EMU or Bust

Bridgewater’s orientation was yesterday.  It was also today but I didn’t bother attending the rest of the event.  It took about two hours yesterday to realize that this was not where I wanted to go.  Getting stuck with a group of people who can be favorably described as “JMU rejects” did not help either.  No college campus is truly dry but at least in EMU, I have a circle of friends who stay out of that element.  Bridgewater, I’d only know like two people who commute and can’t room with them anyway because they’re women.

In the end, Bridgewater had too many strikes against it.  Mandatory community service, PDP, horrible housing plans, overrated financial aid and it didn’t have the hook EMU did.  There was nothing to counter all that negative.  Now, EMU’s not great.  In fact, I’ve pretty much resigned to the fact that I’m going to hate college.  The school’s overly liberal but the financial aid is better and I can live away from home in an affordable manner.  I’m also kind of “committed” to the school because I’ve been accepted to live on campus…

Now the decision comes down to EMU or no school at all.  I’ve hated two years of college and the only thing really changing is location.  Plus, I’m hesistant to give any more money to the Mennonites.  With the economy going south, the $30,000 I spent on private high school would be real nice right now…

So, EMU or bust.  An associate’s degree is better than nothing.  I’ve even thought about taking a semester off and applying at UVA in the spring.  Life is like time, always in flux.

Things change.

Jack Thompson Is Coming!

Paying for college is insane.  Just pre-registering at EMU has emptied my wallet of $500.  Bridgewater’s orientation is tomorrow and since I’ve been a indecisive prick, looks like I’ll be paying another sum of $300.  Then I’m looking at least $20,000 for a year of education, no matter which school I pick.

In other, less expensive news, the infamous Jack Thompson is coming to my local area!  He’ll be involved in some video game violence debate that will be interesting.  Interestingly enough, the article fails to mention that he’s been disbarred.  I guess that would damage his credibility if there was any.  I’ve written about Jack Thompson before and pompous dick doesn’t begin to cover his personality.  Still, it’ll be…entertaining (?) to see him in person.

For the uninitated, Jack Thompson is one of the most promiment anti-gaming crusaders in the states.  He’s been at it for the better part of a decade or so.  Usually, when a tragedy surfaces, he’s quick to point the finger at video games.  Nevermind that there has never been a study that proves there’s a positive correlation between video games and violence.  When it comes to Jack Thompson, reason be damned.

His antics are not only limited to gaming.  He’s gone after rap music, shitty Leo DiCaprio movies and even accused Janet Reno of being a lesbian.  The latter is one of my favorite Wacko Jacko moments.  He actually handed her a piece of paper, asking her if she was straight, homo or bisexual.  He then claims she put her hand on her shoulder and said she was only interested in “viritle men.”

He then sued her for battery, just for touching him.

And he’s coming here to debate some middle-aged comic author?  Hot damn, I’m getting front row seats!  It’s free and who knows, maybe I’ll be next to feel the wrath of Jack Thompson.

You’re out of your mind.
That’s between me and my mind.

Fable 2

After getting burned on the last Fable, I was determined not to buy into Fable 2’s hype.  After all, I paid $50 for what amounted to an unfinished, overhyped game.  If they couldn’t have the first game live up to its hype, why should I expect them to come through on the second?  Well, Steve’s 360 broke so I borrowed Fable 2 off him for a bit.  It’s certainly an upgrade over the original, probably even what it should have been.  The game is still lacking in parts, most notably the story.

For a game that bills itself on choice and consequence, Fable 2 is surprisingly linear.  You start off as a poor orphan who gathers enough money with your sister to buy a magical music box.  Said box has the power to grant any wish and your sister uses it to wish she lives in a castle.  Later that night, guards come and take the two of you to the castle where some dick finds out your heroes that will eventually fuck up his plans.  To prevent either of you from getting in the way, he shoots both of you dead.  You survive despite falling out of the highest level of the tallest tower of the castle, revived by a dog and taken in by some blind bitch seer who hinted you should buy the music box at the beginning.

The seer trains you for ten years then sends you on a quest to gather a couple of fellow heroes to kick Lucien’s ass.  The seer makes the mistake of showing you where Lucien is.  He’s in some sort of tower out on the ocean called The Spire, which will have all kinds of magical power when it is completed.  Instead of rowing out there and kicking Lucien’s ass, she sends you to find some fellow heroes.

OK, that’s not too bad.  Maybe your character isn’t bad ass enough to take down the lord of the land.  Well, you find out later the seer can teleport.  This is a power she does not give you, making you have to walk around the linear (but admittedly pretty) game world.  Still, teleporting would have helped keep these heroes from getting involved with Lucien.  Strangely enough, whenever you reach these heroes, Lucien is always a step ahead.  In one instance, he kidnaps one of the heroes and imprisons them on The Spire.  Then you have to go rescue him but not by rowing out there and kicking ass.  No, instead, you go through a Gladiator-esque tournament to build fame before sailing out to The Spire.  It never occurs to the seer or your hero that you should sail on his own so he/she could take their weapons.  No, instead, you have to be imprisioned for 10 years and do some “be evil or lose experience” crap.

That’s as far as I’ve gotten in the story.  After returning from The Spire, I went back to buying property, making babies with my wife, flipping off monks and directing my dog to piss on the local law enforcement.  Y’know, the things that make Fable 2 fun

Time for some thrilling heroics.