The Choice is Yours
Poetry and Polemics: The Choice Debate'"
Mike Hernandez Writes:
Well I just finished Halo a little bit before Smackdown came on tonight. I have to say a few of the early levels in the story mode were kinda almost fun (the outdoor missions, all two of them), almost, but about half way through the game when you meet the Flood it's all downhill crap. In fact that's all the game was, fighting the flood...
Beginning: Oh there's a war going on, humans versus some aliens...
Later on in the Beginning: Oh no they shot us down let's land on that big ass ring...
Middle: What? You mean this ring is the death star?!...
Later on in the Middle: *Halo becomes a rip-off of the Riddley Scott directed classic Alien* Well I don't see any Covenant let's fight thoseother aliens, it's only there home and we're the intruders so it's ok...
Rest of the game: Fight the Flood, Fight the Flood, Fight theFlood... Hey what happened to the Covenant?
Ending: You mean there was an ending?! (actually they just copied off of the movie Pitch Black where they find a small escape ship or lifeboat if you will and blast off into space as the only two survivors and of course the Halo blows up cause they nuked the ship they were on from the beginningof the game and somehow that was enough to destroy the whole damn ring even though it's the size of a moon and they even had the same sound effect the aliens made in Pitch Black....I think the Flood made that sound. Lame!)
The game play was very repetitive and the enemies all had the same patterns. It was ok until halfway when I had to deal with the flood, and then it wasn't fun in the least and the lame ending just made me feel like I wasted my time. You can't even watch the cut scenes over in the options and there's no real extra's, just some previews for Halo 2. The only times it seemed fun was in the outdoor levels but they're almost non-existent in this game.
Oh yeah and if you beat it on legendary mode which I didn't, they add in a part where the drill sergeant is fighting over a gun with a covenant soldier until the ship gets nuked. They stop and look at the blast and he says, "Oh shit! This is it, hold me." Then they hug and the ending continues as normal. But there's no point in trying to get this ending because you can't save after you beat it.
I don't know why people like this game so much, the levels from the multiplayer aren't even playable in story mode. I guess people play it for the multiplayer but even that's not that great. The best thing about this game is that it's short. 10 levels that you can beat in a few days depending on how much you play. I beat it in 4 day's, would of been 3 but it was late one night so I only did one level that day. Really you can beat it in one to two day's but then again why would you want to. I only did it so I can practice for the next party so I won't get my ass handed to me by some little kid who talks shit like last time and to get Billy and Josh and everyone else off my ass about not playing through it yet. I'm going to do part 2 next then that's it forever at least until 3 comes out I guess...
Oh yeah and the acting was bad. Master Chief barley even talks. He doesn't seem like a badass to me. I don't see what's so different about him form the other soldiers other than the suit and the fact he didn't die at the end. Other than that nothing really. He doesn't even drop any good one liners. Samus could totally own him and anybody that say's otherwise is an idiot. I can't believe anybody actually thinks this is the best game ever. I played the game and think it's crap. And now that I've played it I have the right to bitch.
The movie is going to suck even with Peter Jackson because the story is almost non existent. It's 90% shooting things and only 10% story if even that and that 10% is a rip off of thefollowing movies...
> > > Alien
> > > Starship Troopers
> > > Iron Eagle
> > > Pitch Black
Those four films at least. The drill sergeant is a direct copy of this one guy form Iron Eagle, same voice look attitude status rank and everything. Grrrrrr...
Ok ok I have to go waste another few day's on Halo 2 now so I can go play something good.
Michael Mercurio Writes:
Very good Mike...You've described the game PERFECTLY. Welcome to the wonderful world of mediocracy...the place you reach when everyone must cater to the idiot. It's not that there aren't any fresh ideas...only that people are too afraid to express them.
For those that don't know, Halo is an INCREDIBLY popular title for the X-Box. It made "game of the year" when it first came out, as did it's sequel. "Mainstream" gamers still can't get enough of the franchise, and frequently hold "Halo Parties" over their X-Box networks. A third title is in the works, as is a movie. I'm sure both will do astoundingly well. I can hear the applauding already, much in the same way that occurred during the Silent Hill movie (if you don't know, don't ask...it was rather traumatizing...especially with half the audience being children aged 10 and under with their parents right there next to them). It went a little something like this:
"Mommy? Why is that woman's body cut in half?"
"Because it's a movie about a video game, honey. This is what a
video game is. Doesn't that look neat? Maybe one day you can make one yourself."
"Hah hah! Yeah it does look neat! Weeee! Hey, can I play the game from this?"
