So I was musing the other day with a friend about what the threshold of tolerance would be for Americans, in terms of the way things are going right now for the country (and the world, for that matter). If all that this administration has done for us wouldn’t be enough to make Americans revolt against their goverment, what would it really take? Or would we “break” at all?
I don’t mean people with angrily-worded signs standing in front of the white house, I mean revolutionary war style. Before you turn me in to Homeland Security, hear me out. Granted, the context of our situation now is not really comparable to the way it was back then, but the sentiment would be the same. People getting angry with their ruler, trying diplomacy, failing, then feeling the need to actually act. To me it seems like every word that can be said to try to change this government has been said. Obviously, this method has failed. This administration will continue to turn a deaf ear towards reasoned dissent. So, what next? Keep bitching? Wait and see if things change with the next president?
I’m asking you, the reader, what do you think it would really take for Americans to revolt (aggressively)? Is that even the answer? What are possible solutions, do you think? As long as the media and the goverment make us feel isolated from the rest of the world, I think that most Americans will go along with whatever they’re told to believe. What do you think?
One of the greatest selling points of a gaming system for me is the ability to play throwback games. When I was growing up (yes, go ahead and hit play on your cd of sad violin music), I always had the non popular system to play. While my friends were playing Pac Man on the 2600, I was playing KC Munchikins on my Odyssey. Doom on their PC, I was staring at the finder of my Mac. While Mario was jumping around on my friends Nintendo, I was shooting clay pots on my Sega Master System. I know, I had it rough, but I turned out okay (you can stop the cd now).
That is why the xbox arcade is important to me, and the Wii emulation of old games will make drool come out of my mouth faster than ice cream on a whore’s teet. I am currently, for the first time in my life, playing through the first Doom and love it. They tweaked the graphics up just a little bit for the xbox, but left the game very close to it’s true form.
Tomorrow I think Contra comes out, and there is a huge list of games that I have only heard spoken about in the school cafeteria with a sense of awe in my peers voices. I hope that they included the “up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, start” code in. If I ever form a band, I am making sure that we make a hardcore death metal song dedicated to the most holy of cheat codes, I think I would call the song “100 Lives Wasted, Face Down in the Goddamned Muck!”
If you are reading this (which I doubt you are Microsoft), please port The 7 Cities of Gold to xbox live. Until then, keep releasing the throwback games and stay away from the dumb tetris clones.