Just A Bad IdeaFirst off, thanks to everyone who suggested ways of fixing my computer after it went kablooie. I actually used a boot CD to roll back my registry and problem solved.
My carefully organized and indexed collection of porn has survived. Huzzah!
I actually had an awesome boot CD, the Ultimate Boot CD for Windows, that had everything I needed. That thing has gotten me out of more than one jam and luckily, it came through again.
My baby is humming again.
Now, on to business...
You may or may not have heard that there was a new game released this week called Call of Duty 6: Modern Warfare 2.
Honestly, I don't think it got very much media attention.
This game has me worried.
Don't get me wrong here. I love me some FPS action now and again, and Call of Duty knows how to deliver.
Though haven't we pretty much got this all covered?
While we're at it, why don't we go back and make another Star Wars game that involves the battle on Hoth? You don't see enough of that.
But that's not my reason for concern for this game.
No, my reason for concern is the limited edition, collector's Prestige Edition of the game. This magnificent set comes with:
a) a copy of the game (duh)
b) a beautiful artbook
c) a download coupon for the original Call of Duty
d) night vision goggles
Wait... What was 'd' again?
Oh yeah. NIGHT VISION GOGGLES!
This is a bad idea.
Actually, that is an understatement. This is a universally, majestically, stellar clusterf&%@ of an idea.
They are selling a violent shooting game with night vision goggles.
FUNCTIONING night vision goggles.
Sure, these aren't exactly military grade, but they still pose a significant threat.
There is no logical reason why your average gamer would need a pair of night vision goggles. Yeah, you can make up a bunch of barely sensible uses, but on a basic level, we all know these things are complete useless.
Unless you're insane.
If you just happen to be insane, the makers of Call of Duty have been nice enough to provide you with proper murdering/stalking equipment.
Have we not seen enough poor decisions that we are now actively equipping people with tools to seriously injure other human beings?
If there is any one thing that humans excel at, it is taking what seems like a perfectly good idea and turning into a country-wide killing spree.
I suppose the Ultimate Prestige Edition comes with night vision goggles, a loaded handgun, and directions to your ex-girlfriend's house.
Two weeks. I give it two weeks before some moron ends up using these goggles to commit a crime and then we've got months and months of listening to other morons tell us how video games are creating killers.
Really, it's not the video game's fault.
It's the video game COMPANY'S fault.
THEY GAVE THEM FREAKING NIGHT VISION GOGGLES! WHAT GOOD COULD POSSIBLY COME FROM THIS?!
Oh... You can pee at three AM without turning on the light.
That's pretty damned convenient.