So since temporary unemployment recently reignited my videogaming love, I've been traveling back and forth between IGN and 1up on top of my usual facebook, youtube, blip, factcheck, and politifact visits, and came across this gem of substandard democratic processes.
Yes, the concept is not entirely new, and the random battle
system of voting IGN is using is getting panned in the comments, but the
humor of it is welcomed, at least by me, and I have to say someone who says nothing, and gets shit done is the President I want, hands down.
In fact, the similarities between console "wars" and
elections has me surprised I don't see this idea as often, or at least
don't remember the idea being played out in recent memory. And once we
get past the 16 bit "era" in my My Gaming Timeline retrospective, you'll
know just what I mean by that.
Speaking of elections meeting nostalgia, anyone see Clinton's speech
Wednesday? Having been born in 1990, I never got to know how great of a
public speaker he was; granted, due to my dad's support of the
Republican party, I heard plenty about what a liar he was, which goes
hand in hand with political public speaking, but, surprisingly, his
speech to the DNC had both the most specific numbers, and least backlash
from fact checking websites of any of either party's convention
speeches. His lowest rating on politifact.com was a "Half True" for
saying Obama had cut taxes for 95% of Americans, when in fact those cuts
only affected workers, shrinking it down to 75%. Otherwise, while
admitting some claims were cherry picked and exaggerated,
factcheck.org's article on the womanizing former President was titled
"Our Clinton Nightmare," both for the amount of facts they had to check,
and their inability to find the claims untrue, at least in the way they
were framed, seeming to suggest the Rhodes Scholar can keep grounded,
as long as he's not under oath.
Of course, I'm very much biased, knowing nothing of the politics that
occurred when I was 9 or younger, so rather than a complex knowledge of
his battles with Newt Gingrich and Republicans over welfare reform, I
just remember him as "that guy that got a blow job when my life
consisted of Super Nintendo and ice cream."
Allow me to clarify that I'm unhappy with either current primary
party candidate overall, and plan to write in Rocky Anderson, unless
But enough about politics, I mostly wanted to point out a
fatal error in my initial post regarding my Retrospective My Gaming
Timeline series: leaving out Arcade games. Rest assured, my memories of
Aerosmith shooting people who like modern black music in the face with them newfangled Compact Discs, ESPECIALLY people who enjoy Run DMC, will be integrated into my retrospective series.
I plan on this series going in chronological order, the way I
hinted at in my previous blog, with Arcade being either integrated
with, or set in the blogs before or after the SNES portion of my
retrospective. My timeline for this timeline is a new entry at least
every Sunday, but subject to change, starting the 7th (this Sunday).
This will allow me to do daily blogs, if I have them in me, on different
and more modern subjects, with the "main event" being a weekly one.
I'll also consider giving you all a list of what games I'll
be discussing, since I plan on using Wikipedia lists to make sure I
don't forget to include a memorable rental or something.
Until next time:
- Have you guys heard of Did You Know Gaming? They've got a
cool set of videos with retro facts, including one about how a Zelda
boss was coded to mimic the movements of an Arwing in their Star Fox
video. I reccomend checking them out.
- Who else is excited to see Wreck it Ralph? I'm hoping the
real videogame references, like the scene in the ad with Street Fighter
and Mario villains at a group therapy meeting make up a good part of the
script. I mean I enjoyed the references in Scott Pilgrim ok, but I
enjoyed that movie as a good, stylish action flick, and I'm hoping
Disney pulls through with some good digs at videogame tropes and
tendencies, if not necessarily licensed characters. I feel a 3D movie
that revolves around the world of videogames is long overdue, frankly.
- Got my car inspected, so I'm good for another year. I damn
well better be, since I already had to repair its alternator and just
bought it this summer. Still, the costs so far (and getting it in such
good condition relatively for a relatively cheap price from a family
friend who works as a mechanic helps) are worth the freedom and
self-worth that at least being able to say I own my own vehicle, if I'm
stuck in my parent's house after college, brings with it. Any of you
have expenses you don't mind cause of the payoff?
- Hopefully, I'll get a job soon, as the teller I was
speaking with today said there are some banks hiring, and my degree and
service experience should give me an edge. Wish me luck!