Top 10 Game of Thrones Season 8 Predictions

The ending of this season was amazing!  No joke, I loved it.  So much character payoff, the series went back to a lot of its roots with the political intrigue, and ended on a note so crazy that I had literal chills.  Not to mention, am I the only person who caught this – the dragon that goes evil is the one named after Dany’s piece of shit brother.  It’s too perfect.  I genuinely am amazed no one else caught that.  I swear, the moment the writers were thinking about this season, they knew which dragon to have turn to the Night King’s side.  Can’t wait to see how they finally bring down that monster.  Turns out that most of my predictions for this season were right.  I’m digging that!  I have a gift for predicting this series.  With that in mind, let’s get down to my predictions for the final season of the most epic and ambitious series ever created.

10. Jaime and Bronn take the Lannister army north
Probably my second-favorite scene in the episode is where Jaime chose to finally abandon Cersei.  He’s broken free of his need for her, and now we’ll get to see him get to reclaim his honor.  It truly is a pity that he is almost-guaranteed to die in this series.  I’m assuming it will be when they head back south to deal with Cersei.  Them dying together is fitting.  However, I think that the season will begin with him meeting up with the Lannister forces and persuading them to head north to join the fight against the dead.  Bronn has grown more than a little in this series, and I think he’s going to join him, because while he isn’t itching to die, he’s not going to just wait for the end.  I cannot wait to see what happens to Jaime.  Once the series is over, I’m going to do my top 15 characters list, and he’s going to be on there.

9. The Hound kills the Undead Mountain
Who else could it be?  They couldn’t have possibly made it more clear how their story is going to play out.  The Hound knows that his last battle will be to destroy the brother that he has always hated.  I get the feeling we will see some truly fantastic character development as he confronts all the anger and pain he’s kept inside over the years in one last showdown.  It will probably kill both of them, but it’ll be worth it.  There’s a TON of character payoff coming with the fight between these two.

8. Arya takes Littlefinger’s face
I refuse to believe that her list of names is gone, just because she’s back home.  Arya is still a killer.  And why let a face with as much influence as Littlefinger go to waste?  Personally, I think she’s going to put it to good use.  Or, if nothing else, to have his face in her own little collection of faces.  This girl is going to be getting into some crazy shit this season, and I think we’ll have a truly dark character moment when Sansa sees her taking a face and has to confront that Arya truly has become a Faceless Man.

7. Tyrion and Sansa remarry
It’s a perfect political union.  Sansa knows how to play the game now.  What’s more, she knows that Tyrion is the best of the Lannisters.  Since it’s a guarantee that the Lannister house is going to continue through him as Warden of the Westerlands, having a union between the Starks and the Lannisters through their marriage and child is a perfect course of action.  I also get the feeling that she was genuinely coming to like him before everything with her brother dying forced them apart.

6. Melisandre brings an army of fire priests
The magic of the Lord of Light is something that we haven’t gotten to see a huge amount of.  Magic in this series is rooted in darkness, blood, ice, and fire.  When you have an army of the dead, who have a huge Achilles heel to fire, what better than to have some of those who worship your god come in and bring fire with them?  She said she would have to die in Westeros.  Given how the faith of the Lord of Light is taking root all over Essos, her bringing a ton of priests and priestesses who can wield the flame with her is fitting.  I also get the feeling that it will be Jon who kills her.  He said that if she ever came back to the North, he’d hang her for murder.  Ser Davos said that he’d kill her before he got the chance.  I get the feeling that one of them will make good on that.

5. Jon becomes a dragon rider
I suppose this should be obvious.  I mean, did anyone notice that one of the dragons is named after his father?  Come on!  I guess this is a given, considering that the Night King now has Viscerion under his control, and so we will get an epic battle a lot like the Dance of Dragons between the two.  Part of me is desperately hoping the episodes of the final season are full-length.  As in, well over an hour.  I want to see what it’s like for Jon to learn how to ride a dragon.  The real bummer for me is that I get the feeling we’ll never see Ghost on screen again.  That just kills me.  I miss that direwolf.  But the budget only goes so far, unfortunately.

4. Arya kills the Night King
Why else would they have given her a Valyrian steel dagger if she wasn’t going to do something really badass with it?  Everyone is thinking the final battle will be between Jon and the Night King.  That would be cool, but I get the feeling that Arya will be the one to land the killing blow that ends The Long Night, Part II.  I’m sure their last battle will be insane.  I wanted to say that I still think she’ll be the one to do Cersei in, but I think they’ll keep her in the North (which is BORING!) and have her deal the killing blow to end the War for the Dawn.

3. Euron turns on Cersei
This also feels like a given.  Everyone has said that they think Theon will be the one to kill him, and I don’t think that’s entirely true.  I think it will be him and Yara.  I think he’s going to go back to Pike and rescue her, finding the whole place empty, except her, in whatever twisted torture chamber Euron has for her.  As I said, it feels like a given.  When Euron said he wanted to join forces with Daenerys, it was all to marry her and usurp the throne after doing so to become king.  Way I see it, he will have The Golden Company at his command, so he’ll use that power to turn on her and take the power for himself.  Maybe it will allude to Robert’s Rebellion, where Cersei opens the gates to let him in, and they start sacking the city.  Would be some poetic irony in that.

