their stories with film adaptations. …


The notion of ironically enjoying bad media became mainstream with Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay on Notes on Camp. Movies have historically been especially popular for this sort of past time. The viewer can bask in the feeling that they are smarter than the media they’re consuming, since they didn’t put all the resources into the movie that the filmmakers did. There’ve been numerous careers made from chatter between cohosts while watching some bad movies since Mystery Science Theater 3000 premiered in 1988.

Video games tend to be less than ideal for this, at least for a player as opposed to…


At the time of writing, Amazon is battling scandals such as allegations that it interfered with the vote for employees in Bessemer, Alabama to unionize. There is also a class action lawsuit that Amazon conspired with major publishers to fix prices. While indie authors don’t have anything like the means to put a serious check on Amazon, it’s understandable if they don’t support this morally questionable company, whatever the potential costs.

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Honestly the rewards for working with Amazon aren’t as great as its high profile would lead you to believe. Self-publishers get 70% royalties from their books. …


It’s been an honor and a privilege to work for the River Falls Public Library since 2011. Even before I was officially hired it was one of my favorite places to hang out while growing up and get work done after I had grown up. It’s also taught me many invaluable lessons, and I don’t mean anything the books, videos, magazines, or videos had to teach. Well, maybe they’re somewhere somewhere in our inventory. I mean, I haven’t watched all those bass fishing DVDs.

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This may come as a surprise to you, but working at a library doesn’t involve putting…


Electing Reverend Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff are critical not only for the Democratic Party but also for the nation. The general narrative is that Kentucky has clearly given Senate Majority Leader McConnell a mandate through his effortless reelection to do whatever he wants as long as he keeps making liberals unhappy and pipes up about conservative plank like recriminalizing abortion. …


I became a supporter of the junior senator from Vermont after hearing his detailed, substantive response to the 2019 State of the Union Address, which I found far more compelling and substantive than the response by Stacey Abrams. Since then, I attended his Twin Cities rally in November 2019, maxed out my donations, put out a yard sign for him, wore Sanders merch, sang his praises at meetings of the local county Democrats and Student Feminist Organization. I risked Coronavirus to work my local polls so that an older worker didn’t have to put themselves at risk and cast my…


The 1963 episode Nightmare at 20,000 Feet is possibly the most celebrated episode of The Twilight Zone. Between Richard Matheson’s effective original story, Richard Donner’s tight and lean direction, and William Shatner’s performance. Even comic hacks that won’t stop mocking his portrayal of James T. Kirk find little to make fun of in his Twilight Zone appearance. It became known as one of the most suspenseful episodes of the surreal series. A scene where Shatner’s character, the recently institutionalized Robert Wilson, wordlessly realizes he’s being condescended to and sulks is particularly good and relatable. …

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