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Ask Dr. Wallace Breen

Let me read a letter I recently received. 'Dear Dr. Breen. Why has the Combine seen fit to suppress our reproductive cycle? Sincerely, A Concerned Citizen.'

Thank you for writing, Concerned. Of course your question touches on one of the basic biological impulses, with all its associated hopes and fears for the future of the species.

I also detect some unspoken questions. Do our benefactors really know what's best for us? What gives them the right to make this kind of decision for mankind? Will they ever deactivate the suppression field and let us breed again?

Allow me to address the anxieties underlying your concerns, rather than try to answer every possible question you might have left unvoiced.

First, let us consider the fact that for the first time ever, as a species, immortality is in our reach.

This simple fact has far-reaching implications. It requires radical rethinking and revision of our genetic imperatives.

It also requires planning and forethought that run in direct opposition to our neural pre-sets.

I find it helpful at times like these to remind myself that our true enemy is Instinct.

Instinct was our mother when we were an infant species.

Instinct coddled us and kept us safe in those hardscrabble years when we hardened our sticks and cooked our first meals above a meager fire and started at the shadows that leapt upon the cavern's walls.

But inseparable from Instinct is its dark twin, Superstition.

Instinct is inextricably bound to unreasoning impulses, and today we clearly see its true nature. Instinct has just become aware of its irrelevance, and like a cornered beast, it will not go down without a bloody fight.

Instinct would inflict a fatal injury on our species.

Instinct creates its own oppressors, and bids us rise up against them.

Instinct tells us that the unknown is a threat, rather than an opportunity.

Instinct slyly and covertly compels us away from change and progress.

Instinct, therefore, must be expunged.

It must be fought tooth and nail, beginning with the basest of human urges: The urge to reproduce.

We should thank our benefactors for giving us respite from this overpowering force.

They have thrown a switch and exorcised our demons in a single stroke.

They have given us the strength we never could have summoned to overcome this compulsion.

They have given us purpose. They have turned our eyes toward the stars.

Let me assure you that the suppressing field will be shut off on the day that we have mastered ourselves...the day we can prove we no longer need it.

And that day of transformation, I have it on good authority, is close at hand.

By fnord12 | May 29, 2007, 3:22 PM | Video Games | Comments (1)| Link

Time to break out the emulator

From Game Informer (not online):

In Japan, there are few homegrown movie stars that are bigger than comedian/actor/director Takeshi Kitano (Known famously as Beat Takeshi), but that doesn't mean he's any good at making video games. In 1986, this title appeared for the Nintendo Famicom and tasked players with some bizarre challenges such as asking you not to touch the controller for an hour, a boss that requires 20,000 hits, holding one button for four hours non-stop, a flying mission that you cannot complete, and more. Oh yeah, the title screen warns that the game was "created by somebody who hates video games."

More at wikipedia.

By fnord12 | May 24, 2007, 9:24 AM | Video Games | Comments (1)| Link

SuperMario trilogy

Also via Mike (who needs to step away from the YouTube), here are three different people doing incredible things with the Super Mario theme:

By fnord12 | May 14, 2007, 11:09 AM | Music & Video Games | Comments (0)| Link

Typical Magic Girl - now with exploding panties


In Atarashi Games' Panty Explosion ($20) players take on the roles of psychic Japanese schoolgirls and battle nightmarish demons, ghosts, government agents and even each other. Like the typical "magical girl" manga or anime, Panty Explosion mixes the mundane and the macabre, the petty trials and tribulations of high school life and the life or death struggle against supernatural monsters.

By fnord12 | May 11, 2007, 9:58 AM | Ummm... Other? & Video Games | Comments (0)| Link

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