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PCP: Ed, Edd n Eddy

Watching Wednesday #28 – Weird, Wacky n Wonderful

Thank goodness for these cartoon streams that aren’t Rick and Morty.

I forgot how many fascinating things the crew of Ed, Edd n Eddy did during the first few seasons. What passed for randomness as  a child is now a testament to the creativity possible in every medium.

PCP: Before the Storm Episode 2

Fun Fridayz #25 – Freedom to Forget Feelings

I don’t really have any puns to bust out for this one. Honestly, as much as I love Life is Strange and Before the Storm, they might be the most damaging thing to my gaming I’ve ever experienced. School and work were never this distracting.

These games just create this melancholy in me because I know nothing will ever compete with the way I feel while playing them. The journey is so powerful that it makes everything else feel almost fake. There’s this beautiful atmosphere that envelops you like a cold fall wind.

At least Before the Storm is doing its part in keeping my mood in tune with the weather. Episode one was great and a true surprise for its consistency and quality. Episode two just ramps it up, developing the characters and drama in preparation for whatever gut punches the finale will offer.

It really says something about the emotional investment a game produces when I’m genuinely fretting over the fact that I picked a beach towel instead of a pirate flag to cover a seat. Of course, the inability to quickly go back and redo a key decision is what makes choice-driven stories so powerful– or, in the case of the original Life is Strange, the subversion of the one choice mechanic makes every decision that much more impactful.

So yeah. The soundtrack continues to astonish, with Daughter once again knocking it out of the park. The story is fascinating and the mysteries confounding, the characters human and mostly decently acted. God. I just can’t wait for this game to ruin me.

PCP: William Fitzsimmons

Monotony Monday #25 – More Melon-choly

Sweet as a Persimmon, Full of Emotional Dig Ins

The short of it: He’s got a voice like a flower dying in the growing cold and lyrics much better than that simile. 

I originally discovered William Fitzsimmons through an old site that was the equivalent to StumbleUpon for indie music. The first track I heard was his cover of Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl” (acoustic covers of pop/hit songs was still a fresh idea at the time).
It was delightful and I gave it a heart or scrobble or whatever, meaning more of his stuff popped up in my feed. This led to some new favorites and a whole new way to complement my teen melancholy.
The entire album, that cover aside, is just beautiful. Derivatives is a weird place to start with Fitzsimmons, being that it’s remixes and redos. Fitzsimmons has this incredibly personal method of storytelling, allowing his breathy, gentle voice to trail on these vulnerable moments as the songs either build to a crescendo or fall into an echo.
But that doesn’t mean Derivatives isn’t a great start anyway. “You Still Hurt Me” is probably the biggest winner, and it’s the most indicative of his style.
Of course, “Goodmorning (Pink Ganter Remix)” offers a genuinely good way to wake up with this catchy little synth under Fitzsimmons’ gentle voice.
But like I said, there’s a lot of pain and hurt in his songs. The album Goodnight, from front to back, is all songs for feeling worse in all the right ways. “Everything Has Changed” creates this pit in your heart for a family you’ll never know and that Fitzsimmons will never see again. “You Broke My Heart” forces you to follow the cracks that follow a broken family.
I think I need to go lay down in the shower after revisiting all of this.