Monday, April 30, 2007

Morgan discovers online gaming....

Despite being a video game aficionado, I've never really gotten into the whole online gaming thing. There are two reasons for this - one, online gaming on the computer has mostly been a pee-cee thing, with Macs never really being invited to the party. Second, the XBOX Live service makes you pay $50 a year to play online, so being the cheap bastard that I am, that's not an option. I recently broke down and bought a PlayStation 3 however, and since they don't charge anything to play online, I gave it a shot playing "Resistance: Fall of Man" against the rest of the world.

You're supposed to be matched up with players of a similar skill level, but that's a bunch of crap because I was being killed before I even fired my first shot. These online boys are ruthless - no mercy for the newbie in the group. I finally found my rhythm and got a few kills, and then the fun began.....

It doesn't take long to develop an active dislike for someone in these death matches - no one likes to be fragged with hedgehog grenades, but some of these dudes were pulling some cheap crap with me - hiding behind trees, sniping me from 100 yards away - stuff like that. There were three in particular that were giving me a hard time - "DaPickleGuy", "YOUREXWIFE" and "breakingmyballs33" (my gamer tag is "morganbonner". Unique, I know). I swear I couldn't lay a hand on these three - they seemed to be everywhere at once, killing me before I even saw them. After about 4 or 5 kills each at their hands, I finally got fed up and headed into a building that I'd seen a rocket launcher laying around in. I picked it up and waited....and waited....and waited.....until finally they all three had gathered in the same area. I ventured out of the building, offering myself up as a lamb to the slaughter....then just at the last possible moment I switched to the rocket launcher and BAM!!! Got all three of them at once! It was a thing of beauty - you might even call it UBER PWNAGE!!!!

I still came in last place in the match, and didn't have anywhere near as many kills as the others.....but I think I served notice that if you mess with morganbonner you will get a rocket up your butt for your trouble.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Warning: rant ahead....

There aren't many things in this world that make my stomach turn in disgust, but here's one: people who scream "PRO-LIFE" from the highest mountaintop, but in the next breath defend both the current pointless war we find ourselves in as well as the "right" to possess guns. I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure the purpose of war and the purpose of guns is one in the same: to kill people. This would seem to me to be ANTI-LIFE. Anyway, I have been trying to figure out why the latest bloodbath that has taken place because some psychopath has easy access to guns hasn't bothered me all that much. Allison suggested that it was because we've simply become de-sensitized to all the violence in the world, but I believe it's not that simple. I think I'm starting to just not care - that this country that I love so much has made its choice about guns. Our society now lives every day with a simple truth - that at any moment, some asshole with a gun can come into our homes/offices/schools and kill us. And we seem to be ok with that. Timothy Noah wrote an article which pretty much sums it up:

Are we sorry that 32 people, most of them no older than 22, were killed? Of course. But we aren't so sorry that we intend to do anything to prevent such a tragedy from happening again. We value the lives of Mary Read, Ryan Clark, Leslie Sherman, and all the rest, but we value more their killer Cho Seung Hui's untrammeled right to purchase not only a Glock 19 and a Walther P22, but also the ammunition clips that, according to the April 18 Washington Post, would have been impossible to obtain legally had Congress not allowed President Clinton's assault-weapon ban to expire three years ago. "If Democratic leaders cannot muster the votes to reinstate the full assault weapons ban," report Jonathan Weisman and Jeffrey Birnbaum in the April 18 Washington Post, "some suggested that at least the clip-capacity portion could be passed." That would do roughly as much good as banning all gun sales to guys named "Cho." Washington's lack of interest in gun control is so pronounced that the city scarcely took notice when a United States senator (coincidentally, from Virginia) hinted publicly that he does not obey the District's handgun ban when he drives in from Virginia.

There are people in this country today who, one day in the future, will be gunned down by psychopaths like Cho Seung Hui. Future presidents will be assassinated, if the past is any guide, and probably the odd pop star, too. We could spare these lives—some of them, at least—by making it difficult or impossible to acquire a handgun in the United States. But we choose not to. Tough luck, whoever you are.

I have to believe that at some point we as a society will grow tired of the death and destruction, at which point we will be left with two possibilities; either we ban guns entirely for everyone besides the "well-regulated militia" such as the Military, National Guard and Police, or we do what the NRA would have us do: every man and woman carries a gun on their person at all times. I see problems with both approaches, but I wish we'd just hurry up and pick one so we could at least try something. Our current situation is, quite literally, killing us.