Toons! We claim they're for kids but we all secretly like them. And the next video game flash in the social media pan is 'Bendy and the Ink Machine', a horror first-personer that isn't even properly out yet garnered a cult following overnight like Five Nights at Freddy's and Undertale before it. This one's all about an old 1920s-30s era cartoon character that has come to life. I love cartoons. I love the old cartoon aesthetic. And I love Halloween-y stuff. Because of all that, I've decided that I'm gonna avoid this game like the plague! Why? Well, the Bendy fanbase hasn't devolved into a dysfunctional mess yet, but I've seen how these things go. Oh yes, I know it well... I survived FNaF and Undertale, and I still sometimes wake up screaming... I can't go out into society anymore without something triggering the flashbacks... one sudden sound then I'm back down the river, hunched over fetal, screaming into the communications radio about how furry animatronics and boinking skeletons are coming OUTTA THE GODDAMN TREES-
Sorry, that got a little dark. Anyway, I'm an old curmudgeon who hates everything new, and while I'm sure the game's going to be great I'm shying away from it for now, because when the fandom gets big enough it's eventually going to attract a lot of crazies and will inevitably go to pot, by which point anti-Benders are going to confuse my interest with the old-timey cartoon feel with some kind of zealous Bendyboner, which just isn't true because I liked the old cartoon aesthetic before it was cool. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go watch MTV for fashion tips so I can say I saw them first. Hmph!
Oh yeah, the picture. It's based on a still from the episode 'Everyone Knows It's Bendy' from Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends. I remember watching that cartoon well, though I don't remember what I thought about it. My mother liked it, oddly enough, and she's not that big into cartoons! Anyway, this episode featured a character called Bendy, who was a dick. So does Bendy and the Ink Machine. Oh my God, it must be destiny! A destiny that has been fulfilled in this image, wherein an abomination of two Bendys combined shows the has-beens of the indie gaming world who the new kid on the block is. I appreciate it's not the best reference, and that maybe I should have gone with the more obvious idea of combining Ink-Machine Bendy with an alcoholic robot with a shiny metal ass.
By the way, I put the image on the TV screen in my Sta.sh right here (sta.sh/020mslqc7rrt
) because I thought it was too funny to not show everyone. What kind of name is 'Sta.sh', anyway?