Dear reader.. apologies for the lack of posting lately, I know you’re feeling left out.. but tough. Bwahaha.
Anyway to make up for it, let me direct you to some good tunes. First of all there’s She, who is a Polish artist living in Sweden.. as they do. It’s glitchy, chiptuney electro stuff that’s a lot of fun. It’s free to download from that link there too, so no excuses.. go check it out. Highlighs are Coloris and Destination Luna4 (both off the Coloris album). The other is Ladyhawke, whom I bought today. It’s proficient dancey tunes, quite fun to hear and the cover art for the CD is excellent. Unfortunately either the website sucks, or it’s my PC being shite. Most likely the latter, so check it out and let me know if it’s tops. Highlights off the album are My Delirium and Love Don’t Live Here.
I’ve being playing through GTA 4 again lately. It brought to mind the censorship issues that gamers here in Australia face, as the game had to be edited before it could attain rating and therefore be able to be sold and also to run in consoles. Console manufactureres won’t allow unrated (or in the US, AO rated) games to run, and also it’s illegal to sell unrated games. The stumbling block is that the OFLC doesn’t have a rating above MA15+, so anything that would normally be considered an R18+ thing just isn’t allowed in games. This is ridiculous for a number of reasons, one of which being that the average age of a gamer is about 30. I’m all for keeping inappropriate material away from the kiddies, but I believe that’s a job for the parents. It’s not hard to achieve control over what they’re playing, consoles have parental lockout controls for that very reason that will either prevent a game from playing or have it run in a self censored mode that will remove the more mature content from the experience. The most aggravating thing about the issue are the arguments that people come up with against changing the situation. One I’ve heard rather often is ‘well, the people who want to get around the censorship will do it anyway, so it’s fine the way it is’. Essentially, they’re condoning piracy. This is obviously stupid.
Not as stupid however as situation all this achieves. The main cut from GTA 4 is that you can no longer pull over and pick up a prostitute, watch your car rock from side to side for a moment and end up with full health. You can still shoot people in the face, run them over and have shootouts with the police. You can still take part in street races, drive home drunk and cause general mayhem in the city. Surely, if watching a car rocking from side to side is so bad then the rest of the stuff should be kept from impressionable youth. If there was an R18+ category for the game and others like it, then it would actually be easier to keep the nastiness away from the poor kiddies and have them grow up uncorrupted by the evils of videogaming. The issue’s not about to go away anytime soon either, though what’s more likely to happen is publishers just won’t bother to release games here (Sega have already stated that the lukewarmly anticipated Wii game Mad World won’t be edited for release in countries with stupid censorship issues), thereby ensuring more and more people resort to piracy. It’s all very very silly.
While I was in town today I also bought Fable 2… I’ll let you know how it is.
The correct response to the Irish greeting ‘top of the morning to you’ is ‘and the rest of the day to yourself’.
I wonder if any Irish people even use that anymore…