Cowabunga, dude

July 21, 2006 by Tim

Heh, Pierre does the newspost for me one day and I’m already out of the routine. Go figure.

News recently broke that the World of Warcraft expansion, Burning Crusade, will give Paladins and Shaman (the only two classes unique to each side) to the opposing faction (though only to the new races). Now I haven’t played WoW in ages, so it really doesn’t affect me one way or another. But undoubtedly WoW is the largest MMO in existence, so I imagine this is going to be a big deal to a lot of people, one way or another. My first reaction was “what the hell did they do that for?”, because the classes as they were designed were iconic to the side of the conflict they were available to. Paladins being the paragons of virtue and good, and Shaman being the holistic, tribal anchor for the Horde. It will be interesting to see how this plays out for WoW players.

Attention gaming industry: Please slow down with the WW2 games. It seems like I’m hearing about a new one every week for the past month. Company of Heroes, Faces of War, etc. As if the genre wasn’t oversaturated enough, I’m seeing a sudden resurgence of these games that, in my opinion, are about five years too late for the heyday of the genre.

I was one of those kids in the nineties that was all about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I remember it distinctly- for boys it was TMNT and for girls it was New Kids on the Block. It was a disturbing time.

Frankly I always enjoyed the original Eastman and Laird comic books the best. When the Turtles were dark, and gritty. The concept of teenage mutant ninja turtles is so absurd. But in a serious setting it transforms into unbelievably cool. It’s when they dumb it down for children that it amplifies the ridiculousness of the idea.

So imagine my disappointment when I saw the trailer for the new CG TMNT movie, and though it could accomplish a really cool film, it seems aimed at children. I could live with the fact that the Turtles look anorexic, and I’ve got my fingers crossed that it won’t be a total kids movie.

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