Posted on Wednesday, October 10 2007 @ 07:26:18 Eastern
So I'm watching Scrubs on E4 (British TV channel), it's season 2 because E4 indulges in the annoying practice of latching on to a licence and repeating whatever seasons of the show they've got the right to play until the tape is worn out (another rant for another time). I started to notice all over again that anything that makes any vague reference to sex or drugs, includes the word 'ass', or anything more controversial than that is cut. Sometimes these cuts are quite good and make little impact to the viewers' experience and the only reason I notice is because I'm somewhat of a Scrubs aficionado, these cuts annoy me but I can live with them. What truly pisses me off however, is when the cut either makes no sense because the material edited out was so mild and benign it's patronising to think the TV companies don't want you seeing it during the day (case in point Dr Cox pointing at Julie's breasts and stating "Look, I'm just here to enjoy my meal, so unless those things dispense A-1 sauce, I'd keep movin'"... or rather not, because he just says "Look, I'm just here to enjoy my meal" before being harshly and crudely cut) or when the set up of a joke is deemed too insanitary to show when the end of the joke is mere seconds away from being executed! (Wondering about an example? Well in the same episode, in fact in the same scene, Todd enquires "which one of these waitresses you think will do me?" to which Dr Cox replies "I'd say you got an outside shot with the bus boy over there", guess which sentence is cut (hint: it's the one said by the Todd) and then see if the joke makes sense without the set up).
Damn, is the world we live in so obsessed with nanny state culture that it feels the need to censor such inflammatory words as 'ass' and such harsh innuendo as pointing to breasts and implying they dispense condiments? Do the powers of the television corporations think we're so unstable, so immature, so incapable of dealing with anything relating to sex that they must cut any material regarding a guy 'doing' someone? Do they forget that we're exposed to violence endorsed by the President of the god damn United States of America on almost a daily basis (recently downgraded from a multi-daily basis after 9/11 and the start of the war on Iraq)? Do they not realise reality is so much cruder than fiction? Yes, violence is fine but clement references to an act as natural as sex? LOCK IT DOWN!!
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Finally got Halo 3
Posted on Wednesday, September 26 2007 @ 19:59:32 Eastern
So I bought Halo 3. Being in the UK I waited until the 26th but got it just after midnight at my local game store. I got to have a quick go on it before I went to bed (early morning lecture) and had a couple of hours afterwards, so what are my thoughts on it?
Well firstly the graphics are utterly beautiful, I'd say they're on par with the likes of Gears of War and Bioshock, they are consistently fantastic with excellent use of HDR, smoke and fire. Explosions look realistic and Covenant weaponry and vehicles shimmer in the light like the weird alien metal constructions they are. I've noticed shadow effects aren't spot on, shadows are there and move nicely but aren't necessarily related to the light source(s) in the area, unfortunate but by no means a game breaker.
Physics are pretty spot on and can feature rather importantly in Forge mode, essentially a map editor which allows the user to spawn vehicles, weapons, scenery items and other things to create games of their choosing. It's a lot of fun on your own and even better with a friend.
Sound is great, nice and cinematic like we've come to expect from Halo with the sounds of battle littering the airwaves and the occasional angry yell from a marine, scared yelp from a Grunt or strict order from Sergeant Johnson.
Gameplay is Halo through and through but scaled up enormously. Dual wielding is still in but obviously you don't need to use it if you don't want to, the number of weapons has been increased and (joy of joys) the AR and magnum have returned! Some weapons have been tweaked slightly, for instance the Needler is now more powerful but has a smaller clip, but things are pretty easy to get used to. Also there are now another type of item which can be used by pressing the X button (reload has been moved to RB), these can take various forms such as the bubble shield, deployable cover, fast shield regeneration, shield depletion and so on and can really turn the tide of battle if used correctly. There are now two other types of grenades alongside frag and plasma, we have spike grenades which stick to anything and explode like a frag and then we have firebomb grenades which ignite the land around them. Vehicles are back and again, have been slightly tweaked. The Warthog is back in much the same form but the Scorpion is now controllable by two people, one person driving and controlling the turret and the second controlling the chain gun, the Wraith uses the same principle. We then have the Mongoose (essentially a zippy, agile, small version of the Warthog), the Hornet (a flying human vehicle) and two Brute vehicles along with the Banshee and Ghost coming back.
I've only played the first three levels of the campaign and trialled Forge a few times but impressions are extremely good so far and I'm looking forward to some four player co op. All in all it's been worth it.
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