Contradictions are the new black
I LOVE contradictions in life…whether they exist in science (like splitting something as small as an atom can cause something as devestating as a nuclear blast), politics (like certain unnamed political parties that believe in things like killing abortion doctors to save lives or waging ware to ensure peace), or other more personal aspects (I am a very private person, but I LOVE to blog), I can’t help but find a mothlike attraction to noticing and dissecting these things.
I also like video games…Elga would say something more inflammatory like “addicted”, or “obsessed” but for the sake of modesty I am going to stick with “like”.
Luckily, these two aspects have been colliding a bit more recently =)
For example, take Fallout 3. For those who don’t know, Fallout 3 is one of the more engrossing and superb games to come out in a very, very long time as it follows the life of a person who crawls out of a bomb shelter existence 200 years after nuclear war between China and the US has left almost the entire US a pile of rubble.
The soundtrack to the game consists of classic 1930’s to 1950’s era tracks to match the social themes, and consist of music from Ella Fitzgerald, Bob Crosby, Cole Porter, Billie Holliday and others.
Meanwhile, and here is where the contradiction comes in, you spend your time crawling over a shattered land exploding bad guys in the most bloody, messy, limbs flying off ways possible – and thats only if you arent shotting a mini-nuke at them (complete with mushroom cloud). And if THAT werent enough – the scene goes SLO-MO so you can relish the slowly falling body parts. See video below for gory goodness.
Ella Fitzgerald and exploding badguys – contradiction enough?
My other guilty videogame contradiction has been playing a first person shooter called Battlefield 1943, which pits you as the role of a Japanese or American soldier fighting in one of the historic Pacific campaign battles of WW2…and this is as real feeling as it gets – snipers crouched around picking people off, planes flying overhead shooting and dropping bombs, more soldiers landing on the shores to help you take the flags – this is total WW2 immersion if there ever was such a thing.
While I am hunting down people, though, I have been listening to Chopin – and as the poet of the piano echoes through the room its always as I am about to stick a bayonette in the back of some poor schmuck.
..and above all…the real contradiction? I am a total pacifist when it comes to anything not involving digital sprites and tons of “1”‘s and “0”‘s….