Insert Credit: “World of Goo” on iPad

Insert Credit: “World of Goo” on iPad (photo)

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Insert Credit endeavors to suss out where you should be allotting your video game allowance, sifting out a single title from many and crowning it as The One Game You Need to Get This Week. Don’t consider these reviews, gentle reader. Rather, think of Insert Credit as a mix of hands-on time, informed opinion and intuition.

For the week of December 22, 2010, you should insert credit into: “World of Goo” for iPad.

Sometimes, technology gives you things that you didn’t know you wanted. Whether it’s telephone in a car, glasses that turn into shades when it’s too bright out or a tear-free way to chop onions, unexpected advancements often enhances things we take for granted in all-new ways.

Case in point this week: “World of Goo.” 2D Boy’s beloved indie game just notched a two-year anniversary, with successful initial releases for Windows and Mac. The architectural puzzler later went on to become downloadable on Nintendo’s WiiWare hub. The goal is to move cute globs of goo through hazard-filled levels by building structures like those of an erector set using the gooey essences of your little charges.

World of Goo Goes iPad! from IndieGame: The Movie on Vimeo.

At every turn, players have been controlling the game with input devices like a mouse or a Wii remote. But the two-man development studio’s spent the last few months adapting their game to Apple’s uber-popular tablet, where control is literally at your fingertips. It’s tough to tell whether the iPad feels like it was made for “World of Goo” or “World of Goo” was made for the iPad but rarely has the pairing of game and device felt so right. Much of what pulls you in with “World of Goo” is the Goo Balls themselves. They’re like little gelatinous naifs, cooing and yelping as you build them into their own salvation. What the iPad version of the game gives you is a direct connection to the Goo Balls, creating an even deeper emotional incentive to keep on playing. The beautiful improvisatory quality of the game is still there, as well as the challenging difficulty. But, thanks to an impressive effort, “World of Goo” feels better than ever before. Its $9.99 asking price may be steep in the land of .99 apps, but “World of Goo” is worth every penny.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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