The Escapist Film Festival: Unskippable

 By Shamus Nov 22, 2008 15 comments
Indignation: I just now noticed that the embeded player doesn’t work for me. It acts like it works, bit it won’t actually play. It works just fine at The Escapist, though. I’m not sure what the deal is.

Original post follows:

The Escapist recently had a film festival where they invited people to send in their entertaining videos. This is one of the winners. It nails the MST3K rhythm and feel, which is oft attempted but rarely with this much success.

Congrats to creators LoadingReadyRun for a funny and satisfying entry. (And I’ll bet I’d enjoy it even more if I’d actually played the game they’re lampooning.) I’m really looking forward to the series that results from this.


1515 comments. (Fifteen is the smallest natural number with seven letters in its name.)


  1. LemmingLord says:

    LoadingReadyRun has about 5 years of weekly videos, some of them pure genius. Check them out at loadingreadyrun.com.

  2. Old_Geek says:

    I demand a recount! Unskippable was way better than Arcadocaplypse! The republicans fixed the wrong election.

    “No one surrounds an Akrid like Bernie” deserves to be the new catch phrase sweeping the country.

  3. vdgmprgrmr says:

    I agree, Unskippable was much better than Arcadocalypse.

    Arcadocalypse had random “Yeah!” *obnoxious smile* ‘s all over the place, and was pretty much people doing crappy animation except in live action.

    Recount required…

  4. Spider Dave says:

    haha! I love LoadingReadyRun! I believe they’ve made reference to this game before.

  5. gahazakul says:

    Shamus you talk on MST3K like they aren’t doing it anymore!

    http://www.rifftrax.com/

    Give them your patronage folks, they deserve it!

  6. Jim says:

    Hah, good stuff. And as you noted, Shamus, it’s all in the timing and rhythm.

    As for the game (Lost Planet), the story was beyond awful and the characters were hollow. However I thought the (single player) gameplay was really solid. There was a good balance of on-foot and mech portions and both were shockingly fun to play.

    I picked it up for like 10 bucks on clearance at Target. An action that was directly inspired by this post. In fact I’ve picked up a lot of games, and actually a lot of random stuff that decorates my home via Target clearance shopping.

  7. Matt P says:

    I’m feeling a bit lonely here, seeing as I preferred Arcadopocalypse (and see more potential for diversification and other long words with way too many suffixes). Good or bad, Arc… mostly made up its own jokes. Unskippable, while still being inventive, often went for the cookie-cutter stuff, or the easy laughs redubbers often go for when watching a movie (I know – I’ve torn apart several anime movies with friends on a long boring night. Rurouni Kenshin remains my favourite anime, but I still have no clue what went on in it.)
    Overall, both first placers seemed to have about the same hit to miss ratio, but Uns…, due to its nature, could stuff more jokes in. There were some stinkers in Uns…, but each one only cost a sentence, so the narrators could push past it quickly. Uns… drew more laughs from me – but probably because it could throw more mud at the wall.

  8. Freaky Dug says:

    If you aren’t already an avid follower of LoadingReadyRun, you should be.

  9. Loved it! Can’t wait to see more stuff from these guys!

  10. Nathaniel says:

    I was surprised they didn’t mention the fact that “thermal energy” means heat. “…The humans discovered the precious warmth lying within the very bodies of the Akrid.” “The Akrid are still the only known source of heat.” So exploitable…

  11. Mistwraithe says:

    Was that a particularly funny LoadingReadyRun? Or are they usually better?

    Because frankly I didn’t think it was all that funny… appears I am in the minority here?

  12. Noumenon says:

    I thought it was great. I want to see it done to every game. But I wish the site archives were rated in some way so I can see the good ones.

    btw here’s a link to the other top finisher, Arcadeopolis, but I would skip to 2:37 because it’s much funnier from that point on.

  13. Kevin says:

    Kinda felt like I would have been laughing at the premise of the game even without the voiceovers, but the “folding platoons” really was funny.

  14. Kross says:

    Shamus, as far as the video, it looks like the embed URL is getting a newline inserted into it, breaking the URL in half. For some reason, all the options for the player need to be embedded in the URL, which makes for what is probably a bit too long of a line.

    I’ll see if I can get someone to look into making that line a bit shorter somehow for the embed code.

  15. maxxxxx.... says:

    they should do a cutscene or two from gears of war 2… those are way too dramatic and take themselves WAY too seriously.

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