Random Thoughts…

Bioshock 2 Impressions, Tiberium Sum / Firestorm, the Winter Olympics & more after the break…

Random Thoughts…

Back in the “old days,” I used to comment on just about every little thing that I could. I quickly found out that a lot of my opinions were, somehow, offensive to the unwashed masses. Fine. Message received – We don’t like your opinions.

However, not having an outlet to vent on subjective matters also has some negative consequences as well. I’ve tried to keep this blog at least fairly neutral, focusing on objective observations & somewhat safe topics – Mainly, video games.

Yet, every now & then, I do have a few opinions that I’d like to spit out to the unwashed masses. Don’t be offended – They’re just my thoughts. If they’re not your thoughts, then fine… Good for you. I don’t need seven pages of rebuttal from some 14-year old (physically, socially or mentally) saying that my opinion sucks. If you don’t like my opinion, start your own fcuking blog, or tweet account or whatever is the latest hip-happening web social networking thingy that’s got the web all in a-flutter.

We Are The World remake…

I can’t believe they actually remade this & yet, I sadly can.

There was no reason to remake this song with new singers or a different beat or accompaniment or whatever else reason the musicians could think of.

“We Are The World” should remain in the 1980s. That’s where it belongs, with big hair, pastel colors & yuppies. Can’t any of the new singers create a new song? Don’t they have any creativity?

I really hope that singers don’t start a “Every time something bad happens, let’s sing a new version of ‘We Are The World'” trend. That would make them look even more shallow & fake then they already are.

Yes, multi-millionaire singers who have multi-hour escapades with groupies & have multi-drug problems & multi-ego trips can legitimately care about the plight of others. No one is denying that. What is tacky is expressing that care through a cheesy song that was cheesy back when it was first made! And trying to get us to pay for it all over again!

Enough! At least have the artistic credibility of producing a different song with different lyrics. Isn’t there at least one songwriter amongst the bunch of you capable of that?

The Winter Olympics…

Like the Gatling Gun, the Summer & Winter Olympics was created with the best of intentions but has since mutated into something wholly different & not entirely wholesome, either.

The Gatling Gun was produced with the hope that, with the existence of such a deadly weapon, wars would be deemed impractical (Don’t Snicker – ICBMs were “Gatling Guns” v2.0) due to the extreme & quick loss of life on a battlefield. To understate the obvious, those intentions were noble but not necessarily fulfilled.

Likewise, the Olympics were created, in part, to unite the world in the hope that if we all competed in athletic events, that it would somehow unite the world & lessen the chance of there being global conflict. Stop that snickering.

Actually, the summer Olympics were created with that intent – The winter Olympics were created because a lot of cold-weather countries (read: Europe) btiched that they couldn’t run fast enough on a track. Therefore, we have to suffer through 2 Olympics instead of 1. The kiddies might not know this but, once upon a time, the Winter & Summer Olympics happened on the same year. It’s true.

Like in the Summer Olympics, I really hope that, someday, someone gains both the balls & the brains to ditch all of the subjectively judged events in the Winter Olympics. Yes, that triple-lutz or whatever that the homosexual male skater made looked very nice but is it nicer then the last triple-lutz made by the last male homosexual male skater? Oh, look, the front toe on one of the skates was low, but was it low enough to deduct .1 of a point from his final score?

Do the subjective competitive events take a lot of skill to perform well? Of course they do! They aren’t, however, events! They are performances, like a stage show! They are not an athletic event! Athletic events can be objectively judged while performances CAN’T! When are we only going to have an Olympics where we have events that can at least be judged objectively?

Worse still are all of these events that are only relevant in one or two rink-a-dink countries to begin with. I won’t name any names *cough*curling*cough*, but you know who you are. I mean, seriously, if a game like baseball, which is played in the Americas & abroad, which is a multi-billion dollar industry, can get booted out of the Olympics, then half of the Summer Olympic events should get the boot as well! I mean… Competitive trampoline events? Really?

What is especially annoying is that, as usual, the television coverage of these events are always packaged the same, annoying way. I don’t care if that athlete’s father was eaten by wolves when the athlete was 10. I don’t care if that athlete’s mother had to work 7 jobs to put the athlete in a special training class… Show me the fcuking events! If I want a fcuking sob story, I’ll turn on a soap opera! And last… Don’t act like the event hasn’t happened! It has! I read about it on the Internet 7 some-odd hours ago! Treat me, the consumer, with some respect!

This, amongst many other reasons, is why the Olympics will never have my full respect. But I digress…

Bioshock 2…

Sadly, someday, we are going to look back at Bioshock 1 & say, “Wow, that was a real hard-edge action/RPG consoler.”

Yes, the slide down the slippery slope of consolization continues & what was once… Oh, wait, this remind me… I want to get this opinion in…

Retarded…

Retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded, retarded.

It’s not “nigger.” It’s not “spic.” “It’s not “jap.” Stop being so offended over the use of that word. If your son or daughter is “autistic,” then that’s the polite way of saying “retarded.” That’s just the way it is. Instead of being offended, why not donate to charities & organizations that are actually trying to cure the fcuking thing?! That way, people won’t use the word as often as they used to, especially if the causes for it cease to exist!

And before any other blowhards call me out on writing, “nigger,” “spic” & “jap”… Here’s the critical difference – I was using those words as an example, not to slur anyone. You can stop speed dialing your favorite loud-mouthed minority activist now… All quiet on the western front.

Bioshock 2 (again)…

I’ve lost interest in what I was going to write about this, so let me summarize: The Gestapo DRM is almost hilarious in a bad comedy way, more of the same, I hate dumbed-d0wn games… Please make System Shock 3. I think that covers it.

Oh, and find the source code for Thief: The Dark Project, Thief 2 or System Shock 2 if you can. K? Thnx, Bye.

Tiberian Sun (and Firestorm)…

I love it when software companies glean the clue that their games have the shelf life of a crippled gerbil. It’s sort of useless to continue to protect a game once you have to start using sophisticated programming tricks to make it run properly on modern operating systems.

By releasing games like Tiberian Sun into the freeware realm, you allow a greater number of players to enjoy it & enjoy it using modern operating systems. Keeping these games alive is the “literary” legacy that the video game industry desperately needs to establish if it wants to increase their credibility amongst the other artistic fields, such as paintings, sculptures, audio drama, books & movies.

Personally, I’d go one step further – A government database of source code for these games to preserve them for all time. With the source code preserved, these games could be fitted for any operating system in the future. Just a thought.

There. I’m done. The end.

I’ll go back to spewing about Fallout 3 later. I promise.

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