Punktendo: The 8-bit punk games you didn’t play

The original Nintendo Entertainment System arrived on US shores during a divided era in American politics. The Iran hostage crisis concluded with eight American casualties in April 1980, marring the end of President Carter’s first term and contributing to a landslide victory for Ronald Reagan. The discovery of AIDS in 1981 preceded an epidemic that was especially devastating within the gay community throughout the decade. When the console launched in North America in 1985, Reaganomics were in full swing, and disaffected youth responded with the rise of hip hop and punk rock. However, early NES titles were yet too primitive…


Green Room is a merciless, punk-as-sh*t siege movie

We’re at Fantastic Fest this week and are bringing you impressions of our favorite films shown at the event. For all of our hot, hot takes, head over here. /// “I like murder,” Green Room director Jeremy Saulnier confessed in a post-screening Q&A. This comes as no surprise. You might know Saulnier’s 2013 film Blue Ruin. If not, imagine a revenge movie where the protagonist does literally everything wrong. I wasn’t hot on that movie: it just didn’t click with me. But Green Room? Green Room tore my face off. It’s a ferocious action flick about a punk band who stumble on a murder (there it is!) and have…


Slam City Oracles is a royal riot grrrl rumble

Sign up to receive each week’s Playlist e-mail here! Also check out our full, interactive Playlist section. Slam City Oracles (PC, Mac, Linux)  BY Jane Friedhoff You know that feeling you get when you’re around your bestie? It’s like you’re invincible and could destroy or save the world together (depending on your mood). That’s exactly the sensation captured by Slam City Oracles, a multiplayer physics game that gives you points for simply having fun and taking control with a friend. You fly around a Katamari Damacy-like world filled with nonsensical inhabitants and buildings that seem to exist for the sole purpose of goofy…


Celebrate Cyber Monday by watching these crappy robots destroy each other

Well this is probably the best thing you’re going to see all day. Remember Battlebots? This is why Battlebots sucked. A group of 31 people got together in Japan recently for Hebocon: The Robot Contest for Dummies. The sumo-like matches pitted one crappy machine against another to see which could stay in the ring the longest. The wrinkle that makes it interesting is what they called “the high tech penalty”—that is, robots were not allowed to have a “high-tech element.”  Thus sprang forth abominations like the “amazing quick floor,” which was a piece of cardboard attached to two small motors;…