Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Questionable Content: Explained

In the first panel, the blonde young woman is inquiring as to the nature of emotions associated with pressing lips to the lips of a male. The young woman with brown hair responds as if the question was pertaining to physical sensation rather than emotions, most likely due to the fact she is occupied with a video game and therefore wanted to avoid a lengthy exchange.

In the second panel the young woman with blonde hair is either distracted by the realization that men often have facial hair, or is simply giving up on her previous line of inquiry. The young woman at the computer seems somewhat frustrated with her game, and is apparently about to swear.

In the third panel the young woman with blonde hair shows concern for her friend's ongoing distress and inquires as to her progress in the game. The young woman with brown hair uses a vulgar term for the mentally retarded to refer to some union of enemies, and explains that this union is attempting (unsuccessfully) to engage her in mortal combat. For whatever reason, the use of ableist language is not further commented on.

In the final frame we see a young man striking a pose not unlike that of Gendo Ikari throughout most of the Neon Genesis Evangelion series. The reflection on the glasses further suggests this reference, although the signature gloves are missing. Likely this is due to the fact it would be quite difficult for one to type with gloves in the style of Geno Ikari, and seeing someone sitting at a computer with gloves would greatly impair the viewer's ability to suspend disbelief. The young man apparently is a member of the "Alliance" and quotes a line from something. I'm unsure but I know it's something in pop-culture.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Military Shooter Review

(this is re: E3)

I think for the most part, the best thing I can say about (upcoming shooter) is that the graphics are somewhat improved over (last year's version). The weapon selection is somewhat improved, and naturally the new guns are as lovingly modeled as those seen in the last entry of the series.

Game-play wise, this is the same reliable, responsive controls seen in previous entries of the franchise, but it is still my personal opinion that controls for (helicopter and or minigame sequence) could stand revision. I would like to see the ability to remap controls in the console version, I still don't understand why this isn't a standard feature in the 5th/10th/20th entry of this series.

In single player, you guide your player character, a heterosexual white male, through a series of missions, on many levels you are aided by several squadmates who are established tv/movie/game tropes. The minorities amongst them are stereotypical, although rendered quite well. After killing enough Russians, Arabs or Vietnamese you save the US/World from a Nuclear Weapon/some BS scifi weapon. The plot is serviceable although nothing we haven't seen before.

As with previous entries many of the dudebros buying this game will spend hundreds of hours shouting homophobic epithets at each other. The modes are fairly varied although for the most part you just kill other dudes and hope your viewpoint doesn't get covered with strawberry jam. The more you play multiplayer the more boosts and guns you unlock, a mechanic quite common in these games.

Fans of the series will be pleased, as this is the same shit they bought last year, there is literally nothing new for those who aren't dudebros though. Overall I give New Yearly Sequel of Modern Warfare Game 8.5 out of 10 dudebros.