2. Jon hides the fact that he’s a Targaryan and takes the name Stark
This was also alluded to, when he told Theon that he doesn’t have to choose between the name Greyjoy and Stark.  He can be both.  Jon is loyal.  He’s loyal to his family.  In either the first or second episode of the last season, he’s going to be hit with the fact that he’s the last son of Rheagar, and the rightful heir to the Iron Throne.  I think he’ll work with Daenerys to cover up the truth about his name, and choose to leave her as the only Targaryan, in exchange for getting his name and joining their houses by marriage.  It would end a potential war before it starts and secure a large portion of the land.  I think it will be Tyrion who poses this idea to them.  Here’s hoping he can finally convince Jon to lie.

And my biggest prediction for the final season is…

1. The war with the Night King isn’t the final war
Since we know that Cersei is going to take over the country while Daenerys is up north, it’s pretty clear that the series will end with the combined armies that she has left marching south to retake the Iron Throne and end the war, bringing peace to the Seven Kingdoms.  Personally, I’d like to see the very end of the series be set after the winter is over and have some kind of epilogue to show how the story ends for all the great houses.  How the Seven Kingdoms finally finds peace.  But yeah, the War for the Dawn is the biggest fight and will be the most epic, but the true end of the series is going to be much further south.

What do you all think is going to happen?  Let me know in the comments.

Until next time, a quote,

“That which is dead, shall never die.” – Theon’s Balls

Peace out,

Maverick

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15 Characters Some Idiot Thinks are Offensive (A response to Chris O’Connell)

That’s a pen name, by the way.  This person is so ashamed of what pathetic click-bait this is that they don’t want to have their real name associated with it.  It seems that they want to talk about 15 characters in games that Sony has made who are just so offensive.  There’s a lot to unpack here, so let’s get right down to it.  Here’s a link to the article, so you can see the stupid for yourself.  Let’s rip this to pieces.

15. Ivy Valentine (Soul Calibur)

Regardless of what the developers claim, Ivy’s outfits keep getting skimpier and skimpier, calling more attention to her looks than her actual fighting prowess. Yes, she is one of the best fighters in the series, but the developers can’t get past the horny teenager shtick.

From a purely practical standpoint, Ivy’s outfits are crazy. Not only are they not practical, no human on earth could keep them on standing still, let alone pulling off the moves Ivy does.

Yes, let’s castigate her lack of realism here.  The character who uses a sword that can extend into shapes and is possessed by demonic energy for the lack of realism in her outfit.  Also, what’s the problem with making her sexy?  The lack of realism in her outfit doesn’t mean shit to me.  Yeah, the boobs would fall out.  I don’t play video games expecting perfect realism.  If that were the case, then The Last of Us would have ended with Joel not ever being able to get a car because gasoline does spoil, believe it or not.  It’s something that literally EVERY post-apocalyptic game, film, and TV show gets wrong.  Without exception.

There is nothing wrong with making Ivy hot.  My girly-mate Quinn said she wants to motorboat those tits as much as any guy.  Turns out, lesbians exist.  I know the SJW camp wants to pretend they exist, or not let their opinions into the conversation by saying it’s made for men (that’s so homophobic, when you think about it).  Ivy is in control of her sexuality.  Her character is aware of how hot she is.  She views the whip-like nature of her blade in a very dominatrix way.  Plenty of women like to be the Dom in their relationship.  Are you saying their sexual choices are bad?

14. Sheva Alomar (Resident Evil 5)

Their entire argument for how she’s offensive is a clothing option you can unlock.  They completely gloss over how she is a badass and tough character, all so they can rag on the fact that you have an outfit to unlock that’s risque.  This was such pathetic click-bait.  I am more ragging on this article for the garbage it is so I can get some rage I have been bottling today off my chest.  Roll with it.  They actually do make an argument that her character is bland and virtually non-existent.  A sign that this guy has never played this game.  Is she clearly a side-kick?  Yup.  But she is still a tough fighter and serves a role in the story.  She’s not the co-op partner in Halo, who just is a phantom that disappears with each cutscene.  Seems by saying her character is non-existent that you are the one reducing her to how she looks.  Kinda sexist.

13. Rikku (Final Fantasy X)

This is the one that really pisses me off.  They are showing her from X-2!  They only talk about her look in X-2!  Yeah, I have my problems with that looks too.  It’s stupid.  I genuinely love her character in Final Fantasy X!  Her character, worldview, look, and her culture’s atheism are some of the best parts of the game.  Rikku is a likable girl who is bubbly as a cover for some deep problems with the world and a thinking mind that is trying to find a way to save her cousin.  But all this bullshit article can do is focus on her outfit and they don’t even put the right goddamn title on the game!  Fuck this article!

12. Quiet (Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain)

Sexy woman bad!  It really is amazing how SJWs basically treat any woman who is even a little sexy as wrong.  I have to wonder what they do when they see women who want to show their bodies off.  Like a girl I know.  She works hard to stay in shape, and she likes to show her body off in very revealing outfits.  She’s not a model, but with how hard she works to be in shape and how unabashed she is about her sexuality, I can’t help but think that people who think like the asshole who wrote this article would say they are wrong.  No wonder they don’t have a problem with Islam.  Just admit that you want women in a burka and be done with it.

11. Larry (Leisure Suit Larry Series)

Yes, Leisure Suit Larry is offensive.  Anyone who plays these games knows that.  And how is this on Sony?  The biggest game in this franchise was for PC.

