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2015 Music Issue: How to waste time on the Internet with Dead Marshes 

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Stu Guidry, Zach Wilkerson, Bobby DeVay and Chris Owen (not that Chris Owens) make up psychedelic rock band Dead Marshes. Gambit talked to Guidry and Wilkerson about their obsession with obscure online video game play-throughs. They suggest that the uninitiated search for Twitch users @vinesauce, @vargskelethor and @dontforgetgames.

Guidry: We got on this thing a while back, I guess last year. We started watching these videos on YouTube of these guys who take games —

Wilkerson: Mostly old Nintendo, Super Nintendo stuff.

Guidry: And they use this software called corruption software, and it basically just scrambles the hell out of the game. It's really funny. ... The best one was Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! It takes the characters' faces and kind of mashes them together.

Wilkerson: They stream what they're playing on, which is this website just to stream video games. People sit in chat rooms and talk to the guys and girls that are playing these weird games. One of them is The Fantastic Game. It's a really bad first-person game, but there's one point where you're hearing what sounds to be Smash Mouth. You go into this transcendent egg, and you walk into it ...

Guidry: The closer you get to it the louder it gets, and it's the lines "So much to do, so much to see" (from "All Star") being repeated over and over again. ... We've been on the hunt for where to find cans of Surge. You remember Surge? "Fully Loaded Citrus Soda with Carbos." It's a soda from the '90s. It was basically the first energy drink, but it was marketed toward kids. It kind of tastes like Mountain Dew.

Wilkerson: But way sweeter.

Guidry: It's like a cornerstone of hyperactivity. ... We really want to get a hold of some cans of Surge so we can, you know, crush some Surge and go play arcade on Thursdays. And we did find Surge. They sell it at Mardi Gras Zone.

Wilkerson: It's like $3 a can, which is outrageous.


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