Archive for April 27th, 2011

04/27/2011

Assemble

by wfgodbold

Wartech: Senko no Ronde is what you get when a developer can’t decide if he wants to make a traditional arcade shmup, or a fighting game.

The various characters pilot their respective ships in one-on-one battles against each other (like in a fighting game!). The ships each have their own strengths and weaknesses, and varying bullet patterns; each player also has the option to temporarily transform into “boss mode.”

Yes. Boss mode. Instead of trapping the player in a tiny, insignificant ship, Wartech allows you to finally experience what shmup stage bosses must feel; your ship becomes gigantic, you regen health, and you can flood the screen with a hail of bullets.

Assemble is Mika Mikli’s theme:

04/27/2011

Well, that was underwhelming. All that brouhaha, and the birth certificate was legit all along.

by wfgodbold

President Obama, at long last, has released his birth certificate (thanks, no doubt, to the tireless efforts of pompous blowhard Donald Trump). However, his claims that more news time has been spent on his birth certificate than on actual important issues ring false.

I’m not skeptical of its authenticity (and neither are big names in the GOP); though I do wonder what the point in waiting around this long was.

Several people think that he’s been delaying to paint birthers as paranoid lunatics. That seems plausible; the Gormogons point out that Hillary Clinton invented the whole issue, and Obama probably decided to see if he could use it to take out other political opponents with it as well.

I don’t know if it will backfire or not; he left it alone long enough that the real crazies are convinced he would’ve released it long ago if he hadn’t had anything to hide.

We just have to keep in mind what’s really important, though: Trump was able to hijack the birther issue to boost ratings for his TV show!

04/27/2011

Quote of the Indeterminate Time Interval – Caleb

by wfgodbold

In the comments over at Robb’s (with info on the Top Shot season 4 casting call!):

Top Shot is the first firearms related show that doesn’t rely on hardcore gun nuts to provide its primary viewing audience, and that’s not just a good thing, it’s a GREAT thing. When shooting guns is culturally equivalent to eating bugs on a deserted island, we’re winning so hard it’s a wonder the brady campaign even tries at all. [emphasis added]

I can remember when that would have been a point in the Brady Bunch’s favor, but reality TV has changed much!

He’s right, though; Top Shot is pushing shooting further into the mainstream, and that’s got to give the anti-gunners night terrors. All those people, surrounded by guns, having fun, and no one gets killed!

I watched the first season and haven’t tuned in for the second; the shooting was pretty cool, but the reality TV aspects annoyed me. That’s obviously not the case for most people; and good on the History Channel, I say!

May Top Shot continue to get excellent ratings, and long may the gun banners cry into their cheerios!

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