Archive for November, 2009

We’ve got hostiles

Posted in Baseless Musing on November 26, 2009 by Krazmaz

“For God’s sake open the silo doors! They’re coming for us; it’s the only way out! My God we’re doomed!”

Says a scientist, usually just before he runs off, blows himself up and starts a blast door closing (in my case, this time round, I ran ahead, shot him in the face and watched him get crushed by the door, but hell.)

We’ve got hostiles is possibly my favourite section in the original half-life, though such things are hard to choose. It’s the first appearence of the military, which is one of the reasons why I like it so much. Constant murmurs throughout the first part of the game about ‘people coming to rescue us’ come to a head and you watch as scientists run towards soldiers, at first. They then get shot.

“Rescused at last! Thank God you’re here.” Bang bang.

I do so love the marines in this game. Those guns hurt, they throw grenades (and also do that trick where they just put one on the ground; I hate that) and run around really quite fast – usually getting in behind you. They’re not as horribly nasty as, say, the assassins (argh) but I just generally love ’em.

The fact they all sound so harsh and angry all the damn time, a fact not helped by their gas-masks. They swear, they yell at you and later on the graffiti is amusing in showing how much you’re getting to them.

“I’ve killed twelve goddamn scientsts and not one of them fought back. This sucks.”

But anyway. I can’t think of much else to say really, I’ve just been playing it again and am reminded of how good it is.

Oh yeah! And that security guard who gets dragged into the vent right at the beginning. Badass.

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Holy shit!

Posted in Holy shit! on November 26, 2009 by Krazmaz

Seriously? Ouch.

Tea

Posted in Uncategorized on November 26, 2009 by Krazmaz

Is fucking awesome

Holy shit!

Posted in Holy shit! on November 24, 2009 by Krazmaz

Holy – wait what? Are you fucking serious?

Holy shit!

Posted in Holy shit! on November 19, 2009 by Krazmaz

Holy shit!

Not that statistics mean much…

It’s all in the reflexes. I mean delivery; delivery.

Posted in Baseless Musing on November 18, 2009 by Krazmaz

Big trouble in little China references aside, I think the sentiment (about delivery) rings true.

I went to a poetry/literature-esque thingy yesterday. I am not a poetry fan, in fact I’m often quite anti-poetry. However, some of the things that were read out I will admit were quite good.

Okay, very good.

Not only were they well written they were also – and this is the important part – very well delivered by the people that had written them. Poetry, it strikes me, is terrible if you read it yourself, alone, in the quiet. It must be read out I say, and preferably in a group setting (with beer, but that’s just my suggestion).

I think that works the same with plays. I studied the Homecoming for A-levels and found the play a pause-riddled agony to read. Then we went to go see it and it was actually pretty damn good. Plays are meant to be acted, not read, and poetry is meant to be read aloud. At least this is my theory.

Incidentally, that run of the Homecoming was directed by Michael Attenborough (I think…) and I saw Richard Attenborough there! He was, like, not all of ten feet away! And short! And bearded! AND RICHARD FUCKING ATTENBOROUGH! I was elated, no-one else seemed to know who he was. I went home and wrote RICHARD FUCKING ATTENBOROUGH across my torso.

You think I’m kidding, don’t you?

But yes, my point above was the point I was trying to make; taking things out of context makes them bad. Poetry and plays need to be done in the right way or else they don’t work. Helicoptors don’t go underwater and so on.

Hell, apparently even my short-stories are better when read aloud by me. But then I’m awesome and I’ve seen Richard Attenborough, so what did I expect?

Word of the Moment

Posted in Uncategorized on November 18, 2009 by Krazmaz

Gratuitous!

It works for Space Battles and so much more!