Don’t worry, I’m not gonna philosophize about reality. At least, not this time. It’s more a short text about waking up in a deceiving world. As some of you know, I like games and I like to play. No matter what kind of game you’re relating to, I’m interested. Furthermost, I like playing computer games and I want them to be challenging. My favorite type of games are sneakers, adventures and platforming games, like Thief, Broken Sword or Prince of Persia. I also like to play first person shooters and strategy games. You see, I’m quite open-minded as far as computer games are concerned.
Currently, I’m playing the fourth installment of the Broken Sword series which seems like one of those old-fashioned point-and-click adventures again. I really like that style and the challenge it poses, namely thinking in a lateral way. When I went to check out my favorite sites today, I discovered an article called Read Any Good Games Lately? over at The Escapist. It’s a really good read you shouldn’t miss (If you’re not into computer games see this article about Uwe Boll instead – you won’t rue it either, I promise.).
Now, where was I? Ah, yeah, good games. Have you seen, played or heard of such a game as of lately? Don’t bother with ads like those for Gears of War – they don’t count. Over the last few months I’ve played some titles which weren’t challenging at all. I only bought or borrowed them because I know the franchise. As of lately, such games have become really bad. I don’t wanna wait for months until – finally, with the sixth patch – I can play them. I don’t wanna play games that just don’t live up to the hype or the franchise. For instance, ever more games based on successful movies and TV shows are produced. Most definitely these games aren’t chips of the old block.
These games exist only to generate an additional source of revenue. They’re not here to entertain because they simply suck. Of course, there are exceptions – not every game modeled after a successful franchise is made to merely generate money. There are some games out there really trying to entertain their audience instead of just showing off some awesome graphics. There are games you can busy yourself with for dozens of hours instead of being only good enough for a mere seven hours experience. Hopefully, people will consider this while developing future titles. I know that many gamers are thinking the same way …
Finally, there are some news regarding one of my favorite games. I already wrote about the original game here, you may wanna have a look at it. This time, it's all about the successor which – according to the newest trailer – lives up to it's predecessor. Director Cory Barlog writes on his blog that all the primary work is done and all that remains is to work out the bugs as the game is in the Quality Assurance stage right now. Some lucky people are going to get the demo in early February and I'm gonna envy them. Well, I'll pick it up in March if they can keep the release date.
God of War II: Divine Retribution smoothly continues where its predecessor left of. Kratos is the new god of war, far more ruthless than Ares ever was. Because of what Ares did to him his torment continues, even after he became a god. To end his suffering he must embark on a dangerous journey to the far reaches of the Earth and alter that which no mortal or god has ever changed – his fate. During his quest he has to plunge into battle wherever he goes to fight legions of monsters barring his way to a peace of mind. The game is rated M for intense violence, blood and gore, and strong violence. I guess there's more to come but ESRB doesn't have all the information yet. Nonetheless, there's no other game out there featuring such a well thought-out storyline as well as an impressive setting and a likable antihero who happens to be a real bad ass.
Me and a working colleague today discovered that our points of view regarding some topics are quite oppositional. Digging deeper I figured that the difference is to be found at the very base of his beliefs. He actually thinks the world can be viewed as “good vs. evil”. I told him that this is plain ridiculous but he didn’t budge. Anyway, that explains quite a lot I didn’t understand before.
This view of life certainly has its merits, I grant him that. But it sucks if you crave for a better understanding of things like he says he does. Good forces versus bad forces. Just think about it. It’s such an intriguing concept, understandable for everyone. It’s so simple and efficient that “the players” still employ it as a means of manipulation. Isn’t it a pity that so many people fall for this “We’re the good guys” bullshit? As a fact, nobody can be absolutely good or evil. We define what’s good and what’s evil, what we like and what we don’t. We categorize things and so it seems unlikely that evil guys can do good and vice versa.
We had quite an argument about that until he finally gave in. As usual, some things can’t stand before the harsh facts. Strangely, I don’t feel good about that. Have I utterly destroyed his point of view? Isn’t it way easier to believe in an illusion, if you know that things actually are worse? I certainly have the impression that people don’t really want to know. That they don’t really look because they want to let themselves get fooled. That’s something to think about …
What the hell? A game starring the two teenage shooters in the Columbine High School massacre back in 1999? Surely, this game must be distasteful and disturbing, stemming from a sick mind. Undoubtedly, this is one of the most controversial games right now. According to the guys from Wired it’s not that bad at all. In fact, the creator tries to offer a new way to think about Columbine. As a game, it sucks and is completely without merit. Super Columbine Massacre was designed with an old-fashioned graphics in mind, offering only low-resolution characters almost looking like nothing more than animated pixels.
Instead of a first-person shooter with awesome graphics all you get is simple MIDI tunes, pixelated graphics and an astonishing amount of detail. Obviously Daniele Ledonne painstakingly researched the two killers’ stories and reconstructed some dialog from what they actually said on the day of the shooting. The player gets to see how unbalanced these guys were and how fast they changed their moods. There’s one paragraph that especially hooked me up:
And they perennially break into bitter recriminations about the popular kids they feel have tormented them. “If you could see all the anger I’ve stored over the past four fucking years. I’m going to kill you all,” Klebold seethes.The upshot is that Ledonne has done a surprisingly good job of painting the emotional landscape of the pair — whipsawing from self-pity to pompous grandiosity and blinding rage, then back again.
There’s definitely some artistic interest to it because it shows a different way of thinking about the massacre. The official site states that “this game is intended to deepen the understanding of the shooting and it’s possible causes”. Thus, it’s not the “self-indulgent killfest that some have deemed it”. If you wanna take a look for yourself, here’s the trailer for the game which you can get over at the official site.
Some questions remain: Does the “game” live up to its expectations? Is it the tool to provide a deeper understanding rather than a mere first person shooter? Does it have a place in our society or should we ban this monstrosity into oblivion?
Yes, there is. Not that there are lotta new things in it but the style is awesome. Check it out over at Yahoo! Movies. If it’s too slow – at least it was agonizingly slow when I tried to stream it about an hour ago – there’s a faster mirror up here (Be sure to scroll down and get trailer 2.). If you’re interested in historical facts, I’ve already written about it here. Enjoy!
It’s well over a month since I last wrote something. I’ve been quite busy and I spent some days off – in other words: I didn’t feel inclined to write something. You know, just having a good time for myself, relaxing in every possible way was just too good to be true. I really enjoyed it and so I didn’t do much except reading books and watching TV shows and movies respectively. I wish it could’ve gone on forever. Last Friday we went out celebrating one of my best friend’s birthday and we got seriously drunk. Beware of these “all you can drink” offers. The cheaper they are the more you’ll wanna drink. However, I didn’t end up with a hangover, therefore, I haven’t drunk too much. Presumably.
Anyways, all that counts is that I’m back and ready to write about stuff that interests me. I’ll come up with something for today. In fact, I already have something in mind. I just need some time to write it down. As of now, time’s pretty scarce. Sadly, I’ve taken on too much work in too little time. If there weren’t so much responsibility involved I’d gladly step down but then the idiots would be back again, ruling my working life once again. That I couldn’t bear. Well, either work, work needs to be done and the faster the better. With this in mind, see you later on.