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The original Tomb Raider: steadily guiding Lara Croft to the top of the highest point in any level and then swan diving her face into the rock hard earth below was both beautiful and horrifying, especially at the moment of impact as you hear her neck snap and watch as she collapses into a pile of lifeless polygons – her dead reddish-brown octagon eyes staring at the screen as if to say, “Why? I trusted you!”.
I did it only because I could, like some nihilistic bravery test, and it still feels like the most evil thing I’ve ever inflicted on anyone to this day.
Well, aside from the time I pee’d in a water gun and shot my brothers with it, BUT STILL…!!
PAX EAST 2011 (I think): I was getting over my fear of talking to people I admire, when I spotted Ken Levine promoting Bioshock Infinite. I pulled together all of my courage (and pulled my balls into my abdomen) and went to talk to him.
“I LOVED BIOSHOCK”, I told him, “It’s the only game I’ve ever played that changed my view on life!”. This was slight hyperbole, but I was being honest; Mario, Halo, and Street Fighter may be great, but none of them made me question, for example, the validity of capitalism!
“Oh WOW!” Ken replied, leaning in with what I assume was his PR person. “That’s one of the best compliment’s I’ve ever received about Bioshock!”
I beamed with pride.
“How…uh…did it change your views on life?”, he asked.
“Well…uh”, |||AND MY MIND WENT BLANK!||| “…Ayn Rand?…free market, uh. It…made me reconsider…politics? Like, I used to think I’d vote for this guy…but now I see he’s not any better than the other…”
“You can’t trust anybody!” Ken said, wrapping up our short conversation. I smiled and nodded and walked away.
Soon after all the thoughts I had about Bioshock came crashing back onto me, foremost the lessons I learned by the good ending *spoiler*: “Politics, Religion, Science, Art…while important, don’t matter on when you’re death bed – what matters is PEOPLE: Family, friends, adopted family – the lives you touched directly that will be there for you through the end.”
I replay our encounter over and over, wishing I had my thoughts better prepared. It sounds silly, but I felt like I genuinely dropped the ball on connecting with one of my icons.
<<To be read in the monotone voice of Kevin Costner reminiscently narrating “Dances with Wolves” – or Bane>>
I’ve played a lot of remarkable indie games this year (including some unpublished ones my friends have made), but I know when I look back at 2013 the game that will stick with me more than ANY other is GONE HOME.
Upon completing it, I was so moved that I wanted to dig up Roger Ebert’s body, reanimate him, and shout “IF GAMES AREN’T ART THEN WHY AM I ON THE VERGE OF TEARS RIGHT NOW!?!”. He’d probably reply with some nonsense about how Gone Home isn’t REALLY a video game – but I would be too busy laughing at his flaccid jaw-less face while it attempted to make word sounds.
Some might complain that the game is too short to justify its $20 price tag, but the sheer density of meaningful content is way beyond what even most AAA games give you. Going back, I discovered a bathroom that I had completely skipped and an accompanying journal entry I hadn’t heard, and I’ve heard rumors of yet another that I haven’t found.
Beyond that, I’m currently formulating a (weak but fun) theory that you may not be playing as who you think you’re playing as.
Everyone should play Gone Home, especially children of the 90’s.
[embed]http://www.youtube.com/embed/xFrGuyw1V8s[/embed] I remember making a mix CD in highschool. I put it on during art class, which was how me and my peers shared music in those days. We were rocking out to Guns’n’Roses’ “Sweet Child of Mine” when I realized, just as the song was ending, what was next! I leaped across the room to hit “skip”, but not before the first Disco laden swells of ABBA’s “Dancing Queen” blasted everyone in the ear holes. My dirty secret was out; my friends all laughed and one remarked, “HOW could those two songs EVER go back-to-back?”
I don’t care, though. Truth is, years later, I can’t deny that ABBA is great. Disco may have died but their crystal polished harmonies (PRE-AUTOTUNE BITCHES!) and world-class song structure live on. Talk to anyone who’s studied music (and has gotten past the pupil-elitist stage) and they’ll back me up. ABBA is SOLID GOLD!September 18, 2012 at 6:08 pm in reply to: Cape Crisis #27 Question – Whats your favorite manga/anime? #45241
MANGA: Appleseed – This was only because my brothers and I loved anything to do with giant robots, and Appleseed had cool, four armed, bunny eared, designs. I could never tell you the plot, I don’t even remember if the comic we had was printed in english – but HEY, robots!
ANIME: Cowboy Bebop – As much as I’d love to sound like a anime elite and site some obscure anime from the 70’s as my favorite, I can’t lie to myself. Cowboy Bebop isn’t just a great anime, it’s a great piece of entertainment. Although I don’t know if he ever cited it directly, it’s easy to imagine that much of Joss Whedon’s inspiration for Firefly came from this anime. Everyone who listens to this podcast needs to see it if they haven’t already.Quote:Quote from FartsArePerfumeForGayPeople on August 4, 2012, 04:50
Your best bet is to get a month of Marvel digital. It’s $10 and it has the whole set of Annihilation, Prologue, post Annihilation, War of Kings and most of Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s way more wallet friendly. As for order, that’s where it gets dicey, Blackest Night had that same problem where trades collect in series but not in order of events.
Good advice, but be aware, “MDCU subscriptions are not accessible on mobile devices. There are no plans to integrate the subscription with the app.” – Marvel Customer Support.
I wish I knew this before giving them my $10, but then again, I’d probably still do it to save money anyway.
My brother dreamed that he was part of an all girl spy team (like Angels Revenge, maybe?).
They were driving around in a van, which they had to stay in because there was no air outside.
Ironically, they were trying to stop bad guys from releasing a toxic gas into the (non-existant) atmosphere.
What. Does. IT. MEAN!!!???