Robert Stark Interviews Leisure Suit Larry Creator Al Lowe

Interview can be found here:
http://www.starktruthradio.com/?p=4379

Robert Stark, co-host Pilleater, and Brandon Adamson talk to Leisure Suit Larry Creator Al Lowe

Topics:

-The music from the game
-1981’s Soft Porn Adventure
-How Al wanted to make a comedy game
-The main character Larry Laffer
-Larry as a loser and sleazy, but guys can relate to him probably more than they would want to admit
-How young people today are able to identify with the character of Larry through their online dating adventures
-The fan song Feel Like Leisure Suit Larry
-Al’s point that the game is not about the “sleaze” but a satire
-The portrayal of women in the game who get the upper hand on Larry
-How the early games had only text and no voice for Larry
-The Adult Video Game genre and nudity in the game
-How the old Larry games were difficult, and you could actually get stuck if you forgot to do something or ran out of money, and there were totally unpredictable ways of dying. In some cases clues were very minimal
-The groundbreaking software innovations of Sierra Entertainment in the 80’s
-The aesthetics of the game, Vaporwave and 80’s nostalgia, and Al’s point that he was just going with the style and limited color pallet of the time
-Video Games as Art
-Brandon’s point that the essence of the game is exploration rather than winning
-Nontoonyt Island, the tropical setting in Leisure Suite Larry 2 which has been transformed into a resort
-The Casino Aesthetic, City of Lost Wages, and “Caesars Phallis”
-How in Leisure Suit Larry 5 (1991) there’s a “Tramp International Casino” which is clearly a reference to Trump and now Trump is president
-The Alicia Silverstone look a like in Leisure Suite Larry 6
-The process in creating a character
-“Save Early, Save Often”
-Rumors that Glen Quagmire from Family Guy was based on Larry Laffer
-The Planned Leisure Suite Lary TV show in the 80’s with Sony
-The Leisure Suite Larry Calendar
-The Leisure Suite Larry look-a-like contest
-The Reloaded Edition
-Sierra’s Game “Kings’s Quest”
-The Game “The Manhole”
-Al’s game Torin’s Passage
-The effects of political correctness on video games
-Al’s free daily jokes at his Humor Site

The Other Mayans

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One of my favorite things about the 1970s is the bizarre architectural projects that were conceived and somehow greenlighted during the period. Many people now living in the “ruins” of these communities and surrounding neighborhoods are often completely oblivious to the cultural relevance of these structures and fail to muster any appreciation for the aesthetic uniqueness of the community.

Often times visiting these areas is a depressing expedition, because you might consider living there, but the property owners, tenants have no idea how chic the place could be and have never considered the idea that they are living anywhere but a mediocre dump just waiting to be torn down and replaced with some cheaply built McMansions (with brand new granite counter tops!) Another example of this would be the older Vegas casinos, like Circus Circus. To me, these are the destinations of wonder, excitement and magic…but to most people, they’re just dreary.

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Anyway, there’s this interesting 1970s Condominium complex in Scottsdale, AZ called “Maya,” that I’ve always found fascinating. Built in 1971, it’s a large condo community with Mayan themed buildings and aesthetics. While these “themes” are typically only superficially incorporated into the actual edifices, Maya developers actually went through the trouble of installing some detailed statues, pillars and miscellaneous decor, giving the grounds some minor semblance of an authentically exotic ambiance.

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As a side note, acting legend Cesar Romero (who played The Joker in the original 60’s Batman TV series) actually lived in these condos for a period of time.

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10-15 years ago this community had degenerated into a pretty seedy place. Despite being in a prime location, like many older complexes it attracted a lot of sketchy people (and still does.) However, I was pleased to see when I revisited it the other day, that the community looks to have been revived, and the buildings and grounds appear to be well maintained. Clearly some residents and owners at least see the value here and are interested in preserving this unrecognized historical “landmark.” This is the sort of cultural appropriation I can appreciate.

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Discussing Retro Futurism on The Stark Truth

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http://www.starktruthradio.com/?p=2563

Topics discussed:

The concept of Retro Futurism as how the past envisioned the future
How in the 20th Century society was undergoing rapid change and technological progress
How people today are either pessimistic about the future, or view the present as the future(The Current Year)
Whether Retro Futurism is pure fantasy, an alternative universe, or a blueprint for the future
The Future portrayed in film from utopia to dystopia
The 1927 film Metropolis, which was the first major future film, and inspired by Italian Futurism
Italian Futurism
How Art Deco was the first major futurist movement in Architecture, and perfectly combines Futurism and Tradition
How Neon Lighting has symbolized the future from the Art Deco era to the 80’s Cyberbunk aesthetic
The Synthwave/New Retro Wave Genre in music that emerged in the mid 2000’s, inspired by 80’s New Wave(ex. FM Attack, Robots with Rayguns, Electric Youth, College, Kavinsky)
How 80’s music was much more future oriented than today’s music
Greg Johnson reviews New Order’s Music
The Euro-centric and deconstructionist elements to Electronic Music
Rabbit’s involvement in the early 90’s rave scene, and how it started out as futuristic but fizzled out into trashy pop culture
The revival of the 60’s Brit pop sound in the 90’s
How culture has become stagnant and people are looking to the past for inspiration
Vaporwave, which is an aesthetic that emerged online, inspired by 80’s and early 90’s illustrations, video games, and elevator music
The Vaporwave Documentary
Donald Trump as an 80’s Retro-Futurist Vaporwave Icon
Cyberpunk, how it was inspired by 80’s Films such as Blade Runner, as well as Science Fiction writer Issac Asimov, it’s popularity with the Dark Enlightenment and Silicon Valley Techno-libertarians.
Steampunk, which a Futurist movement inspired by Victorian Aesthetics, Old Train Stations, and Science Fiction writers such as HG Wells and Jules Verne
Islamic Retro Futurism
The Mid Century Space age aesthetic
Soviet Retro Futurism
Las Vegas, the Retro-Futurist theme to the city, and hypothetical casino designs(Steampunk, Art Deco, Midcentury Space Age, Cyberpunk, Vaporwave)
Architect John C. Portman Jr. who built futuristic hotels with massive atrium in the 70’s and 80’s
The 80’s mall aesthetic, and how 80’s malls were a lot more futuristic and innovative than the ones being built today
Alex’s point that there is a transcendent element to the mall experience
How Retro-Futurism provides inspiration for architecture and urbanism
How Retro-Futurism offer a Third Alternative to the past and present course
How right wing publications tend to be mostly political, while left wing ones will focus on culture and insert politics
Whether Retro-Futurism is an aesthetic for a New Political Movement(ex.Radical Centrism)

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Interview With Charles Krafft

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Robert Stark and I interviewed Seattle based artist, Charles Krafft. You can listen to the interview here:
http://www.starktruthradio.com/?p=2357

I first learned about Charles through reading this article in the Seattle Stranger weekly a few years back. I had been attempting to convince one of my friends to be more open with some of his controversial views, and my friend pointed out what happened to Charles as a reason not to express his opinions publicly.

It was great to have the opportunity to speak with Charles. He’s truly an interesting guy who has lived through some amazing times, in various parts of the world.