Evening Reading

By Jeff Mattas, Jan 13, 2011 5:00pm PST I'm not exactly sure what triggered the impulse, but I've been revisiting the show 'Sifl and Olly' recently on ye ol' YouTubes.

For the uninitiated, 'Sifl and Olly' was a short-lived comedy show created by musicians Liam Lynch and Matt Crocco that aired on late-night MTV from 1997-'99. It bears the distinction of being one of the most-beloved pieces of original comedy programming the network ever aired, while also being one of the lowest-rated. Sadly, despite fan requests, it's unclear if series will ever see a re-release that isn't so rare that it immediately becomes ridiculously expensive.

On that note, have a crescentfresh chatty.

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  • On another classic kick, I'm running through Hexen. I used to play it as the Cleric, because I felt that the Mage's ranged weapons were too weak and/or intertwined, and I wasn't much of a melee player, but now I'm running through it with the Fighter and having a great time. This was one of those games I used to godmode through because of the odds stacked against you, but I'm playing it normally on the easiest setting, and finding that it's pretty well balanced, where I'm almost never getting into a really dangerous situation. However, something I always felt about Heretic and Hexen was how the dreary atmosphere of a decaying and plagued "fantasy setting" world seemed to be nailed by things like the scenery and music.

    Something else notable: a good number of the Raven staff from the Heretic and Hexen days are still there. Brian Raffel, Eric Biessman, Kevin Schilder, etc.