Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Ya gots ta chill

Some mellow times are in order, but distraction is also going to be required to make good on my cold turkey decision from last night. Both Children of Eden and Duke Nukem Forever have been shipped, which is good, but I will not see them until tomorrow or Friday, which is bad. I have turned to my savior in times of nothing to do, XBLA, and it has not disappointed. A new digital version of Magic is exactly what I need. It will fill the hours, is fun, and its tactile requirements fall well within the range of a beer or three. According to the write up on the marketplace site it has all new this and improved that, all of which are fine and good, but I am just looking forward to new cards and hopefully more balanced decks.


The one thing missing from Red Faction: Armageddon was the large scale wanton destruction that could be wrought in Guerrilla. There were entire cities that could be leveled and mini-games built around doing it quickly and without wasting ordinance. There was nothing in the main game like that; it is hidden in a different menu and, surprise, there is a code required for it that only comes with a retail copy of the game. It is going to by a bit hypocritical to complain about this as I said nothing when Mortal Kombat had similar requirements for getting all that you paid for. Armageddon is not the first game to do this, but it is the first game that I know of that locked out portions of single player content instead of just multi-player. I understand publishers attempting to glean as much revenue as they can from the rental market, but this has gone one step too far. Take the following example: you live in a goddamned shack. We are talking a unabomber style, run down, no indoor pluming affront to all the is decent in the world of not getting rained on. You have electricity, but you have no internet connection.

You have scraped together all of your pennies from selling meth and purchased two games: Mortal Kombat and Red Faction: Armageddon. Mortal Kombat has a code that you have to enter online to play online and you don't care because you couldn't play online anyway. Armageddon has a code that you have to enter online to access single player content. This also happens to be the content that Red Faction games are pretty much known for.

Things spiral out of control. You can't get your fix of mass destruction virtually so you go down to the local fireworks warehouse and buy the biggest mortars you can find, aim them at the neighbors house, and blow the shit out of it. Lawyers get involved. Lots of them. They decide that it is THQ's fault in the first place for being dick heads and sue them into oblivion.

One could only hope.

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