Should Have Seen it Coming

posted by Zara on 2008/8/5 (General)

I hate the world.

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A Comic?

posted by Zara on 2008/4/24 (General)

Wait, what? I've got a webcomic? Actually, yeah, I do, though you've probably never heard of it. It was posted on the forums on Giant in the Playground Games at first, and eventually grew enough that I decided to move it to it's own site, which is located not far from this little place.

So what's this Anti-Heroes thing about? Well, it's a comic done in the same style as Rich Burlew's Order of the Stick, but with a completely different setting and all new characters. It gained quite a following over at Rich's forums, and I'm hoping to get more fans now that I'm on my own site, but as I said there, only time will tell.

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Hang on a second...

posted by Crazed on 2008/4/22 (Rants)

I will warn Mac users: you have 10 seconds to leave the site before I begin bashing Mac.

Gone yet? Well, whatever. Really, I don't hate Apple. I had an iPod (it died, but it wasn't its own fault) and iPhones are pretty cool. However, the corporate and marketing mentality is about the most pathetic thing in this planet.

Anyway, watch this commercial that I just saw on TV a bit ago:

Now hold on a second. Let me get this straight. All of the "Get a Mac" commercials are all filled with more untruths than Al Gore speaking on good sportsmanship, but this one is particularly bloated. So, allow me, if you will, to take on this commercial line-by-line.

Psychiatrist Lady to PC
Unlike Mac, whose operating system and hardware are all made by the same people, your stuff comes from a bunch of different places.

Firstly, last I remember, Windows was made by Microsoft. Perhaps they refer to some of the stuff that comes bundled by other people - however, that is not truly called the "operating system." Perhaps this was a low blow at the allegedly-stolen original Windows source code? I don't know.

Secondly, Macs are now using Intel processors. And, as far as I can tell, Inteland Appleare two different companies (and at the time of writing, Apple is down 4.46%, whoo!). So, what does this mean?

Mac does not make all of its own parts.

Psychiatrist Lady to PC
Under those circumstances, who could expect everything to work together the way they should

Well, let's see... IEEE and ISO have been standardizing stuff for years. Almost everything you buy today for computers (I'm talking about hardware here) can be plugged in and will work. And, if it doesn't work on a PC, the chances are it sure as hell won't work on a Mac (since they do use the same architecture now).

Furthermore, look at the W3C, an organization which has been championing standardization of the World Wide Web since it was formulated. Things on the Internet come from a variety of different sources, and although there are tons of crappy websites (most of them designed by yuppies using Dreamweaver on Mac), by-and-large the Internet is compatible.

PC to Mac and Psychiatrist Lady
It's not my fault... it's not my fault! It's Mac's fault!

This is possibly the only speck of truth in this ad. In fact, it is Mac's fault. If they stopped the ridiculous corporate mudslinging (although they are moving in the right direction; once again, Intel), they could actually produce a decent operating system.

You see, using Mac is like buying this well-toted pair of sunglasses, only to realize you're living on a planet without a sun. Although all of your friends are sporting literal sunglasses, you're still stuck with your worthless pile of plastic - but defiantly, you try to make it seem like the "cool" thing. This kind of happened with the PlayStation 3, although that's now rebounding. However, for Apple, there is no end in sight to the mediocrity.


The thing I originally wanted to comment on was how reversed the roles were in this commercial. Since the characters of Mac and PC have been analyzed so many times, I'm not going to spend time doing that; I'll assume you know that Mac stands for the think-outside-the-box, free-spirit, IFC-watching, "plugged-in", Obama-voting socialite, and that PC is, well, "the man" or something like that.

So, tell me, how is it not ironic that this ad is promoting total dominance? Although it's not true that Apple produces all of its own crap (and it is crap), it is true that this ad is promoting monopoly. Is that not something the evil PC would do?

In reality, it is not so.

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Greetings, from Canada

posted by Zara on 2008/4/21 (General)

It is April 21st, and this is the view from my window.

Global Warming, my ass.

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Top 5 NES Games to Play Before You Die

posted by Zara on 2008/4/10 (Lists)

There's a lot of games out there. But there's definitely some that are better than others. To fit only 5 of them into a single list, I found was impossible, so I decided to break them up. Rather than try to pick from all the games, we'll start with the Nintendo Entertainment System. Now, I'm not saying that the following games are the best ones ever made, not by a longshot. I'm just making a point of listing 5 NES games that I think everyone should play before they die. So here we go:

#5. Metroid

Just as Mario made platforming what it is, Metroid just helped perfect it. Non-linear gameplay, RPG elements, and the inclusion of the now famous JUSTIN BAILEY cheat code. And when all is said and done, we found out that Samus Aran is a woman?! Dude! No one can really deny that Metroid is a landmark of gaming, and one that definitely deserves to be played.

#4. Contra

Considered today as one of, if not the hardest game in existence, Contra is evidence of a great game. At the time of its release, multiplayer gameplay was an uncommon thing, and Contra pretty much took it up and made it work from the very beginning. Of course, it took a fair bit of teamwork to ensure one player didn't screw over the other, but once two people could get it down, it was just plain awesome.

#3. Duck Hunt

Although repetitive, I'll never forget the fun of pointing a plastic handgun at my TV and mindlessly firing at pixelated ducks. This was the first game I played at home that really showed me a new level of interactivity with video games. Nintendo tried to use this idea again and again, with mixed results, until finally hitting it out of the park with the Wii. You have to honor the roots, though.

#2. The Legend of Zelda

The first game that appeared in the US that had a built in battery pack to save your progress, Zelda was a huge game. It was one of the first times where a player's focus turned from racking up the most points, to simply exploring an epic world. Not to mention how it sports one of the most recognizable theme songs in video game history. Legend of Zelda is a classic, and nothing will change that.

#1. Super Mario Brothers

You probably saw this coming, but hey, it deserves the spot. The original game in the now massive franchise, Super Mario Brothers made platforming what it is. Sure, the Metroid games added some great features to the genre, but this game is what made the framework. At the time, being able to control your jumps in mid air, or slide underneath obstacles was just plain great. Although the content of the game was entirely off-the-wall, it didn't matter. The game was just that much fun to play. If you've never played this game, then get out from your rock and play it. Now.

EDIT: Holy crap, I forgot about Mega Man! Well, I'll say it gets an honorable mention, though it's close behind Metroid. Mega Man II, that is, since it's one of the better games in the series.

Yeah, this list is probably pretty whack to some readers, but this is my list, so I put what I want on it. Besides, the NES isn't really my field of expertise, since I didn't really get heavily into games until I got my hands on an SNES, but I did my best. However, don't think this is the end. The massive library of the SNES is calling me to make another, and I shall answer.

Just not right now.

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