Bird’s Eye: The bird feels proud! Top app of the year (and 5th and 7th!) is Angry Birds. But what about the real video games? The ones that take hours of complex shooting and ducking, and restarting? We look at what’s coming out: Ubisoft, the maker of Assassin’s Creed, has a new game I Am Alive. It’s worth watching the trailer to know what’s happening in this new world. Skyrim is a huge assortment of worlds, probably the largest fantasy world extant. Cracked magazine sums up the experience of becoming immersed in that world. And then there’s Left Behind: Eternal Forces, which shows how video game technology can be used for whatever bizarre world view you want to promulgate.
* I Am Alive Game Trailer Guardian
Editor’s note: In the UBIsoft writeup, there’s such a cute pronoun shift; think girls would notice?
One year after, a worldwide cataclysmic event that wiped most of the human race, a man struggles for survival in a desolate city as he tries to reunite with his long lost wife and daughter. In this post-apocalyptical tale, there are no supernatural threats, just an everyman who faces a decaying and hazardous world and humanity’s darkest inclinations. Will you hang on to your humanity and help strangers or are you ready to sacrifice others in order to survive? I am Alive Home Page
A problem with authority
I’m not referring to just disobeying the orders of in-game authority figures… I’m talking about rebelling against the vague, nebulous authority of the game itself. Skyrim wants me to go the city and talk to the mayor about dragons. OK. That’s kind of the point of the game: Let’s get to the bottom of this dragon business.
And yet, the very second I’m told to go somewhere, it becomes direly important that I go literally everywhere else in the world first. But like all young punks with authority problems, I’m mostly just doing it to see where the limits are. Are you going to let me walk all the way to that mountain in the distance, Skyrim, or force me back to the quest with some bullshit invisible walls?
Am I supposed to save this beautiful maiden, Skyrim? All right. Is it cool if I just … don’t? Oh, you want me to fight the usurper, Skyrim? Sure thing, but can I buy a house and spend an hour arranging the books first? Unfortunately, Skyrim’s answer to every one of those questions is a firm and resounding, “Yes. Absolutely. Go ahead and do all of those things whenever you want.”
* Video Game Where Jews And Atheists Must Be Killed Or Converted Due For Christmas ParentDis (Thanks, Linda!)
In Left Behind: Eternal Forces, kids will assume the role of a member of a “Christian” gang wandering the streets of a post-apocalyptic Manhattan, killing or converting as many Jews, Atheists, and other unsavory types in the employ of the Anti-Christ as possible to get to the next level. If the heathen won’t convert, the character can kill them. The company is offering a free demonstration model to churches. “We see it as a beacon of light that could shine in the dark world of video games,” said Jerome Mikulich, “director of outreach ministries” for the company. “The most important thing is that it helps kids realize there is power in the spirit world, and that by praying they can endure and get through their real-life situations.” Praying, and putting a shotgun in the mouth of Jews. Just like all those chapters in the gospel where Jesus preaches that the way to salvation is busting a cap into the ass of those who won’t convert.