Diablo III . :/ Beyond Good and Evil. Psychonauts. :(
As for the Irish, being part Irish myself, the myths around St Patrick mean to me less about Irish identity than, say, clan histories or literary traditions or life under the yoke of the Church or the English or the diaspora. If anything they're allegorical supports to the inroads of the Catholics - again, there's that justification of "cultural uplift" - and I can leave that like a motherfucker.
But you're heading off, so don't let the e-door hit you on your way out.
Most FPS games. I struggle to complete them as I just lose interest. Time spent playing them feels like it runs slowly, e.g an hour or two playing an FPS will feel like a slog, whilst time spent playing something like Crusader Kings 2 seems to rush by.
To name a specific title: Bioshock- probably the least enjoyable game I have played in the last 3 or 4 years. there are a lot of memorable moments, put I did not overall enjoy playing the game. Would have probably loved an rpg in that setting.
Other FPS games I own but have failed to hold my attention include: Half life 2, Crysis, Crysis 2, borderlands, farcry, arma 2
I loved Deus EX and Fallout 3/ Fallout NV so i think I need something a bit extra to hold my attention.
... I take the lives of a few to protect the lives of many. I commit acts of war to preserve the greater peace. I take no joy in killing, but make no mistake; I'll do what needs to be done. Because it's my job. It's my duty. My name is Sam Fisher, and I am a Splinter Cell.
But you're using it as referring to a belief used to justify social or political actions, and I'm not going to argue that writing those kind of myths is wrong.
I'm just not sure the Ring Cycle is that kind of myth though. (Heck, you could almost interpret it as expressing the opposite of the German nations' inherent superiority - the King of the Gods, if we identify him and his family with the German people, acquires the ring that gives power over the world by stealing it, not by right or merit).
Free speech don't mean unchallengeable speech.
I really did SO want to love La Noir. By christ it got tedious though.
It's like that episode of Firefly where the guy describes the part Mal needs as "a nothing part", and Mal says something like, "It's nothing until you don't have one; then it seems like the most important thing in the world." That's a metaphor for money right there.
"Moronic cynicism is a kind of na´vetÚ. It's na´vetÚ turned inside-out. Na´vetÚ wearing a sneer." -Momus
You're misusing the term "wrong." I'm not ascribing an absolutist moral judgement here. I'm pointing out that there are biases inherent in everything, and you should always strive to recognize them when they're there. A lot of the shit you'll read that came from Way Back are horrible treatises and untenable visions on how to live in this world and deal with other people. But you'd never know that if you didn't read them.
lol @ hipster derail
Back on topic:
Cave Story + --Just can't get into it.
Deadly Premonition: I know it's of the "so good it's bad" variety, but if the first act doesn't hurry up I'm going to just stop playing.
Hacker Evolution: Meeeeeeh.
Swords and Sorcery: Again, trying to get into this one. Failing miserably. Seems to be all soundtrack and interesting visuals.
Now, that just puts it into the field of point-and-click adventure games, which is fine. I like a lot of 'em. The Dig and Grim Fandango are my favorites. But if that's all the game is, then the entire game world, from the map to the separate departments to the side-missions to the mini-games, is one giant red herring. So much wasted potential.
Also, Bloodbowl. Maybe its because I spent so much time playing the tabletop version that I can't really bring myself to love it even after 20 odd hours over two versions.
Moving on though, what I was trying to say with Wagner was that to me "His ideas I don't like" and "The ideas in the Ring Cycle" don't seem to be the same thing, therefore I can say "I don't like Wagner but I do like the Ring Cycle" (Well, I don't actually have an opinion on the Ring Cycle, but hey.)
And you might be making me reconsider that, and Conrad too. But...hm. Feck.
But my initial point was, I'd like to say I could appreciate a work of art regardless of its creator, but I know I can't. Not if it hits that perfect storm of expressing exactly what I don't like about the creator. Example time: I think John Lennon's peace activism is in one way kind of endearing but in another insipid, naive, useless, stupid. So is it possible for me to enjoy Imagine? No. I can not do it. I can't. If I didn't know about the Bed-In or such, maybe I could enjoy it as a trite li'l song. But knowing what I do about its composer? Can't do it.
My opinion on She Said, She Said? Awesome tune. Brilliant. But Imagine? Vom.
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Free speech don't mean unchallengeable speech.
We'd all love to see the plan
You ask me for a contribution, well you know
We're doing what we can
But when you want money for people with minds that hate
All I can tell is brother you have to wait
Don't you know it's gonna be alright
Simply enough premise in that song written by Lennon: Reform > revolution. An imperfect system is preferable to an absence of central authority. Activists who want to take up arms don't quite realize just how bloody revolution actually is, and the American condition isn't nearly extreme enough to warrant a taking up of arms. You don't have to be a new-age hippie to sign up to that. :P