Boss Verbs

Boss Verbs

by Erik Loyer

Made with Stepworks

In this series, which started with a visit to a random Wikipedia page, words extracted from the text of video game walkthroughs are set to music inspired by their soundtracks. The result is an alternate way to “play” the games, one that sheds light on the vocabulary of interactions built into them by their creators.

This installment combines verbs from a walkthrough for the boss battles of the 1994 video game Earthworm Jim with music adapted from Tommy Tallarico’s score.

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