Daily Elysium: Weekly Recap
Surprisingly weÃ‚'ve made it through our first full week here at Gamers With Jobs. Granted, we aren't setting any longevity records, but IÃ‚'m fairly certain we've thwarted several dozen opinions that we would scuttle away trembling and weeping after only a day or two. Sure, Certis started to scuttle many times, weeping seems to be some past time for him, and he's already managed to take a "much needed vacation" during only his second week. Then again, I knew he wasnÃ‚'t very reliable from the start.So at the end of this second week, we can take a brief look back and even a short look ahead. So read on to find out whatÃ‚'s stuck with us this week, and more importantly what new designs we have for you for the beginning of the next.
A few interesting Gold announcements this week as both the Battlefield 1942 expansion and Command and Conquer: Generals head invariably toward my dirty, twitching hands. IÃ‚'ll certainly pick up both these games, because, as Certis has accurately noted on many occasions, I have no willpower. He says this without taking into account that one of us (him) purchased the latest bikini collection simulation, DOA Xtreme Volleyball, while one of us (me) did not. Granted I only avoided that game because of my long standing boycott against games that remove the letter E from the word extreme, much like I wonÃ‚'t shop at stores that unnecessarily add said E to the word shop.
Though I do plan to pick up Generals, I also plan to at least wait for a review or two to confirm that itÃ‚'s reasonable to do so. The recent release of the multiplayer sneak peek at Fileplanet left me a bit cold. ItÃ‚'s not that I actually downloaded the file, but that I saw the unoptimized system requirements and my system mutinied and steadfastly refused to download it. IÃ‚'d start to click the link and suddenly I would see a vision of my computer personified as a young woman with her arms crossed and an angry expression saying, "thereÃ‚'s no way youÃ‚'re putting that in me!" I might have also been having a high-school flashback.
Either way, I reserve judgement for release and, hopefully, more reasonable system requirements. Road to Rome, on the other hand, is the sort of thing IÃ‚'d lie, cheat, and steal to get my hands on. I still regularly find myself booting up BF1942 to storm the beaches of Normandy, and then die on the beaches of Normandy having been run over by a kid named Ã‚"˜BitchaznatzÃ‚' tearing around in his jeep shouting obscenities and insisting the team Ã‚"˜Go! Go! Go!Ã‚'. IÃ‚'m pretty sure this is just how it went for the real allied invasion force, half the force trying to organize the other half who were "doing donuts" in landing crafts. Have I mentioned how excited I am for expanded vote-kick options in the new BF1942 patch?
Finally, I was nearly ecstatic to discover a new Jedi Knight was in the works! I know many people levied some pretty reasonable complaints against Jedi Outcast, and largely I donÃ‚'t disagree that some of the jumping puzzles were unnecessary and insulting, but as a whole I still think Outcast was an outstanding game. The implementation of the force powers, and the viability of the lightsabre as a devastating weapon really made one feel like a virtual Jedi. The multiplayer support, including the well implemented Duel gametype paved the way for some outstanding battles, and, cheesy though it may be, occasionally force pushing some charging buffoon into oblivion held a dark glee in my heart. A new Jedi Knight game is, to me, like a new and improved ultra-crack to a crack addict.
You may or may not have heard of Henry Jenkins before. If you havenÃ‚'t, and you love games, then you should take note of his name. He should be the best friend youÃ‚'ve never met. Henry heads the Comparative Media Studies program at MIT, but more importantly - for us, at least - he is a champion for protecting the rights of gamers. After Columbine, Henry Jenkins stood before the U.S. Senate and explained why video games did not lead to the shootings. HeÃ‚'s written books, articles, appeared on television, and categorically stated time and again that to blame video games for societal ills is patently ridiculous. When a ravenous band of angry self-righteous activists gather together to insist that the only step between ourselves and world peace is eliminating the video game industry, Henry is there to sacrifice himself to their slashing claws and sharp teeth in our defense.
So, by all means, join us next week when I take a few minutes out of Dr. Jenkins busy self immolation schedule and ask him about his history in defense of the video game industry. Until then, enjoy the weekend!- Elysium