Brown Fuzzy Words by Shaun Gannon
world with all its problems at least people can hear you scream. That’s
important because volume is one of the main ways you can work through
frustration. Listen to Shaun Gannon’s many performances. In space nobody would
even know that he is Shaun Gannon. Also there isn’t any oxygen is space so
Shaun would probably die. Hope Shaun never gives a reading in outer space. For
this first half it documents the typical coffee table chit-chat before getting ‘extreme’.
Chicken dinners are the most extreme to have in one’s life. Maryland takes
chicken dinners very seriously letting royalty end up the farms.
is the focal point of ‘Shooting Sleeping Soldiers’. Shaun shows us Rob and Joe.
They live deep fulfilling lives. On the other side they shoot sleeping
soldiers. Joe is exceptional at this game. I understand Joe’s life. A friend of
mine got a college scholarship through his obsessive work with Starcraft. Like
was it extremely unhealthy? Yes it was. Did he get $10,000 for playing a game
over and over again until he was really annoying to play any game with? Yes he
did. Various little punk children yell at Joe. They yell back. Due to the
constant yelling of ‘Fuck you kid’ they are disconnected.
Addendum Shaun goes into a not heavily fictionalized history. There’s the
mention of the corporate background of how ‘Shooting Sleeping Soldiers’ came to
be. Shaun has a lot of fun figuring out exactly what systems work best ‘Shooting
Sleeping Soldiers’. We learn about the gameplay. It is so basic. You crawl on
your stomach and eventually pass out due to a lack of sleep. Right in the
beginning it sounds less like literature and more like a case study. I expected
that next it would mention the name of some developer and say ‘Rebecca had a
tough choice: release now with errors in time for Christmas or hold off for
release of a perfect game for next Christmas’.
Mason’ is a clear reference to Mason Johnson, the Mason Johnson of Chicago. I
think it is a little ridiculous that poor Mason is killed in six seconds and
that this is shown on YouTube. Various subsets of the type of player are shown
as well. Mortars, grenadiers, all sorts of uncouth gentlemen adorn these games.
Even a version of OWNAGE is present with the ‘shove a grenade in their mouth
and pull the pull’. Right as I wrote that previous line somebody
screamed/groaned in my building. Yes it is that intense. Fan sites are brought
up along with quotes from said website.
very end is a dry, Reuters-style depiction of a fictional event. Shaun
describes this kind of mindless or mindful violence so well. Is Shaun Gannon
the Claude Van Damme of alt lit? I’d say no, Shaun is way taller than that
Hollywood fake. Prepare yourself for a deeply strange, oddly immersive set of