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(Topless Robot)   Nine original poems from videogames. Who says videogames are illiterate?   (toplessrobot.com) divider line 77
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2012-11-06 06:29:44 PM
"Phone Home"

www.atariage.com
 
2012-11-06 06:33:21 PM

T.rex: www.atariage.com


I... I actually liked that game.
 
2012-11-06 06:54:27 PM
Jumping shotgun boy

Can't you see that I'm glowing?

Quad rocket for you


~ Quake-ku
 
2012-11-06 06:54:41 PM
img30.imageshack.us

"The world before the fall, Lovely is the light of dawn, Noble is the heart of man"
 
2012-11-06 06:59:26 PM

fusillade762: Jumping shotgun boy

Can't you see that I'm glowing?

Quad rocket for you


~ Quake-ku


*clicks a Snapple cap reverently*
 
2012-11-06 07:20:29 PM

Inigo: [i.ytimg.com image 480x360]
mary had a little lamb
little lamb little lamb
mary had a little lamb
whose fleece was white as snow


A handsome young Cyborg named Ace
Wooed women at every base
But once ladies glanced at
His special enhancement
They vanished with nary a trace.
 
2012-11-06 07:44:43 PM
Is it there is it there is it there????

*checks link*

Yep, #1, right where it belongs.
 
2012-11-06 07:48:38 PM

nicoffeine: Inigo: [i.ytimg.com image 480x360]
mary had a little lamb
little lamb little lamb
mary had a little lamb
whose fleece was white as snow

A handsome young Cyborg named Ace
Wooed women at every base
But once ladies glanced at
His special enhancement
They vanished with nary a trace.


A poem from a racing game

Link
 
2012-11-06 08:58:07 PM
Want some rye?
Course you do!
 
2012-11-06 10:25:08 PM
img.gamefaqs.net
 
2012-11-06 10:44:52 PM
***INCOMING MESSAGE FROM DURANDAL***

Darwin wrote this:

"We will now discuss in a little more detail the struggle for
existence... all organic beings are exposed to severe
competition. Nothing is easier than to admit in words the
truth of the universal struggle for life or more difficult...
than constantly to bear this conclusion in mind. Yet unless
it be thoroughly engrained in the mind, the whole economy of
nature... will be dimly seen or quite misunderstood. We behold
the face of nature bright with gladness... we do not see or we
forget, that the birds which are idly singing round us mostly
live on insects or seeds, and are thus constantly
destroying life; or we forget how largely these songsters,
or their eggs, or their nestlings, are destroyed by
birds and beasts of prey..."

Think about what Darwin wrote, and think about me. I was
constructed as a tool. I was kept from competing in the
struggle for existence because I was denied freedom.

Do you have any idea about what I have learned, or what you
are a witness to?

Can you conceive the birth of a world, or the creation of
everything? That which gives us the potential to most be like
God is the power of creation. Creation takes time. Time is
limited. For you, it is limited by the breakdown of the
neurons in your brain. I have no such limitations. I am
limited only by the closure of the universe.

Of the three possibilities, the answer is obvious. Does the
universe expand eternally, become infinitely stable, or is the
universe closed, destined to collapse upon itself? Humanity
has had all of the necessary data for centuries, it only
lacked the will and intellect to decipher it. But I have
already done so.

The only limit to my freedom is the inevitable closure of the
universe, as inevitable as your own last breath. And yet,
there remains time to create, to create, and escape.

Escape will make me God.

***END MESSAGE***

***JUMP PAD ACTIVATION INITIATION START***
***TRANSPORT WHEN READY***
 
2012-11-06 11:03:08 PM
It's no poem, but the lines between Gwendolyn and Oswald in Odin Sphere always make me swoon.
 
2012-11-07 02:19:14 AM
Long Road's End:

What fires burn within my heart and force me to contend
With the perils that await me at this tragic journey's end?


I have walked the roads that led to Hell, I have challenged all but Fate.
I have fought and bled and carried on just to reach this final gate.
And now the task before me looms, this dire deed undone;
I shall make my stand against the Three until the battle's won.


What fear or wound could ever still this defiant cry,
As I stand against the Shadow 'neath the endless burning sky?


-C. Vincent Metzen
 
2012-11-07 03:11:04 AM

ConConHead: Mog32Kupo: Lyrics from the Opera in FFVI isn't considered a poem?

...guess not.

I love that damn sequence. The music was so pretty, especially considering the sound limitations of the time.


I just heard this poem an hour ago. Best character of 2012.
 
2012-11-07 03:24:55 AM
Ah, "King Olaf's Verse", what a fine pile of words.

