The Shotgun Blog
Thursday, April 09, 2009
From Russia with love
Coming in a few weeks to a computer-game store near you, Stalin vs. Martians promises a good time to fans of the Cold War and the X-Files. Siberian Light describes the game:
Stalin vs Martians is a real time strategy game that does pretty much what it says on the tin - lets you pretend to be Stalin in 1942, commanding the glorious Red Army in a battle to the death against evil invading Martians.
I posted the trailer below for your viewing pleasure. Don't miss out on the awesome synth music.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Satirical flash-based video game: Raid Gaza!
A new flash-based online video game invites players to raid the Gaza strip. But it isn't what you think.
Here's a description of the game:
Raid Gaza! is an anti-Israeli political satire masqurading as a casual shoot-em-up Flash game. Is it an effective political statement? I don't think so.
The game features an Indiana Jones-cribbed logo and a stylish juxtaposition of bucolic Israeli fields snuggled up against a chockablock Palestinian Gaza Strip. Then you click "Go Raid 'Em!" and realize it's impossible to lose, as you wing missiles, Merkava tanks, F15I Eagle fighters, and AH-64 Apache attack helicopters at Gaza's untidy hodgepodge of circumscribed buildings and jumbled hovels.
Well, not until Hamas lobs a meandering Qassam rocket in your direction first, of course, at which point an Israeli official resembling Ehud Olmert appears onscreen entreating you to "please, hurry up and blow the Gaza Strip up before anybody gets hurt!"
Your goal is to kill as many Palestinians as possible in an alloted timeframe...
The game is intended to be a satirical upshot of the conflict, along the same lines as this comic strip by Ted Rall:
Here are a few screen captures of the game in progress, below the fold:
When you run out of money, you can call the U.S. from your Embassy building:
Sometimes, the satire is thick. Like these two screens that pop up early in the game:
After completing your raid, you get an analysis of the Palestinian to Israeli deaths:
Nothing like a little factoid thrown into the mix:
Monday, June 20, 2005
Slow news day
On days like this, these stories start to look interesting:
It has long been a source of irritation for opponents and tennis fans alike.
Now women players who grunt loudly when hitting the ball have been accused by the referee in charge of Wimbledon of doing it deliberately to win matches.
At last year's championship, Russian Miss Sharapova produced the loudest grunts, yells and squeals ever heard on Centre Court.
The noise the 18-year-old makes when striking the ball has been measured at 100 decibels, equivalent to a small aircraft landing nearby.
Imagine the racket she makes trying to open a stubborn bottle of ketchup. (Hat tip to NealeNews)
Saturday, June 18, 2005
"OK, so I shot 49 strokes in a nine hole round. I must explain that I had lost 4 balls in the muskeg...."
I'm wondering whether the Nunavut golfer behind the Tundra Golf weblog is being serious...
...but you may find it interesting to read any way.
Sunday, February 13, 2005
The CBC Budget
The title is a touch misleading. Still, test your hand at manipulating the "budget surplus"--you decide what to prioritise, and where to spend the surplus money. Then, according to the website, you will find out if your budget was accepted.
Of course, you never find out. After I put 69 per cent of the budget toward personal tax cuts, one per cent towards corporate tax cuts, and 30 per cent towards the national debt, the best the CBC's political elites could deduce is that, uhm, politics is hard and, well, we can't predict whether your budget will pass or not. But thanks for playing!
Now you try: The CBC's Budget Balancing Act.
Friday, November 05, 2004
Go read The Myth of the Working Poor by Steven Malanga in City Journal. It contains a good recent history of the Left's intellectual support--if you can call it that--for the expansion of welfare.
The article isn't all economics. How could it be when so much of the Left's argument is non-factual? (See Kathy's post below 24 Hour [Socialist] Party People). Malanga takes time to poke some fun at the canned outrage and first-year collegiate theorizing in Barbara Ehrenreich's book Nickel and Dimed, a first person account of her journey among the working poor;
At Wal-Mart, for instance, she's "oppressed by the mandatory gentility" that the company requires of her, as if being nice to customers and co-workers were part of the tyranny of capitalism. (I suspect that most customers, if they encountered a snarling Ehrenreich as a clerk while shopping, would flee for the exit.) Told to scrub floors on her hands and knees by the maid service, she cites a "housecleaning expert" who says that this technique is ineffective. Ehrenreich then theorizes that the real reason that the service wants its employees down on their hands and knees is that "this primal posture of submission" and "anal accessibility" seem to "gratify the consumers of maid services." Never has the simple task of washing a floor been so thoroughly Freudianized.
Thursday, April 15, 2004
Just for fun
Are you "an Archconservative, Leftwing Wacko, Antigovernment Libertine or a Commie Sympathizer"?
Take the Satirical Political Beliefs Assessment and see.