10. Duke Nukem (Duke Nukem Forever)

This article isn’t even trying anymore.  And again, why should Sony feel bad for it?  The developers of the game should feel bad because they created a piece of trash.  It’s a bad game.  Everyone in gaming admits that it’s a bad game.  No one likes this game.  But Duke was always meant to be offensive and over the top.  Who is surprised by this?  Toddlers?

9. Auntie Poulet (Grand Theft Auto: Vice City)

Fun fact: Auntie Poulet is voiced by Miss Cleo. That is where the fun ends with this offensive character. Auntie is a voodoo priestess stereotype that has Tommy Vercetti kill Cuban NPCs for her after drugging him.

Auntie Poulet leans into the whole voodoo stereotype to the point where she becomes unbelievable as a character. It is ridiculously over the top and offensive. Women from Haiti are not all voodoo priestesses that use their magic to get their way.

What the fuck are they even talking about?  Who thinks that all Haitian women are voodoo priestesses?  Where the fuck does this “stereotype” exist?  Nobody thinks this!  And the stereotype about voodoo priestesses is that…they drug characters…and have them kill criminals to help them?  I don’t get it.  This article has really lost the plot here.  And so far as I remember, this game was also multi-platform.  How is this Sony’s fault?!

8. The Women Of Killer Is Dead (Killer Is Dead)

A game from a company know for making games that hold nothing back and are more than a little sexually empathetic is bad because you can have sex with women in it!  Yeah, this guy wants chicks to wear burkas.

7. Ashley (Resident Evil 4)

Although not as sexual as Sheva, Ashley does not help the Resident Evil franchise. The president’s daughter is a damsel in distress that the player begins to loather not only for her vapid, tasteless portrayal, but also because saving her butt is frustrating and infuriating.

Damsels in distress are an unfortunate video game staple that demeans women and is offensive. Ashley is the most pathetic version of this trope. She can barely stand on her own two feet, let alone stop from being taken repeatedly. It is really upsetting to watch as such an underdeveloped character drives the plot. After recovering Ashley for the tenth time, the gamer wishes she could at least hold a gun, for women and sanity’s sake.

What the retard who wrote this (and clearly just took lines from Anita Sarkeesian’s old series of videos) fails to realize is that we hate Ashley not because of some bullshit involving a trope.  We hate her because her AI is poorly programmed and she can only be kidnapped or killed.  Yeah, saving her is a pain in the ass.  It’s bad partner AI.  I am really regretting responding to this.  It’s basically like debunking the watered-down version of an Anita Sarkeesian clone.

6. James Earl Cash (Manhunt 2)

Manhunt is not meant for the faint of heart. That is why parent groups wanted to never let it see the light of day. The game forces the player to take part in the brutal killing and torture of any enemy Cash can get his hands on. The violently sadistic nature of each kill leaves little to the imagination.

Cash is an offensive character because how he disposes of each enemy. The snuff film angle really has not been replicated since the second entry in the series. You could say he is being told to do such things by the Director, but how quickly Cash takes to it all is in his nature. Cash was created to be the gamers vehicle into this world of gore.

I swear, this idiot who wrote this is so close to being close to the point without it going right over their head.  Yeah, Cash is a violent degenerate.  He’s a psychopath who does horrible things for the sake of a narrative.  That was the point.  Rockstar wanted to make a game so violent that it was piss people off.  Players ate it up because they understood that this game is just a twisted way to get some crazy out on digital people.  It’s like how people listen to those ASMRs about having a girlfriend to simulate a relationship.  You get to have some emotional catharsis and no one is actually hurt in the process.  How did this point escape this retard?

5. Sammy Wasabi (Freaky Flyers)

There are no good characters in Freaky Flyers, as the stereotypes are laid on pretty thick in this game. Sammy Wasabi might be one of the worst one though. Sammy Wasabi is a horrible Asian stereotype that has buck teeth and flies a plane called the Kamikaze Express.

I did a little research on this one.  What’s the problem with this guy?  There is this huge intro about how he is a genius.  He’s got a ton of accomplishments to his name at a young age.  He is a fun character.  Not to mention, are we not going to point out that the clearly American characters in this game are made to be the stupidest people you can possibly imagine?  Is this all exaggerated stereotypes, sure.  But they clearly are not above making every character a stereotype in the negative.  I half-expect the black chick I saw in the trailer for the game to call the guys she kicks the shit out of “suga.”  If a game is honest about what it is doing, I don’t see the problem.

I’m sure the argument is that if we perpetuate these stereotypes, it will make people more racist.  I can see this guy, and I don’t think that all Asians have broken Engrish and buck teeth.  In an age before everyone was some butthurt pussy who needs to have their ideas constantly validated, I bet there were plenty of Asians who saw stuff like this as amusing as I do the fact that the Americans in this game are stupid as fuck.

4. Barret Wallace (Final Fantasy VII)

Although he is the first black character in the series, he is unfortunately a walking stereo-type from his mannerisms, lack of intelligence, and over the top speech. Japanese developers have continually had a hard time portraying other races in a positive light. In fact, that might be an undertone throughout this list. Barret might be the most infamous example of a Japanese developer trying to create a Western black man for Western audiences.

Barret is one bad mothereffe, but that does not make up for his representation. His tattoos and Mr. T like appearance are just the cherry on top of this sundae. Gamers grew to look past his exterior as they progressed through FFVII. He is a solid character underneath it all, but first impressions matter, and this one was super offensive.

