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Briefly Noted: Playing Paranoia

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Video games increasingly prize polished presentation and ease of play, but 2011: Obama's Coup Fails, a Web-based war game housed at USofEarth.com, seems uninterested in either. Developed and maintained by a community of user-fans, the game reflects a crowded design ethos that is only a half-step above a typical MySpace page. And the unthrilling game play—combat consists of clicking static maps and typing numbers into browser fields—is explained via crudely recorded YouTube tutorials, all of which are punctuated with non sequiturs like "Mmm! That looks tasty!"

It's not clear whether any of it, tutorials or game, is intended to be taken seriously, although it is rooted in political attitudes that some people take very seriously indeed. The game's imagined future is one in which the most extreme anti-Obama paranoia has proven prophetic. Its major innovation is its use of real-world news clips blended into the story—a hint that, despite its studied unrealism, its creators may view it as more than a game. —Peter Suderman

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  1. My only point is that if you take the Bible straight, as I’m sure many of Reasons readers do, you will see a lot of the Old Testament stuff as absolutely insane. Even some cursory knowledge of Hebrew and doing some mathematics and logic will tell you that you really won’t get the full deal by just doing regular skill english reading for those books. In other words, there’s more to the books of the Bible than most will ever grasp. I’m not concerned that Mr. Crumb will go to hell or anything crazy like that! It’s just that he, like many types of religionists, seems to take it literally, take it straight…the Bible’s books were not written by straight laced divinity students in 3 piece suits who white wash religious beliefs as if God made them with clothes on…the Bible’s books were written by people with very different mindsets…in order to really get the Books of the Bible, you have to cultivate such a mindset, it’s literally a labyrinth, that’s no joke.

  2. I don’t got your point. But thank you all the same.

  3. In an explanatory statement, Galschiot declared that “climate changes can only be stopped if the Western World starts massive investments in energy free of CO2 and sustainable production.” ???? ????? ??? ???????
    We’re off to a bad start when he spews the phrase “sustainable production”. Why would you want that? For example, why make the production of Leisure Suits sustainable? Or of pet rocks? Or The Rocky Horror Show?

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