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Get Off My YouTube! (A Reasonable Political Rant)

Much to the chagrin and frustration of my friends and loved ones, I am rather apathetic about all things political.

A moderate by nature and a conservative by obligation, I tend to be able to see issues from both sides and can appreciate the roads people travel that lead them to their respective beliefs. It’s not that I agree with those beliefs, per se, but I can understand where they came from.

It’s that mindset which generally leaves me bewildered when an election year rolls around. The unmitigated vitriol with which political slurs are slung is genuinely perplexing to me. And it pops up EVERYWHERE!

Yesterday, while preparing a lovely article for The Cool Ship on several YouTube vocalists and musicians, I was inundated with political ads.

They’re all liars. Image screen-grabbed from YouTube.

MUSIC: UP AND UNDER, MELODRAMATIC 

V/O (MALE, SERIOUS): Mitt Romney hates your family. He wants to take all your money and give it to big pharma! 

FADE OUT ON UNFLATTERING PICTURE OF ROMNEY

MUSIC: BRIGHT and SUNNY

V/O (FEMALE, LIGHT): President Obama fights for American families and jobs!  

I swear I’ve seen that one. Haven’t you? And they’re no better from the other angle, either.

However, I gotta call the win for the president’s staff in the YouTube arena. I rarely see a pro-Mitt advertisement before the videos I watch. Now, perhaps that’s because I’m not watching the “right” videos (Right…get it?). Maybe Mitt’s ads skew toward videos that I’m not interested in.It’s possible, I suppose.

But, given the social and Internet savvy President Obama’s campaign exhibited the first time around, I don’t think it’s an accident that they’re all up in my business every time I want to watch a cat meow the Game of Thrones theme.

Overall, though, I don’t go to YouTube to learn about politics. Granted, I’ve watched my fair share of news autotuning, but, more often than not, I’m going to be entertained.

So, I will end my brief and reasonable rant with this: GET OFF MY YOUTUBE!

Unless you’re Chuck Norris, and you make your own videos that aren’t tacked on the beginning of what I want to watch. I love me some crazy Chuck Norris.

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A Better Class of MMO [Rocking the Boat]

John wrote an article yesterday about his disappointment with the current World of Warcraft. I agree with all of his points, but I thought I would take it a step further and talk about the kind of MMO I would want to play. As I was thinking about it, I came up with this formula.

Mass Effect’s character creation + Skyrim’s open world and skills + Minecraft’s building and crafting + EVE’s approach to PvP and economy + Some other stuff + World of Warcraft  = A game that I would throw all my money at for a chance to play.

Curt Schilling, if you’re reading this, and this was what Project Copernicus was going to be,  I am sad for you.

Mass Effect’s Character Creation:

Besides being very customizable, Mass Effect has you answer some basic questions about your character. I’d love to see this affect the game in different ways. I also hope that it would encourage a little more role playing from the people playing the game. I miss having roleplaying in MMORPGs. Large scale RPing would be amazing.

Image: PC Mag.com

Skyrim’s Skill System

Skyrim has a rich, open world for you to explore. Put this into an MMORPG and make it even bigger. Let me pick my own skills rather than be shoehorned into a class. Maybe instead of being a warrior, I want to be a simple woodcutter and carpenter (this ties into my next point). I don’t mind a framework that I could work from, but I hate being forced into one of three roles with my class. Instead, I want to play the game my way, unbalanced or not.

Minecraft’s Building and Crafting:

Azeroth has a problem. Everything is only related to war and making war. You can only build things that have to do with war. I, however, want to stake out claims on land. Build some buildings. Mine some stone. Cut down and replant some trees. Pick herbs and make potions/medicines for various effects. I don’t want to just be a warrior destroying things; I want to be able to create.  And this just doesn’t go for building either.

I want to be able to make my own weapons and armor. I want them to be customizable, I want them to look the way I want. And give them the effects that I’ve learned. I want to sell them and be awesome. This brings me to…

EVE’s Economy and PvP:

A player driven-economy. Let people buy and sell anything and everything. Let people found their own towns, corporations, cities, guilds. Let the player’s recruit new people and send them out on missions.  Yes, this could lead to imbalance. I don’t care. I have no problems living in an unbalanced world. Factions will rise and fall. People will band together and people will betray each other.

Imagine having to hire a high-level body guard. He’d watch your back. Go out and assassinate rivals for you. And you paid him a set amount of money per month… so long as he stayed above a certain level.

Yes, did I mention? PvP and death have consequences. They don’t have to be big consequences, but a small loss of XP and dropping everything on you is fair, in my opinion. We played MUDs like that for a long time… and instead of whining about it, we decided to get better. To play sneakier. To be aware of our surroundings. This would also force you to manage your resources well. Put your money in banks… and other safe havens…. but you might want to buy insurance… since banks can be robbed and safes can be broken into. It all depends on how the players decide to build things. It could be magnificent.

Want to be a dark lord? Do it.

Other Stuff:

I like the idea of capturing random mobs and drafting them into a faction’s army. You could then send this army to attack other factions. The army limit would be based on the cumulative power level of the mobs, and the size of the faction you run. This could replace high level content/dungeons/instances with what is essentially a strategy war game. Coordinate your NPC mobs with the PCs in your faction. Take over your opponents city. Rebuild it in your image.

Finally:

I’m not worried about game balance here… I think the free game market (with certain restrictions) could actually balance out play. Things could get ugly for you… but things could also be awesome. You could run a faction. You could lose everything.

Or you could just build a house in a town or in the middle of nowhere, and just farm, log, or frolic in the grasses.

You get to play your way. With hundreds of others.

Where can I deposit my money to play this?

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