"Maybe when you're older sweetie...you're too young to be playing all that gore. Now settle down and watch the movie...here, take your meds...you're a bit hyper today."
*The above conversation is imaginary of course, however if it were true it
would take place at this point. A girl is picked up by the head, stripped
naked, and her skin is ripped from her body. Every adult and child in the
theater APPLAUD. I am NOT making this up.*
*2 years later*
"Heeey...this game sucks! It's not ANYTHING like the movie! That movie was WAY better...."
*Play along at home! Insert the rest of the child's life here!*
Katherine Mercurio Gotthardt Writes:
That IS disturbing. I have to wonder at parents letting their kids watching violence like that....and PLAYING violence. Do you think parents who let their kids under 10 watch violent movies/play violent games are.....
b. just not paying attention?
c. violent themselves?
e. something not listed here?
Mike Hernandez Writes:
I want to say B but A could be a logical answer as well.
I'm not going to pretend to know this one either but it could be a number of things. They could just be stupid or have something wrong with them (they could be psychotic). Maybe they had a troubled upbringing. Then again some people just get off on hurting others or watching them suffer. Of course it could be none of the above.
I think the ones that don't do it are just more in touch with morals and values and have more common sense. But again there's just so many possible variables that it's hard for me to give a real answer to this one. I guess you could say that when dealing with nature versus nurture, the parents don't always entirely have a direct influence on how they're kids turn out.
1. common sense: sound practical judgment - WordNet
2. common sense: beliefs or propositions that seem, to most people, to be
prudent and of sound judgment, without dependence upon esoteric knowledge -
Basically I meant common sense in the form of the knowledge of right and
wrong. It's the same principal as someone not wanting to touch fire cause
they just know what will happen, they'll get burnt. It's common sense.
Let's say "John" is told by his friends to take candy from a baby. This
action would obviously be wrong, it's so obvious it's common sense. So if
John does the dirty deed he either doesn't have any common sense or doesn't
care. Well that's how I meant it. Common sense isn't the only factor in the
original topic though so a lack of common sense may or may not be the answer
here but you see where I was going with this.
Katherine Mercurio Gotthardt Writes:
Do you think the games or the movies are more violent?
Mike Hernandez Writes:
Ok let's start with your question about which is more violent, movies or the games they're based on. It really depends on the movie/ game. Silent Hill was a lot more graphic in some aspects in the game but the movie was a lot more gratuitous about the violence and gore. The game was all about the atmosphere and suspense. Yeah it showed some disturbing things but nothing in that game was gratuitous, it all happened for a reason and everything was connected and explained in a philosophical and psychological way.
The movie was just sick gratuitous gore. There was a seen which DID NOT happen in the game where the ghost of a 7 year old girl in an act of vengeance for her murder appeared before her murderess in a floating hospital bed with barbed wire tendrils and slaughtered everyone. She started with the one who actually did the deed, she basically picked her up by the arms with the barbed wire and shot a few more barbed wire tendrils up her "hoo hoo" through her clothes. This lasted for about a minute before the barbed wire eventually started bursting out of her body in different directions and ultimately split her perfectly in half long way's.
This was nothing like the game mind you. I'm a big fan of the mysterious Silent Hill game series but I hated the movie. Right after this scene everyone applauded. It was so badly done and unbelievable that it was almost laughable to see but it was sick and probably offensive to some people. It was because of this and the fact that a lot of teenage couples on dates were there that night and just trying to have fun that there was an applause at all though. But yes there were parents with little kids in the audience that saw this.
Getting back to the point here, this movie was more violent than the game. This isn't always the case though. Sometimes it's the other way around. The game Mortal Kombat is WAYYYYYYY more violent than the movie ever was. As far as Tomb Raider goes, I haven't played all of them but I'd say as far as violence goes they're probably about the same despite a lot of inaccuracies in the movie adaptation concerning plot but in the game you shoot more people/animals than in the movies.
Hollywood has a way of messing up adoptions of books, videogames, TV shows, and some comic books (though they did a good job on some of them). It just seems that videogames in particular always seem to get butchered when they make a movie out of it. But yeah I'm getting off topic here.
As far as what I think about those people who bring little kids to violent movies, it's there right though they are not always right. I don't think you should bring children that young to a movie that shows a woman getting ripped in half by barbed wire through her privates. I just don't feel it's appropriate but then again maybe it didn't bother the kids to see it. Maybe the parents didn't think it was a big deal or that the world sucks right now and what you see in a movie isn't as bad or much worse. Maybe common sense isn't really a common agreement. Maybe it really wasn't such a big deal. I still say that some things are just written in stone for common sense though even if this isn't one of those things.
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