Hold on to your meds, ’cause we have not one, but two Lovecraftian games coming out next year – Frogwares just announced The Sinking City, which is, I’m guessing, about a city. That sinks. And also Cthulhu.
According to the devs, it had been scheduled for release in 2016, but development was stalled due to an unexpected visitor …
… sorry, that was probably uncalled for. But the name Sunken City reminded me of another Lovecraftian game, Sunless Sea, which I haven’t played ’cause it costs money and I’m cheap, but the same group also does a free online game called Fallen London, so we can see some common themes here: oceans, poor urban infrastructure, Cthulu, and Coleridge.
Hmm … and I’ve just been re-reading Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Coincidence? Probably.
Although I think Coleridge might have had some interesting conversations with HPL, especially when you consider that between his dream visions and his laudanum, he might have been a character in one of Lovecraft’s stories.
In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree :
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.
Man, I never get tired of that.
Also, here’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner – rap version:
So anyway, whether it’s ’cause the stars are right or somebody lost the licensing rites, it looks like 2017 is gonna be a good year for squid.
Hopefully, it’s not ’cause 2016 is an election year.
Also, in science news, scientists announced that the octopus may actually be an alien being.
We already knew it was one of the most intelligent animals on the planet, regularly escaping aquarium tanks and even possibly learning how to use tools – which should come as no surprise to Lovecraft fans, but apparently scientists are sticklers for “facts” and “observations” rather than “drug-addled fantasies” which is why they never get invited to poetry parties.
But apparently biologists studying octopus DNA (DNA, as you will recall, being “stuff that organisms have inside them,” a category which also includes Cheetos and, tonight, beer) have found that the octopus genome is different from any other animal on Earth, which makes sense when you realize that no other critter on the planet has 8 arms, lives underwater, and is capable of coding in C++ AND Lisp.
However, researchers were quick – too quick? – to caution that the alien comment was just a joke.
“It’s just a really unusual finding,” the lead biologist said. “There’s no reason to believe they belong to advanced alien race that comes from a star orbiting a dying sun 10 million light years away. And even if they did, I am sure they come in peace. I for one welcome our new cephalopod overlords. Cthulhu fhtaghn.”
Also, if you aren’t already, you should go play Necronomicon: The Card Game.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go drink beer and play Fallout 4. ‘Cause those naked mole rats ain’t gonna shoot themselves.