The Future

Here’s a music video for a song I heard it over XM radio while browsing through the stations one day.  I was caught by the catchy beat and profound lyrics.  It’s not everyday you hear a song about existential nihilism.

The Future, by The Limousines

Can’t help but wonder ’bout what’s underneath these city streets
The wires and cables tangled up, connecting everything
And down below, we’ll find the bones of people from the past
People with dreams about the future

And when we die, our empty bodies turn to dust
There’ll be no pit of fire
No angels singing songs for us
There’s nothing we can say that people won’t forget someday
There’s nothing we can do that matters
And that’s okay

Just when you think you’ve got it all worked out
That’s probably when they’ll put you in the ground
Just when I think I’ve got it all worked out
That’s probably when they’ll put me in the ground

Ain’t got much faith in God or modern-day mythology
The lies and fables, fate, and luck directing everything
So down we go like dominoes; our lives go by too fast
Nobody lives to see the future

And when we die, buildings and bridges left to rust
No heaven in the sky, no pearly gates on clouds and stuff
The monuments we build will crumble and decay someday
There’s nothing we can do that matters

Just when you think you’ve got it all worked out
That’s probably when they’ll put you in the ground
Just when I think I’ve got it all worked out
That’s probably when they’ll put me in the ground

I wanna laugh as many times as I can before I die
I wanna love, I wanna smile; I don’t need much, I’m a simple child
I wanna laugh as many times as I can before I die
I wanna love, I wanna smile, just wanna fuck every once in a while
I just wanna fuck every once in a while

I think I’ve finally got it all worked out
Somebody call and put me in the ground
I think I’ve finally got it all worked out
Somebody call and put me in the ground

Can’t help but wonder ’bout what’s underneath these city streets
The wires and cables tangled up, connecting everything

Modern War in Miniature

Thanks to a couple of friends of mine, I managed to temporarily get my hands on a very rare copy of the first roleplaying game ever published: Modern War in Miniature, by Michael F. Korns.  I did my best to take digital photographs of the pages of the book and create a pdf out of them.  The binding was very fragile so I could not get the pages properly flat when I took the photos, but everything is still perfectly legible.  Strangely, page 12 of the book was completely blank.  I don’t know if this was a peculiarity of the copy I had, if it was a printing error in the entire run, or if the page is intended to be blank.

This historic and little-known roleplaying game is now on its way to living forever on the internet!

 

Modern War in Miniature

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SWTOR’s Fire Has Gone Out of the Universe

Well, SWTOR didn’t quite pan out as I had hoped it would.  The game is just too much of a “World of Warcraft in space” game without the eight years of development experience.  If I’m going to be on an item/achievement treadmill, it makes no sense to me to lose everything I built up in WoW only to do it over again in SWTOR.

While the game did introduce some of interesting new features to the genre (that is, the genre of the gear-treadmill, fantasy MMORPG), it did not build on what has already been learned in the genre leader, WoW, which is really the minimum that any new game in the same genre has to do.  SWTOR — as it stands right now, feature-wise — is really a game that should have come out five years ago.

It’s really disappointing that Bioware didn’t take this opportunity to make a next-gen MMO and, instead, just pumped out a prettier, less fleshed out, “me too” MMO.