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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Geeks... How could you not love 'em?

I just saw this video the other day and wanted to share. It drags on a little bit, but I thought it was great what these guys accomplished with a little bit of time and After Effects skills on the computer. Enjoy!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Punch Your Mother

I think a line has been crossed with the latest advertisement I saw on TV for the new EA boxing game, "Facebreaker". The advertisement was touting it's "create-a-character" mode, where the player can manipulate the look of a boxer in a fairly robust editing mode that comes with the game. While this is nothing new in video games, and I do think is a cool feature, the advertisement actually tells the viewer that they can make a character that looks like your mom, then beat it up in the game. This bothers me quite a bit; though I have no doubt it would be fun to create, say... Hitler, and beat him up, I think it's horribly irresponsible to glorify the ability to beat up your parents as a selling point for the game.

Damn! I sound old... when did I stop being cool and turn into my parents?

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

People are stupid

“(Stupidity) implies that the attributed party is not mentally retarded but rather is willfully ignorant and/or unintelligent, and displays poor use of judgment or insensitivity to nuances.” - Wikipedia

The average person living in the United States is stupid; video games and politics prove it.

In game design, it boggles my mind how much hand holding has to be done in order to maximize the number of people who can enjoy playing the game you’re working on. Though your core market that you’re targeting can probably figure out on their own whatever it is in the design you’re trying to accomplish, you almost always have to design for the lowest common denominator. I have trouble wrapping my head around this sometimes, and usually end up in some sort of argument with someone over dumbing down a certain aspect of a game. In the end, even if it arguably makes the game worse off from a “fun” standpoint, the decision that makes your game accessible to the largest number people is the right decision in terms of sales. Without sales, there is no money. With no money, there is no game.

Politics prove that people are stupid because the latest polls coming out today actually have John McCain leading Barak Obama with the popular vote. I think it’s because the GOP is great at campaigning to the lowest common denominator. No new taxes? That sounds WAY better than raising taxes to help pay off debts; besides, who ever heard of increased income helping to balance budgets? Less government oversight? Not paying for government programs that help educate and ensure the health of children, elderly, and the disabled sounds way better than paying for them, especially since I’m not any of those myself. Pro-Life? Of course I don’t support killing babies! It’s one less choice that I’ll have to worry about in life, since it’s already made for me (wait… didn’t I vote for less government oversight? Oh well, it’s too complicated for me to understand so I just trust my elected officials to figure it out for me). Drilling for more oil to help lower oil prices now? That makes total sense to me; why worry about our dependence on oil when my kids can worry about it for me?

A vote for McCain is a vote for keeping the GOP in power. In the past 8 years, what has the GOP done to deserve another 4 years in charge of the executive branch? We have had 2 wars; one has failed to catch Osama, the other has failed to bring security to Iraq. Both have cost us billions of dollars and thousands of lives. Both have caused the US taxpayer to directly contribute to the death of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians; every taxpayer has blood on their hands. We have a failing economy; part of our latest $400 billion plus deficit is from that tax relief package that you all got in the mail… you know, that $400 that was supposed to help you pay your rent and bills? That $400 you probably already spent and forgot about? It was actually just a loan, and you need to pay it back with some interest. Sorry.

I don’t think the Democrats have the perfect solution for all of our countries problems, but if the republican’s take the White House in this race, we deserve everything that’s coming to us as a society.

"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former." – Albert Einstein

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

All your base are belong to us!

Support the cause. Keep it alive!

Know Your Meme: All Your Base from Rocketboom on Vimeo.