PROJECT: The Trial of Mike Diana I remember being shocked when I heard that the Dead Kennedys, a San Francisco punk band, had their house raided by federal agents in April of 1986 simply because they’d included a poster from artist H.R. Giger in the album Frankenchrist. I recall thinking it was a joke or … More Boiled Angel: 1994 Trial Of Mike Diana Should Serve as a Warning To The Future
I smiled when I wrote that title. I admit it. My lips curled mischievously to the right as my thoughts drifted over the array of images and descriptions to come. I reveled in glee, smiling in anticipation like a troll fingering the influxes of constructing a first sentence –the fuse– if you will, of keyboard … More HARDCADE: Sex in Classic Video Games
As a historical researcher constantly on the make for video and/or images that afford a rare non-commercial glimpse back at arcade games and the real “arcade scene” of the 70’s and 80s, I often use YouTube to peruse people’s vintage home videos. I’ve found a lot of fresh and never-before-seen images of the early days … More Woman in a Red Beret: 1988 Home Movie Shows Possible Police Shooting
I love everything about a good gaming urban legend; how they begin, how they spread and how they develop and grow over time. Usually the kinds of legends I investigate have been developing chapters over a period of decades, in some cases 40 years or more. The extraction of factual evidence is a painstaking process … More Poke-Hoax: The Pokemon Go Church Murder
It’s surely been a rather interesting election year, one that has brought with it tumultuous debate as well as reaffirmed beliefs with many that all is not well in America. From Bernie Sanders leading a movement mostly comprised of millennials frustrated by a view of a future that appears to have no place for them, … More Sauce: White Nationalism…in a Bottle?
(Continued from Part 1) For many school age kids, the American Summer of 1978 was the longest anyone could ever remember. Save for the release of Jaws 2, the only real bite any kid got from anything that summer was if he or she was into Disco, the new craze sweeping the nation from the … More Before We Were “Gamers”: History of an Unrecognized Youth Movement/ Part 2
I hear it a lot, and I’ve heard it for years: “Those high scores from The 80s are fake. There’s no way some kid did that.” It’s usually said by someone too young to have been an eye-witness to the first video craze, or by someone who doesn’t possess the skills and/or stamina to beat … More Before We Were “Gamers”: History of an Unrecognized Youth Movement/Part 1