Thursday, January 9, 2014

Dead Rising 2

Anyone who knows me knows I'm a fan of zombies.  I love them.  They're fun and they represent the decline and fall of society as we know it.

I recently got an XBox and Dead Rising 2.

Why this particular game?

It was a gift.  A particularly well-chosen gift, I might add.

I've only gone a little way into the game so far, but I have to say I'm impressed.  There's an early escort quest with a lady named LaShawndra Dawkins.  You find her standing on top of a bar with a pipe wrench, holding back a group of zombies and bitching about her cowardly husband.

"What's impressive about that?" you might ask.

Well, nothing about the quest in particular.  It's your standard escort quest.  But the character herself, LaShawndra, is ugly.

I mean this in the nicest of ways.

She's wearing a bright yellow mumu with what looks like a matching set of house slippers, and she's hunchbacked.  Also, her face is kind of busted.

Hang on, I'm still explaining.

The reason that her appearance is impressive is that the developers opted for more realism in this game about zombies.  So many other games have nothing but the Hollywood version of pretty for their characters.  This game has ugly people in it too.  Just like real life.  And, just like real life, old people can become zombies, too.  I think I've killed more than a few zombies in game that were decomposing *before* they died and came back as face-biting rage monsters.

Not much else to say so far, honestly.  Just thought I'd talk about a different game.

In completely unrelated news, I've also tried Magic: The Gathering on XBox... and I think I can see why it has such a following and has lasted for so long.

In other completely unrelated news, I nearly chopped off my left middle finger while I was making a cutting board.  The irony is not lost on me or anyone else who knows about it.  Six stitches and some groovy pain medication injected into the finger and I was back to normal.

Yesterday, I made the fiscally responsible and uber-manly choice to remove my own stitches rather than pay a doctor my copay plus a deductible to tug strings out of my flesh.

I think this was a good choice.

Anywho.  Still not sure if I'm going to keep going on this blog or not.  I may wind up converting it to a general gaming blog.  But I don't know.  I'm also working on a half dozen other projects, so this may fall by the wayside again.

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