I’m calling it!  This was written by a person who never played ANY of these games.  Wanna know how I know that?  Because Barrett is a bad motherfucker and everyone who plays the games knows it.  He has a cybernetic arm that can be upgraded with better weapons.  He’s the leader of a resistance (or some might say eco-terrorist group) group and you know that he is a boss from the moment you meet him.  I love that they got that right in the new version of him in the remake that I’ll never play because fuck Square Enix and their episodic bullshit with this game.  I’ll wait for the full version to come out.  First impressions don’t mean shit.  If that was the case, then I’d think Tidus in Final Fantasy X was nothing but a whiny bitch, or Balthier is a Han Solo rip-off.  It’s what’s under the skin that matters.

I hate these Sarkeesian wannabes and their bullshit arguments.  Context matters!  Character matters!  These people say it doesn’t.  I fucking hate that.  By that logic, you can easily write off pretty much every character I like.  By that logic, Joel is the worst person ever in The Last of Us, because he is an asshole who is gruff and violent.  But then you get to know him and see the forces at work inside him which as you understanding by the end why he chose to sell humanity up the river to save Ellie.

The last entries are all from games I’ve never even heard of, but trust me, it’s all bullshit.  We’ve seen up to this point that these people castigating conservatives is funny, because their views on how women match up real nice with Islam’s, and their views on race end right where the skin does.  Hell, they even said it.  They don’t care about what’s underneath that.  It’s all about how the person looks.  These people are sexist, and racist.  Fuck that noise!

Until next time, a quote,

“For every complex problem, there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.” – H.L. Mencken

Peace out,

Maverick

Lucien’s First Take: BioMutant: Gameplay Trailer

I first heard about this the other day, when a leaked image showed a one-eyed cat person holding a sword.  And immediately I wanted to know more.  2017 has been kind of a slow year for gaming, but it’s clear that the best is yet to come.  2018 already has some big things in its roster.  There’s the God of War reboot, Insomniac’s Spider-Man game, and now we have a game which is being advertised as a kung fu game with furry creatures, guns, and mechs.  All of these things sound good to me.  And this trailer, while definitely leaving me wondering a lot of things, has at least got me intrigued.  Let’s take a look.

We begin seeing a little robot grasshopper.  That’s kinda cute.  It hops away to its master, a furry creature waving its hand over a pool of what looks like nuclear waste.  I’m assuming the title ties in to that.  What is the story with this universe?  I’m hearing that it’s some kind of post-apocalyptic sorta place, but that doesn’t jive.  There are places in this game’s world that look like real world dilapidated places.  Is the story here that the mutant ooze turned animals into kung fu furries?  You know…I can dig it.  This game clearly is meant to make little sense, so let’s go with it.

Our little furry friend then has a giant furry monster show up looking to mess up his day.  Pulls out a pistol, but that doesn’t help.  Then we see him whip out a katana and charge it up.  Game on!  But really, the gameplay section is the part that got my attention more.

There are good parts, and there are bad parts.  The good parts are the environment.  This is definitely not maximum fidelity, but you know what, that’s fine by me.  I kind of miss the undercooked look of RPGs from back in the day.  Has it really been so long.  And it won’t be too demanding on my hardware.  Still got the first generation PS4.  I also know that high fidelity doesn’t always mean great content.  My favorite game of this year is perfectly capable of running on the PS3 (which it was also released on) and was damn-near flawless.  I’m willing to give this game a chance.  But the water looks amusingly low-tech, not gonna lie.  Oh well, the sunsets are glorious.  Plus, seeing how you get around is very fun.  You can fly in giant dirigibles, use gliders that remind me of the one Aang had, or even board a jet-ski!  Very nice.

I love this little section where you have your furry friend inside a mechanical hand walking around and then transforming into a finger pistol and shooting things.  It’s a sign that this game isn’t going to take itself too seriously.  Have mechanics that are silly and maybe a little stupid.  After all, is the finger robot wind-up?  That looks like a wind-up thing on its back.  Cute.  As is how some of the little furry friends you come across method of speech.  Seems they are taking cues from 90’s platformers, like Banjo Kazooie.  Interesting.

Something that does make me wonder is the combat.  How is this going to work?  What are the mechanics?  They are saying this game will use martial-arts, gunplay, mech combat, and customizable weapons.  That’s am ambitious roster to have.  I honestly wonder how that will pan out.  Is there a HUD?  If this game is trying to hang its hat on deep combat, getting to see more of how that worked would have been nice.

All-in-all, I’m curious.  An open-world RPG with furry creatures fighting with katanas, guns, and mechs has all the ingredients for one hell of a game.  Apparently the studio making this is THQ Nordic.  Didn’t THQ go under?  Someone let me know what the story of this is in the Comments.  I’m gonna wait for reviews, but I think this game is going on my Most Anticipated Game of 2018 list, when it comes out.

Initial Verdict
Promising

Peace out,

Maverick

Lucien’s First Take: Marvel’s Spider-Man 2017 E3 Gameplay

I meant to talk about this months ago, but I am finally getting around to it, because there is a lot to unpack.  Here’s the thing about probably 95% of superhero games – they suck, or are really mediocre.  Especially the ones licensed to films.  Licensed games are the worst thing under the sun.  After the SNES and Sega Genesis, they were all nothing but crap.  So when I heard that Insomniac is making a Spider-Man game that is officially licensed by Marvel, I was groaning.  I mean, Insomniac games are awesome.  They made the Ratchet and Clank games, which are awesome.  But a superhero game to come directly from Marvel?  This has bad idea written all over it.  This year at E3, however, they released a gameplay trailer that has taken all my skepticism and destroyed it.  It looks awesome, so let’s take a look at it now.

