Friday, April 29, 2005

Holy Crap

Just as I determined that I will never need any game outside The Matrix Online, someone mentions Guild Wars. Dammit, these games are going to leave me penniless. Happy in my little fantasy world, but penniless. They're bragging, too. Oh but they're bragging. They're hot shit and they know it. We say "six professions isn't nearly enough!" They turn around with "but there are 36 COMBINATIONS of the 6 professions." We respond by saying "Yes, please." And they axed subscription fees. No subscription fees! How do they make their money? This is going to be one expensive game, I'm willing to bet. But damn if I didn't just have to check out the screenshots and gameplay samples on their website (, and holy shit! I must buy this game! I must buy it, and play it, and name it and love it. I just noticed, they even have a short story on their website. Now that's hype. You can expect to see my review on Monkeycube once this comes out. Damn, just damn. I'm lost forever if this game is half as good as it makes itself look. Excuse me now, I must go drool over screenshots.

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Why Don't You Just Scream At The Wall?

I really hate this tendency people have to think that they can get more accomplished if they just yell louder. Where did the idea come from that people will be more inclined to help you if you scream at them? I will tell you, on good authority, that that is the exact opposite of my reaction. I was raised on the belief that you get more accomplished with diplomacy than agression. The world at large is acting like a bunch of spoiled kids. On every level. If you don't get what you want, start yelling until someone gives it to you. It doesn't matter if it's physically impossible, you want it done yesterday, and you deserve the best treatment because you're you. Guess what, the world doesn't work that way. Six billion people think the exact same thing, and I'm sorry, but you can't all be Number One. In fact, I'll let you in on a secret: as far as Number One goes, there's no one farther away than you. If you're reading this and thinking "this doesn't apply to me", then it probably does. You're just too wrapped up in your own existence to realize that you're a vapid, self-important waste of space, just like the rest of us. If someone puts their goals ahead of yours, destroy them. If you don't get what you want, when you want it, heads will roll.

Even better are those who think they're so much better, and prove it by recriminating everyone else. Anyone who tries to tell you what's wrong with you is just covering up for their own glaring flaws. And to save myself from hypocrisy, I will say, right now, that I am no better than the people I just criticised. I am a selfish, spiteful, arrogant human being. But sometimes recognition of hubris is the first step towards self-betterment. So I'm going to try and take a step here, hopefully in the right direction. And if it works, maybe others will follow.

Until then, keep screaming. See how far it gets you.