on Apr 9, 2007
I’m mulling over the idea of picking up STALKER- Shadow of Chernobyl. It’s a recent title with no demo, so it’s a risky proposition. While scanning the page at Gamestop looking for system Specs, I came upon this edifice of incoherent languacide:
I tried to put this into Babelfish to see what it really says, but they don’t offer Idiot -> English translations. So, I had to decipher it myself. Here is the review in English, as closely as I can render it:
I have not played this game, but I find the justifications for its purchase to be uncompelling. For readers who do not own an XBox 360, I’d like to inform you that the platform is noted for its many contributions to the shooter genre. The Halo franchise in particular is noteworthy, and I’m proud to announce that I have already paid for Halo 3 and am eagerly waiting for them to finish the game. Also, The Wii is a substandard platform for fans of the shooter genre. The Playstation 3 is underpriced. It is merely a Blu-Ray player of substandard quality. The Playstation 3 has no exclusive titles, which is a serious omission for a major platform. If you don’t list any consoles as your platform of choice, then might I suggest acquiring Gunz or Soldier from a particular game portal. PC games are superior to other forms of games, and they are free of charge.
This proves something I’ve suspected for years, which is that there are four types of people in the world:
- I liked Halo
- I did not like Halo
- I did not play Halo
- HALO is best gam 4 evar and ur retarded i u dont leik it.
This STALKER review is perfect. I am putting it here as a taunt to all of the Halo fans who have left me rude responses and sent insulting emails due to my scathing comments on Halo from last year. (The really rude ones have been deleted, since I have higher standards than Game Stop when it comes to allowing subliterate ankle-biters to pollute my site with crass asininity.)
This review sort of sums up the very essence of the debate with Halo zealots that I’ve witnessed over the years, and perfectly distills the very nature of the exchange. So from now on when I’m trying to explain the whole thing, I’ll tell people, “I dislike Halo because it was a game with repetitive scenery and a threadbare story, while other people disagree and say this.” Which will be a link to this post, wherein a Halo fan reviews STALKER by not playing it, preordering Halo 3, and then talking about unrelated games.
Yes, I’m being childish and stupid, but the same can be said of Halo, which sold eleventy bajillion copies. So I’m in good company.
Shamus Young is an old-school OpenGL programmer, author, and composer. He runs this site and if anything is broken you should probably blame him.