At the halfway point of the episode, Matt and Emily get cornered by an all-male group of deer. Allow me to say this:
NO. I’m sorry, but extra-NO. This is ridiculous on so many levels. Deer do not travel in packs like wolves. But even if they did for some reason, they definitely wouldn’t form an all-male gang like this. And even if they did, they wouldn’t randomly approach human beings. And even if the deer were upset, they would either fight or bolt, because there is nothing to motivate these deer to approach these particular humans. And even if there was, this clearly can’t be part of the killer’s plan, which means this strangeness is just happening randomly in the middle of an ongoing but totally unrelated disaster. These scene couldn’t be more absurd if Matt and Emily were suddenly crushed by a giant Monty Python foot.
Chris references “Danno” here. Although my memory was really dim, my guess was correct and the line “Book ’em, Danno” was indeed from the television police drama Hawaii Five-0, which ran from 1968 to 1980. I don’t think I ever watched a single episode, but I know I stopped on the channel to listen to the theme song many times.
Wikipedia claims that the Five-0 in the title refers to the fact that Hawaii was the 50th state. That seems really strange to me. Wouldn’t that rather be Hawaii 50, or Hawaii 50th? I can’t think of any other situations where a number was stylized in that way. In any case, I’m sure this show is why people say “Five-oh” as slang for police. Likewise I’m pretty sure, “drop a dime” as slang for “become a police informant” is a reference to putting a dime into a phone booth, even though phones were 25¢ by the time the phrase was popular enough to appear in movies and television.
Anyway, those are my old man ruminations for the week. Also remember that while I’m constantly mocking the events in the game (like someone taking a bath in the dark in a cold house without locking the door when there are relentless prankster teens everywhere) I’m not so much faulting the game as poking fun at the genre. Aside from the deer-gang, the events in this episode are about what you’d expect in this kind of story.
What Does a Robot Want?
No, self-aware robots aren't going to turn on us, Skynet-style. Not unless we designed them to.
A stream-of-gameplay review of Dead Island. This game is a cavalcade of bugs and bad design choices.
Crysis 2 has basically the same plot as Half-Life 2. So why is one a classic and the other simply obnoxious and tiresome?
Programming Language for Games
Game developer Jon Blow is making a programming language just for games. Why is he doing this, and what will it mean for game development?
A programming project where I set out to make a gigantic and complex world from simple data.