Today is the last day for us to talk about the Mayan Apocalypse with an assured sense of total condescension and that subtle hint of unease people use when they totally don’t believe the end of the world is coming… probably. Soon, it will be relegated to the same space as Y2K and anything Nostradamus said.
Conversely, this might be the last day to do anything.
Either way, now is a good opportunity to try Old Spice: Dikembe Mutombo’s 4 1/2 Weeks To Save The World.
The game is actually a series of games set to emulate classic 8-bit adventures of the 80s.
Normally, I don’t like being a shill for corporate America (and certainly not an unpaid shill), but this game is too much fun. The premise is that Dikembe Mutombo, Science The Bear, and an ensemble cast of random people have to save the world from the week-to-week trends in news and pop-culture. Play as Mutombo as he takes on the South Korean dance craze distracting the nation from voting or teenage vampire movies.
There is so much ironic humor happening even as Old Spice deodorant is blatantly advertised throughout. My favorite part is when they use Nicole Westbrook’s Thanksgiving as the soundtrack for Mutombo’s fight against the blurgies.
As a reward to the world, Old Spice is creating a new Mayan calendar that represents all the time our game play has added to the world.
This week, Dikembe Mutombo flies to space to destroy the source of the Mayan Apocalypse: THE INTERNET
I can’t think of a better way to countdown the beginning of that three month wasteland between New Year’s Day and spring.