mr. zilla goes to town

Monday, January 24, 2005

no low go

So there's this viral video advert going around of a suicide bomber using a VW Polo as his marque of choice, albeit unsuccessfully. VW and their advertising agencies have denied any involvement. While I believe them, Naomi Klein's commentary in part of No Logo comes to mind, about there being no counter-cultural activity or markers that couldn't eventually be co-opted by corporate capitalism, romanticised, bought up, and sold out, to turn a profit. Anything. Shit, it doesn't even take one-handed mulitnational boardroom cogitations, just any entrepreneurial whacker with a screenprinter and a chubby for Che. Hell even the bloody surviving Doors members finally gave up thirty years of keeping Jim's powder dry and licenced a Riders On The Storm remix featuring Snoop Dogg for a bollocks EA computer game.

Sometimes, only sometimes mind, the relentless tentacles of this remix culture give me the shits. I think its high time someone locked themselves away and invented for the world a better tuba. In the meantime for the rest of us (via CT) there's this:

America's Army Special Ops: Abu Ghraib
The United States Army (PC)

...this game is totally different. In this one you're plucked from a rural community in America, separated from your family, and flown to a foreign country. When you land you're given an assignment to guard a prison, and told to make it up as you go along. That's it—the rest is up to you. This is a really open-ended game and the story totally depends on the decisions you make. You and your teammates are given a group of "detainees" that you must discipline. The thing that makes this game different is that the detainees can't fight back, and they're in chains or locked in cells. At first it was a little confusing, and I killed a lot of detainees expecting them to fight back, but I got used to it and found it to be a refreshingly different approach from most RPGs. The choice of weapons is really interesting, too. You start out with a crate, a cattle prod, and a Bible...

Haha! SO to recap: Suicide beetle bombs: painful, unfunny. Torture parody for your PC: tweaking truth to power, now that is laughable. Bugger it all. I'll just keep messing about with this this Young MC acapella and the Santa Esmerelda track from the Kill Bill soundtrack. Yeeeees, I suppose that makes me part of the problem. Shut up.


4 Comments:

  • Someone clever coined the phrase "Pop Will Eat Itself" in the late 80's and then someone thought it'd be a good name for a not very good band . . .
    Lisa (still thinks "Pump Up the Volume" with its samples a very exciting record)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:33 am  

  • Another vote for slutty.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:51 am  

  • Another vote for slutty.

    By Blogger Darp, at 3:51 am  

  • Another vote for slutty. Oops ..wrong blog.

    Is that an EA Sports game? Can you save replays?

    By Blogger Darp, at 3:51 am  

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