Tag Archives: videogames

How to change the meaning of a band name forever

So here’s how it went down. I brought up a song by the doyouinverts in a forum discussion over at MeFight Club. The band name in question is a reference to the common option in games to invert the y-axis when it comes to camera controls, meaning that if you move “down” on that camera control the camera will look “up.” For some people that’s more natural, but it’s all Dvorak to me.

Anyway! Another member at MeFight responded to the “the doyouinverts” with:

Uh, son, we don’t hold with Proust ’round here.

Having no idea what he was blathering about, I asked what he meant. Here is where it all changed forever:

Proust self-identified as an “invert” and thought straight people were abnormal. I thought you were making an obscure literary reference!

Oh no, doyouinvert isn’t a literary reference! Oh no no no not at all.

Still, this now makes the band name into a pleasingly vague sexual reference. And this one has psychological depth! Thanks Proust. I mean, ‘the doyouinverts’ was sort of sexual before (money lyric: “When was the last time/ you let me invert my stick?”). Now though, oh boy.

So yea, I guess I now have a new private meme. Just to let you know, if I’m asking you if you invert it means that I want to know if you are sexually attracted to those of the same gender (“don’t care if you’re bi or gay/ just that you invert, hay hay hay”). Also, if I start laughing when I notice that you invert your controls you now know why.

Oh! And if you want to know, the song I was referencing was 7 out of 10. Someone was rating comments on a ten point scale and mentioned that he graded “AHRD.” True to his word, no one has got a score above a 7.23 yet.


How to read this blog

Just imagine that everything I say is happening while you are making sweet gay love to a videogame character. Then your mom calls to ask how your classes are going and you pleasantly chat while Marcus Fenix lays on his belly sticking his cute little rump in the air. Eventually he gets annoyed and leaves, but you don’t care cause Gears of War sucked anyway. Actually, that’s a lie, it probably wasn’t that bad but you couldn’t get past the whole army of bros macho bullshit to actually play the thing.

You briefly conceder working on that paper about criminal rights in east Asia but instead bum around Metafilter for a while which makes you feel smarter than writing a horrible paragraph about forced confessions ever would. Eventually 5 o’clock in the morning comes around and you drink a few cups of coffee and actually start to work on that paper. When you turn it in three hours later it’s surprisingly adequate.

Oh shit! It's Nikola Tesla and his balls of flame!

Oh shit! It's Nikola Tesla and his balls of flame!

For lunch you have a bagel with cream cheese and a Cherry Coke and you realize that nothing bad ever happens to you. Then a man who may or may not look like David Bowie walks up behind you. He slowly builds up balls of flame in his hands and looks at you threateningly. You begin to bargain with him that even though you aren’t doing anything productive with your life right now there is potential in everyone, even you. He laughs and says that this never was about that at all. Soon you are a burnt to a crisp, and keyboard cat plays you off.

Godspeed you gay, game playing college student.

My own private memes

Memes: sometimes you make them up. Sometimes you make them up and only you understand what the hell you are talking about. In that case they aren’t technically memes, but whatever. When this happens to me I’ll post what they are and a little explanation of them on this here blog, but for now here’s three of them.

Too many x! SO MANY X! And they all died from y.

Like the ones generated by AUTO-MEME this meme can be whatever you want it to be, yet it only really makes sense when talking about Naruto. I stole the basic idea from Nedroid’s Super Fan-fic Comics, this one to be specific:


Yea, my meme is not the same but mine is more fun to moan randomly. Soooooo many Narutos!

Even though it’s Naruto based, it also can be used in other ways. For example, TF2 classes:

Too many medics! SO MANY MEDICS! And they all died from playing as an attacking class when they are a support class.

Too many engies! SO MANY ENGIES! And they all died from not spy checking.

Too many spys! SO MANY SPYS! And they all died from too many pyros.

Believe me, those all could be funny in the proper context.

[an in-your-face adjective!][something relating to motocross!]

There is an old NES game called Excitebike. Out of nowhere I started using the term awesomecross, and I assume it comes from that name. See also coolwheels and radicalbar.

“Don’t you ever wish you could rewind time?” “What, like in that game Braid” “I think you mean Prince of Persia.”

I have no idea why this exchange from the Idle Thumbs podcast made me so happy when I first heard it. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that if someone didn’t know that Braid was the game where you can rewind time it would kind of annoy me, like the The Kids In The Hall sketch about Citizen Kane.


This meme also implies that Braid (The First Game That’s Artâ„¢) is little more than a trite meditation on what it would be like to rewind time. That’s funny in and of itself even though I think Braid is fantastic. Look, I like it so much I’m linking to where you can buy it.

Anyway, Idle Thumbs is a great repository for awesomecross memes that no one but you will get, like Old Man Clancy’s Hawx, The Wizard and ign.com quotes (now on twitter for your connivence). The moral of the story? Listen to Idle Thumbs!