December 6th, 2010

Politics

oh, the snaps

"For a party (whether of the Tea or Grand Old variety) that sees the Constitution as something so perfect as to have been divinely inspired, the idea that it needs to be altered fundamentally is beyond crediting, something like putting the Fifth Commandment up to a popular referendum. But the Tea Party vision of the Constitution has never been one of fidelity to the document itself, or even to the Framers. Instead, it's a devotion to those scraps and snippets of the Constitution they accept, an embrace of only the Framers they admire, and an eagerness to jettison anything that conflicts with or complicates that vision, including the rest of the Constitution. Here, then, if you needed it, is another indication that the Republican Party — in an act of grand, ongoing, unconscious irony — is assigning true conservatism to the ash heap of history and replacing it with a brand of radicalism in which nothing, not even the Constitution, is sacrosanct."

News

Courtesy asimplelife

"And while we're asking rhetorical questions that would not need to be asked in a sane world, how is it possible that the Republican party has so completely embraced aggression and brutality that almost all its leading figures feel the near-drowning of suspects is a valid interrogation technique and imprisonment without charge or trial is a legitimate practice that should be expanded? Why is it that most people in the United States and elsewhere are not disturbed in the slightest that, despite abundant evidence, American officials who apparently committed heinous crimes in the war on terror will not be investigated and held to account, while Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who apparently did nothing illegal this week, is hunted to the ends of the Earth? And how in hell is it possible that when a former president of the United States of America admits he authorized the commission of torture — which is to say, he admits he committed a major crime — the international media and political classes express not a fraction of the anger they are now directing at the man who leaked the secrets of that president's administration?

"I marvel at that paragraph. It would have been inconceivable even 10 years ago. Murder treated as a legitimate option in political discourse? Torture as acceptable government policy? No, impossible. A decade ago, it would have been satire too crude to be funny.

And yet, here we are."

Gaming

Ikusaguruma!

Next up in the sort-of world tour of the minis games I am into these days is Anima Tactics, and it's really something of an anomaly. The games that really stick with me have to have something special about the gameplay, that sets them apart from other games. I'm honestly not sure that Anima Tactics has that. However, it has a remarkably dense backstory, which is at times an homage to anime and manga, and other times poking fun at the tropes of the genre. Oh, and it's technically from Spain, which is a new-world-order kind of awesome. Storyline and character are what convince me to try out a game/game world, and Anima has that in spades. The quality figs, lovely art, and nifty backstory seem to be doing the trick for me.

And really, the game is all about having your dude charge some other dude and proudly calling out your moves. Thousand Broken Bones strike! Flow Like the Wind! Kurohagane Sword! Hee.

To wit, here's a link to the gallery of wen_m, the dude who does the fantastic art that inspires the game. And here's a link to Studio Giraldez, who does a bang-up job of painting these figs.

Previous games:
Pulp City, Strange Aeons.