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23 April 2009 @ 12:17 pm
Ur Doin It Weird  
You know what i really want? Grand Theft Auto Lego.

One of the big attractions of Grand Theft Auto, at least so i've heard from everyone who's played the game and spoken out about it, is just running around causing random mayhem. Jacking cars, shooting people and things, driving a semi through oncoming traffic and off a pier, etc. I've heard actual complaints about the ongoing development of story based elements in the game. Either you're playing someone who's climbing their way out of a moral sinkhole but with interspersed fits of totally out of character mayhem when you decide to go on a joyride (GTA3 San Andreas, or so i've been told) or you're playing someone who'd diving headfirst into a moral sinkhole and for whom random fits of mayhem are totally in character, but who is really hard to sympathize with because of it (GTA4, or so i've been told.)

(Also, the focus on story has apparently led to all kinds of bad and nonsensical gameplay decisions, as Shamus Young of "the DM of the Rings" fame comments on here. (Or maybe it's just bad gameplay design for bad gameplay design's sake, i don't really know.) All in all if i'm going to get a GTA type game for the PS3, it sounds like it definitely ought to be Saints Row 2.)

All of this is easily avoided with a Lego version. I think everyone who ever played Star Wars Lego spent quite a lot of time killing and maiming their Lego "buddies" and laughing at the comical way they would explode into Lego pieces, or hop around on one Lego leg, or go plummeting off a cliff into lava. Especially if it was JarJar. No one ever feels bad about it, because they're Legos! (And in the case of your buddies they come right back afterwards anyways.) And can you imagine driving a semi down a street and crashing into things and Lego pieces flying everywhere? You shoot someone and they explode into Lego pieces? Maybe you could snatch a purse, and the person's Lego arm comes off with it? It would be totally awesome.

(This would also avert my personal pet peeve with GTA4 and a lot of the other "next-gen" games, that it looks way too realistic. I just like cartoony looking stuff. (According to my parents i latched onto animated stuff very early and never let go, while my sister preferred live action stuff more.))

All of which is really just a long winded way of getting around to what i _don't_ particularly want.

Lego Rock Band. SRSLY. WTH? How does this make any sense? The only advantage i can see to it is that it would eliminate the stupidly realistic look of the band members they've been going for in more recent versions of the Guitar Hero/Rock Band franchises, but i know that's a personal aversion that isn't shared by most of the rest of the people out there. The really sad thing though is when i look at the current song list, abbreviated as it is at this point, and think "that looks pretty good actually." Hopefully when/if i get Rock Band i'll be able to buy those songs as DLC without buying the whole other game. Or alternately since i don't actually have a copy of Rock Band already i could actually _start_ with Lego Rock Band, since i don't actually object to the concept in principle, i just don't think it adds anything worth buying a whole 'nother copy of the game for.

And while i'm on the subject of what the hell were you thinking, i'm baffled by one of Dunkin Donuts current ads. Some kids are literally getting their souls sucked out of them by just sitting there dumbly watching TV, but don't worry! You can save them with the natural enemy of mindless entertainment! Doughnuts!!! SRSLY? I mean i like doughnuts, but i like tv too, and they _both_ fall into the same "i like it even though it's not really good for me" category in my mind. Sitting down in front of the boob tube with some donuts and feeding both my mind and my body junk food seems like a perfectly natural combination to me.

(And this is totally aside from the fact that i get aggravated by both Dunkin Donuts and Sonic bombarding me with an endless series of commercials extolling their virtues when there isn't a single store of either one of them within at least 100 miles =P)

Also, you know what? Katamari Lego would be pretty cool too :)
Kirin: Goomba-transparentkirinn on April 23rd, 2009 08:26 pm (UTC)
Well, aside from the potential to get crossover fans from both franchises, I think most of the point is to have a Rock Band game aimed at a younger target audience. I'm pretty sure the set list is going to steer away from songs with a bunch of swearing and "mature themes" too. Basically, a Rock Band that parents wouldn't feel uneasy buying for their 12-year-old or whatever.

I would certainly be nice to make the Lego setlist available as DLC for the other versions (though I could see them *not* doing the reverse in order to maintain an age rating on the Lego one). Not that I actually own any Rock Band either. That shit's expensive.

Edited at 2009-04-23 08:27 pm (UTC)
Ormoluormolu on April 23rd, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
I like your rant on the junk food for mind AND body. ;)
rowrrowr on April 24th, 2009 08:21 am (UTC)
lies... there is a Sonic at 1632 N Lemon St, Anaheim, CA 92801-1205. :P I have been there many times as it is the only Los Angeles location of Sonic. I think it might just barely be drivable from work, although I don't think you would have enough time to eat there... but you could still have Sonic. I recommend getting a Cherry Limeaid, tater tots, and any burger that involves 'Texas Toast' as the bun.. *sigh* I miss you, Sonic, tasty tasty tasty food of my childhood..
An anonymous kittysome_kitten on April 24th, 2009 12:41 pm (UTC)
Sonic keeps advertising here even though there isn't one near for hundreds of miles.

OTOH, there are probably more Dunkin Donuts in the city of Boston than in the state of California.
An anonymous kittysome_kitten on April 24th, 2009 12:42 pm (UTC)
But their donuts suck.

The only reason to go to DD's is for the coffee. Which seems more likely to be the natural enemy of your kids' souls being sucked away. Grab them young and raise them up right.