I actually made it to the third level, where colors swap back and forth every time you touch them. Pretty frenetic action there, but I actually made it to the THIRD ROUND of level three! That’s the best I’ve ever done! Usually at best I can make it to L3R1… usually L2R3 (the “Miami Beach” colored pyramid). Woohoo!
…the above is nonsense to anybody who isn’t into classic arcade games, but for a no-skillz gamer like me, just trust me that it’s an accomplishment.
PR3 slow going last night. I had an intense headache I had to medicate, and then was too tired to do much more than watch TV. I did get some core scripts and conversations done, though, and a level layout. Creatures are tonight. My goal is to release this thing before January is up; this isn’t like the first Penultima series where I used stock critters and did level layouts in seconds. I have to really tune and tweak and such now, and quality takes time.
I’ve decided that WWE Smackdown annoys me more than WWE Raw lately. Yes, the unending parade of Triple H is a pain, and the wrestling isn’t the best… but dear god, the sexist garbage and piss-poor characters on Smackdown are just intolerably lame. What happened to the show that simply put on quality matches without the soap opera crap that was on Raw? Did Vince decide “We don’t want to actually satisfy our fans, so let’s make it fucking stupid”? Ugh. At least I can count on 1-3 good matches a night, and my best buddy Mr. Tivo takes care of skipping past the rest.
Thought for the day on how the WWE sees women.
SCENARIO #1: Male wrestler shows he’s a heel sexist bastard by abusing his female companion. He forces her to dress in skanky, revealing clothing in public so he can show off his trophy. In an effort to show she’s an individual with a free will and a need to express herself, female rebels by dressing like a normal person with ordinary clothing instead whenever possible.
SCENARIO #2: Male wrestler shows he’s a heel sexist bastard by insulting the crowd and abusing his female companion. He forces her to dress conservatively so other males won’t desire what’s his. In an effort to show she’s an individual with a free will and a need to express herself, female rebels by wearing skanky, revealing clothing or thong bikinis or simply running around naked in public whenever possible.
Which of these is more likely to occur on WWE programming? If you said scenario #2, congradulations! After all, ALL women want to be respected as free-thinking individuals and express that by being (TV-14 rated) nymphomaniac exhibitionists. Why, if they actually wanted to wear REAL CLOTHES, then they’d be heels and we’d hate them for denying us our right to look at their bodies! (See also: Molly Holly.)
Thank god I can make my own female wrestlers in the WWE games who actually kick ass and take names with fully realized personalities instead of simply parading around in giant plastic high heeled shoes and g-strings. This is also one of the many advantages of Ultra. It may have fan service, but it also has deeper characters. (And the guys get fanserviced too.)
Then again, this is WWE rasslin’ I’m talking about, I probably shouldn’t be expecting anything more than the cultural equivilant of a Big Mac… but I can dream.