Right out of the game, the visuals for this game are amazing.  The level of detail is just perfect.  It’s pretty standard, for a modern console game, but you know what, it’s great.  Definitely hoping we can either customize or get new suits for the web-slinger, but I do like this suit.  Not too worried about that.  Switchable suits has been a standard for Spider-Man games since their inception, so it’s all good.

The control scheme for this game looks pretty simple.  I can clearly tell that almost all of it will be about staying above your targets.  The stealth elements look absolutely phenomenal.  One of the things I always thought was kinda dumb about Spider-Man games is that they don’t take advantage of the elements of getting enemies from above.  Sure, his suit ain’t exactly made to sneak, but you can still hit an enemy from above without them seeing you coming.  Since Spider-Man never kills his foes, we don’t have to worry about non-lethal runs of the game.  Exciting stuff.  The controls for getting back up to beams or on top of objects are taken right out of the Arkham games.  No problem with that whatsoever.  It’s totally fitting for our friendly neighborhood hero.

We also get to see some potential gadget stuff in this game.  Another thing I am digging that seems to have come straight out of the Arkham games.  Desperately hoping that they don’t just copy that formula beat-for-beat though and give you some freedom to customize the stuff you use and be able to craft specialty stuff.  Really wondering how the leveling up system is going to work.  You also can use the environment to fuck up enemies!  That’s awesome!  I love it.  Later on we get to see that done even in combat scenarios.  Manipulating the environment in active combat and not just for stealth is a break from the mold they clearly are going off of, and I think that’s a great one.  But the stealth aspect of this game is really something.  Not gonna lie, the more potential I have to be stealthy, the happier I’ll be.  It’s my favorite way to play a game, and it looks like I get to scratch my itch here.

Then we get our first peek into the combat.  Now here’s something where I want to elaborate on how this game is using the Arkham formula.  A lot of people are saying that that’s unoriginal, but you know what, I think it’s goddamn brilliant.  There’s a reason why.  When you fight, it’s clear that you are using the same kind of system they used in Arkham to dodge enemy attacks before they happen.  To me, this formula makes even more sense for Spider-Man than it did for Batman.  Why?  Because of the Spider Sense.  That talent gives him the ability to see what’s about to happen when danger is close.  He gets an almost perfect ability to perceive incoming problems and react to them.  So the indicator system from the aforementioned series is perfect for that!  It also lets you dodge machine gun fire, which, for those who read the comics, is something that Spider-Man could do when he’s at his best.  Since this game isn’t attached to any film or thing like that, keeping it true to the comics is kind of awesome.

From there we get some stuff with a helicopter that shows this game is also taking cues from the old God of War games with quicktime events.  Not gonna complain about that either.  Clearly they are doing the concept right.  Kinda curious to see what all this “HEX” stuff in that clearly is some kind of energy.  This should be interesting.

This game went from being something I figured wouldn’t be worth my time, to one of my most-anticipated games of 2018.  That’s pretty awesome.  Let me know what you all think down below.

Initial Verdict:
Hyped!

Peace out,

Maverick

Lucien’s Review: Observer

I find myself in a very strange position – having a game where there is nothing wrong with it in terms of appearance, gameplay, or performance, and yet I was totally and completely bored by.  This is a game that has nothing fundamentally wrong with it.  I just got so bored playing it.  How is that possible?  Maybe it’s just not the kind of game for me?  I honestly don’t know.  There could be a lot of self-reflection in my future as I think about this game and what it represents to me.  This review may end up with me just stroking my own dick as I think about why I didn’t really enjoy this game as much as the Steam community seems to, but so be it.  I do want to talk about it.

The story goes that you’re in a 1980’s style dystopian future horror movie.  Everything about the aesthetic screams old school horror films.  This game seems to have taken some cues from Alien: Isolation in that regard.  You play as Daniel Lazarski, voiced very well by Rutger Hauer.  I like the voice acting from this character.  Rutger isn’t known for being able to boom.  He plays the broken down old man very well.  He is an Observer.  They’re a new kind of law enforcement who can go into people’s minds and take information that they don’t want to give up out of their heads.  It’s a dark concept, that admittedly has a lot of potential.  Now he’s on the trail to find his son, with whom he is estranged, and gets involved in a plot of murder and deception, all inside the heads of the dead or dying.

This game has a very unique look.  I liked the retro feel of the tech in this game.  You have all these holgraphic displays, mixed in with computers that look like they were coughed up from the 80’s.  It’s cool stuff.  Seeing games willing to eschew the modern film convention of making all the technology super advanced is really refreshing.  A pity Hollywood can’t seem to do that.  The problem here is that since the game really doesn’t take a large amount of time building the world it inhabits, I didn’t find myself getting into this beyond the most basic “that’s kinda cool” sorta way.  Which is really unfortunate because there was a lot of loving detail put into the environments.

Hacking into people’s minds brought me to another game that this one clearly took a lot of cues from.  Well, not really a game so much as what could have been a game – P.T.  After the death of Silent Hills, a TON of games have been trying to take that concept and run with it.  To extremely varying degrees of success.  In my opinion, this game didn’t seem to rise to the ambitious goals Hideo Kojima was trying to do the way others appear to be.  All the intricacies of P.T.’s environmental puzzles connected to being in a single hallway are lost on this game.

