Half-Life

ethan_greer gave me a copy of Half-Life this weekend. I had never played it before, because I’m a console guy through and through, really making exceptions only for Doom II and Infocom games. However, since it is supposed to be one of the greatest video games of all time, It felt like I needed to give it a shot.

I’ve just barely started the game, but it seems pretty cool so far. The game’s scripted in-game events are nicely ambitious, and the thoughtful gameplay seems to hold up eight years down the line. Early in as I am, it seems like this game is going to be a good as it is supposed to be.

But Goddamn, I sure do hate using “mouse and a keyboard” controls What a frigging cumbersome, clumsy interface. I suppose pre-dual analog it was the best thing going for FPSs but I hated it in the 90’s and I really hate it now. This cannot stand.

WSBMICAS Meeting Report September 2006

The inaugural meeting of The William Shatner Bad Movie and Ice Cream Appreciation Society was, I would say, a success.

Sadly, only half of the Society’s members were able to attend but Isaac, Tessa, Krista, and Adam had a swell time. Adam was an able host, the ice cream was tasty, and the film was a great big turd.

This month’s film was “Return to Frogtown,” the sequel to the 1987 classic “Hell Comes to Frogtown.” In it, John Jones (Lous Ferrigno) of the Texas Rocket Rangers has been kidnapped by the Czar Frogmeister, leader of the mutant frog-men. It is up to Jones’ partner, Sam Hell (Robert Z’Dar), along with the beautiful Dr. Spankles to break into the Frog Reservation and free Jones before he is turned into a Frog. I’m afraid this synopsis doesn’t really do justice to how bad this movie is.

The film had bad special effects and an incoherent plot  and tortured dialogue and lifeless acting. The same can be said of hundreds of movies. It is the little details that the film’s director, Donald L. Jackson, weaves into the story that makes this film stand out from the pack. The horny frog-nurse with the human fetish, the casting of the role of  Junior with a sock puppet, the startling secret of the Czar Frogmeister. It is the constant misguided creativity that makes this movie so good at being bad.

After the film, Adam played videos of people playing bad video games. This lead to the breakthrough discovery of the evening: Girls do not care to watch people play video games. Who knew?

The ice cream selections were Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Chocolate Peanut Butter.

Originally published at The Triangle. You can comment here or there.

WSBMICAS Meeting Report September 2006

The inaugural meeting of The William Shatner Bad Movie and Ice Cream Appreciation Society was, I would say, a success.

Sadly, only half of the Society’s members were able to attend but Isaac, Tessa, Krista, and Adam had a swell time. Adam was an able host, the ice cream was tasty, and the film was a great big turd.

This month’s film was “Return to Frogtown,” the sequel to the 1987 classic “Hell Comes to Frogtown.” In it, John Jones (Lous Ferrigno) of the Texas Rocket Rangers has been kidnapped by the Czar Frogmeister, leader of the mutant frog-men. It is up to Jones’ partner, Sam Hell (Robert Z’Dar), along with the beautiful Dr. Spankles to break into the Frog Reservation and free Jones before he is turned into a Frog. I’m afraid this synopsis doesn’t really do justice to how bad this movie is.

The film had bad special effects, and an incoherent plot, and tortured dialogue, and lifeless acting. The same can be said of hundreds of movies. It is the little details that the film’s director, Donald L. Jackson, weaves into the story that makes this film stand out from the pack. The horny frog-nurse with the human fetish, the casting of Junior with a sock puppet, the startling secret of the Czar Frogmeister. It is the constant misguided creativity that makes this movie so good at being bad.

After the film, Adam played videos of people playing bad video games. This lead to the breakthrough discovery of the evening: Girls do not care to watch people play video games. Who knew?

The ice cream selections were Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Chocolate Peanut Butter.