Archive | February 2016

Helldivers! Spreading Managed Democracy across the stars!!

Helldivers a twin-stick shooter that was first released on the PS4 before coming to the PC platform; honestly this is the first twin-stick shooter that I enthusiastically jumped into with both feel firmly secured in the drop pod. The game runs quite well on older hardware as I ran it with just the minimum settings and it worked fine, plus or minus a few connection issues online. Now the game has you fight three factions across the stars in the name of Super Earth, but everyone (basically everyone who plays this has seen/read Starship Troopers) goes after the bugs – the other two factions are fought on occasion but it seems the bugs are the most active and popular out of the three (go figure).

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Gameplay-wise it is pretty much what you would expect from a top-down twin-stick shooter, you point your weapon at the enemy and hopefully they explode (some of the bigger bugs have tough-as-tank armour shells so they will take a lot more to kill). Multiplayer matches can be quite hectic as your camera really does not focus on you as an individual but rather the entire party, forcing you to jump between targets and your ammo count which does not replenish itself until you physically hit the reload button (an interesting feature).

 

The feeling of being surrounded by overwhelming enemy forces hits home hard when you first make landfall which – sadly – does not come often, and to which I enjoy immensely. Design-wise the game looks quite appetizing – not shiny like the Witcher 3, but not dull and outdated like – say – Starcraft 1 (watch, people will throw in comments like: “I’ll have you know that I was able to modify the source code and update the graphics to look like…”). The missions that take place can range from walks in the park, to: “oh my god my face is melting and the enemy has just eaten my comrades,” which some people will like, and others will hate. These mission difficulties vary based on geography by the way, so the extremely hard stuff cannot be adjusted and the easy cake-eaters are the same story – you will just have to fight your way through the missions if you wanted to finish them all.

 

Would I recommend Helldivers? Absolutely; anyone looking for a fun, Starship Troopers-inspired game that is not too costly and can offer plenty of replay value should give Helldivers a shot. However for people looking for a top-of-the-line shooter and are happy to cough up 84 dollars, you might want to wait until the Division comes out, or until the next Battlefield or Call of Duty enters the field. This has been the Writer, and I shall see you next time.

 

What a mistake. The Rhetoric 6 February 2016.

Justin Trudeau,

 

Presently our Prime Minister seems to be stumbling when it comes to key issues that our nation faces. Sure I understand his perspective, but understanding it does not mean I support it. The topic of focus today, however, is his government’s decision to give the power to ban firearms to the police (supposedly, anyways). Rifles that are semi-automatic are now under the microscope of the police – a body of persons whose interest is control lest they actually have to deal with citizens who know their rights.

 

Now the key issue here is that people who engage in a one-sided discussion over firearms fail to notice that these devices are nothing more than tools and toys. Should an individual really wish to cause bodily harm, kitchen knives, power drills, chainsaws, and other items readily available at a home hardware store can do a lot more damage for less money than a firearm which requires maintenance and other routine tasks to keep it operational.

 

The thing that makes countries like the United States unique is their right to bear arms; places like Slovenia and the Czech Republic also allow their citizens to own firearms; in the Czech Republic one can even carry a handgun for self defense. Why is it then that our government wishes to restrict people’s options for self defense? Going off topic for a few sentences here, but this bit is also quite laughable; you can be charged with assault causing bodily harm if you go beyond the defensive and actually injure your attacker.

 

Yes indeed folks, in Canada one can be charged with assault for defending themselves, or if the court finds that you went beyond the: “necessary force,” it becomes “excessive force” and if you are not able to perform some verbal judo, you will go to prison while the attacker smiles and waves at you from the exit back into the world.

 

Fear mongering you say? Perhaps, it has been a while since I explored this topic. Yet even in countries like Russia where we criticize them as: “undemocratic,” their citizens are allowed to defend themselves. Why is it then that a country like Canada – a nation that prides itself as the: “true north strong and free” is paranoid of its people, and is therefore unwilling to allow people to own firearms? Outright bans only affect one group, the law-abiding citizens. According to some a can of worms has been opened, but yet I feel that as the owner of this blog I am entitled to express this opinion of mine – I only want the lawful rights kept as they are, or improved for the benefit of those who would be able to make use of this; is this too much to ask? Shall thee who is offended act as censors for the state, and do so infringe upon ones right to expression – a hollow-minded child who can only close their eyes and wish away the bad, rather than take action to stop it? This my dear readers is a topic for another time.

 

Ultimately I return to the headline to conclude this rant – I made the wrong choice during the election, and now I shall bear the weight of my sins. A poor choice at the polls equals a nation that will suffer – suffer we shall for we were attracted to the light, and we failed to see that behind the bright star was nothing more than smoke and mirrors – what a shame.