Then we get the sections that it’s clear they took from a previous work, Outlast – the moving around and hiding sections from a monster that you can’t kill.  These sections got very tedious, very quickly.  It was so easy to predict where the monster would be, so all the tension that could have come from hiding from the creature was lost in a nano-second.  I found myself wishing that they could have just ditched those entirely for maybe more creative environmental puzzles in the world of people’s minds.  For all the potential the idea of jacking into people’s heads has, they really seemed to not want to take any crazy chances with it.  I can think of 100 ways to make it a surreal nightmare all off the top of my head that they didn’t even try.  I kind of want to see this idea done again by a studio that is a little more ambitious.  Maybe Kojima can take a crack at it after he is done with Death Stranding?  Just a good idea.

Which brings me to the fear element – this game isn’t scary.  At all.  They really should have ditched the fear side.  I guess the fear is supposed to come from the idea of what it means to get into people’s heads and how that is violating their minds.  But here’s the thing – 99% of everyone you jack into is dead.  This concept could have been made immediately more disturbing if you had living people who are desperately fighting you in their minds from getting to their secrets.  Like maybe have an investigation where the Observer is so desperate to get to the answer that he’ll do all sorts of crazy shit in people’s head.  As I said, this is a really neat concept, that I want to see done better.

I guess my biggest problem here is that this game feels like a ton of potential that wasn’t wasted, per se, just not taken far enough.  If they wanted to make a game where the implication of what you’re doing is supposed to be the scary thing (which I like on a VERY large level), then why not go all the way with it?  I mean REALLY fuck with the player.  Make it so that the player feels like they are partly to blame.  Have them also so eager to get to the answer that they are pushing the main character to do all these things.  Maybe some Fourth Wall moments where you put on the player that what they’re doing is wrong.  So much potential in this thought process.

This is not a bad game.  I just got very bored by it.  To me it feels like a game that is riffing off other games and doesn’t go out of its way to be its own thing.  Which is a bummer, because the kind of game I described above, I can see Rutger Hauer being an amazing addition to.  Hopefully this isn’t his last foray into video games before he passes.  He is quite old.  It will be a shame when he goes.  He’s a great actor, and has the chops for great voice acting too.  But that’s just my thoughts.  Let me know what yours are below.

Final Verdict
6 out of 10

Peace out,

Maverick

Lucien’s Unpopular Opinion: The Left Looks Worse in the ‘Nazi’ Debate

It’s all about who’s a Nazi.  The term Nazi is just as void and empty as the term “rape” in the world of SJWs.  After all, they say that birth is a form of rape.  Seriously, Google “birth rape.”  That shit will blow your mind.  There are articles written by feminists saying that any form of sex between men and women is rape because the penis has to be “forced” into the vagina.  Maybe with you, frosty-cunt, but other women get aroused.  I know, it’s something these women who write stuff like that wouldn’t know thing one about.  Their love caves have cobwebs, that’s how void they are of sexual thoughts.  Oh, I’m sorry, did that sound insensitive?  Well, it’s about to get worse.

I am just about sick and tired of all this “Nazi” bullshit on my feeds. Facebook, Twitter, just about everywhere I fucking go, it’s all about the Nazis.  You have the right-wing idiots in Charlottesville who decided to get together and get tiki torches and do a white nationalism parade.  Just about the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen.  Something like that should have just been mocked and have people rolling their eyes.  Instead, it got a massive amount of counter-protesting.  Which the police were just fine to allow and then be totally cool with both sides coming to blows.  Don’t we pay these people to stop stuff like that?  Funny how that works.  Even had the mayor of that town saying that he would tell the police to let that happen.  Of course, the ACLU was quick to point out that that is illegal, but in the end, that didn’t really matter (a Linkin Park reference.  RIP, Chester).

Then there was one really sick fuck who decided to smash his car into a bunch of innocent people.  Fuck that guy.  He was rightfully vilified by the media, and I have no problem calling what he did an act of terrorism.  Of course, we have a Muslim in Barcelona who smashes a van and kills 13 innocent people, while the guy in Charlottesville only killed one.  Seems the Muslims are better at this than the “Nazis.”  Oh, wait, they’re a religion of peace.  Yeah, sure.  Never mind all the unrepentant killing in Europe by people connected to a religion that tells people to murder those who don’t believe.  Sure, why not.

What has me pissed off is the fact that it seems like everyone on the left has decided that while the extremists on the right may wear the symbol and name of the Nazis, they will take the mindset of fascists to heart.  What do I mean?  I mean that they are totally cool with doxing, harassing the employers of, and even driving people out of communities?  Why?  Because they have opinions that they disagree with.  Are these people killing anyone?  Are they burning cars?  Are they throwing firebombs at cops?  Are they doxing people?  Nope.  Not one.  Meanwhile, the people who are attacking them have those on their side who have done ALL of the aforementioned things.  Killed cops, burned cars, rioted and destroyed property, threw firebombs at combs, attacked people just for having an opinion they don’t like, kidnapped and tortured some kid because he was white, pepper sprayed a woman who was also voicing that dissenting mindset, and doxed those who have an opinion that differs from their own.

