The Brett Kimberlin Saga:

Follow this link to my BLOCKBUSTER STORY of how Brett Kimberlin, a convicted terrorist and perjurer, attempted to frame me for a crime, and then got me arrested for blogging when I exposed that misconduct to the world. That sounds like an incredible claim, but I provide primary documents and video evidence proving that he did this. And if you are moved by this story to provide a little help to myself and other victims of Mr. Kimberlin’s intimidation, such as Robert Stacy McCain, you can donate at the PayPal buttons on the right. And I thank everyone who has done so, and will do so.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Friday Frivolity: The Bad Video Game Rap Edition! (Plus Uncharted as Feature-Length Films!)

Actually this phenomenon is not exclusive to video games, but there was a time when this “rap” thing was new, and different, and lazy advertising agencies would tell various companies that the way to reach kids was to do a rap ad... by people who knew nothing about hip-hop.  So you would see things like car dealers who clearly never listened to an actual rap song, rapping as you covered your ears.  It was clearly an example where literally no one who made the ad thought the music was good, but they believed other people when they told them it was good or that others would like it.

In my humble opinion, if you can’t see the value in a thing, probably no one else can either.

So via Kotaku you get this psychological punishment:

Also this is completely unrelated, but if I don’t post it soon it is likely to disappear for copyright concerns.  Those of you who own Xboxes (or, God help you, Wii’s) probably have heard all the shouting about the Playstation’s Uncharted series.  You are told that this mash up of Indiana Jones style adventure and cover-based shooting is like a playable movie.  Indeed many people note that spectators often enjoy watching the game just like a movie, a concept that Playstation itself riffed off of in one of its classic “Kevin Butler” ads:

Well, my dearly deprived Xbox (and *cough* Wii) players, now you can get a taste of what you are missing.  Someone took all three Playstation 3 games and edited them down to movie-length videos.  Some of the graphical fidelity is lost—in other words, it will not look as amazing as it does in a Playstation 3, on an HD TV.  And judging by a few minutes of the first video, it appears that they cut out about 90% of the actual gameplay.  But still it’s about as close as you are likely to get to enjoying these games without buying the necessary hardware and software.

So I present to you, Uncharted (1): Drake’s Fortune:

Uncharted 2: Among Theives:

In my opinion, #2 is the best in the series, even if there wasn’t enough Sully in it.

And last is Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception.

And if there is any doubt that the “Indiana Jones torch” has been passed to this series, you can go back to an old Patterico post I wrote showing Harrison Ford acting like a kid as he plays the third game, here.

Incidentally there has been stories for a while now of an attempt to make these into live action movies, starring Mark Wahlberg.  Well, let me respectfully suggest to the studios that you avoid wasting a ton of money on a movie that will annoy fans of the series and will not win new converts, and just hire this guy and release what he made on the big screen.  No, it won’t be a blockbuster, but I bet that it will be infinitely more profitable.

(Consider that an only half-serious suggestion.)


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