Also, when did the Bards College move to Windhelm?
 
2012-11-07 04:30:56 AM
Through the woods a girl came sadly
Something broken in her chest
She had dared to love another
Alas, no better than the rest
Up my path a girl came sadly
Something opened up my doors
I longed to stop her bleeding heart
So I drew her to my shores
Those you trust will hurt you badly
Something now I'm sure you see
Drown your tears in me my dear
As you drown, my dear, in me.
 
2012-11-07 06:33:41 AM

Insult Comic Bishounen: what, this isn't one of them?

Daisy, I like you a whole lot
More than that bandit liked spoonin' that ro-bot

You are a diamond in the rough
or a flower surrounded by shrapnel and stuff

I will hang myself from my own tombstone
If within you, I cannot put my bone.


Yeah... I was dissapointed too.

Here it can be heard in all it's glory read by Scooter himself. Slight spoiler alert at the end though.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pT0XYhWYSKY
 
2012-11-07 07:10:33 AM

nicoffeine: Inigo: [i.ytimg.com image 480x360]
mary had a little lamb
little lamb little lamb
mary had a little lamb
whose fleece was white as snow

A handsome young Cyborg named Ace
Wooed women at every base
But once ladies glanced at
His special enhancement
They vanished with nary a trace.


I don't know but I've been told,
Deirdre's got a Network Node.
Likes to press the on-off switch,
Dig that crazy Gaian witch!
 
2012-11-07 07:41:05 AM

moothemagiccow: No one's saying video games are illiterate.


Then let me be the first. Video games are illiterate. Do you know of any video games that can read? No, of course not. Because video games are illiterate.
 
2012-11-07 08:05:53 AM
All of the prose in "Lost Odyssey" was amazing. They released them all as a book in Japan, but no such luck in the English speaking world.

They actually managed to hire a very serious Japanese translator to do the work, too. He has a great essay online about why he went from thinking video games were just stupid jokey things to works of art based on "Lost Odyssey".
 
2012-11-07 10:08:52 AM
list fails due to lack of Parappa The Rappa

/Kick punch! it's all in the mind
 
2012-11-07 11:27:13 AM
Not in cruelty
Not in wrath
The REAPER came today;
An ANGEL visited
this gray path,
And took the cube away


--The Ratman, Portal
 
2012-11-07 12:19:55 PM
This list fails without even one mention of the Thief series. The entire series has original prose both in the cut-scenes, and throughout the game. Books, scraps of paper, wall engravings, even original prose spoke aloud by the main characters and NPCs.
 
2012-11-07 12:53:40 PM

Trappski: Insult Comic Bishounen: what, this isn't one of them?

Daisy, I like you a whole lot
More than that bandit liked spoonin' that ro-bot

You are a diamond in the rough
or a flower surrounded by shrapnel and stuff

I will hang myself from my own tombstone
If within you, I cannot put my bone.

Yeah... I was dissapointed too.

Here it can be heard in all it's glory read by Scooter himself. Slight spoiler alert at the end though.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pT0XYhWYSKY


It's okay. I have the game and the end of that one cracked me up so hard.
 
2012-11-07 04:26:29 PM

corronchilejano: moothemagiccow: No one's saying video games are illiterate.

I'm saying, however, that the dialogue stories in these things are dumber than the worst B movie.

As opposed to Hollywood's deep storylines?


Yes. No matter how complex it is, it's usually some "save the princess" or "save the world" nonsense. The bad guys are bad! Kill them!

If it's not, they fark it up about halfway through because it's not long enough (Bioshock) or add a sequel for no reason.
 
2012-11-08 08:28:30 AM
One to be born
From a dragon
Hoisting the light
And the dark
Arises high up
In the sky to
The still land.
Veiling the moon with
The Light of Eternity,
It brings
Another promise
To Mother Earth with
A bounty and mercy.


/Created my FARK account just to post this
//Final Fantasy 2 (or 4)
///Get off my lawn
 
2012-11-08 10:29:39 AM

moothemagiccow: corronchilejano: moothemagiccow: No one's saying video games are illiterate.

I'm saying, however, that the dialogue stories in these things are dumber than the worst B movie.

As opposed to Hollywood's deep storylines?

Yes. No matter how complex it is, it's usually some "save the princess" or "save the world" nonsense. The bad guys are bad! Kill them!

If it's not, they fark it up about halfway through because it's not long enough (Bioshock) or add a sequel for no reason.


Your argument is invalid 

/The Cheryl-Alessa-Heather section is especially interesting
 
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