Some people have called these people the modern equivalent of brownshirts.  An interesting comparison.  Chris Ray Gun did a very charming musical rendition of the concept, which I think is more prescient now than EVER before.

I don’t.  These people are more of the modern equivalent of Mao’s Red Guard.  A paramilitary force of students who fought in favor of a fascistic mindset.  That’s what we see here.  College students who don’t see the historical irony in using tactics that fascists used to make sure that their mindset is the only acceptable one.  Might as well just put them in an SS uniform.  They certainly love propaganda and punishing thought-crimes.  Since they seem to love marxism, I wonder if they know that they’re doing Stalin proud.  Wait, maybe that’s a little extreme.  Then let’s say they’re doing Kim Il-sung proud.  Yeah, that seems much more fitting.

But you wanna know what really pisses me off about all this?  The fact that I am out here defending fucking white nationalists!  I’m out here defending these people’s rights to believe their retarded bullshit.  Why?  Because I’d MUCH rather we have a society where these idiots can get their fucking tiki torches and go out and protest their stupid crap than one where everyone walks in lock-step to one way of thinking.  Where we have Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and seemingly every major social media outlet sucking the cock of the “progressive” mindset, and Google firing people who dare to say that ideological purity destroys the potential of good ideas.  Oh, that’s right, he said that women are dumb and don’t belong in tech.  Says people who clearly never read a single word of the memo that was so infamous.  One where the writer comes out and says he is totally for diversity, but not when it’s forced.  The gall!

I, a man who wears the banner of liberal, am defending the rights of white nationalists to believe their retarded bullshit.  That’s what it’s come to.  Fuck the regressive left.  They can take their notions of “tolerance” and shove them right up their fucking ass!

Until next time, a quote,

“The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it.” – H.L. Mencken

Peace out,

Maverick

I Am Firmly Against the Death Penalty (A response to Prager U)

Our favorite conservative “think tank” has come out with yet-another video where they blatantly miss the point of an issue while trying to sound super smart, and somehow these people have a ton of defenders.  I will never understand that.  As in never, at any point in time.  How a conservative group dedicated towards “education” can make videos on such relevant topics as why people don’t like saying Merry Christmas, or why belief in God is actually the best thing for America, or the ever-popular God showing that murder is wrong.  Yeah, that’s totally not contradicted by the Bible.  Nope, not at all.

Now they have decided to come out and say that the death penalty is a-okay!  I’m sure this guy considers himself “pro-life” too.  Of course he does.  If these people weren’t bleeding hypocrites, they’d be nothing at all.  Dennis Prager comes out and say that the death penalty is not only right, it’s moral.  Let’s take a look at this bullshit.

Prager begins by saying that there are almost no issues where he doesn’t understand both sides.  Dennis, there are a TON of issues that you don’t understand both sides on.  I linked three of them above.  Your inability to understand the most basic of counterarguments that people make is quite something.  But it seems that when it comes to the death penalty, Prager has an unbridgeable gap that he cannot reconcile with the left on.  He wants us to make sure he knows that he thinks not every murderer should be killed, but he believes there is a moral imperative that they should not be.  Okay, Dennis, let’s hear your reasoning.

He goes through a story, and yeah, it’s awful.  The two people he talked about are terrible people.  But, Dennis, this isn’t about your anecdotes about horrible people.  There are a TON of truly horrifying stories that I can tell about murders that go far beyond two guys and one crime.  He says that the people opposed to the death penalty in this instance are saying they deserve to live.  It’s not that, Dennis.

What people like myself are saying when we say that we oppose the death penalty isn’t that people like these two scum-fucks deserve to live.  It’s that we do not believe that if our government is going to say that we believe in the rule of law, and that murder is wrong (two things I wholeheartedly do believe), then we can’t have a government coming in and saying that we should have no issue killing other people.  What those two men did was deplorable.  They are awful people and I have no problem locking them in jail and throwing away the fucking key.  But it is ethical hypocrisy for us to be able to say that we are a moral nation that has an ethical standard, and then fail to live up to that standard.  I’m sorry, but that’s wrong.

He goes on to say that people like me are saying that these people don’t deserve to die.  I’m not saying that all, Dennis.  I’m saying that our country is a nation of hypocrites if we decide to kill these two people and then turning around and saying that murder is wrong.  It’s not that complicated.  This is what I hate about Prager.  He can’t do ethical arguments.  The whole reason he told this story with the background going all back and dark images meant to conjure dark images in the mind was to get past the critical thinking part of your mind and get to the part that wants justice.  The part that wants blood for blood.  Those two men he described are disgusting people.  I don’t care if they get butt-raped in prison.  But I am able to look past the emotional side and see to the side that says that if we are going to be the kinds of people who ignore our own standard, then we might as well just not have that standard at all.

Let me give you a counter-example, Dennis.  Say those two men do what you described, and I just happened to be there with a loaded .44.  I blow their disgusting fucking brains out for what they did.  I apparently wasn’t there in time to stop them from doing it, but I am there in time to kill them as they are trying to escape or something like that.  What would happen to me?  I’d be tried for second degree murder.  Maybe I could make the argument that I was trying to save the life of the father who you never said if he lived or died.  But if they are no longer a threat and are fleeing, then I killed two people in cold blood.  I’d be found guilty.  Maybe my defense lawyer could do what you’re trying to do and maybe that would work, but probably not.  Because at least one person would see that I took the law into my own hands.

