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Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Random Observation: When Gamers Get Old

I have read that the average age of a gamer these days is 29. That's perfect because, I am myself 29 (see Norah I am normal). This year’s video game season (late October to the first half of January) has been the best in memory. Half-life 2, Halo 2, Ghost Recon 2 and World of Warcraft have all been released within a months time. While all of these games are amazing in my opinion, by far the best game this year is Half-life 2. Now that I have finished it all other games seem sort of lackluster. It has set a new high watermark that I am sure will stand for sometime. This being said how the hell can Gamespot give Half-life 2 a rating of 9.2 and World of Warcraft a 9.5? The point of this essay is not really to question the merits of Gamespot's questionable reviewing abilities. I want to shed light on a trend I have been observing for some time, as the average gamer is getting older we are moving away from games that require actual skill and ability to more passive games that reward time investment over ability. With games like WOW, EQ2 and the ilk you don't even have to be good at video games to progress, you only have to be patient. Take a gander at any video review on Gamespot and you'll see that those dudes are getting old too, I mean Greg Kasavin is both very bald and very chubby...and a tool (sorry I have been waiting years to say that out loud). I don't mean to bash the people that play MMOs. But, if you take a hard look at those types of gamers you will see that they fit a certain mold (not you Cmarsh you’re still cool). Maybe I am in a dying breed, but I still cling to the idea video games played online are supposed to be competitive. In my mind, you’re supposed to be crushing someone’s self-esteem, your supposed to be making someone throw the controller at the TV in disgust. And what of the poop-talking, what is the point of gaming with out the chance to lay down some verbal abuse??? MMOs are like non-competitive sports that the special kids had to play in school, sure your outside and getting exercise but if you can't make someone else feel bad what’s the f-ing point?

Friday, November 12, 2004

I was off yesterday, but my thoughts on Veterans Day were with the Marines and Army troops fighting for their lives in Fallujah. It has been nearly 9 months now that we have been fooling around with these scum bags. For 9 months we sat just outside waiting to go in. But why did we wait to go in? Why did we give the bad guys time to build up there defenses and recruit new troops. Yesterday I read that the marines had discovered tunnel systems from house to house. That nearly every street had booby traps. Why would we give them time to do all of this? Because Bush cared more about holding power then about the marines. Any casualties in Iraq would cost him votes. So far 18 Americans have died and 3 or 4 times that many wounded (remember wounded could mean anything from a scratch to losing all your limbs). There is no doubt that if we had gone in sooner than it is likely that the numbers would be lower. Think about it, why is even one marines life less important then Bush having a second term? John Kerry would have done the right thing and not waited to gain political ground. I know this because he is man who actually served his country and lost friends. He has an intimate understanding of the costs of war. Bush is nothing but an armchair commando. When he presents himself as a leader who is all about the troops, think about Fallujah and know it’s a put on. Also, let me blow your mind for a second Ken Mehlman will likely be the new head of the RNC, we have probably all seen him on TV spitting out the Repub’s mantra of no gay marriage, and other values crap. The funny thing is….he’s gay himself (not that there is anything wrong with that) Oh man can you smell that…its its hypocrisy.

Sunday, November 07, 2004

Dear Mike,
I am sure that you are already aware of this site, but just incase here is a link http://blackboxvoting.org/ . I am 29 year old ex-US Army ranger who has been working in the information technology field (specifically in network security) since 2000. If even half of what they allege on this site is true, then we have likely been robbed. I have both offered my time and technical skills in any investigation that may come from this and donated money. They need your help mike, we all need your help. Even if mass fraud can not be proved, they can bring light to the insane follies in trusting our voting process to a cooperation with right wing leadings. I just can not wrap my head around the fact that in places where old school voting devices were used, exit polls were spot on. Yet in locations that used evoting systems the exit polls were "found" to be wrong. This at least is according to what the black box people are saying on Air America. There is a knot in my stomach that I can not shake. It seems that the Bushies used their overt cheating in 2000 and the following "reform acts" to procure a method for covert cheating. Your fame and abilities can be instrumental in doing something about this, please for the love of God help!