By your standard, I did nothing wrong.  Those two men are disgusting people and they don’t deserve to live.  So then why should I not be potentially found guilty of two counts of second-degree murder and potentially sentenced to death and they should.  What’s the line between them and what would be me?  Where do you draw that line?

Your first example is pretty much on point with what I just said as to what people like me believe.  Bravo.  But your second example is fucking stupid.  I just said that I don’t care about the value of human life in respect to those two pieces of shit.  Fuck them.  This is purely a standard of ethics and a refusal to be a hypocrite.

Prager then says one of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard – that sparing murderers belittles the act of murder.  How?  They’ll be in jail for the rest of their lives.  For all the crimes they are guilty of, those two are never going to breathe free air again.  I have protected the public by locking them away, if I’m on that jury.  I’m dying to hear how keeping murderers alive somehow belittles the act of murder.  Does sending a rapist to jail belittle the act of rape?  SJWs calling everything under the sun sure does, but when the police arrest someone and they are found guilty in a court of law and they are on the sex offender registry for the rest of the lives, that sure as fuck doesn’t sound like it belittles that.  That person will likely never hold a good job, likely never have a stable relationship, and likely never have a good home because plenty of good neighborhoods have laws about sexual predators living there.  Some places have it where if you are on the sexual offender registry, you have to go door to door and tell people that.  Effectively killing any chance of you integrating successfully into that neighborhood.  I’m not seeing your point here.

It’s easily proven, he says.  This should be good.  He argument is the biggest non-sequitur I’ve ever seen.  Saying that murderers shouldn’t be killed is the same as making murder have the same punishment as…a speeding ticket?  The fuck?!  One of these things is not like the other.  By putting a murderer in jail for the rest of their life, or for the vast portion of it, you are effectively removing that person from the rest of society.  They can no longer present a danger to anyone.  How is that belittling it.  We recognize this person as a serious danger, and so they will be removed from society for the vast portion of their life, if not all of it.  The two gentlemen he described, if found guilty, their parole officer doesn’t exist.  For four (potentially, we don’t know if the father lived or died) counts of murder and two (or three?) counts of sexual assault, these men are never getting out of jail.  Ever.  How was murder belittled?  All ears, Dennis.

Then we get the “what about the loved ones?” argument.  Oh Groj.  Yeah, and what about the loved ones of the people who are killed by the state?  This makes for a nice segway into another argument against the death penalty – what about the loved ones of people killed for crimes they didn’t commit?  Like that dad in Texas who was killed because he was found guilty of murdering his daughter, when it was found out later that she actually was ripped up by the family dog, and the cuts the investigators believed were knife wounds were from the surgeons trying to stop the bleeding.  What about that man’s loved ones?  He was sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit, and it’s only after he is already dead that he is exonerated.  What about those people?!  Where’s their justice?  In my eyes, if we kill one innocent person as part of your “moral” imperative for the death penalty, that’s one person too many.

He says that the families are angry and hurt because that person isn’t dead.  Sure.  Of course they are.  But here’s the thing, Dennis – justice isn’t about that.  It isn’t about emotional satisfaction.  If that were the case, shouldn’t the victims of rape be allowed to rip off the genitals of the person who raped them?  What about the woman who kept teenage girls in her basement as sex slaves?  What should they be allowed to do to her?  The justice system is about doling out punishments that fit, based on what the person did.  I’m sorry that the person in front of that headstone is sad.  It sucks.  I’ve lost someone I loved to a fucking idiot who is going to be getting out of prison in the not too distant future.  But he served his time and that’s that.

Then he make a strawman argument saying that if I think the Dr who I guess did live at the end of this saying that the people who did this should die, I think he’s immoral.  I don’t think that.  What I think is that he is being government by his anger, and not seeing that the law isn’t about making him feel good.  If that were the case, punishments for all sorts of crimes would be infinitely worse.  The law is about removing dangerous elements from society, and about providing rehabilitation for those who can be rehabilitated.  Granted, with the piss-poor quality of American prisons, that’s not happening.  Gotta love the private prison system and the drug war.  But some people can’t be rehabilitated, and they have to go away forever for the safety of the public.  I’m sorry the doctor is angry.  I really am.  What happened to him is awful.  But his anger doesn’t dictate the nature of the law and how punishment is supposed to work.

And then we get another strawman of those who made the argument I did about those who are innocent and get killed, saying that we oppose it even when evidence is absolute.  Dennis, that’s not the fucking point!  The point is that one innocent person being killed by this law that you say is so justice is one too many!  For a guy who says that he sees both sides of an argument, you sure are missing the point on this one.  Huh, maybe it’s because his notion of seeing both sides is bullshit.

Prager then makes the argument that by keeping murderers alive in prison, they get to kill more people in prison.  Hey Dennis, I don’t know if you knew this, but a fuck-ton more people get killed in prison when gang violence in the streets comes inside.  America’s prison system is so fucked because of the drug war, and the drug war comes inside and that is where so much more prison murder comes from.

That’s all of the major arguments.  After that it’s just him reiterating his old points. My point stands – if we are going to say that we say that murder is wrong (which I most-assuredly do) and that we are a nation that respects the rule of law (which I try to believe, though until all cops are forced to wear cameras), then we cannot kill another person while saying that killing is wrong.  Mama didn’t raise no hypocrite.

Until next time, a quote,

“Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.” – H.L. Mencken

Peace out,

Maverick